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Military news

Marine Corps Pfc. Gaylen E. Marsh, son of Cathy M. and Russell C. Marsh of Rifle, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Marsh is a 1994 graduate of Rifle High School of Rifle.



Crystin Y. Ting Min, daughter of Julie Lei and Gary Min of Glenwood Springs, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Denver’s Navy Recruiting District office. The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school.

Ting Min will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Ting Min is completing her senior year at Glenwood Springs High School.

Andrew B. Baird has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve after graduating from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. Baird is the son of Melvin R. and Jane B. Baird of Redstone.

The lieutenant graduated in 1995 from Green Valley High School, Henderson, Nev., and received a bachelor’s degree in the year 2000 from the University of Las Vegas.

Recent birth

Alicia Lois Chavez, daughter of Mary and Rafael Chavez of Carbondale, was born at 3:24 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Valley View Hospital. She was 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and 19 1/2 inches at birth.

She joins a family that includes her older brothers Jonathan Parker, 4, and Michael Anthony, 4, and her grandparents, Norma and Gary Barr of Carbondale and Alicia Gomez and Rafael Chavez of New Castle.

Arensdorf, Dean wed

in Redstone

Megan Arensdorf and Whitney Dean of Glenwood Springs were married on Oct. 18, 2003, at the Redstone Inn. Megan, PEAK teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School and owner of Unlimited Horizons Tutoring and Enrichment, was educated at the University of Iowa and is the daughter of Tom and Kelly Arensdorf of Eldridge, Iowa.

Whitney, owner of Starkworks Construction, attended the University of New Hampshire and is the son of Gaylee and Richard Dean of New Market, N.H.

Learning to overcome challenges: Marty Mazzotta’s fifth-grade class at Sopris Elementary has been learning about dealing with challenges and helping others at the same time. In December, the class practiced doing everyday tasks like putting on coats, hats and gloves, and tying shoes with non-dominant hands, similar to what Marla Gettman has been learning as she recovers from a car accident in December 2002. They created flash cards with pictures of common items to help Marla regain her vocabulary, and invited her to join their class for a visit. The students wrote letters to Marla and read them to her during her visit. It was a great learning experience for everyone involved, and the class continues to communicate with Marla and encourage her recovery.


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