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Speak out on public school education

Theresa Hamilton
Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services

What do kids need to be prepared for the workforce in the 21st century? What value do you place on education? How can the schools and the community work together better?

The Garfield School District No. Re-2 Board of Directors wants to hear from you about your hopes and your dreams for our youth, and the role that public education can play in the lives of our future leaders.

This event will provide information from Colorado experts on issues confronting school districts across the state, and will help the Re-2 school district better serve its public by listening to what you value most about education.

Join the Garfield Re-2 school board from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Learning Opportunities Center at 839 Whiteriver Ave. in Rifle.

In order to accurately prepare for this community conversation, RSVP to Theresa Hamilton at 625-7621 or via e-mail at thamilton@garfieldre2.k12.co.us by Wednesday.


On Jan. 31, Rifle High School hosted the First Annual Western Slope Bridge Building competition. The event grew out of a friendly in-school competition held last year between the Rifle High School autocad class and the physics class.

The challenge was which class could design and build the most efficient bridge.

This year, Rifle High School physics instructor Dave Ziegler expanded the event, challenging area high schools as well. The Basalt High School physics class was the only school to take up the challenge this year, but all deemed the event a success.

Matt Arnold, Brandon Killinger, and Jesse Vigil created the top three Rifle High School designs, and after seeing how they performed during the Basalt competition, they reconstructed their bridges and entered them in the Colorado High School Bridge Building Competition, sponsored by the Professional Engineers of Colorado and held Feb. 28 at the Bureau of Reclamation offices in Denver.

Twenty-seven high schools competed in that competition; 59 bridges were entered and Rifle took ninth place overall. Brandon Killinger finished 32nd, Matt Arnold finished 33rd, and Jesse Vigil finished 39th.

“For our first year, we did great, finishing ahead of such schools as Cherry Creek, Grandview, and even Meeker,” said Ziegler. “I was tickled pink. The kids did great.”


The Rifle Middle School wrestling team earned the PEG league championship with 295 points. The Cubs had 11 champions, five second-place finishes, five third place finishes and a fourth place finish.

Chris Cose, James Conrardy, Devon Fruetel, Branton Brown, Jason Arroyo, Dano Fugita, Jacob Counts, Keifer Deere, Spencer Lucas, Brian Key, and Idan Gonzales all earned first place finishes for the Cubs.

Congratulations, Rifle Middle School wrestlers.

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