1.11.12 Newswire: Mostly Somber Stories

Thousands Morn and Show Support for Ogden’s Finest: OGDEN — Thousands of people attended the funeral Wednesday of fallen Ogden police officer Jared Daniel Francom. Among those attending was Ogden police officer Shawn Grogan, who was one of the five officers also wounded in the shootout that killed Francom… More at KSL



Freeski Star Sarah Burke in Coma: SALT LAKE CITY — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in a coma Tuesday after crashing during a training run on the superpipe in Park City. In an email to The Associated Press, Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian freestyle team, confirmed a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail that Burke was in a coma but didn’t know what that meant for her ultimate recovery… More at Standard Examiner


Fallen Hiker Claims Husband Saved Her Life: SALT LAKE CITY – An Emery County woman recovering after falling 50 feet down a rocky canyon says her husband gets the credit for helping her survive until rescuers arrived 11 hours later. The fall came after Kellee Healy and her husband Todd drove to Ticaboo Canyon on Dec. 21, then split up to hike… More at Standard Examiner


Fatally Shot Mount Rainier National Park Ranger’s Life Celebrated: TACOMA, Wash. – Top federal officials, fellow park rangers and thousands of well-wishers have gathered in Washington state to celebrate the life of Margaret Anderson, a Mount Rainier National Park ranger who was fatally shot on New Year’s Day… More at Standard Examiner



Outdoor Mentor Dies in Avalanche: An avid outdoorsman and beloved mentor to scores of troubled teen boys died in an avalanche on Jan. 6 in British Columbia, Canada. Adam Lawton, 30, died while on one of his regular adventures with other skilled skiers as they tackled the western Candian backcountry, according to Karen Flynn, co-owner and executive director of Gateway Academy, where Lawton worked for the past six years… More at Salt Lake Tribune


Wind Farm Study Focuses on Antelope and Elk: For the first time in Wyoming, scientists are studying the effect of wind farms on wintering antelope and elk. Researchers with the University of Wyoming collared 35 antelope in 2010 and another 17 in December to monitor their behavior on their winter range in the high desert near Medicine Bow… More at Trib.com


Ski Resorts Sue Forest Service: Denver, CO - In the bone-dry west, water rights are an extremely valuable asset. For ski resorts that depend upon water for snowmaking, they’re absolutely essential. It should therefore come as no surprise that ski areas will take any steps necessary to preserve their access to an ample supply of water. That’s why The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) filed a lawsuit in Federal court… More at Utah Ski & Snowboard


Pro Snowboarder Jamie Anderson Rewards Two Students with “Surprise Sponsorship”: South Lake Tahoe, CAIn collaboration with Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, professional snowboarder Jamie Anderson sponsored two young students from her home town this winter season with a “surprise sponsorship”. Anderson awarded two lucky middle school students… More at First Tracks


Freeskiing World Tour Playa’s: The northern hemisphere’s big mountain competition season is officially underway.  All eyes in the big-mountain world are focused on the Freeskiing World Tour because of a few new components to the tour this season: The Freesking World Tour and the Freeride World Tour have joined forces… More at Skiing Mag



Our Fave Bars from Park City Release Four New Flavors: Park City, UT (Jan. 11, 2012)—Q: How can you make a PROBAR® even better? A: Make new flavors with loads of organic chocolate, peanut butter, or exotic fruits. PROBAR is proud to announce the expansion of its most popular and well-known line of Original™ Whole Food Meal Bars to now include Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Super Fruit Slam… More at SNEWS


Iker Pou FA’s 5.15: Spanish climber Iker Pou has made the first ascent of Nit de bruixes, at the l’Ermitage sector at Margalef, Spain, for which he’s proposing 5.15a. He fell twice at the top before finally topping the route last week. Pou describes the route as a 5.14b followed by a very difficult three-bolt section; the crux deals with a mono pocket… More at Climbing



50 Year Old Lonnie Duprie Bails on Solo Attempt of Denali: After 19 days alone on Alaska’s Mount McKinley, Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre is back in the small town of Talkeetna. An air taxi was able to land at base camp at 7,200 feet on the mountain Monday afternoon. Along with the pilot, the plane carried the two members of Dupre’s support team… More at Duluth News



Sucks When You Hit a Deer in Your Monte Carlo Filled with $57K of Pot: SUTHERLIN — A Washington man’s strange trip along Interstate 5 ended Monday night when police found 23 pounds of marijuana in his car shortly after he hit a deer and drove right past a state trooper who witnessed the crash, police said. The car’s driver, Christopher R. Goheen of Olympia, first ran into trouble about 9 p.m. when his 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo struck the deer near Sutherlin, just south of a spot along the freeway where a trooper had pulled over another vehicle, police said… More at Register Guard 

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