Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

For Francine Acord-Brown of Parachute, achieving her goal of showing her Paint horse, Lakotas Smart Lil Hero, at the national level was nothing short of a miracle. In 1998, Francine suffered three concussions from auto accidents in a matter of months, plus another head injury, resulting in a compounded mild traumatic brain injury, all of which indicated she would never ride again. But, driven by an indomitable spirit and determination to ride again, and spurred by an unshakable vision, Francine has come back – she and Hero are one of 100 finalists in the “America’s Favorite Trail Horse” competition.Francine credits her horses, and especially the aptly named Hero, for much of her miraculous recovery from such debilitating injuries and resulting grand mal seizures. She and Hero have such an intimate bond, the horse knows when she is going to have an attack and alerts her to it. Francine says he is definitely her hero. She can’t believe how far they both have come, and she hopes her story is an inspiration to others to believe in miracles and never to quit.Their segment of “America’s Favorite Trail Horse” will air on HDTV on Oct. 18. Click on and see how to vote and help this deserving pair win.

Dale Shrull, former editor for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, was recently recognized by the National Newspaper Association in its national journalism contest.Shrull won two awards in the division for daily newspapers with a circulation up to 16,000.He won a first place for feature writing series for his work detailing the 9th Judicial District drug court program, and a second place in the sports column category for a column he wrote following the Glenwood Springs High School football team’s appearance in the Class 3A state championship game.More than 2,000 entries were received for the contest from newspapers in both daily and weekly divisions throughout the country.The awards were announced on Sept. 24 in Albuquerque, N.M., at the National Newspaper Association’s national convention. The NNA was established in 1885 and is based in Columbia, Mo.

Beck and Alicia Herring are the proud parents of twin girls, Brooklyn Davis and Raquel Carter, born on Sept. 27, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Jennifer Gibbons Sa Bom Nim was recently appointed to the Technical Advisory Committee for Soo Bahk Do. Master Gibbons was appointed by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang, who is the life president of the Unites States and World Moo Duk Kwan Federation. The committee has several areas of responsibilities and roles for United States Soo Bahk Do including the standardization of all tradition and philosophy. Master Gibbons travels all over the U.S., Europe and Korea for Soo Bahk Do events. She was the sole woman to participate in the 1st Shim Sa or candidate testing in Korea. She currently holds an O Dan (fifth degree) belt level. Master Gibbons has been teaching Soo Bahk do for more than 20 years and is part of the Rocky Mountain Martial Arts schools that include Aspen, Basalt and New Castle. Congratulations to Jennifer Gibbons for her outstanding accomplishments.

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