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Missing Hiker On Mt Harvard Found Deceased

On 08/24/16 at approximately 5:00 pm the Chaffee County Communications Center received information of a possible missing hiker on Mount Harvard. Family members reported that the hiker was dropped off at the trailhead of Mount Harvard at approximately 7:00 amon the 24th and they were to pick him up at the same location at 3:00 pm, the same day. When he did not return by 5:00 pm they notified Chaffee County authorities.

Woman dies in Arkansas River near Zoom Flume

Sandra Johnson, 51 of Littleton, died Sunday, July 3, following a rafting incident on the Arkansas River. Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said that the county communications center received a call at 12:30 p.m. of a woman falling from a raft in the Browns Canyon area.

Sheriff: Rescuers’ lives put in danger

Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze wants to remind residents and visitors about some basics when venturing into the mountains, following the risky rescue of of a skier March 14, that Spezze said placed the lives of around 20 volunteers and sheriff’s deputies in danger.

Snow Biker Killed in Avalanche Near Cottonwood Pass

On February 5 at approximately 12:18 pm the Chaffee County Communications Center received a call of an avalanche in the Cottonwood Pass area near the summit. Cottonwood Pass is in northwest Chaffee County near Buena Vista, Colorado. According to witnesses in the area who were snowmobiling they heard what sounded like an avalanche in the Lost Lake area of Cottonwood pass.

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