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Submitted Photo/Mike SpeerJohn (front) and Borum Cooper (back) of Cooper Communities, with guide Ry Neiley, compete at the fourth annual Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic.

The Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Classic tournament, held Sept. 21-23, was sponsored by Cooper Communities, and is part of the Redbone@Large Tournament Series. Proceeds from this and all events in the series benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation.

Bill Hauskins of Berthod Motors won the Grand Champion Angler prize at the tournament. Hauskins, with help from guide Mike Thomas, managed to catch and release the most rainbow and brown trout.

Grand Champion Team honors went to the Ivan Perrin/Chris Cook tandem, and Thomas Lauerman snared the largest rainbow trout at the event. Cook caught the largest brown trout, and the grand slam winner was Bill Wallace.

With the help of local sponsors such as Berthod Motors, Sunlight Structures, Alpine Bank and Taylor Creek Fly Shop, the event was able to raise approximately $80,000 for the CF Foundation. Local committee members included Larry and Dawn Thrun, Ivan Perrin and Tim Heng, with Mark Cooper (former Denver Bronco) as chairperson.

Kurt and Kathy Hill of Rifle are one of five nominees for the annual Colorado Stewardship Award. The couple has been volunteering for six years with the Rifle Ranger District, doing everything from performing inventory of roads to handing out hunting information and conducting owl surveys for research purposes.

Chris and Becky Harvey of Rifle are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Lytle-Harvey, to Justin Conklin, son of Brad and Kim Conklin of Queen Creek, Ariz.

Megan graduated from Rifle High School in 2004. She received her cosmetologist license in the fall of 2005. Megan is currently relocating to Phoenix to continue her career as a stylist.

Justin is a 2003 graduate of Grand Valley High School. He lives in Phoenix and works as an electrician for R.M.L. Electric.

The couple are planning a 2008 spring wedding.

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