Natalie Elissa White was born on Feb. 23 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, to Nathan and Valerie White of Soldotna. Natalie weighed 11 pounds, 3.7 ounces, and was 211⁄2 inches long. She joins siblings Johnathan (6), Abigail (4) and Evelyn (2). Her family in Rifle includes great grandparents Dick and Betty Lynch, Ray and Lynn Miller and Dustin and Kristine Miller. Grandparents are Bill and Liz Lynch of Kenai, Alaska.
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. Volunteers will be preparing and filing taxes at the Rifle Library on March 26, April 2 and April 9, but you must make an appointment by calling 384-8740.RSVP, a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College, has sites in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Parachute and Craig.
Rifle High School is currently taking applications from students who are interested in participating in the International Baccalaureate program. Incoming freshmen will take two years of honors classes at Rifle High School and then be eligible for the IB diploma program as a junior. The IB program involves two years of intensive, college-level course work in math, science, language and literature, foreign language, social studies and the arts in a student's junior and senior years of high school. An IB diploma can be worth up to 24 credit hours when an IB graduate enrolls in college. International Baccalaureate programs offer academic breadth and depth, create independent learners and strong writers, encourage critical thinking and IB students have proven time management skills. For more information, contact Brad Skinner or Mandy Wells at 665-7725.
TBD (To Be Determined) Colorado is a nonpartisan, collaborative effort to create informed and constructive conversations among state residents about some of the biggest issues facing the state.Last year, TBD Colorado gathered input from more than 2,000 Coloradans. The second phase is designed to generate input from more residents on education and transportation.Coloradans are encouraged to visit www.eTBDColorado.org through March 25 to comment on both issues.TBD Colorado is managed by a nonprofit organization and governed by a volunteer board of directors. No state dollars are spent on TBD Colorado.
The Colorado Ranching Legacy Program is a cooperative endeavor between Colorado State University and the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, designed to give beginning ranchers fundamental skills in range livestock production and ranch management. The first class, made up of 17 beginning ranchers primarily from Eastern Colorado, is nearing completion. A second class will focus heavily on the Western Slope of Colorado.Prospective applicants are those who are beginning ranchers, ranch workers wanting to become ranch owners, and existing or established ranchers. The program is not specifically age driven, but seeks to help those looking for further beef industry guidance and education.Participants must be willing to commit to attend two-day programs that will take place in late May, late June, mid-September, early December, mid-February and mid-March. Enrollment is limited to 20 applicants. Registration is due May 1 and costs for the nine-day, five-practicum are $600 per person or $900 for two participants from the same ranch. The fee includes all educational materials, noon meals and breaks. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses. Scholarships will be available and will be awarded on a competitive basis.Registration packets are available at the Garfield County extension office at the fairgrounds in Rifle. For more information, contact extension agent Pat McCarty at 625-3969.
The Rifle Branch Library has a number of fun activities planned for spring break for Garfield School District Re-2 students. On Monday, March 25, kids are invited to come make an Easter craft at 1 p.m. Supplies are limited, so first come, first served. On Tuesday, March 26, at 1 p.m., the library will host Teen Tuesday with the Human Board Game. Wednesday, March 27, is Movie Day, screening "Wreck It Ralph" for kids at 1 p.m. and "Men in Black 3" for teens at 7 p.m. Pizza will be served for the 7 p.m. showing. For more information, call 625-3471 or go online to www.gcpld.org.
Rifle is among the Colorado cities with a stop in the first annual Mile High Salute to Fans Tour, presented by U.S. Bank, to thank Denver Broncos fans across the state.The tour will visit three to four cities per day from April 1-6 and will feature autographs and photos with Broncos players, cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot. Each tour stop will be free and open to the public.The tour will stop in Rifle from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Rifle City Hall, 202 Railroad Ave.Visit DenverBroncos.com/SaluteToFansTour for complete tour stop details.
Each March, Grand River Meals on Wheels of Western Garfield County, which serves Parachute, Battlement Mesa, Rifle, Silt and New Castle, participates in the national March for Meals campaign. This campaign is intended to increase public awareness, recruit new volunteers and increase local fundraising. Mayors for Meals is a designated day in this campaign when American mayors across the country show their support of the program in their city by delivering meals to seniors. On Wednesday, March 13, Rifle Mayor Jay Miller, Silt Mayor Dave Moore, Parachute Mayor Judy Beasley, New Castle Mayor Pro Tem Art Riddile and Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky delivered meals to area Meals on Wheels clients. Grand River Meals On Wheels delivers about 1,000 meals a month to homebound, disabled and recovering neighbors throughout our valley. For more information about the program and how to get involved, call Kaaren Peck at 625-6423.
The Glenwood Springs Art Guild Spring Scholarship Competitions have awarded more than $330,000 in scholarships to students who study art since 1981. The annual competition is for current high school seniors from Aspen to Parachute. Two scholarships will be awarded in April:• Nancy Piper Memorial art grant for $3,500 to a student planning to major in art; • Jan Worden Continuing Education grant for $1,500 for students planning to further their art education or take art classes, but not necessarily as a full time student.High school counseling offices and art instructors have applications. Completed applications and a portfolio of no more than 10 pieces will be accepted at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs, between 4 and 6 p.m. on April 11. Judging of the competition will be on April 12.For an application, contact Jeannie Hoppal at (970) 618-3639.Winners will be announced at the spring exhibition reception, 6 p.m. April 12, at the Center for the Arts.This year's Fall Art Festival Scholarship Competition for the Phillip J. Steele Memorial Scholarship to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design will be announced in May. Last year's scholarship was $10,000. Current high school juniors need to enter this competition by Aug. 19. For more information, contact Grace Stahlschmidt at (970) 947-9887.Small business helpThe Northwest Small Business Development Center, hosted by Colorado Mountain College, combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet specialized and complex needs of the small business community. Low cost or free services are available to business owners looking for information about regulatory, management, financial and marketing. Free certified consultants work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.Register at https://www.coloradosbdc.org or email NorthWestCO@ColoradoSBDC.org.
MEEKER - With generous support from local private landowners, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's hunter outreach program is offering three youths the opportunity to participate in a guided spring turkey hunt on private land near Meeker, April 26-28. Youth under the age of 18 interested in participating can apply by sending a letter of interest that includes contact information for a parent or guardian, the hunter's name, address, phone number, hunter education card number and an essay of 500 words or less.In the youth's own words, the essay should express why the youth believes hunting is important for wildlife and why they should be selected over other applicants to participate.Letters should be sent to Bailey Franklin, PO Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641, by April 15. The three youths chosen will be notified by April 20.Successful applicants and a parent, guardian or mentor must attend a pre-hunt orientation at the Parks and Wildlife Meeker office from 3-5 p.m. on April 26.Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Hunters must provide their own camouflage, lodging and food.For more information, go online to wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting.