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PHOTOS: Celebrating Day of the Dead in Carbondale

Celebrating Dia de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead — skeletons paraded down Main Street in Carbondale on Friday. The dead danced on stage, and performers played with fire in front of the new mural depicting spirits of the dead on Fourth Street.

A procession of skeletons makes its way down Third Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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A parader donning a skeleton mask while holding a candle walks down Third Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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A parader waves colorful sheets attached to fans during a Day of the Dead celebration in Carbondale on Friday.
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A widow and two dead brides to be walk down Main Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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The Day of the Dead procession slowly makes its way down Main Street in Carbondale on Friday.
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A couple of skeletons prepare to participate in the Maypole Dance in Carbondale on Friday.
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A participant performs in a Maypole Dance during a Day of the Dead event in Carbondale on Friday.
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Day of the Dead attendees watch a performance in Carbondale on Friday.
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Day of the Dead dancers perform on stage in Carbondale on Friday.
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A fire dancer spins a wheel of burning torches in Carbondale on Friday.
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Reporter Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or rerku@postindependent.com.

PHOTOS: 4-H fall pumpkin sale

4-H member Charlie Frank picks out a pumpkin to put on display at the sale on Highway 6 between New Castle and Silt.
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Members of the Garfield County G-3 4-H Club spent Friday and Saturday afternoon selling pumpkins to raise funds for their club. Mountain View Tree Farm in Rifle donated the pumpkins for this year’s sale which took place at Murr Ranch on U.S. Highway 6 between New Castle and Silt.

Around $1,400 was raised over the weekend and will be set aside to be used during next year’s Garfield County Fair. Funds will be used to make signs and displays for 4-H animals, leader training and during any trips to the Front Range during the state shooting competition.

Several of the kids in the club and within Garfield County placed in the top 10 in various disciplines at the 2021 state shooting competition.

Members of the G3 4-H Club set up a display of pumpkins at the sale at Murr Ranch on highway 6 between New Castle and Silt.
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G3 4-H Club member Avery Carnahan puts a pumpkin out on display at the fundraiser sale at Murr Ranch on Friday.
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4-H member Charlie Frank picks out a pumpkin to put on display at the sale on Highway 6 between New Castle and Silt.
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The moneys raised at the pumpkin sale would be used towards 4-H projects, leader training and a trip to state for shooting sports.
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Members of the G3 4-H Club set up a display of pumpkins at the sale at Murr Ranch on highway 6 between New Castle and Silt.
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4-H member Marcus Erpestad writes up a display with pumpkin prices at the sale on highway 6 between New Castle and Silt.
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The funds raised at the pumpkin sale would be used towards 4-H projects, leader training and a trip to state for shooting sports.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Carbondale Potato Day, continued

Prepping the day’s meal, volunteers cut meat Saturday, which was cooked underground for nearly two days prior to Carbondale’s 112th annual Potato Day celebration.
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Leading the parade, members of the American Legion Post 100 color guard march along Carbondale’s Main Street during the Potato Day parade Saturday.
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Pam and Dan Rosenthal, of Pam and Dan Music, serenade Potato Day attendees with folk tunes Saturday in Carbondale’s Sopris Park.
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Representatives and students of the Carbondale Community School ride a float Saturday during the 112th annual Potato Day parade.
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Digging for dinner, Potato Day volunteers clear piles of dirt from the top of an underground oven, in which the meat provided during Carbondale’s 112th annual Potato Day was cooked for nearly two days. Another pit contained potatoes and corn.
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PHOTOS: Ladies rugby comes to CMC’s Spring Valley campus

A Valley Valkyries defender tackles a Ft. Collins Hammers ball carrier during a rugby game at Colorado Mountain College, Spring Valley campus on Saturday.
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The Valley Valkyries face off against Ft. Collins in a scrum during a rugby game at Colorado Mountain College, Spring Valley campus on Saturday.
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A Valley Valkyries defender chases down a Ft. Collins Hammers ball carrier during a rugby game at Colorado Mountain College, Spring Valley campus on Saturday.
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Ft. Collins Hammers and Valley Valkyries players prepare for a throw in during a rugby game at Colorado Mountain College, Spring Valley campus on Saturday.
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A Highlands Ranch Viper ball carrier trucks over a PAC Misfit of Platte Canyon and Conifer high schools during a rugby game at Colorado Mountain College, Spring Valley campus on Saturday.
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PHOTOS: Triple Crown Roaring Fork World Series

