A one-time ranger Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks died late last week when the small plane she was riding in crashed in southern Utah.
Laurie Axelsen, 41, and Brent McGinn, 49, took off from the Bryce Canyon Airport in a privately-owned Cessna 172 for a pleasure flight over Mount Dutton, continuing on to Page, Ariz. Both were off duty at the time and had flown to Bryce Canyon so McGinn could meet friends and scout out elk hunting locations.
Early on Saturday, Glen Canyon’s dispatch center received a report that the plane was overdue. A search was soon started …