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Remembering a prominent officerA remembrance of the life of Ray Combest is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Combest was the chief probation officer with the 9th Judicial District in Glenwood Springs. He was killed in an accident Thursday, Feb. 24, on C-470 in Douglas County.The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to either Garfield Youth Zone or the Red Cross Tsunami Fund at the memorial celebration.Elks sponsor benefit spaghetti dinnerThe Rifle Elks are sponsoring a benefit spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 12. The event is for Rick Connolly, who needs a kidney transplant.Organizers are hoping his bowling buddies and other friends will come out to support him. Information: 319-7109.ATHENA nominations The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is now taking nominations for the 12th annual ATHENA Award.The award presentation will be April 27 at the group’s annual awards luncheon at the Hotel Colorado. The award recognizes someone who has achieved excellence in his or her business or profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has helped women reach their full leadership potential.Call the Glenwood Springs Chamber at 945-6589, visit http://www.glenwoodchamber.com or the Chamber office for nomination forms. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Monday, April 11.Scholarship deadline setSchmueser Gordon Meyer, a 50-person engineering and surveying firm based in Glenwood Springs, is offering two $1,000 scholarships to area high school and college students interested in pursuing civil engineering or surveying degrees. In September 2001, SGM suffered the loss of co-worker and friend Steve Westhoff and renamed its scholarship in his honor. Applications are due April 1 and are available at area high schools, or by calling SGM at 945-1004, or visiting http://www.sgm-inc.com/49.0.html.Rifle Rendezvous Festival seeking volunteersRifle Rendezvous festival organizers are trying to get a head start on rounding up volunteers to help with this year’s Rifle Rendezvous. Contact Nicole at 625-1868.- Compiled from staff reports


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