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July 25, 2012
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Community Briefs - July 26, 2012

The Rifle Union High School Class of 1952 will have its 60th reunion on July 27 - 28. An "FAC" will take place from 6 - 9 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at Barb Dorrells' home, 328 E. Fifth St. Bring your own beverages and finger food to share, and in-town people are asked to bring chairs. Photos, napkins, plates and cutlery will be provided. Cocktails and dinner will be served starting at 5:30 p.m Saturday, July 28, at the BPO Elks Club. Call Barb Dorrell for more information, 625-2098.

To celebrate Grand River Hospital District's 50th anniversary, the district will host a community event in partnership with the Centennial Concert Series and Market in Centennial Park in Rifle on Sunday, July 29, from 5-8 p.m.

Live music with the band Phat Daddy, free popcorn, cotton candy and anniversary cake will be available.

Attendees can also participate in a hula hoop contest. Prizes will be awarded to best overall, youngest, oldest and most original hula hooper. Grand River's anniversary party is free and open to the public.

Small, nonfarm businesses in all 64 Colorado counties are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration.

These loans offset economic losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds since Jan. 1. Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for loans of up to $2 million.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching can seek help through the Farm Services Agency.

Applicants may apply online at, call 1-800-659-2955, or email The deadline to apply for these loans is March 4.

Roberta Nygaard of Rifle recently received $50 worth of gasoline from the Tanks of Thanks program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their community just a little bit better.

The program from Cenex®, the CHS energy brand, selects 100 nominees each month to receive free fuel. Nygaard was nominated for her work in the car care office, where she helps control inventory and pay bills. She is a diligent worker and has been a valuable asset to her company. To make a nomination, visit and briefly describe why someone deserves a free tank of gas.

As always, the Colorado State Veterans Home at Rifle would like to thank Judy Martin, program manager of Garfield County Senior Programs for the VIP treatment shown to our veterans, spouses and staff members at the Garfield County Air Show.

Judy coordinated efforts in treating our World War II and Korean War veterans to an afternoon they will not soon forget. Memories for some of our guys who had flown in similar aircraft displayed at the show brought smiles to their faces. They were taken back to a time when they were young heroes fighting a war for America when patriotism ran through the blood of every American.

Mildred Alsdorf, our past county clerk and recorder, was also there with Judy and made sure we all stayed cool in the air conditioned room and had enough to drink with water and lemonade. Judy even had golf carts available and drove our veterans around so they didn't have to walk in the heat.

To everyone else at the air show who once again volunteered their time for our great community, we send our thanks to all of you who provided a splendid day of family fun and entertainment (until the thunder and lightning showed up).

The veterans, spouses and staff members at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle

Natural Soda Inc. is seeking grant applications from community, charity and sporting nonprofit organizations in northwestern Colorado.

Last year, Natural Soda provided community grants to the Rangely Food Bank, Project 1.27 Outreach Ministry to Orphans, Meeker Volunteer Fire and Rescue District, Meeker Chamber and Rifle Chamber.

Information about the 2012 grant program and an online grant application are available at Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Aug. 22. For more information, call Bill Ray at (303) 885-1881 or email him at

Operating in Colorado for nearly 30 years, Natural Soda produces sodium bicarbonate from its 9,400 acres of nahcolite leases.

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