Now we know a lot more About that situation in which a teen girl fell several stories Tuesday at the Hotel Colorado. The 16-year-old appears to have fallen from the 4th floor, and suffered numerous injuries. Moments after the fall, her distraught mom ran into a former Army medic and his wife of only a few days in the hotel elevator. Medic Brandon Murphy found the teen on the sidewalk outside the hotel, telling the Post-Independent it was good he didn’t initially detect any major spinal trauma before first responders got there, but he could tell she’d suffered significant head injuries. The girl is now being treated at Denver Health. Her mom’s posting on a facebook message board for Montrose, where they’re apparently from. The teen’s in a coma from the fall at Denver Health, breathing with the help of a ventilator, but had surgery that stopped her internal bleeding. The mom reports there has been some brain swelling, and the teen broke many bones including those in her face & jaw, her pelvis, legs, and arms. There’s also damage to multiple internal organs. The mom’s post says doctors have told her, her daughter’s chances of survival are significantly higher than they were Tuesday, but things still aren’t good. The mother is asking fellow Montrose residents for prayers.
After years of leading other charitable non-profit groups up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, most recently the United Way, Amy Barr succeeds Kim Loving as the executive director of Lift-UP. Barr’s also worked with the Salvation Army, and she’s on the Garfield County Human Services Commission. She’s been involved in print magazines, run her own ad agency, and assisted with a variety of causes. Loving, for her part, has taken a decades-early retirement, and plans to move to Florida, from where she and her husband will tour many states and countries and relax. Lift-UP says in its news release announcing the change that it benefited greatly from Kim Loving’s years of leadership and dedication.
36-year-old Silverthorne resident Shuei Kato, the missing hiker-climber found alive this week in the Collegiate Range in Chaffee County, tells his hometown paper the Summit Daily News, he didn’t sleep a lot in the few nights he had to spend outside before being rescued. Kato says he relied on his own problem-solving abilities during the ordeal. He told himself he had to survive, for his wife and 2 small children, so he had to keep coming up with new options. Kato was challenged indeed since his phone had fully discharged and he hadn’t been carrying a map or compass. There was also snow Monday, but after seeing helicopters looking for him several times, Kato was able to build a fire Tuesday, and that’s how the rescuers managed to find him. Kato says a couple ways he kept going were by staying mostly dry, eating the little bits of food he had very slowly, and staying close to rivers in order to stay hydrated. He says he’s incredibly thankful for the effort that went into his rescue.
The newest class of enshrinees in the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame tomorrow will include transplanted Aspen local and longtime ski racer Chris Davenport, and Aspen native Dave Stapleton, who’ll receive the Hall’s “Pioneer Award.” Davenport went into the US Ski & Snowboard Hall 3 years ago. Stapleton was a longtime race official from the 60’s to the 90’s, including at several winter Olympics. Davenport was the first person to not only climb, but ski, all 54 of Colorado’s 14-thousand foot peaks in less than a single year, and works to raise funds for the Aspen Valley Ski Club and groups battling climate change. They’ll be joined going into the Colorado hall by just-retired President of Steamboat Chris Diamond, ex-US competition director Walt Evans, and Diane Boyer of Vail.
We’ll have plenty to tell you about on the air tomorrow, so join me for reports on the Aspen Valley Hospital fall Health Fair early in the morning… then in the afternoon, it’ll be Oktoberfest at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Live broadcasts coming up from both on your Saturday.
A lot of high school sports this weekend, including the Basalt and Rifle girls in the state softball tournaments tomorrow, Aspen taking part in boys’ tennis, and the regular season continuing in football. Tonight’s gridiron games include Summit at Rifle, Glenwood Springs hosting Battle Mountain, Moffat County at Steamboat Springs, Roaring Fork at Aspen, and our big game, dangerous Coal Ridge looking to snap the 5-game winning streak of 8th-ranked Basalt. Join me for the Titans and Longhorns, beginning at 6:45 tonight, exclusively here, on The Mammoth!