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Jordan Christopher Meraz was born to Lori Meraz of Carbondale on Dec. 27. He weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 181⁄2 inches long.

On Dec. 23, 16-year-old Bobby Layman of Silt suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident at Snowmass. He has remained in a coma at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. His parents, Mary and Bob Layman, have been with him in Grand Junction since the accident.

On Sunday, Jan. 18, a benefit spaghetti dinner will be held to help the family with the extreme medical expenses and show their community support for the family. The benefit is sponsored by the Confirmation Team of St. Mary’s Church, of which Bobby is a member. Bobby is also an active 10th-grader at Rifle High School.



The dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 761 Birch St., Rifle. A donation of $5 per person or $20 per family is suggested. Any donation is appreciated, even if you can’t make it to the dinner. Donations can also be made at any Alpine Bank.

Several former local students received degrees from Fort Lewis College at winter commencement on Dec. 20. Glenwood Springs High School alumni Taylor Green received a Bachelor’s degree in art and Amy Rovig received her Bachelor’s in exercise science. Former Basalt High School student Sabra Lugthart received her Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Fort Lewis College awarded degrees to 180 students at winter commencement.



In Nevada, 1995 Rifle High School graduate Tami Lee Smith earned a Master’s degree in special education during the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’ commencement exercises, held on Dec. 17. Smith had previously received a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and sociology from UNLV in 1999. She’s currently in her second year of teaching math and independent living at Las Vegas High School, where she also serves as a volleyball coach.

We don’t normally print anonymous letters but this one, from a 16-year-old mother in a local foster care program, has a message that may be important to anyone who donated to the Angel Tree.

Dear Angel Tree person:

Thank you for the dress you gave my daughter Leslie. It is adorable. Thank you for the baby doll that has a pacifier and a bottle. She really loved it. I really appreciate you taking the time in buying her a gift.

Love,

Mom and Daughter

Nina Schnipper recently dropped a note in care of us to Leonard Rangel, who was featured working out on the cover of the Post Independent on Jan. 5: “To Leonard, and anyone else trying to quit smoking: I offer free massages to anyone who wants to quit smoking. Yes, there’s no catch, except that you have to sincerely quit for good. I am a massage therapist and personal trainer and an ex-smoker who knows firsthand that quitting smoking is a mighty task. So I’m trying to help anyone in that process.”

Nina asks that those interested give her a call at 948-0179.


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