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West Elk Mountain Rescue elects officers for coming year

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West Elk Mountain Rescue is happy to announce the new slate of officers elected at the monthly meeting on Jan. 6. Steve Morris of Paonia is president, James McCain of Paonia is vice president, Cedar Keshet of Paonia is returning secretary, Tanya Gallob of Crawford is returning treasurer, Ira Houseweart of Hotchkiss is training director and Wally Nelson is the returning equipment manager.

Thanks to these people for their hard work both in the past and in the future to make WEMR a strong organization.

WEMR members are backcountry users who enjoy passing on their skills to others. Our members are trained in general rescue, several of whom have specialties and are certified EMTs. WEMR works under the auspice of the Gunnison County Sheriff's Department. Members are prepared to respond within minutes of a call from the sheriff's department. WEMR covers the McClure Pass, Kebler Pass and Black Mesa areas. Support is offered to the National Parks Service on the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. WEMR works together with Crested Butte SAR and Western State SAR (Gunnison) as well as Mountain Rescue of Aspen in Pitkin County and Delta SAR in Delta County.

WEMR is a volunteer registered Colorado nonprofit organization. Members donate their time and equipment (horses, ATVs, snow machines, trucks, etc.) on missions and trainings to make the team highly effective. General training is held once a month, with weekly mid-week high angle trainings (WEMR's select team). Monthly meetings are held to discuss general business. If you have backcountry and/or medical skills and would like to become part of our organization, please contact president Steve Morris or secretary Cedar Keshet at notjuniper@gmail.com or tortugasrm@yahoo.com.

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