Join us for coffee in Rifle on Thursday |

Join us for coffee in Rifle on Thursday

Mike Bennett

You are invited Thursday morning to join Citizen Telegram editor Heidi Rice, Post Independent editor Randy Essex and me in Rifle for a cup of coffee and lively discussion about western Garfield County. Co-sponsored by the Rifle Chamber of Commerce, it is Coffee Talk time at the Base Camp Café at 129 E. Third St. from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Everyone has his or her favorite means of communication, and we try to accommodate all of you. Many of you reach out to us via the phone, e-mail and Facebook. Some prefer talking face to face, and as far as I’m concerned we don’t have enough of that kind of contact these days.

We look forward to our opportunity to meet you tomorrow. Come tell us how we are doing with The Citizen Telegram and the Post Independent covering the local news and events that are important to you. We have thick skin, so don’t be shy.

While we try to stay in the know, we rely heavily on your tips for some of the best features and hard news stories. We are confident that we will leave tomorrow’s Coffee Talk with at least a couple of good ideas.

Living in the community we serve is always an advantage when it comes to coming up with good stories. After all, if you are out and about in your hometown, you see and hear so much in your daily life. It is amazing what can be overheard while in the aisles of City Market.

My concern is that we just don’t have that many PI or CT team members who live west of Glenwood Springs. Heidi Rice has been a fixture in the Rifle area. Also taking their shoes off at the end of the day in that part of our world are our sports editor Jon Mitchell and advertising guru Eric Groves. I’d like us to know more about western Garfield County, so we need your ears and eyes.

Living in the heart of downtown Glenwood Springs, it is almost embarrassing how little I drive my car to see the rest of the world. I’ve been very comfortable in walk mode.

A couple of weeks ago, my trip to the Ute Events Center in Rifle to hear some great live music illuminated how much Rifle has been changing for the positive. Don Chaney and the city have done a wonderful job developing a great live entertainment venue. Entrepreneur Ken Sack has also done his part with Club Fresh. The community deserves these amenities. It’s been a long time coming.

We hope you can spend a little time with us tomorrow. If you can’t, feel free to send me your thoughts with an e-mail to or give me a call at 970-384-9100.

Michael Bennett is publisher of the Post Independent.

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