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Pinkham closing in on NomeGlenwood Springs musher Bill Pinkham has officially turned the corner in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Pinkham left the Elim checkpoint Thursday afternoon in 42nd place and was expected to reach White Mountain early this morning. From White Mountain, the Safety checkpoint is the final stop before the Iditarod finish in Nome.When Pinkham left Elim he was running with nine dogs.Robert Sorlie reached Nome Wednesday night to win the race. As of Thursday night, 28 racers had reached the finish line. There have also been 16 mushers who pulled out of the field of 79 participants.Area preps tabbed forstate hoop gamesFour seniors from three area high schools have been selected to play in post-season, all-star basketball games.Kristin Neffendorf, of Rifle High School, and Jamie Vance, from Grand Valley High School in Parachute, will see action in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State games Sunday at Broomfield High School.Neffendorf will play on the Class 4A Blue team. Other Western Slope League players joining the Bears point guard are Kayla Koster from Steamboat Springs and WSL player of the year Brandi Telfer of Moffat County.Vance will be a member of the 10-person 2A Blue team which includes league standout Samantha Stewart from Meeker.The All-State Games are scheduled for June 11 at various sites throughout the Denver area. The Class 2A game is scheduled for 11 a.m. The 4A game will tip off at 1 p.m.Additionally, Vance has also been chosen as a member of the 2A girls team for the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games as part of a three-person contingent from the area.On the boys side, Aaron Markham and Nic Lough of Roaring Fork High School will play for the Class 3A team.Information, go to http://www.colohsca.org.Registrations open for climbing tripThe Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for a two-day rock climbing/bouldering trip to Unaweep Canyon, south of Grand Junction.The trip, open to all ages, will depart from the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9, and return at 6 p.m. the following evening.Cost is $60 for residents ($72 nonresidents). Fees include transportation, dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent.Information: 384-6301.


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