Rifle to get roundaboutsRifle will get three new roundabouts next year.The roundabouts will replace the existing three traffic lights along Highway 13, which were installed in the fall of 2003 as a temporary measure. Town officials said construction of the roundabouts should begin in July and take about three to six months.The $2.1 million project will be paid for through a $4.1 million bond issue voters approved in September 2003 for street improvements throughout the city.In the past year, south Rifle has seen increased commercial development and traffic with the opening of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, the Grand River Medical Center and the Rifle Commons commercial shopping plaza.CMC seeks new sitefor Rifle campusColorado Mountain College is seeking a new location for its Rifle campus.The current campus on Railroad Avenue has been used for the past 20 years and is leased from the Re-2 School District. But the building is 100 years old and no longer meets campus needs. It also isn’t in compliance with American with Disabilities Act requirements and was grandfathered in when the law went into effect.Once the site of Rifle High School, the 20,000-square-foot building was given to the middle school before being leased by CMC.The CMC board has been offered a 13-acre land donation near the west end of the Garfield County Airport by property owner Bob Howard but wants to look at all its options before deciding where to locate the new campus.The Rifle commuter campus is one of seven campuses in the 12,000-square-mile CMC district and the farthest west.New Rifle theater a rumorThe new multiplex movie theater coming to Rifle is a rumor that just won’t die.City officials said there has been some talk of a new theater, similar to the movie complex in El Jebel, coming to town.”At this time, it’s a total rumor,” said Matt Sturgeon, the city’s planning director. “We have no pending applications. There were some people who talked to us about three months ago, but they’ve never done anything since. And they weren’t looking at a specific site – they were looking at all of Rifle.”For the past 10 years, Kelly Iniguez and her husband, Jacinto, have owned and operated the Rifle Creek Theatre on East Fourth Street. Iniguez said a new theater would put the Rifle Creek Theatre out of business, Iniguez said.The Rifle Creek Theatre has been in operation since 1948. In the 1920s there was also a movie theater on East Third Street.No leads in LIFT-UP theftPolice say they have no leads or suspects in the Rifle LIFT-UP theft.Christmas gifts from around the county have come in after someone allegedly broke into the LIFT-UP storage shed sometime last week and stole all the Angel Tree toys.”The response has been very good up and down the county,” said Mike Powell, executive director for LIFT-UP. “We’re doing very well – it’s a good start.”LIFT-UP has received thousands of dollars in gift donations and cash. The Angel Trees will be placed at various locations throughout the county between Nov. 22 and Dec. 15. Contributors can pick a name off a tree and buy an appropriate gift for the child’s age and gender.Those wishing to make a cash donation to LIFT-UP can send a check to P.O. Box 1213, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Angel Tree gifts may also be taken to any LIFT-UP office in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Rifle.Anyone with information about the theft at the Rifle LIFT-UP office should call the Rifle Police Department at 625-2271. – Compiled from staff reports
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