Are you NUTS? |

Are you NUTS?

As the saying goes, “it takes a village.”

We here at NUTS are well-acquainted with the hard work required to ensure the continuing success of the New Ute Events Center. As the Ute wraps up its first year of providing first-rate meeting and entertainment space, we continue to work with the city of Rifle and Don Chaney to ensure its success. We have done everything from mopping floors to brainstorming new events, and cleaning bathroom sinks to decorating for an event.

But our current contributions pale in comparison to the out-pouring of support from our community that the Ute has received since the first seed of an idea was planted years ago.

We NUTS are proud to say that our committee has been a part of the process throughout, beginning with a shared vision of revitalizing the historic Ute Theater. Early members of NUTS include: Jeff and Trudy Giard, Helen Rogers, Tom and Elizabeth Stuver, Gil Frontella, Garrick Frontella, Gary Miller, Sally Brands, Michael Langhorne, Cathy Marsh, and Shelley Aibner.

Since the project began, numerous individuals have been on the NUTS committee, carrying the vision forward and helping it reach fruition, including 2015’s Post Independent Volunteer of the year Tanya Giard, along with Jane Holt, Michael Churchill, Anna Kaiser, Gary Miller, Michael Langhorne, Kelly Thompson, Todd Siebert, Brett Lark, Jody and Randy Winkler and Lou White. Without the dedication from these current and former committee members, the Ute could not have gotten off the ground.

Once the ball was rolling, local architect of Rich Carter acted as architect of record for the project. Another local, Ryan Mackley, offered his professional assistance with the NUTS and Ute webpage.

Don’t forget the organizations that have supported the Ute by hosting events there, including the Rifle Chamber of Commerce, Garfield Re-2 School District, and the Rifle Police Department.

The Ute also offers opportunities for multiple groups to work together to plan events, like the up-coming Hometown Holiday that is being planned by the Chamber, Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Development Authority, and the Rifle Heritage Center. Other contributing organizations include Alpine Bank, Rifle Animal Shelter, Secret Identity Children’s Theater and Boomtown Players.

Without each of these contributors, the Ute would not be the success that it is. Now, NUTS needs new, vibrant people to continue our community’s success. We invite you to ask yourself: “Am I NUTS?” And join the village that makes this project so great.

As always, the Ute has more great entertainment on the way, with Lucas Nelson playing this Thursday, Aug. 6, and Band of Heathens scheduled for Aug. 12.

For more information about NUTS, find us on Facebook, visit our website at, or write to us at P.O. Box 84 in Rifle. Event tickets can be purchased at or City Market.

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