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It’s official, Doug Winters will be on the Republican primary ballot to run for Garfield County Sheriff against incumbent Lou Vallario.

Following the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office work on Friday, Winters’ election petition was confirmed. The Rifle Republican only needed 69 valid signatures, and County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said he had 193 valid signatures out of the 246 he turned in.

Alberico said there is one last step to run for sheriff and that is to submit fingerprints for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to check.

The primary election will be Aug. 10 and Alberico said it will be a mail-in only ballot.

Winters is an Eagle County Sheriff’s detective, and has worked for the office for more than 13 years.

Vallario has held the office since he defeated Democrat Tom Dalessandri in the 2002 election. Vallario ran unopposed in 2006.

Dalessandri, who is the lone Democrat on the ballot, is looking to return to the office this year after being sheriff from 1994-2002.

It was recently announced that the Aspen Community Foundation awarded funds to Mountain Family Health Centers for the Rifle expansion project.

The $50,000 grant will be used to build a new community health center in Rifle.

Mountain Family Health Center’s (MFHC) mission is to provide high quality primary health care, with special consideration for the medically under-served and uninsured. MFHC in Glenwood Springs also offers a range of patient assistance including health screening, health education and patient navigation programs. In addition, MFHC has become a state leader in the utilization of health information technology to improve quality of care in an outpatient setting.

The grant from Aspen Community Foundation will give Mountain Family additional resources for capital construction costs. Over the past 11 years, MFHC has been granted over $200,000 from the Aspen Community Foundation’s unrestricted, field of interest funds and donor advised funds.

The new clinic in Rifle will provide comprehensive primary healthcare to patients who have limited or no access to the private healthcare system because of geographic, financial or cultural/linguistic barriers. The new facility will be approximately 9,000 square feet with seven primary care exam rooms, one procedure room with a waiting area, laboratory, administrative offices, a group visit/training room, conference/lunch room and other common areas. The facility will also include a dental suite to accommodate a dentist and dental hygienist. The expansion will enable healthcare providers to care for 4,500 additional primary care patients. Construction is anticipated to begin in August 2010 with completion by May 2011.

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