Coroner: Skier's death attributed to suffocation
A 46-year-old man who died at the Steamboat Ski Area suffocated, a Jefferson County Coroner's report indicates.
The report concludes the cause of death for Thomas Dolven, who died Feb. 20 while skiing down Chute 2, was an obstructed airway. Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said there was no evidence that Dolven suffered any head injuries in the accident.
Dolven went head first into a deep snow pile near rocks and slightly off the usual traffic flow at the bottom of the chute. Only Dolven's skis and boots were sticking out of the snow after the accident, Ryg said.
From the snow, it did not appear as if Dolven had tried to push his way out of the snow pile. Investigators think Dolven lost consciousness very shortly after falling into the snow pile, Ryg said.
Dolven, an experienced skier, was found by passing skiers more than an hour after the accident occurred.
Board of Realtors giving out college scholarships
The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors will be awarding its annual college scholarships to Routt County high school seniors. Contact a high school counselor, visit www.ssbr.org or call Jody at the Board of Realtors at 879-4663 for application guidelines. The application deadline is March 30.
Middle school conferences set for March 9 and 10
Steamboat Springs Middle School is scheduling parent-teacher conferences from 4 to 8 p.m. March 9 and 10. Parents should call 879-1058 to schedule an appointment. There is no school for students March 10.
Arts Council taking entries for book arts exhibition
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting entries for "The Intensive Spirit: Celebrating 22 Years of the Paper and Book Intensive," an international juried exhibition of book arts and handmade paper constructions. The exhibit is open from April 29 to June 19. The entry deadline is March 15. Download a prospectus at www.steamboatspringsarts.com/ISprosp.PDF or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to SSAC/Intensive Spirit, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.