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Big Foot benefits students

When “Big Foot” the famous mud-slinging monster truck revs up June 28 in Rifle, it will be to honor an 80-year old woman who impressed her community by getting her college degree. Marge Lowderback got just what she wanted a year ago when she crossed the graduation stage and received her diploma at the Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus. Sadly, she passed away soon after. Now the community is coming together to support a scholarship in her name.

The “Mud for Marge” event is Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Saturday at 1 p.m., there will be a free concert with acoustic folk artist Cookee; the mud bog begins at 5 p.m. The demolition derby is at 1 p.m. Sunday.



Advance tickets are available at NAPA stores in Carbondale, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs, Meeker, Rifle and Parachute.

Happy Birthday, John



We received these good wishes from a person who wants to remain anonymous. “Happy Birthday John Simmons. You are missed every day in Sedalia, Mo. We love you. Your good friend.” John is the director of the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority.

Mulry graduates

Rachel Rebecca Mulry will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. June 13. She’s the daughter of Michael and Beth Mulry of Carbondale.

Ruiz remembered

The staff and students of Yampah Mountain High School Teen Parent program are remembering Karina Ruiz, who graduated last year but died after a car accident on Nov. 29, 2002. Lucy Adams, program director, wrote: “Karina was exceptionally dedicated to her education; she had a lively, inquiring mind and an intelligent sense of humor. She loved her daughter Jasmine dearly and wanted the very best for her.”

Yampah has established a fund in her memory to support Jasmine’s education. You can make a donation to account #1010300667, the Yampah Mountain Education – Karina Ruiz Memorial Fund, at any Alpine Bank.

Lerch graduates

Kathleen M. Lerch of Glenwood Springs graduated magna cum laude with honors from Oklahoma Baptist University May 24.

Susie’s house on Big Island for rent

Our good friend and former valley resident Susie Strode, who moved to the Big Island of Hawaii two years ago, just bought a house and is offering it for one-week rentals. Here’s what she wrote recently: “Aloha good friends and family. I am getting settled into my new home and really enjoying the cool ocean breezes and no mosquitoes here in the blue hole. They call this area the blue hole because when it is raining everywhere else, the skies are blue here. I plan to rent out my house while I am gone in September and October to the mainland and have very low rates. My house has two very large bedrooms with two full baths. The master bedroom has a queen bed and balcony with views of the ocean two blocks away and the guest bedroom has a queen bed and twin bed. There is a large lanai that runs the length of the house and is cool with ocean breezes.”

She’s 30 minutes from the Puna coast with hot ponds and places to swim and snorkel in the ocean and 45 minutes from the Hamakua coast with waterfalls and some good hiking. She’s charging $50 a night for 2, $65 for 3 and $75 for 4 with a week minimum. Her phone is 808-966-4101.


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