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Glenwood Springs Elementary School students Hunter Brown, Sierra Weast, Madison Goodstein and Josi Pearson were all winners in Monday, Jan. 26’s third annual “Who Wants to be a College Student?” contest, sponsored by College Invest. They’ll be taking part in the Colorado-wide version of the contest, held at Denver’s Invesco Field on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The American Paint Horse Association recently announced that Boy of Summer was named Champion Breeding Stock Two-Year-Old Gelding and Champion Two-Year-Old Breeding Stock Running Paint. Boy of Summer was bred and is owned by the Painted Pitchfork of Rifle and is trained by Samantha Dyan Valencia of Rifle. Boy of Summer was also named Paint Horse of the Year by the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association of Los Alamitos, Calif.

Kiara Lynn Minert, daughter of Todd and Kari Lynn Minert of Glenwood Springs, was born at 1:39 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 193⁄4 inches at birth. She joins a family that includes her 2-year-old brother Thomas and her grandparents, Alan and Peg Minert of Hicksville, Ohio, and Jay and Janice Chapin of Sanford, Mich. Her parents and big brother would like to thank God for another blessing to the family.



Caring for Colorado, a health care resource provider which provides nearly $4 million in assistance to charities and organizations across the state, was busy last year in Garfield County. Projects funded locally included $15,000 for Catholic Charities, to support the Miles for Smiles mobile dental van services in the county; $47,548 to the Family Visitor Program, to provide bilingual mental health services to women; $33,000 to Healthy Beginnings, to expand capacity to provide prenatal services to indigent women in Garfield County; and $90,000 to Mountain Family Health Center, to support the addition of a physician to expand care to uninsured and underinsured people in the central mountain region.

On Monday, Feb. 2, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and the Garfield County Human Services Commission will honor 35 residents who have been nominated for 2003 Humanitarian Service Awards. The 35 nominees, along with those who singled them out for recognition, will gather for a banquet at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.



Awards will be presented by Post Independent Publisher Mike Bennett and Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt for youth volunteer, senior volunteer, adult volunteer and staff. They will also present three special awards, and Bruce Christensen, the winner of the 2002 Countywide Humanitarian Service award, will present the top award to the 2003 winner.

Complete coverage on the awards ceremony will be included in the Tuesday edition of the Post Independent, and the event is being taped for rebroadcast on cable channel 12.

Here is the list of the 2003 nominees:

Youth Volunteer: Sadie Thimsen, Rachel Zancanella, Maxine Harris and Haley Hubbell.

Senior Volunteer: Bob Campbell, Richard “Dick” Smith, Virginia Erickson and Hilda Sykes.

Adult Volunteer: Charlene Sherman, Don Kaufman, Patty Harris, Jan Kaufman, Barb Barnes, Tom Jankovsky, Linda McFerrin, Robin Tolan, Alex de la Garza and Sharon Andersen, Terri Miller, Julie Myers, Chris McSwain and Claudia Griesser.

Staff: Dana Damm, Linda Shoup, Linda Leatherman, Don Bell, Mike Powell, Cheryl Hurst Page, Marie Hale, Jerlyn Nieslanik, Mike Blair, Julie Martin, Violet Mooney, Wanda Berryman and Martha Fredendall.


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