Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 6, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Feb. 6, 2014

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EAB meeting tonight

The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the second floor conference room of the Rifle Branch Library.

A brief summary of the recently-prepared Source Water Protection Plan for area water providers, prepared for the Colorado River Partnership, will be given.

Erin Degutis, senior project manager for TRC Solutions in Lakewood, will present an overview of the recently-completed Energy Resources Inventory as Phase I of the county’s energy master plan. Energy resource maps will allow the county to identify the location of existing resources and develop policies to direct development. Dinner is provided for meeting attendees and served at 5:30 p.m.

The board is also seeking a representative from the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek area. Interested residents can call Kirby Wynn at 625-5905.

Rifle sled dog racer places in two competitions

Bruce Harper of Rifle, who has competed on the International Sled Dog Racing Association series for several years, placed fifth in the adult six-dog speed class and seventh in a four-dog version of the race at the eighth annual Grand Mesa Summit Challenge on Jan. 26 in Cedaredge.

Harper finished the six-dog, 12.6-mile course in 54 minutes, 29 seconds and the four-dog, 8.4-mile course in 43:04.

Rifle resident on president’s list

Stephanie Hazelton, a senior from Rifle at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., was named to the president’s list for the fall 2013 term. To be named to the President’s List, a full-time student must have a grade point average of 3.7 or higher with no course grade below 3.0 during the term.

“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.

Seedling trees available

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

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

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.

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

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