Steamboat Springs There are two ways to land a six-point elk in your living room: leave your door open in the spring or win the Steamboat Springs Heritage Award.
The second presentation of the heritage award, given to John Fetcher in 2000, will occur at Winter Carnival this year. The winner receives a bronze elk statue created by local artist and rancher Curtis Zabel.
The city took a year off from presenting the award last year, but is ready to present it again in 2002. The award, perhaps the most prestigious in Steamboat, is presented to an individual or group that best exemplifies the Steamboat spirit of volunteerism and good will. City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble said it has to do with "upholding the integrity of the community's character."
Fetcher is an obvious choice for the Heritage Award because of his vast contributions to the valley. There is virtually nowhere in Steamboat one can stand without witnessing or utilizing one of Fetcher's creations. From water resource management to the creation of what would become the Steamboat Ski Area, Fetcher's imprint is ubiquitous.
"He's going to be a tough act to follow," Jordan-Struble said.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will choose the winner of the award from nominations submitted by residents.
Nomination applications can be picked up at City Hall from Jordan-Struble or downloaded from the city's Web page: www.steamboat-springs.net.
The applications are due at City Hall by Jan. 25.