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Despite being banned from use, fireworks can still be legally sold in Garfield County

June 14, 2018 — While the Garfield County commissioners decided earlier this week to ban the use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of the county, the decision to ban the sale of fireworks did not come up this time around. The last time it did, in 2013, the commissioners

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Rifle Police investigating possible attempted abduction

June 13, 2018 — The Rifle Police Department is currently investigating a possible attempted child abduction which occurred early Wednesday morning, according to a press release sent to local media. There is no suspect at this time, according to the release. In the meantime, police are asking citizens to

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Locals and law enforcement work together to close case

June 13, 2018 — When the Amber Alert came through on phones across the state last month, four Rifle citizens sprang to action, and their efforts helped lead law enforcement in finding the kidnapped 12-year-old girl and locating her abductor. The all-night manhunt ended on Friday morning on April

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Fire restrictions extended to White River National Forest

June 13, 2018 — Stage 1 fire restrictions will be expanded Friday morning to include the entire White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands in Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, and portions of Grand County adjacent to the Colorado River. Fire restrictions are already in place

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Body found near river identified as missing Rifle man

June 11, 2018 — A body found on an island in the Colorado River over the weekend near Parachute has been identified as that of a 29-year-old Rifle man who had been missing since late last month. The Garfield County Coroner's Office has positively identified the remains as that

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Fireworks banned in unincorporated parts of Garfield County

June 11, 2018 — In the wake of wildfires burning across Western Colorado, including one in Eagle County where more than 400 acres have gone up in smoke in less than 72 hours, the Garfield County commissioners on Monday elected to be proactive and play it safe. In a

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Middle-schoolers learn about STEM

June 11, 2018 — For the first time on the Western Slope, 126 students from Parachute-to-Carbondale-area schools were given a day Tuesday to explore STEM-based careers. Members of the Colorado Petroleum Council and Rocky Mountain Energy Forum came to the Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus to encourage young men

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Rifle-based Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

June 5, 2018 — When Kris Coombs started delivering meals for Grand River Health's Meals on Wheels program she would on occasion bring one of her toddlers along for the ride. Now, nearly a decade later, her youngest, Jacob, continues to volunteer by her side. "He would always help

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On the Fly column: The 30-inch rainbow trout

June 5, 2018 — Rumors of a recently spotted 30-inch rainbow inspired us to head up the Fryingpan last week. I was sitting on Scott's porch up at my Granddad Wally's ranch, both of us enjoying the spring air fragrant with the scent of fresh lilac. The night was

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Two more suspects arrested in suspected drug ring

June 4, 2018 — Area law enforcement officials arrested two men on May 30 who are accused of selling methamphetamine to officers during an ongoing sting operation. The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office's Threat Assessment Group (TAG) led the operation, which they

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Education Briefs

June 3, 2018 — 2018 RFYP Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship winners The Roaring Fork Young Professionals and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association would like to congratulate the 2018 RFYP Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship winners, Erica Diemoz and Finlay Roberts. Erica and Finlay are both seniors at GSHS. Erica will be attending

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Meet Lynette Lacerda, GOP candidate for Garfield County Clerk & Recorder

June 3, 2018 — My name is Lynette Lacerda. I was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. I have lived in Colorado for 12 years and nine of those years in Garfield County. Inspired by my Mom's consistent seeds of encouragement throughout my life, I am running for

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Meet Bonnie McLean, GOP candidate for Garfield County Clerk & Recorder

June 3, 2018 — When I was asked to run for Garfield County Clerk and Recorder I had a very limited knowledge of what the clerk's duties were. Initially, many of my friends told me that I was overqualified. I also had some misgivings, but as I have learned

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Crime briefs: Man arrested for indecent exposure near a Rifle tattoo shop

June 1, 2018 — A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday at a tattoo shop in Rifle and charged with indecent exposure for pleasuring himself in public. An officer said in court papers that upon his arrival, around 10:14 p.m., he could see the male acting as reported. As he

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Garfield County imposes stage-one fire restrictions

May 30, 2018 — Garfield County fire officials have issued a countywide burning restriction that prohibits local residents from lighting campfires, smoking in certain areas and using explosive materials. The stage one fire restriction is in place until further notice, officials say. The restrictions, set to commence Thursday in

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Grand River Health celebrates 10 years of volunteers at gala

May 30, 2018 — Grand River Health's Volunteer Gala, "A Cut Above," was an evening of accolades and heart-felt thanks (along with awards) given to 202 volunteers. This year, an additional twist was added to the program, with an overview of the past 10 years' of Volunteer Services. Here's

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Primary ballots go out to all registered voters next week

May 29, 2018 — Unaffiliated voters who did not make a preference between Democrat and Republican with county election officials by Tuesday will see two ballots in the mail next week, but only one can be completed and returned. Ballots will go to the Post Office on June 4,

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Coal Ridge High School commencement speaker encourages the pursuit of happiness

May 26, 2018 — Family members and friends clapped and whistled as Coal Ridge High School's seniors filed onto the facility's track and field for a commencement ceremony Saturday. Aspiring athletes, service members, medical practitioners and pilots were among the school's departing class, and a sense of gratitude, hopefulness,

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Rifle High School seniors’ exit celebrated alongside principal’s departure

May 26, 2018 — Rifle High School seniors gathered on the school's football field Saturday morning to turn their tassels and celebrate their hard work. For the RHS community, the day was not only a chance to say goodbye to the class of 2018, but also to Principal Todd

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Rifle residents: disregard MW trash bill notice

May 24, 2018 — It came to the attention of the Rifle City Finance Department that some Rifle residents have received a bill directly from Mountain Waste for residential trash removal services, according to a city news release. All residential trash removal within the city gets billed directly through

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