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Businesses partner with Garfield County Libraries for ‘Lasso a Card’ campaign

The wonderful world of education, information, entertainment and access to technology are just some of the perks of holding a card to visit and use one of the six branches of the Garfield County Library District.

For the remainder of September, card-holding patrons — new or renewing — can also take advantage of numerous business-sponsor promotions from Carbondale to Parachute.

September is National Library Sign-Up Month, in conjunction with the American Library Association. This year’s theme is “Lasso a Library Card — Libraries are Wonderful,” in honor of DC Comics superheroine Wonder Woman.

The goal for the Garfield County Library system is to get 2,000 new or renewed library cards during the campaign. More than 25 local businesses and organizations have signed on as sponsors, offering various discounts to anyone who shows a valid library card during the month.

‘Lasso a Library Card’ Business Sponsor promotions

Show your new or renewed library card from the Garfield County Libraries to the following businesses during September for special offers.

88 Grill in New Castle • 10% off entire bill

An Exquisite Design in New Castle • 10% off fresh flowers

Bonfire Coffee in Carbondale • 15% off one drink (per library card presented)

Chocolate Moose in Glenwood Springs • $1.00 off purchase

Confetti Design in Glenwood Springs • 15% off purchase

CopyCopy in Glenwood Springs • 10% off all printing, labor excluded

Crescent Moon Spiritual Goods in Rifle • 20% off all loose stones and crystals

Fine Things Jewelry & Collectables in Glenwood Springs • Entry into drawing for a gift certificate

Glenwood Springs Outdoors in Glenwood Springs • 10% off storewide

Grease Monkey in Glenwood Springs • $8 off an oil change

Grind in Glenwood Springs • Free fries with the purchase of a burger and drink

Harmony Scott Jewelry Design in Carbondale • $10 off of the purchase of $20 or more from Harmony Scott line (guest artists excluded)

Hogback Pizza in New Castle • $1 off any pizza (limit 1 offer per library card)

Jalisco Grill in Rifle • 10% off purchase

Jewels and Gems in Glenwood Springs • Free ring cleaning and inspection

Kaleidoscoops in Glenwood Springs • $1.00 off purchase

Masala and Curry in Glenwood Springs • 10% discount

Mariana Fashion in Rifle • 20% off purchase

Midland Arts Company in Rifle • Entry into drawing for a gift certificate

Mona Lisa Unique Boutique in Glenwood Springs  • 1/2 off summer special $20 items + local discount

The Shaggy Dog in Glenwood Springs • Free nail trim

Silt Historical Park in Silt • a copy of Alice Boulton’s book on Silt Homesteaders

Thai Chili Bistro in Rifle • Free appetizer with purchase of a to-go order with three entrees

TreadZ in Glenwood Springs • Free spin on the prize wheel

Whitt and Co. Clothing in Rifle • 20% off purchase

“Every year we try to get a certain amount of new sign-ups, and this year we decided to get our business community involved,” said Kat Coco, library specialist with the Silt Branch Library.

This year in particular, with the increase in online services offered by the libraries and given the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on businesses and schools, the district has signed up numerous people from outside the area and several patrons who are new to the area, Coco said.

Former patrons are also rediscovering the libraries.

“We had one person come in whose card had expired in 2012,” Coco said. “It’s just like a new signup, we’re just updating the information.”

With people looking for more things to do during the COVID restrictions, a lot of patrons are turning to resources such as Hoopla, Canopy and RB Digital for online movies, e-books and even comic books — including Wonder Woman, of course.

“More people are also using our book stacks and our computer services,” Coco said.

Once response by the Garfield County Libraries during the pandemic, and with more people turning to online platforms for video conference meetings and educational materials, was to offer wifi hotspots that can be used anywhere for immediate internet connection.

“That’s been really great for people, especially in places where internet service isn’t as good,” Coco said. “You just turn it on wherever you are, and it works.”

