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Memories & Milestones

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Some of the kids at James Lee’s Karate competed in the United States Karate Alliance Colorado State Championships, and many of them qualified for the National Championships in March. The kids will be going to Albuquerque, N.M. Way to go, JLK Glenwood! Good Luck!

Ashley Johnson and Michael Shaw of Glenwood Springs announce the birth of their son, Caeden Edward Johnson, at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 11, 2010. Caeden weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 193⁄4 inches long at birth.Grandparents are Gina Butler and Shawn Johnson of Fremont, Calif.Ashley says, “Caeden, you are a blessing to my life. The best thing to ever happen to me. Thank you for being so perfect.”

Melissa Buchanan, a 2009 Glenwood Springs High School graduate, has been named to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs dean’s list for fall semester 2009.

Eric Brynildson, 29, of Rifle, competed in the steer wrestling competition at the National Western Stock Show in Denver held Jan. 9-24 in Denver. He qualified in the top of 118 contestants. Steer wrestling involves a wrestler, a hazer (who keeps the steer on track) and two horses. The goal is to get the steer on his back with all four legs pointing in the same direction. The event usually takes about five seconds. Brynildson, who was born and raised in Rifle, has been at the stock show before. He is the son of Scott and Linda Brynildson of Rifle.

Rifle Elks Lodge #2195 honored the Americanism Essay contestants with a short ceremony recently. From left, bottom row: Raychel Page, Emily Burner, Makenna Sturgeon and Jordan Ann Dorr; and top row: Exalted Ruler Darrell DeForrest and District Chairman Tom Fisher. Not shown, Teyo Bennett.

Riley Bolitho has won third place in the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association’s annual Young Writer’s Award contest. Riley’s short story “Adam’s Encounter” was selected from entries submitted in the junior high seventh- to ninth-grade writer’s category. He was honored at the Young Writer’s Luncheon held in conjunction with the organization’s state conference in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 6. Riley is a seventh-grade student at Riverside Middle School in New Castle.

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture, recently announced the presentation of the first Commissioner of Agriculture’s Award for Excellence in Conservation to Larry W. Sweeney of Rifle. The award was presented at the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts (CACD) annual meeting in Breckenridge.This new award will be presented annually to a Conservation District Supervisor within Colorado that demonstrates leadership and vision for the state conservation community while providing volunteer services to a local Conservation District. Good conservation practices on their own land, as well as personal fostering of future leaders and the developing of new conservation partners are also required.Sweeney manages a small acreage near Harvey Gap with his wife, Pam. He is a member of the conservation family at the Bookcliff Conservation District (CD) in Rifle and was elected to the district board in 2008. Larry is the Secretary/Treasurer for both the Colorado River Watershed and the Bookcliff CD. Larry proudly represents the Colorado River Watershed on the board of directors for the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts. He has served on committees to improve funding sources for local CDs and to enhance leadership training for Supervisors throughout the state. He finished in the top of the 2008 Leadership class, and has served as a mentor to support others.Sweeney has assisted the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a facilitator at landowner input sessions in multiple watershed areas, and is an Earth Team Volunteer. He is also active with state legislators providing input and conservation opinions on various state bills. Larry and Pam have worked closely with the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Materials Center by offering test plots for newly released grass varieties on their land. Local ranchers are welcome to look at Larry’s seed plots, near the road and several have based their seed mixes on the results they see from these grasses. Larry has quickly made an indelible mark on the heart of Colorado’s conservation family, and we thank him for his leadership and commitment to conservation in Colorado.

Kevin and Kacey Daugherty of Carbondale announce the birth of their son, Kolton Michael Daugherty, at 8:34 a.m. Feb. 24, 2010. Kolton weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long at birth.Kolton’s big sister is Karyssa, 21⁄2; grandparents are Walt and Sondra Daugherty, Hal and Janet Kime, and Tom and Angie Keenan, all of Colorado.

Lee Mestas of Glenwood Springs recently celebrated his 92nd birthday by publishing a book about some of his experiences with the Seventh Armored Division during World War II. Lee’s book traces his entry into the military in March, 1941 through the Division’s actions in the European Theater of Operations during 1944 and 1945.The book was published by Gran Farnum Printing in Glenwood Springs and was presented to Lee on Feb. 19, 2010. Lee and his family are long time area residents and Lee and his late wife, Peggy, owned High Country Gems and Minerals for many years.All proceeds from the book are in the form of a donation to Hospice of the Valley in the name of the late family friend and fellow veteran, Roger Garing, also from Glenwood Springs, who passed away in December 2009.

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