Pitkin County Deputy Michael Buglione was enjoying a day off on a hike in Marron Belles when he was alerted to a stranded hiker. . It was reported that a 70 year old female had fallen on her way down from Crater Lake and had sustained injuries from her fall. Mountain Rescue Aspen was notified and a rescue operation was established.

Buglione was in the area of Crater Lake and had his Duty radio on his person. The Deputy encountered a woman who had fallen in a rocky section approximately 10-15 minutes from Crater Lake and injured her knee and face. it was determined they were going to need assistance with the effort. Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed from the C.B. Cameron Rescue Center and proceeded to the reported location.. The female patient was assessed in the field, placed into a litter wheel, and transported to the Maroon Lake parking area. The patient made her way to Aspen Valley Hospital to seek treatment for her injuries.

The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District welcomes comments on the County Line project located in the Fourmile Park area. The project area encompasses approximately 33,000 acres within the Fourmile Creek, Camp Creek-East Divide Creek, Thompson Creek and Edgerton Creek-Crystal River watersheds southwest of Glenwood Springs and west of Carbondale, CO.
The County Line project was developed to address forest health in the Fourmile Park area; additional components of the project will improve recreation opportunity and public safety, ski area forest health and the existing road system. The County Line project will provide commercial forest products and/or biomass to local industries and will use prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat while reducing the area’s susceptibility to large-scale wildfire.
Good news on the endangered species list
Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists have discovered a unique genetic lineage of the Colorado River cutthroat trout in southwest Colorado that was thought to be extinct. The agency will continue to evaluate the findings and collaborate with agency partners to protect and manage populations of this native trout.

The discovery was officially recognized earlier this year thanks to advanced genetic testing techniques that can look into the basic components of an organism’s DNA,

According to Jim White, an aquatic biologist for CPW in Durango. “Anyone who just looked at these fish would have a difficult time telling them apart from any other cutthroat; but this is a significant find,” “Now we will work to determine if we can propagate these fish in our hatcheries and reintroduce them into the wild in their historic habitat. It’s a great conservation effort and a great conservation story.”

Eight small populations of these trout have been found in streams of the San Juan River Basin within the San Juan National Forest and on private property. The populations are in isolated habitats and sustained through natural reproduction. U.S. Forest Service staff and landowners have been cooperative in CPW’s efforts; they will also be instrumental in further cutthroat conservation efforts.