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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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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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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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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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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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PHOTOS: Rifle celebrates Bears’ state championship title

The Rifle Bears are escorted down Railroad Avenue during a parade to celebrate their 3A 2020-2021 state title which they won over the weekend after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 at CSU Pueblo.
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Fans cheer on the Rifle Bears as they are escorted down Railroad Avenue during a parade to celebrate their 3A 2020-2021 state title which they won over the weekend after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears are escorted down Railroad Avenue during a parade to celebrate their 3A 2020-2021 state title which they won over the weekend after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears are escorted down Railroad Avenue during a parade to celebrate their 3A 2020-2021 state title which they won over the weekend after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 at CSU Pueblo.
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Rifle Bear Embrey Marantino along with his teammates look towards cheering fans, friends and family during Wednesday's parade celebrating their 3A state title.
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The Rifle Bears are escorted down Railroad Avenue during a parade to celebrate their 3A 2020-2021 state title which they won over the weekend after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 at CSU Pueblo.
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Fans cheer on the Rifle Bears as they are escorted down Railroad Avenue during a parade to celebrate their 3A 2020-2021 state title which they won over the weekend after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 at CSU Pueblo.
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PHOTOS: Rifle Bears defeat The Classical Academy for state title

Rifle Bear Toto Fletchall runs the ball passed the defending The Classical Academy Titans during Saturday's 3A spring state championship game at CSU Pubelo.
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A Rifle Bear fights to hold back a The Classical Academy Titans during Saturday's 3A state title championship at CSU Pueblo.
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Rifle Bear Trey Caldwell runs the ball through an empty pocket during Saturday's 3A spring state championship game against The Classical Academy at CSU Pueblo.
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Rifle Bears head coach Todd Casebier hugs and talks to Embrey Marantino after he ran the ball down the field for a touchdown during Saturday's 3A state title game against The Classical Academy.
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The Rifle Bears hold hands near the end of Saturday's 3A state championship game against The Classical Academy.
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Rifle Bear Embrey Marantino fights to stay in bounds during Saturday's 3A spring state title game against The Classical Academy at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears react after a touchdown is confirmed during Saturday's 3A spring state title game at CSU Pueblo.
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Rifle Bear Embrey Marantino battles against the defending The Classical Academy Titan during Saturday's 3A spring state title game at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears celebrate after keeping The Classical Academy from scoring a two-point conversion in the second half during Saturday's 3A state championship game at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears celebrate after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 for the spring 3A state title in Pueblo on Saturday.
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Rifle Bears fans cheer on their team during Saturday's 3A spring state title game against The Classical Academy at CSU Pueblo.
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Rifle Bears head coach Todd Casebier talks to the offense on the sidelines during Saturday's state title game against The Classical Academy.
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The Rifle Bears celebrate after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 for the spring 3A state title in Pueblo on Saturday at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears celebrate after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 for the spring 3A state title in Pueblo on Saturday at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears celebrate after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 for the spring 3A state title in Pueblo on Saturday at CSU Pueblo.
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Two Rifle Bears tell the crowd to get loud near the end of Saturday's 3A state championship game against The Classical Academy at CSU Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears celebrate after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 for the spring 3A state title in Pueblo on Saturday.
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A Rifle Bears fan cheers on his team during the spring 3A state championship game against The Classical Academy on Saturday in Pueblo.
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The Rifle Bears hold hands near the end of Saturday's 3A state championship game against The Classical Academy at CSU Pubelo.
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The Rifle Bears celebrate after defeating The Classical Academy 35-34 for the spring 3A state title in Pueblo on Saturday.
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PHOTOS: Kids interact and learn agricultural living at Rooted in Nature

Rooted in Nature owner Candice Shaw shows seven-year-old Emma Villarreal the chickens and explains the different breeds and sizes.
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Rooted in Nature is an outdoor agricultural based day camp located north of New Castle. The goal is to bring appreciation in the next generation to agricultural living and farm life. Kids get to learn about gardening, composting, aquaponics and animal care while also interacting with farm animals.

Three-year-old Piper Villarreal watches on as paint is picked out for a craft project at Rooted in Nature on Tuesday.
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Rooted in Nature owner Candice Shaw interacts with kids as they make their horse puppets before feeding and interacting with the horses on the ranch.
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“We are becoming a licensed day camp but for now until we are licensed we’re doing crafts and family days and play groups,” said Rooted in Nature Owner Candice Shaw.

