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Colorado Parks and Wildlife regional roundtable delegate to be chosen

February 20, 2019 — One area hunter, angler or outdoor enthusiast will be selected next week as the next delegate to sit on the Northwest Region Sportsmen's Roundtable. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife regional caucus meet in Grand Junction Monday, providing an opportunity for locals to have a voice

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Colorado State Patrol to drivers: move over, it’s the law

February 18, 2019 — After drivers crashed into four Colorado State Patrol troopers on the side of the road over a four-day span in the past week, the highway patrol agency is urging drivers across the state to move over whenever you see red and blue lights flashing on

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Bundy’s escape forever a part of Garfield County history

February 15, 2019 — For one Rifle resident, serial killer Ted Bundy's escape from the Garfield County Jail on Dec. 30, 1977, just months after he escaped from the Pitkin County Courthouse and was recaptured on Highway 82 near Aspen, is a time he remembers vividly now over 40

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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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Historic Rifle church seeks helps from its community

February 14, 2019 — Over a century after a fire burned through unincorporated Rifle, what's now known as the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church remains standing. According to church historian Shirley LeMoine, the fire stopped right before the old church located at the corner of East Avenue and East

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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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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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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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Garfield County balks at permanent lease withdrawal in Thompson Divide

February 11, 2019 — The more-than decade-long conversation surrounding the Thompson Divide continued on Monday as Garfield County commissioners sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and other lawmakers expressing concerns with the notion of permanently withdrawing mineral leasing in the area. While the commissioners recognize the unique

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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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Sen. Bennet, Garfield County divided on Thompson Divide-area protection bill

February 7, 2019 — Though a recent proposal concerning the Thompson Divide region that seeks to withdraw mineral leasing from the area permanently has received support from Colorado lawmakers and environmental groups, Garfield County commissioners are leery of the bill. Last month, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado proposed

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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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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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Front Range attack shows dangers of living with mountain lions

February 5, 2019 — Monday’s mountain lion attack outside of Fort Collins served as a not-so-friendly reminder that, while trapping and killing animals that pose a threat may not be a popular solution, they remain one of Colorado’s fiercest and most lethal predators. With that in mind, one of

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Wildlife officials defend lethal Glenwood lion management practices

February 4, 2019 — In the weeks since local wildlife officials began to receive reports of mountain lions near homes in West Glenwood, threatening dogs and stalking humans, criticism of the way Colorado Parks and Wildlife handled the situation persists. After numerous reports of mountain lions in and around

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New Castle house fire on Saturday displaces family of four

February 4, 2019 — A family of four is displaced after Colorado River Fire Rescue crews responded to a house fire in the Apple Tree neighborhood south of New Castle just after 10 a.m. on Saturday. Though firefighters managed to contain the flames to one building, the house where

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State wildlife officials rid West Glenwood of 5 mountain lions

February 1, 2019 — After receiving numerous reports of aggressive mountain lion behavior in West Glenwood last month, and despite outrage expressed by some concerned residents, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has rid the area of what officials considered to be its most dangerous predators. During January, five mountain lions

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Garfield County giving small businesses a boost

January 31, 2019 — Resources for small business owners starting up and hoping to stay in business are popping up across Garfield County, as the county commissioners appear to be committed to organizations that help young entrepreneurs in the region.

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