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PHOTOS: Signs of the times

 Near New Store, a thrift shop, in downtown Carbondale.
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Downtown Carbondale.
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Glenwood Springs Mall
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Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.
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With shows cancelled and postponed for now, the Ute Theater in Rifle is sending positive thoughts to the community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Sweet Coloradough in Glenwood.
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Big Sid’s Liquor in Glenwood.
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Like most restaurants, WingNutz Bar and Grill is forging a new identity in the face of COVID-19

Grady Hazelton hustles to his truck to make another delivery Saturday. Deliveries are a first for WingNutz as they navigate the new normal in the food business. (Kyle Mills / Post Independent)


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With last week’s order from Gov. Jared Polis to shut down all dine-in restaurants, many local establishments have been sent reeling.  

For WingNutz Bar and Grill owner Grady Hazelton, it has been a kick in the gut, but he knows that everyone is in the same situation.

“We’ve never done delivery before, but now we are doing delivery and take-out. We changed our hours up a little bit so we can operate with less staff,” Hazelton said.

Sam Woolston, one of the 8 full time employees being kept on during the dine-in closure, makes cookies to hand out to customers to show appreciation for their loyalty. (Kyle Mills / Post Independent)
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That is one of the most unfortunate parts about it for Hazelton — with business down 50-60% from normal he had to let all his part-time staff go for the time being.

“Some people we just had to say we will see you when this all over,” Hazelton said.

“We try to take care of everybody and take care of our group, but there is only so much we can do,”

Running a staff of 8-10 currently, Hazelton is splitting the hours they are open between the regular fulltime employees, which he said is about half of what they are used to.

Hazelton greets a customer picking up an order at the new walk-up window. When Hazelton opened WingNutz nearly 15 years ago he covered up the window. The building was originally home to a drive through fast food restaurant.(Kyle Mills / Post Independent)


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Hazelton opened WingNutz back in 2005, and has had a loyal following for nearly a decade-and-a-half now.

“We’ve had employees and customers that have been here since we opened,” Hazelton said.

With last week’s announcement, Hazelton uncovered the old drive-up window that was used by the previous owners of the building.

“All the sudden it came in handy,’ Hazelton said.

Practicing social distancing Jordan Johnson, and Robert Campbell wait for their food orders Saturday outside WingNutz Bar and Grill in Rifle. (Kyle Mills / Post Independent)  


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Hazelton said he had a feeling that this was coming, and had been prepared for the worst by only ordering 25 percent of his usual food orders in case a full shut down comes from the state.

Working with his customers on whatever they feel confortable with, Hazelton has plenty of options for them, whether it is coming inside the restaurant to pick-up their order, walking it out to them, using the window or delivery.

A customer walks into WingNutz to pick-up an order. Hazelton said he is trying to make things convenient to his customers as possible with the new rules of no dining-in. (Kyle Mills / Post Independent)
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“We’ve always taken it serious, making sure we wash and sanitize our hands, now we are just doubling up,” Hazelton said.

“We were going to do what we can as long as they let us, and long as we feel safe.”

Hazelton and Woolston help customers during the lunch hour at WingNutz Bar and Grill. Hazelton said that business is down around 50-60 percent since the state wide closure. (Kyle Mills / Post Independent)
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Photo Essay: Slowing the Spread

Residents and businesses take steps to prevent  further outbreak in western Garfield County after two presumptive positives of the novel coronavirus come back in the county. The new social distancing order has all schools, events and gatherings suspended or canceled throughout the county until further notice.  

