Steamboat briefs: Worker hit by falling tree out of intensive care unit

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Worker hit by falling tree out of intensive care unit

A 20-year-old worker with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps was struck by a falling tree at Storm Mountain Ranch while a work crew was clearing beetle-killed trees Thursday morning. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and he later was airlifted to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.

The man was transported from the scene "code red," said Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Service Battalion Chief Mel Stewart, but RMYC Executive Director Gretchen Van De Carr said he was moved out of intensive care by noon Friday.

"What we do know is he's in stable condition, and our program director is down there with him, and his parents with him, and at this point, it's optimistic," she said.

Van De Carr said she did not want to give out the man's name because she was waiting for his parents' permission. She said he did not grow up in Steamboat Springs.

Colorado college trustee Benita Bristol steps down

The Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees reluctantly accepted the resignation of Benita Bristol on May 18.

Bristol, who for the past two years worked at the college as a greeter and switchboard operator, was sworn in as a trustee in December of 2007. She resigned from the board citing health reasons.

An active supporter of education, Bristol and her husband, Everett, were at the first meeting when plans for Steamboat Springs' Yampa Valley College were set in motion. When the college considered joining the CMC system, the Bristols traveled throughout Northwest Colorado to garner taxpayer support.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Benita and her family at this time," Dr. Stan Jensen, president of the eight-campus community college, said in a press release. "Benita Bristol has given extraordinary service and support to Colorado Mountain College over many decades, and we are indebted to her for much of our success in serving students in Routt County."

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