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Search & Rescue aids injured snowmobiler

Steamboat Today

— A snowmobile mishap off of east U.S. 40 injured a woman Monday, and Routt County Search and Rescue aided in her retrieval.

Cherry McKinnon, 35, visiting Steamboat Springs from England, was riding on the back of a snowmobile at about 4 p.m. when it hit a bump and sent her crashing to the ground, said Smokey Slaven, captain of Steamboat Ambulance.

An ambulance was called to the scene three miles south of the highway near Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, 31495 E. U.S. 40. Noting the rugged terrain and lack of standard access, the ambulance crew contacted Search & Rescue, which retrieved McKinnon using sleds, Slaven said.

She was transported to Routt Memorial hospital, where she was treated for a compression fracture to her back, hospital spokes-woman Christine Mckelvie said. McKinnon was released Tuesday, she said.

In other medical news, hospitals reported that the conditions of the last remaining victims of the Feb. 3 Good News Building explosion and fire have improved. J. Robert Stevens, 55, who sustained a complex leg fracture in the incident, was listed in good condition Tuesday, Mckelvie said.

Karen Kite, 35, who sustained back and leg injuries from the explosion, also has improved. She has been upgraded from fair to good condition where she is being treated at Swedish Medical Center near Denver, spokes-woman Barb Jones said.

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When Kite will be released is not yet known, Jones said, but she will not need to undergo any more surgery.

The explosion from a natural gas line failure hospitalized 18 people and ignited a fire that consumed the building.