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The U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame will visit Coal Ridge High School on March 31, to recognize Jacob Morgan as a U.S. Army–Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence finalist. Pro Football Hall of Fame Center and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Dermontii Dawson will be on hand to honor Morgan before his fellow classmates and family during a formal ceremony.

The Award for Excellence program highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country. Open to all sophomore, junior and senior-level high school athletes in the United States, finalists were determined based on athletic, academic and civic achievements. Morgan is among an elite group of 20 finalists who have demonstrated excellence in all they do and that they understand the importance of adaptability and versatility when working as a team.

The ceremony is open to the public and is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.


The first “Battle on the Mesa” hosted by the PBM Trail Group will take place Saturday, April 2, with registration available today online at tiny.cc/BOTM, while registration is available at 8 a.m. at Bea Underwood at St. John Elementary, located at 460 Stone Quarry Road in Battlement Mesa on the day of the event.

Events include a 5K open run/walk starting at 9 a.m., followed by a 1.5 mile Family Fun Run/Walk at 10:15 a.m. The day closes with a Bicycle Hill Climb Timed Trail at 11 a.m. for adults and children 11-18. The cost to register the event is $10 for adults, $40 for families, $8 for children 10 and under, while children 3 and under are free.


The Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course in Carbondale is open for the 2016 season. Easy access off of Highway 82, no tee times required, play on your schedule without the long time commitment of a bigger course. The Ranch welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities. Get your swing on target today. Ski and golf in the same day, what a place we have to enjoy.


The New Castle Recreation Department is again offering the popular Harcourt 3G Fly Fishing Clinics. Fly Fishing 101 will be held on Saturday, April 2, followed by Fly Fishing 102 on Saturday, April 9. The 101 clinic will be held at the New Castle Community Center beginning at 1 p.m., and 102 will take place at Grand River Park, also at 1 p.m.

Fly Fishing 101 will teach the basics of casting properly, along with entomology, equipment, knots and more. Fly Fishing 102 will have participants practicing the skills learned in the 101 clinic, along with learning where fish live and feed, with hands on instruction taking place along the Colorado River.

The clinics will be hosted by local fishing guide John Harcourt, and are $25 each, or $40 for both, and space is limited. The deadline to register is Friday, March 25, and is available online at http://www.newcastlerec.com, by phone at (970) 984-3352, or in person at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St.


The New Castle Recreation Department, in partnership with Coal Ridge High School wrestling coach Kalvin Deere, is offering a new Titans Pee Wee wrestling program for youth ages 4-14. The program is offered from 6-8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays at Coal Ridge through mid-May. The fee is $75 and includes tourney fees. Registration can be done by phone at (970) 984-3352, or online at http://www.newcastlerec.com.


The New Castle Recreation Department is currently accepting Micro Soccer registration for youth ages 4-7 through March 21.

The emphasis of the program is on fun, and learning the basic skills of soccer.

No scores or team standings are kept in order to promote the joy of playing the sport without the worry of winning or losing.

Micro Soccer begins in early April and runs through mid-May. The registration fee for Micro Soccer is $50 and space is limited. There is an additional $10 jersey fee for those who didn’t play last season. Registration can be done by phone at (970) 984-3352, or online at http://www.newcastlerec.com.

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