Dem hero of Texas to speak in Aspen
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who led a 13-hour filibuster last month against a controversial abortion restriction bill, will be the featured speaker at an August fundraiser for the Pitkin County Democratic Party.
Davis, little known outside her state prior to her no-bathroom-break filibuster, has garnered fame for her marathon effort to kill a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Texas, severely limit access to medication-induced abortions and regulate first-trimester abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical centers. The latter clause is expected to close all but a handful of the state’s abortion clinics. Davis’ filibuster kept the bill from being passed during the regular legislative session, but Gov. Rick Perry called a special session where the bill passed and was signed into law last week.
Davis is now making the rounds on the fundraising circuit and will appear at an Aug. 14 dinner in Aspen with Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio and local Democratic representatives. Tickets for the event at 6:30 p.m. at the T Lazy 7 Ranch outside Aspen range from $50 for unreserved seating to $1,000 for “preferred seating,” or $2,500 for a reserved table of 10. Organizers say that funds raised will remain in Pitkin County and support local grassroots projects.
To purchase tickets online, visit secure.actblue.com/page/2013-dinner.
Mountain Rescue called for separated hiker incident along Four Pass Loop
Mountain Rescue Aspen was deployed to look for an overdue hiker who separated from his group along the Four Pass Loop, locating the man and seeing him back to safety Monday afternoon.
James Brandt of Missouri was hiking the Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness with four companions when he became ill on Saturday morning, according to a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office press release. Brandt’s group, which began the trek on Friday, convinced him to turn around and head back to Aspen, the release says. However, after the group initially split up, Brandt decided to continue hiking the loop, but did not reconnect with his group. The rest of the group finished a day early and became alarmed when Brandt was not at the hotel when they returned, prompting a call to rescue agencies.
With that information, Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office deployed 11 volunteer members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, comprised of two ground teams and one fixed-wing aircraft piloted by Bruce Gordon of Eco Flight.
At approximately 12:05 p.m. Monday, a Mountain Rescue Aspen team member made contact with Brandt — who had food, shelter and clothing for overnight backpacking — on the westside of Buckskin Pass. Brandt, who was healthy and hiking but fatigued, according to deputies, declined assistance from Mountain Rescue Aspen. A member of Mr. Brandt’s original hiking team with the assistance of a Pitkin County deputy went up toward Buckskin Pass at approximately 2:30 p.m. to meet Brandt and hike out with him. All Mountain Rescue team members were out of the field at 3:15 p.m.
The Four Loop Pass begins at Crater Lake and consists of West Maroon Pass, Frigidaire Pass, Trail Rider Pass and Buckskin Pass.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind all hikers and climbers in the Roaring Fork Valley that separating while in the mountains is highly discouraged. If a member of your party is feeling ill or tired please stay with them.