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The Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter (FRAS) would like to thank the many community members who have supported our efforts to raise money for spaying, neutering and emergency medical expenses at the Rifle Animal Shelter.Cynthia Tanis, owner of Curves in Rifle, generously provided space for its members to bring in blankets, towels, comforters, pillows, dog treats, leashes and pet jackets during the month of February. The comforters and pillows will stuff the handmade pet beds that are a fundraiser for FRAS. The other items went directly to the shelter. In addition, Curves had a collection jar and displayed pet beds for sale to its patrons. Wow! What a wonderful group of ladies!We are grateful to the area veterinarians who sell our pet beds. They include the Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, the Divide Creek Animal Hospital and the Valley Veterinary Clinic.The Buckskin Inn, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and the Rusty Cannon Motel have all donated blankets, mattress covers, pillows and quilts to stuff our pet beds. The beds are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes for both dogs and cats.Rifle City Hall, NAPA Auto Parts, the Rusty Cannon Motel, Rifle Lock and Safe, and South Bank Secure Storage continue to display collection jars for FRAS. The money from these jars helps to pay for our spaying and neutering program.On behalf of the FRAS volunteers and all of our fuzzy friends at the Rifle Animal Shelter, thanks to all.To volunteer at the shelter, foster animals, or assist at our adoptathons, please call Heather, the shelter manager, at 625-8808. If you would like to sew pet beds or help with other fundraisers, call Karen Andruzak at 625-2779 or Mona Koper at 876-2717. Karen can also provide collection jars to any local businesses that would like to display them.Terri Potter, presidentFriends of the Rifle Animal Shelter

The Sunlight Ski Team would like to thank the staff at Sunlight Mountain Resort for all the hard work put into hosting the J5 finale March 15 and 16. It was a well-received race and, thanks to the dedicated staff at Sunlight, many happy faces filled the area.The snow cat operators worked hard at buffing out Joslin run. The ticket staff accommodated the early hours and provided discounted tickets for racers, coaches and parents. Sunlight ski patrol closed off and monitored the Joslin run, taking care of the injured racers and assistance with netting. A few even jumped in to clean the afternoon run! The kitchen staff provided a quick turnaround for lunch. The cleanup after the masses is greatly appreciated. The lift operators came in early and took great care of our course crew and racers to get up the hill for early morning inspections, and greeted all with a smile. The Sunlight Ski Shop provided 200 bags and gave a great tuning job for our racers skis. Over 40 volunteers helped with preparing the course, administering registration, writing up awards, watching race gates, timing for the runs and officiated our race.Thank you to our great sponsors for contributing funds and products to support the racers. The following companies generously donated to the success of this event: Berthod Motors, Western Slope Aggregate, Earthworks, Quiznos, Carbondale Insurance Service, Bighorn Toyota, Smoothie King, Valley View Hospital, Ute City Cycles, Alpine Bank, Blizzard Internet Marketing, Elmer Glass, American National Bank, MSO, Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop, Garfield County Sheriffs Office, Subway, Kee Plan, Glenwood Springs Police Department, Aspen Research Group, Wal-Mart and The Shirt Stop. Thank you to Quiznos and Subway, who donated lunches to our volunteers. Beau Jos provided a great venue for our Saturday evening awards ceremony and banquet. Thanks to all, and well ski you next year!The Sunlight Ski Team BoardBob and Tish Lockard, Bill Kiminnau, Bob Stepniewski,Rona Fischer, Colt Cornelius, John Bresnitz, BeckyBrandes, Steve Rice, and Glenn Hartman

On behalf of all of us at Glenwood Springs Elementary School and Sopris Elementary School, thank you to both PIE groups, all parents, students and community members who helped plan and attended this wonderful annual event on March 4 at Glenwood Springs Elementary.This evening would not have been a success without your help and support.This year, over 300 families attended to hear music, enjoy dinner, learn great math/science/reading techniques to try out and enjoy at home. We cant wait until next year when this event will be hosted at Sopris.Sonya Hemmen and Howard JayPrincipals at GSES/SES


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