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Ramirez acknowledges help with campaign

As I come into this new role of school board director, I would like to thank those of you who supported me with encouragement, those of you who endorsed me, and those who took the time to write a letter to the editor.

Thank you to those who wore my pins/stickers, let me tag your car windows with my name, shared my images/letters and page, and those who voted.

An immense thank-you also to those who contributed monetarily to my campaign; I could not have been successful without your generosity. I stand with all of you in continuing the work for a better diverse representative experience for our families and children. I am humbled and grateful for the hope you’ve inspired in our valley. That wonderful optimism is enough to energize many of us on the journey of equity and is a win in itself.

I would like to dedicate this campaign to the many dreamers in my life. My children — may you always aspire to dream big dreams and then pursue them. My husband, who always encourages me to pursue mine. My parents, whose immeasurable sacrifices as immigrants in this great country I will never be able to repay, and who taught me the value of civic service to my community. My many educators who have gifted me with priceless knowledge and skills, including my fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Atencio, who was my greatest campaign contributor. I am inspired by educators like him, whose devotion continues long after students leave their classroom walls.

To the dreamers and immigrant students and families in this valley, I walk alongside you in this journey as we lean into hope. I am in awe of your strength and courage to continue to dream for yourselves and your children. As a mother and member of this valley and school community, I want to reinforce to you: You are welcome here, you belong here, home is here.

Jasmin Ramirez

Glenwood Springs

Memories & Milestones

Sullivan-Janosec wedding

Michael and Christine Sullivan are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Siobhan Marie, to Daniel Lee Janosec, son of John and Leigh Janosec of Rockaway, New Jersey. The couple married on Sept.14, 2019, in a magical ceremony at the Cornelius Pass Road House in Portland, Oregon. The wedding was officiated by Siobhan’s older sister, Kobi Collard, and followed by a reception with all of their beloved family and friends around them. Siobhan and Dan honeymooned in Hawaii. They met while working at ReSource Boulder, an environmental nonprofit. After a long-distance relationship for several years while Daniel completed his Masters in Environmental Engineering, they settled in Portland to continue their lives together.

Memories & Milestones

Eugene Diaz 90th birthday

Long-time Silt resident Eugene Diaz is turning 90. The family invites the public to join them for an open house celebration between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Rifle Senior Center at 50 Ute Ave. in Rifle. The family is looking forward to celebrating this wonderful day, and they ask attendees not to bring gifts.

Byram graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Laim P. Byram graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Byram is the son of Robert Byram of New Castle and Jane Power of Glenwood Springs.

He is a 2019 graduate of Coal Ridge High School.

Memories & Milestones

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Several Veterans Day events on tap for Monday

Monday is Veterans Day — a national day set aside to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

State, federal and many local government offices will be closed in honor of the day. Public schools are in session, though, and some will be hosting public Veterans Day concerts and speaking events.

Here’s what’s happening:

Ambleside at Skylark School

Students, teachers and the school board at Skylark School, 2195 County Road 155 (Mountain View Church), Glenwood Springs, invite the public to honor veterans and those currently serving the country.

Former Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, recipient of the 2019 Pat Tillman Award for Service, will be one of the school’s guest speakers. 

The program takes place at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Refreshments will be served after the program. RSVP to 970-930-1804 or admin@theskylarkschool.org 

Breakfast for Veterans

All veterans are invited for a complimentary breakfast between 8–10:30 a.m. Monday at WingNutz Bar & Grill, 2178 Railroad Ave., Rifle.

Veterans Day assembly at GSHS

Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave., will have a Veterans Day assembly and concert Monday morning in the main gymnasium.

Veterans should arrive between 9 and 9:10 a.m., and the event will start soon thereafter. A reception with coffee and treats will follow in the GSHS cafeteria. 

Glenwood Middle School program

All veterans and community members are welcome to join Glenwood Springs Middle School in honoring local veterans, beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at 120 Soccer Field Road.

There are to be guest and student speakers, plus choir and band performances. 

Carbondale Middle School program

The annual Carbondale Middle School Veterans Day Concert takes place at 9 a.m. Monday in the CMS auditorium. The school is located at 180 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale.

Garfield Re-2 school programs

Garfield Re-2 Schools will host several Veterans Day events, including:

  • Kathryn Senor Elementary School, 110 Alder Ave., New Castle, 8:15 a.m. outside at the flag pole
  • Riverside Middle School, 215 Alder Ave., New Castle, 8:15 a.m., in the gym.
  • Rifle High School, 1350 Prefontaine Ave., 10:55 a.m.
  • Coal Ridge High School, 35947 Highway 6, New Castle, 3 p.m.
  • Wamsley Elementary School, 225 E. 30th St., Rifle, 6:30 p.m., fifth grade musical.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, Rifle Middle School Veterans lunch, 753 Railroad Ave.
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, Graham Mesa Elementary School third grade musical honoring veterans, 6:30 p.m., 1575 Farmstead Parkway, Rifle.

Sopris Elementary potluck, concert

Students in fourth and fifth grades at Sopris Elementary School, 1150 Mt. Sopris Drive, Glenwood Springs, host a Veterans Day potluck at 5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a student concert at 6:30.

Elks Veterans Day

The public is invited for a patriotic celebration of Veterans Day at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Glenwood Springs BPOE Elks Lodge, 51939 Highway 6. 

The evening will include talks about the significance of Veterans Day and to thank veterans and active-duty military for their service. For more information contact the Lodge at 970-945-2286.

