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December 19, 2012
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Community Briefs - Dec. 20, 2012

The New Ute Theatre Society, or NUTS, received two donations on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to help their efforts to complete the renovation work on the New Ute Events Center in downtown Rifle. The Rifle Union High School classes of 1956, '57 and '58 donated $4,300 and American Shale Oil contributed $10,000.

Santa Claus will be at the Rifle Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. for a special story time as Santa reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Afterwards, you can tell Santa your Christmas wishes and create a special Santa craft.

Tyler Reece, a 2009 Coal Ridge High School graduate, will appear on a PBS-TV holiday special, "Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort & Joy," at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23.The annual Christmas program at Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa, is filmed every three years, according to Reece's mother, Gina Reece-Long. The choral program includes all seven of the college's choirs. Reece is a part of the Nordic choir, the top choir at the college.

Garfield County offices and department will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, for the holidays. They will also close on Tuesday, Jan. 1.The Garfield County Landfill will also close, but will reopen from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26.Offices serving the community in emergency or 24-hour capacity will remain open, such as the sheriff's department, the coroner's office, and criminal justice services. The Garfield County Regional Airport outside Rifle will be open for general aviation, weather permitting, although the airport's administrative offices will be closed.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Wayne Starr, a second-year student from Rifle at Rochester Institute of Technology's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean's list for the fall quarter.Rochester Institute of Technology offers education and training in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, along with support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The college enrolls 17,500 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs.

"Must. Have. Wine. A Toast to Motherhood," co-authored by Katrina Epp of Rifle, was recently ranked #1 on's Hot New Releases in Motherhood list.The book is described as "a collection of relatable stories by everyday moms assuring that none of us are perfect and we're all in this crazy race together.""Our goal in writing this book is to make you feel good about being the best mom you can be. There is no perfect," said Epp. "What I really like about the book is we designed it so the chapters are highlighted by an emotion associated with motherhood."Epp and co-author Leah Speer of Sandestin, Fla. have never met in person. Via e-mail, Skype, text messages and phone calls, the two moms wrote and re-wrote stories and interviewed women from all over the country.Other planned books include "Must. Have. Football. Daddy's Favorite Ways To Escape and Unwind," and "Must. Have. Wine. Vol. 2: The Wives Edition."

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Klenda, a 1998 Rifle High School graduate, along with Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, returned to Gulfport, Miss., after providing disaster response support in New Jersey and New York areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Seabees cleared hundreds of tons of debris from Seaside Heights, N. J., and removed more than 80 cars, boats and other large objects that had been swept away during the storm surge. They also successfully tackled a more than 210,000-gallon dewatering project to aid local authorities gain access to water and gas lines for repair, and to reach roadways inaccessible from sink holes and storm damage. Another detachment worked in the Sea Bright area, where they unearthed and cleaned up a local World War II Veterans Memorial in time for Veterans Day on Staten Island. Elsewhere on Staten Island at Floyd Bennett Airfield in New York, a team of 25 Seabees supported clean up and debris removal operations in and around the Breezy Point area, along with other military and civilian support teams.

Holy Cross Energy will distribute nearly $4.4 million to customers who purchased electricity from Holy Cross Energy in 1997 in their annual member equity distribution refund.Over 26,700 current and former members should receive their checks by mid-December. Refunds of less than $10 will be posted as a credit on upcoming member electric statements.As a not-for-profit entity, Holy Cross provides electric service at a reasonable cost and returns profits or "margins," after operation expenses, to its members.Holy Cross Energy is a rural electric distribution cooperative organized in 1939, and provides electricity to more than 54,800 customers in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and portions of Gunnison and Mesa counties.

Read a book. Rate a book. Redeem your reward. This is for teens throughout January. Not only do they get to read new books and receive prizes for doing so, but participants will be helping others learn about great reads, as all reviews will be posted on our website and on the book itself.

DENVER - During the holiday season, many families face the added expense of gifts and festivities in addition to a noticeable increase in their monthly heating bills. This winter, Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) wants all families to know help is available.LEAP is a federally funded program that provides cash to help qualified low income families and individuals pay a portion of winter home heating costs. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and lowest incomes by family size. Applicant income may not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which is $2,882 per month before taxes for a household of four people. The average LEAP benefit is estimated to be $302 per household. When minor changes to a home's energy efficiency are not enough and costly repairs are needed to properly keep a family warm, LEAP eligible households may also qualify for the Crisis Invention Program (CIP) and the Colorado Energy Office's Weatherization Program. The CIP operates year-round and provides assistance with a home's primary heating source, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove. The weatherization program improves the energy efficiency in homes throughout Colorado to permanently reduce heating costs. To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of rent, be a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado or have household members that are U.S. citizens.To receive an application, call 1-866-432-8435 to have an application mailed, visit any county department of social/human services across the state, or download and print an application from

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