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By Kathy Harris, Examiner.com

Injured or lost hikers. Trapped climbers. Missing backcountry campers. We hear the news stories all the time. And although we don’t like to think about it, those accidents can happen to any of us who live and play in the mountains. One thing you can do to help protect yourself is to purchase a Colorado search-and-rescue (CORSAR) card. For the cost of the card, you help make sure that trained and well-equipped search-and-rescue teams will respond should you become lost or in need of rescue.

Your purchase of the card is a contribution to the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund, which helps offset expenses that may be incurred if you ever needed a search-and-rescue operation. Many cities, counties and other types of special districts bill victims for expenses related to their rescue. If you have a CORSAR card, the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund will attempt to reimburse eligible expenses to prevent you from having to pay out of pocket.

The card is not insurance, however. The CORSAR website specifically states that “the card is not insurance and does not reimburse individuals nor does it pay for medical transport. Medical transport includes helicopter flights or ground ambulance. If aircraft are used as a search vehicle, those costs are reimbursed by the fund. If the aircraft becomes a medical transport due to a medical emergency, the medical portion of the transport is not covered.”

You can purchase a CORSAR card for just $3 a year, or pay $12 for five years.

NOTE: Anyone with a current hunting/fishing license, or boat, snowmobile or ATV registration is already covered by the fund.

Purchase a Colorado search-and-rescue card online here.

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Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties is teaming up with the Routt County Humane Society to participate in the first-ever Homes for Dogs National Pet Adoption Weekend from noon to 4 p.m. this weekend at the animal shelter in Steamboat Springs. This local event, which will include food, the Ask a Vet: tent and plenty of adoptable dogs and cats, is part of the Homes for Dogs Project, a national campaign hosted by adopt-a-pet.com and Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

“Dogs have and always will be such an integral part of our homes,” said Karen Beauvais, a broker affiliated with Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Steamboat Springs. “From the moment they greet us at the front door, they are our constant companions. We are proud to be a part of this outstanding campaign.”

“We know this nationwide event will help draw attention to the thousands of adoptable pets in need of homes and truly make an impact on the Steamboat Springs community,” said Connie Harger, Shelter Director at Routt County Humane Society.

Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties is also heading a donation drive for the Routt County Humane Society. Those who are unable to adopt currently can still make a donation to support the shelter by calling Amanda Quinones, office manager at Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, at 970-879-8814 or Harger at 970-879-7247.

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