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A medical emergency involving a student caused Rifle High School to be temporarily locked down just before lunchtime Thursday morning.According to director of districtwide services for Garfield School District Re-2 Theresa Hamilton, the reason for the lockdown wasn’t typical school procedure, but was done as a precautionary measure to allow the medical responders clear access to the building.”It was a non-threatening lockdown,” Hamilton said. “The school only has one way in and one way out, Mr. Ellis wanted to eliminate traffic at the entrance of the school.”A notice went out on the school’s intercom instructing students to remain in class until further notice and the districts auto-dialer system contacted students parents to inform them of the situation. How long the school was locked down was unknown, but was estimated to be for a “short” period of time, according to Hamilton.The district was unable to clarify the medical condition of the student or any other information regarding the situation.

With the opening of the new Glenwood Springs High School, the arrangements for student parking and drop-off have changed. As a temporary measure, until the final landscaping is in place, students will be issued permits to park in one of three locations: the lot at the northwest corner of the campus at the intersection of Coach Miller Drive and 14th Street; the lot west of the district office, entered from 14th Street; and the lot south of the school adjacent to the Van Rand Building, which must be entered from Polo Drive, off Park Drive.Students may be dropped off only at the lot at the northwest corner of the campus, at the intersection of Coach Miller Drive and 14th Street. Cars must enter the one-way drop-off lane from Coach Miller Drive, and exit the lot on 14th Street.Police officers and school staff will be in attendance to guide traffic.

A downed powerline caused a small wildland fire just east of Rifle Thursday. Rifle Fire Protection District crews responded to the scene. Authorities said about five acres burned and the flames were extinguished around 6 p.m. No structures were threatened or burned.


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