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Two killed in Silt motorcycle accident

March 22, 2017 — Two men died of injuries suffered in an accident Monday in Silt involving two motorcycles and a Ford Explorer SUV, the Garfield County coroner said Wednesday evening. Nathan Russo, 22, of Rifle, died at the scene. Eduardo Medrano, 21, also of Rifle, died at St. […]

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Rifle outlasts Hotchkiss in sloppy nonleague affair

March 22, 2017 — In a sloppy, error-filled matchup at Cooper Field in Rifle on Wednesday afternoon, the Rifle Bears baseball team was able to scratch across two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to slip past the visiting Hotchkiss Bulldogs in a nonleague game. Playing at […]

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Garfield School District to use grant to fund career counselor position

March 22, 2017 — The Garfield School District Re-2 received a grant of $28,104.44 from the Aspen Community Foundation this month that will be used to support a new position at Rifle High School, career counselor. "We ended up hiring a paraprofessional last year, and we are moving to […]

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Activists criticize well pad location; industry calls tour a stunt

March 22, 2017 — He faces his own health problems, but that's not Parachute resident Dutch Wierenga's primary concern about the proposed Lacy Park pad location. Although Wierenga's front door is about 500 feet from the Battlement Mesa pad, his No. 1 concern is the kids. Grand Valley High […]

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Efforts to boost populations of native fish in effect this spring

March 22, 2017 — Anglers should not be alarmed if they see nets or screens up in local ponds and reservoirs this spring as Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues its Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. In order to save four endangered species of fish native to the […]

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Wildlife managers capturing, killing non-native fish

March 22, 2017 — Anglers should not be alarmed if they see nets or screens up in local ponds and reservoirs this spring as Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues its Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. In order to save four endangered species of fish native to the […]

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Alma Jo Hollingsworth Carey (August 25, 1934 — March 10, 2017)

March 21, 2017 — Alma, 82, passed away March 10, 2017, after a 10-,year battle of Alzheimer's. Alma was born on August 25, 1934 to Robert Dozier Hollingsworth and Florence Ferguson Hollingsworth in Mena, Arkansas. Alma moved to Lubbock, Texas, at the age of 14 with her 7 older […]

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GarCo coalition boosts health from Carbondale to Parachute

March 21, 2017 — RIFLE — To promote the launch of Garfield Healthy Communities Coalition, formerly known as LiveWell Garfield County, community organizations gathered at the Ute Theatre on Thursday in celebration of their efforts to make the county a healthier place to live. The event showcased some of […]

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Carbondale native and daughter will be permanently linked by liver transplant

March 21, 2017 — Claire Griffith Erickson will undergo her first major surgery Tuesday at the University of Colorado hospital Tuesday. But Erickson's mind isn't on her own procedure; it's on her daughter. The surgery will remove the left lobe of Erickson's liver, which the hospital will then transport […]

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Meals on Wheels recipients don’t question program’s value

March 21, 2017 — Imagine for a second your wife has just had brain surgery. You have to go to work every day but don't want to leave her alone all day and don't want to put her in a care facility. What options do you have? Rifle resident […]

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Fresh blood leading Garfield County Democrats, Republicans

March 20, 2017 — Garfield County's two main political parties have some new faces in leadership with Allina Robertson chairing the Democrats and Carrie Couey chairing the Republicans. Robertson, a Roaring Fork Valley native now living in Canyon Creek, became politically active while at college at the University of […]

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Crime Briefs: Bustang passenger found with drug smorgasbord

March 17, 2017 — A Bustang passenger on the night of March 10 reported seeing a man walk into the bathroom with a needle in his hand, stay in the bathroom for 30 to 45 minutes, then come out acting strangely. Meeting the bus at the 27th Street stop, […]

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Enter NCAA bracket, maybe win a TV

March 15, 2017 — It's a lot of fun to fill out your NCAA basketball tournament bracket (see pages A14-15), maybe win an office pool and dream about big national prizes — such as the $1 million national prize you conceivably could win through the Post Independent's March Mayhem […]

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A data collector’s perspective on the pros & cons of open records

March 15, 2017 — Data is ever-growing. The current rate is exponential. In fact, 90% of the world's existing data was created in the last two years alone. As recent as 1990, if you needed to know what year Colorado became a state, you'd probably have to open and […]

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Rams top Bears in first matchup

March 15, 2017 — The Roaring Fork Rams got a hat trick from junior Camilla Wikum and some deft ball handling and passing from freshman Emily Broadhurst as they opened their soccer season in style with a 5-0 road win over the Rifle Bears at Rifle High School Tuesday […]

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PREP ROUNDUP: Titans slip past Indians in season opener

March 15, 2017 — Hosting the Montrose Indians Tuesday afternoon at "The Patch," the Coal Ridge Titans' girls soccer team held off the Indians in a 1-0 win to open the 2017 season for the defending 3A Western Slope League champions. Against the Indians, the Titans played a fairly […]

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Bears Wallner, Walters win individual league honors

March 15, 2017 — After winning 22 games and appearing in the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs, the Rifle Bears girls basketball team racked up quite a few accolades on the 4A Western Slope League All-Conference list, starting with head coach Kristy Wallner. After leading the Bears to […]

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GHCC hopes to connect Carbondale to Parachute

March 15, 2017 — In order to promote the launch of Garfield Healthy Communities Coalition (GHCC), formerly known as LiveWell Garfield County, a free event will be hosted at the Ute Theatre on Thursday, celebrating local communities and their efforts in making the county a healthier place to live. […]

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Second annual track and field event needs support from community

March 15, 2017 — Garfield School District Re-2 is looking for help as it gears up for a day of track and field for students in Re-2 elementary, middle, and high school significant support needs programs to participate. The second annual Field Day will take place on May 11. […]

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Thank you for a great year

March 14, 2017 — Congratulations on an excellent year to the Rifle High School Mock Trial Program. Rifle had two teams compete at the regional tournament in Grand Junction. The Gold Team finished second and went on to compete at the State Tournament at the Adams County Courthouse in […]

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