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Lifelong Steamboat Springs resident and tireless higher education supporter Benita Bristol, pictured in a December 2007 photo, died Monday at age 87. Benita and her late husband, Everett, were at the first meeting when plans were set in motion for Yampa Valley College, the predecessor of CMC in Routt County.

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Benita Bristol dies at age 87

Higher-education champion and Routt County native worked with CMC for decades

Benita Bristol, a Routt County native and higher education advocate who worked with Colorado Mountain College for decades, died Monday after an illness. She was 87.


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