A sign greets Brickhouse Italian Restaurant customers explaining the take-out or delivery-only options after the statewide shutdown of dine-in restaurants. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Garfield Re-2 bus driver Cheri Ruark hands out lunches to children at Davidson Park Wednesday in Rifle. The school district has been handing out breakfast and lunches to students during the extended spring break. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)

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WingNutz advertises its pickup window for customers that would like to pickup up to-go orders. All dine-in restaurants are closed in the county except for take-out and delivery. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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UPDATED: PHOTOS: Scenes from around Garfield County as the community responds to COVID-19

A closed sign posted on the door of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.
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Downtown restaurants sit near empty on Monday afternoon along Seventh Street in Glenwood.
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Glenwood Springs City Market shelves sit bare in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Two people walk by empty toilet paper shelves at the Glenwood Meadows Target on Tuesday morning.
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The usually busy Cooper Avenue sits empty on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Glenwood.
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Colorado Ranch House owner Krissy Clary takes a payment for a to-go order outside of her restaurant in downtown Glenwood.
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Garfield Re-2 school bus driver Jacinto Iniguez smiles to a family as they pick up to-go lunches provided by the school district during the extended school closure across the county. The buses are parked at various parks in Rifle, Silt and New Castle from 8-8:30 a.m. through 11 a.m. – noon. Visit garfieldre2.net for more information.
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PHOTOS: GlenX Career Expo

A student speaks with a United States Marine Corps representative at the GlenX Career Expo.
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A student fills out paperwork at the GlenX Career Expo last Thursday at Glenwood Springs High School.
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Students look through free schwag at the many booths at the GlenX Career Expo at Glenwood Springs High School.
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A Colorado State Patrol officer speaks with students at the GlenX Career Expo at Glenwood Springs High School on Thursday.
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Haselden Construction representatives speak with a student at the GlenX Career Expo.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife representatives speak with students in the auxillary gym at the GlenX Career Expo on Thursday.
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A Youth Entity culinary student does a cooking demonstration for students at the GlenX Career Expo at Glenwood Springs High School.
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#PostSnaps for March 8

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Photo Essay: Raising the curtain

The Ute Theater marquee lights up the evening as dusk settles over Rifle Saturday before the Young Dubliners performance. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Activity fills the grand halls and back rooms of the historic Ute Theater long before the acts take the stage for a show.

For New Ute Theatre Society board members, theater staff and volunteers the day begins eight to nine hours before the first note of music fills the art deco theater on Fourth Street in Rifle.

Tanya Giard, a NUTS board member, prepares the green room back stage for the Young Dubliners Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Last Saturday the Ute hosted rock band The Young Dubliners for the fourth year in a row. 

Colorado River Valley favorites, the Young Dubs, as some locals like to call them, sold out the venue with nearly 300 patrons packed into the theatre.

“A sold-out crowd is what we are striving for.  We want everyone in the Colorado River Valley to know about the Ute,” New Ute Theatre Society board member Tanya Giard said. 

Members of the sound crew, Ute staff and stage crew setup the stage for Saturday’s performace in Rifle. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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“It’s a place where communities can gather and enjoy the nostalgia the Ute offers. The growth in the theater’s popularity means more business for downtown Rifle — the restaurants benefit, the hotels benefit, and therefore the city of Rifle benefits.”

With seven volunteers helping the staff and NUTS board members, the show went off without a hitch.

Ute Manager Wayne Pleasants said The Young Dubliners returned for their biggest show yet at the Ute. 

Tyler Rust and Jake Statler, members of the Tyler Rust Band work with the Snob Production sound crew to set their levels before opening up for the Young Dubliners at the Ute Theater. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Wes Stark, with Snob Productions, sets levels during sound check prior to the show Saturday. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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“We received great audience response to the demo Meyer Sound system, and everything came together thanks to staff, volunteers and a great band.”

Working with Snob Productions out of Junction, the theater demoed a new sound system it hopes to purchase and install later this year.

Patrons file into the Ute Theatre for the show Saturday night in downtown Rifle. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Elissa Nyes, NUTS board member and Anna Kaiser, Ute Marketing Director, check tickets as fans make their way into the foyer of the Ute Theater. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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The New Ute Theatre Society will present the next big show Saturday with the Outlaw Country show featuring four bands including, Hogan and Moss, Feeding Giants, The Queen Bee Trio (featuring Aundrea Ware, Joey Ball and Portia Rogers), and The Rust Statler Duo.

