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Community Briefs for May 24, 2012

Carol (Michelsen) and Gale Loesch were married on June 2, 1962, in Rifle. After the first couple of years of marriage, they lived on the Western Slope of Colorado in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Rifle. Today, the couple reside in Grand Junction. Carol and Gale have been very active in their communities and churches. For 46 years, Carol has been active in Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Carol owned and managed Love Those Crafts in Rifle. Gale retired from U.S. West in 1990 after 31 years of service. After retirement, Gale enjoyed his horses and handy work. Carol enjoys golfing, crafting and grandparenting, while Gale enjoys hunting, camping and four-wheeling. Together, they enjoy spending time with family, gardening, camping and taking trips. Gale and Carol have two children, Tracy Cumpson and Barry Loesch, and three granddaughters, Caitlin Cumpson, Cierra Cumpson and Bailey Loesch.

Maria Rubio, a nurse at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle, was awarded the prestigious Nightingale Award Saturday, May 19, at an event hosted by the Colorado Nurse's Foundation in Denver. Rubio was nominated in the area of clinical practice-advocacy for her work in cultural competence and diabetes education for the Hispanic population."This is the first time a nurse from Grand River Hospital has ever won the Nightingale award," said Mary DesOrmeau, chief nursing officer for the district. "Maria truly represents the epitome of nursing excellence, and we are thrilled that she was chosen to receive this prestigious award." The awards are given out annually by the Colorado Nurses Foundation. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring was founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health.

The Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning Fund - dba Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute - has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute provides programs that foster the fundamental language development and early literacy skills necessary as a critical precursor to the learn-to-read process."This grant will provide the opportunity for local families with preschool-age children to build early literacy skills critical for kindergarten readiness, school achievement and life success," said Raising A Reader Executive Director Rick Blauvelt. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Encana. They have been a key partner for many years."

Carly Jo Bare, a 2012 graduate of Rifle High School, is the recipient of this year's $1,000 "Begin a New Adventure Scholarship" for employees of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The scholarship, now in its fourth year, is granted based on merit, with consideration given for number of years of employment with the park and dedication to its mission of making people smile. Bare has worked at the Adventure Park since the summer of 2009, serving as an attractions attendant and a cave tour guide. She plans to attend Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison this fall.

The Bookcliff Soil Conservation District has announced two scholarship recipients for the 2012 Norman Hunt Memorial Scholarship.This year's recipients are Annie McNeel and Kayla Hinkley, both graduates of Coal Ridge High School. McNeel will continue her education at Northeastern Junior College in animal science, and Hinkley will enroll in Colorado State University's veterinary and animal science program. The district partners with the Norman Hunt Family to offer two $1,000 scholarships for students in the district that continue their education in agriculture or conservation. Hunt was a board member for 14 years.

Kristen Nestor of Silt is this year's recipient of the Crime Stoppers of Garfield County $500 scholarship. Nestor graduated last Saturday from Coal Ridge High School and plans to attend Colorado Mesa University, where she will work on a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology. She would like to be a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer.

Alexa Williams of Rifle was awarded a law degree during Creighton University's spring commencement ceremony on May 12 in Omaha, Neb. About 1,500 degrees were conferred during Creighton University's spring commencement.

Access Roaring Fork is offering Boost Day Camp at Rifle Middle School for 6- to 11-year-old children from July 9 through Aug. 3.Campers will spend the morning on academic enrichment activities taught by Garfield School District Re-2 teachers. The afternoon will be spent with trained camp counselors in activities such as arts, crafts, sports, field trips, hip hop, cooking and water games. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $100 for the four week session. Extended hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. are available for an additional $25 fee. A limited number of scholarships are available. Transportation is available for students living in the Rifle area. A nutritious snack and lunch are provided free of charge to all campers. Call 963-4402 for additional information.Applications are available online at and must be turned into the Rifle YouthZone Office, 136 E. 12th St., or faxed to 963-9263, by May 25. Space is limited to 20 campers per age group. Campers will be notified of their acceptance by May 30. Contact Mary at (970) 274-4298 for more information.