Many young people have also begun using the libraries more to access online education curriculum and homeschooling programs, she said.

“We have several students who come in regularly to study,” she said, adding that distancing protocols are in place and patrons must wear masks while in the libraries.

Those who sign up for or renew their library cards this month can also receive free Wonder Woman schwag, including keychains and pins.

The Garfield County commissioners even got into the spirit of things last week, proclaiming September as “Library Card Sign-Up Month,” with a special emphasis on signing up youth.

Sign up online for a library card at garfield.marmot.org/MyAccount/SelfReg. A list of businesses participating in the promotion is available at www.gcpld.org/content/lasso-library-card.


Motorists advised to plan for heavy weekend traffic on I-70, likely closures in Glenwood Canyon

The Colorado Department of Transportation has issued an advisory for motorists traveling the Interstate 70 mountain corridor this weekend to plan for heavy traffic and to be prepared for closures in Glenwood Canyon.

Continuing repairs from the recent wildfire are ongoing, and weather-related impacts are also anticipated that could close the canyon in the event of a debris flow from the fire burn area.

“Denver metro motorists heading into the mountains should expect variable conditions as well,” CDOT advised in a Friday morning news release.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the central mountains, including I-70 and much of the Western Slope.

“The forecast includes rain and the potential for heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday, which could cause mudslides, debris flow or rockfall onto I-70 in Glenwood Canyon,” according to the CDOT advisory.

“Burn areas from the Grizzly Creek Fire have increased vulnerability for mudslides and rockfall. It is possible that any of those impacts could require a safety closure in the canyon.”

There is also ongoing repair work to power poles being conducted by Xcel involving helicopter operations that will also likely require closures on Saturday in Glenwood Canyon, the release stated.

I-70 reopened on Monday after an extended closure due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. Motorists should be prepared for reduced speeds and no stopping in the canyon. Rest areas and the bike path continue to be closed for public safety.

“Highway closures can last for as little as a few minutes or for as long as several hours,” CDOT further advises, suggesting that travelers be supplied with an emergency kit including water, snacks, flashlight and a blanket.

“Remember to also carry water for your pets if you’re traveling with animals,” CDOT suggested. “You may even consider packing some items to keep you or children occupied while waiting in the car.” 

Glenwood Springs issues new water use restrictions starting Friday

The Glenwood Springs Water Department is extending its outdoor lawn watering restriction through Friday, and is implementing an odd-even day watering protocol thereafter.

Beginning Saturday at 6 a.m., households are able to water their lawns on alternating days. This will extend through Saturday, Aug. 29, according to a Thursday evening press release from the city.

“Odd-numbered home addresses can water on odd days of the month. Even-numbered home addresses can water on even days of the month,” according to the release. “Most irrigation controls have this as a built-in setting option.”  

The city is requesting that residents do not water lawns for a longer duration of time than normal. Watering should only occur before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., city water officials advise. 

The release further explains that excess water usage can drop the water storage levels in a water tank, meaning less water at that moment for firefighting use. 

“Please keep water consumption to a minimum in your household or business,” the release further advises. “Items to consider are shorter showers, less or no bathtub filling, no filling of pools, dish washers set on the water-saving mode, less-frequent washing machine loads, minimum car washing, etc.”   

The restrictions will be reviewed daily and any changes will be communicated with city water customers.


El Departamento de Agua de la Ciudad de Glenwood Springs está extendiendo la restricción “NO REGAR SU JARDIN” hasta el viernes 14th de agosto e implementando un protocolo de riego de día impar.

A partir del sábado 15 de agosto de 2020 a las 6:00 am, los hogares pueden regar su césped en días alternos. Esto se extenderá hasta el sábado 29 de agosto. Las direcciones de casas numeradas impares pueden regar en días impares del mes. Las direcciones de casas numeradas pares pueden regar en días pares del mes. La mayoría de los controles de riego tienen esto como una opción de configuración integrada. 

