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Couple to celebrate golden anniversary

James Vallem and Mae (White) Vallem are celebrating 50 years of marriage. They were married Nov. 16, 1968, in Yakima, Washington.

Celebrating the love they’ve shared and the legacy they’ve built, their five children and 12 grandchildren wish them many more years of wedded bliss. Together, they have lived and loved generously. Together, they owned and operated Intermountain Appliances for many years, until they retired. They now fly south for the winter to Arizona and enjoy rock-hunting.

On this occasion, more than ever, their children and grandchildren wish to express their deepest gratitude for Jim and Mae’s incredible example of love, faith, and devotion.

We love you, Dad/Poppa and Mom/Gram-mae!

Anniversary: Larry and Reta Osborn

Larry and Reta Osborn, of Hamilton, will celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Hamilton Hall.

Larry and Reta, who were married June 14, 1958, in Craig, and have called Hamilton home since returning from college in the late 1950s. They built a life by working on their land to support a cattle and dairy operation. Along the way, they have dabbled in various operations, from running a concession stand for the Loudy-Simpson ball park to running a successful hunting and outfitting business.

Today, you can find them at the same address they have had since the early 60s. Reta is still keeping the house and law in order, while Larry still tends to his fields and puts up hay.

The couple has one child, Troy Osborn.

The couple invites friends to help celebrate this milestone. They request attendees bring stories, but no gifts.

Same-sex couples in Wash. state start wedding vows

SEATTLE (AP) — Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state’s voter-approved gay marriage law took effect.

While numerous weddings were taking place across the state, both private and public, the city hall weddings were the largest public event, with more than 130 couples taking part. The city set up five separate chapels to accommodate the revelers. From 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., cheers and applause regularly broke out as marriages became official.

After couples married, they exited city hall, greeted by a steady rain and dozens of supporters who shouted “congratulations” and offered flowers as they descended a large staircase to the street.

“I don’t even have words for this,” said Caren Goldenberg of Seattle, who married her partner of seven years, Casey Evans. “It just makes me really proud of my city.”

Mayor Mike McGinn, who greeted couples at they arrived, called it a “great day, a joyous day.”

“It’s really wonderful,” he said. “A new civil right is going to be recognized in this great civil institution.”

Keith Bacon and Corianton Hale, a Seattle couple that celebrated their six-year anniversary the night before, hugged and kissed to cheers and camera flashes as they took their vows before one of the 16 judges who volunteered to officiate weddings Sunday.

“We’re totally thrilled,” Bacon said. The couple had a commitment ceremony in August, but said this day was particularly special.

“We had looked at this as maybe a day we would sign a piece of paper and seal the deal, and instead we’re having this huge party being thrown in our honor,” Bacon said. “It’s just mind blowing.”

Nancy Monahan, 57, a retired petty officer with the Coast Guard, waited outside before the weddings began with her partner of 14 years, Deb Needham, 48.

Monahan was wearing her uniform, and Needham was wearing an ivory dress and jacket and matching hat. They said they wanted to join the large wedding event at city hall because of the significance of the day.

“It’s not very private, but very historic,” Needham said, to which Monahan added, “And very awesome.”

Some courthouses, including in King and Thurston Counties, opened right at midnight, and started marrying couples. Private weddings are expected to take place across the state, as well as some other public events, including the marriage of two couples after the end of the first act of a Seattle Men’s Chorus performance at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The Paramount Theater in Seattle was also to host a large wedding reception for couples.

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples picked up their marriage licenses as early as 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but because of the state’s three-day waiting period, the earliest weddings could take place was just after midnight, early Sunday morning. In King County, home to Seattle, more than 600 same-sex marriage licenses were issued by Saturday.

Robin Wyss, of Seattle, said that the wedding ceremony to her partner, Danielle Yung, was “more emotional than I thought it would be,” in part because Yung is five months pregnant.

“Our friends are here, it’s a beautiful space and there’s all of this love and appreciation,” she said. “We’ve been thinking about this as more of a political celebration for all of Washington state, but obviously it’s very meaningful for us and our future child as well.”

At the Thurston County Courthouse just after midnight, five couples were married, including Jonathon Bashford, 31, and Matthew Wiltse, 29, both of Olympia.

The couple, together for 10 years, had a large commitment ceremony in September when they registered as domestic partners, but said they wanted to be among the first to legally marry.

“We weren’t going to wait one second longer,” Wiltse said.

Last month, Washington, Maine and Maryland became the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. They joined six other states — New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont — and the District of Columbia that had already enacted laws or issued court rulings permitting same-sex marriage.

Couples in Maryland also started picking up marriage licenses Thursday, though their licenses won’t take effect until Jan. 1. Maine’s law takes effect on Dec. 29. There’s no waiting period in Maine, and people can start marrying just after midnight.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the election results of Referendum 74 on Wednesday afternoon, and the law took effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Same-sex couples who previously were married in another state that allows gay marriage, like Massachusetts, will not have to remarry in Washington state. Their marriages became valid here as soon as the law took effect.

