Letters to the Editor: Nov. 8, 2012

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Love, support, community
Dear Editor:
Once again we are amazed by the love, support and quick response of our neighbors and friends within this wonderful community. We apologize for taking many of you away from your families and the Capitol Christmas Tree events to assist in our family crisis. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone involved in the search for Austin. There are so many people that assisted in this effort that if we tried to name everyone we know someone would be left out. Therefore, thank you to all the search and rescuers who provided support by horseback, ATVs and on foot. Thank you for those who provided food and drinks, offered emotional support at the command center and watched over Landin during the search. Also, thanks to those who called, sent texts, Facebook messages, said prayers and cared for the airport and to those ready with aircraft and manpower to start searching at first light. We thank God for such a wonderful community.
Mike and Samantha Lopez

Memorial much appreciated
Dear Editor:
The Dembowski Family would like to thank the many people involved in making a memorial for Traker. Jeff Bates of Sky River Ranch for making the benches. He understood how important this project was and worked very hard to please us. To the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District Board for approving the placement of the benches at Elks Park. To the executive director, Tim Webber, thank you for taking this project on with us. To Billy Estes and the crew that prepared the site. To Ralph Carabajal, thank you for making the site for the benches so special. Thank you to Jona Carabajal, Gabe Garcia and Toby Gasper for helping Ralph with final preparations for the cement. A special thank you to Joe Conrado of Meeker Sand and Gravel for donating the cement. The cement crew included Scott, Missy and Kastyn Dembowski, Dean and Kendra Allen and Dalton Dembowski, Howdy, Michelle and Teagan Brown, Curt and Susie Dembowski. Great-grandpa Frank Dembowski was there from Vernal, Utah, to supervise. Ralph spent half the night at the park to protect the wet cement from wildlife and pets leaving unwanted footprints. Aaron, Sylvia and Justyne Dembowski for helping set the benches. It is because of the efforts of so many, that this project was completed. To the community and visitors, please stop by the south side of the playground at Elks Park and enjoy the benches, “In Loving Memory of Traker Frank Dembowski.” Thank you to all!
The Dembowski Family

Support MHS class
Dear Editor:
Meeker High School’s career clusters class is working on a project at the high school that will boost the aesthetic value of Meeker and the high school. The southeast corner of the school will be transformed from a weed patch into a work of art. It will include irrigation, sod, three new trees, a raised flower bed, boulders and some park benches. Over the past year we have made partners and would like to thank them: Stephany Kobald, Pat Hughes, the Plant Center, Roy Wedding, Wade Vecchio and Valley Ace Hardware. Thank you.
Please come and support us at our chili dinner Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the MHS cafeteria.
MHS Career Clusters Class

Halloween festivities
Dear Editor:
We would like to thank the students at CNCC who worked so hard to put on their Halloween festivities at Elks Park on Oct. 27. They donated all of the proceeds to the Rangely Animal Shelter and we are so very grateful. This event took a lot of time to organize and we thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to share with the kids and animals of Rangely. These young people have caring and compassionate hearts and it makes us feel good to know that people like these will be responsible for growing our country.
These students have been coming to the animal shelter and walking dogs, playing with cats and kittens and helping to clean the shelter.
We appreciate them so much and so do the animals that enjoy having one on one attention, it gives the animals time away from being kenneled and helps them learn to trust more than one person.
Again thank you very much. You are a wonderful bunch of students and we look forward to working with you all in the future.
The staff at the Rangely Animal Shelter

Community support program
Dear Editor:
On behalf of Natural Soda Inc., our shareholders, employees and customers, we would like to thank the many community organizations that applied for Natural Soda’s 2012 Community Support Program. Natural Soda’s desire is to continue supporting organizations that touch the social, health and economic well-being of our community.
In our second year of providing community support grants throughout northwestern Colorado, we received more than 40 applications. We continue to be humbled and encouraged by the many worthwhile endeavors in the area designed to strengthen our community.
Unfortunately, we were not able to fund all of the grant requests that we received. We are, however, pleased to announce that Natural Soda has awarded several Community Support Grants, and we would like to acknowledge the recipients.
Grant recipients include the Rangely Food Bank, the LIFT-UP! food bank serving Garfield County and the Project 1.27 Outreach Ministry to Orphans. These grants will help continue our company’s commitment to supporting the neediest members of our community.
This year we noted several grant requests in the important area of education. Grants were awarded to Meeker High School teacher Bev DeVore-Wedding to support the high school’s math and science programs, and to Parkview Elementary School teacher Vicki Douglas to implement a second grade math enrichment program. The Meeker Education Foundation received a grant to support its goal of improving the school district’s athletic facilities. And a grant was awarded to Northwest Colorado Youth for Christ to support its mission of youth services and after-school and school-lunch programs.
Because our community benefits so much from its natural beauty, habitat and wildlife, we awarded a grant to the Pass the Buck chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation to sponsor hunter education and safety classes and habitat-improvement projects in northwestern Colorado.
Finally, to continue our commitment to public health and safety, we awarded a grant to the Town of Rangely to help purchase federally compliant two-way communications equipment for the Rangely and Meeker Police and Utility departments, Rangely Fire District and Rangely School District.
Once again, thank you to all grant applicants. We appreciate and honor your commitment to the community. We look forward to continuing our support of the northwest Colorado community and working with these organizations to build a healthier, safer and stronger community. For more information about Natural Soda and our Community Support Program, please visit us online atwww.naturalsoda.com.
Brad Bunnett, President and COO
Bob Warneke,
Vice President of Manufacturing