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TUESDAY Trust Your Face to the Facial Plastic Surgeon February 1, 2011 20 percent off Landmark Residences Del Bosco fights for second place Cold weather coming this week Unfiltered news page 5 Boarder escapes avalanche By Matt Minich Mountaineer Staff Writer Alan Zalewa, Ghia Speakman and Radka Moore await rescue after an avalanche on the south face of Uneva Peak, near Vail Pass. Speakman survived the avalanche with minor injuries. Photo courtesy of Honza Narartil THE UPDATE Ghia Speakman is lucky to be alive. The 27-year-old snowboarder lived through a backcountry skier’s nightmare Saturday afternoon, and returned to her Boulder home that evening more or less intact. Speakman and three friends were riding the south side of Uneva Peak on the west side of Vail Pass. Following proper avalanche procedures, the group was skiing the line one at a time, then traversing to a safe area. The first two riders, group leader Honza Navratil and Speakman’s boyfriend Alan Zalewa made it to the bottom without any incident, but when Speakman attempted the run, a slow slab three football fields wide broke loose and came down on top of her. “This thing was a giant,” said Dan Smith, Vail Mountain Rescue Group’s mission coordinator for the rescue. When rescuers reached the scene, they found the evidence of an avalanche only about five feet deep, but more than 1,000 feet across the face of the mountain. “They did the right thing by going one at a time,” Smith said. “Had these people all gone at once, we’d have a disaster.” Grace under fire When Speakman thought of herself in an avalanche before Saturday, she said she never thought of the calm, collected performance she displayed. “I always imagined myself as this panicking person,” she said. “But I was actually think[See AVALANCHE, page 8] VMS science fair +0.58 The Dow Jones industrial average gained 68 points, or 0.6 percent, to close at 11,891.93. The broader Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose 10, or 0.8 percent, to 1,286.12. The Nasdaq composite index gained 13, or 0.5 percent, to 2,700.08. Nine of the 10 company groups that make up the S&P index rose. Energy companies gained 2.6 percent, the most of any group. Bond prices fell slightly, sending their yields higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.38 percent from 3.33 percent late Friday. Bond prices rose Friday because investors sought less risky assets. Stronger economic data in the U.S. also helped push stocks higher. The Commerce Department reported that consumers increased their spending in December by more than analysts had predicted. Spending for all of 2010 rose by the largest amount in three years. Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Consolidated volume came to 4.38 billion shares. Stocks fell broadly Friday due to escalating protests in Egypt and disappointing earnings reports from Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The Dow fell 166.13 points, or 1.4 percent, to close at 11,823.70. The S&P index on Friday fell 23.20, or 1.8 percent, to 1,276.34. That was the broad market index’s largest fall since Aug. 11. The Nasdaq composite fell 68.39, or 2.5 percent, to 2,686.89. [See UPDATE, page 9] off FREE 25 Entrées Phones! % page 11 page 20 Vail Mountain School student Morgan Mueller stands in front of her science fair display at the annual 7th and 8th grade Vail Mountain School Science Fair. Muller learned that Coca Cola melted faster then water. The winners from yesterday’s Science Fair will go on to the Colorado/Wyoming Junior Academy of Science’s Annual Meeting this spring. Avery Cunliffe photo. 2 Slices w/ 2 Topping & Drink 5 $ 99 page 5 FREE $ dental exams 1600 off up to in february GYPSUM ANIMAL HOSPITAL page 4 in-stock Precor Elliptical Cross Trainers page 8 Mother ~ Daughter Relationship Enrichment Sewing Lessons page 15


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