Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 27, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 27, 2014

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Water break on Railroad

Motorists had to detour around a main water line break on Railroad Avenue most of the day on Friday, Feb. 21.

Rifle Utilities Director Dick Deussen said the break at Second Street and Railroad required the replacement of two valves and other repairs, so southbound traffic on Railroad was detoured onto Third Street and East Avenues while the work occurred, which took most of the day. The northbound traffic lane on Railroad remained open.

Deussen said the area will be repaved once temperatures warm enough to allow asphalt plants to operate.

March for Meals nears

Grand River Health is joining with the National Meals On Wheels of America Association in a month-long celebration and fundraising for the Grand River Meals on Wheels program. This celebration will include participating restaurants “Rounding Up” for the program, where a restaurant in each community the Meals on Wheels program serves ask customers to “round up” the bills for the program. The schedule:

• March 2–8, Bodacious Bites in Parachute;

• March 11 – Elk Creek in New Castle;

• March 16–22, Miner’s Claim in Silt;

• March 23–29, Shooters in Rifle;

• March 30–April 5, Taco Bell in Rifle and Glenwood Springs.

Other events include a Community Champion luncheon on March 19, where program champions – county commissioners, mayors, emergency responders – will have a quick bite before they deliver a meal.

The Grand River Gallop 5K Run and 2K Fun Run Super Hero Run is set for 9 a.m. April 5. Come run in your favorite super hero costume.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services Director Kaaren Peck at 625-6423

Read out loud with your kids

From now through Wednesday, March 5, children from Parachute to Basalt will celebrate Read With Me Week by tracking their family read-aloud sessions. Read With Me Week celebrates early childhood literacy through family activities for children ages 1 to 5 years old.

With each read-aloud session completed at home, children will color a portion of a special tracking form available in preschool classrooms and at local libraries. Along with a tracking form, each child also receives a water-activated Read With Me tattoo. Participating families will then be entered in a drawing for prizes including books and gift certificates to local retailers and area attractions.

Last year’s event had 250 families report that 4,120 books were read aloud during the week. Goals for this year are to double the number of participating families and strengthen the commitment to early literacy and reading success.

For read-aloud tracking forms, a full schedule of events or more information, stop by your local library, call Raising A Reader (970-230-9117) or visit or

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

Women’s health gets new doc

Grand River Health in Rifle has announced the addition of Dr. Jill Kingston to its expanding Women’s Health team.

Kingston received her bachelor of science degree at Marquette University in Wisconsin and her doctorate of medicine in 2001 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Kingston’s post graduate years included completing her internship at Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation in Iowa and her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Kingston has practiced in obstetrics and gynecology in Glenwood Springs since 2006. Kingston and her husband live in Glenwood Springs with their four children.

Kingston will begin seeing patients at Grand River Health in Rifle the week of March 10.

RHS solo and ensemble congrats

Congratulations to all who performed at the Friday, Feb. 21, solo and ensemble competition at Rifle High School. Students prepare and perform either a solo or ensemble musical piece in front of a judge, who rates students on a I–V scale, with an I being the best. Most students spent months preparing for the performance. All students did well and all received excellent clinics from one of the many judges that teach in the area at a local public school or Colorado Mesa University. It takes hard work and a commitment to excellence to receive a great rating and go through this process.

Band Solo and Ensemble Scores 2014 (all received I):

Brass Choir (Abby Bernat, Kelly Coombs, Sarah Voigt, Hunter Preston, Teyo Bennett, Trent Condie, Tommy Eckhart, Zack Kelly and Brittany Middleton); Woodwind Ensemble (Troy Clark, Hannah Wyrick, Raychel Page, Joseph Reyelts, Eddie Valdez, Sarah McCutchan and Cheyanne Whaley); Saxophone Ensemble (Bailey Stephens, Chase Church, Joseph Reyelts, Eddie Valdez and Sarah McCutchan); Joseph Reyelts; Troy Clark; Saxophone Trio (Bailey Stephens, Chase Church, Elijah Haywood); Teyo Bennett; Hunter Preston; Trumpet Quartet (Zack Kelly, Brittany Middleton, Abby Bernat, Kelly Coombs); Abby Bernat; Percussion Ensemble (Maddy Carter, Dillon Loving, Chris Johnson, Joe Kosht, Jackie Folmer, Aaron Hosack, Moses Guillen, and Alyx Carter).

Ryan Monarch

Director of bands, Rifle High School

Rifle Snowmobile Club Poker Run results

What a beautiful day it was for the poker run on the Flattops! We had a great mix of sun, clouds and wind. This year’s Rifle Snowmobile Club Poker Run had 224 participants and 62 volunteers attend the fun family event.

The winners were: 1) Kim Baldwin from Silt with 4 jacks, 5, ($500); 2) Ray Ortiz with his daughter, Kaylie, from New Castle with 4 threes and a queen, ($250); 3) David Lopez from Rifle with 3 aces and 2 sixes, ($150); 4) David Pruett with his son, Dalton, from Rifle with 3 sixes and 2 fives, ($100).

Participants come from all around the state to have fun in the snow. The participant who came the farthest was from Pine, Colo. Some of the other areas represented were Rifle, Carbondale, Silt, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Mack, Grand Junction, New Castle, Parachute, Craig, Mesa, Steamboat Springs, Clifton, Gypsum, Fruita, Eagle, Conifer and Englewood.

The poker run committee would like to thank all the businesses that donated to help support the club. We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped make this year’s event a success. Poker Run 2015 is already in the works. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.

Carla Farrand-Stuart

Poker run committee chair

EAB meets in Parachute

The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meets Thursday, March 6, at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The educational program will characterize air emissions from gas well development in the county. The program will be presented Jeffrey L. Collett, Jr., professor and department head of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins and focus on an overview of CSU’s study of emissions of air toxics, ozone precursors and methane during development of gas wells.

The board is also seeking a citizen representative of the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek area. Call Kirby Wynn at 625-5905 for more information.

Starr makes RIT dean’s list

Wayne Starr of Rifle, a fifth-year student in the software engineering program in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in Rochester, N.Y., made the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the list if their quarterly GPA is greater than or equal to 3.4; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts.

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.

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.

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

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

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