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Special to the Post IndependentChad Harris has been promoted from lieutenant to captain in the Glenwood Springs Fire Department. Pictured here with his wife, Tara, and daughters Mariah, left, and Makerah, Chad has been a paramedic and a firefighter for the Glenwood Springs Fire Department for six years. Chad is also a member of the Garfield County All Hazards Response team. Congratulations, Chad!

Dan Currie, bartender for Sammys on Park Avenue in Rifle for the past 71⁄2 years, turned 40 on July 1. Congratulations, Dan!

Happy 40th birthday, Todd Manzanares!Love, your family.

Hallie Kuhn, of Glenwood Springs, graduated from the second class of Conserve School on Saturday, June 11. Conserve School, located in Land O Lakes, Wis., is a college-preparatory boarding school for students in grades 9-12.

Craig and Jan Smiley, of Glenwood Springs, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Smiley, to Jacob Benson, son of Jim and Mary Benson, of Glenwood Springs.Amanda graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2000, and Jacob graduated from GSHS the following year. Both received degrees from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.After a July wedding, the couple plansto make their home in Fort Collins, where they will both be working at Kinard Junior High School.

Wade and Kellie Higgins, of Rifle, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lee Allen Higgins, at 1:48 p.m. May 15, 2005. He weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 181⁄2 inches long.Proud grandparents are Jeri Hayes, of Rifle, Russ and Evelyn Mathis, of Craig, and Steve and Cheri Aab, of Greeley.

Bryan Fitzgerald received his God and Country award for Webelos Scouts on June 5. Bryan is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 225 Panther Patrol.

Erin Daley, a 2000 graduate of Rifle High School, and a graduate of Texas A&M, recently began a summer 2005 internship in Washington, D.C. Daley, the daughter of Frank and Shelia Daley, of New Castle, will spend the semester as part of U.S. Rep. Henry Bonillas legislative team.

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