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January 25, 2012
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Dear editor,The Advocate Safehouse Project Board of Directors, staff and clients would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who supported our "Gift of Hope" campaign this past holiday season. The residents in Garfield County continue to amaze me in how much you all support the Advocate Safehouse Project. This community's generosity is especially valued during these economic hard times. I would also like to extend a special thank you to the Community Banks of Colorado for making this campaign possible with their sponsorship. There were many individuals, families and businesses (Neil-Garing Insurance Company; Russo's Pizza; Andy Broderick; Sonlight Foursquare Church; Girl Scout Troops No. 244 and No. 275; Curve; Green Natural Solutions; and the O'Neil, Scofield & Sltagter Families) that sponsored our clients with food and gift baskets this holiday season and even held food and toy drives for us. You truly made the difference for these families. Christmas morning was so much brighter for these families than they ever thought possible.The cheer of the holiday season does not easily impart remembrance of those who are victimized by domestic violence or sexual assault; however all too often the holidays become a dangerous time for many families. While violence may not be present in your home, it may be in the life of someone you care about...a family member, a neighbor, co-worker or a friend. Because of community members like you, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault is made a bit easier. Thank you for supporting our "Gift of Hope" campaign with the Advocate Safehouse Project and our clients. Your support is deeply appreciated.Julie OlsonExecutive DirectorAdvocate Safehouse Project

Dear editor,In a letter to the editor in the Jan. 19 issue of the Post Independent, Re-2 school board member Scott Doherty stated, "Unfortunately, it is likely we will be making decisions that will adversely affect classroom instruction."I appreciate Mr. Doherty's refreshing honesty, but is this satisfactory to those of us in Re-2, especially those with children in Re-2 schools who will likely having deteriorating educational opportunities because of this attitude?I doubt that Re-2 citizens elected members of the school board with the idea that those elected would give up and oversee worsening classroom instruction for students.I suggest that the citizens of Re-2 should expect its school board members to make hard and creative decisions that will not impede the ability of dedicated teachers to provide quality education to our students. Further, I suggest that the school board members should be accountable to the parents and students of Re-2 to enumerate ways to save money without impeding the ability of teachers to provide high-quality teaching to prepare students for their futures.Again, I appreciate Mr. Doherty's honest wake-up call to the citizens of Re-2 concerning the impending deterioration of education for our students. That should not happen, and the citizens who placed the members of the school board in their important positions should expect more.Ken McCrackenRifle

The 14th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament was last Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22, with over 400 participants enjoying their weekend fishing. The tournament is brought to you by the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with The City of Rifle, Colorado State Parks, and the Colorado Sportsmen Wildlife Fund, and is sponsored by the Comfort Inn and Suites, Rocky Mountain Liquors, and Well Master Corp. Rifle Performance Motor Sports sponsored the youth trophies, so each child 17 years and younger received a trophy for their winning catch. Grand River Hospital District donated a gift bag for each winner 10 years and younger, and an OGIO gym bag for the top winners in the 11 to 17 division. American Family Insurance, Jim Lord Agency also came through with some nice camo beanies for the winners in the 11 to 17 division. This tournament is made possible with the help of our Cornerstone Partners: EnCana Oil and Gas, USA, Alpine Bank, KMTS Radio, Mountain Air Mechanical, Wal-Mart, Williams Production, Western Slope Communication, Grand River Hospital District, Bayou Well Services, Kuersten Construction, LLC, WXP Energy, Wells Fargo Bank, Bill Barrett Corp., and the Citizen Telegram. Other contributors for the Ice Fishing Tournament were: Factory and Army Surplus, Taco Bell, WingNutz Bar and Grill, Power Pro, Colorado Mule Deer Assoc., Gene Taylors, Sportsman's Warehouse, Cabella's, EGB Lure's, Dynamic Lures, Ice Man Jigs, Daylight Donuts, Garfield County Fairgrounds, MRI Trash Services, Alpine Wireless, Strong Lumber, Garfield County Sheriff, Columbine Ford, Rifle Fire Protection District, Eagle Claw Wright and McGill Co, Recycled Fish.Org, Garfield County Search and Rescue, and Pro Powder Coating. Our awesome volunteers for the weekend included: Blair Bracken from the City of Rifle Parks and Rec Dept., Chris Manera from Colorado River Engineering, Joanne Nelson from Mountain Man Nut and Fruit, Kathy Runia from the Rifle Information Center, and Tom Boas from MRI Trash Services. Finally, the Judges who call in the winning fish from across the Gap: Mark Fergen from Mountain Air Mechanical, Bill Nelson, Kevin Runia, Sonny Nichols, Jeff Cash, Dan Alvis, Randy Winkler with Micro Plastics, Al King, Todd Sellie, Dave Hall, and Jeff Seastone with the City of Rifle Parks and Rec Dept. Thank you all for your continued support of these fun community events, and we look forward to seeing you out on the ice again next year. Gina Reece-LongRifle Area Chamber of Commerce event coordinator

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