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August 22, 2012
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Community Briefs - Aug. 23, 2012

A new police chief is scheduled to officially start his duties as Rifle's top cop on Friday, Aug. 24.That's when John Dyer, now a patrol commander for the Oak Harbor, Wash., Police Department, plans to bring his 28 years of police experience to Rifle. Dyer was chosen from among seven finalists out of 78 applicants for the position. He was one of two finalists from outside Colorado. Dyer will replace longtime Police Chief Daryl Meisner, who will help Dyer get acclimated for a short time, and then retire.

Work on the new Kum & Go convenience store at First Street and Railroad Avenue in Rifle has been delayed over a permit issue between the company and the Colorado Department of Transportation. Assistant City Manager Matt Sturgeon said the issue revolves around permanent access into and out of the store's location from First Street, which is also U.S. Highway 6&24. Railroad Avenue is also Colorado Highway 13.

Rifle's C.J. Vondette has moved into fifth position in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association's Mountain States Circuit.A solid win at the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association's Yuma rodeo, outrunning the competition by four-tenths of a second, moved Vondette up to her current top five ranking.A second place finish at the PRCA rodeo in Breckenridge, third at Loveland, and a 9/10 split in Castle Rock helped solidify the standing.Vondette currently sits atop the leader board in the Mountain States Divisional Circuit, 10th in the world rookie of the year standings and in 122th position in the worldwide rankings, as of Aug. 14.The 2012 competition year ends on Sept. 25 for the Mountain States Circuit, comprising the states of Colorado and Wyoming.Vondette also gathered a second place check aboard her backup horse, Colorado Flash, at the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association in Kremmling on Aug. 12. She is currently in sixth position in the CPRA with limited hauling.The CPRA competition year ends Sept. 8 with the CPRA Finals on Sept. 14-16 in Grand Junction.

Motorists may encounter brief delays driving east and west on I-70 and on nearby U.S. Highway 6 west of Parachute due to work on the West Parachute roundabout.Work could affect travel from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, through October. A single lane will be closed on I-70 at milepost 72 for grading, with one-lane alternating traffic on U.S. Highway 6. The project hotline is (970) 414-0611 and email is i70.

The Silt Branch Library is seeking volunteers to form a "book brigade" to help move books by way of a hand-to-hand chain from the old library to the new library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15. All ages are welcome, and there will be flexible shifts, so it doesn't matter how long you can help. Those interested in volunteering should contact the library at 876-5500.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Molly R. Griffiths, the daughter of Tim and Cathy Lewis of Rifle, has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.Active duty and reserve members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces support the war against global terrorism. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.Griffiths is a squad leader with the 164th Military Police Company, based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. She has served six years in the military.

Starting Sept. 1, the New Castle and Rifle branch libraries will switch their late nights to Monday and Wednesday.For a full listing of Garfield County Libraries' hours of operation, check out locations.

A series of free roundtable discussions for businesses will be offered this fall by Colorado Workforce Centers in Rifle and Glenwood Springs.The first in the series is on wages and hours, by Mark Kochman of the Colorado Department of Labor, from 9-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Rifle and Glenwood Springs campuses of Colorado Mountain College. The series is free to all local businesses. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Glenwood Springs or Rifle Colorado Workforce Centers at 945-8638 or 625-5627.

Silt resident Kourtney Mitchell is attending Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff for the fall 2012 semester. Mitchell has not yet declared a major.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. ASSE (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a nonprofit organization officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the U.S. State Department.Students are 15-18 years old and will be in the U.S. for the upcoming high school year or semester. These exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family.Each student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. For more information about becoming a host family, call 1-800-733-2773.

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