Citizen Telegram Community Briefs – Nov. 7, 2013
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Sage Grouse talk at EAB meeting
The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meets tonight, Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Rifle Branch Library’s second floor conference room. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6 p.m.
The educational program will be about Garfield County efforts regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Environmental Impacts Statement on Greater Sage Grouse. Commissioner Tom Jankovsky and Fred Jarman, director of community development, will talk about county efforts to ensure the use of best available science and local management plans through the BLM process.
Parks edges Hosack for Re-2 school board
A former longtime Garfield School District Re-2 employee won a close race for the District A school board seat in Rifle, according to unofficial final returns in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election.
Shirley Parks edged incumbent school board member Michelle “Mickey” Hosack 1,536-1,487 for the seat. A third candidate, Addy Marantino, trailed with 661 votes.
For the District E seat in New Castle, incumbent board member Anne Guettler was unopposed and garnered 3,086 votes.
Parks said at an election forum in October that she worked for the district for 10 years, from 1987-97, as well as school districts in Wyoming.
Hosack was appointed to the District A seat last year to fill a vacancy.
Choirs were awesome
Kudos to the music departments of the 14 high schools that participated in the choir performance at Rifle High School on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The finale with the guest conductor from the Boulder school system was a beautiful way to end an awesome performance with 500 voices singing as one.
Barb and Harry Kissell
Libraries, landfill closed
All six Garfield County Libraries (Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Parachute, Rifle and Silt) will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Regular hours resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at all branches. For more information, call 625-4270.
The Garfield County landfill will also be closed for the Veteran’s Day holiday and will reopen Tuesday with normal business hours.
Veterans honored with reduced tuition at CMC
Active-duty military, veterans, their spouses and dependents now receive Colorado Mountain College’s low in-district tuition – no matter where they live. The college offers the discounted rate as a show of gratitude for military service and sacrifice.
With in-district tuition rates of $56-$95 per credit hour, depending on the level of courses taken, CMC was named by the U.S. Department of Education as the nation’s third-most-affordable public college offering bachelor’s degrees.
A network of small campuses across north-central Colorado, CMC is well positioned to help former and current members of the military translate their experience into college credit. Many classes are available online, making it easier for working students to earn an occupational certificate or take classes toward an associate or bachelor’s degree, without sacrificing needed income.
Visit CMC’s veteran admissions website at coloradomtn.edu/web/admissions/veterans_military. In addition to spelling out admissions requirements for prospective students, the site offers information on potential VA benefits, including those resulting from the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Forest work thanks
The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest would like to thank the Garfield County Commissioners, members of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers crews that worked with us this summer.
With support from the county commissioners, residents and out-of-state adults ranging from 18-24 years of age were called to help close the gap of backlog maintenance in our trails and rangeland management programs. Two Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crews, consisting of 6-8 people, spent 12 weeks working in remote locations across the forest. These crews did a tremendous amount of back-breaking work.
That work included, but was not limited to, removal of hundreds of fallen timbers across trails and cattle routes, eradication of invasive species, fence removal, opening up miles of overgrown trails with removal of woody vegetation, improvements at the Meadow Lake Complex, construction of rock walls and trail maintenance along 30-plus miles of trail. Some of the trails the crews worked on include Hadley Gulch, Main Elk, Cayton Gulch, Grizzly Creek, East Elk, Sweetwater, Middle Thompson and Mitchell Creek.
Rifle district ranger
Diabetes health fair
The Grand River Health Changing Lifestyles department and Mountain Family Health Center in Rifle will host a “Step by Step – The Road to Health” diabetes health fair from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary Church, at the corner of Seventh Street and Birch Avenue in Rifle.
This health fair is designed for those individuals who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk for, diabetes. Participants will receive low-cost blood screenings. Flu shots will also be available, as well as free screenings, including foot, eye, meter checks, blood pressure, blood glucose finger sticks and additional information on diabetes prevention and nutrition and exercise.
There will also be live cooking demonstrations at 8 and 9:30 a.m. (in Spanish), featuring healthy cooking techniques, good carbohydrate choices, lean proteins and healthy food facts. A panel of local guest speakers will discuss living with diabetes from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
For more information, visit grandriverhealth.org or call 625-6200.
Holiday home tour nears
PARACHUTE/BATTLEMENT MESA – Get in the holiday spirit with the P.E.O. Chapter IPs 16th year of the Tour of Homes in Battlement Mesa and Parachute. The homes include one in Parachute that was built in 1914 with a lot of character and old home flavor, a home with Santa Fe architecture in Fairway Village and a home in Stone Ridge Village with an expansive view of the valley to the north and west. Refreshments will be served at the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse.
The tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Chapter IP member or by calling Jo Darnall at 285-1037 or Sharon Temple at 285-2318. Funds raised from this event will be used to help women further their education.
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