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Mountain Mailbag

Edited by Kay Vasilakis

Just because you haven’t checked off every last name on your Christmas list by Christmas Eve doesn’t mean anyone on your list has to wait until next year. In fact, The Glenwood Springs chapter of the National Railway Historical Society has just the thing for those hard-to-shop for folks ” a gift pass good for a one-hour training session on the chapter’s 1949 General Electric diesel-electric locomotive. The pass is $50 and benefits the nonprofit Western Colorado Chapter. The chapter has a museum in the Glenwood Springs railroad station and is open from noon to 4 p.m. today. Information: 945-7044.

Air Force Airman Michael Leone has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

Airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Leone is the son of Mary Martin of Parachute, grandson of Mathias Martin of Colorado Springs, and is a 2004 graduate of Summit High School in Farmer’s Korner.

Rob and Gail Hartop of Silt announce their daughter, Brigit Hartop, has been chosen by the Colorado Chapter of the International 99’s as the 2004 Future Woman Pilot. Hartop will receive a scholarship to finish her private pilot license.

Air National Guard First Lt. Blake A. Cook has graduated from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program conducted by the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.

The 55-week training program, sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is designed to produce pilots qualified for assignment to military fighter aircraft as part of the alliance’s flying force.

Student pilots receive 256 hours of flight training in T-37 and T-38 aircraft, and 537 hours of ground training in academics, officer development, physical training, and other required subjects. Specific hours are used to achieve special skills needed to prepare the student pilot for follow-on training in fighter aircraft and acclimate pilots to adverse weather conditions and restricted airspace, such as that in Europe.

Cook is a fighter pilot assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa International Airport, Okla.

He is the son of retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bill and Darlene Cook of Glenwood Springs, and grandson of Mary Ellen Stromberg of Marlow, Okla. The lieutenant is a 1995 graduate of Owasso (Okla.) High School and a 2001 graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Two Hot Springs Lodge and Pool employees have been recognized as Employee of the Month for November and December. Janet Rickert was selected in November because of her expertise in merchandising and extraordinary customer service skills. Anna Mae Williams was chosen as the December Employee of the Month because of her loyal repeat customer following. Both have received a certificate, cash, gift certificate, and a complimentary Hot Springs massage.

Air Force Airman Christopher L. Ridinger has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches; and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises; and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Ridinger is the son of Robert Ridinger of Rifle and graduated from Rifle High School in 2004.


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