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Memories & Milestones

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Heidi Moss, a 2004 graduate of Rifle High School, graduated May 16, 2009, with scholastic honors from Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in landscape horticulture with a concentration in design and contracting and a minor in business administration. She was also named Outstanding Landscape Horticulture Senior of the Year and recognized by the American Society for Horticulture Science as an Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Horticulture. Heidi was also awarded the Outstanding Senior award in the Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honor Society for 2009. After being active in numerous organizations throughout her college years she finished her senior year as president of two organizations and an active, dedicated ag ambassador for the College of Agriculture. She was also selected to serve as a student ambassador for the Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Ky., last fall. She is currently featured in the CSU admissions web video for the College of Agriculture.Heidi is living in Fort Collins and working for Alpine Gardens as a project engineer. She is also serving on the Landscape Design and Contracting and Business Industry Advisory Committee and was asked to serve on a horticulture department advisory committee. Her parents, Danny and Tammy Moss and sister Lorna live in New Castle and are very proud of all her accomplishments.

Proud parents Rebecca and Julio Popoca and siblings Kevin and Abraham, of Glenwood Springs, welcomed baby sister Ximena Camila Popoca. She was born on May 17, 2009, at 7:56 a.m. Ximena weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Sam and Dan Philben of Carbondale, and Piedad and Felix Popoca of Glenwood Springs.

Doug and Sue Lyons, of Silt, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Laurie Lyons, to Trevor Salmon. Laurie is a 1999 graduate of Rifle High School and a 2003 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in elementary education. Trevor is a 1999 graduate of Senior High School in Grand Island, Neb.A Sept. 5 wedding is planned at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, followed by a reception at the home of the bride’s parents in Silt.The couple will make their home in Greeley, where Laurie is a first-grade teacher at Bella Romero Elementary School, and Trevor is a department manager at Wal-Mart.

Brett Saizan Payne, 22, the son of Wayne and Johanna Saizan Payne, will be wedded to Amanda Rene Cowgill, 23, the daughter of Keith Cowgill and Evelyn Hardy, on June 20, 2009. The couple has had a big impact on the Roaring Fork Valley with their charismatic demeanor and wholesome morals. From the memorable work they provided at the Carbondale City Pool in summers and their fun interactions at Aspen Skiing Co. in the winters, Brett and Amanda have easily won over the hearts of the valley residents. Now they are celebrating their great occasion here in El Jebel at the Christ Community Church together with family and friends.After their romantic meeting in anatomy class dissecting cats in spring 2006, they began dating and have been looking forward to this day ever since. On Feb. 13, 2006, the night before Valentine’s Day and Amanda’s birthday, Brett proposed nearly one year from the beginning of their courtship. Marriage, a notion set deep in their soul, had been postponed until they completed their education. They are to be finally married after three and a half years on the Saturday, June 20, after which they will be honeymooning on an Eastern Caribbean cruise. Good luck, Brett and Amanda. We hope to see you in the valley shortly. All are invited and welcome to the ceremony at 4 p.m. The reception afterward is limited to RSVP guests only.

Proud parents Troy and Erin Walker and sister Kennedy, from Rifle, welcomed baby boy Eli William Walker. He was born on May 26, 2009, at 3 p.m. Eli weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are William and Vicki Walker, and Michael and Vicky Dougan of Missouri.

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