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February 6, 2013
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Community Briefs - Feb. 7, 2013

Rifle police officer Carlos Cornejo will be featured on radio station NRC365 (94.5 FM) in Glenwood Springs on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 4:30 p.m.Cornejo will provide information to the station's Spanish-speaking audience, stretching from the Johnson-Eisenhower tunnel to DeBeque, about a variety of crime prevention tips and other topics.

ACCESS Roaring Fork will be offering "SecondShift" after school classes at middle schools in Garfield County, beginning the week of Feb. 11.Classes are enriching, supportive, fun and affordable. If you have not received your registration form, visit and click on "programs" or pick up a form at any middle school. For more information, call 963-4402 or email

Volunteers from Reach-Out Colorado Inc. (The ROC) handed out oranges in downtown Rifle on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to remind people to eat healthy during the flu season to help stay well. They also recommended getting a flu shot. The ROC is a volunteer organization, directed by David Bottroff, to help individuals and families find resources to get them through hard times. They also provide Totes of Hope food for elementary children on the weekends, oversee Angel Tree and senior assistance programs. The ROC, whose mission is "working together to help each other" needs your support. Visit

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. The only way to know if radon is a problem in your home is to test. Free test coupons are available at the Garfield County Public Health office in Rifle, as well as Rifle City Hall, or by calling 665-6383.

The Boomtown Players will debut their new one-act play, "Cupid Confidential," on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15. Audiences will follow the modern-day son of Venus as he goes undercover to find out why the art of falling in love is being lost. Set in the fictitious old Rifle warehouse district and performed in "film noir" style, Cupid narrates his way through a collection of humorous vignettes about love in all the wrong places.Both shows will be held at the Bookcliffs Council on the Arts and Humanities "Stone House" at 1100 E. 16th St. in Rifle. Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Admission includes a selection of gourmet desserts. Beverages will be available from the Bookcliffs Council by donation. Seating is limited and both shows are close to selling out. Advance tickets can be purchased online at Established in 2012, Boomtown Players is a local acting troupe looking for others who enjoy acting or behind-the-scenes work to help establish a community theater program in Rifle. You can follow the players or find more information at

The Citizen Telegram is planning some special, timely stories for our Feb. 14 issue, since it's Valentine's Day.We're looking for singles or couples who have special memories of Valentine's Day. Maybe it's when you met that special someone, when you got engaged or married. Perhaps your son or daughter was born on the day of love. Anything related to Valentine's Day. The only requirement is to be a Rifle-area resident or have a connection to Rifle. Send an email to or call 384-9114.

The Glenwood Spring Association of Realtors kicked off its 2013 scholarship fundraiser with the goal of raising $20,000 for education.For the past 15 years, the group has helped more than 100 high school graduates further their education. This year's theme is "A Year Full of Fun," and community members and business owners have already donated more than $12,000.A $20 drawing ticket will give 12 chances to win incredible packages that include weekend getaways, sporting event tickets, cash prizes, dining, golfing, snowmobile rental, horseback trips, Harley-Davidson motorcycle rentals and more.Visit the group's Facebook page for more information.The Glenwood Springs Association Realtors has a membership of 175 individual realtors who work in 60 offices from Parachute to Carbondale, as well as 80 affiliate members from 60 offices throughout the state.

Garfield County Libraries is offering its Food for Fines program this February. Bring non-perishable food items to any of the six branch libraries and receive credit on your library card account. For each item you donate, you will receive a $1 credit toward overdue fines (not lost materials or fees). All donated items will be given to LIFT-UP.

Air Force Airman Ethan C. Ayers, a 2011 graduate of Grand Valley High School in Parachute, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Ayers is the son of Lorie Hinkle of Battlement Mesa.Ayers 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.

The PIP aRT GaLLery opened on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 602 Main St. in Silt.Owner Mary Rose Collen invites everyone to a grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 3-7 p.m. Stop by for a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Silt Chamber of Commerce at 3 p.m., then enjoy some refreshments and meet some of the artists whose works will be featured during February. The event is a taste of more cultural events in Silt. On Feb. 22, the first "Last Friday" will present art, wine and fine food from 3 to 7 p.m.Collen has brought several Silt-area artists together in this artists cooperative, with potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, woodcrafters, sand etching, granite and stone carvers all sharing space in the first-ever downtown Silt art gallery. The PIP aRT GaLLery's winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as special evening events.

Garfield County Libraries will present "The Dust Bowl" exhibit at the New Castle Branch Library through Feb. 14 and at the Parachute Branch Library from Feb. 15-28. This exhibit examines the story of the Dust Bowl and is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Striking during the depths of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl blasted the hopes and hard work of people living in the Great Plains. For those who lived through it, the experience was unmatched as an example of ecological calamity and a test of personal will. "The Dust Bowl" tells an eloquent tale of human fortitude through unforgettable images of strength and despair in the face of catastrophe, as well as contemporary photographs and survivor interviews. This exhibition is organized by the Nebraska Council for the Humanities in collaboration with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Larry Schmueser of Rifle has been named to the dean's list for the 2012 fall semester at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Amber E. Pagni of Silt is one of 315 students from Colorado on the 2012 fall semester academic dean's and dean's freshman honor roll at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.The honor roll consists of regularly enrolled undergraduates above freshman standing who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average, and freshmen who have earned a 3.25 or better grade point average.To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for at least 12 credit hours taken for letter grades.Kristen Nestor of Silt has made the dean's list at Colorado Mesa University for wildlife biology studies in the 2012 fall semester. She is the daughter of Jon and Joan Nestor.

