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Memories & Milestones

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Congratulation to the students from Rocky Mountain Martial Arts in Aspen, Basalt and New Castle on their recent rank promotions in the traditional Korean art of Soo Bahk Do. The adult students from all three schools gathered in the Basalt studio on Feb. 25, where they demonstrated physical technique and mental discipline in several areas including ho sin sool (self-defense), hyung (forms) and kyok pa (board breaking). For more information visit

Cory and Jackie Nielson are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Brian Nielson, to Raquel DiPerna. Brian is a 1997 graduate of Glenwood Springs High school, and 2004 veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.Brian moved to New York City in 2004, and graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in computer art. After designing graphics for several television networks like, Comedy Central, Sy Fy, and BBC America, Brian moved on to work for the Julius Klein Group as a creative director and photographer in NYC.Raquel grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in broadcast film. She spent several years working in NYC as the VP of production at Lifetime Television, before taking her current position with BET Networks as the VP of creative operations and production.Brian and Raquel will be married on April 11, 2010, in New York.

Maggie Niehoff, Leslie Rockey, Tracey Yajko, Keira Clark and Jenna Bontempo represented Colorado Animal Rescue, at a one-day workshop in Grand Junction presented by, the online database of adoptable, homeless pets. The workshop was sponsored by PETCO and hosted by Mesa County Animal Services. Topics included fundraising, marketing, and other strategies to increase adoptability of animals. is the largest database of homeless pets on the Web, with more than 324,000 animals listed.

They attended the Panoramaland Dance Spectacular Competition in Richfield, Utah. For their division, they won Best Overall Team and Grand Champions. They qualified for nationals in Salt Lake City. From left, top row: Jacey Krueger, Michaela Gecevich, Jacki Young, Bailey Barnum, Bostyn Elswick and Gabrielle Coleman; and bottom row: Jaelyn Price, Lacey Peterson, Tori Easley, Angelina Cagle, Destinee Fowler and Erin Flaherty. You can catch the Western Slope Stompers in action by coming to their fifth annual recital, “Stars in Motion,” on Saturday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at Rifle High School. Contact Shonna at 984-2265 or with any questions or to join clogging or jazz.

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