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Joel Gdowski, son of Regina Sachs and Stan Gdowski of Hopewell, N.J., and Elizabeth Coco, daughter of Joel and Adilia Asplund of New Castle, were married in Glenwood Springs on Jan. 29, 2004.

Been saving a bottle of the good stuff for a special occasion? On Saturday, Feb. 28, epicurians and wine-o-philes are invited to Open That Bottle Night 5, an annual dining event held at Carbondale’s SIX89 restaurant. The restaurant will prepare the meal, either off the menu or one of owner Mark Fischer’s taste-specific “Random Acts of Cooking,” and SIX89 will charge a $20 corkage fee for those who bring their own wine. Funds raised through the corkage fees will be donated to LIFT-UP of Carbondale and Aspen. For information, contact the restaurant at 963-6890 or LIFT-UP at 945-2005.

Stephanie Nicole Matthews, a freshman at Colorado State University from Glenwood Springs, has been awarded the Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the College of Natural Sciences. Matthews, daughter of Greg and Jean Matthews of Glenwood Springs, is a life sciences open option major and graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2003. The award is for the 2003-2004 school year.

Valley poet Karen Chamberlain was recently honored as Poet of the Year by “Sparrows,” a poetry society based in Salida. Chamberlain, who co-directs the Glenwood Springs Writers’ Workshop with Carol Bell, also edits “Poetry from the Mountains,” appearing in the monthly magazine Mountain Gazette.

Chamberlain was awarded a cash prize in appreciation of her contributions to poetry and creative writing projects throughout the state. She is currently completing a novel as well as tutoring several school children.

Want a deal on wheels? Colorado Mountain College might help you find your next car, van, truck, snowplow, or even beer truck for as little as a hundred bucks.

The community college district is auctioning off 14 older members of its fleet in a sealed-bid auction Feb. 26 with $100 minimum bids. The vehicles include three 15-passenger vans, a Dodge minivan, several Subarus and pickup trucks, a flatbed trailer and two beer trucks.

If you are wondering why a college that bans alcohol on campus has two beer trucks, there’s a good reason. They were donated to CMC for the college’s commercial driving program, which has been at CMC’s Timberline Campus in Leadville. That program has been eliminated. It may be continued on a demand basis in Glenwood Springs or Rifle if the college is able to find a suitably paved 300-foot-by-300-foot parking lot required by the program. If one is found by Feb 25, the beer trucks will be removed from the list of surplus equipment.

“They still have a lot of value, even if you don’t own your own brewery,” says CMC’s fleet manager Marc Gallegos. “They’re perfect for moving and storing rental skis, or any varied items that you would like access to without having to empty a whole truck.”

The trailers and semi-beer truck are at CMC’s Timberline Campus in Leadville. The other vehicles are stored at CMC’s Spring Valley residential center between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. All the equipment can be inspected at those locations between 9 a.m. and noon, Feb 25. For information, go to then click on #301, or visit or call any CMC campus or center.

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