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Consider the miracles of April 16, 1945. That could have been Dick Rymans last day on earth, but for a series miracles. On that day about 50 miles northeast of Okinawa, Ryman was an 19-year-old torpedoman on the destroyer USS Wilson. The Wilson was part of what was called the picket line, a string of American and Allied ships stationed northwest of the island to act as an early warning system. They were on the lookout for kamikaze planes that were the last ditch effort of the Japanese to prevent the invasion of Okinawa, the final stepping stone to Japan.In early 1945, America and its allies were closing in on the islands of Japan and the end of the war was in sight.Ryman, 80, who lives in Glenwood Springs, retold the story as if it had happened last week, not 60 years ago.
Two men from the United Kingdom have been arrested on vehicle theft and drug charges after being stopped on a suspected traffic violation on Interstate 70 Wednesday.Stephen G. Wynne, 35, and Neil A. Fitzgerald, 33, remained in Garfield County Jail Thursday, each in lieu of $21,000 bond.They were pulled over at about 2 p.m. Wednesday while heading west between DeBeque and Parachute. Wynne was driving a white 1997 Infiniti SUV with California registration and was suspected of careless driving.A check on the vehicle found it had been stolen out of Los Angeles, the Colorado State Patrol reported in a news release. Troopers took Wynne and Fitzgerald into custody without incident.Troopers found 4.8 pounds of marijuana and 900 tablets of ecstasy in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, the CSP said. It said the drugs have a street value of about $17,100.Both Wynne and Fitzgerald held drivers licenses from the United Kingdom.They were charged with first-degree motor vehicle theft, three felony drug possession and distribution charges, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana. Wynne also was charged with careless driving.
Marty Martinez can credit his military and music careers for taking him around the world.When I graduated from college, I was drafted and I ended up staying in the service for 24 years. I started out as a MedeVac helicopter pilot, said Martinez, who earned degrees in music and business from Colorado State University before serving in Vietnam. After Vietnam and Germany, I went all over South America doing embassy support. I went to Carnivale in Rio every year.The retired Army lieutenant general said that while serving in Panama, he worked at the CBS studio, playing back-up for music featured in commercials.Ive always played music, since I was 5 years old, said Martinez, who will play at 8 p.m. today at the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286 Armed Forces Appreciation Celebration. I play mostly keyboards and trumpet, but I also sing.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.