Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 20, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 20, 2014

Graham Mesa Elementary School fourth grader Baily Bonet Braun of Rifle shows off the first place plaque she won in the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association’s annual Colorado Young Writers’ Award contest.
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Getting ready for “The Klondike”

By Dalton Byrd, Troop Scribe

The Rifle Boy Scout Troop 223 does a lot of different and fun activities. This weekend we have two events coming up. One is called “The Klondike,” which is a sled race and has team building activities. The Klondike’s team building activities include fire starting, knot tying, first aid, an obstacle course, hatchet throwing and shooting sports. Also, this weekend is a NYLT staff training, which is the National Youth Leadership Training; two of our troop members are going to this. For scouts to have training for a leadership position in our troop, they need this leadership training to advance in rank. More upcoming events will be posted monthly.

Young writer award winner

Baily Bonet Braun, a fourth grade student at Graham Mesa Elementary School in Rifle, won first place in the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association’s annual Colorado Young Writers’ Award contest.

Braun’s short story, “The Disastrous Antidote,” was selected from entries submitted in the upper primary 3rd and 4th grade writers’ category. She was honored at the Young Writers’ Luncheon during the organization’s state conference in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association is a professional organization of educators and community members dedicated to the promotion and advancement of literacy. The awards are given to students in Colorado, first through 12th grades, who show exemplary skills as an author through short stories with rich content, ideas, organization and word choice. First, second and third place winners are selected in five different grade level categories.

“Fiddler on the Roof” at RHS

The Rifle High School Drama Club will present “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Friday, Feb. 28 and 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the school. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, Garfield School District Re-2 staff and seniors.

The show takes place during the Tsar reign in Russia. It is the classic tale of a Jewish community that has always lived by tradition, though one family, Tevye’s, is constantly pushing the limits of the traditions as each of the oldest daughters fall in love and decide their own spouse without the aide of the matchmaker.

As Tevye’s family’s lives are changing, so is the town with the Russian officials’ new orders. Tensions build as the two communities are forced to clash and Russians are ordered to exile the Jews.

“Symphony Swing” tickets

Tickets are now on sale for “Symphony Swing,” Symphony in the Valley’s annual gala to benefit the community orchestra. Performances will be Friday, Feb. 28, in Rifle and Saturday, March 1, in Glenwood Springs.

These festive events feature the full orchestra and the symphony’s jazz band, playing top tunes from the Big Band era, with plenty of dancing, sumptuous food and distinctive auction items.

Guest performers will include local guitarist Frank Martin and drummer Zach Ritchie, along with vocalists Jeannie Walla, Lorraine Curry, Sharon Young, Kelly Thompson, Jack Lanning, Ellen Staplehorst and members of The Sirens, plus dazzling swing-dance cavorting by Rifle’s Churchill family of the ArtillumA Dance Co.

Reserve your seats by visiting or by calling (970) 618-8264.

Turkey hunt for youths planned

MEEKER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering three young hunters a chance to win a mentored spring turkey hunt on private land near Meeker, April 12-13. The hunt is made possible with the help and support of local landowners.

Applicants 18 and under that posses a valid hunter safety card must send a letter of interest postmarked by March 31 to DWM Bailey Franklin, P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641.

The letter should indicate an interest in the hunt and include the youth’s name, address, hunter education card number and a phone number for the applicant’s parent or guardian.

Each letter must also include an essay of 500 words or less about hunting and why the applicant should be selected, written by the applicant and in their own words.

The three winning participants will be notified by April 4. They must also be able to attend a pre-hunt orientation at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office, from 3-5 p.m. Friday, April 11, accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Selected hunters must provide their own camouflage clothing, lodging and food.

Conservation cost share program available

The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side conservation districts are offering an incentive cost share program to help landowners in Garfield County with irrigation and other conservation projects. Irrigation, range, or seeding projects are eligible.

Incentive cost share is 50 percent of approved costs up to $5,000. The deadline for the first funding cycle is March 3, call the office at 945-5494, ext. 105 for an application. Additional information is also available at

Seedling trees available

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

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 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.

Free addiction help

Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or go online to

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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