Jim Stanko and CJ Mucklow look over a description of Stanko's 100-year old ranch at the 4-H Achievement Awards on Sunday. The Stanko Ranch was one of four century ranches recognized this year, along with the Monger Ranch, the Appel Farm and Saddle Pocket Ranch.

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Jim Stanko and CJ Mucklow look over a description of Stanko's 100-year old ranch at the 4-H Achievement Awards on Sunday. The Stanko Ranch was one of four century ranches recognized this year, along with the Monger Ranch, the Appel Farm and Saddle Pocket Ranch.

Routt County 4-H recognizes Steamboat veterinarian

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Giving honors

Routt County 4-H honored a number of its outstanding members at the ceremony, including:

Outstanding Club - Handy Lads and Lassies (first place), Goodtimes (second place) and High Point (third place)

Outstanding Junior Members - Jessica Rossi and Mackenzie Holmberg

Outstanding Intermediate Members - Mallory Hoots and Jaelyn Whaley

Outstanding Senior Members - Sarajane Rossi and Kelsey Samuelson

Outstanding Volunteer - Lee Meyring

Friend of the 4-H - Mary Kutz, Karin Utterback-Norman, and John and Patty Kerst

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Local veterinarian Lee Meyring, pictured with his kids, was honored Sunday at the Routt County 4-H chapter's Achievement Day for outstanding volunteer service. Meyring teaches the basics of being a vet to 4-H members weekly.

— Steamboat Springs veterinarian Lee Meyring has worked to develop youth interest in animal science for close to 15 years.

In that time, he has seen a number of the 4-H students he has worked with at Steamboat Veterinary Hospital go on to earn graduate degrees in veterinary science. On Sunday at the Routt County 4-H chapter's annual Achievement Day, Meyring was recognized as an outstanding volunteer for the organization.

"My ultimate goal is to identify any of the kids that are really interested in becoming vets," Meyring said, so those students can stay on track through school and ensure a future in the profession.

"When they get up to college, they can have the experience to get through the veterinary program," he said.

Students volunteer at Meyring's clinic from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, April through July. Jay Whaley, who runs the county's 4-H program, said Meyring's participation goes beyond the chapter's regular projects.

"What he teaches them affects their careers," Whaley said.

Sunday's awards ceremony and potluck lunch covered almost everything the organization does throughout the year, said Routt County extension agent Karen Massey.

The recognition included 4-H members, volunteers and supporters, as well as four families that have continually operated ranches in Routt County for at least 100 years. The Stanko and Monger family properties were designated as Colorado Centennial Farms in August. Saddle Pocket Ranch and the Appel Farm were recognized Sunday.

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Watcher 7 years, 1 month ago

Dr. Meyring is an extremely compassionate person. This honor was certainly deserved. Way to go Lee!

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