Colorado on the Web: Year-end stories warm the heart

Dalton Walker Updated: January 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm • Published: January 2, 2014 | 12:00 am 0

I'm back, Colorado. Or, as rapper Jay Z once said, I'm back before you had a chance to miss me.

Or something like that.

After a two-week hiatus, the Colorado on the Web column is back. I'm ready. Are you?

A lot of interesting stuff has been happening online when it comes to Colorado. Of course, most of it involves marijuana, as the world looks at us wondering how we're functioning with all the tokers.

Don't worry, this column isn't about marijuana. Go to gazette.com for your fill of marijuana coverage if you haven't already.

Among the articles that Colorado on the Web powered through, there were a few interesting news nuggets. Here's a sample.

One is about an 85-year-old Denver man who recently donated his 85th gallon of blood. That's a lot of blood.

Bill Cell is a giver. Cell first donated blood in 1946 and has donated regularly since 1969, according to a Denver Post feature story. Cell has donated blood 680 times. That's 660-some more times than I've donated and probably hundreds of times more than most. Nice work, Mr. Cell. His story was picked up by a TV news station in Philadelphia.

There's little you can't do outdoors in Colorado. Ask any outdoors lover. Skiing, hiking and mountain climbing are three popular activities. Through all the fun activities and events, a remarkable rescue tale sometimes emerges. Or two.

Everyone needs a friend like Juneau. Juneau helped save his friend's life after a serious ski injury.

Juneau is a Siberian husky. He was out with his owner, Leonard Somers, for a backcountry ski run when Somers hit a rock and went tumbling down a ravine. The injuries left Somers with limited mobility. He asked Juneau to go find help. Juneau did. The dog found another dog, and both dogs went back to Somers, with the second dog's owner following, according to a story produced by KDVR in Denver.

The husky was lying on Somers' legs to help the man keep warm. Somers was airlifted off the mountain to a hospital in Craig.

Three days before Christmas, brothers Dave and Edwin LeMair were out skiing on a backcountry trail in Vail when an avalanche almost swallowed Edwin. Only his head was visible when Dave found Edwin. Edwin wasn't seriously injured.

The brothers shared their story on NBC's "Today" show. Dave was wearing a GoPro, a popular and versatile video camera, and caught the experience. The video is available on the "Today" website.

"I was really worried I was going to be buried completely," Edwin told "Today."

"I'm extremely thankful that everything turned out the way it did and that I didn't sustain any worse injuries or die."

On another note, this was my first New Year's Day in Colorado. I had an interesting 2013.

Happy new year to you and yours. Here's to a fantastic 2014.

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Have a Colorado on the Web idea? Send Dalton an email at dalton.walker@gazette.com.

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