Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – May 1, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – May 1, 2014

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Fire insurance rating improves in Rifle

Colorado River Fire Rescue recently received a considerable downgrade in its Insurance Services Office, or ISO, rating that should mean a drop in individual residential and business insurance rates.

The authority, which serves Rifle, Silt and New Castle, received an ISO class of 3, compared to the previous rating class 5 in Rifle and class 6 in Silt and New Castle. The ISO rates fire protection services on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 the highest and 10 the lowest.

The authority is in the process of forming a single fire protection district with the recently-renamed Burning Mountains Fire Protection District. That district is now known as the Colorado River Fire Protection District and the Rifle Fire Protection District will add its boundaries to that district and use the new name, pending approval from the Ninth Judicial District Court.

The consolidation helped lower the Rifle and Silt ISO classifications, said authority Deputy Chief Chad Harris in a news release. Fire insurance rates are based on several factors, including the local fire department’s ISO rating. Most insurance companies will look closely at that rating when calculating the premium for a residential or business property, Harris said.

A community’s classification depends on needed fire flow, emergency communications, fire department equipment, staffing and other factors, along with available water supply.

Harris urged residents and businesses to talk to their insurance provider about the authority’s new ISO rating.

“Stamp Out Hunger” food drive

Members of the National Association of Mail Carriers with the U.S. Postal Service will pick up bags of nonperishable food for the hungry in the Rifle area on Saturday, May 10. Place the bags near your mail box and the carrier will pick them up when they deliver mail.

Rifle gets grant for crosswalks

The City of Rifle has received a $5,000 grant from Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to purchase and install thermoplastic patterned crosswalks in front of Rifle Middle School and the northeast corner of 14th Street.

The city uses thermoplastic patterned crosswalks in high pedestrian traffic areas because it makes the crosswalks more noticeable to vehicle traffic. City Manager Matt Sturgeon said officials have found they lead to a greater incidence of vehicles stopping and allowing pedestrians to cross. Staff has also been pleased with the material durability in high traffic areas, he added.

Time to move, Rifle

LiveWell Garfield County starts its 2014 Get Movin’ Challenge today and runs through May 31.The program is part of LiveWell Colorado, a coalition that works to bring communities together to promote affordable access to and education about healthy eating and active living.

The Get Movin’ Challenge encourages participants to exercise at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days and to keep track of their progress. Prizes are offered depending how many days are completed.

Prizes will also be given through the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s “Get Movin’ Challenge Photo Contest,” where photos can be submitted that best depict their friends, family and neighbors in action. The best photos will be voted on and published in the Post Independent. Up to 10 submissions are allowed per person and voters can vote once per day.

Sign up at For more information, call Dana Wood at (970) 625-5200, ext. 8121.

Renew Rifle appreciation

The Rifle Main Street Committee would like to thank the following people and businesses for participating in the annual Renew Rifle Spring Community Day on Saturday, April 26, in downtown Rifle.

They include Katie Rust, Gary Miller, Shelley Aibner, Dale Wilson, Nathan Lindquist, Sandor Drucker, Laura Van Deusen, Nella Barker, Greg Valunas, Steven Fuller, Emily Hisel, Joe Hisel, Ansa McCathern, Bianca Parsons, Erynn McCathern, Paul Currier, Cheryl Currier, Sally Brands, Gil Frontella, Trish Clies, Donna Roberts, Dana Wood and Helen Rogers.

Colorado Mountain News Media continues to support Rifle Main Street projects by providing ads at a discounted rate. Alpine Bank in Rifle gave generously to the project, Gold Star Realty supplied a document shredding truck, Shooters Grill provided lunch and Mountain View Tree Farm donated a tree and supplied cedar mulch at a discounted rate.

Rifle Growing Community gave away free organic heirloom seeds, and Rifle Parks and Recreation provided free spruce tree seedlings for those who wanted to plant them on their property.

