Award nominations sought


— The list of past Leckenby and Larson Award winners reads like a history of Routt County.

They are the people who built the foundation of the valley's economic and cultural future. Although many of them have passed away, others are hard at work, making sure the community does not lose its Western heritage and sense of community, even as it continues to grow.

The Leckenby Pioneer Award has been given out every year since 1980. The first recipient was Farrington Carpenter. Other recipients include Don Lufkin, Pat Holderness, Dorothy Wither, John Utterback, Gordon Wren, Evelyn and Quentin Semotan, Bobby Robinson Sr., Margaret Rossi, Eleanor Bliss, Vernon Summer, Lowell Whiteman, Dee Richards, Pete Wither, Elaine Gay and Natalie Stanko.

That list of names is not close to being complete. There are longtime members of the community who haven't been recognized for their contributions.

The Leckenby and Larson Awards Committee, in partnership with Tread of Pioneers Museum, is looking for nominations for this year's awards.

The Leckenby Pioneer Award is given to a living person, and the Stanley L. Larson Award is given posthumously.

Nominees for the Leckenby Pioneer Award must have lived at least 30 years in Routt County. They do not need to be here now, Tread of Pioneers Museum executive director Candice Lombardo said. But the nominee must have extended involvement in the community, have personal integrity and be an inspiration to youths.

The Stanley L. Larson Award has been given since 1982. The first recipient was Claude Luekens.

Larson Award nominees must be deceased and must have made great contributions to Routt County during their lifetimes. Recipients of the award include James H. Crawford, Dr. F.E. Willett, Carl Howelsen, Charles H. Leckenby, Lulita Crawford Pritchett, Bob Gay, Charlotte Perry, Portia Mansfield, Gates Gooding and Dr. John V. Solandt.

"There are so many qualified people who have worked so diligently to make the valley what it is," Lombardo said. "This is an annual opportunity to honor those people."

Lombardo encourages people to re-nominate those who have been nominated in past years but didn't receive an award.

Nominations must include a description of the person's accomplishments and reasons why he or she should receive the award.

Nominations are due by 4 p.m. Sept. 30.

Nominations can be subm--itted by e-mail to or by mail to Candice Lombardo, Tread of Pioneers Museum, P.O. Box 772372, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

The awards will be presented at the museum during a ceremony Oct. 25.


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