As part of Garfield County's tamarisk and Russian olive removal project, a prescribed burn is planned Thursday, March 7, and possibly Friday, March 8, near the entrance to Rifle. The burns will occur, weather conditions permitting, on the two-acre island in the Colorado River located just east of the Colorado Highway 13 bridge. Smoke may be visible to residents in the Rifle area and travelers along Interstate 70.The State Wildland Inmate Firefighting Team (SWIFT) crew from the Rifle Correctional Facility will conduct the burn, and it will be coordinated by Colorado Department of Corrections supervisors.Earlier this winter, noxious and water-demanding tamarisk and Russian olive trees were cut on the island and stacked into approximately 20 slash piles. The burn is necessary to prevent the spread of seeds downstream, and to eliminate the risk of slash pile debris impacting river structures down stream.Questions regarding the prescribed burn or the invasive species project should be directed to Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony, 945-1377, ext. 4305.
The Garfield County Landfill begins its summer hours on Sunday, March 10. The landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more information or questions, call 625-2516.
The High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program provides federal and state income tax preparation and electronic filing, if you qualify under federal guidelines.This free service is provided by IRS certified community volunteers to seniors, disabled individuals and low- to moderate-income people. Some of the returns RSVP can prepare include Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040; Schedules A, B, EIC (Earned Income Credit), and R; Forms 1040 - V and 1040 - ES; Form 2441 (Child & Dependent Care Credit); Form 5405 (Repayment of First-Time Homebuyer Credit); Form 8863 (Education Credits); Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit); Form 8888 (Direct Deposit); and Form C - EZ. RSVP, a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College, has sites in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Parachute, and Craig, but you must make an appointment by calling 384-8740.
Colorado State University Extension will offer a master food safety advisor program. This three-day training is for people with an interest in helping or educating others about food safety, food science and food preservation. The classes will cover an array of topics, including the prevention of foodborne illness, methods of freezing and dehydrating, preserving fruit spreads, food storage and basics of spoilage, canning both acidic and low-acid foods, pickled and fermented foods, nutritional considerations and preparing for and coping with emergencies and disasters.Training will be conducted on Thursdays, March 14, 21, and 28, with a local planning day on April 4 for volunteers. The training will be held in the Garfield County Extension Office, Event Hall, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle at the fairgrounds. Openings are limited and the cost of the training is $125, plus a commitment of 20 hours of volunteer service. Applications are available online at eaglecounty.us/csu/ and are due by March 7. For more information, contact Glenda Wentworth at (970) 328-8630, or Rhonda Follman, (970) 244-1834.
Dr. Mary J. Glode, M.D. has joined the Grand River Hospital District's expanding women's health team.Glode received her medical degree in 1997 from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. She later completed her OB-GYN residency at the University Of Missouri-Kansas City, Mo. In 2001, Glode began her practice with Women's Health Associates in Glenwood Springs, where she offered a full scope of OB/GYN services. When asked why she chose to move her practice to Grand River Health in Rifle, Glode said, "I decided to focus my practice on GYN only. I wanted to stay local and continue the relationships I have built over the years with my patients and colleagues."Glode currently lives in Glenwood Springs with her husband, Dr. Kelly Glenn, and their two dogs.Glode will begin seeing patients at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center on Monday, March 11, and will offer a full range of gynecology services, including surgical and hormonal services. To make an appointment, call 625-1100.
Over 150 community members from Parachute and Battlement Mesa were on hand as the Grand River Hospital District broke ground on their new 36,000-square-foot medical center in Battlement Mesa on Tuesday, March 5.The new medical center will be home to Grand River's current medical clinic, occupational health and safety center and physical therapy services. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014, it will also include a state-of-the-art laboratory, offer diagnostic imaging services and serve Parachute, Battlement Mesa and the surrounding area.
