Steamboat Springs Craig Horlacher, the 57-year-old angler from the Denver area who was rescued in North Routt County on Thursday, remained at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver in serious condition, hospital staff confirmed Sunday afternoon.
Rescuers suspect that Horlacher was stranded outside for nearly six days and reportedly was suffering hypothermia when he was found.
He was conscious and breathing but incoherent when rescuers found him.
It’s unclear why Horlacher was unable to return to his car, less than a mile away, from his fishing spot at the confluence of the Middle Fork of the Little Snake River and Tennessee Creek.
Medical crews pulled Horlacher out of the canyon using ropes, and an air ambulance took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center before he was transferred to St. Anthony. He initially was listed in critical condition.
Registration now open for city’s fall youth programs
Registration is open for the city of Steamboat Springs fall youth programs, including Afterschool Action, School Days Off, Kids Night Out, Peewee Adventures and Enrichment Clubs. Session 1 Afterschool Enrichment Clubs include archery, gymnastics, swim lessons, learn to skate and initiation to hockey, cooking and geocaching. More information is at www.steamboatsprings.net/recreation or stop by the Parks and Recreational Services Department office. Call 970-879-4300 with questions.
Youth Corps is seeking quality backcountry gear
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is looking for donations of quality backcountry gear. Needed items include sleeping bags, two- and three-person tents, sleeping pads, backpacks and day packs. Call Sheila at 970-879-2135, ext. 1.
Local groups reach out to returning service members
The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 in Steamboat Springs and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW Post is looking for female war veterans. The American Legion is also looking for new members. For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or the Routt County veterans service officer, Michael T. Condie, at 970-879-5489.