Nomination deadline for Leckenby, Larson awards is Sept. 23

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— The history of Routt County is embodied in its personalities - those who are living and those who have died. The annual occasion when they are added to the roster of people who have enriched life in the Yampa Valley is near.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Leckenby and Larson awards is 4 p.m. Sept. 23.

Every year, the Leckenby and Larson Awards Committee of the Tread of Pioneers Museum presents two awards for people who have served the county's public institution, preserved its history or contributed significantly to its heritage.

The Leckenby Pioneer Award has been given to a living person in Routt County since 1980. The Stanley L. Larson Award has been given posthumously since 1982. The committee relies on residents to nominate the next recipients to ensure that worthy people from across the county are considered and recognized.

The nominees of the Leckenby Pioneer Award should have lived a total of 30 years in the county (but he or she does not have to be living here now), be involved with the community, be responsive to community needs (past and present) and serve as a representative of the history of the community, demonstrate personal integrity and be inspirational to youths.

Past recipients of the Leckenby Award include: Ferry Carpenter, Walt Webber, Lewis Phillips, Ayliffe and Henry Zehner, Dorothy Wither, John "Doc" Utterback, Gordon Wren, Evelyn and Quentin Semotan, Bobby Robinson Sr., Val Fitzpatrick, Margaret Rossi, Gordy Wren, Eldon Brummett, Effie Baily, Eleanor Bliss, Vernon Summer, Marvin Elkins, Pat Holderness, Lowell Whiteman, Dee Richards, Don Lufkin, Pete Wither, Elaine Gay, Bill Bowes, Natalie Stanko, Linda Long, Frances Wither, Sam Haslem, Dr. Bill Baldwin and Mary Jean Perry.

The qualifications for the Stanley L. Larson Award are that the nominee must have lived in Routt County and must now be deceased. The nominee must have made a major contribution to Routt County.

Past recipients of the Larson Award include: Claude Luekens, James H. Crawford, Dr. F.E. Willett, Charles Neiman, Carl Howelsen, Minnie Hertzog, Charles H. Leckenby, James Norvell, Everett Bristol, Lulita Crawford Pritchett, Emma Willcockson, Bob Gay, Charlotte Perry, Portia Mansfield, Joseph Shorty Hamidy, William S. Bill Green, Gates Gooding, Dr. John V. Solandt, George Cook, Delano Scott, Sumner Hockett, Geraldine Elkins, Clarence Light, Delmar Coyner and Robert 'Bob' Moss.

Nominations that include a written summary of the nominee's life and community involvement are the most effective. They may be mailed to the Tread of Pioneers Museum, P.O. Box 772372, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or e-mailed to topmuseum@springsips.com. Nominators should include their contact information.

People are welcome to resubmit nominations from previous years.

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