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Glenwood resident Bill Pinkham pulled into the Shaktoolik check point of the Iditarod in 44th place on Tuesday. Pinkham has traveled 893 miles and has another 219 to go before he reaches the finish line.At about the same time Pinkham reached Shaktoolik, race leader Jeff King checked out of the White Mountain check point, four stops ahead of Pinkham. King only has to pass one more check point before he heads to Nome, the final stop of the race.

The Glenwood Springs Middle School Cougars concluded the wrestling season with an individual champion, three runners-up and three third-place finishes at the PEG league championship meet Saturday at Grand Valley High School.Manny Uribe won the 155-pound division. Cougars Taylor Parsons, Chris Ayala and Jorge Diaz earned second-place medals. Steven Burkey, Cole Ullom and James Unger took thirds.As a team, Glenwood finished fourth overall with 102 points. Rifle won the team championship with 214 points, followed by St John and Basalt.

A benefit is scheduled Saturday at the RFHS gym in Carbondale. A Mexican dinner will be followed by a basketball game pitting the Roaring Fork High School staff against members of the 2005-06 senior class. Dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m., and the basketball game is at 7 p.m.Proceeds benefit the Juan Roa Medical Fund. Roa, a 1998 graduate of RFHS, has been diagnosed with lung disease and a brain tumor. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12.Additionally, a trust fund for Roa has been set up at Alpine Bank. Tax deductible donations can be made to the Juan Roa Medical Fund.Information: Wendy, 384-5754.


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