Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – March 6, 2014
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RMS students spend day at the Capitol
Thirty Rifle Middle School students took part in the 15th annual Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 20. Students from the school’s civics classes converged on the Colorado State Capitol to observe their legislators at work. (See photo above right.)
They joined nearly 250 middle and high school students from across the state, and more than 110 “shadowed” a legislator or legislative aide for all or part of the day. Parents, educators, and special guests participated in a morning educational forum at the capitol, observed legislative activities and joined students and legislators for a lunch-time open forum at the Scottish Rite Masonic Hall. Rifle Middle School teachers Mimi Allen and Becca Nielsen accompanied the students.
BLM Northwest Resource Advisory Council meets
SILT – The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, in Silt.
Agenda items include the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-grouse environmental impact statement, air quality modeling and land use planning, a data management system for the White River Field Office and field manager updates.
The council meets quarterly and advises the BLM Colorado Northwest District, which includes the Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling and Colorado River Valley field offices.
EAB meets in Parachute
An overview of an ongoing Colorado State University study of air emissions from gas wells in Garfield County will be given at the Thursday, March 6, Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting in Parachute.
The presentation will include the study of emissions of air toxins, ozone precursors, and methane during development of new gas wells in the county.
The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way.
At a recent meeting, Howard Orona was elected board chair, Scott Stewart was elected vice chair and Don Simpson was elected secretary. The county commissioners recently appointed Kurt Grimm of Silt as the new citizen representative for the Dry Hollow Creek area. The board is seeking a citizen representative for the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek area. Applications are available online at garfield-county.com/oil-gas. Call Kirby Wynn at 625-5905 for more information.
New Battlement Mesa medical clinic open house
Grand River Health will hold an open house at its new Clinic West facility in Battlement Mesa from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13.
Tours of the 39,000-square foot facility, 201 Sipprelle Dr., will be given. The building, already open, houses a family medicine clinic, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, along with the district’s occupational health and safety center. For more information, go online to grandriverhealth.org or call 625-6439.
LIFT-UP takes part in hunger challenge
From March 1 through April 30, LIFT-UP will participate in the Feinstein Foundation’s 17th annual Challenge to Fight Hunger, which divides $1 million among qualified hunger relief agencies nationwide, based on the amount of food and money they collect during the two-month period. Last year, more than $211 million was raised by 1,857 hunger-fighting agencies. Over the previous 16 years, the annual campaign has generated more than $2 billion.
As an added incentive this year, the locally-managed Stone Foundation has offered an additional $10,000 in matching funds for the first $10,000 that LIFT-UP raises from this campaign through April 30, a dollar-for-dollar match.
LIFT-UP’s services are offered year-round and they serve between 2,000 and 2,500 people per month from their seven area food pantries. More than 1,600 meals per month are served from LIFT-UP’s Extended Tables in Rifle and Glenwood Springs.
In 2013, LIFT-UP received $1.8 million in donated food from individuals, food drives and local grocery stores, which is distributed from its food pantries to families in need. LIFT-UP also purchases food from Food Bank of the Rockies in Grand Junction, and from local grocery stores as needed. People may request assistance up to four times in a calendar year, and receive four days of food for their family size.
Silt candidate forum
The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum at Silt Town Hall, 231 N. 7th St., at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Cheryl Chandler with Cheryl and Co. Real Estate will moderate the forum, featuring candidates or their representatives for Silt mayor and board of trustees.
Questions can be submitted in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a subject line of “Silt Candidate Forum Question” and indicate which candidate(s) should answer the question. Candidates will not be informed of the questions in advance and the moderator will have discretion as to the questions asked. Time permitting, the live audience will be allowed to ask questions.
Rick Aluise and Mark S. Anderson are running for mayor and six candidates are seeking three open seats on the board: D. Aron Diaz, Dave Moore, Dylan Lewis, Paul Taylor, T.J. Tucker and Bryan Fleming.
A ballot question asks Silt voters if the town administrator should have authority to hire the town clerk, police chief and treasurer.
New baby doc
Grand River Health in Rifle has announced the addition of Dr. Anne Lorenson to the hospital’s new pediatric department.
Born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., Lorenson received her bachelor of arts degree at Princeton University in New Jersey, then went on to receive her doctor of medicine in 2002 at the Albany Medical College in New York. Lorenson completed her pediatric residency and internship at the University of Colorado in Denver and joined Pediatric Partners in Glenwood Springs in 2005.
Lorenson lives in Glenwood Springs with her husband, two sons and yellow lab, Chili. Lorenson will begin seeing patients at Grand River Health in Rifle on April 7.
March for Meals
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 asks 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 Grill 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.
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 bookcliffcd.org.
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. 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 girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
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.
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 DrugAbuseSolution.com.
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