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ROCKY MOUN­TAIN NA­TIONAL PARK» Two hik­ers on Pagoda Moun­tain in Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park helped save the life of a fallen 34-year-old climber, pro­vid­ing first aid and up­dates to fed­eral rescuers be­fore a Colorado Na­tional Guard he­li­copter swooped in for an aerial evac­u­a­tion in bad weather.

The hik­ers found the climber Satur­day morn­ing. They used a lo­ca­tor de­vice and mo­bile phone to reach the RMNP Search and Res­cue Team and spec­ify where he was ly­ing. The climber, from Berthoud, had fallen about 15 feet in dif­fi­cult ter­rain on the moun­tain and had se­ri­ous in­juries, ac­cord­ing to a bul­letin from park ser­vice of­fi­cials.

Park rescuers called for help from the Colorado Na­tional Guard. Three hours later, a he­li­copter reached the area, low­er­ing a lit­ter and a medic. Na­tional Guard crew mem­bers used a winch-op­er­ated ca­ble to hoist the climber and medic back into the he­li­copter.

They flew the man to a tun­dra site in the Wild Basin area, where a Flight for Life he­li­copter could land. Crew mem­bers trans­ferred the man to the he­li­copter am­bu­lance, which then car­ried him to St. An­thony Hos­pi­tal, park spokes­woman Kyle Pat­ter­son said.

Bad weather com­pli­cated the air res­cue, Pat­ter­son said.

The help the hik­ers gave “was crit­i­cal to the pa­tient’s sur­vival,” she said.

No in­for­ma­tion on the hik­ers was avail­able.

Hiker dies af­ter fall­ing from Capi­tol Peak.

A climber died Sun­day af­ter fall­ing from the east side of “knife edge” ridge on Capi­tol Peak, a four­teener, au­thor­i­ties said.

A hiker who wit­nessed the fall re­ported it to the sher­iff’s of­fice, and a deputy and vol­un­teers with Moun­tain Res­cue Aspen re­sponded.

A Flight for Life He­li­copter from Sum­mit County flew res­cue work­ers to the area, where they were able to de­ter­mine that the climber did not sur­vive.

Re­cov­ery of the body will be post­poned un­til the weather clears, Pitkin County Deputy Michael Buglione said.

The hiker’s iden­tity will not be re­leased un­til fam­ily is no­ti­fied.

Wo­man dies in jail; sher­iff’s de­part­ment in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

COUNTY» A WELD wo­man im­pris­oned in the Weld County jail was found dead in her cell early Sun­day.

A Weld County Sher­iff’s “crit­i­cal in­ci­dent re­sponse” team is in­ves­ti­gat­ing, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Sher­iff Steve Reams.

The coroner’s of­fice no­ti­fied the wo­man’s fam­ily, but au­thor­i­ties de­clined to iden­tify the wo­man. No other in­for­ma­tion was given.

“This is a very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent,” Reams said.

Med­i­cal mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary owner sues county over de­nial of li­cense re­newal.

The owner of a re­cently shut­tered med­i­cal mar­i­juana cen­ter is su­ing El Paso County com­mis­sion­ers af­ter they put one of four dis­pen­saries in un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas out of busi­ness.

Shane Zacher’s at­tor­neys filed a com­plaint last month ask­ing a judge to re­view the board’s 3-2 vote May 30 to deny a li­cense re­newal for his dis­pen­sary, New Hori­zons. Zacher’s lawyers ar­gue that the board abused its power, its judg­ment on sev­eral “mi­nor” vi­o­la­tions that were cor­rected.

“It was like get­ting shut down for a park­ing ticket,” said Zacher, who opened New Hori­zons in 2010. “I don’t think that’s right.”

Last year, in­spec­tors

Sfrom Colorado’s Mar­i­juana En­force­ment Di­vi­sion found that New Hori­zons’ plant in­ven­tory was in­ac­cu­rate, the cen­ter ex­ceeded its al­lowed plant count by five and many of its plants were la­beled im­prop­erly. An­other in­specbas­ing tion in May found more vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing an out­dated ac­cess log and veg­e­ta­tion room record and a glitch in the se­cu­rity sys­tem pre­vent­ing cam­eras from mon­i­tor­ing the sales area.

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