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Range has first gunshot accident in 12 years

A man about 60 years old was transported to the Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a 9 mm pistol, Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger confirmed Sunday.

Klinger was one of four instructors teaching one of the regular pistol-shooting classes offered at the Routt County Rifle Club's gun range just west of Steamboat Springs.

The man, whom Klinger would not identify, reportedly pulled the trigger on his gun by accident as he was drawing it. His injuries were not life threatening.

"That's the first time in 12 years we've ever had an accident," Klinger said.

The other students in the class were concerned for the man who shot himself, but they otherwise were fine, Klinger said.

"Most people wanted to continue going, but we decided we would call it," Klinger said.

Steamboat alumnus earns master's degree

Joseph Cutler, a 2002 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has completed a master's degree in international security from Georgetown University.

Cutler graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 2006 after majoring in political science and history.

He will be working for the federal government in Washington, D.C., and currently is attempting to acquire an officer's commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

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