Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Dec. 5, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Dec. 5, 2013

From left, Lynne Miller, Malinda West, Brittany Smith and Terry Schmidt from Grand River Health; Kimberly Vaughan Loving and Waylon Hampton with LIFT-UP.
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Area schools win state awards

Two Western Garfield County public schools received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards from the Colorado Department of Education on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student academic growth.

Grand Valley High School in Garfield School District 16 and Graham Mesa Elementary School in Garfield School District Re-2 were among those who “exceed” expectations related to academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations related to academic growth gaps.

The awards recognize the top 8 percent of public schools that demonstrate the highest rates of student growth.

Rifle business gathers flood relief donations

Thousands of Colorado residents were displaced by the September flooding on the Eastern Slope. Along with “A Precious Child,” a nonprofit agency in Boulder, Rifle Equipment is collecting items for flood victims. The goal is to fill a 48 foot van trailer with these needed items:

• New toys, plus wrapping paper.

• Diapers of all sizes.

• Bedding – pillows, blankets, etc.

• New socks and underwear of all sizes, new and gently-used clothing, coats and shoes of all sizes.

• Toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper.

Donations can be dropped off at Rifle Equipment, 1605 Airport Road, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, plus Saturday, Dec. 7.

Items can be tax-deductible, receipts will be available. For more information, contact Harry Colborn at 625-2580.

Angel Tree Christmas gifts

Anyone purchasing gifts with Angel Tree cards should put their gift in a Christmas gift bag with the angel card attached and leave it in an Angel Tree gift box at one of the Alpine Banks in Rifle, City Market, Ladybug Express or Walmart by Sunday, Dec. 8. The boxes will be removed early Monday, Dec. 9. For a gift pick-up, call or text (970) 361-1326.

Hydro study of Mamm Creek

The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board will host an educational program Thursday, Dec. 5, featuring information on the recently completed Phase III Hydrogeologic Study of the Mamm Creek area.

The study’s objective was to gather data to clarify the nature of the hydrologic flow system and water quality in the study area, including evaluating the possible effects, if any, of natural gas development on the Wasatch Formation water quality. Several years ago, the county completed Phases I and II of the study.

The study is available online at Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program. Please RSVP if attending the dinner by calling 625-5915.

Holiday home tour

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 from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

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.

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.

Christmas tree permits

Personal use Christmas tree tags are available from the Rifle Ranger District office of the White River National Forest.

Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the forest, with these exceptions: wilderness areas, commercial timber sales, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available.

Permits will only be sold at White River district offices, not at retail outlets, chambers of commerce, the White River supervisor’s office or the Bureau of Land Management office in Silt.

Permits cost $10 each and may be purchased with cash, check, money order or credit cards at the Rifle Ranger Station, 0094 County Road 244, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Permits expire Dec. 31. For more information, call 625-2371.

Wamsley appreciation

Wamsley Elementary School recently received visits from the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum, thanks to donations from Encana. The kids had a great time learning about creatures up close from the Denver Zoo, and enjoyed hands on lessons from the Denver Museum about Colorado wildlife and Native American Indians. You can see pictures from these visits at our website, We greatly appreciate Encana making these exciting programs available to the students.

Kathi Senor, principal

Wamsley Elementary School


Seedling tree program begins

Mount Sopris, Bookcliff and South Side Conservation Districts are offering seedlings, in cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service. The nursery produces over two million seedlings and shrubs each year for use as wildlife plantings, reforestation projects, windbreaks living snow fences and erosion control.

Area residents may order from 35 different tree and shrub seedlings for delivery in May. Through the program, landowners with one or more acres can revegetate their land for a minimal cost. Some species sell out, so be sure to get your order in early. For an order form or more information, go to or call 945-5494, ext. 105.

GED candidates urged to complete exam

Colorado Mountain College encourages all students and community members working toward a GED to complete the existing exam by Dec. 31, before the new, strictly computerized test is put into place across the country.

Completing the exam before Jan. 1, 2014, is especially important to anyone who has already passed a section or more of the current test. Those who do not pass every section before the end of 2013 will have to start over from scratch in January, since sections passed before 2014 cannot be counted toward completion of the new exam.

For any learner seeking support to complete the current GED test, or planning to take the new one, CMC offers tutoring and guidance. To learn about the upcoming changes in the GED test, or to take a practice test, go 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 Colorado 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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