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October 3, 2012
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Community Briefs - Oct. 4, 2012

The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meets from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.

The board is a monthly forum for the public, oil and gas industry, landowners and local government to engage in positive and proactive communication and actions that encourage responsible and balanced development of energy resources.

This month's educational presentation will review water use, management, treatment and recycling practices during oil and gas completion and production activities. Speakers are Tyler Bittner, engineering team lead for WPX Energy, and Doug Dennison, environmental and governmental affairs representative for Bill Barrett Corp.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a light meal and social time is provided for meeting attendees. The meeting and presentation begins at 6 p.m. For meal-planning purposes, RSVPs to 625-5915 are encouraged.

Fall vaccine clinics offered by Garfield County begin Saturday, Oct. 6, and continue through the fall.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older should get an annual vaccine. Currently, the CDC reports very little flu activity, but flu season usually begins in October and can last through May.

No appointments are necessary for community clinics. Adult flu shots or nasal mist are $20, and children's shots or nasal mist are $10, payable by cash or check. The health department accepts Medicaid, Medicare Part B, and CHP+.

For more information, visit, or call 625-5200 in Rifle or 945-6614 in Glenwood Springs.

Three Rifle students have enrolled as freshmen at Fort Lewis College in Durango: Hope Archambo, current major is interdisciplinary studies - teacher education option; Hannah Bernat, current major is adventure education; and Bethany Perry, current major is psychology.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, SEMA Construction, have started the second phase of construction of the new Interstate 70 interchange west of Parachute at mile marker 72.

The new interchange will offer on- and off-ramps in both east and west directions, and will include an existing overpass bridge on U.S. Highway 6.

Phase two work includes the final pouring of concrete along the two roundabouts and remaining improvements on the west side of the existing bridge over I-70. Phase three, which will begin in the middle of October, will include final asphalt paving along Highway 6 and the bridge over I-70. The work has a completion date of Oct. 31.

During construction, there will be single-lane closures on both eastbound and westbound I-70, Highway 6 and across the overpass bridge. Work hours are Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Motorists should expect traffic slowing through the area.

Traffic on Highway 6 is being directed along the east side of the north roundabout and the west side of the south roundabout, as crews work on the remaining half of the roundabouts.

Delays can be expected during working hours as equipment and crews move in and out of the work zone. Motorists should follow the direction of the flaggers.

During non-working hours, timed light signals will replace the flaggers. Commuters should expect wait times of a few minutes and are encouraged to plan ahead.

For more information, call the project hotline at (970) 414-0611 or send an email to with questions or comments.

Longtime former Rifle resident Thelma Fischer recently celebreated her 100th birthday. Thelma was born in Rifle on Sept., 12, 1912. She was a descendent of the Estes and Corley families, who were early pioneers in the Rifle area. Thelma graduated from Rifel High School in 1931.

Thelma lived in Rifle for 75 years. She was known as the "go-to" person for information about people and events in Rifle's history. Several of her articles were published in the Telegram in the 1980s. The Silt Historical Soceity published and sold a collection of her writings, "Refl;ections - Yes, I Remember," in 2002.

She and her late husband, Jim Fischer, moved to Colorado Springs in 2004 to be closer to their daughter, Tanys Kenney.

Thelma lives independently in a senior apartment community, where she enjoys taking walks and playing bridge and Scrabble. She celebrated her birthday with friends and ten family members.

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