Milestones for Feb. 15 |

Milestones for Feb. 15


Gabriel Franklin Castor

Sarah Castor and Charlie Castor of Craig announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Franklin Castor, at 7:17 p.m. Feb. 8, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The baby weighed 7 pounds, and was 19.5 inches long.

Grandparents are Tim and Karen Gilroy of Hayden, and Lou and Denise Castor of Sundance, Wyo.

The baby was welcomed home by his brother, Preston Castor.

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Alexander Cooper

Tabitha Cooper and Kenny Cooper of Craig announce the birth of their son, Jonathan Alexander Cooper, at 9:01 p.m. Feb. 2, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The baby weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Ron and Pam Cooper of Craig.

Cameron Lon


Maria Saenz and Daniel C. Gagon, Jr. of Craig announce the birth of their son, Cameron Lon Saenz-Gagon, at 12:05 a.m. Jan. 29, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 18 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Rose Logan of Craig, and Ron Logan of Omaha, Neb.

Paternal grandparents are Rose Allred of Helper, Utah, and Dan C. Gagon, Sr. of Craig.

Amy Drea Marie Johnston

Mallory Johnston and Dannis Dones Cintron of Craig and Aurora, announce the birth of their daughter, Amy Drea Marie Johnston, at 11:22 a.m. Feb. 6, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Susan and Bill Johnston of Craig.

Paternal grandparents are Jonathon Dones and Maria Cintron of San Juan, Puerto Rico.



Larry and Janie Mullen of Craig and Dave Wallace of Craig announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Wallace, of Provo, Utah, to Ben Blair of Provo, son of Dean and Jan Blair of Grand Junction.

The wedding will be held in Grand Junction on Feb. 26, 2005.

The couple will reside in Provo while Ben finishes his degree.

Military News

Matthew J. Meinhold

Coast Guard seaman Matthew J. Meinhold, a 1998 graduate of Hayden High School, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

During the eight-week training program, Meinhold completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of academics and practical instruction on water safety and survival, military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting and marksmanship. A major emphasis also is placed on physical fitness, health and wellness.

Meinhold and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard’s core values: honor, respect and devotion to duty, and how to apply them in their military performance and personal conduct. Meinhold will join 36,000 other men and women who comprise Coast Guard’s force.

Men and women train together from the first day in the Coast Guard just as they do aboard ships and shore units throughout the world. To reinforce the team concept, Meinhold, and other recruits were trained in preventing sexual harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, civil rights training, and the basics of the work-life balance, as well as total quality management.

Meinhold is a 2004 graduate of Adams State College, in Alamosa, with a bachelor’s degree.

Ashley F. Chard

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley F. Chard, daughter of Carol F. Miller of Dinosaur, and Timothy S. Amy of Dinosaur, recently departed on a routine scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, homeported in Bremerton, Wash.

Before deploying, Chard and more than 6,500 of her fellow shipmates of the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG), successfully completed a Joint Tastk Force Exercise (JTFEX). The JTFEX is the final step in preparing the strike group for deployment, and is designed to test its ability to operate in a complex, hostile environment with other U.S. and coalition forces. Chard is a 2000 graduate of Rangely High School of Rangely, and joined the Navy in October 2000.

Student News

Jenna Beckerman

Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., announced that freshman Jenna Christine Beckerman, daughter of Dale and Christy Beckerman of Craig has earned a two-year $2,500 President’s Scholarship for the 2004-05 academic year.

Beckerman graduated from Moffat Country High School with a 4.0 grade point average. Presidential scholarships are awarded to approximately the top 8 percent to 10 percent of Western’s incoming freshman class.