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Coal Ridge co-ed cheer wins state championship

December 9, 2018 — The Coal Ridge Titans' co-ed cheer team won the 3A Cheer Spirit state championship Saturday in Denver, while the All-Girls team placed second in the all-girls category. The Titans' co-ed team scored 78.05 points, topping Strasburg with 71.12 points. Bayfield (68.5) and Alamosa (52.22) placed

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Crime Briefs: Booze bandit strikes in Rifle

December 7, 2018 — On Dec. 5, officers were notified of a theft at Rocky Mountain Liquors in Rifle. A male suspect had reportedly taken a bottle of liquor without paying for it. Officers located a suspect matching the description the store clerk reported to them. The suspect was

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Colorado mulls new rules for oil, gas drilling near schools

December 6, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering enlarging the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property. A proposal released by the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission late Wednesday afternoon would require new wells to be at least 1,000 feet

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West Rifle I-70 standoff suspect allegedly stabbed ‘good samaritan’

December 6, 2018 — The suspect in the incident that shut down Interstate 70 west of Rifle Tuesday allegedly tried to cut the throat of a man trying to help him with his car, according to a Garfield County Sheriff's affidavit released Thursday. Justin Madrid, 38, is being charged

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US to ease oil & gas drilling controls protecting greater sage grouse

December 6, 2018 — BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. Land

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Rifle celebrates Hometown Holidays

December 6, 2018 — Rifle welcomed in the holidays last weekend with its 5th annual Hometown Holidays event all weekend long in downtown Rifle. Activities included performances at the Ute Theater, fireworks, a parade and more.

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Recreational marijuana OK’d by Rifle City Council

December 6, 2018 — After dozens of workshops and discussions on the issue that date back to early 2017, Rifle City Council in November moved to bring recreational marijuana to a limited number of stores in town. The move lifts a city ban on legalized recreational marijuana that has

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‘Bull’ the drug dog set to guard Coal Ridge High School

December 6, 2018 — The Garfield Re-2 School Board moved forward with plans to bring a drug-sniffing dog to Coal Ridge High School last month, an idea that was initially brought to the board by the Garfield County Sheriff's Office and Coal Ridge School Resource Officer Trisha Worley in

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No shots fired during Rifle-area standoff next to I-70

December 4, 2018 — No shots were fired and no one was injured in a more-than three-hour standoff near Rifle Tuesday, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. Authorities closed Interstate 70 and Highway 6 near West Rifle for more than three hours Tuesday to respond to a potentially

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Lockout lifted after threats made against Coal Ridge High School

December 3, 2018 — Text messages that were perceived as a threat against Coal Ridge High School sent the school into lockout mode on Monday, in a decision made by the school’s administrative team, according to school and public safety officials. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said the text

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Eric Carlson takes the helm of West Slope oil and gas trade group

December 2, 2018 — Those in attendance at this week's Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting in Rifle will likely get the chance to meet Eric Carlson, the new representative for the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Carlson, who started as the oil and natural gas industry

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Rifle police officers, firefighters square off for a good cause

December 2, 2018 — One's of Rifle's oldest rivalries, and in fact a centuries-old rivalry in communities across the country, was on display in front of the Rifle Walmart Nov. 24. Rifle Police Department officers squared off against Colorado River Fire Rescue crew in a friendly competition to see

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Rams girls pull away in third quarter for victory over Bears

December 1, 2018 — Rifle Head Coach Eric Caro knew coming into this season that his young team may experience some growing pains with a tough non-conference schedule to greet them and the always challenging 4A Western Slope League opponents lined up following the holidays. Despite Saturday night's 42-32

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Weiler starts a new chapter at the Rifle Branch Library

December 1, 2018 — When Steven Weiler, Rifle Branch Library's new manager, left the library business to pursue a career in other industries, his love of books and the institutions that carry them never left. The self-proclaimed bookworm relocated to the Front Range after working in public libraries in

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Photo: Spied in the wool

November 30, 2018 — A trio of sheep hang together with the rest of the herd in their grazing field in the early evening hours in Peach Valley between New Castle and Silt on Thursday.

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Garfield County Crime Briefs: Breathalyzer refused, but intoxication admitted all the same

November 30, 2018 — On Nov. 25, just before 6 p.m., dispatch was notified of an accident involving a vehicle vs. vehicle head on collision on Highway 6 in New Castle. While en route the officer was notified that one of the drivers had left the scene in his

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Rifle drunken driving homicide case moves to trial

November 29, 2018 — Cody Christopher, the defendant in a late December 2017 vehicular homicide and drunken-driving case who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, is set to go to trial next April. Christopher appeared in Garfield District Court Thursday on bond, set at $50,000 in March, to

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Rifle sports hoping to maintain level of excellence

November 27, 2018 — Graduation might not have hit a program in the county harder than it hit the Rifle Bears' girls basketball team. Gone are all-state guard Elly Walters, and sisters Katy and Karly Manuppella, as well as senior forward Peyton Caldwell. Joining those seniors in their departure

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New Castle Riverside students honor heritage with Harvest Days

November 25, 2018 — Many schools across the country will choose Halloween as their big fall holiday celebration, but for nearly two decades teachers and students at Riverside Middle School in New Castle have opted to spend a day every fall to celebrate Harvest Days and the local agriculture

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City of Rifle finalizing 2019 budget

November 25, 2018 — After three public workshops, Rifle City Council moved to approve the city's budget for 2019 at its last meeting, as the general fund is projected to be up slightly next year compared to 2018. The budget will be approved on final reading at council's next

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