Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – May 15, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – May 15, 2014

From left, Nightingale Award winner Susan Clark, R.N., Nightingale Luminary Lynda McFarland, R.N., and Grand River Health CEO Jim Coombs. Clark, assistant director of nursing at Grand River Health’s E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, is the first nurse from the care center to win the prestigious honor.
Grand River Health/Contributed Photo |

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E. Dene Moore nurse receives Nightingale award

Assistant Director of Nursing Susan Clark, R.N., from Grand River Health’s E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, received the prestigious Nightingale Award on Saturday, May 10, at an event hosted by the Colorado Nurse’s Foundation in Denver.

Clark was nominated in the area of clinical practice for her work in reducing anti-psychotic medications by over 75 percent, in one year, in the geriatric population. She also received national attention for this achievement, earning recognition by the American Health Care Association and an invitation to present her work at the National Quality Symposium.

“This is the first time a nurse from the E. Dene Moore Care Center has ever won the Nightingale award,” said Dustin Dodson, administrative director of extended care services for Grand River Health. “Susan truly represents the epitome of nursing excellence and we are thrilled that she was chosen to receive this prestigious award. This is the first time that the achievement of a long term care nurse has earned the Nightingale award.”

The awards are given out annually by the Colorado Nurses Foundation. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring were founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health.

Pool opening delayed

The opening of the Art Dague Swimming Pool and Water Slide will be delayed until Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, or later, according to city Parks and Recreation Director Tom Whitmore.

The pool and slide were scheduled to open on Saturday, May 24.

Recent wet weather has delayed painting of the pool, Whitmore said in an email. If everything goes well, he added, painting will occur, staff will get the pool filled and have a couple of days to temper the water in time to open the pool on Memorial Day. If abnormal seasonal weather continues, the opening could be pushed back further, Whitmore noted.

Thanks for taking all the branches

To the fine men of Rifle’s Operations and Maintenance Department: My wife and I would like to take this opportunity to offer to each and every one of the men that participated in the clean up of the trees and shrubs that we had in front of our home on Cedar Drive in Rifle our heartfelt thanks. We realize that you extended yourself beyond expectations. You have renewed our faith in mankind.

Ron and Nell Struwe


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.

Energy-saving site visits scheduled

Owners and managers of convenience stores, liquor stores, grocery stores and restaurants can set up a free site visit with energy efficiency experts to identify the energy savings potential of refrigeration and lighting upgrades.

Free site visits will take place through Thursday, May 15, in New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

Energy efficiency experts from Xcel Energy and Garfield Clean Energy will visit businesses to evaluate existing refrigeration equipment and lighting, and calculate the energy savings potential of upgrades.

The experts will also explain Xcel and Garfield Clean Energy rebates that can help pay for the cost of upgrades and deliver a higher return on investment. In most cases, refrigeration and lighting upgrades can pay for themselves in just a few years, but will produce utility bill savings for decades.

To schedule a visit, contact CLEER at 704-9200 or CLEER manages the programs and services of Garfield Clean Energy.

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.

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 now offers delivery services between Rifle to Aspen 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

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, started this week. Other classes start throughout the semester.

In Rifle, each household was sent 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.

Free home help for seniors, disabled

The High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)’s Helping Hands for Seniors program assists seniors and disabled individuals with simple home repairs and maintenance tasks to help them live independently in their homes. RSVP volunteers can help with simple plumbing and electrical problems, some disability access improvements and minor carpentry, light bulb and smoke detector battery replacement, basic personal computer help, installation of grab bars and other minor home adaptations for disabled individuals such as wheelchair ramp installation and one-time yard maintenance, such as leaf raking.

This program is managed through grants and private donations and is free. Garfield County senior citizens or disabled who need assistance with basic maintenance or repairs in their home or yard can call 384-8746. RSVP has been serving residents of Garfield County since 1973 and has been a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College since 1978.

Memorial Day library closure

All six branches of the Garfield County Public Libraries will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27. You can still browse and request books, movies and more online at during the closure.

Silt Heyday nears

Mark your calendars, Silt Heyday is coming, this year at Stoney Ridge Park. This year, celebrate Heyday with a town-sponsored concert on Friday, Aug. 1; breakfast, parade, food, craft vendors and free music on Saturday, Aug. 2, and the Heyday Hobble 5K and the Heyday car show on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Booth, parade, hobble and car show forms are available online at, under the tab for special events, or during normal business hours at Silt Town Hall and the Silt Historical Park.

For more information, call 876-5861.

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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