Steamboat briefs: Fire that killed Whiteman graduate ruled accidental |

Steamboat briefs: Fire that killed Whiteman graduate ruled accidental

A house fire that killed two college students in Gunnison has been ruled accidental, The Denver Post reported Thursday.

Fire investigators have concluded that the Jan. 30 fire was likely set by careless cigarette smoking on a front porch of the home, according to a report in the Gunnison Country Times.

Western State College of Colorado students Lucille "Lucy" Grace Causley, 18, of Harbor Springs, Mich., and Adam Michael Lockard, 21, of Bethesda, Md., were victims of the fatal fire. Causley attended The Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat man recognized for superior Angus cattle

Don Gittleson, of Steamboat Springs, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having five registered Angus cows included in the association's 2010 Pathfinder Report.

Only 2,220 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year's report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights, Bowman said. More than 1.8 million eligible dams and more than 6 million weaning records were examined to determine Pathfinder status.

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The 2010 Pathfinder Report lists 9,732 individual cows and 264 Pathfinder sires. It is published online at