Nominees sought for Leckenby Awards

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— The Tread of Pioneers Museum is accepting nominations for the Leckenby Pioneer Awards and the Stanley L. Larson Awards to honor people who have had a prominent influence on shaping Routt County and improving the lives of its residents.

"It's nice to recognize a person who is enriching the quality of life in Routt County by serving in public institutions and contributing to the county's heritage," said Pat Holderness, former Leckenby Pioneer Award recipient.

Holderness, like all past Leckenby Award recipients, made ground-breaking changes in influencing what Routt County would become. Holderness, who has spent her whole life in Hayden, became Routt County's first commissioner. She continues to help serve Routt County by volunteering on various historical boards, including Tread of Pioneers.

She is among the Tread of Pioneers committee board members that will decide who will become the recipient of this year's Leckenby/Larson awards.

Many of the committee members are past recipients of the Leckenby award who have a vested interest in preserving the history and future of Routt County.

The qualifications for the Leckenby Pioneers Awards include being a resident in Routt County for at least 30 years, being involved in the community, addressing past and present community needs that will contribute to the future and preserve the history of the community, maintaining personal integrity and being a role model and inspiration to youth.

The Stanley L. Larson Awards are given posthumously to a person who lived in Routt County and made a major contribution to the area.

Nominations for the awards can be made by individual organizations or members or the community, said Mary Woodbury director of Tread of Pioneers Museum. Nominations must be submitted to the Museum by 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

All people making the nominations should include a short summary of the nominee.

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