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March 13, 2013
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Community Briefs - March 14, 2013

Rising 9th- and 10th-graders in eight Colorado counties, including Garfield, can attend the free First Ascent Youth Leadership program this summer at Colorado Mountain College's campus in Leadville.

Now in its 19th year, this program offers students a chance to learn leadership skills in a residential, outdoor college setting, then return to counsel other students in future years. The program will run from Sunday, June 23, through Friday, June 28.

Each year, the program accepts 30 students who show potential to be leaders and successful students. Applications are due April 1, and are available through high school counselors or online at For more information, contact program director Paul Edwards at (970) 947-8329 or pedwards@coloradomtn. edu.

A new restaurant opens at 11 a.m. today in Rifle, when Dickey's Barbecue Pit serves their first 100 customers a free pulled pork sandwich.

Dennis Delsas is the local owner and operator of the restaurant, located in Remington Square, across from the Post Office on Railroad Avenue.

The national chain started in 1941 in Dallas and now has more than 250 locations in 44 states. The Rifle restaurant is among about a dozen in Colorado.

They specialize in quick-serve barbecue meals and offer eight meats and 10 sides, according to the company website.

The scholarships available for Grand Valley High School seniors who will attend college or vocational school in the fall are:

• American Legion Ward Underwood Post No. 114 $1,000 academic and $1,000 vocational scholarships;

• A two-year $2,000 Pam Brock teacher scholarship;

• The $2,500 Carl H. Bernklau scholarship.

Applications can be obtained through the guidance counselor's office at Grand Valley High School.

The Carl H. Bernklau $2,500 continuing education scholarship is available to Grand Valley High School graduates currently attending college in Colorado. Students wanting to apply should go online to and access the application under the "Grand Valley Educational Foundation" link, then the "Forms" link. Applications are also available by contacting the foundation at P.O. Box 682, Parachute, CO 81635.

All scholarship applications are due April 18.

April is National Poetry Month, and the Rifle Branch Library is celebrating with a community poetry project.

Throughout the month, try your hand at writing a poem in various formats using preselected words. Stop by the library, select your words from the Poetic Pockets, use those words in your poem, and turn in your masterpiece at the front desk to share with our community.

I would like to send a belated thank-you to the folks of Rifle and the surrounding area for helping Kyle Daniell after his house fire.

I just reread the article, and I realized that there were a lot of you that did so much for him. I don't have a list of names, but wish to thank all who donated in any way.

As a parent, I was concerned about his well-being and getting him back on his feet. The community of Rifle took a lot of weight off my mind seeing that he was taken care of and never left in need of anything. Thank you all for your caring and support.

Matt Daniell

Nampa, Idaho

The 9Health Fair will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle. This fair offers low-cost blood tests and free screenings, including blood pressure, breast, skin, lung function and more.

There will also be a limited number of free mammograms and bone density scans for women. Pap smears will not be offered, but women will be able to enroll in programs to help them get many important women's health screenings. Grand River Health partners with 9Health Fair, a statewide organization, to offer this health fair to the community.

Preregistration will be offered online only this year for the 9Health Fair. For this year's prices, screenings and preregistration, go to and click on the 9Health Fair icon or

Participants are reminded to fast for 12 hours before getting blood tests to ensure the most accurate results. For more information, call 625-6433.

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