Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – May 8, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – May 8, 2014

Solar power panels stand ready to supply electricity to the lights on the ballfields at Deerfield Park in Rifle, as a solar power project nears completion at several City of Rifle locations.
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Solar project nears completion

Work on eight solar power arrays on City of Rifle buildings and property is nearing completion.

City Manager Matt Sturgeon said in an email that the eight arrays will provide more than 425 kilowatts of electricity to the police department, Taughenbaugh ball park and field lights in Deerfield Park, the parks maintenance building at Deerfield Park, civic plaza, an irrigation pump at Rose Hill Cemetery, the south wastewater lift station and operations and maintenance shop.

The city agreed to a power purchase agreement on April 30, 2013, with Martifer Solar to purchase solar power for 20 years, Sturgeon wrote. The city does not own and did not contribute to the installation cost of the solar arrays, nor does the city have any maintenance obligations, he noted. The city anticipates saving approximately $450,000 in electric utility costs over the life of the agreement, Sturgeon added.

All of the arrays are operational. Panasonic, who recently acquired Martifer Solar, has some site improvements left to complete at the civic plaza, police department and parks maintenance sites, Sturgeon wrote.

Land, stock tanks sought by local food group

Rifle Growing Community, a recently formed group working to promote local, organic food, is looking for a site close to Rifle for temporary storage of compost, manure, soil and amendments piles. The volunteer group plans to build gardens in the Rifle area over the next two months. The group is also looking for all shapes, sizes and heights of stock tanks, in any condition.

For more information, or to help, contact Andrea Matthews at (720) 473-2670 or email her at The group is also on Facebook, at

BUE wins Bike & Walk to School Challenge, again

Bea Underwood Elementary in Battlement Mesa won the recent 2014 Garfield Clean Energy Bike & Walk to School Challenge. The school, which also won in 2013, will receive a $750 prize.

The challenge is a county–wide event that encourages elementary and middle school students to use alternatives to the family automobile to get to and from school. Students earn points for getting to and from school by riding the school bus, carpooling with other families, biking and walking.

Eight schools and 109 classes in those schools participated from April 15–17. Participating students saved $18,984 in fuel costs, reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 11,042 pounds and burned 161,406 calories.

Participating schools were Rifle Middle, Crystal River Elementary, Carbondale Community, Carbondale Middle, Ross Montessori, Sopris Elementary, Glenwood Middle and Bea Underwood.

The 2014 Challenge was sponsored by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Berthod Motors, Ragged Mountain Sports, Grand River Health and LiveWell Garfield County.

Results from the challenge will be used to promote cycling and walking as the healthiest and cleanest forms of transportation in Garfield County.

For more information, visit or call 704-9200.

Health equity learning presentation at CMC

The second installment of Colorado Mountain College’s health equity learning series on Thursday, May 8, features speaker Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., who will explore “Social Movement Building for Health Equity” via the college’s interactive video system. The talk will be linked live to CMC’s Rifle campus and the central services offices at 802 Grand Ave. in downtown Glenwood Springs.

A professor of sociology, American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, Pastor also serves as director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and co-director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Pastor’s recent research investigates the economic, environmental and social conditions of low-income Americans.

An expert in sustainable development and social, economic and environmental justice in urban areas, he believes that community, in particular community organizing, is crucial to navigating the new economic reality and advancing equity.

The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch and a community discussion to follow the talk at both locations. With input from health care and social services professionals, individuals who are struggling to have their health care needs met, and others in the community, organizers hope the discussion following the talk will spur new ideas and community action.

The speaker series is underwritten by a grant from the Colorado Trust, as an extension of its mission to improve health care access and affordability across the state. This is the second of four webinars on health-related topics.

“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 mail is delivered

Katie Mackley hired to help preschool program

Rifle native Katie Potter Mackley has been hired as a program assistant, working in Rifle, for the Aspen Community Foundation’s Preschools on Wheels program.

Mackley is also the president of the Rifle Community Foundation, which helped secure a $22,000 grant in 2012 from the Brenden Mann Foundation to establish the program.

The Preschools on Wheels program, a project of Aspen Community Foundation’s Cradle to Career Initiative, began in the fall of 2012 with “Gus the Bus,” a preschool classroom created from a retrofitted school bus. Last fall, the “Sunshine Bus” joined Gus, bringing the total number of children served to 120 (the equivalent of eight preschool classrooms) in seven neighborhoods throughout Rifle, Silt and New Castle.

Sunshine offers services in Silt and New Castle Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a variety of stops, and Gus is in Rifle Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each stop is a two-hour, complete pre-school lesson.

Operating year-round, the curriculum supports children’s development in cognitive, social-emotional, language and literacy subjects.

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.

Museum opens soon

The Rifle Creek Museum will open for the summer on Thursday, May 15. Hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays.

Everyone is welcome to visit and see a recent face lift to the building at 337 East Ave. and refreshed displays. For more information, call 625-4862.

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 Tuesday-Thursday, May 13-15, 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.

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

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.

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.

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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