Steamboat briefs for May 25

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Man injured in Colorado Highway 131 rollover

— A Silverthorne man sustained moderate injuries after being ejected from his vehicle on Colorado Highway 131 south of Yampa on Saturday morning.

Jonney Howe, 38, was heading northbound on Colo. 131 near mile marker 38 when his 1998 Jeep Cherokee traveled off the road and rolled, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

"The driver told me he'd just taken his seatbelt off to pick something up off the floor, and doesn't remember anything after that," Elliott said.

Howe was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center by an ambulance crew from the Yampa Fire Protection District. Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and the Oak Creek Police Department also responded to the scene.

There were no passengers in Howe's vehicle, though a dog in the vehicle fled the scene. The dog has been spotted nearby, but animal control officers were unable to get anywhere near it, which Elliott said was typical of animals involved in motor vehicle accidents.

Snowmobilers rescued from pass Saturday

Three snowmobilers who became lost on Rabbit Ears Pass on Friday after becoming disoriented in bad weather were located Saturday morning by Routt County Search and Rescue.

Two New Mexico men, ages 52 and 49, and a 16-year-old boy were snowmobiling near Dumont Lake late Friday afternoon when they lost their way in heavy snow. Search and Rescue personnel were able to make contact by cell phone with the lost snowmobilers and learned that they had found sufficient shelter to make it safely through the night.

"They had food and water; they're in good health. They had a comfortable night," Search and Rescue incident commander Darrel Levingston said. "They were in great shape."

Rescue personnel reached the group about 9:30 a.m. Saturday and had them back at their vehicle safely by 11:30 a.m., Levingston said.

Had the lost snowmobilers had any injuries or medical problems, a Search and Rescue crew would have gone in for them Friday night, Levingston said.

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