La ciudad está solicitando que los residentes no regar césped por una duración más larga de lo normal. El riego solo debe ocurrir antes de las 10 a.m. o después de las 6 p.m.

El exceso de agua puede disminuir los niveles de almacenamiento de agua en un tanque de agua, lo que significa menos agua en ese momento para el uso de la lucha contra incendios. 

Por favor, mantenga el consumo de agua al mínimo en su hogar o negocio.  Los artículos a tener en cuenta son duchas más cortas, menos o ningún relleno de bañera, sin llenado de piscinas, lavavajillas en el modo de ahorro de agua, cargas de lavadora menos frecuentes, lavado mínimo de automóviles, etc.

Estas restricciones se revisarán diariamente y si se puede realizar algún cambio, la información se pondrá al público con esas actualizaciones

Heritage Center receives new display

The Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame announced it partnered with the Rifle Heritage Center and Museum on a long-term loan of several 10th Mountain Division artifacts for the museum’s military exhibition. 

Artifacts on loan include an Army-issued reversible parka, sweater, mountain pants, a rucksack and skis. The CSM also provided arctic white mitten and pant covers. Items on loan belonged to 10th Mountain Division veterans Richard “Dick” Over (110th Signal Co.) and Harry A. Erwin (SVC Company, 86th Mountain Infantry).

In addition to this exhibit showcasing objects from both Over and Erwin, the display plans to tell the story of 10th Mountain Division veteran Clarence Franklin “Monk” Dawson (H Company, 86th Mountain Infantry).

Dawson was a longtime New Castle resident who died in 2019. He wasn’t able to continue to Italy with his fellow company, due to having contracted rheumatic fever. He held the 10th Mountain Division in high regard. Dawson trained with his company while at Camp Hale, Colorado. He was quite a character, and well-loved and respected in the Rifle community.

According to the release, Kathy Runia, president of the Rifle Heritage Center, said that these new artifacts would provide many educational opportunities for visitors. Runia, who is from Leadville, is happy to be able to keep the history of Camp Hale alive, with many guests to the new display sharing their stories with staff and volunteers.

Along with the new exhibit, the Rifle Heritage Center has a worksheet available for educators that tell the story of the 10th Mountain Division and Camp Hale. 

The Rifle Heritage Center is the largest museum in Garfield County, and is home to a wide variety of exhibits and interactive displays that come together to tell the story of Rifle’s past. The museum is housed in a historic two-story building that was built in 1952.

‘Let Her Speak’ event in Rifle hopes to shed light on allowing third-party presidential candidates to debate

A feeling of wanting to be involved drew Parachute resident Whitney Simms to jump in and organize an event at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rifle.

Simms joined the Facebook group LET HER SPEAK, a nationwide one-day peaceful protest that will convoy through cities and towns across America at the same time. 

“This LET HER SPEAK event has kind of caught my attention, the more that I’ve delved into the information that has been presented to me, it has just lit a fire underneath myself personally to at least bring light to this issue here in our area,” Simms said.

The event hopes to bring light and awareness to the rules a third party candidate must meet to be included in the presidential debates, and is asking the Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen be allowed to debate this fall.

The Commission on Presidential Debates rules state that in order to be included in the national debates a candidate must receive at least 15% support across the five national polls.

“The more people I talk to about it, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they are on, pretty much everyone agrees that third parties should be allowed to debate on the stage,” Simms said. “We are just trying to shine light on that and get the American people to use their voices and come together see what we can’t do to make a change here in our country for the better.”

Simms said for anyone interested in participating in the family friendly event they will begin gathering at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at the Rifle High School parking lot. She is encouraging people to decorate their vehicles as they convoy from the high school down Railroad Avenue to south Rifle, before circling back through Third Street and back to the high school. 