Grand River Health DistrictArea students have a chance at one of seven $1,000 scholarships if they are interested in one of many health care related fields, such as nursing, radiology, pathology, pre-med and others.Anyone who lives in Grand River Hospital District, or is a full time student at Rifle, Grand Valley or Coal Ridge High Schools, and wishes to pursue a career in the medical field may apply. Applicants must plan to attend a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2013 and may include graduating high school seniors, previous high school graduates, and district employees. Awards will be given only to those who have not previously received a scholarship from the district.Scholarship applications are available at all three high schools and can be downloaded at For more information, call Volunteer Services Manager Kaaren Peck at 625-6423. Norman Hunt Memorial ScholarshipThe Bookcliff Conservation District and the Norm Hunt family will provide two $1,000 scholarships to two graduating high school students.Hunt served on the Bookcliff Conservation District from 1994-2008. He was instrumental in obtaining several grants to assist the water users of the Silt Water Conservancy District upgrade their irrigation system. Hunt was a dedicated board member that took his role as supervisor seriously, attended meetings regularly, participated in many district programs and always put the landowner and their needs first. The scholarship is available to students that attend Grand Valley, Rifle and Coal Ridge high schools. If you would like an application or have questions, call 945-5494, ext. 105, or go to

Kim Loving of Rifle was appointed assistant executive director of LIFT-UP, affective Jan. 1, after serving as the office manager for the past two years. Loving processes all donations, handles all accounting responsibilities and oversees grant writing for the organization. Loving moved to Rifle with her family four years ago from the Lake of the Ozarks area of Missouri, where she and her husband, Brook, ran their own insulation business for 10 years. They have three children.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Klenda, a 1998 Rifle High School graduate who joined the Navy in June of that year, was among other sailors recently given the Naval Construction Force Battle "E" award, which recognizes outstanding operational performance of Naval Mobile Construction Battalions.While supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Klenda's battalion supported engineering operations in 77 dispersed locations throughout six regional commands. The Gulfport, Miss.-based battalion completed more than 70 projects and 46,000 days of construction, counter-insurgency operations and training support to Afghan engineer forces.Klenda and other Seabees assigned to his battalion also donated 10 large boxes of food items to the Seabee pantry at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.His battalion gathered about 500 pounds of canned foods, boxes of cereal, condiments, snack foods, and other food items.The Seabee Pantry provides help to military members and their dependents and counts on donations to provide food to service members, retirees and dependents. Klenda's battalion is in a homeport cycle, following an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan. Their next deployment is set to begin near the end of the summer.

Caitlin RowGrand Junction Free PressGRAND JUNCTION - Western Garfield County residents who like to eat healthy, natural foods now have another store to shop.Sprouts Farmers Market, 1450 W. Independent Ave. in Grand Junction, welcomed customers to their 27,000 square-foot natural-foods market on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The new grocery store is located next to Hobby Lobby, near Walmart on Rimrock Avenue.The discounted healthy foods store was originally set to be a Sunflower Farmers Market, another health-food grocery chain. But Sprouts bought the Sunflower chain in 2012 and rebranded the Grand Junction location before it opened.According to Sprouts Spokeswoman Kim Rockley, Sprouts has hired 85 employees for its local store, many of them Grand Junction residents.The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and features an expansive produce section, prepared foods, plus a variety of "all-natural and organic" products, such as vitamins, supplements, meat, grains and a bakery. A large bulk-foods department is also included.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments to distribute up to $1.7 million for outdoor recreation activities in Colorado. Matching grants are available in 2013 for projects in Colorado that benefit fishing or boating. The grant programs are partially funded by federal excise taxes on the sale of boating, hunting and fishing equipment and come to Colorado through the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Projects to improve angler access, fish habitat and angling conditions can receive matching funding from the Fishing Is Fun grant program. This grant cycle, Fishing Is Fun has $900,000 in available matching funds. Application deadline is March 1. The Boat Colorado! grant program is looking for projects that open new waters to boats or improve facilities at lakes or reservoirs that already allow boat access. Boat Colorado! has up to $300,000 in matching funds for this grant cycle. Application deadline is March 2. Colorado Parks and Wildlife also offers non-motorized trail grants and off-highway vehicle trail grants on a separate funding cycle. Applications for trails grants programs are typically available in August, with the deadline for non-motorized trail projects in early November and OHV trail project grant applications due in early December. More information is available at

Qualified high school students can spend four or six weeks during the summer in Europe, Asia, South America or Australia. Language knowledge is very helpful but not required to qualify. Programs are for students 15-18 years old. Apply with ASSE Student Exchange Programs at you are unable to go abroad, consider hosting a foreign exchange student. Go to

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