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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is partnering with Chaffee County Search and Rescue (CCSAR) to host a free book-signing and informational event featuring Colorado author, Sue Purvis. The event is scheduled from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Trailhead and Simple Eatery, 402 E. Main Street, in Buena Vista.

“GARNA believes that being prepared in the backcountry is paramount for leaving no trace,” said GARNA Executive Director Dominique Naccarato. “We strongly support the role of our local search and rescue groups for educating the public about backcountry guidelines, as well as their volunteer-based rescue efforts.”

Purvis is a veteran SAR member and dog handler, who has just released a new book, GO FIND: My Journey to Find the Lost – And Myself. Her presentation will highlight her memoir, and detail her experiences as a SAR operative and rescue-dog trainer. She’ll also discuss the challenges she overcame while obtaining certifications in avalanche, water and wilderness rescues; including the challenges associated with being a woman in a male-dominated community.

Purvis will be available following her presentation to answer questions and sign copies of her book.

Following Purvis’ presentation, Rachel Hind, from CCSAR, will give a presentation detailing SAR efforts throughout Chaffee County. Hind’s presentation will include an update on SAR efforts during 2018, information on CCSAR’s mission and how interested individuals can get involved with the SAR team.