Members of the Young Dubliners take the stage during Saturday’s performance at the Ute Theater in Rifle. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Keith Roberts, the lead singer of the Young Dubliners, belts out a tune as the American rock band plays there traditional show before St. Patrick’s Day at the Ute Theater. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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The sold out crowd packs the floor of the Ute Theater cheering on the Young Dubliners Saturday. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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PHOTOS: Glenwood Demons hockey defeats Columbine Rebels 7-1

Glenwood Springs Demon Traven Hammond body checks an opponent into the wall during Wednesday’s playoff game against the Columbine High School Rebels.
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Glenwood Springs Demon Ryan Kotz pushes and shoves an opposing Columbine High School Rebel during Wednesday’s playoff game in Eagle.
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The Columbine High School Rebels score on Demons goal tender Hunter Hadsock for their only goal of the game early in the first period.
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Glenwood Springs goalie Hunter Hadsock looks alert during Wednesday’s playoff game against the Columbine Rebels in Eagle.
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Glenwood Springs Demon Dylan Webster attacks the goal to score against the Columbine Rebels during Wednesday’s playoff game in Eagle.
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Glenwood Springs Demons Max Mencimer and Dylan Webster celebrate after scoring against the Columbine High School Rebels during Wednesday’s playoff game in Eagle.
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Glenwood Springs Demon Dylan Webster celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Columbine High School Rebels during Wednesday’s playoff game in Eagle.
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Glenwood Springs Demon Cole Houston rushes to gain possession of the puck during Wednesday’s playoff game against the Columbine Rebels.
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Glenwood Springs Demons Jacob Fowler and Owen Mangeot double team an opposing Columbine Rebel during Wednesday’s playoff game in Eagle.
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Glenwood Springs Demon Cole Houston steals the puck from a Columbine Rebel during Wednesday’s playoff game in Eagle.
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Photo Essay: Hardwood heartache

The Titan defense tries to put the clamps on the Aspen offense during fourth quarter action Tuesday in New Castle.(Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Austin Gerber pulls up for the shot during second quarter action against Aspen Tuesday in New Castle. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Austin Gerber and Irvin Ortega sandwich Aspen’s Aidan Ledingham as they battle for the rebound in the second quarter. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Karsen DuBois drives to the basket with Aspen’s Jonathan Woodrow closing in during first quarter play Tuesday. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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The Coal Ridge student section erupts after Austin Gerber’s three point field goal late in the second quarter. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Daniel Sanchez alters his shot as Aspen’s Lucas Lee tries to block the attempt during second quarter play Tuesday in New Castle. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Andrew Herrera splits two Aspen defenders as he tries to put the Titans up late in overtime Tuesday night. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Moises Contreras is fouled by Aspen’s Noah Akin as he goes up for the shot in the third quarter.(Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Hank DiMarco argues a called turnover duirng overtime action against Aspen Tuesday in New Castle. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Coal Ridge’s Jack Price put up a shot under pressure form a Aspen defender in the fourth quarter. (Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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The Coal Ridge crowd reacts with time ticking off the clock as Aspen secure the rebound in overtime Tuesday night in New Castle.(Kyle Mills / Citizen Telegram)
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Photo Essay: Senior Night Rifle High School

Natalie Schauster shares a moment with her Dad as part of the senior night celebration at Rifle High School last week.
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Taylor Davis reflects on her career at Rifle High School with her mother as part of senior night at Rifle High School.
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Jahaira Luna and her parents celebrate senior night at Rifle High School last week.
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Jennifer Robinson hugs her son Garrett at Rifle HIgh School senior night activities last week.
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Erin Pressler gives her son Carter a hug during senior night activities at Rifle High School last week.
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Amy Lujan hugs her son Trey at Rifle HIgh School senior night activities last week.
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Rifle High School school Resource Officer Stephanie Straw made her RHS cheerleading debut at senior night.
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