Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Jan. 23, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Jan. 23, 2014

Rifle’s C.J. Vondette and Cache A Mount lead the average in the barrel racing at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.
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Stock show news briefs

Rifle barrel racers storm into Denver

Currently ranked number one in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Mountain States Circuit, Rifle’s C.J. Vondette made two exceptional runs at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18.

With a time of 15.54 Friday night, Vondette was tied for third place in the first go-round of barrel racing. Dina Miller of Rifle made her debut performance at the stock show on Friday night with a time of 16.04.

A time of 15.68 put Vondette and her gray gelding, Cache A Mount, in second place in the second go-round Saturday morning. Miller, aboard her bay gelding, “Paycheck,” made an impressive run Saturday morning for her second round performance with a time of 15.85. With an average time of 31.22, Vondette moved into the lead in the barrel race.

The top 15 contestants in each event will compete at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Denver Coliseum.

Local competitors shine at quarter horse show

Aaron Ralston of the Ralston Ranch in Silt showcased some of the nation’s best quarter horses in the tie down, dally team roping heading and heeling at the American Quarter Horse Association pre-Denver horse show as part of the stock show.

Placing in the top ten of the tie down roping and team roping heeling on Lucky Padres and Smart Little Paul in the team roping heading, Ralston gathered points on both horses throughout the week.

Vondette entered four geldings in the open barrel racing, recording top six finishes on Cache A Mount, Doc Dry Badger and Meradas Dual Stich.

Vondette victorious at Colorado vs. the World rodeo

Vondette represented the Elizabeth Stampede as their barrel racing champion at the 2014 Colorado vs. the World rodeo on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Denver as part of the stock show.

Champions from the biggest Colorado professional rodeos converged in Denver to compete against the champions from the biggest rodeos in the world for a day of rodeo action in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. The top 100 rodeo contestants battled it out for $10,000 prize money in five events.

Vondette bested 10 other contestants in the barrel race as part of the Colorado contingent, with Fruita’s Sammi Bessert, Loveland’s Paige Conrado and former World Champion Fallon Taylor, moving on to the semi-final round on the Colorado team. In the semi-finals, Conrado ran a 15.51 to narrowly outrun Vondette’s 15.56.

With only one competitor from each team to compete in the finals, Conrado faced off against Brittany Diaz. After a hit barrel by Conrado, Diaz emerged as the 2014 Colorado vs. the World barrel racing champion.

International Baccalaureate Programme at RHS

Rifle High School is now accepting International Baccalaureate Programme applications from incoming juniors. The program offers academic breadth and depth, cultivates an international mind-set, improves time-management skills, encourages critical thinking, creates independent learners and strong writers, assesses more than just examination techniques and is recognized by universities around the globe.

If you have questions or would like more information go online to and click on the International Baccalaureate link on the left, or call Steven Fuller at 665-7774.

PA joins Grand River

Grand River Health in Rifle has announced the addition of certified physician assistant Mark Quinn to Grand River’s Family Medicine team.

Quinn attended the physician assistant program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he received his certification in 1983. He also studied health care administration at Weber State University in Utah. After graduating, Quinn worked for Kaiser Permanente in Denver and Westminster, where he was drawn to his passion in life, orthopaedics.

Quinn most recently practiced in Colorado Springs for the past 17 years, where he worked in family medicine and specialized in sports medicine and non-surgical orthopaedics. In the past, Quinn also spent time practicing in the Vail Valley at Vail Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, where his focus was on ski trauma.

Quinn is now seeing patients at Grand River Health in Rifle.

State vets home appreciated

The Newman family would like to thank the Rifle community for being so welcoming and supportive.

My husband, Michael, recently died after spending two months in the Grass Mesa unit of the Colorado State Veterans Home. The nurses, doctors, and staff at the home provided exceptional care for Michael and support for me. Additionally, the people we met outside of the home made the experience as pleasant as possible. Thank you.

Suzette Newman


Tattoos and bowling

Rifle Fireside Lanes will offer a 2014 Tattoo Bowling League this year. Get Bowl-Ink’d! starts Jan. 29 and runs through April 16. It will be a 12-week league, every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Every week, a strike pot winner will receive a $200 voucher redeemable at Mountain Ink Tattoo in Glenwood Springs toward a tattoo of their choice. Call 625-2231 for more details and to sign up.

Food for Fines and buy a book bag

Garfield County public libraries have brought back the popular Food for Fines program during February. Bring in non-perishable food items to any library and receive $1 credit on your library card account for each item you donate. Credits can only be applied to overdue fines, and cannot go toward lost materials or those fees. All food items will be given to local LIFT-UP locations. Last February, there were 4,542 items collected by the libraries.

The libraries are also selling book bags for $2 each. Proceeds support the libraries, so be kind to the environment while carrying your books in style. For more information, visit

Winter heating help

Heating your home during wintertime is expensive. If you’re struggling to pay your heating bills, The Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program can help.

LEAP provides cash assistance to help hard-working families and individuals pay winter home heating costs or help with broken furnaces or wood stoves. This year the average benefit for people who qualify is expected to be $425 per household.

Applicants must be Colorado residents and U.S. citizens or legal aliens. They also need to provide a copy of a valid identification and a completed affidavit to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes regarding documentation of lawful presence. Applicants also must be responsible for paying heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent. Applicants’ income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index.

People interested in applying can call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to order a mailed application or pick one up at the Garfield County Human Services offices, most utility companies, and many community agencies, like Catholic Charities. Applications also can be downloaded from Applications can be made through April 30.

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