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Memories & Milestones

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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel D. Ooley, son of Beverly J. and Daniel L. Ooley of Rifle, is part of the first crew of the newest Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence (LCS 2), which was recently commissioned in Mobile, Ala.As part of the commissioning crew, Ooley will receive the title of plank owner as recognition of his contribution to the delivery of the ship to the fleet.Independence is the second LCS ship commissioned, following USS Freedom (LCS 1). The new Naval ship is the first of her class built and designed by General Dynamics for the Navy.Independence is a 419-foot all-aluminum trimaran with a slender, stabilized monohull, the first of its design in the surface fleet. It has a displacement of 2,800 metric tons, is capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots, and can operate in water less than 20 feet deep. Propelled by four water jets in addition to two diesel and two gas turbine engines, the ship boasts a range of more than 3, 500 nautical miles.LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operations. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. Ooley is a 1991 graduate of Rifle High School. He joined the Navy in March 1999.

Alex VanEngelenburg graduated with a double major in biochemistry and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. He graduated from Rifle High School in 2005 and is the son of Randy and Vicki VanEngelenburg of New Castle.Jessica Boat graduated with a major in biochemistry, and minor in chemistry, cum laude. She graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2005 and is the daughter of Steve and Diane Boat of Glenwood Springs.

Sayre just celebrated his 6th birthday. Happy birthday, buddy!Has anyone told you they loved you today?We do! Mommy & Daddy

Mountain Air Mechanical held its second annual sledding derby on Saturday, Jan. 30. It was a great turnout with nine sleds entered into the competition. The People’s Choice and best theme winner was Mike Conn with the motorcycle sled. The fastest sled winner was Zach Parks with a time of 7.5 seconds in the Octopus Prime Semi truck. Special thanks go out to everyone who helped put together a great event.

The 2010 Miss Colorado High School Pageant took place Feb. 6 at the Roberta Price Civic Auditorium in Loveland. With the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Loveland being the official host hotel, 21 delegates from all over the state of Colorado competed for the coveted crown. Annika Sandberg from Gypsum captured the judge’s votes and was crowned Miss Colorado High School 2010. Along with winning the prestigious title, Annika won the Best in Evening Gown award. Annika won a prize package valued at more than $28,000 including a $20,000 scholarship to Regis University in Denver. She will advance to compete at the national Miss High School America in March in Branson, Mo.

South Side Conservation District awarded Ms. Williams and her fifth-grade class at Rifle Middle School a $500 grant to enhance her science and conservation curriculum. The class will learn about soil erosion and take a field trip to Rifle Falls to see our natural resources and continue their conservation education outside. The grant is offered each year to teachers with students in the South Side Conservation District by applying to the conservation district.

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