She focuses on teaching kids the importance of knowing where food comes from and how to care for food and farm animals.

Two-year-old Bridger Powell reacts after one of the horses takes a treat from his hand at Rooted in Nature on Monday morning.
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Seven-year-old Emma Villarreal holds one of the baby bunnies at Rooted in Nature on Tuesday.
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“Last year with the food shortages (due to COVID-19), it was quite apparent that a lot of people don’t know where their food comes from or how to care for their food,” said Shaw. “Our goal really is to get kids out and realize that a chicken makes chicken and a chicken makes eggs, and so on.”

Five-year-old Melanie Renova feeds one of the horses during the horse themed activity day at Rooted in Nature on Monday morning.
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Kids brush and feed one of the horses during the horse themed activity day at Rooted in Nature on Monday morning.
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Once Rooted in Nature is a licensed day camp their goal is to put together a week-long summer day camp for kids to learn and interact in the outdoors.

Seven-year-old Emma Villarreal paints green rocks during a craft project at Rooted in Nature on Tuesday.
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Kids and moms sit in groups together making horse puppets while spending the morning at Rooted in Nature north of New Castle.
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PHOTOS/VIDEO: South Midland project shows progress

Crews continue to work on various projects along South Midland Avenue this week and in the coming weeks. Currently taking place is rock fall protection work, temporary stream diversion pipe in preparation for the installation of a new 18 inch water main at Three Mile Creek, and placement of soil nails.

South Midland construction crews work to place a temporary stream diversion pipe in preparation for the installation of a new 18 inch water main at Three Mile Creek.
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The rock fall protection work started two weeks ago with rock fall mitigation. Crews are now working to hang cable mesh along the steep slopes using a crane to prevent future rock fall.

Farther north on Midland crews are placing soil nails in pre-drilled holes 20 feet deep into the slope, grouted in place and covered in shotcrete. Soil nail walls add slope stability to the mountainside next to the roadway. Crews plan to return in the fall to apply the finished sculpted concrete on top of the grey shotcrete.

Crews work to place cable mesh along the steep slopes above Midland Avenue as part of rockfall mitigation.
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To stay up to date on the project, text or call 970-618-5378 or sign up for email alerts at cogs.us/notifyme.

Part of a new soil nail wall, that is receiving a shotcrete facing, will serve as an important part of slope stabilization along Midland Ave. Crews plan to return in the fall to apply the finished sculpted concrete on top of the grey shotcrete.
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Crews work to place cable mesh along the steep slopes above Midland Avenue as part of rockfall mitigation.
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South Midland construction crews clean up and remove fallen rock that came down from the steep slope above Midland Avenue.
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Soil nails are placed in pre-drilled holes 20-foot deep into the slope, grouted in place and covered in shotcrete. Soil nail walls add slope stability to the mountainside next to the roadway.
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The wire mesh being placed on the steep slope above South Midland for rockfall mitigation.
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PHOTOS: Coal Ridge boys top Rifle

Coal Ridge boys 47, Rifle 42

Coal Ridge Titan Hank DiMarco reaches for the layup during Tuesday night's game against the Rifle Bears.
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A one-point game through three quarters Tuesday night came down to a 12-8 fourth-quarter run for the host Titans in the intra-district showdown between Rifle and Coal Ridge.

Playing on its home court, Coal Ridge held the slight advantage, 27-26, at halftime and the Bears held the margin through the third frame.

Individual stats were not immediately available. The Titans improve to 3-1 on the season and Rifle falls to 2-3. Up next for Coal Ridge is a Thursday game at Grand Valley, and for the Bears is a trip to Steamboat Springs, also on Thursday.

Rifle Bear Tyler Pierce fights to regain possession of the ball during Tuesday night's game against the Coal Ridge Titans.
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Rifle Bear Broc Caldwell jumps for the basket during Tuesday night's game against the Coal Ridge Titans.
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A small Coal Ridge Titan student section cheers for the home team during Tuesday night's game against the Rifle Bears.
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Rifle Bear Kade Bishop looks for a way through the defending Coal Ridge Titans during Tuesday night's game at Coal Ridge High School.
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