Mountain Mailbag

New babiesSean and Peggy Thomas of Glenwood Springs welcomed Tyler Nelson Thomas March 21. He weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 and three-quarters inches long. His sister is Levyn Emma Thomas.Miles and Jenna Cook of New Castle welcomed Abigail Reuez, who was born April 8. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Her sister is Carily, 2. Her grandparents and Miles and Laurel Cook of Redford, Mich., and Jim and Bernadette Mitton of Glenwood Springs.Troyanne and Marco Diaz of Redstone welcomed Madison Alexa Diaz April 8. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 and one-quarter inches long. Her grandparents are Marilyn and Art Ross of Alpena, Mich., Armando and Nancy Diaz of San Francisco, Calif., and Vikki Thompson of St. David, Ariz.Tim and Susannah Thulson of Glenwood Springs welcomed Ty Bailey Thulson April 2. His sister is Taylor, 3, and his grandparents are Carol and Allen Thulson of Battlement Mesa and Linda and Dana Covert of Breckenridge.Babes BashTrish Kramer, who is helping organize a fund-raiser for a swimming pool at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, wants to have a Birthday Bash May 30 at the community center and invite all men and women who are turning 50 this year (those born in 1953). Anyone who will celebrate their 50th this year and is willing to collect donations for the pool, please e-mail Trish at or call her at 945-9874 (home) or 945-2238 (work).Bowling league winners: The Downtown Drug Bowling Team won first place in the Friday Nightowl League at New Castle’s SuperBowl recently. Left to right: Herman Ashby, Myra Tobias, Dave Dahl and Melissa Bjork. The Law Office Team was second and F&B Patio third.Sunlight honors ElstonSunlight Mountain Resort recently honored one of its longtime ski patrollers at a retirement party recently. Daniel Tod Elston retired after 45 years as a ski patroller. He came to Sunlight in 1977 from the Chicago area. Before that he patrolled at Wilmot Mountain, Wis., for 20 years. He was on the National Ski Patrol board of directors for five years. He was selected for the Joslin C. Memorial Award in 1991, the highest award for a patroller at Sunlight. At his retirement party he was presented with a lifetime pass to the ski area.Somsen and Harris to wedJuliane C. Somsen and Nathan G. Harris have announced their engagement. The wedding is planned for May 25 in Durango. Somsen is a 1989 graduate of Durango Senior High School and graduated from Trinidad State Junior College in 1990. Harris is a 1991 graduate of Rifle High School and graduated from Mesa State College in 1995. Both Somsen and Harris are La Plata County deputy sheriffs.The bride-to-be’s parents are Gary and Dean Somsen of Durango.The groom-to-be’s parents are Dale and Elena Harris of new Castle.Ackerman goes to D.C.Molly Ackerman of Glenwood Springs attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law Mar. 25-30 in Washington D.C. She was selected because of her academic achievement and an interest in a career in law. She had a chance to see the legal system in action in various courts in the nation’s capital.A winnerJames Villemaire of Glenwood Springs recently won $1,000 in the Colorado Lottery. Bendetti completes basicMarine Corps Pvt. Corey J. Bendetti, a 2002 graduate of Rifle High School, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.The training is designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.Bendetti and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.

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