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Potential Coal Ridge High threat deemed not credible

October 17, 2018 — Police and Garfield School District Re-2 officials investigated a potential threat involving talk among students at Coal Ridge High School Wednesday, but have since determined that it was not credible and that the school was not in danger. According to Theresa Hamilton, communications director for

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Federal mineral lease district announces fall grants

October 11, 2018 — The Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District announced its fall 2018 grant cycle recipients, as organizations from Battlement Mesa to Carbondale received funding for projects pertaining to education, health and safety, infrastructure and more. Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority was the largest recipient for this

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The impact of local schools on real estate

October 10, 2018 — There are many factors that influence a buyers decision to purchase a home. Some of these include location/neighborhood, price, style of the home, personal timeline, change of job and so many more. One thing that seems to always come up during this conversation, at least

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Town of New Castle appoints first Latina to serve on its Town Council

October 6, 2018 — The New Castle Town Council has appointed Crystal Mariscal as its newest town representative, as well as the town's first Latina to serve on the board. Last month, New Castle Mayor Art Riddile thanked council member Mary Metzger for her 10 years serving on town

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Forum focuses on oil and gas-related ballot initiatives

October 4, 2018 — Two of the questions featured on the November ballot were discussed at length during the monthly Energy Advisory Board meeting in Rifle on Thursday as proponents and opponents on both sides of the aisle were invited to discuss their thoughts on Proposition 112 and Amendment

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Two of Ursa’s Battlement Mesa well pads now in production

October 1, 2018 — Ursa Operating Co. updated the Garfield Board of County Commissioners Monday on its third quarter activities in the Battlement Mesa area, as operations in the community's planned unit development continue. Over 50 wells were drilled at both the BMC B and D pads, which will

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Photo: Silt mural takes shape

October 1, 2018 — Artist Jeremy Velasquez of Rifle shapes the ocean waves, as he works on his latest mural on the east wall of Columbine Liquor at the intersection of Main Street and North Ninth Street in Silt. When finished, the mural will depict a beach scene inspired

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Rifle-Garfield Re-2 elementary students take the training wheels off

October 1, 2018 — The Garfield Re-2 School District welcomed volunteers with Wish For Wheels, a Denver-area nonprofit which supplies bikes to underprivileged students, as 130 Wamsley and Highland Elementary students rode away with brand new bikes last week. "It was like Christmas Day," Wamsley Elementary Principal Kathi Senor

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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal

October 1, 2018 — PHOENIX (AP) — Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials. The Arizona Republic reports that the state water officials also want to join in

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Rifle’s Russell George to receive governor’s honor

September 29, 2018 — Rifle native Russell George, a former state legislator and state government official for many years, will be honored with a special medal from Colorado's governor, signifying the many contributions George has made to communities across the state. The 2018 Citizenship Medal is one of the

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Parachute to host its 4th Oktoberfest

September 28, 2018 — The town of Parachute is gearing up to hosting Oktoberfest 2018 this Saturday as it attempts to continue to grow the annual event. The all-day event includes a beer garden, food vendors, unlimited bump-n-jumps and other family fun. The night ends with Nashville Recording artists

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Meet Rifle Councilman Joe Elliott

September 28, 2018 — A lifelong resident of Rifle and Garfield County, council member Joe Elliot has worked for Colorado Mountain College as a commercial builder and project manager since 1998. He is coming up on his fourth year serving the City. His wife, Natalie Bowman, is the Executive

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Suit challenges drilling on public land in Colorado, Utah

September 27, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Environmental groups have asked a judge to overturn the sale of drilling rights on public land in Colorado and Utah, saying the Trump administration didn’t consider the potential threat to public health and the environment. A lawsuit filed Thursday in Denver federal

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Comcast outage knocks out Roaring Fork Valley internet, some cell service

September 24, 2018 — An area-wide Comcast outage is affecting internet and cellular service from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Comcast officials said Monday morning they are actively working to address the problem, and estimated late morning for service to be back up. According to Comcast/Xfinity’s outage map, about 2,500

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Rifle wins 8th straight matchup over Glenwood

September 21, 2018 — Playing in front of a standing-room only gathering at Bears Stadium in Rifle, the Glenwood Springs Demons and Rifle Bears got together for their annual clash on the gridiron. For the eighth straight year, the Bears came away with bragging rights, toppling the Demons 27-14

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Forest closure lifted for Cache Creek Fire area Friday

September 21, 2018 — The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest will lift the Cache Creek Fire emergency area closure, effective Friday, and reopen popular hunting areas and trails. “Much of the burned area has cooled, but there is still minimal fire activity in the vicinity

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Rifle Farmers Market hopes to grow with Table Dinner

September 20, 2018 — The third annual Rifle Farm to Table Dinner is set for Sept. 29 with tickets on sale now. The dinner will be at the Bookcliffs Arts Center on 16th Street in Rifle from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Tickets are $100 for a pair and

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Prosecutors want Bear Wallow embezzlement cases enjoined

September 20, 2018 — Embezzlement charges against a husband and wife and their two sons who formerly managed the Bear Wallow Ranch near New Castle should be combined into a single trial, says the 9th District Attorney's Office. However, attorneys for the individual members of the Farris family are

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Persistent dry conditions bring return of Garfield County fire restrictions

September 20, 2018 — Fire restrictions are being reinstated throughout Garfield County this weekend, as bone-dry conditions persist and precipitation has once again become scarce headed into autumn, and with the height of hunting season approaching. All six Garfield County municipalities and unincorporated private and state lands within the

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Rifle to celebrate all that’s unique in outdoor recreation

September 20, 2018 — The streets of Rifle will come alive with activity this weekend, as the third annual Western Adventure Weekend takes to the streets and other venues. "It began with several ideas that combined what the town of Rifle has to offer," Rifle Assistant City Manager Nathan

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