ACCESS Roaring Fork would like to recognize all the students, teachers, administrators and volunteers who helped make the Second Shift after school program a great success. ACCESS provided academic support and enriching activities to approximately 250 students at Rifle Middle School during the 2011/2012 school year. For more information about ACCESS call 963-4402 or visit

International high school exchange students are coming to study in Garfield County during the 2012-13 school year. STS Foundation, a non-profit student exchange organization, is looking for new host families in Garfield County to place a 16-year-old boy from Brazil for the fall semester, and a 16-year-old girl from France for the full academic year. The boy enjoys playing soccer and is learning to play guitar. He is looking forward to making new friends and sharing his Brazilian culture with his host family. The girl has a passion for music and theater and takes acting and piano lessons. She also enjoys horseback riding and would love to find a family who shares her interests. Both are excellent students and will have their own spending money and health insurance.The host family provides a separate bed, family meals and a loving and safe environment. If your family is interested, call Cristina Carrasco at 1-800-522-4678 or send an email to For more information, visit

A grand opening celebration of GarCo Sewing Works, a unique design training center and entrepreneurial learning lab for aspiring small business owners, will be held Thursday, May 31 from 4 - 7 p.m. in the Henry Building, 321 East Ave., in Rifle. The mission of GarCo Sewing Works is to provide "Made in America" sustainable products, like grocery bags sewn from locally donated cloth, while providing local training and jobs to those seeking a hand up. Everyone's invited to meet staff and volunteers, see student demonstrations and enjoy refreshments. GarCo Sewing Works is a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and Garfield County, with support from many community organizations and members. For more information, call 970-440-7059.

The 2012-13 draft budget for Colorado Mountain College is available for viewing at any CMC location, or by going to the college's website. To download the document, go to, then choose the pull-down menus for "Communities & Friends" and then "Board of Trustees," and then "Budget & Audit." The college's board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget at their June 18 meeting at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Aspen, as part of their monthly rotation of meetings throughout the college's 11 learning locations.

The three Colorado State Parks in the Rifle Gap Complex are seeking high school and middle school students over the age of 14 and adults to serve as volunteer park naturalists this summer. At Rifle Gap, Harvey Gap and Rifle Falls State Parks, naturalists lead hikes, present programs and answer visitor questions during the day and in the evenings. Volunteer naturalists also staff weekend education tables and exhibits at Rifle Falls and greet and answer questions for park visitors. Volunteer as a park naturalist if you have a passion for interpretation and environmental education. Positions vary from three- to six-hour time slots. Students will need to complete appropriate paperwork for the park system. Volunteers ages 14-17 must also submit a parental or guardian approval form. If you know of students who are interested in exploring this opportunity, call Terry Wise, the naturalist at the Rifle Complex, at 625-1607.

The Grand River Hospital District is offering free sports physicals to local student athletes who live in Western Garfield County.In the Battlement Mesa/Parachute area, the free sports physicals will be held at Grand River Medical Clinic in Battlement Mesa. The girl's clinic will be held on Tuesday, June 12 and the boy's clinic will be Thursday, June 14. Hours for both are 4 - 6 p.m.In Rifle, the free sports physicals clinic will be held at Grand River Specialty Clinic at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center. The girl's clinic will be Tuesday, June 19 and the boy's clinic will be on Wednesday, June 20. Both clinics will be from 4 - 6 p.m.Since there is a limited time period to perform the physicals, there are requirements. Students must have a completely filled out and signed physical form before they come to the clinic. Forms are available online at, or at the hospital. Students must come to the clinic wearing shorts and athletic shoes. All physicals are done on a first come, first served basis.Grand River also offers sports physicals throughout the regular summer months, as a scheduled appointment, for $35, half the cost of a regularly scheduled office visit. For more information, call 625-1100 or visit

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