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Two Roaring Fork Valley locals narrowly missed qualifying for the National Roadeo competition last month at the Colorado Department of Transportation Roadeo.Phil Van Valkenburg of Glenwood Springs took third in the tandem truck team category along with his teammate Dave Jackson of DeBeque. Jason Simpson of Rifle took third in the same category with his teammate John Palmer of Walden. Only first- and second-place finishers advance to the national competition.The tandem truck team competition is a combination of a written exam, a pre-trip truck examination in which drivers have to identify pre-placed safety hazards, and a driving section in which they must negotiate various obstacles while being timed.”It’s very intense, very difficult, and there’s a lot of pride on the part of the people that succeed,” said CDOT spokesman Dennis Van Patter.

Basalt resident Shawn Stevenson is the guest of honor for a fundraiser from 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Buffalo Valley Restaurant to help offset the costs of $20,000 in medical bills she has collected over the past 18 months. Stevenson, who has been unable to work since January, recently received word she may be suffering from Lyme disease. Stevenson’s medical situation has been baffling to medical experts. Symptoms of Lyme are often confused with conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The fundraiser features live music by the Earthbeat Choir’s teen singers and the Jimmy Dykann Band, free appetizers until 7 p.m., a cash bar, and live and silent auctions.

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