Cameron Dacuma of Silt was recently recognized for outstanding first semester grades at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.Dacuma was one of nearly 500 freshmen students recognized at the First-years Achieving Marks of Excellence reception on Feb. 6 for earning a 3.25 or higher grade point average during their first semester.Dacuma is studying in the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
The Western Colorado Community Foundation is offering college and vocational school scholarships from 13 different funds for the 2013-2014 school year. These scholarships are made possible by donors who have established scholarship funds with the foundation to helpt students from the Western Slope to attend college.Genevieve Clough Fellowships are available to students graduating from Coal Ridge, Rifle, and Grand Valley high schools. Amounts vary depending upon financial need, which is a major consideration for this scholarship. Students who wish to attend Colorado Mountain College, vocational programs at public colleges, and degree programs at other colleges and universities can apply. J. Robert Young Scholarships of $1,000 are available to graduating high school seniors who plan to obtain a business related degree and who live in areas served by Alpine Bank. Two renewable scholarships will be awarded for the 2013-2014 school year.A new scholarship fund has been established by Natural Soda in honor of its long-time CEO, Bill Gunn. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from public high schools in Rangely, Meeker and Rifle, the communities where Natural Soda operates. Applicants should be well-rounded (academics and extra-curriculars), demonstrate financial need and be interested in a career in engineering, geology, physical sciences or a similar field. One non-renewable scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to a student from each of the three high schools.More information about eligibility guidelines, deadlines and application requirements is available online at www.wc-cf.org, or by calling Cindy Rhodes at (970) 243-3767.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David A. Klenda, a 1998 graduate of Rifle High School, along with other sailors attached to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 recently received the Rear Admiral Eugene J. Peltier Award for fiscal year 2012.Units selected for this award are recognized leaders in the Naval construction force in safety, overall performance, readiness, construction accomplishment, equipment management, logistics programs, retention and training.Klenda joined the Navy in June 1998.NMCB-11, a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance, completed an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan during 2012. The battalion is homeported in Gulfport, Miss.
ASSSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living with a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their host family. Exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. Families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.For more information about becoming a host family, call toll free 1-800-733-2773.
We lost our home on Silt Mesa to a fire on Jan. 15 and want to thank the Burning Mountains Fire Department, now known as Colorado River Fire Rescue, for their quick response. We also want to thank all our friends, family and co-workers who have called, sent cards and funds to help us through this difficult time. Even though we had no insurance, we are thankful we only lost "stuff" (material items) and that there were no injuries. Thanks to all.Don and Edna PlaceSilt Mesa
Graduating from Coal Ridge, Rifle or Grand Valley High School at the end of this school year? Looking for scholarship opportunities?Visit www.jaroaringfork.com and click on "scholarship" in the left-hand tab for information, qualifications and application. Deadline to apply is March 19.Contact District Manager Sharon Brady at (970) 404-7722 or email her at email@example.com.
The Colorado Children's Campaign has awarded more than $13,000 to nine programs designed to improve kids' access to health care.Included is a Garfield County grant to help develop and distribute an "It's About Kids" brochure to promote the network and support bringing local health, education and early childhood development advocates to the state capitol to improve advocacy skills. The It's About Kids network is the Children's Campaign's volunteer, statewide, grassroots advocacy network. The network of 2,400 people help spread the word about the unique needs of children in their individual communities, sharing information to help shape and support the Children's Campaign's legislative priorities and building relationships with local lawmakers and the media.
The scholarships available for Grand Valley High School seniors who will attend college or vocational school in the fall are the American Legion Ward Underwood Post No 114 $1,000 academic scholarship and the $1,000 American Legion Ward Underwood Post No. 114 vocational scholarship; a two-year, $2,000 Pam Brock teacher scholarship; and the $2,500 Carl H. Bernklau scholarship. Applications can be obtained through the guidance counselor's office at Grand Valley High School.The $2,500 Carl H. Bernklau Continuing Education Scholarship is available to Grand Valley High School graduates currently attending college in Colorado. College students wanting to apply for the scholarship need to go online to garcoschool.org to access the application under the "Grand Valley Educational Foundation" link and then the "Forms" link. Or contact the GVEF at P.O. Box 682, Parachute, CO 81635.All scholarship applications are due April 18. For more information regarding grants, scholarships, or donations, visit garcoschools.org.
Helping animals at the Rifle Animal Shelter is a walk or run in the park. The shelter's Strut Your Mutt 5K Walk/Run and Fun Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Rifle's Centennial Park.Businesses and community groups are being sought to form fundraising teams for this year's event. The goal is $5,000.Register and start fundraising with your team at firstgiving.com/RifleAnimalShelter/walk. Event entrance fees are $20 per person and $35 for familes. Pledges will raise much needed funds to continue the lifesaving programs and services of the Rifle Animal Shelter, such as community spay/neuter programs, vaccination clinics, trap/neuter/return programs and medical care for shelter pets.For more information, contact Heather at the Rifle Animal Shelter, 625-8808, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dana at 389-9510, email@example.com.
DENVER - Despite Colorado's mild winter, many Coloradans still struggle with the costs of heating their homes. Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, offers help with financial assistance with home heating bills. LEAP will continue to accept applications through April 30.LEAP is a federally funded program that 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.To qualify, 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. This season approximately 94,007 Colorado families have applied for LEAP and the program has helped nearly 71,338 families cover heating costs, said Aggie Berens, LEAP manager. All Coloradans who think they may qualify are encouraged to call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or visit www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap to view program application requirements and download an application.
World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a nonprofit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics for the 2013-2014 academic school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to bear his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad or helping others become host families, call Courtney Wade at (720) 209-1145 or email at Courtney@World-Heritage.org. You can go online to www.whhosts.com.