WO­MAN, 49, DIES AT BLACK CANYON PARK

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Den­ver Post staff re­ports

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.

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