Rifle Main Street Committee

New delivery services available

Busy Bees Delivery began offering delivery services between Rifle to Aspen last month. The cost for business-to-business deliveries begins at $11, residential deliveries begin at $12. Drivers make the trip in eco-friendly Prius’ and can take small- to medium-size packages. Examples of delivery include interoffice documents, automotive parts, flowers, court documents or personal items for same-day delivery. Staffers will also come to customers to notarize documents.

Contact: Rebecca or Adriane at (970) 456-8392 or

Local author appreciation

On behalf of all the local authors who participated in the Garfield County Public Libraries Exposition on Saturday, April 19, I would like to say thank you for a wonderful opportunity to get to know all these wonderful writer/storytellers, as well as getting to know and appreciate the hard work our librarians have gone to to help us market our books to our neighbors and friends.

Thanks especially to Kileen Granata and Amelia Shelly for their vision of a local authors exposition and their continued desire to keep us all networking in support of each other. I personally was welcomed by the Rifle staff as well as the Silt staff, which I would like to give a special thanks for their warm welcome and comfortable environments.

For those not able to attend, I would like to share a bit of your local author’s diversity. From Parachute to Carbondale, our libraries welcomed almost 30 authors to present their books to our communities. Among the many genres, there were at least seven children’s books, six non-fiction local history books, three self-help non-fiction books, four young adult fiction books and six fictional books from a land of fairies to stories of our valley from Aspen to Marble to Rifle.

I found each author’s work entertaining, and in many cases much to be learned about our local history, both real and fictionalized. Each library has a donated copy of each author’s work(s), which can be checked out by all who are interested in our own county’s diverse group of writers.

For specific information regarding each author and their work(s), go to the web page for the Garfield County Public Libraries and then to special events for short author bios and their books. Most importantly though, thank your librarians.

Sandy Tippett-Smith


Summer classes at Colorado Mountain College

Registration is under way for summer classes at Colorado Mountain College. Many classes, including some of those taught via online learning, start the week of May 11. Other classes start throughout the semester.

In Rifle, each household should receive a course schedule in the mail. More information and registration is available online at or at the college, 3695 Airport Road. You can also browse online for all classes at

Students new to the college can apply online or at the Rifle campus. New degree-seeking students are encouraged to see a counselor before registering. Returning students who have not taken classes within the past 12 months, and who wish to take credit classes, need to re-apply. They can register in person or online. Registration forms can be faxed or mailed. Current students who have taken classes within the past 12 months can register by mail, phone, fax or online.

For more information, visit the Rifle campus or call 625-1871.

Card party in Battlement Mesa

BATTLEMENT MESA – Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter IP will host a Card Party at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Grand Valley Recreational Center in Battlement Mesa. Cost is $12 per person and includes lunch at 11:30 a.m. Participants can bring the game of their choice. The organization offers scholarships to local graduating high school seniors.

For tickets, call Marianne Stroop, 285-6000.

How-to Festival issues call for presenters

PARACHUTE – Last year, 25 presenters volunteered their time and demonstrated their talents to 150 community members at the Parachute Branch Library’s How-To Festival. The second annual festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 31. Hobbyists, business leaders and entrepreneurs are welcome to share their talents and knowledge. Contact the library at 285-9870 by May 9 if you are interested in offering your time and talents.

Colorado You Got Talent open registration

Singers, dancers, comedians, circus performers and entertainers from all over Colorado can register for the fifth season of the Colorado You Got Talent competition. For the first time in five years, the event is open to all competitors. No audition is required. To register, go online to

The top ten youth and top ten adults from each region (Eastern Regional: Sept. 20, Mesa Theater, Grand Junction) will advance to the state finals on Oct. 19 at the Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton. First, second and third place winners from the youth and adult categories will receive cash and other prizes.

For more information, visit the web site or contact

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

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

Computer instructors needed

Volunteers are needed in Silt and Glenwood Springs to work with adults with intellectual disabilities to learn basic computer skills.

Computers are provided and volunteer are asked to spend an hour or two a week to help these individuals operate a computer, IPad, or Android phone. Call High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 947-8462 or 947-8461.

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