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Week in Summit: Woman falls fifteen feet from window

Greg Ellison
gellison@summitdaily.com
The Summit County Rescue Group conducts a Flight for Life Evacuation west of Blue Lake on the south side of Quandry Peak.
Charles Pitman (SCRG) / Special to the Daily |

A 54-year-old woman fell 15 feet out of a window at the DoubleTree Hotel on Sept. 19 after attempting to climb out to a narrow ledge.

Unfortunately a lack of light prevented her from noticing there was not a ledge or balcony outside the window.

Breckenridge police spoke to the woman, who was in obvious pain, following the incident. She was lying on a bench inside the hotel lobby and told officers she might have damaged her pelvis or broke her back.

The woman reported that her hotel room was warm, so she opened the window and fell about 15 feet to the ground after stepping out to a nonexistent ledge.

The victim insisted the fall was an accident and police said they do not suspect the woman was trying to harm herself.

Two blocks of Frisco’s Main Street closed into October

The third phase of Frisco’s Step Up Main Street project began last week. Work on the two blocks between Madison Avenue and Second Avenue should be completed by the end of October. The roads were last repaired in 1982.

New brick sidewalk pavers will be installed, along with custom streetlamps. The project will also include an improved drainage system and the road will be lowered to help reduce the impact of icy winter roads.

Simultaneously with the main street work, Xcel Energy is replacing a natural gas pipeline that runs through Frisco. At present that project is taking place on Madison Avenue between the intersection of Granite Street and Main Street. Work on the pipeline is slated to wrap up by the end of October.

The Step Up Main Street project, estimated to cost approximately $1.28 million, will pick up next spring 2016 when phase four of construction will commence. At that time the work will take place between Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

Three bears die following vehicle collisions

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported that two bear cubs, and a bear suspected to be their mother, were killed by motorists on Highway 9 south of Breckenridge.

The two bear cubs were run over near Blue River on either during the evening on Thursday, Sept. 17, according to CPW Summit County officer Tom Davies.

One cub was killed on impact and the other was so severely injured that Davies had to euthanize the creature.

Later that night, a sow, suspected to be the mother, was also struck and killed in the same location.

Excessive driving speeds are likely the cause of both accidents, Davies opined. He encouraged motorists to be aware and drive slower.

At least two moose and one elk have been run over by drivers along the same stretch of highway, Davies reported.

This year due to spring and summer rains, slowing plant growth, bears have been especially challenged to meet their calorie requirements and are actively seeking food wherever possible prior to hibernation, Davies explained.

Dangerous airlift saves hikers on Quandary Peak

Last Sunday a group of four hikers got stranded after summiting Quandary Peak and were eventually airlifted off a tiny ledge by a Black hawk helicopter on Monday.

Concerned family members of the hikers contacted the Summit County Rescue Group around 6 p.m. on Sunday after the group failed to return from their outing.

After Summit County Sheriff’s officers located the hikers vehicle at the Blue Lake trailhead, SCRG mission coordinator Becky Baylor initiated a search.

The hikers lost the trail as they attempted to descend from the peak, mission coordinator Brian Binge said.

On Sunday night SCRG members used a Flight For Life helicopter to locate the hikers, but darkness made reaching the group too difficult as they were stranded on a two-foot by eight-foot ledge approximately 800 feet above the lake.

The hikers were forced to brave a 20-degree night at 13,600 feet elevation before rescue efforts resumed on Monday.

Numerous agencies coordinated their efforts to pull off the challenging recue.

These included: Alpine Rescue Team members from Evergreen, The Rocky Mountain Rescue Group from Boulder, The Vail Mountain Rescue Group from Edwards, the Colorado Search and Rescue Boards, The Air Force Rescue Commend Center and the Gypsum-based High Altitude National Guard Aviation Training Site (HATTS).

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, specially modified for high altitude, was required to save the stranded hikers.

Officials said rescuers was airlifted 50-feet down to help harness the stranded hikers into a foldout seat.

“Unless the pilot is completely comfortable doing something like that, it’s a high-risk maneuver for the helicopter pilot,” Binge shared.

Stink bomber strikes again

Employees of Tucker’s Tavern at Cooper Mountain made an unpleasant discovery on Sept. 17, after a man tossed a plastic bottle containing a foul smelling liquid onto their patio.

The unidentified man was captured on video surveillance around 9:10 p.m. The suspect is an older white male and was wearing a blue/green jacket, tan pants and a light-colored baseball cap.

Summit County Sheriff John Minor said the “stink bombs” are a form of harassment and criminal tampering. He said the sheriff’s office is attempting to identify the suspect and find out his motivation for spreading unpleasant aromas.

This is the sixth reported incident of a man matching the suspect’s description throwing “stink bombs” onto the tavern patio. The first instance took place in March of 2012. The tavern installed cameras in 2013 after the man continued to target the tavern.

Taneil Ilano, a public information officer for the Summit County Sheriff’s office, said investigators think the stinky substance could be animal urine, which is commonly used by hunters to attract game.

“We’d really like some help in trying to identify this individual, so we can pay him a visit,” he said. “I would imagine that he lives in the area or visits the area frequently and has some kind of beef with Tucker’s Tavern.”


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