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Memories & Milestones

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Jared W. Tonder has entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, in preparation to enter the first academic year at the academy. The six-week, two-phased orientation program must be successfully completed by the cadets prior to entering their freshman year. The training prepares men and women to meet the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced by new cadets.Phase one involves personal in-processing, orientation, and training in the fundamentals of being a cadet. Cadet trainees are prepared to adjust from civilian to military life and disciplines, and learn proper wear of the uniform, saluting policies and procedures, drill and ceremony, marching and living quarters standards.During phase two, cadets train outdoors living in tents while learning to function in field conditions. Cadets apply and practice team work, cohesion and learn to deal with physically and mentally demanding situations. They complete the obstacle, confidence, assault and leadership reaction courses, and participate in a rescue mission termed Operation Warrior.He is the son of Jeff Tonder of Hawthorne Way, Parachute, and grandson of Nelda Wolthuis of Spencer, Iowa.Tonder is a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley High School.

Loras College recently announced the names of students who achieved dean’s list status for the 2010 spring semester, and Patience A. Chiles of Glenwood Springs made that list.A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.Loras College is located in Dubuque, Iowa.

Timothy Seydel Cashel of Glenwood Springs was named to the dean’s list for Spring 2010 at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. Students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above in the Spring to be awarded this honor.

Sarah Tahvonen and Gabe Hunter of Rifle have announced their engagement.Sarah is a 2002 graduate St John’s High School in Michigan and a 2006 graduate of Central Michigan University. She currently works as the public relations coordinator for Grand River Hospital District.Her parents are Monte and Linda Tahvonen and Karil and Mike Jaskiewicz, who reside in Ohio and Michigan.Gabe is a 2003 graduate of Cedaredge High School and works as a corrections officer at Garfield County Community Corrections.His parents are Tad and Lori Hunter of Cedaredge.A May 2011 wedding in Palisade is planned.

Boy Scouts from local Glenwood Troop 225 have earned the newly available scuba merit badge along with a full PADI scuba certification. Pictured from left are Scouts Travis Traul, Brody Babcock, Shad Passmore,Troy Long, Charlie Bierbaum, our fearless dive instructor Dar Lehey, Louis Bini, Jeff Close, Patrick McGarry Jr. and Adam Bodrogi. Special thanks to Dar and his crew for the special attention given to the Boy Scouts. Good luck in retirement, Dar!

On July 20, the Kiwanis Club of Glenwood Springs provided a steak dinner (with ice cream Sundaes for dessert) to a group of young people riding bicycles cross country from California to New Jersey. Their ride is called JettRide 2010, a cross-country tour from California to New Jersey (June 24 to Aug. 28), to raise funds and awareness to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy affecting only young men, causing them to die by their mid- 20s. The riders travel about 70 miles per day, camp out most nights, and provide their own food. The riders expressed appreciation for a “genuine” meal instead of their customary peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunches and “mac and cheese” dinners.

The Mount Sopris Conservation District is proud to announce that Michael Dunham has been awarded the annual scholarship from the Mount Sopris Conservation District. Michael wrote an essay on conservation and has demonstrated leadership skills while in high school. Michael will be attending Colorado School of Mines this fall. Applicants are required to be pursuing an education in natural resources, conservation or agriculture.

The Rifle Snowmobile Club held its annual trails cleanup day on the Flat Tops on Saturday, July 10. Eight people helped with the cleanup, from left: Kurt Hill, Jim Yoast, Justin & Stacey Wanca, Sharon Yoast with puppy dog Sam, Justin Mahaffey and Gary Mahaffey. The group met at the snow groomer shed afterwards for a cookout.

In addition to the green-shirted JettRiders are: Kiwanians Bill Coleman (one of the cooks, sixth from left), Jim Setterberg (another cook and president-elect, fourth from right), and Joe O’Donnell (Kiwanis president, second from right) as well as Allen Hall (far right, JettRide 2010 director).

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