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Community Briefs - March 28, 2013

Congratulations to the Western Slope Stompers for receiving first place in both of their jazz dances at the Richfield, Utah Panoramaland Dance Spectacular competition.

They are a clogging, jazz, and ballet dance group, composed of girls and boys ages three to adult, based out of New Castle and has been in existence since April 2003.

The Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle has earned the Eden Alternative Registry certification, which recognizes long term care homes for their commitment to improving the quality of life and care for the people they serve.

On Friday, March 29, the home's Eden Tree will be unveiled in a public celebration with dignitaries from the Colorado Department of Human Services in Denver at the open house event.

The Eden Alternative advocates for a shift from institutional models of care to person-directed values and practices that put the person first. Values include choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.

The event will be at the home, 851 E. 5th St. The Eden Tree presentation will begin at 9 a.m. and the open house will continue until 11 a.m. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

The only state veterans home on Colorado's Western Slope, the Rifle home is one of four operated as self-funded enterprises by the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Eddie Kreimier of Rifle will serve his medical residency program in general surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kreimier was one of six graduating students at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region to be placed in the program. Medical students complete their education in residency programs.

The annual community clean-up at Hubbard Mesa, north of Rifle, will be held Saturday, April 6, and volunteers are needed.

High Country 4 Wheelers, White River Trail Runners, the Bureau of Land Management and local businesses and off-highway vehicle groups are sponsoring the clean-up of the popular off-highway vehicle area.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Hubbard Mesa Trailhead. To reach the trailhead, travel north from Rifle on Fravert Reservoir Road for 1.5 miles. Keep right on County Road 290 for another mile to the parking lot.

Volunteers should dress in long pants, sturdy work shoes and leather gloves and bring rakes and shovels, if possible. Lunch will be provided by High Country 4 Wheelers. The clean-up should be completed by 3 p.m.

This year, the event features the grand opening of the trailhead for the Hubbard Mesa OHV Area. The trailhead includes three open shade structures with picnic tables, a double vault style restroom, and informational kiosks. In addition, a 12-foot-wide, fenced motocross track has been constructed adjacent to the parking area.

For more information, call Greg Noss, (970) 366-2237 or Dan Alvis, (970) 309-5368.

The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest is reviewing four recreation event permit proposals and seeks public comments.

The Colorado Traditional Archers Society wants to hold their annual 3-D and novelty archery shoot June 21-23 off Forest Road 860. This event anticipates approximately 250

participants and 100 spectators.

The Roundup Riders of the Rockies wants to hold an organized horseback recreation event on the Rifle and Blanco Ranger Districts. This five-day event consists of approximately 145 riders traveling up to 100 miles from Coulter Mesa to Blair Mountain. Contact the Rifle Ranger District for information on the proposed route.

The Rifle Parks and Recreation Department plans to host its annual Cheatin' Woodchuck Chase, a five-mile road race that includes two miles of Forest Service Road 832, on Aug. 3. Up to 60 people would participate.

Garfield County Search and Rescue hopes to hold their annual motorized poker run on July 27 in the Meadow Lake vicinity on the Flattop Mountains.

Comments are welcome on any of these events through April 25. Send written comments to: Rifle Ranger District, ATTN: Special Use Permit Administrator, 0094 County Road 244, Rifle, CO 81650.

The Advocate Safehouse Project is hosting its spring volunteer advocacy training.

Help support survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault by serving on a 24-hour helpline. Training starts April 1 and will be held two nights a week during April.

For more information, call 945-2632.

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who ever served in the U.S Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time.

For information about the association and the annual reunion in Columbus, Ga. from Sept. 17-21, contact secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at or (224) 225-1202.

Grand River Health recently hosted nationally recognized physicians who conducted a "difficult airway" course for physicians and firefighters from across the state.

"Airway management is a critical skill, and this course was designed to provide physicians with state-of-the-art information and hands-on experience to ensure effective and appropriate manage of difficult and failed airways," explained Anesthesiology Director Dr. Brian Bernhardt.

National faculty teaching the course included Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia; Gerald Dubowitz, anesthesia and perioperative medicine, University of California at San Francisco; Dr. George Mychaski II, DO, from Nemours Children's Hospital in Florida and Dr. Kelly Michele Malloy from the University of Michigan.

The USS Nitro AE-2 (1919-1945) and the USS Nitro AE-23 (1959-1995) Association will hold their annual reunion June 20-23 in Denver. For information contact the Nitro's website at and click on reunion.

Colorado State University Extension in Garfield County will hold a fruit tree trimming and pruning workshop on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This will be a hands-on session looking at several types of trees south of Silt. Lunch will be provided and the cost is $10 per person, but space is limited.

Preregistration deadline is April 10. For more information and to sign up, call Extension Agent Pat McCarty at (970) 210-6093.

Colorado Mountain College's geology field course to the Grand Staircase and Grand Canyon begins with a pre-trip class at the college's campus in Rifle May 6.

Professor Emeritus Garry Zabel leads this popular 12-day, for-credit field course from the Glenwood Canyon to Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion and the Grand Canyon.

This course includes a five-day Grand Canyon rim-to-rim backpack trek. Field trip is May 13-24. For more information, call Zabel at 948-5194.

Read a book. Rate a book. Redeem your reward. This opportunity is for teens at the Rifle Branch Library.

Not only do they get to read new books and receive prizes for doing so, but participants will be helping others learn about great reads, as all reviews will be posted on our website and on the book itself.

The World Heritage Student Exchange Program is now looking for American families to host high school students from Eurasia for an academic year in the U.S. All students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department-sponsored Future Leaders Exchange Program, which seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy.

Students are from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. By living with local host families and attending local high schools, these students acquire an understanding of American values and build on leadership skills. After returning home, students will share what they have learned while in America.

For more information, contact Courtney Wade at (866) 939-4111, or 1-800-888-9040, via email at or visit

Dr. Peter Zonakis has recently joined the Grand River Hospital District medical team. Zonakis is an otolaryngologist, specializing in ear, nose, and throat care and surgery.

Zonakis received his medical degree in 1975 from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Ind. He later completed his otolaryngology residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. in 1980. Most recently, Zonakis practiced at Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Ariz., where he also served as the chairman of the surgery department and was the consulting physician for the Arizona Medical Board for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

"An ear, nose and throat specialist came up as one of the most requested needed services from both the community and our medical providers," said Lois Kame, Grand River's Director of clinic services.

Zonakis and his wife, Barb, have relocated to the Rifle area. In their free time, they enjoy cross country skiing and golf, plus hiking with their two border collies, Cody and Zorro.

Zonakis will begin seeing patients at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center this month. To make an appointment, call 625-1100.

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