FW Lobos Meyer players from Texas hangout in the dugout during Wednesday's game against the Denver Storm at Two Rivers Park.
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A Gameday Legends player heads back to the dugout during a game against the Denver Storm on Wednesday at Two Rivers Park.
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Denver Storm players congratulate a teammate after a good hit against the opposing Gameday Legends at Two Rivers Park on Wednesday.
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A Denver Storm player heads to the batter's box during Wednesday's game against the Gameday Legends at Two Rivers Park.
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Players look to the umpire for the call at second base during a Wednesday game at Two Rivers Park.
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Denver Storm players hang out in the dugout and cheer on their teammates during Wednesday's game against the Gameday Legends at Two Rivers Park.
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Players hang out and relax in between games at Sayre Park on Wednesday.
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An FW Lobos Meyer player pitches the ball during Wednesday's game against the Denver Storm at Two Rivers Park on Wednesday.
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FW Lobos Meyer players from Texas hangout in the dugout during Wednesday's game against the Denver Storm at Two Rivers Park.
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A batting lineup hangs on the fence near the dugout during Wednesday's game at Two Rivers Park.
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A Denver Storm player gets cold water poured on his neck to help cool off while playing against FW Lobos Meyer at Two Rivers Park on Wednesday.
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A NoCo Rush player hangs out just inside the dugout before the start of the game against the Omaha Royals at the Glenwood Springs Middle School field on Thursday.
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NoCo Rush players cheer on their teammates during Thursday's game against the Omaha Royals.
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NoCo Rush players help the catcher put on his gear in between innings during Thursday's game against the Omaha Royals.
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NoCo Rush players cheer on their teammates during Thursday's game against the Omaha Royals.
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The NoCo Rush players play a game to see how fast they can help the catcher put on his gear in between innings while playing the Omaha Royals.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduation

Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduates take their seats at the start of Friday's commencement ceremony at Sunlight Mountain.
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Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduate Kaysha DeMent smiles after her friends give her a standing ovation after singing Stole the Show at Friday's commencement ceremony.
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A Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduate points to teachers and staff after thanking them for helping him graduate during Friday's commencement ceremony.
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A Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduate laughs during a speech at Friday's commencement ceremony.
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A Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduate smiles at friends during Friday's commencement ceremony.
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Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduates laugh and clap during a classmates speech at Friday's commencement ceremony.
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Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduates take their seat at the start of Friday's commencement ceremony at Sunlight Mountain.
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A young girl sits in the lap of a Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduate during Friday morning's commencement ceremony.
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Keynote speaker and Yampah Mountain High School teacher Mike Lowe speaks to graduates during Friday morning's commencement ceremony.
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A Yampah Mountain High School class of 2021 graduate gets emotional while thanking teachers and staff during her speech at Friday's commencement ceremony.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery

Members of the Western Slope Memorial Day Riders park their motorcycles before attending the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery on Monday.
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A member of the audience listens in during the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood.
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Members of the Glenwood Springs High School Air Force Junior ROTC stand in attention during the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery on Monday morning in Glenwood.
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Dan LeVan with American Legion Post 83 speaks to members of the audience during Monday morning's 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood.
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A member of Boy Scout troop 225 salutes the American Flag during the presentation of colors at Monday morning's 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery.
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Members of the Glenwood Springs High School Air Force Junior ROTC stand in attention during the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery on Monday morning in Glenwood.
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A member of the Glenwood Springs High School Air Force Junior ROTC performs the 21-gun salute at Monday morning's 2021 Memorial Day ceremony at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood.
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Members of the Western Slope Memorial Day Riders ride their motorcycles out of Rosebud Cemetery after the conclusion of the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony on Monday in Glenwood.
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Members of the Western Slope Memorial Day Riders ride their motorcycles out of Rosebud Cemetery after the conclusion of the 2021 Memorial Day ceremony on Monday in Glenwood.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 graduation

The Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of the 2021 commencement ceremony on Saturday morning.
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A serviceman surprised a graduate after they walked across the stage at Saturday's Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 commencement ceremony.
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Friends and family fill the stands at the 2021 Coal Ridge High School commencement ceremony on Saturday morning.
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Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 graduates listen to speakers during Saturday's commencement ceremony.
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A Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 graduate gets emotional while hugging family after the commencement ceremony on Saturday morning.
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Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 co-valedictorian Dylan Pidcock address his fellow graduates during Saturday's commencement ceremony.
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A Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 graduate smiles after being recognized during Saturday's commencement ceremony.
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A Coal Ridge High School class of 2021 graduate smiles for the camera after receiving her diploma during Saturday's commencement ceremony.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

PHOTOS: Volunteers place flags at Rosebud Cemetery

Volunteers help place flags at the graves of veterans at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood for Memorial Day Weekend.
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Boy Scout Peter Schlepp helps locate the grave of a veteran while placing flags at Rosebud Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend.
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Two young volunteers help place flags at the graves of veterans at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood for Memorial Day Weekend.
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Glenn Vawter helps place flags at the graves of veterans at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood for Memorial Day weekend.
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Volunteers help place flags at the graves of veterans at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood for Memorial Day Weekend.
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Visual Journalist Chelsea Self can be reached at 970-384-9108 or cself@postindependent.com

Coal Ridge girls cruise to home track meet title; Young breaks school pole vault record

Coal Ridge High School senior Phoebe Young competes in the pole vaulting contest at the Coal Ridge High School track meet on Friday.
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The Coal Ridge High School girls dominated the day Friday to win their home track and field invitational, punctuated by senior Phoebe Young’s new school and meet record in the pole vault.

Young vaulted 11 feet, 2 inches, bettering her previous best by 2 inches and topping the rest of the field by more than 3 feet.

Junior Peyton Garrison also swept the sprint events for the host team, winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters and carrying the 4×100 relay team to the first-place finish, as well.

Overall, the Lady Titans amassed 160 points on the day, including 15 top-3 event finishes, to second-place Moffat County’s 64.5 points. Glenwood Springs was fourth in the girls team results with 52 points.

Steamboat Springs won the boys meet with 81 points, followed by Moffat County with 68.5 and Eagle Valley with 64.

Area girls placing in the top three

Coal Ridge High School senior Phoebe Young yells in excitement after setting a new record while pole vaulting at the Coal Ridge track meet on Friday.
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Coal Ridge: Peyton Garrison, 1st 100M (12.84), 1st 200M (26.14), 1st 400M (59.57); Mikayla Cheney, 3rd 400M (1:00.51), 2nd 800M (2:23.96); Raeanna Nelson, 2nd 100M hurdles (17.47); 4×100 relay, 1st (51.51); 4×200 relay, 2nd 1:50.86; 4×800 relay, 2nd (10:38.10); Marin Simons, 1st high jump (5-0); Phoebe Young, 1st pole vault (11-2); Hartleigh Porter, 3rd pole vault (7-9); Taylor Wiescamp, 3rd discus (99-7), 2nd shot put (36-10).

Glenwood Springs: Sophia Connerton-Nevin, 3rd 800M (2:24.99); Ella Johnson, 2nd 1600M (5:26.98); Sophia Vigil, 1st 300M hurdles (48.57); 4×400 relay, 2nd (4:27.42); 4×800 relay, 1st (10:03.40);

Roaring Fork: Lily Nieslanik, 1st long jump (16-2.2).

Basalt: Sierra Bower, 1st 800M (2:17.98), 1st 3200M (11:43.39); Ava Lane (1st 1600M (5:25.44)

A Coal Ridge High School Titan competes in a relay race at the Coal Ridge High School track meet on Friday.
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A Coal Ridge High School athlete competes in the triple jump at the Coal Ridge High School track meet on Friday.
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Area boys placing in the top three

Runners sprint down the track at the Coal Ridge High School track meet on Friday.
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Coal Ridge: 4×800 relay, 2nd (8:46.43); Shayne Sandblom, 3rd pole vault (10-9).

Glenwood Springs: Ale Angeles, 2nd 100M (11.71); Taber Uyehara, 3rd 110M hurdles (15.97), 3rd 300M hurdles (41.62).

Roaring Fork: Ross Barlow, 3rd 800M (2:04.25); 4×800 relay, 3rd (8:55.42).

Rifle: Daniel Carreon, 2nd triple jump (38-10)

A Coal Ridge High School Titan competes in the triple jump at the Coal Ridge High School track meet on Friday.
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