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Happy birthdayLordy, Lordy,Scott’s turning 40 on Feb. 13.If you see him, make sure to mention, “it’s all downhill.”Love, Sonya and Molly.Walker decorated for heroism Army Spc. James L. Walker has been decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. During Operation Iraqi Freedom II, the operational mission objectives for U.S. armed forces members and coalition forces will focus on peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counterinsurgency operations as the Iraqi Governing Council assumes full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq. The U.S. servicemembers and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq’s economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing its military to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence.Walker is the son of Phyllis Walker, of Rifle. The specialist graduated in 1996 from Rifle High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.Tharp completes basic trainingArmy Pfc. Craig A. Tharp has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky.During the nine-week training period, Tharp received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.He is the son of Laveta Tharp, of New Castle, and a 1988 graduate of Rifle High School. Dean’s listBrian David Hicks made the dean’s honor roll in the College of Natural Sciences for the fall semester at Colorado State University. He is a 2004 graduate of Roaring Fork High School and the son of David and Connie Hicks, of Glenwood Springs. Recent marriagesOracio Bernardo Sanchez and Jeanette Marie Asselin, of Parachute, Oct. 5, 2004.


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