Misfortune befell Coloradan John Brandenburg, when the unthinkable transpired: His beloved "General Lee" Sno-Cat was hijacked in the wee hours of the night Sunday.
Just to emphasize the gravity of the situation—this isn’t some run of the mill cat—but a beautiful 1982 machine painted just like “General Lee” from the Dukes of Hazard. The cat was acquired through eBay by Brandenburg and his crew—AKA the “Duke Boys”—to ramp up their backcountry riding in Minturn Colorado, per The Denver Post.
“We had no freaking idea what we were doing,” Brandenburg said to the Denver Post. “The next thing we knew we were learning to weld and wire. It became a full-blown, full-time job and obsession. That thing has taken on a life of its own. It’s a living, breathing organism to us.”
Originally excited for a solid day of spring skiing, the whole debacle began when they arrived to the parking lot to find the Tucker Sno-Cat abducted.
Recognizing the unstoppable power of social media, Brandenburg first posted the heinous crime to Facebook, and then called the cops.
“I knew it would get attention right away and it would hit thousands of eyes right off the bat,” said Brandenburg explained. Considering a giant orange tank-sized machine is hard to miss, in a few hours he had collected a dozen of sightings: The cat was on the move on by the culprit. Hilariously, it was being towed by a Toyota Tacoma.
The real hero of the day, however, was a woman just driving along on I-70 who followed the truck out of curiosity. Tailing the thief to his hideout, she relayed the intel to local authorities.
The thief, 27-year-old Jason Cuervo, found his house surrounded by a SWAT team shortly thereafter, but somehow managed to escape arrest after barricading himself inside. Per the MCSO News, Cuervo has several outstanding felony warrants.
Thankfully Bradenburg and his friends were reunited with the "General," which meant one thing: Victory laps in the backcountry to celebrate.
This morning, Patagonia announced it is donating $10 million to groups defending clean air and water, responsible land use, and the regenerative organic agriculture movement. Rose Mercario, CEO of Patagonia, says "Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year—$10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet. Our home planet needs it more than we do."
On Saturday, December 1, at 9:55 a.m., sixteen people were skiing and snowboarding on the southern end of Expert Chutes, an inbounds zone at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, when an avalanche broke above them. In a matter of seconds the 150-foot wide slab with a 2-foot crown barreled down the slope, burying five skiers below. Without hesitation, onlookers immediately sprung into action and the ski patrol responded swiftly. Thanks to the cooperation and preparedness of the community and the
An avalanche caught five skiers on Saturday morning at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Everyone survived. The slide was triggered near the top of the freshly-opened Thunder Lift in an area next to the Expert Chutes zone. The slab broke loose from the base of a cliff with a crown measured around two feet deep and 150 feet wide. A JHMR ski patrol search team armed with two dogs, a Recco device and avalanche beacons immediately began searching the area, uncovering the victims, which included