Two new Colorado State Patrol troopers say they picked the Steamboat office because of their love of the outdoors.
Ryan Parker and Dave Siefken are recent graduates of the state patrol academy.
Parker, 23, enjoys hunting, fishing and downhill skiing. He was born and raised in Grand Junction, attended Mesa State College, and said he always knew he wanted to do what he's now doing.
"I've wanted to be in law enforcement all my life. I worked at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the troopers I talked to were the best," Parker said.
Siefken alternates from a snowmobile to a mountain bike as the seasons change and asked to be assigned to Steamboat so he could enjoy those activities.
The 27-year-old Siefken was born in La Junta and was a police officer in Eagle for two years.
"Being a trooper is something I've been trying to do for a while," he said. "I get to move around the state and there's room for advancement."
Parker and Siefken will both spend 10 weeks in field training in which they will make traffic stops and respond to accidents with another trained trooper.