“We are going to be respectful of COVID-19 using open spaces, asking anyone that is coming to wear a mask. If you don’t want to wear a mask we just ask politely to stay in your vehicle and remain in there during the gathering before and afterwards out of respect for the governor’s mandate,” Simms said. “Its not in any shape of form asking to vote for any political party, actually have a couple of people who are interested who are hardcore Republicans.”

Participants are encouraged to stream online during the event, with everyone’s live videos and pictures being compiled together in the end.

“Our goal is to get as many pictures and videos as we can,” Simms said. “At the end of the day we are all more alike than we are different. If we could just set those differences aside I think we as Americans could actually agree on quite a bit of things.”


Rifle Scavenger Hunt results

The city of Rifle announced the winners of the City Manager’s Scavenger Hunt for 11 patriotically painted rocks, painted by Rifle Police Officer Jose Valadez, which were hidden in businesses around town. Kathy Pototsky, Public Information Officer with the city of Rifle, said several people found all 11 rocks. 

“The exciting thing was that we had several families who did it as a family activity, which is exactly what we hoped to inspire, getting people out visiting our local businesses and having fun,” Pototsky said. “Jose was excited to see the pictures people sent. He doesn’t often get to see people with his art.”


1. Meecah and Joy Covington (2)

2. Eryn and Wesley Alexander

3. Marcia Niederwerder (2)

4. Krissa Grant

5. Debra Smith

6. Aileen Apodaca

7. Heath and Sabina Cotter

8. Donaven Grant

9. Levi Niederwerder

Answers to the city of Rifle City Manager Scavenger Hunt clues:

You don’t need to go full circle to get coverage here: 360 Insurance

A unit prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of one millionth plus a polymer that can change shape: Micro Plastics

The Governor should eat here instead of Washington DC or Denver: Capitol Deli

Fits right in with a music group formed in 2016 from Dripping, Texas: Midland Arts

Let your journey begin here but don’t let your revolutions per minute get too high: Rifle Performance Motorsports

No trees grow above this location, but you can still find a rock: Timberline

Lumber into this business instead of going to The Meadows: Valley Lumber

You won’t find a firearm that uses a striking mechanism at this business in a historic building, but you will find fashion: Whitt and Company

You’ll find a wide range of spirits at this business, but don’t worry, it’s not haunted: Rocky Mountain Liquor

Singular best place to see these twinkle, twinkle before nightfall: One Jewelers

Don’t fly by this business before you design the heart of your home: Down Valley Designs

Ryan Fideldy new principal at Elk Creek Elementary

Last week the Garfield School District Re-2 School Board approved Ryan Fideldy as the next leader at Elk Creek Elementary effective July 1.

Fideldy has been with the district since 2006, holding teaching positions at Roy Moore Elementary and Cactus Valley Elementary before transitioning to an academic coach at Graham Mesa Elementary School in 2012. 

Fideldy replaces Lisa Pierce, who resigned earlier this year to assume the assistant superintendent role at Garfield Re-2.

“Having the opportunity to lead in Garfield Re-2 is something I’ve aspired to do. To follow a close friend and mentor of mine in Lisa Pierce at Elk Creek Elementary is a great honor,” Fideldy said according to a news release.  

The two worked together at Roy Moore Elementary/Cactus Valley Elementary for six-years prior to taking other positions. 

“A lot of my enthusiasm for instruction and education was cultivated by Lisa. I look up to her in a lot of ways,” he said.

Fideldy said that he is excited to begin forming relationships with the Elk Creek Elementary students, staff and community and is ready to take on the challenges of helping determine what the coming year, in the era of COVID-19, will look like.

“I really want to get to know everyone — every single student and every staff member. As an administrator, the number of people you get to know and care for grows and you can see the ripple effect, in a positive way, throughout the school,” he said. “I enjoy problem-solving to put people in their best possible position to succeed. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the New Castle and ECE communities.”

