A 20-year-old Craig man accidentally shot himself in the hand while rabbit hunting, K.C. Hume, investigator with Moffat County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday.
"He's lucky to be alive," Hume said. "It looks like it was a lapse in judgment."
Tye Dunsmuir and his 20-year-old Craig friend were traveling in western Moffat County last Saturday looking for Christmas trees to take home when they decided to hunt rabbits on their way back into town, Hume said.
Dunsmuir's .22-caliber rifle misfired while he was trying to shoot a rabbit, and he headed back to his truck to get another gun, Hume said. When he went to retrieve a handgun, he crossed over his left arm with the gun and accidentally shot himself.
The bullet entered his right forearm and exited through his wrist. But according to the police report, the man didn't know he had shot himself until he started to shift gears in his vehicle.
At that time, he motioned for his friend to stop who was driving in another vehicle. His friend drove him to The Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
"It's an important lesson for anyone who is handling firearms," Hume said. "Any time you have a loaded firearm, you don't want to cross anything that you don't want to shoot."
Daily Press looking
for ed board members
The Craig Daily Press is accepting nominations for community representatives on its editorial board. The community representatives would serve a four-month term beginning Jan. 1.
The editorial board includes two community representatives and three members of the newspaper staff.
Newspaper staff members on the board are publisher Samantha Johnston, editor Andy Smith, and reporter Rob Gebhart.
The editorial board formulates the "Our View" position expressed on the opinion page of the newspaper.
Readers interested in serving on the editorial board should send a letter of 500 words or fewer expressing their interest in the board to Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 466 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625. Letters also may be dropped off at the Daily Press office.
Nominations are due Dec. 24. Call Smith at 824-7031 with questions.
Last coat drive of
the year is Saturday
A community coat drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbine Apartments, 655 Wickes Ave. Anyone who needs a coat may come to the drives; there is a limit of one coat a person a year. Parents can pick up coats for their children.
If you need a coat after the final distribution, call the Love INC Resource Center at 826-4400.
Teen rockers sought
for Battle of Bands
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for teen musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands.
Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.
Like last year, bands will be judged by a panel of five local musicians. Winners will receive recognition in the newspaper, on the radio and with a one night, all ages gig at a local music venue.
Battle of the Bands sign-up will begin in March.
For more information, call Autumn Phillips at 871-4210 or e-mail email@example.com.