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February 1, 2013
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Peyton Armstrong and his army of 55 friends, family and The Builders Club of Glenwood Middle School were honored on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Hot Springs Pool. Peyton organized the largest team to participate in the inaugural Rally the Valley event last October, helping to celebrate the opening of the Calaway Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital. Despite low temperatures, the bright sun was matched by the smile on Peyton's face as he greeted his army of supporters and then headed for the pool. A huge thank-you to the LaFarge Co. and the Hot Springs Pool for their generosity in sponsoring this fantastic group. The army was treated, courtesy of Caf managers Dana Snyder and Claude, to a great lunch and even rubber duckies at the Hot Springs Caf, followed by a return to the steamy pool. A special thanks to The Builders Club, a group of Glenwood Middle School students who strive to make a contribution to the community. The enthusiasm and spirit that The Builders Club contributed the day of Rally the Valley infused the cold and wet day with joy. We are so grateful to Peyton and his army, and look forward to seeing his Army grow for the next Rally the Valley on Sept. 21, 2013.

Jerry and Cassie Slafkes of Silt joyfully introduce their daughter, Elsie Jane Slafkes. Elsie was born at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 16, 2012, at Valley View Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 181⁄4 Inches long at birth. She is also welcomed by big brother Henry, grandparents Barry and Darcy Croissant of Glenwood Springs, grandmother Cathy Kirkpatrick of Greeley and the late Fred Slafkes.

Air Force Airman Ethan C. Ayers graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.Ayers is the son of Jason and Lori Hinkle of Parachute.He is a 2011 graduate of Grand Valley High School.

Abbey Barnes, a 2009 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, was named to the dean's list and Hornbeck Scholar list for Fall Quarter 2012 at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. This is the highest academic honor for undergraduate students, recognizing those that earned a 4.0 grade point average while taking at least 15 credits. She is a business major with a double minor in political science and legal studies.

Once again the New Castle Cub Scouts had a ball using only their imagination, cardboard, duct tape and spray paint to create some fabulous Snowbox Derby sleds at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Awards for the fastest first-graders (Tiger Cubs) were Josiah Diaz, Josh Bissinger and Mason Acha; second-graders (Wolves) were Drake Harcourt, Nate Reneau and AJ Montes; third-graders (Bears) were Brandon Smith, Jeremy Suehring and Bryce Quinn; and the fourth- to fifth-graders (Webelos) were Bradley Wilson, Gabe Hutchinson and John Bunn. Bradley Wilson was our overall Pack Champion this year. All our scouts came out and "Did Their Best," and we're very proud of each and everyone of them.

Congratulations to Airmen First Class Kyle Gill, who graduated from an intense eight-week training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The training included military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Airmen Gill, a 2010 Glenwood Springs High school graduate, has recently made the cut on the combat controller selection course, which is the first step into entering an elite special forces career field. Kyle's parents, Keith and Rachel Gill, are very proud of him and wish him all the best in his new career.

Danny and Tammy Moss of New Castle would like to share their joy in the coming marriage of their daughter Heidi Moss to Nate Fetig, son of Jack and Christine Fetig of Greeley. The couple became engaged last April. Heidi graduated from Rifle High School and from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in landscape design. Nate graduated from Greeley Central High School and then obtained an International Affairs Degree from CU Boulder and a landscape business degree from Colorado State University. The happy couple live in Fort Collins and work for Alpine Gardens. An October 2013 wedding in Thornton is planned.


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