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October 17, 2012
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Filipe Masetti Leite, a Brazilian journalist based out of Toronto and a second-generation cowboy, rode down White River Avenue in Rifle on Monday, Oct. 1, on his way out of town. He spent several days in Rifle as part of his 10,000-mile journey on two horses through 12 countries in North, Central and South America. His trip is chronicled online at

Leite was impressed with the welcome he received when he arrived in Rifle.

"When I arrived at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, a lady by the name of Terry welcomed me with beer and carrots for my horses (she works in the building next to the fairgrounds). It was so nice! She handed me the beer and carrots and said, 'Welcome to Rifle'."

Girl Scout Troop 10253 of Rifle will host its second annual Harvest Hay Maze throughout the month of October, featuring a 1,000-bale hay maze that is family-oriented during the day and haunted at night. A family festival will include children's games, face painting, arts and crafts, pumpkins, family photos, concessions and more.

The maze and events will run weekends through Sunday, Oct. 28. Hours of operation are Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. for family days, and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. for the haunted maze.

The price is $5 for the maze and $5 for the children's activities. Concessions, photos and pumpkins are additional.

The maze and festival are located at 497 County Road 233 outside Rifle. Head east on 16th Street, left on County Road 233, and it's the third driveway on the left, past Graham Mesa Elementary School.

The Wags and Menace Foundation has donated $1,000 to the Rifle Animal Shelter to establish a medical fund to help sick and injured shelter pets get the medical care they need so they can be placed up for adoption.

The foundation chose the shelter to support after reviewing their success stories. Cindy A. Lee, foundation president, said she will contribute to the shelter because she believes in their work and sees the shelter's potential.

The Wags and Menace Foundation helps provide medical treatment for sick animals in Colorado, funds organizations and activities that benefit animals, and works to inspire, teach and motivate other individuals and organizations toward similar goals.

Heather Mullen, Rifle Animal Shelter director, is excited about the foundation's help.

"We have many animals that need more than just vaccines and day to day medical care," she said. "This new partnership will help take care of many other major medical needs to help our animals in need."

The first dog helped by the Wags and Menace Foundation medical fund was Sonny Boy, a 9-year-old Border Collie. Sonny Boy had a lumpectomy on his foot and is recovering in a foster home.

Sonny Boy is up for adoption and will have a much easier time finding a home, now that his medical needs are taken care of, Mullen said.

Sonny Boy is one of the many animals the Rifle Animal Shelter has been able to transfer in from over crowded shelters and help save this year.

For more information about the Wags and Menace Foundation, see their website at For more about the Rifle Animal Shelter, and to see all their adoptable pets, including Sonny Boy, visit their website at or call 625-8808.

Air Force Airman Cody M. Parmenter, the son of Parachute Police Chief Cary Parmenter and a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley High School, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Parmenter completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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