DENVER (AP) – A plane that crashed in a Colorado snowstorm,
killing two people, was a twin-engine Cessna 414A registered in
Texas. The plane crashed Sunday afternoon at Yampa Valley Regional
Airport in Hayden. Four people were injured. No names have been released.
Airport Manager Dave Ruppel tells the Steamboat Springs Pilot &
Today newspaper ( ) the plane was approaching
the airport in a major snowstorm with zero visibility when it
crashed. The Yampa airport is about 25 miles west of SteamboatSprings. The The four injured people were taken to a hospital in Steamboat Springs.
Federal Aviation Administration records identified the type of
plane. No information about their injuries and conditions has been

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) – Authorities say a 15-year-old girl from
Wellesley, Mass., has died while skiing in Colorado.
Summit County Deputy Coroner Maggie Cox says Hannah Randolph
collided with a tree while skiing an expert run at Copper Mountain
Resort on Sunday. Cox says the girl was wearing a helmet.
Cox says ski patrol members tried to resuscitate Randolph before
she was taken to a clinic, where she was pronounced dead.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) – A woman has been
found unconscious on a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park a day
after her family reported she hadn’t returned from an outing.
Park officials say the 54-year-old woman was found Sunday on the
trail to Odessa Lake near the popular Bear Lake area.
Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says she was reported missing
Saturday night. She was flown to a Denver hospital.
Her name, hometown and condition haven’t been released.

DENVER (AP) – After seven years of decline, coal production in
Colorado increased 10.4 percent in 2011 to nearly 28 million tons
as companies tapped into new markets abroad.
The state Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety says
employment at Colorado’s 10 mines also rose 12 percent to 2,363 in
the first nine months of 2011. And, there are plans for four new
mines and eight expansions of existing mines.
Stuart Sanderson, president of the Colorado Mining Association,
say that “after some tough years, this is good news.” But not everyone is so happy. Ted Zukoski, an attorney with the environmental law group
Earthjustice, questions if it makes sense to use public lands to
mine coal for overseas markets like China and Europe.