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Garfield County crime briefs: Car theft, fast food, meth and undergarments

February 15, 2019 — At approximately 5:14 p.m. Feb. 7, the owner of a black Ford F150 reported his vehicle stolen. According to the reporting party, the vehicle was stolen "with the key that he kept in the center console." About an hour-and-a-half later, dispatch advised that the reporting

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PREP ROUNDUP: Rams split with Cardinals in regular season finale; DiMarco ties Coal Ridge single-game record with 33 points in win over Moffat County

February 14, 2019 — Hosting the Grand Valley Cardinals Thursday night on Senior Night, the Roaring Fork Rams girls basketball team dropped a hard-fought 52-46 decision in 3A Western Slope League play, which happened to be the regular season finale for both teams. In the league showdown, Grand Valley

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RFTA’s latest X Games bus ridership beats out 2018

February 14, 2019 — The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's (RFTA) board members, like Winter X Games spectators watching the big air competition at Buttermilk, were in awe Thursday when they saw RFTA's ridership numbers for last month’s four-day extreme winter sports competition. According to the ridership data presented at

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Community groups file suit over Battlement Mesa drilling plan

February 14, 2019 — Without the support from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Battlement Mesa community groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court in an attempt to stop the most recently approved natural gas site from moving forward. The BMC A Pad received final

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Grand River Health officials seek to find alternatives to opioids

February 14, 2019 — As healthcare professionals look to reduce opioid use across the country, administrators at Grand River Health look for new ways to address an addiction millions suffer through every year. A GRH interdisciplinary team made up of GRH officials and medical professionals was created to directly

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Chamber confab ponders state of communities in Western Garfield County

February 14, 2019 — Garfield County business leaders, municipal officials and members of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce gathered Feb. 12 to discuss their successes over the past year while also looking ahead to the future. Among the many West Garfield County issues that were discussed at the

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Stop signs to be added on Rifle’s 16th Street

February 14, 2019 — Anybody who regularly commutes along 16th Street in Rifle will soon be stopping to check out the scenery for a few extra seconds from now on. Sometime in the next few months, the intersections at 16th and Whiteriver and 16th and Birch will be converted

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Survey shows most Roaring Fork regional residents satisfied with their communities, homes

February 14, 2019 — Since it's Valentine's Day, it's only fitting that a recent survey of regional residents showed most people love the community where they live. As part of a housing needs assessment, a consultant for regional governments conducted a survey of residents from Aspen to Glenwood Springs

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Garfield County names Reed-Scott as its new veterans services officer

February 13, 2019 — Garfield County has named Lisa Reed-Scott its new veterans service officer, in charge of helping local veterans connect with needed services and benefits. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran has signed on to serve in the role through 2020. The Michigan native worked at the Colorado

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Battlement Mesa drug bust Tuesday leads to four arrests

February 13, 2019 — The Garfield County Sheriff's Office Threat Assessment Group (TAG), with assistance from the Sheriff’s All-Hazards Response Team, on Tuesday executed a search warrant in Battlement Mesa and subsequently arrested four people including a fugitive with active arrest warrants. According to a press release, investigators with

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Garfield commissioners award over $30K in 1st quarter discretionary grants

February 11, 2019 — The new grant cycle for the Garfield County discretionary funds started this month, as eight organizations requested nearly $30,000 at the commissioner meeting last week. With another $10,000 already awarded by Garfield County, the total for the first quarter requests comes to nearly $40,000 –

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Perry Will prepares for shift from wildlife officer to legislator

February 10, 2019 — As the representative-elect for state House District 57, Perry Will is preparing for his seat by retiring from the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, where he's worked for 43 years. A Republican panel of six on Feb. 5 appointed Will, of New Castle, to

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Garfield County Crime Briefs: Wyoming PD helps find Rifle car thief

February 8, 2019 — Back on July 11, 2018, Rifle Police began investigating a stolen-vehicle case after receiving reports of a strange interaction at the local Kum and Go convenience store. With assistance from authorities in Wyoming, a suspect is now in custody in Garfield County. In the initial

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Garfield County hard at work

February 7, 2019 — Garfield County's workforce demographics showed strong numbers for 2018, as the county's total number of jobs has grown by 1,681 over the last five years, according to number presented to the county commissioners this week. Over the next five years, Garfield County jobs are projected

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Garfield County 4-H sending local to Japan

February 7, 2019 — After hosting Japanese student Nanaka last the summer, Garfield County 4-H student Whitney Chapman knew exactly how she wanted to spend the next summer. Five months from now, she will be flying across the world to spend two months in a culture that, until January,

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Founder’s Day brings New Castle community together

February 6, 2019 — In February 1888, New Castle was officially incorporated. And this Saturday, the small town will incorporate mom and pop recipes, local history and even a top hat or two as part of its annual Founder's Day celebration. "There is a lot of interesting and surprising

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Reports of multiple crashes on eastbound I-70 Rifle to Glenwood Springs

February 6, 2019 — Traffic is slow going from Rifle to Glenwood Springs and upvalley toward Aspen on Wednesday morning, as reports of a crash on eastbound Interstate 70 near Canyon Creek at milemarker 109 have left the highway traffic to left-lane only. Colorado State Patrol said there were

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Tuesday’s prep basketball games cancelled due to Glenwood Canyon rockslide

February 5, 2019 — Tuesday night was supposed to see Coal Ridge travel to Eagle Valley, and the Rifle Bears head up to Summit for some high school basketball action. However, due to the rockslide in Glenwood Canyon that has westbound lanes closed for an unknown amount of time

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Panel appoints Parks and Wildlife supervisor Perry Will to HD 57 seat

February 5, 2019 — A Republican Party vacancy panel Tuesday appointed Perry Will of New Castle to fill the Colorado House District 57 seat vacated by now state Sen. Bob Rankin in January. Will, a supervisor with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, was appointed during a meeting of the committee

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I-70 eastbound open through Glenwood Canyon, westbound limited to one lane

February 5, 2019 — Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon was finally reopened in both directions late Tuesday, after a day of cleanup and safety measures following an early morning rockslide near Grizzly Creek. I-70 WB: Road open between Exit 133 – Dotsero and Exit 116 – CO 82; Glenwood

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