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PHOTOS: Rifle hosted its first-ever girls wrestling dual last week

Rifle High School made history on Thursday, Jan. 26, hosting its first ever girls wrestling dual. Bears wrestlers who saw inaugural action on the mat were Breauna Sigmon, Mikhayla Washington, Madison Farris and Lorena Velasco Medina.

Farris was the lone Bear to win her match, picking up an 11-8 decision over Olathe’s Aby England in the 155-pound class.

Rifle girls wrestling lines up for introductions during a home dual against Olathe on Thursday.
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Rifle freshman Mikhayla Washington, right, puts on her headgear before wrestling Olathe’s Allie Stambaugh at home Thursday.
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Rifle’s Madison Farris wrestles Olathe’s Aby England at home Thursday.
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Rifle’s Breauna Sigmon wrestles Olathe’s Laeliana Delgado at home Thursday.
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Rifle’s Lorena Velasco Medina wrestle’s Olathe’s Belinda Alejandro at home Thursday.
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Rifle wrestling coach John Wisniewski coaches during the first-ever girls wrestling dual at Rifle High School on Thursday.
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Rifle’s Lorena Velasco Medina during a home wrestling dual against Olathe on Thursday.
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PHOTOS: This Carbondale school has its very own winter wonderland to promote physical activity

Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale has its very own winter play park, complete with a mini ice rink and cross country ski tracks. The facilities are regularly used during the colder months for physical education classes, under the watch of longtime CRES P.E. teacher Marty Madsen.

A combination of parent donations and other fundraising allowed the ice rink to be built four years ago. Continued fundraising goes toward maintenance of the facility, as well as ice skates and skis. Cross country skiing has been part of the P.E. program at CRES for more than 15 years.

Crystal River Elementary School fourth graders Tatum Rice, left, and Celeste Revilla Serrano look to corral the puck in the corner of the CRES ice rink on Monday.
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A group of Crystal River Elementary School third graders carry their skis to the baseball field on Tuesday where the school cross country ski course is set.
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Crystal River Elementary School fourth graders Siena Katzenberger, left, and Yoanna Garcia work on their ice skating form at the CRES rink on Monday.
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Crystal River Elementary School third grader Fernando Chimal Medina takes off for a lap around the school’s cross country ski course on Tuesday.
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A group of fourth grade students at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale enjoy some outdoor physical fun on the school’s ice rink.
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Crystal River Elementary School third graders, from left, Kenya Rodriguez Hernandez, Victoria Miner and Carlos Garcia make tracks on the school’s cross country ski course Tuesday.
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Crystal River Elementary School fourth graders, from left, Celeste Revilla Serrano, Liam Sisneros and Sammy Palomera-Dominguez jockey for the puck on the school ice rink Monday.
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Crystal River Elementary School third grader Lili Baiardo sets out for a cross country ski lap on Tuesday.
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Crystal River Elementary School physical education teacher Marty Madsen clears snow from the school ice rink during a class on Monday.
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Crystal River Elementary School third grader Harbour Stephens makes tracks on the school’s cross country ski course on Tuesday.
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Crystal River Elementary School third grader River Smith sets out for a cross country ski lap on Tuesday.
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PHOTOS: Marty McFly, Doc Brown and the DeLorean travel through time to visit Sunlight Mountain Resort

Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday hosted its 38th annual Skier Appreciation Day. Offering significantly discounted $25 lift tickets, the Glenwood Springs resort allocated the proceeds to United Way Battlement to the Bells.

Accompanying this annual philanthropic event was a Back to the Future-themed costume contest. It was perhaps the first time in Sunlight’s history that so many Doc Browns, Marty McFlys and DeLoreans filled the base lodge deck.

Marty McFly from the Back to the Future III adjusts the sunglasses of his human DeLorean during the Skier Appreciation Day costume contest at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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The host of a costume contest at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday asks a contestant about her getup.
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A young Marty McFly from Back to the Future is escorted to the stage during the Skier Appreciation Day costume contest at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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Doc Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future travel through time to participate in the Skier Appreciation Day costume contest at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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A Skier Appreciation Day costume contestant sports a multi-color wig at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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A spartan quaffs a light beer during a Skier Appreciation Day costume contest at Sunlight Mountain resort on Friday.
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Doc Brown holds a hoverboard during the Skier Appreciation Day costume contest at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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Doc Brown, Doc Brown and Doc Brown from Back to the Future participate in the Skier Appreciation Day costume contest at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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PHOTOS: A look back at the top 22 photos of 2022

Here is a look back at Post Independent staff photographer Chelsea Self’s favorite images of 2022.

