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Michelle Perez

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Parents Push for Colorado Chairlift Safety

Parents have joined forces to urge Colorado lawmakers to be aggressive towards the legislation renewing the Colorado Passenger Tramway Board into 2030. Parents want more flexibility to safeguard the state’s chairlifts. Lisa Wilder, a parent and ski safety advocate and other parents of skiing children, are pressuring lawmakers to be stricter with the board that governs chairlift safety. Parents want the board to be more thorough in tracking chairlift injuries and disciplining ski resorts who don’t meet safety standards.


Ski Rage Incident

In 2016 12-year-old J.A. was snowboarding for the first time at Mountain Creek Resort, when he slipped on an ice patch and slid into R.B., a young child on the bunny slope. J.A. was in shock after striking the child and his immediate thought was to get up to make sure R.B. was ok. As J.A. went to stand, he was struck by an adult skier from behind. According to J.A., the adult man stabbed him on his abdomen with the pointed end of his ski pole. The adult man then proceeded to punch J.A. in the face multiple times. J.A. sustained a rib contusion,...


Helmets Save Lives

 


UnitedHealthcare Guilty for Illegally Denying Mental Health Treatment

Earlier this month US Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero issued his decision against United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare for creating internal policies that effectively discriminated against those seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment. Judge Spero also criticized the Company’s medical directors for being “deceptive” under oath. UnitedHealthcare illegally denied treatment for thousands of people. Judge Spero stated, “It is well-established that effective treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders...

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 2018 is projected to have been the deadliest in 3 decades for pedestrians in the U.S.  In the first 6 months of 2018, state highway safety offices in all 50 states and D.C. reported pedestrian fatalities. The association estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2018, which is the highest number since 1990. The rise in auto pedestrian deaths comes at a time when all other traffic deaths are on the decline.


Teens Rescue Boy Dangling From Ski Lift

On March 1, 2019, a group of teenagers pulled together to rescue an 8-year-old boy, who was dangling from a ski lift at a resort in Vancouver. The teens heard the young boy crying for help, as he was being held by a man on the lift with him. The boy was dangling more than 20 feet above the ground. Ethan Harvey and his group of friends rushed to grab nearby fencing and used it to make a net for the boy to safely fall into. The boy kicked off his skis and dropped to safety. The heroic teens caught the young boy in their makeshift net. It is...


Is Resort Skiing More Dangerous?

 


Ski Evacuation in Vermont

On Sunday, January 27, 2019 a chair lift stopped running at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, prompting the evacuation of roughly 160 skiers and snowboarders. The Lookout Double lift stopped operating because of an interruption in the electrical system. It was confirmed by Resort Spokesman Jeff Wise that an auxiliary engine was also not working. Ski patrol started evacuating the lift using rope to rappel people down.


Salmonella Kisses

 


Electric Scooter Laws

If you live in the Denver Metro area, it’s impossible to miss the electric scooters that have slowly taken over the city. For 8 months these “toy vehicles,’ have crowded our city sidewalks, causing frustration to many pedestrians. The Electric Mobility Scooters (EMS), have been a hot topic for months and City council voted 13-0 to approve a new law that prohibits electric scooters from being ridden on a sidewalk. The law went into effect the second week of January.