Memories & Milestones

Dave Malehorn, center, smiles as he learns he passed his fifth-degree black belt test through the Western Tang Soo Do Federation on March 8. Brian Mable of Brian Mable Karate in Glenwood Springs, left, and Monte Bledsoe, right, of Bledsoe Karate in Overton, Nevada, made up the exam board.

Malehorn passes advanced black belt test

Dave Malehorn passed his fifth-degree black belt test through the Western Tang Soo Do Federation on Friday, March 8. Brian Mable, of Brian Mable Karate in Glenwood Springs, and Monte Bledsoe, of Bledsoe Karate in Overton, Nevada, made up the exam board. Both are ninth-degree black belts. The exam was part of the spring convention in Glenwood Springs that the WTSDF holds annually for its students and black belts from around the country. Congratulations to Dave Malehorn on a job well done.

Garfield County Search And Rescue receives equipment gift from Phil Long Honda

Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc. (GCSAR) has received a 10-passenger Chevrolet Express van from Phil Long Honda of Glenwood Springs. This vehicle, valued at more than $25,000, represents one of the largest gifts ever received by the SAR, according to a press release. In addition, Phil Long Honda has become a long-term sponsor of the Search and Rescue team and will maintain the vehicle at no cost.

Tom Ice, GCSAR president, said, “We are grateful to Phil Long Honda for its support and generous donation. The van has been specially configured by Phil Long Honda and GCSAR for search operations to safely carry an SAR team and full complement of the SAR’s K-9 teams to search mission stagings and certification required trainings. This gift will help us save lives. In addition, this important gift of first-class equipment will have a major impact by increasing GCSAR’s capabilities to respond to simultaneous emergencies or large Garfield County Sheriff’s directives for rapid response support and rescue operations across Garfield County and beyond.”

Mark Perez, general manager of Phil Long Honda, said, “We are very pleased to make this vehicle donation and to support our county’s search and rescue team in its important work. We particularly recognize this is an all-volunteer group of unpaid local community people that represent a high level of public service and dedication to our safety. We look forward to a long association with this fine organization.”

Elks help State Veterans Home

Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286 raised over $5,000 in donations from the lodge, members, the public and 16 local businesses to provide two lift chairs and seven special recliners for the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle. Member Steve Thompson and his wife Barb deserve special recognition for their tireless efforts on making this event a success.

Lee graduates basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Kyra F. Lee 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.

Lee is the daughter of Karl F. Lee of New Castle, granddaughter of Darlene S. Oldham of Cocoa Beach, Florida, and cousin of Erika E. Watkins of Coweta, Oklahoma.

She is a 2018 graduate of Owasso High School, Owasso, Oklahoma.

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