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Readers say thanks

The Jolley family would like to express our appreciation to all the people who came to the rescue during the fire on our mesa ranch. It is impossible for us to name everyone who helped out, both physically and emotionally. Any omission is not intentional, there were just too many people who helped and offered to help.We would like to acknowledge and thank the Burning Mountains fire Department, the Inter-Governmental Agency fire team, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team, Garfield County Sheriff Department, EnCana Oil and Gas, Bill Barrett Company, ‘Screaming Eagle, Grand River Hospital District, Fred Frei, Heyl Construction, Trey Anthony, Roger Coombs, WingNutz and Grady Hazelton. In addition to Burning Mountains Fire, we saw local fire crews from Rifle, Glenwood, Carbondale, Aspen and Meeker.The gas companies sometimes get a bad rap, but EnCana Oil and Gas Company and Bill Barrett Company came to our aid in unbelievable fashion; they basically provided unlimited water and other resources throughout the fire. Shane Summers and John Baker supplied a truly amazing amount of time and resources on behalf of EnCana, and the subcontractors of BBC and EnCana were incredible, especially all the guys who drove trucks and ran machinery.We can’t begin to thank everyone who helped out and just did a lot of hard, dirty work. The silver lining in an incident like this is to realize what great people live in our community. The first responders, especially Burning Mountains Fire Department, are just awesome. These men and women, all volunteers, leave their home, jobs, and everything else to come to the aid of people in a terrible situation. Thank you, thank you, thank you – everyone’s efforts are appreciated and heartfelt.Kent, Brett, Annie and Jeanne JolleyNew Castle

What a delight it was to interact with the amazing young ladies who were candidates in the Miss Strawberry Queen Contest. They have dreams and plans and skills and talents that can’t help but inspire.As part of the activities this year, the contestants participated in a community service project to benefit youth and families in our community. They each created a basket filled with items around a theme. These baskets were auctioned and the proceeds donated to YouthZone.The activity required creativity, interaction with people to gather items, and an interest in doing something that would help the community. The girls did a marvelous job which resulted in raising $1,700.Thank you from YouthZone to all these young ladies, the merchants who donated items, the folks who purchased baskets and the contest committee who supported this effort.Debbie Wilde, executive directorYouthZone

Lee Roy Urban would like to thank all of his family and friends for attending his retirement party, Sunday, July 2, which was held at the Silt Park. A special thanks to his sister, Eva Diaz, who coordinated the party. Everybody had a good time visiting and enjoying the wonderful food. Thank you for all the wonderful cards and gifts, it means a lot to me. God bless you all.Lee Roy Urban

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