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Ms. Hodge, 47, said she doesn’t remember Mr. Booker picking her up. All she remembers is the mayor calling out for her.

The mayor suffered smoke inhalation and burned his right hand when, against the wishes of his security detail, he rushed up the stairway of his neighbor’s burning house to rescue Ms. Hodge.

Ms. Hodge is recovering at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston from burns to her legs and back.


Forest Service in quandary about frozen cows in cabin

DENVER — It may take explosives to dislodge cows that wandered into an old ranger cabin high in the Rocky Mountains, then died and froze solid when they couldn’t get out.

The carcasses were discovered by two Air Force Academy cadets when they snowshoed up to the cabin in late March. Rangers believe the animals sought shelter during a snowstorm, got stuck and weren’t smart enough to find their way out.

The cabin is near the Conundrum Hot Springs, a nine-mile hike from the Aspen area in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area.

Michael Carroll, a spokesman for the Wilderness Society in Colorado, said that cattle often are allowed to wander on federal wilderness lands as long as ranchers get a permit from the Forest Service, and that sometimes animals get separated from the herd.

The Forest Service said Tuesday that the animals came from a herd of 29 cows that went missing last fall from the nearby Gunnison National Forest, where the rancher had a permit. An aerial search failed to turn up any sign of the animals.

Forest Service spokesman Brian Porter said rangers saw about six cows inside the cabin, and several dead cows lying around the building.

“There is a lot of snow, and it’s hard to determine how many cows are there,” Mr. Porter said.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin said Tuesday that they need to decide quickly how to get rid of the carcasses.

“Obviously, time is of the essence because we don’t want them defrosting,” he said.

Mr. Segin said officials are concerned about water contamination in the nearby hot springs if the cows start decomposing during the thaw.

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