WOMAN, 49, DIES AT BLACK CANYON PARK
The Montrose County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a 49year-old woman from Lakewood who collapsed while hiking with her sons in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park late Monday afternoon.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was hiking on the Gunnison Route, southeast of Grand Junction, with her 16- and 20-yearold sons when she collapsed on the trail, according to the National Park Service. One of her sons hiked out to request help while the other stayed with her. The woman had no pulse when rangers arrived.
Parks officials said that incident plus another on Monday — in which a hiker became lost after leaving North Vista Trail on the North Rim of Black Canyon — remind visitors to be prepared for backcountry hiking by planning their routes, knowing their physical limits, carrying plenty of water and being “especially mindful of extreme temperatures.”
The lost hiker was fortunate enough to run into a fencing crew, which assisted him in finding his way back, the National Park Service said.
Stage 1 fire restrictions for national forests.
Stage 1 fire restrictions went into effect Tuesday morning for all portions of the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests in Larimer County, while the entire Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado will get Stage 1 restrictions starting Wednesday.
Restrictions are necessary because of a continued forecast of dry, warm weather and to protect public health and safety, as well as natural resources, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Arapaho and Roosevelt ban will remain in effect until Oct. 1 unless rescinded. The Routt ban, which includes National Forest System lands in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties, replaces similar restrictions put in place July 8 for the Routt National Forest portions of Garfield and Rio Blanco counties only.
Stage 1 fire restrictions mean visitors cannot build fires except within developed recreation sites (i.e. campgrounds where fees are charged), according to the U.S. Forest Service. They also cannot smoke anywhere except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while in an area at least 3 feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
Inmate who died in Denver’s downtown jail identified.
The Denver jail inmate who died Monday morning has been identified as 42year-old William Anderson.
The cause and manner of death remain unknown, pending an investigation, according to a news release from the Denver medical examiner.
The Denver Police Department has said it was investigating the death as a homicide.