Two of Mark Hatch’s sled dogs wait patiently for the rest of the team to be hooked up before taking off on an afternoon run from the West Elk Trailhead in March.
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A big horn sheep ram looks up while grazing near Highway 6 in Glenwood Springs on a sunny but chilly afternoon in March.
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Warren Roberts checks on ewes and their lambs in one of the outdoor holding pens at the Open Heart Ranch in April.
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Glenwood Springs fire crews respond to a structure fire at the Affordable Inns in West Glenwood in April.
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Adventure cat Liebchem sits pretty for a photo on the Rio Grande Trail south of Glenwood.
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10-year-old Ethan Glenn helps place flags at the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day weekend at Rosebud Cemetery on in May.
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Counter protesters stand on the opposite side of Grand Avenue during a standing protest for women’s rights after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, ending the constitutional right to abortion, at Sayre Park in July.
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A rafting company floats a group of visitors down the Colorado River past the confluence of the Roaring Fork River near Two Rivers Park in July.
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A team roper competes at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo in July.
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A Carbondale Mountain Fair goer offers an avocado during the Rhythm of the Heart community drum circle in July.
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People sit back and enjoy the laser show at the Fourth of July Celebration in Glenwood Springs at Two Rivers Park in July.
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4-H kids hang out in the pens with their pigs during the fair weigh-in at the 2022 Garfield County Fair in August.
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Glenwood Springs High School quartback Joaquin Sandoval reaches out to catch the ball while running plays at practice in August.
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A pair of team ropers work together at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo in July.
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Allyson Sandidge is congratulated by friends and family after winning Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2022 Garfield County Fair in August.
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A cowboy gears up for some bull riding at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding night in August.
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A cowboy gears up for some bull riding at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding night in August.
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Glenwood Springs Demon Bailey Winder celebrates with her teammates after a play during a September game against the Basalt Longhorns at the Glenwood Springs Demon Volleyball Invitational.
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Sopris Elementary School students run laps during the school’s annual FUNdRun fundraising event in October in the field adjacent to the school.
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The team captains of the Rifle Bears and Glenwood Springs Demons shake hands after the coin toss at the start of the rivalry game at Rifle High School in September.
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Members of the Aspen Ballet Folklorico perform for the audience during the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Carbondale in November.
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Nine-year-old Indy Morgan from Utah checks out the Christmas decorations at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony in November.
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PHOTOS: Glenwood Springs hockey maintains undefeated streak with win over Liberty

After Friday’s 4-0 shutout home win over Liberty, Glenwood Springs hockey heads into the holiday break undefeated. The 3-0 Demons have now outscored their opponents so far this season 24-4 and now sit in third place in the 4A Mountain Division. The Demons are, however, one of two teams in its division (Crested Butte) to remain undefeated.

The Demons’ next games are at home against Cheyenne Mountain 5:45 p.m. Jan. 3 and 9 a.m. Jan. 4. The Glenwood Springs Ice Rink is located at 100 Wulfsohn Road.

Glenwood Springs junior Jett Weatherred eyes the puck before taking a face-off against an opposing Liberty player at home Friday.
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Glenwood Springs sophomore Ryan Rigney takes the puck up ice against Liberty at home Friday.
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Glenwood Springs Head Coach Tim Cota adjusts a helmet strap at home Friday.
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Glenwood Springs starting goaltender Jeremiah Swenson keeps close watch toward the blue line during Friday’s home game against Liberty.
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Glenwood Springs Head Coach Tim Cota discusses first-period highlights in the locker room during a home game against Liberty on Friday.
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Glenwood Springs hockey players await their next shift against Liberty at home Friday.
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Glenwood Springs’ sophomore Lucas Chartier controls the puck in the defensive zone while playing Liberty at home Friday.
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PHOTOS: Students get real life budgeting lessons at financial literacy fair

Glenwood Springs High School students experienced a taste of the real world on Tuesday at the second annual Reality Town Financial Literacy Fair. Volunteers from the community taught students how to budget and manage finances at various tables set up to represent a wide variety of expenses. Students received pay stubs, monthly salaries and a variety of “life situations” before bouncing around 25 booths to purchase housing, vehicles, insurance, groceries and other expenses, with the hopes of staying within their budget.

Volunteer Mary Lamb helps a student pick out a car based on the size of their make believe family at the Reality Town Financial Literacy Fair at Glenwood Springs High School.
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Handbooks wait for students at the Reality Town Financial Literacy Fair at Glenwood Springs High School on Tuesday.
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A Glenwood Springs High School Student spins the wheel to see how many traffic tickets they have at the table learning about how car insurance works at the Reality Town Financial Literacy Fair on Tuesday.
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A volunteer runs through property tax numbers with students based on their house size or living situation at the Reality Town Financial Literacy Fair on Tuesday.
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Glenwood Springs High School students run through prices of groceries and how to use coupons at the “grocery store” table at the Reality Town Financial Literacy Fair.
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Glenwood Springs High School students check in at the supplemental income table at the start of the Reality Town Financial Literacy Fair on Tuesday.
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PHOTOS: Hotel Colorado welcomes the holidays with 32nd annual lighting ceremony

Families and friends flocked to the Hotel Colorado on Friday afternoon and evening to partake in the festivities at the 32nd annual lighting ceremony. Live ice carving, gingerbread house competition, and performances by Symphony in the Valley and the Denver Dolls took place all afternoon inside and in the courtyard.

