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Steamboat briefs: Rescuers help pair of hunters in North Routt

— Routt County Search and Rescue responded to a call for help Saturday morning from two hunters who had lost their way in North Routt County. They were found near Diamond Peak, between Slater Park and Steamboat Lake.

The two men, ages 64 and 45, had lost their bearings Friday afternoon. Both were visiting from Pennsylvania, though one had been hunting in Routt for 15 years, incident commander Russ Sanford said.

The men had shot an elk from far off and went to look for it, he said. They couldn’t find it and then set their packs down, leaving them to head back for camp. The two then couldn’t find camp, Sanford said.

They started a fire with matches and a candle that one man had in his pocket, Sanford said, and huddled around it all night.

“This morning they woke up to horrible weather and fog,” he said. “They had snow and sleet and wind and fog and couldn’t get their bearings at all.”

The men called dispatch at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, and rescuers used a GPS signal from a cell phone to find an approximate location. They found the men at 1 p.m. and got them out at about 3 p.m., Sanford said. Ten rescuers were in the field, and six people were providing support.

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“It was really nasty weather up there,” he said. “I was really proud of our team’s willingness to wander off in sleet and snow.”

Council on Aging meets Oct. 10, elects officers

The Routt County Council on Aging held its annual meeting Oct. 10 at the American Legion Hut in Hayden.

New members elected to the Board of Directors for a term of two years were: Connie Fry, of Steamboat Springs; Marlene Horace Fisher, of Steamboat Springs; Julie Hoff, of Stagecoach; Louise Iacovetto, of Phippsburg; Ralph Williams, of Hayden; and Janet Babish, of Hayden.

Elected to fill two one-year vacancies were Margaret Dunning, of Hayden, and Cathie Voorhees, of South Routt.

Other members of the Board of Directors are: Gene Sanders, of Yampa; Susannah Lusk, of Steamboat Springs; Barbra Bronner, of Steamboat Springs; and Sharon Nereson, of Hayden.

Officers for the next year are Connie Fry, president; Gene Sanders, first vice president; Margaret Dunning, second vice president; Julie Hoff, secretary; and Lusk, treasurer.

Those appointed as delegates to the Regional Council on Aging were Bobbie Vetter, of Yampa; Catherine Lykken, of Steamboat Springs; and Mary Wixson, of Hayden. Alternates appointed to the Regional Council on Aging were Jean Davidson, of Steamboat Springs; Lusk; and Shelley Orrell.

Orrell is the full-time program director and the Routt County ombudsman for RCCOA. Providing delicious food for congregate meals and Meals on Wheels at three sites are Joe Philibotte and Cindy Porter. The van drivers for RCCOA are Holly Blake and Rebecca Wattles in Hayden; Amy Gibbs in South Routt; and Gordon Fisher and Betsy Packer in Steamboat Springs.

The office is in the Community Center at 1605 Lincoln Ave. The telephone number is 879-0633. E-mail is rccoa@springsips.com. Visit the yampavalley.info for additional information about programs and available services.from RCCOA.

Historic register property applications due Dec. 3

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due at the Routt County Courthouse, in the county commissioners’ office, by Dec. 3.

The Historic Preservation Board will review applications Dec. 16. Call Dee Bolton at 970-879-0108 for details.