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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

As the years fly by, some things remain tried and true. One of those things is the great community support given to the Strawberry Shortcut 10K, 5K and Fun Run. The races benefit Glenwood Springs Special Olympics and our local athletes. It’s obvious from the turnout that the volunteers, racers and sponsors are as faithful now as they were 33 years ago. We at Special Olympics appreciate the continued support. This yearly event is generously presented by the Bank of Colorado. Local businesses offering their continued sponsorships: Aspen Orthopaedic Associates, Farmers Union Insurance – Steve White Agency, First Floor North, Geno’s Liquor, Glenwood Chiropractic Center, Glenwood Springs Ford, Gran Farnum Printing, Marriott Courtyard and Marriott Residence Inn, Mountain Roll-Offs, MRI, Natural Grocers, New Castle Family Fitness, Performance Footwear, Somethin’ Sweet Candy Plus!, The Gear Exchange, Yeh and Associates Inc., and Zheng Asian Bistro. Thanks to all of you for supporting the Strawberry Shortcut and Special Olympics. Big thank-you goes out to the Glenwood Springs Police Department and A-1 Traffic Control as well as to Kevin White, our new race director. We appreciate your time and energy. Again, thanks to the dedicated volunteers and racers that helped make the day a special one. Stay fit, Glenwood.Sincerely,Julie FiteWestern & Southwest Area managerSpecial Olympics Colorado

The Three Rivers Little League regular season is over. We were thrilled to have 276 boys and girls on 18 baseball and 5 softball teams in our league this year.We could not have had the wonderful season we did without the help of our volunteer coaches: Brett Benzel, Mike Bernot, Kevin Brady, Kevin Bruce, Chris Calabro, Bernie Cooper, Colt Cornelius, Mike Dollahan, Mark Erickson, Cheryl Fiscus, Ken Gaddis, Mike Glen, Jerry Glissman, Paul Gonzales, Steve Groom, Matt Haag, Jason Hadsock, Mitch Hagen, Bobby Henderson, Scott Houston, Marc Isgrig, Bob Johnson, Steve Kahn, Matt Lang, Dan Larsen, Jerry Law, Rich Law, Mike McAvoy, Kevin Merritt, Ben Neuroth, Fran Niccoli, Tapio Niskanen, Adam Olson, Jackie Resch, Paul Sabo, Curtis Schwab, Tony Thompson, Dave Townsley and Tina Trulove. We also want to thank all of our field prep people and umpires for their hard work. We are thankful for the many local businesses who sponsored teams and scholarships for the 2010 season: Aspen Elks Lodge #224, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Colorado #65, Architectural Windows & Doors, Aspen Orthopedic Associates, HUB Insurance, Myers & Company, R.A. Nelson, Roaring Fork Club, Eagle Pointe Condo Association, Dr. Adams & Family, Town of Basalt, Wells Fargo Bank, Don Springer, Vail Summit Orthopedics, American Tree & Landscaping, Casey Johnson, DDS, C’dale LLC, Grounds & Gardens, Moe’s Southwest Grill, R&A Enterprises, White House Pizza, Erickson Home Services & Management, Basalt Lion’s Club, Lambert Construction, The Flower Mart, Greg Divide Fencing, Liberty Home Financial, A to Z Plumbing, Advanced Carpet Care & Restoration, J.C. Electric, KDM Builders, John & Theresa Traul, Harry Mayer Construction and Dr. Lippman Jr., MD.Thank you for your continued support of baseball and softball in the Roaring Fork Valley. None of this would be possible without the countless hours of our non profit volunteers. The time you give can never be overstated enough to the dedication given to our children and this Valley.Sincerely,Paul Burbidge, PresidentJulie Glen, Vice-PresidentJenny Cutright, TreasurerThree Rivers Little League