Readers Say Thanks

Clara Miller got the Ghost Walk going again this year

I invite everyone in our community to thank Clara Miller for her many efforts in reviving the Historic Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery this year. The event was sold out, reminding us how popular the fundraising event for the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Frontier Museum is.

Thank you again Clara.

Christina Gore

Glenwood Springs

Glenwood’s north landing sculpture ‘Tubing on the Colorado’ to be unveiled Friday

Since May, artist Madeline Wiener has sculpted a 24,000 pound piece of Yule Marble into a 10,000-plus pound sculpture titled, “Tubing on the Colorado.”

The sculpture will reside permanently on the north landing site along Sixth Street where the former Grand Avenue Bridge once touched down in Glenwood Springs.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, the city will host a dedication ceremony for the sculpture at the north landing site.

According to a news release, the event, which is open to the public will include light refreshments and activities for children.

Wiener, whose work is featured across the country from the Denver Botanic Gardens to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, oftentimes invites people to interact with her sculptures.

“It has a multitude of climbing possibilities for any little kid,” Wiener said of the sculpture. “And, any adult that were to come by would feel they could sit on the [sculpture’s] feet.”

Sculpted out of Yule Marble from Colorado Stone Quarries, Wiener said “Tubing on the Colorado” is approximately four feet tall, six feet long and five feet wide.

Following public input meetings, Wiener said several ideas were discussed for the sculpture including a Ute tribal chief, farmers, ranchers, miners, skiers, explorers and more.

“They started narrowing down the field of interests and one area, of course, was the river. The river is Glenwood,” Wiener said. “But, the bottom line that it came down to was family. No matter the background of all of these people, family seemed to be at the top of the list.”

Wiener described the sculpture as a mother and her son tubing down the river having fun.

According to Wiener one side of the sculpture looks “quite calm,” while the other side appears “wild.”

“It’s offering all of the things that the river has to offer,” Wiener said. “The energy and the movement.”

The public art project was made possible thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts grant, which was awarded to the city last year.

Wiener described the sculpture’s color as “the white side of gray.”

“They were looking for something functional, interactive, engaging and welcoming,” Wiener said. “I think I fulfilled that mission.”


Memories & Milestones

Robert Hutton’s 90th birthday open house

Robert Willard Hutton will be celebrating his 90th birthday with family, friends and neighbors from 2–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, with an open house at the Rifle BPOE 2195 Elks Lodge. The family invites people to join them.

Bob was born Oct. 29, 1929, to Ray and Edna Hutton in Grand Island, Nebraska.  The family moved from a large sheep ranch in Wild Horse to Rifle, Colorado, in 1942.

After serving in the Korean War Bob owned and operated Hutton Heating & Sheet Metal in Rifle for 35 years.

He was a volunteer fireman for 15 years retiring after serving as fire chief.

Bob and Dorothy have been married for 68 years. Their three children along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be joining them for the celebration.

Nolen turns 95

Calvin Cleave “Jitter” Nolen was born Oct. 23, 1924. His parents lived in San Antonio, but they were traveling on his father’s annual business trip through West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Jitter was born in Pueblo, Colorado.

They moved to Austin, Texas, in 1934. He joined the Boy Scouts in 1936 and was tapped out for Order of the Arrow in 1938, where he had to remain silent for two days.

The name Jitter was a funny name printed on his forehead during that time. This was a monkey in a comic strip, always on the side of kids. He has been called Jitter by most who have known him throughout his life.

He was an Eagle Scout with two palms, silver Beaver Wand.

He graduated from high school in 1942 and joined the Navy V-12 program. He trained as an operating room technician, was stationed at Kaneolia Naval Air station, and was discharged in 1947.

After graduation from University of Texas in 1948, he was promoted to ensign USNR, and retired as commander, USNR in 1989.

He was director of the University of Texas Student Center from 1950-1960 and the University of Texas Development Office from 1960-70, president of North Texas University from 1970-79, founding president of Texas College of Osteopathy for three years and vice president of the Oklahoma Medical research Foundation for 15 years, retiring in 1994. He and his wife Patricia moved to Glenwood Springs that year.

Jitter is the oldest living member of 100 Club Colorado.

Rifle Roundup, October 23

National Prescription Take Back Day

The Rifle Police Department is partnering with City Markey and the Drug Enforcement Agency for National Prescription Take Back Day.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, citizens are invited to bring expired or unwanted prescription drugs to City Market, at 1320 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.

This will be the second year RPD is participating in the program. This year the DEA is accepting vaping cartridges.

Representatives will be outside near the pharmacy drive-thru.

Downtown Streetscapes Public Meeting

A public workshop for the downtown streetscape project will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday. The workshop will be held at the Rifle Library, 207 East Ave.

At the workshop, the consultant team will present two options for integrating dining spaces and other beautification features into Third Street and Railroad Avenue. Drawings in 3-D will be presented to show the proposed improvements.

With the current street, sidewalks, landscaping, and utilities in need of improvement the city of Rifle will begin improvements to the Third Street and Railroad Avenue beginning the summer of 2020.

Readers Say Thanks

New Castle Community Market appreciates all who made the season a success

On behalf of the New Castle Community Market, we want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the vendors, volunteers and participants of this year’s market.

The market could not exist without all of you and your efforts to make each and every week a success.

This year brought many rewards to the market. We had a number of new products and food vendors to enjoy.

Our returning vendors welcomed return customers and continued success selling their products and services to the community.

We have a great number of memories to store away and remember.

Thank you, New castle and surrounding communities. Your support means the world to us.

See you next season and have a safe and healthy winter.

Noreen Nolan

New Castle Community Market