The Rifle Lions Club would like to thank the following in helping make the 79th annual Easter Egg Hunt a huge success.The city of Rifle and the parks and recreation department staff for allowing us to use the fields; Channel 10 for filming the event; A&D Pawn for the PA system; The Citizen Telegram and Post Independent, Garfield County Fairgrounds, the New Ute Theatre Society, KMTS, DRIVE 105, 95.5 THE RIVER and KREX for helping promote the event; Boy Scout Troop #223 for helping "hide" thousands of pieces of candy; Grand River Health's gift shop for donating two Easter baskets and Colorado River Fire Rescue for bringing out their trucks. Several businesses donated cash so we could purchase all the candy and bicycles that were given out: Alpine Bank, American Family Insurance, B&B Plumbing, Bank of Colorado, Bookcliff Survey Services, Bray & Co., Colorado River Engineering, Choice Liquors, Gold Star Realty, Hair Company, Hampton Inn, Preceptor Beta Kappa, Rifle Truck & Trailer, Rifle Works, State Farm Insurance, Stuver & LeMoine, Thompson Computer Services, Walmart and Weiss & Associates. Also, the following businesses sponsored eggs, displayed bunny and chick cut outs with numbers in their windows, and participated in the scavenger hunt: 6 & 13 Shell station, A & D Pawn, Action Shop, Alpine Bank, American National Bank, Bank of Colorado, Blown Away Spa, Bookcliff 66, Busy Bee, Carquest, City Market, Community Banks of Colorado, Corner Store, Country Attic, Daylight Donuts, Dr. Chad Burgess, East Avenue Furniture, Farm Fresh Caf, Fiesta Guadalajara, Gold Star Realty, Jeans Printing, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lady Bug, Midland Arts Company, Miller's Dry Goods, Mountain High Paint, Napa Auto, Out West Real Estate, Pruett & Associates, Radio Shack, Red River Quick Mart, Rifle Boot & Saddlery, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Rifle Library, Rifle Lock & Safe, Rocky Mountain Liquors, The Fabric Store, Timberline Sporting Goods, Town & Country Veterinarian, Trendz and Valley Lumber.Thank you Rifle Lions Club vice president Patty Lambert, secretary Norma Miller, treasurer Cindi Fenney, members Karen Andruzak, Tammy Fasold, Connie Hollenbeck, Christina Snowden, Steve West and Jim Coombs for all the tireless hours you donate to our club and our community. A special thank-you to Hannah Rinas for the adorable prize registration boxes.Susan Nichols-AlvisRifle Lions Club president
Colorado River Fire Rescue, the combined operational arm of the Rifle and Burning Mountains Fire Protection Districts, has been in operation for six months and will hold a series of public meetings in April.The meetings will highlight what the agency has done over the past months, provide more insight into what the agency is all about, and to take questions from the public.All three meetings will begin at 7 p.m.:• Wednesday, April 10, at station 64, 775 Castle Valley Blvd. in New Castle.• Wednesday, April 17, at station 61, 611 Main St. in Silt.• Wednesday, April 24, at station 41, 1850 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.For more information, email PIO@crfr.us.
Residents of Garfield County can get a head start on spring cleanup by getting rid of toxic and hazardous waste items from their homes, garages and workshops. The county landfill has scheduled a spring hazardous waste event for Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The landfill is on Anvil Points Road, 0075 County Road 246, west of Rifle. Residents should bring all items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeled containers.Items the landfill will accept include automotive fluids, batteries and filters. Wastes that will not be accepted include unknown items, containers larger than 5-gallons gross volume; electronic, medical, sharp, biohazardous or radioactive waste, such as smoke detectors; Drug Enforcement Agency controlled substances; prescription drugs; compressed gas cylinders other than aerosol or propane; ammunition, explosives or fireworks (nothing explosive).Appointments are available at five minute intervals. Call 625-2516 for a time and day.
Grand River's Meals on Wheels clients got a special treat on Friday, March 29, as ladies from the Rifle branch of Alpine Bank delivered lunches for the third "Meals on Heels" event. A women-only delivery day, meals were delivered to all Meals on Wheels clients in Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle.Meals on Wheels clients include seniors, the disabled and those recovering from surgery or illness. To find out how to get involved and become a Meal on Wheels driver, contact Kaaren Peck at 625-6423.
Rodeo champions from many different associations across the nation will compete April 4-6 at the National Western Complex and Events Center in Denver to determine a rodeo all-star champion. Fan voting via the rodeoallstar.com website saw Vondette get the most votes of any contestant in any event with 16,995 votes, and secure a spot in the barrel racing competition.In January, Vondette competed on the Colorado team in the Colorado vs. the World competition during the National Western Stock Show and finished second to the Women's Professional Rodeo Association's 2012 world champion, Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas.Vondette, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys and Women's Professional Rodeo Association's 2012 Rookie of the Year barrel racer, will represent the Western Slope along with Fruita's Sammi Bessert in barrel racing.Eight contestants will compete in each event, bareback riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding, with the finals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the event or online at rodeoallstar.com.
MEEKER - A three-mile-long safety improvement project is under way on Colorado Highway 13 near Meeker, directly north of 14 Mile Creek. The project will widen shoulders to eight feet, add guardrails and new drainage pipes, and will increase sight distance for motorists. Work will take place Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of October 2013. No detours are planned at this time, but motorists can expect alternating lanes of traffic during work hours and delays of up to 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph through the work zone and traffic fines will be doubled. During work hours, no loads of more than 14 feet will be permitted. The $6.7 million project, contracted through Old Castle United Companies, is funded by Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) legislation, which is dedicated to improving safety and replacing poor bridges.