The cowgirls and cowboys celebrate after the final Sopris Gymkhana Club event in the summer series. Belt buckles were awarded to the first-place finisher in each age group. Buckle winners were: Age 7 & Under, Ruby Walker; Age 8-10, Emma Day; Age 11-13, Hannah Hayden; and Age 14-17, Madilyn Kuhl. Congratulations, and see you next year. For more info about the series contact Mike Goscha 274-3223.
Michelle Fite is the Glenwood Springs Community Center Instructor of the Month for October.After attending fitness classes for many years, she decided to become an instructor in 1995, where she taught classes throughout the Vail valley. A move in 2000 brought her to the Glenwood Springs area, and eventually to the Community Center. Currently she instructs classes in yoga/pilates, kickboxing, weight training, as well as classes for older adults. Michelle enjoyed a typical Southern California lifestyle growing up - from the beaches of San Diego to Baja, to the deserts and mountains. She moved to the Vail Valley in 1981 after being diagnosed with macular degeneration and losing a good part of her central vision. Despite the loss of vision, skiing the "bumps" became a passion. Now living in New Castle, she finds great joy in hiking local trails with her loyal four-legged companions, Jimi Hendrix and Charley. She is always up for a vacation at the beach, but is content to spend time exploring the canyons of Lake Powell with her husband, Phil. Her son, Tucker, is currently studying journalism at Colorado Mesa University. She enjoys good food, especially sushi, Mexican food, and Kettle BBQ potato chips. She also loves listening to good music and occasionally hangin' with friends.
Students from the Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool in Rifle took part in the Christmas ornament-making project for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which is coming from the White River National Forest in Colorado this year.