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Final Report: Community Newspapers of CO

August 23, 2017 — With hundreds of thousands of dollars put back into the western Garfield County streets, buildings, and art that make it what it is, Community Newspapers of Colorado Inc. is closing the books after serving the community for 27 years. The non-profit corporatoin's effort started in […]

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Familiar faces take over fall jobs for Cardinal athletics

August 22, 2017 — Rick Van Vleet and Mark Jansen were familiar faces on the sidelines in the spring for Grand Valley athletics, but with the start of a new school year, the two head coaches have added to their responsibilities for the Cardinals as Van Vleet takes over […]

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Marching band hits right note at Grand Valley High School

August 22, 2017 — For years, Garfield County School District 16 Activities Director David Walck has wanted to grow the marching band program at Grand Valley High School, but it wasn't until the district hired music instructor Kristyn Pults three summers ago that the ball really started to roll. […]

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New Castle market packed with activities this week

August 22, 2017 — Week 7 of the New Castle Community Market is packed full of activities. Spirits of New Castle is hosting a wine and beer sampling. Tickets are $5 with all proceeds going to the 2017 annual Back to School Supply Drive. Cooking Matters will be doing […]

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New all-time record for traffic at Eisenhower Tunnel set Aug. 6

August 22, 2017 — After setting a record each of the past two years, traffic through both directions of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel is once again surpassing all-time highs this summer. Recently released data from the Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed that the weekend of Aug. 4-6 is the […]

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Recreational marijuana heads Rifle candidate forum

August 22, 2017 — For nearly two hours on Thursday evening, Rifle City Council candidates discussed what's next for Rifle. The possibilities include bringing recreational marijuana to town, the new pool design and the bond issue involving the E. Dene Moore Care Center. There's also an election on the […]

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Carbondale teacher killed in crash that injured trooper

August 22, 2017 — A beloved teacher at Ross Montessori school in Carbondale was identified Thursday as the person killed in a crash Wednesday on Interstate 70 near Silt that also injured a Colorado State Patrol trooper. The trooper had stopped the teacher's vehicle on westbound I-70 near mile […]

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Coal Ridge athletics set for strong fall across the board

August 22, 2017 — Coming off of a strong athletic season overall in New Castle, the Coal Ridge Titans return for the fall looking to continue a run of dominance in athletics, namely in boys soccer and girls volleyball, where head coaches Michael Mikalakis and Aimee Gerber return a […]

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Crime Briefs: Special forces vet arrested in stabbing

August 22, 2017 — Parachute police responded to reports of a man being stabbed in the chest on the 200 block of North Russey Avenue the night of Aug. 9. A woman reported that her 42-year-old son had stabbed her 61-year-old husband. Police found the older man bleeding in […]

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Bullen leaving Rifle assistant city manager post

August 22, 2017 — Even as the search for a new Rifle city manager continues, the position of assistant city manager will soon be vacant. Current interim City Manager Kimberly Bullen officially announced her resignation to City Council last week. She will become the Colorado northwest regional manager for […]

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Monday rush brings earlier backup on I-70

August 22, 2017 — An earlier-than-expected backup on Interstate 70 coming into the Grand Avenue bridge detour at West Glenwood greeted Monday morning commuters. Reports from motorists indicated that the traffic line extended beyond South Canyon as early as 5:45 a.m., as the three-month-long detour for the main Colorado […]

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Discarded fishing line is dangerous to wildlife

August 20, 2017 — Fishing line can help you reel in the big one, but when monofilament is left carelessly along a lake or river it can be harmful to wildlife. Every year throughout the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife receives reports from people who find birds ensnared by […]

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Shaw Lewis (April 30, 1978 – August 16, 2017)

August 18, 2017 — Shaw Lewis was a selfless and compassionate father, husband, and friend. Shaw devoted his free time to be with his family and friends. Recently, Shaw found his passion in life as a teacher at the Ross Montessori School in Carbondale. He loved education and loved […]

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Joseph Charles Gottschalk

August 17, 2017 — Joseph Charles Gottschalk, 63, of Rifle, died Aug. 10, 2017, in Grand Junction. Private services will take place. He was a heavy equipment operator. Survivors include three daughters, Shannon Orlandini of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Joann Christenson, and Crystal Gottschalk, both of Rifle; his mother, […]

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Rifle boys golf finishes 4th at Eagle invitational

August 16, 2017 — Competing at the Eagle Valley Invitational Monday morning in Gypsum, the Rifle Bears' boy's golf team — under the direction of first-year head coach Tod Smith — placed fourth out of 11 schools. Aspen won the team event, while Eagle Valley's Barrett Jones won the […]

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Garfield County awards $34K in discretionary grants

August 16, 2017 — Garfield County has announced its third-quarter discretionary grant awards, totaling $33,750 to nonprofits and governmental organizations. From the discretionary fund, Garfield County 4-H received $5,000 to participate in the state's National Shooting Sports Competition, and the Garfield County 4-H Council was awarded $2,250 to attend […]

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Tips to navigate the detour

August 16, 2017 — With the detour route now in place to get commuters from western Garfield County into and through Glenwood Springs as quickly and efficiently as possible, here are some tips from project officials to make the trip a little smoother: Public Transit: RFTA HOGBACK ROUTE: The […]

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Detour nearly seamless after I-70 wait

August 16, 2017 — Unable to fall asleep Sunday night due to the anxiety of Monday morning's commute to work from Parachute to Glenwood Springs, I got up and was ready to leave the house at 5 a.m. Dropping my fiancee Karlie off at the RFTA bus stop in […]

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Farmers Market set for fundraiser dinner

August 16, 2017 — The second annual Rifle Farm to Table Dinner is set for Sept.r 9 with tickets on sale as of last week. With vendors full of fresh veggies each week, the Rifle Farmers Market should not have any trouble finding fresh greens for the meal. Tickets […]

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Volunteers spend their summers with patients

August 16, 2017 — Every summer students around Garfield County spend their time doing anything from summer jobs to whatever comes their way. For Natalie Diaz, Ana Ibarra and the 55 young adults that volunteer at Grand River Hospital it presents a chance to get a foot in the […]

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