NEWS, OCTOBER 17TH

Garfield County–[Updated 10-22-2011 at 2PM: Searchers have located the missing hunter and are transporting him to a medical facility for treatment. It’s not known where he was found or what his condition is, but he was alive when searchers located him.]

Search and rescue crews in Garfield County have been busy the last few days looking for a missing hunter and a missing boater. The search continues for a man who likely drowned after being knocked off a boat into the Colorado River Friday afternoon. The boat collided with an overpass pillar. There’s been no sign of the man since then. Search and rescue crews are also looking for a hunter who was last seen Saturday morning in the Meadow Lake area.

Rifle–Firefighters from Rifle, Burning Mountain and Grand Valley quickly responded to a garage fire at a home on Daniel Avenue Saturday afternoon. Crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the house or neighboring homes. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Denver–The trial to determine Colorado’s new congressional district maps is expected to wrap up this week. Republican Scott Tipton fears he’ll lose constituents in the 7th Congressional District. Democrats say they hope to make races more competitive.

Grand Junction–A western slope lawmaker says state employees should no longer be paid for unused leave and sick pay. Collbran Republican Laura Bradford says eliminating the program will save the state over 365 million dollars a year. She plans to introduce a bill next year.

In other news….

DENVER (AP) – A snow advisory is posted for the Colorado
mountains. Forecasters say snow will intensify this morning over
the mountains and then diminish in the afternoon. The National
Weather Service says four to seven inches of snow are likely in
some high mountain passes and west facing slopes.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado Springs police are still
trying to figure out what caused an apartment brawl among as many
as 20 people. Police say the fight yesterday may have involved
people from two apartment complexes. Authorities say one victim
suffered cuts to his leg and bruises on his face that may have come
from a stabbing or a broken window. The injuries are not believed
to be life-threatening. No arrests were reported.

DENVER (AP) – The luxury vacation company Inspirato says it has
raised $17.5 million in equity funding from investors including New
York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Inspirato is like a
destination club where members pay a one-time $15,000 initiation
fee and $2,500 annual membership renewal to have access to its
properties.

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