On the main stage, performances by Liberty Classical Academy, Legacy Dance Company, and the Dance of the Sacred Fire prepared guests for the fireworks show and lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season.

Nine-year-old Lana Gardner takes notes while judging the gingerbread houses in the Roosevelt Room at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
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A member of the Dance of the Sacred Fire performs for the audience on the main stage at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting
Ceremony on Friday.

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Four-year-old Calham Soltez gives Santa a hug after telling him what he wanted to Christmas with his 2-year-old sister Ophelia at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
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The Denver Dolls sing Christmas carols for the audience at the main stage at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
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A family poses in festive hats at the photo booth at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
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A member of the Dance of the Sacred Fire performs for the audience on the main stage at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
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Young dancers with Legacy Dance Company perform for the audience on the main stage at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
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A large crowd gathers in front of the stage for performances at the 32nd annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on Friday.
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PHOTOS: Divine opening day at Sunlight Mountain Resort

Bluebird sky. Below freezing. First chair, 9 a.m.

Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs welcomed its opening day of the 2022-2023 season Friday morning. After a ceremonial prayer to the snow gods to usher in first chair, riders took on mostly groomed terrain and some decent rollers on the Midway run.

Sunlight Mountain remained open for weekend operations with one of the three lifts running, and was to close for the week until Friday, Dec. 2. Sunlight officials say if there’s enough snowfall this week, additional terrain and lifts could be open next weekend.

A snowboarder bows his head in prayer as Kimberlee Law, left, a local pastor, priest and vicar, gives a prayer to usher in the first chair of the season at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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Sam Brager gives a Shaka sign while riding the season’s first chair at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday morning.
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People ride the chairlift at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Friday.
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People ski and snowboard down Sunlight Mountain on Friday. It was Sunlight’s opening day.
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A snowboarder scrapes down Sunlight Mountain on Friday.
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A skier takes on a groomed run at Sunlight Mountain on Friday.
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PHOTOS: Kids and families enjoy Thanksgiving feast at Sopris Elementary School

Kitchen staff at Sopris Elementary School started their morning many hours before students arrived last Thursday to prep a traditional Thanksgiving meal for students and their honored guests. One hundred pounds of potatoes where hand mashed, 72 pounds of whole turkeys were roasted and over 300 rolls were baked to create around 350 meals paid for by the parent teacher association.

Sopris Elementary School kitchen crew member Bozena Sak (middle) and her daughter Aneta Dabek dish out plates of turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy for kids and families on Thursday.
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Sopris Elementary School third grader Jayden F. makes his way through the line before enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal with his family on Thursday.
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Sopris Elementary School employee Alan Dabek volunteers in the kitchen to help dish out plates of traditional Thanksgiving meals to students and their guests on Thursday.
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Sopris Elementary School third grader Angel Diaz makes his way through the line before enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal for lunch on Thursday.
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Sopris Elementary School kitchen crew member Bozena Sak (middle) and her daughter Aneta Dabek dish out plates of turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy for kids and families on Thursday.
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Sopris Elementary School third grader Emma C. looks on with excitement before receiving a plate of turkey and all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
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Sopris Elementary School second grader Rory Smith makes his way through the line before enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal for lunch on Thursday.
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PHOTOS: Glenwood Springs High School honors area veterans

Members of the Glenwood Springs High School Air Force JROTC color guard present the colors at the Veterans Day assembly at the high school on Friday.
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Glenwood Springs High School Air Force JROTC cadet Tucker Stinson presents the colors with the rest of the color guard at Friday’s Veterans Day assembly at the high school.
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United States Navy veterans are honored at the Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School on Friday.
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Guest speaker United States Air Force veteran Greg Rosenmerkel addresses the school and honored guests at Friday’s Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School.
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United States Army veterans are honored at the Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School on Friday.
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Glenwood Springs High School students stand and honor the flag during the National Anthem at Friday’s Veterans Day assembly at the high school.
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Members of the Glenwood Springs High School band perform for the school and honored veterans at Friday’s Veterans Day assembly.
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United States Army veterans are honored at the Veterans Day assembly at Glenwood Springs High School on Friday.
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