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SUNRISE: Springs man falls to death on North Maroon Peak

September 17, 2012
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ASPEN — Authorities have released the name of a man who fell more than 600 feet to his death while hiking Maroon Bells near Aspen.

The Pitkin County Coroner's Office identified the man Sunday as 34-year-old Derek Kelley of Colorado Springs.

Kelley was about 300 feet from the summit of North Maroon Peak when he fell after a boulder came loose Saturday morning. The Aspen Daily News reports rescue personnel believe he had been wearing a helmet but was not wearing a harness.

Kelley's body was removed from the 14,000-foot mountain Saturday afternoon.

Election judges needed

Election judges are needed at the 111 polling places in El Paso County for the Nov. 6 general election. The county Clerk & Recorder’s Office said about half of the more than 1,200 judges needed signed up through the caucus process.

More registered Democrats are needed to fill the judge positions but registered Republicans are also needed. The law dictates a person from each major political party must be present to ensure fairness and balance in the election process.

To qualify, a citizen must be at least 18 years old, registered to vote in El Paso County, have dependable transportation, and work any duty assigned. Election judges receive $100 for woking on election day, and $40 for attending a required training session.

On Nov. 6, all judges must be at their assigned polling place at 5:45 a.m. and remain until all assignments are completed. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some responsibilities include verifying a voter’s identification, demonstrating how to vote on a touch screen, and issuing provisional ballots.

Student judges must be a United States citizen, at least 16 years old, and a junior or senior in high school. Pay rate and responsibilities are the same as for adults.

For more information, contact the Election Department at 575-VOTE or visit



Get out your sweater or jacket before heading out the door Monday as cold front moves through the Pikes Peak region. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 63 with a 20 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 43.



Cantaloupes could be tainted

DENVER (AP) — A California company is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination.

Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. issued the recall as a precaution after salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing. The company did not respond to a phone message left by The Associated Press on Sunday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says about 28,000 cartons of bulk-packed product are possibly contaminated. They were packed Aug. 26 and may have been distributed from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 to almost two dozen states and Mexico.

No illnesses have been reported.

Last year, 33 deaths were associated with a listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado.

Man says he got death threats over abandoned dog

DENVER (AP) — A man who left his dog to die on Mount Bierstadt says he has been getting death threats.

Anthony Ortolani says he is giving the German shepherd mix to one of the people who climbed the Colorado mountain last month to rescue Missy after eight days on her own.

Ortolani is charged with animal cruelty for leaving the dog behind on a mountain climbing trip.

According to KMGH-TV ( ), Ortolani said he was forced to leave his dog on the mountain after the animal got injured. He says he and a friend tried to carry the 112-pound dog for more than two hours over rocky terrain, but he worried for his safety and had to abandon her.

Clock running Monday for marijuana stores

DENVER (AP) — Colorado marijuana stores operating near schools now have 45 days to discontinue sales or face legal action.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh has warned 10 marijuana stores they will be shut down if they do not discontinue sales 45 days from Monday.

Walsh says those who do not comply could face prosecution. Walsh says the stores are operating within 1,000 feet of a school, which provides for stiffer penalties.

Cabinet members in to promote healthy food

DENVER (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are in Colorado to promote healthy food.

The two Obama Cabinet members will meet Monday with students, parents and staff at a school lunchroom to discuss healthy eating. They will then join students outside for sports and fitness activities.

They are being be joined by Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado's two U.S. senators for the event.

Calif. man reported missing from Amtrak train

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Family members and Amtrak officials are looking for a retired California man who disappeared from a train somewhere between Denver and Chicago.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Sunday that the railroad is searching for 69-year-old Charlie Dowd.

Dowd, who lives in San Mateo, Calif., boarded the Amtrak train on Wednesday in the San Francisco area.

Dowd's son talked to him by cellphone on Thursday evening when the train was in the Denver area. That was the last time family members talked to Dowd.

Dowd's luggage, cellphone and medication arrived in Chicago without him on Friday. Family members say they are worried that Dowd may become disoriented without his medication.

Dowd is a retired firefighter who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.



In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Contitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1937, the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln's head was dedicated at Mount Rushmore.



-- Acacia Park Farmers Market, 10 a.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., free admission.

-- Stitch in the Ditch Quilters and other crafts, 6 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

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