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Special to the Post IndependentDaniel Cordova and Jackie Carter, both Rifle High School graduates, are deployed in Iraq.

Rifle High School graduates Daniel Cordova and Jackie Carter are deployed in Iraq with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). Both Marines were promoted in October, while the ship was navigating the Suez Canal after the unit had spent some time in Egypt. Cordova was promoted to Sergeant, Carter was promoted to Captain.

Jackie graduated from Rifle High in 1997 and went on to the ROTC program at the University of Washington. She’s been in the Marines since she graduated in 2001.

Daniel graduated from Rifle High in 2002. Both are deployed with aboard the USS Tarawa.

Melissa Sanders, of New Castle, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Daelen Kai Che, at 11:35 p.m., Sept. 4, 2005, at Valley View Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 11.5 ounces and was 211⁄2 inches long at birth.

Proud grandparents are Melanie and Ernesto Martinez, of New Castle, and Eric Sanders, of Grand Junction. Daelen’s big brother, Michael, is 2 years old.

Sylvia Johnson, of American University, has been nominated to receive a Fulbright grant to Brazil in education. Sylvia graduated from CRMS in 1996 and her parents are Sam and Ann Johnson of Carbondale.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel J. Sellers, son of Theresa Klien, of Carbondale, and Samuel R. Sellers of Keller, Texas, and his fellow shipmates returned from a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific while assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins, homeported in San Diego.

Higgins made port visits to Hong Kong, China and Port Kelang, Malaysia.

Sailors restored the Bayanihan Center in Hong Kong and helped rebuild a local orphanage in Port Kelang.

James J. Bennitt and Kimberly M. Saigh, of Chicago, Ill., Aug. 19, 2005

Mark Wayne Manning and Karen Cox Kirkland, of Kissimmee, Fla., Aug. 25, 2005

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