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Carol Thomas is pretty excited. Her fellow Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2551 members asked her to be their commander. “Are you sure there’s not anybody else who wants the job?” she remembers thinking.
Thomas is the first female VFW commander in Fort Morgan and only the fourth at posts across Colorado, according to Dee Chappell-Haley, the post’s business manager. She tries not to make a big deal of that milestone to others. She served 10 years active duty, in the Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant, and now she’s been in the Navy Reserves for almost two decades. Thomas hopes her fellow female veterans who do get those opportunities to serve overseas in combat roles will join a group like the VFW and get the support she has both received and can offer.

Cancellations and sporadic delays were making a mess of things, yesterday, at Denver International Airport during a record-breaking week of passenger traffic. Heath Montgomery, an airport spokesman, said 11 flights were cancelled because of winter weather in Texas. Denver International airport (DIA) estimates it had its seventh busiest day ever on Sunday with 175,000 passengers. This coming Sunday, Jan. 3, is expected to be the second busiest ever with almost 179,000 travelers. Airport officials say travelers might want to arrive earlier than the normally suggested two hours before their flight just to ensure smooth sailing on the way to the gate.

he latest federal education bill signed into law this month won’t have direct, immediate changes to Colorado, according to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, but it will provide more “flexibility.” Polis, D-Colo., met with members of the Thompson School District Board of Education this, to discuss the bipartisan-backed Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing No Child Left Behind. Though many of the act’s provisions are already state law in Colorado, it provides the state with more flexibility with funding (though not more of it) and rulemaking, Polis said, and he expects state legislators to go back and make changes to some of the state’s education requirements.