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May 2, 2012
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The Bookcliffs Council of the Arts and Humanities (BCAH) is on a roll. We have been staying very busy putting the final touches on our new facilities on East 16th Street in Rifle. Renamed "The Stonehouse Gallery and Studio," the building has been transformed into an amazing new home for the BCAH.

The BCAH Art After Hours classes are already taking Rifle by storm. Offered on the first and third Monday of each month throughout the summer, this class has become extremely popular. Most sessions sell out, so please call ahead for reservations. For more information or to make reservations, call our art director, Betsy Blackard, at 379-3842.

Back by popular demand, our music series returns this summer. The Hilltop Summer Music Series features great outdoor live music by local musicians. Bring your family, friends and food to enjoy some of the best musicians performing in front of the Bookcliffs. Best of all, these concerts are free of charge. Summer 2012 dates have already been scheduled for May 19, June 14, July 12 and August 9.

New this year, we are offering the "100 Club." Our goal is to get 100 new members to donate $100 each. BCAH needs help from the community to keep the momentum we've built, and you're the answer. With memberships and support from our community, we can continue to bring Rifle quality in arts and humanities. Your support will ensure a place for the arts in our everyday lives. Please consider becoming a member at the individual ($25) or business ($75) level, or better yet, as part of the 100 Club ($100).

We can't wait to see you at our new facilities, in our classes, or enjoying our music. Be sure to visit at or find us on Facebook. Contact the Bookcliff Council of Arts and Humanities, P.O. Box 1295, Rifle, CO 81650. Call 625-3043 or e-mail

Elliott Leonard


Reading and interpreting the law is a logical process. It should be as logical as adding 1 + 1 + 1 to get three. Apparently, things get a little complicated when it comes to election cycles and what constitutes a term to our seated Republican District Attorney, Martin Beeson.

Mr. Beeson's first term wasn't by appointment, it was by a recall election. Either way, Mr. Beeson entered into the recall election willingly. He was aware of the reduced term when he entered that election, and served based on the term of that cycle. The world of elections don't adjust based on ignorance to the law. Beeson won that election and served his first term accordingly.

The next election cycle had the voters choosing him for election term number two. If we add 1 + 1, we get two. I'm fairly confident the voters, regardless of party affiliation, can add. It's certainly a leap of faith for a seated DA to come forward to defend 1+1+1 equaling two.

In the bigger picture, Mr. Beeson's DA record isn't much better than his fuzzy math. Based on Beeson's mistrials and the cost to taxpayers, we can't afford Beeson's fuzzy math or fuzzy logic interpreting the law.

We have a choice in November. Let's choose competence.

David Mead


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