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Acid fatal to metalworker

OLD SNOWMASS, Colo. — A metalworker died after accidentally ingesting a highly toxic liquid he thought was an energy drink.

The Aspen Times reports that Frank Gabossi III, 53, was working on a metal staircase at a home when he went back to the truck and took a drink from a Gatorade bottle. He swallowed half a mouthful before spitting out the other half. He knew immediately what had happened, and had his co-worker drive him 30 miles to the hospital in Glenwood Springs, from which he was airlifted to a hospital in Grand Junction.

The bottle still had the drink label on it, but the bright-blue liquid was Antique Black, which contains selenous acid, not a variant shading of Gatorade. There is no antidote for the high corrosive acid. Gabossi died two days later.

The substance was normally stored in five-gallon drums but had been transferred to the Gatorade bottle for convenience.

Seatbelts save lives

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — In what appeared to be a suicide attempt, a woman drove off a highway in Christmas Valley and then sailed and tumbled about 600 feet down a steep mountain slope. Witnesses said the woman stopped, turned around, and then drove off the road in a gap where there were no barriers except for sandbags. Although her car was demolished, and she was badly injured, she survived. Authorities said she was wearing a seat belt.

Ike statue planned in Fraser Valley

FRASER, Colo. — Of recent U.S. presidents, Bill Clinton has had the strongest ties to ski towns. He vacationed first in Vail, then Aspen, and then several times in Jackson Hole. When he was president, Gerald Ford vacationed in Vail winter and summer.

But 50 years ago, when Dwight Eisenhower was president, the Western White House was in Denver, and "Ike," as he was commonly called, several times fished the Fraser River and its tributaries, Vasquez and St. Louis creeks.

Playing off that history, locals in the Fraser Valley have sponsored creation of an eight-foot bronze monument to be located along the banks of the Fraser River, showing Ike angling a trout.

The Winter Park Manifest also reports that something called the Fly-Fishing with Ike Festival is now being held annually. The event is sponsored by Trout Unlimited, which is using the event to showcase improvements in the river.

That river is among Colorado’s most exploited. Denver Water began drawing from the Fraser and its tributaries in the late 1920s. The diversions provided for Denver’s growth until the 1960s, when Dillon Reservoir went on line.