The referendum had asked voters to either approve or reject the state law legalizing same-sex marriage that legislators passed earlier this year. That law was signed by Gregoire in February but was put on hold pending the outcome of the election. Nearly 54 percent of voters approved the measure.

The law doesn’t require religious organizations or churches to perform marriages, and it doesn’t subject churches to penalties if they don’t marry gay or lesbian couples.

Married same-sex couples do not have access to federal pensions, health insurance and other government benefits available to heterosexual couples because the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, bars federal recognition of gay unions.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will take up gay marriage during the current term. Several pending cases challenge the federal benefit provision of DOMA, and a separate appeal asks the justices to decide whether federal courts were correct in striking down California’s Proposition 8, the amendment that outlawed gay marriage after it had been approved by courts in the nation’s largest state.

May 1, 2011 – Engagement Announcement

Melissa D. Hall and Jacob A. Nitschke, of Las Vegas, Nev., announce their plans to wed on May 1, 2011, in Las Vegas.
The bride-to-be is a 1997 graduate of Pace High School in Pace, Fla., and a 2000 graduate of Florida State University. She is employed as an accountant at Red Rock Country Club in Las Vegas.
The prospective groom is a 1994 graduate of Moffat County High School and a 1999 graduate of Colorado State University. He is a golf course assistant at Tuscany Golf Course in Las Vegas.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard Hall and Janice Royce, of Pensacola, Fla. The prospective groom is the son of Roy and Anna Nitschke, of Craig.

Jan 23, 2011 – Engagement Announcement

Kathleen Marie Button and Grayson James Lewis, of Silt, announce their engagement.
Kathleen is the daughter of Doug and Jean-Marie Button, of Clark. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, Calif., in 2004 and is a pastry chef at The Pullman in Glenwood Springs.
Grayson is the son of Jeffie and Crickett Lowery and Danny Lewis, of Pampa, Texas. He graduated from Vernon College in Vernon, Texas, in 2000 and works in the energy industry in Garfield County.
The couple will marry June 18, 2011, at the Button Ranch at Pearl Lake.

Jan 5, 2011 – Engagement Announcement

Dave and Brenda Lyons, of Craig, announce the engagement of their son, Bo Lyons, to Myranda Chesnut, daughter of Jerry Leabo, of St. Johns, Ariz., and Donna Churchwell, of Grandbury, Texas. Arrangements are pending.

Jan 2, 2011 – Engagement Announcement

Katherine Jesse Houck and Konrad Wilhelm Lehnert announce their engagement.
Katherine is the daughter of Carl P. and Joan M. Houck, of Steamboat Springs. Konrad is the son of Werner S. and Mary Lehnert, of Tulsa, Okla.
Katherine graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder and St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Md. She is a business consultant with Employment Law Training. Konrad graduated from Bartlesville High School, Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., and the University of California Santa Barbara. He is a professor of physics at the University of Colorado and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The wedding is planned for June 18, 2011, at St. Catherine’s Chapel in Allenspark, Colo.

Dec 16, 2010 – Anniversary Announcement

Clint and Jean Cooper, of Calhan, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 16, 2010. They will be honored at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the LDS Church Cultural Hall in Calhan. This special occasion is open to all friends and relatives. They have six children and eleven grandchildren. Congratulations to our parents!

Nov 20, 2010 – Anniversary Announcement

Lloyd G. Lockhart and Annabeth Light Lockhart, of Steamboat Springs, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary Nov. 20.
They were both born in Routt County and, except for time during the war and college years, have lived in Steamboat. Their lives have been actively spent in community affairs as well as owning F.M. Light and Sons. Lloyd, as president of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, chaired the 50th Winter Carnival, was instrumental in founding the Steamboat Rotary Club chapter, was an active member of Kiwanis Club for many years and has been president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce as well as commander of the American Legion. Annabeth has been an active member of the Routt County Republicans and was an elected delegate to the National Convention to nominate Ronald Reagan in 1980. She is a 50-plus-year member of Beta Sigma Phi.
Sons Ty and Del, along with wives Betty and Nina, share this special celebration along with grandchildren Brandon, Lindsay and Chris Dillenbeck, Daniel and Jessica Lockhart, Bethany and Andrew Roise, Dawson, Susanna, James, Sarah and Jonathan as well as great-grandsons Jeremiah and Ethan, and great-granddaughter Simonne.
Their family congratulates them for their dedication to their families, friends and the community.

Nov 20, 2010 – Wedding Announcement

Tim and Kelli Litzau were married Nov. 20, 2010, at Crooked Vine Winery in Livermore, Calif. Tim is the son of Rob and Lynne Litzau, of Steamboat Springs. Kelli is the daughter of Lorry and Ed Howard, and Danny and Dee Moreland. The matrons of honor were Kerri Quaid and Katie Moreland. The best men were Andrew Litzau and Michael Litzau. The flower girl was Reagan Quaid, and the ring bearer was Riley Litzau. Tim and Kelli and their son, Cole, live in Livermore. Tim is a general manager for Cheesecake Factory in Pleasanton, Calif., and Kelli is a wedding planner.