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Column: Choosing your Plan A or B school

February 21, 2018 — I hear from students fairly often that Colorado Mountain College is a good "Plan B" school. I disagree. I know, many students believe that graduating from a prestigious college will yield a better, higher-paying future, right? Seriously, would you rather graduate from the School of

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New Rifle Admin Building shows thousands in green savings

February 21, 2018 — Though its been nearly two years since Garfield County staff moved into the Rifle Administration Building, the new state-of-the art building continues to pay for itself. Some of the building's energy efficiency designs were more expensive during construction, but according to a recent case study

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Silt retail sales end 2017 up over 9%

February 21, 2018 — After a strong 2016, Silt's economy showed significant growth in 2017, as the town had the highest collected sales tax in its history. "It was not one or two businesses that stood out," said town administrator Pamela Woods. "They all did very well in 2017.

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Rifle City Hall concept to be revealed at open house

February 21, 2018 — The city of Rifle is holding a public open house to display the concepts for the new City Hall/ Affordable Housing Project. The event will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave. Food will be provided,

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Alice McKennis finishes 5th in Olympic downhill; Lindsey Vonn takes bronze

February 20, 2018 — JEONGSEON, South Korea — Alice McKennis, of New Castle, finished in fifth place in Wednesday's Olympic downhill, not far off the pace of bronze medalist and teammate Lindsey Vonn from Vail. It was McKennis’ best result since winning a World Cup downhill in 2013 at

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Garfield County commissioners pen support for northwest Colorado gas plant

February 20, 2018 — Garfield County has formalized its support for a gas-fired power plant to be located on the Western Slope. The three county commissioners signed a letter Tuesday to the chair of Colorado Public Utilities Commission requesting a plant in northwest Colorado as part of a statewide

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Garfield County commissioners reimburse Martin for legal fees

February 20, 2018 — Garfield County Commissioners Mike Samson and Tom Jankovsky defended their fellow commissioner on Tuesday, agreeing to reimburse board Chairman John Martin for legal fees incurred during a criminal investigation that grew out of his 2016 re-election campaign. "When it's obvious that there wasn't any criminal

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Colorado’s top oil, gas regulator becoming energy consultant

February 20, 2018 — DENVER — Colorado's top oil and gas regulator is stepping down to take a job with an energy consulting company, the state announced Tuesday. Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore is resigning on March 4 after more than five years in the job.

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Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario shares thoughts on gun control

February 19, 2018 — In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario voiced his thoughts on the gun control debate Monday in a public video. On "Just the Facts," the semi-monthly Facebook Live chat hosted on the Garfield County

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Garfield Re-2 announces new facilities director

February 18, 2018 — The Garfield School District Re-2 announced Friday that John Oldham will become the new director of facilities, pending board approval at the Feb. 27 school board meeting. Oldham will take over for former Director of Facilities Craig Jay who retired in February after more than

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Grand River Health’s Pruett wins Summit Award, others at hospital recognized

February 17, 2018 — Annick Pruett, community relations director for the Grand River Health administration team, has overseen the hospital as it worked to improve patient experience and staff engagement. This month, she and several members of the hospital staff were nationally recognized for their service. At the Health

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GV’s AJ Serna wins 3A state wrestling title at 120 pounds

February 17, 2018 — This year, Grand Valley senior wrestler AJ Serna wouldn't be denied. Wrestling in his second straight 3A state championship match, Serna clinched his first state championship Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver with a 5-4 decision win over Lamar's Ethan Andrade. Trailing 4-3

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County supports Go2Work program

February 15, 2018 — The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners remains in support of Colorado Mountain College's Go2Work sponsored programs, and signed a letter this week backing the program. Go2Work programs are separated into four segments: Go2Work-Computer Job Skills Workshops, Gateway-LINK to Success Classes, Wo/Men in Transition Scholarships

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Rifle waterline project runs nearly $400,000 over

February 14, 2018 — Rifle’s downtown south waterline replacement project, which was originally slated to be completed around Thanksgiving, had final testing last week as the project's final price tag came in nearly $400,000 over budget. "This was a difficult project," council member Annick Pruett began. "With difficult projects,

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New Castle students build city of the future

February 14, 2018 — Last year, four Liberty Classical Academy students said goodbye to their Garfield County homes and embarked on a journey to establish a new city. Together Josephine Koschak, Olivia Newitt, Grace Miller and Camden Newitt founded Terra Mare, a future city they designed using computer software

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You can buy a house in your 20s

February 14, 2018 — The time has arrived when you've graduated college, or at least graduated from living in Mom and Dad's basement, and now you are considering your next big move — both personally and financially. Naturally, people in their 20s are faced with many "grown up" decisions

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Rifle supports extending the state lottery fund

February 14, 2018 — Rifle City Council recently reauthorized its support for the Lottery Division, grant funding from which has helped build several parks throughout town. Since 1992, Rifle has received nearly $1.5 million in lottery proceeds, Rifle Parks and Recreation Director Tom Whitmore told council at the Feb.

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Ex-cop gets 45 days jail time, 5 years probation for insurance fraud

February 13, 2018 — A former Silt police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in the Garfield County Jail and five years supervised probation after pleading guilty in December to felony insurance fraud. Ex-police Col. Michael Taylor, 49, will not go to prison, however, receiving a suspended five-year

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Fill your heart with chocolate at Grand River Health

February 13, 2018 — One Valentine's Day over 10 years ago, two volunteers with Grand River Health came up with a holiday fundraiser that would become an annual tradition. The Parachute couple, Paul and Bobbie Light, helped start the hospital's Grand Chance for Chocolate and though Paul passed this

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Meet Rifle’s newest police officer

February 13, 2018 — It was standing room only amongst a sea of blue for the swearing-in ceremony of Rifle's newest police officer, Bill Lang. Rifle City Clerk Kristy Christensen administered the oath of office at the Feb. 7 Rifle City Council Meeting. Lang's wife, Susan, pinned on his

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