As residents of our county and, by happenstance, members of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Garfield County, we would like to thank Sheriff Vallario for providing the resources to assist us in reviving an important program. Crime Stoppers (in our brief resurrection) has helped county law enforcement solve several serious crimes affecting the safety of our county’s residents. Special thanks to Sheriff’s Office liaisons Tanny McGinnis and Phil Strouse. We hope this forward-looking, community-based program will continue to be supported by all county residents and the professional staff that Sheriff Vallario has assembled.Respectfully yours,Thad Greene: local business owner; Andrea Holland: scientist; Dave Ruechel: postmaster; Sandy Decrow: educator and principal; Tom Ashworth: retired educator; Jane Ashworth, Advisory Member: retired educator and Coal Ridge volunteer

On June 5, the first annual Lucky Ducky Derby Race was held as a fundraiser to raise much-needed money for the American Cancer Society to aid in its quest to find a cure for cancer. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our entire community and surrounding areas for making this fundraiser very, very successful. We raised more than $8,000 – 100 percent of which will go to the American Cancer Society.We would like to thank the following major sponsors: Martinez Construction, D.M. Neuman Construction, Bill Barrett Corp., and Schmeuser & Associates; and associate sponsors: Target of Glenwood Springs, Silver Nickel Auction LLC, Western Slope Consulting, Western Caregivers, JBS Construction, Green Cross Wellness Center, Outwest Meat & Seafood, Action Shop, DeBeque Grocery & Gas, The Pink Pig, and Jon’s Liquors. We would also like to thank the following persons and businesses for donating the prizes: Rifle Creek Golf Course, Battlement Mesa Golf Course, Glenwood Springs Golf Course, Moab Golf Course, Gabe Chenoweth of KMTS Radio, Ty Morgan of The Moose Radio, Durango-Silverton Train, Leadville Train, Dr. Setterberg DDS, Dr. Hilty – Orthodontist, Neil Iskow (Colorado Rockies tickets) Target of Glenwood Springs, River Runners Whitewater Rafting, Glenwood Caverns and Tram, Burning Mountain Bowl in New Castle, WingNutz, Advanced Automotive, The Pit Stop, and Starbucks. And special thanks goes to our Relay For Life teams for selling tickets/ducks for the race, city of Rifle, Garfield County, Boogie Down Light & Sound, A-1 Traffic Control, KMTS Radio, The Moose Radio, Jim Bell and Pat Boles from Rifle Community Television and Peczuh Printing.Following the Lucky Ducky Derby race, our Relay Rally was held at Metro Park with food, fun and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We would like to thank all the Relay For Life teams that participated in supporting us by having a booth in conjunction with our Derby race, city of Rifle for use of the park, Boogie Down Light & Sound for doing such a fantastic job with music and entertainment, and the Pink Pig for providing excellent food for the event.And a huge thank you goes to all of you out there who purchased ducks in support of this fundraiser and in support of such a great cause. It truly is about a community coming together for a common goal, that of taking up the fight against this dreaded disease. Last year in Colorado alone, the American Cancer Society gave more than $10,000,000 to fund research. Thanks to all of you for helping us to support the ACS in its quest to find a cure for cancer.Lucky Ducky Derby Race CommitteeCheryl Morgan, Charlotte Squires, Tiffany Ottosen and Theresa Hamilton

On June 23, my sister and I headed to Country Jam just like we have been doing for the past 10 years. Unfortunately, just out side of Parachute, the rim on the truck collapsed which caused us to roll the truck and the trailer 2 times. From out of nowhere two young men were at the truck before we even stopped rolling. They helped my sister get out of the truck and then came around and were able to get me out. We were so very fortunate to have so many wonderful people who stopped to help us. Thank you Jenny, whom I think was an EMT, and the sweet blonde nurse. Also, to the two young men that helped us out of the truck you two were truly life savers. (I believe I have your Hawaii t-shirt, if you would like it back stop by Real Estate Out West in Rifle). Thank you to the Grand Valley Fire Department and rescue you guys were awesome.To every one else who stopped to help, I am sorry I can not thank each of you personally but please know that you are all amazing people. Danette Dickey, Rifle Diana Caldwell, Meeker

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