Strawberry Shortcake 4K time trial runs Sunday

The Strawberry Shortcake 4K individual time trial — a replacement for the Strawberry Shortcut race that was canceled this month due to the coronavirus — takes place between 7:30–9 a.m. Sunday, June 28.

Runners are asked to show up at the starting line on the west end of Donegan Road in West Glenwood based on their estimated time, and clock themselves on the 4K (2.5 mile) course.

Up to four runners/walkers at a time will go off in time-trial fashion every 2 minutes.

Those expecting to complete the course up to the Mitchell Creek Fish Hatchery and back in less than 20 minutes are asked to be ready to go between 8–8:10 a.m. Under 24-minute runners should be ready from 8:12–8:20, and those in the 24-30 minute range should prepare to start after 8:20. Walkers will start after 8:30 a.m.

Suggested wave times are encouraged, but anyone can complete the course on their own and record a time. Prizes, including former Shortcut and Glenwood Springers medals and t-shirts, will be awarded to the top finishers.

Rifle’s July 3rd Celebration and Fireworks canceled

The city of Rifle announced Friday that due to current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, the annual Rifle Recreation July 3rd Celebration is canceled. The fireworks scheduled for the same date have also been canceled.

City of Rifle will be closed Friday July 3 in observance of Independence Day. Normal operations will resume on Monday, July 6.

For updated information on all City matters, please go to our website, www.rifleco.org.

Rifle market goes online

After several months of planning, the Rifle Farmers Market went live with its online marketplace this week for the first market of 2020.

Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions of Garfield County Health Department’s Order 156-43 the Farmers Market board decided to move to an online- only market this season. 

“We have been brainstorming since March about what our market was going to look like, because the guidelines were so strict. We decided we would just go ahead with a virtual market,” board member Elissa Nye said. “Board members paid close attention to what other farmers markets across the state were doing — we are the only market in the valley that is doing just a virtual market.”

Patrons will be able to place their order online at riflefarmersmarket.com beginning Mondays at noon, and vendors will build their orders and drop them off with organizers for a Friday pickup. 

The market, which was first organized by the Parks and Recreation Department back in 2007, has had several homes, including Heinze Park where they have held the market for the past three years.

Board member Helen Rodgers said they are going to be located at Rifle Middle School just across the street from the park. 

“People will be able to pull into West Sixth Street and pick up their produce,” Rodgers said.

Organizers said that so far they have a half-dozen vendors committed to this year’s market, with Maria’s Farms from Palisade as their main produce supplier. The board hopes to add more licensed vendors, and any one interested can go to the market’s website for requirements and qualification.

“We would love to offer as much as we can on our online marketplace, we are open to pretty much anything this year,” Nye said.

Patrons will be able to place orders until Thursday at noon for each week’s pickup, scheduled from 5-7 p.m. for the next 12 weeks through Sept. 4.

New board member Joshua Bassett said that the online marketplace is a new and convenient way for people to support our local farmers.

“The focus this year is to provide our farms and farming community with a place to sell their goods,” Bassett said. “We are really focusing on our farmers, that is our mission.”

To order from the online marketplace go to riflefarmersmarket.com.

One of the traditions of the market will continue, as local musicians will entertain patrons, just in a new way. 

“We kind of had to get creative. We did not want to not have the music, that’s the best part of the market, we think,” Nye said. “All the bands that were supposed to play at the market do get an opportunity to play, and they are getting paid.”

Rodgers said the farmers market received a grant from the Visitor Improvement Fund for $4,000 to help pay for the bands that will be streaming virtual concerts from the Ute Theater on Friday nights.

The New Ute Theatre Society is helping cover the cost of the theater and staff time, and KMTS is broadcasting the events along with the streaming on the farmers market, city of Rifle, and Ute’s Facebook pages.

Bassett said the exciting part about the musical component is before musicians were playing to 50, maybe 100 people max. During last Friday’s kickoff concert featuring Feeding Giants, 2,000 viewers tuned in for the session.