Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall coming to Rifle next June
By Heidi RiceRifle CorrespondentVolunteers are being sought to help bring “The Moving Wall” – a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. – to Rifle in June of 2005.The wall has traveled around the United States for the past 20 years and is on display throughout the country from April through November.Members of the American Legion Post 78 in Rifle, asked members of the Rifle City Council at Wednesday night’s regular council meeting for their support in bringing The Wall to the city for a week in June 2005.”The purpose is to share the experience of the memorial with those who may not be able to visit Washington, D.C.,” said Dean Wells, First Vice Commander of Post 78. “It is a major project requiring many volunteers and money. We need to have about $5,000 available before we sign the contract.”Council members agreed to draft a resolution showing their support in bringing the memorial to Rifle, which is expected to draw visitors from all over the state.Those wishing to volunteer or make contributions toward bringing The Wall to Rifle should call Wells at 625-1097.In other council business:• The city of Rifle is contemplating an ordinance regulating oil and gas development in the area due to increased activity, similar to a proposed ordinance discussed by the town of Silt last spring. The matter was brought up at an informal workshop Wednesday night and no formal action was taken.City Attorney Lee Leavenworth said the Silt ordinance was put aside due to potential legal action by the oil and gas industry should the town try to impose regulations over and beyond what is currently required by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.”The real problem is that the state preempts anything we try to do,” Leavenworth said. “Unless you’re willing to take a fairly aggressive approach and likely be sued because of it, you’re not going to get very far.”Council members are considering meeting with officials from the town of Silt and other municipalities to see what options might be available.•The city of Rifle will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2005, but it won’t be the only one having a cause for celebration. Through research, the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce has discovered that its origins began in December 1905 – the same year the city was incorporated.Past articles in the Citizen Telegram newspaper dating back to 1905, show that talk of starting a chamber of commerce was being discussed at that time. Both the chamber and the city are looking at ways to combine the celebrations of both events next year.For more information, call Patty Lambert, executive director of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at 625-2085.For more information, call Patty Lambert, executive director of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at 625-2085.
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