News, August 27th

Plane Crash Victim From Glenwood Springs

Steamboat Springs–The pilot killed in last weekend’s plane crash near Steamboat Springs was from Glenwood Springs. According to reports from Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg, the pilot was indentified as 36 year old Peter Nicholas Landherr. Investigators say the plane crashed sometime between 4pm Friday and 10am Saturday which is around the time a sheep herder in the area found the wreckage. What caused the 1963 Piper PA24 to crash hasn’t been determined. Landherr was reportedly flying from Glenwood Springs to his hometown in Minnesota. He leaves behind four children.

ASPEN — Crews are hard at work moving rocks to reroute a popular trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area to protect it from further damage. The workers are rerouting a trail through Minnehaha Gulch, which now goes through fragile tundra that needs to be protected. The U.S. Forest Service and volunteers have planned the project for years. The volunteers are part of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative dedicated to educating people and fixing ecological damage caused by heavy recreational use of the state’s 54 peaks above 14,000 feet. The organization usually repairs two to three trails a year.

ASPEN– The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says a hiker was killed and another was injured by a rockslide on Hagerman Peak near Snowmass Mountain. Rescue crews were called to the scene Saturday afternoon after reports of two injured hikers, one with chest wounds and the other with a broken ankle. When they arrived, the hiker with the chest injuries was dead. The hikers’ names have not been released. The 13,841-foot Hagerman Peak rises above Snowmass Lake.

DENVER — Colorado car dealers say vehicle sales are up more than a third over July last year. Colorado car dealer association president Tim Jackson says figures show consumers are regaining confidence in the economy and they are replacing older model vehicles with more fuel efficient brands. Jackson said credit is more readily available and more affordable, making it easier to buy a new car or truck. In Colorado, nearly 86,000 new vehicles were registered from January through July, compared with about 71,000 for the same period in 2011. That’s up more than 20 percent.