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Garfield County fatal accidents ahead of last year’s pace

May 23, 2017 — Three fatal Garfield County wrecks this weekend and Monday highlighted the dangers of the road, during what's been a particularly deadly beginning of the year. To date in 2017, Garfield County has already seen seven fatal vehicle crashes that have resulted in nine fatalities. Last […]

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Crime briefsOne couple spawns four cases in Rifle

May 23, 2017 — A couple wound up in jail May 11 after a series of run-ins with the law, all in the same morning. Rifle police were first dispatched at about 6:30 a.m. to an assault at Wal-Mart, where dispatch reported that a man was suspected of hitting […]

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Coal Ridge High School graduates ‘have so much to look forward to’

May 23, 2017 — Sunday brought families, former graduates and current students to Coal Ridge High School one more time to watch the Class of 2017 cross the stage and pass into the world of post-high school life. Among these graduates was valedictorian and the high school's Boettcher Scholarship […]

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Speaker ‘could not be prouder’ of Rifle grads

May 23, 2017 — Despite ominous clouds overhead, the Rifle High School Class of 2017 graduated to a sea of smiling faces on Sunday. The only cover the former seniors needed to take was from emotional parents eager to embrace their new graduates. "I remember being told about a […]

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Heather Grumley named assistant superintendent

May 17, 2017 — The Garfield School District Re-2 is pleased to announce that Heather Grumley has been chosen to be the new assistant superintendent beginning the 2017-18 school year. The appointment is pending board approval at the May 23 School Board meeting. Grumley is currently the principal of […]

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Life of Court Will celebrated during Rendezvous

May 17, 2017 — Court Will was born on Oct 2, 1979, to proud dad Perry, doting mom Susan, and loving sister Shawna. He moved to Rifle when he was 8 months old, then to Garfield Creek at age 2 where he learned to ride horses and cherish the […]

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Pool design concept dives into action

May 17, 2017 — Preliminary designs for the Art Dague Pool renovation remain conceptual. But if Tuesday's presentation and discussion with the Rifle community is any indication, an indoor pool is still very much in the minds of Rifle residents. "One common denominator that kept coming up on surveys […]

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CMC Winning Essay explores diversity in Western Colorado

May 17, 2017 — Diversity shapes our lives in western Colorado by exposing us to new and different ideas. All of us have ideas that make us all different from each other. When a variety of individuals are together within a society, or population, we have a diverse population. […]

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A little girl and her puppy

May 17, 2017 — Once upon a time a little cute dog was lying on the crazy streets and no one cared about the poor little cute puppy. One morning a little girl saw the puppy and she asked her mom if she could have it. Her mom said, […]

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Rifle’s Rubalcave, Wagler ready for state track meet

May 17, 2017 — The Rifle Bears will be taking a contingent of 14 athletes to this year's state track & field meet at Jeffco Stadium in Denver, which runs this Thursday through Saturday. The number of qualifiers is up from just six statebound Bears from a year ago. […]

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Freshman blazes trails

May 17, 2017 — In just her first season competing at the varsity level for the Grand Valley track and field program, freshman runner Jordyn Pittman has left her mark in a big way, setting Grand Valley's school record in the 100m dash with a time of 12.94 seconds, […]

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Rifle set for its annual rendezvous

May 17, 2017 — In the mid-1800s, Rocky Mountain rendezvous served as a place where people of all cultures could assemble and exchange their goods, values and ideas. Now, more than a century and a half later, the Rifle Rendezvous Festival serves as a reminder of town's history and […]

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History happening

May 17, 2017 — In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Rifle Creek Museum will offer free tours Saturday to show what was life was like in Rifle over the years. "We exhibit everything from early days in Rifle to the present," said Betty Waldron of the Rifle Heritage Center. […]

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Garfield County to seek wireless for remote spots

May 16, 2017 — A broadband study for Garfield and Mesa counties is complete, and Garfield County commissioners are looking at a wireless project as the first step toward improved connectivity. The two counties contracted with NEO Connect, a Glenwood Springs-based company, to conduct the study, which also included […]

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First come, first served for walleye at Rifle Gap

May 16, 2017 — Go get your fishing license, because Saturday provides an unusual chance to bag some tasty game fish. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has approximately 190 walleye fillets to give out to licensed anglers, first come, first served. The 190 fillets are from the 95 walleye removed […]

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Faith leaders pledge to stand with immigrants

May 16, 2017 — On Mother's Day communities of local faith-based organizations joined together with members of the Garfield County immigrant population to show that their concerns cut across all religions. Faith leaders from Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist, St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Aspen Jewish Congregation and others spoke at […]

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Nipper to take over at Rifle Middle School

May 16, 2017 — Leadership at Rifle Middle School (RMS) will transfer to Assistant Principal Jenny Nipper with the resignation of Principal Kevin Marlatt earlier this week. Marlatt has been the RMS steward for the past six years and will be leaving his post at the end of the […]

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Garfield County partnership sets high bar on energy goals

May 16, 2017 — An updated energy efficiency plan for Garfield County aims to increase efficiency by 20 percent over the next 13 years and achieve up to 50 percent of the county's power needs through renewable energy sources. To get there, the new Partners in Energy action plan […]

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Teen faces charges in chase that closed I-70

May 16, 2017 — A teenager is charged with auto theft, attempted vehicular assault and other charges stemming from a chase Saturday evening that briefly closed Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs and created some tense moments when the driver initially didn't obey commands to get out of his […]

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Meeting looks at future of Colorado River

May 16, 2017 — Participants raised many issues during the Rifle State of the River meeting Thursday. But one generated more conversation than any other: What would happen to local water users if the Colorado River experienced drought conditions? While reports showed that the snowpack peaked a little early […]

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