Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Aug. 15, 2013

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Fall registration under way at CMC

Registration for Colorado Mountain College’s fall semester is under way. Many classes in Rifle or online start the week of Aug. 26, and more classes start throughout the semester.

Each household should receive a course schedule in the mail. More information and registration is available online at or by visiting the campus, 3695 Airport Road.

Students new to the college and those who have not taken classes within the past 12 months can apply and register in person, or apply online and then fax or mail in a registration form. Students who have taken classes within the past 12 months can also sign up by mail, phone or fax, or online.

For more information, call 625-1871 or 1-800-621-8559.

Rifle, Grand Valley students awarded scholarships

The Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors awarded college scholarships to Chase Robert Aaron, $1,000, and Alex Hughes, $500, graduates of Grand Valley High School in Parachute; and Giovanni Hernandez, $1,000, a Rifle High School graduate, among others in Garfield County.

RHS class of ‘68 reunion

The Rifle High School class of 1968 will have its 45th reunion at the Rifle Elks Lodge on Sept. 7. Most of the class has been contacted, but a few people have not been found. Members of the class of 1968 who have not been contacted should call (970) 759-0316. Rifle High teachers from that year are also invited.

Grand Wine Affair date set

The sixth annual Grand Wine Affair, a fundraising event with wine and beer tasting, silent auction, food and music, will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Grand River Health Conference Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.

The event is hosted by the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association and co-sponsored by Choice Liquors in Rifle. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and can be purchased in advance at the Grand River Cafe, Choice Liquors, or by calling 625-6215.

This year, the event will raise funds for portable automated external defibrillators for athletic trainers at Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley high schools to have with them in case of emergency.

Comedy show for shelter pets

“Laugh Your Tail Off,” a fundraising event for the Rifle Animal Shelter, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grand River Hospital.

The evening includes a comedy show, a dinner with dessert and drinks and a silent auction to benefit the shelter’s Diego Fund. This fund pays for specialized and life-improving medical care for shelter pets.

Tickets are on sale at the shelter for $50 through Sept. 7, then the price will increase to $65. Corporate tables of six with reserved seating are available for $350. Silent auction items and sponsors are also needed. Call Heather at 625-8808 for more information.

Local families needed for exchange students

ASSSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families for international high school boys and girls.

Students are 15-18 years of age, and will be in the U.S. for the upcoming high school year or semester. Students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living with a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their host family.

Each student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. Families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.

For more information, call 1-800-733-2773.

Rifle Rotary seeks host homes

The Rifle Rotary Club is lining up host homes for the 2013-2014 school year. Hosting a Rotary exchange student is a great way for families to learn about the world firsthand. Families host students for three months of their year-long exchange.

Go to for an overview of Rotary International and Rotary Youth Exchange. Contact Kaaren Peck at (970) 355-4859 for more information on hosting a student.

YouthZone offers free parent consultations

A parent consultation is a one-time, 50-minute meeting with a youth and family specialist at YouthZone. A family’s issues and needs will be identified. Parents leave with a plan that includes various options and resources to meet the family’s needs. Call YouthZone at 625-3141.

Volunteer to help older citizens

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has been serving the Colorado and Roaring Fork valleys for 40 years. RSVP volunteers, age 55 and older, use their skills, abilities and life experiences to serve nonprofit agencies in Garfield and Pitkin counties such as LIFT-UP, Literary Outreach, Mountain Valley Developmental Services and Garfield County Senior Programs.

Some of the benefits of becoming an RSVP volunteer include the opportunity to work with a professional coordinator who will explore various volunteer opportunities and provide follow up and support as needed, free excess liability insurance while volunteering, and the opportunity to share and interact with other older Americans as they seek to give back to their communities.

Call High Country RSVP at 947-8462 or 947-8461 for more information.

Small business help

The Northwest Small Business Development Center, hosted by Colorado Mountain College, combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet specialized and complex needs of the small business community.

Low cost or free services are available to business owners looking for information about regulatory, management, financial and marketing. Free certified consultants work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.

Register at or email

Host an exchange student

The World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking American families to host high school students from Eurasia for an academic year in the U.S. All students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department-sponsored Future Leaders Exchange program, which seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy.

Students are from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. After returning home, students will share what they learned in America.

For more information, contact Courtney Wade at (866) 939-4111, or 1-800-888-9040, via email at or visit

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