White and Rippy wed

Mandie White and Dallas Rippy were married July 5 at the Four Mile Bed and Breakfast near Glenwood Springs. Their parents are Mark and Susan White and Gregg and Marilee Rippy. After a honeymoon in Maui, the couple will live in Salt Lake City.

Myrtle will celebrate 90th

Myrtle Casteel will celebrate her 90th birthday from 1:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Grand Junction, 3888 27 1/2 Rd.. No gifts please.

Myrtle lived in Glenwood Springs for more than 40 years. She is the widow of Charles “Chick” Casteel and the mother of Janet Smallwood, Joan Wright and Joe Casteel. She is a former member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, the Valley View Hospital Guild and the Rebecca’s Lodge. She and Chick were very involved in the political and business community.

Her daughter Joan wrote, “If friends can’t make it please send her a card.” Please give a call if you plan to attend: Janet: 970-263-0154, Joe: 963-3170 or Joan at 970-858-4465.

And a very Happy Birthday to you, Myrtle!

New baby

Luis and Sanya Polar feel very blessed with the birth of their first baby, Nicolas Gabriel Polar. Nicolas was born at 4:58 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Grandparents are Luis and Irma Polar of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Betty Gregg of Mesquite, Nev.

Baker is 2003 Outstanding Public Administrator

Basalt town administrator Tom Baker has been awarded the Leo C. Riethmayer Award as the 2003 Outstanding Public Administrator.

Throughout his career in government, Tom Baker has worked directly with the local citizens to develop public policy responses to community issues.

He received the Leadership Aspen Alumni Award in 2001 and serves on the Aspen Institute’s Community Forum Board. He is an accomplished facilitator, a certified practitioner of The Discovery Process and serves as an advisor to the Institute of Social Ecology and Public Policy at Monterey, Calif.

The official presentation and celebration of the Riethmayer Award will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Basalt.

Calahan wins Western Artists music award

Kip Calahan of Animas, N.M., formerly Kip Milosevich of Glenwood, recently won the Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist of the Year 2003 award at the Scott Theater in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Kip lives on the historic Gray Ranch in the far southwest corner of New Mexico with her husband, Richard, a second-generation ranch foreman, and their daughter Kyli. Her music reflects her love and admiration for daily ranch life.

Kip grew up in Glenwood Springs and has traveled all over the United States and Japan since 1981. During a six-year stay in Nashville, she co-produced, hosted and performed on “Live at Libby’s,” a two-hour live country radio show that was broadcast in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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