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Colorado Marine completes training

Marine Corps Pvt. Morgan A. Roe, son of Julie D. Moore of Rockwall, Texas, and Ralph A. Roe of Basalt recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.

Roe and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Roe spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. Recruits performed close-order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Roe and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in a ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.

Roe is a 2003 graduate of Fruita Monument High School of Fruita.

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The Colorado State Lottery informs us that Teddy Martin of Parachute came up a big winner with a Frosty the Doughman scratch ticket. Martin earned himself a respectable $5,000 prize ” spend that dough wisely.

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