Creede: Two San Luis Valley water leaders die in freak accident

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner):

Ray Wright, 56, and Doug Shriver, 54, both farmers in eastern Rio Grande County, were clearing the roof of Wright’s cabin when more than two feet of snow on top of the building gave way. “It buried them like an avalanche,” said Mineral County Coroner Charles Downing, who pronounced the men dead at the scene, roughly 17 miles west of town.

Their deaths leave an absence at the top of the valley’s water community.

Wright served as president of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District and as a member of the Interbasin Compact Committee, a statewide board tasked with balancing the state’s water needs. He had also served two terms on the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Shriver was on the Colorado Ground Water Commission and served as president of the Rio Grande Water Users Association, an umbrella organization for ditch companies along the Rio Grande.

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