Dr. Dan Smith, DO, has returned to family practice at Grand River Primary Care in Rifle.
Smith previously practiced in Rifle for Grand River from 1994-2002. He left the Rifle area for Wisconsin to be closer to family. For the past eight years, he has practiced family medicine and urgent care for the Affinity Medical Group in Kaukauna, Wis.
Smith, his wife Diane and three sons continued to visit and vacation on the Western Slope on an almost annual basis since their departure.
"I feel privileged to be able to come back to this area and work with the great team at Grand River," Smith said. "I am looking forward to returning to my passion of providing health care in a rural setting and being an active member of the community."
Smith will begin seeing patients on Jan. 14. Call 625-1100 to make an appointment.
ACCESS Roaring Fork recently received $500 grant from U.S. Bancorp Foundation to support general operating costs.
ACCESS Roaring Fork is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of fun, educational, extended day programs to students throughout Garfield County. For more information, visit www.accessrf.org or call 963-4402.
Editor's note: Here's a new submission from Jackie Gross of Silt, who isn't letting the cold weather keep her from a great hunting experience.
"Dreaming of a duck limit, I woke up in just enough time to realize I was only dreaming, and it was time to catch the ducks before they started to take flight on the river. My lab, Katie, was sprawled out on the end of the bed, glaring up at me.
"I get dressed in long johns and feed the dogs, T.J. pours the coffee, and we got ready to get to quaking. With us living on the river, we have the advantage of just hiking a few hundred yards and we are duck ready. Most mornings are cold - very cold; in the low teens and sometimes below zero. As we walked to our blinds, the only warmth I felt was the steam off my breath.
"T.J. set us up, ensuring that the ice shelves were safe, then Katie and I crawl into our little honey hole. No decoys, just the natural flow of the river, which makes hunting tough. But it is worth every shot.
"T.J. watches down river and I watch upriver, waiting on some quack action. A couple of mallard drakes and a few hens come our way and we shoot. Katie hits the water swimming after one that crossed the river. She slides along an ice shelf, watching the duck under the ice swim back and forth, and runs back and forth like a silly prank that you would play.
"I am worried she might fall through, because I worry too much. I am trying to call her off, 'Katie, hear, hear, hear!' Katie is more than just a hunting dog, she is our family pet. Katie gives the duck one last look and comes back across river.
"We start walking back to our spot and two ducks fly over us. Boom! Boom! T.J. shoots and knocks down a mallard hen. Katie hits the river and brings us back some dinner. All I can think is, 'Just a few more and we will have enough for a pot roast!'
'Back in the blind, we wait. It is cold! Katie is shaking, her body is iced over and I pat her to keep her blood circulating. Then, here they come, greenheads!
"T.J. and I shoot to more great success. Katie comes back with our birds, tail wagging. At this point, we are all cold, my belly is growling and it is time to call it a day and eat some yummy breakfast.
"Breakfasts in our Cajun house usually consist of crawfish omelets, pan fried pork chops with hash browns, yummy sweet pancakes, and always your choice of eggs. It just depends on what I, the cook, feel like fixing.
"T.J. calls me the short order chef, but as I call it, 'get your tail feather out there and clean those ducks, so I can get them in a pot.' As always, smiling big. This is usually how our duck hunts begin and end. But the greatest moments are making the memories."
Air Force Airman Kathleen E. Dobert, a 2012 graduate of Rifle High School, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
The airman 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.
Dobert is the daughter of Candace Dobert of Rifle.