Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Dec. 26, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Dec. 26, 2013

Zachary Peck
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Water line mailing notice to Rifle residents

A mailing notice sent to Rifle homeowners from the American Water Resources of Colorado, soliciting homeowners to sign up for a “water line protection program” to protect themselves from the expense of service line repairs, is not affiliated with the City of Rifle.

Residents who receive one of these mailings and have questions concerning this program should contact American Water Resources of Colorado directly at (856) 359-2794 or visit their website, The city does not have any information regarding this program and will be unable to respond to questions.

GarCo offices, libraries closed for holiday

Garfield County government offices will close Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Staff that serve the community in emergency or 24-hour capacities will work as needed; however, administrative offices of those departments will be closed.

The county landfill will also close. The Garfield County Regional Airport will be open for general aviation, weather permitting, although the airport’s administrative offices will close.

Information on county holiday closures, meetings and services is available online at

All six branches of Garfield County libraries will close early at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, and remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. The libraries will resume normal hours at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. For more information, visit

Peck chosen for community service scholarship

Zachary Peck, an Earlham College sophomore and son of Kaaren and Daniel Peck of New Castle, is a Bonner Scholar this semester as a student art aid at Richmond Community Schools. Earlham is a selective, liberal arts college in Richmond, Ind.

Peck graduated from Coal Ridge High School in 2012.

The Bonner Scholars program is a scholarship and leadership opportunity that calls for 10 hours of volunteer work a week during the academic year, as well as two summers of service. Last summer, Peck served with the City of Rifle’s planning department. Every year, the Bonner Scholars program at Earlham College accepts 15 incoming first-year students to participate in the four-year program.

Peck plans to earn a degree in Japanese studies and ceramics and will participate in the school‘s fall 2014 semester in Morioka, Japan, just north of the area affected by the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. Peck was a Rifle Rotary Exchange student in Japan at the time of the 2011 tsunami and is now part of an Earlham College team studying the extreme climates of Asia.

Ice safety tips

While Colorado’s early winter blast brought freezing temperatures and ice to the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials remind people that lakes, ponds and streams still may not be ready for winter activity. Here are a few basic safety rules to follow when enjoying winter adventures on the ice:

Always assume that unsafe ice conditions may exist and remember ice thickness will vary from place to place and day to day. Four inches of ice is generally considered safe for ice fishing and ice skating. However, OHVs need at least five inches of ice thickness. Whenever there is any question about thickness or conditions the best advice is to stay off the ice.

Look for signs of unsafe conditions, including ice of different colors, water on top of the ice, cracks, pressure ridges, open water and bubbles in the ice. Also, beware of ice covered with snow. Sometimes the snow serves as insulation, keeping the ice from melting. Other times, the snow has the opposite effect, insulating the surface from freezing. Also be aware that water levels can fluctuate in reservoirs which can affect ice stability.

Never go onto the ice alone. Having someone with you means your partner can call or send for help if you fall in.

Remember reach-throw-go. If you are with someone who falls through the ice and you can’t reach them from shore, throw them a flotation device or rope. If you still can’t help the person quickly, go for help. Never walk out onto the ice to try to rescue your friend because you might fall through, too.

Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol increases your chance for hypothermia, which is the loss of body temperature. It can also lower your inhibitions, increasing the likelihood that you might take risks you otherwise wouldn’t take.

Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device over winter clothing. Life jackets can provide excellent flotation and protection from hypothermia.

• Always wear a safety kit when going out onto the ice. Safety kits should include an ice pick, rope and a whistle to call for help.

Always keep your pets on a leash. Never allow your dog to run out onto the ice and never walk your dog near a frozen lake or pond without a leash. If your dog falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue. Go for help. If the ice couldn’t support the weight of your animal, it can’t support you.

If you do fall through the ice, remember to not panic. Try to remain calm to conserve as much energy as possible. Try to get your arms onto the ice and kick as hard as you can with your feet to help lift you onto the ice, and then roll to safety. If you can’t get out of the cold water by yourself, do not swim. Swimming will cause your body to lose heat much faster than if you stay as still as possible. Act slowly and deliberately to conserve heat. Expect a progressive decrease in your strength and ability to move. Make the harder maneuvers at the beginning, while you can. Keep your head and upper body as far out of the water as reasonably possible to conserve heat.

Seedling trees available

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side conservation districts are offering seedling trees to landowners who own more than one acre of land at a minimal cost.

There are more than 50 species of trees and shrubs to choose from for any growing conditions on the West Slope. These seedlings are grown through the Colorado State Forest Service. Orders are taken throughout the winter with delivery the first week of May.

For more information, or to receive an order form, call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105, or go online to

How to become a Girl Scout

Girls from kindergarten through 12th grade can sign up for Girl Scouts in time to sell Girl Scout Cookies and earn their way to lots of fun and adventure.

Girl Scouts in Colorado are forming new troops and need adult volunteers. Girls can also sign up as an individual member until a troop becomes available. Individual members can sell Girl Scout Cookies and also earn funds to pay for summer camp, community service projects and other leadership programming.

To enroll and for more information, go online to

YouthZone offers 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.

Community volunteers needed

Garfield County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, is looking for people 55 years and older to volunteer for local youth, health, arts, environmental, senior, and education projects or RSVP’s Tax Assistance and Helping Hands for Seniors programs. Call 947-8462 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

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