Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Nov. 28, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Nov. 28, 2013

From left, Lynne Miller, Malinda West, Brittany Smith and Terry Schmidt from Grand River Health; Kimberly Vaughan Loving and Waylon Hampton with LIFT-UP.
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Keep gas meters free of snow and ice

As winter’s snowfall collects, Colorado River Fire Rescue reminds residents and businesses to clear snow and ice from their natural gas meters and the external vent pipes from natural gas furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters and clothes dryers. Blocked appliance vents can cause a loss of heat or buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in the home. Keeping them clear also ensures that both the meter and your natural gas appliances function properly.

If you notice your meter or appliance vent pipe is covered with snow, remove the snow carefully with either a brush or broom. • Do not scrape your meter or vent pipe with a sharp instrument.

• Do not shovel, plow or blow snow up against the meter or vent pipe.

• Be careful not to bump your meter with a snow blower.

• Remove any icicles from overhead eaves troughs to ensure dripping water does not splash and freeze on the meter or vent pipe.

• Never kick your gas meter or vent pipes in an attempt to clear ice and snow.

For more safety information, visit

Re-2 School Board reorganizes

Two board members were sworn into office and Chris Pearson was reelected president of the Garfield School District Re-2 board of education at a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

As a result of the Nov. 5 election, Anne Guettler and Shirley Parks were sworn into their positions. Guettler was appointed to the Director E (New Castle) position in January and ran to retain her seat in the election. Also sworn in was Shirley Parks from Director District A (Rifle). Parks defeated incumbent Michelle “Mickie” Hosack in the election.

As part of the school board reorganization process, Pearson was reelected school board president. She was first elected to the board in 2007 and has served as president since 2011. Guettler was elected vice-president and Patrick Burwell of Rifle was elected secretary. Burwell has been a board member since 2011 and has served as secretary since then. Scott Doherty of Rifle was elected treasurer and has been on the board since 2007.

The next regularly scheduled Garfield Re-2 school board meeting is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Rifle High School.

McNeel family thanks

It is impossible to put into words our gratitude and appreciation to all of our friends, neighbors and family. We would like to thank everyone who helped us during Jack’s illness and passing. Maybe it was a card, a meal, a prayer or another act of kindness that you shared with us. Each and every one of these wonderful acts has helped us through our time of grief.

We truly appreciate the outpouring of love and kindness you have shown our family. Thanks to all our friends.

The Jack McNeel family

Medicare open enrollment period

Those enrolled in Medicare can make changes to their Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) for the following year through Dec. 7. Changes will take effect on Jan. 1.

During Medicare open enrollment, you can join a Medicare prescription drug plan, switch from one Medicare prescription drug plan to another Medicare prescription drug plan, change from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan or vice versa. To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a stand-alone Part D plan at this time.

For help, call the High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 384-8744.

Western Slope Rodeo Royalty Clinic

Current and prospective rodeo royalty, coordinators and parents gathered at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, on Saturday, Nov. 16, for the second annual Western Slope Rodeo Royalty Clinic.

The hostess, Rhianna Russell, Miss Rodeo Colorado 2014, and other guest speakers discussed topics including interviews, etiquette, appearance, rodeo knowledge and horsemanship. Nearly 70 people traveled from Craig, Gunnison, Rio Blanco, Ouray, Delta, Montrose and Eagle Counties to participate.

Through entry fees and silent auction items, this event also raised money for Mountain Valley Horse Rescue. Thank you to the many sponsors, including Mountain Chevy, Fine Things, Glow, Beaver Creek Resort, Glenwood Springs Veterinary Clinic, Haute Plate Catering and others who were generous in their contributions to make this event a huge success. This will be a yearly event. Next year’s date will be Nov. 15, 2014.

For further information, contact Lyndsay Jo Smith, (970) 222-7231 or polochic17@

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Holiday food for LIFT-UP

Employees from Grand River Health collected more than 1,100 pounds of food for LIFT-UP to help feed families in need this holiday season. Each year, members of Grand River’s Positive Energy Team hold a food drive at their facilities and collect food for families struggling to make ends meet.

The team is also sponsoring a toy drive, with the goal of collecting at least 100 toys for families in the hospital district. The toys will be donated to and distributed by Reach Out Colorado.

Wamsley appreciation

Wamsley Elementary School recently received visits from the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum thanks to donations from Encana. The kids had a great time learning about creatures up close from the Denver Zoo, and enjoyed hands on lessons from the Denver Museum about Colorado wildlife and Native American Indians. You can see pictures from these visits at our website, We greatly appreciate Encana making these exciting programs available to the students.

Kathi Senor, principal

Wamsley Elementary School


Seedling tree program begins

Mount Sopris, Bookcliff and South Side Conservation Districts are offering seedlings in cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service. The nursery produces over two million seedlings and shrubs each year for use as wildlife plantings, reforestation projects, windbreaks living snow fences and erosion control.

Area residents may order from 35 different tree and shrub seedlings for delivery in May. Through the program, landowners with one or more acres can revegetate their land for a minimal cost. Some species sell out, so be sure to get your order in early. For an order form or more information, go to or call 945-5494, ext. 105.

Holiday home tour nears

PARACHUTE/BATTLEMENT MESA – Get in the holiday spirit with the P.E.O. Chapter IPs 16th year of the Tour of Homes in Battlement Mesa and Parachute. The homes include one in Parachute that was built in 1914 with a lot of character and old home flavor, a home with Santa Fe architecture in Fairway Village and a home in Stone Ridge Village with an expansive view of the valley to the north and west. Refreshments will be served at the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse.

The tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Chapter IP member or by calling Jo Darnall at 285-1037 or Sharon Temple at 285-2318. Funds raised from this event will be used to help women further their education.

GED candidates urged to complete exam

Colorado Mountain College encourages all students and community members working toward a GED to complete the existing exam by Dec. 31, before the new, strictly computerized test is put into place across the country.

Completing the exam before Jan. 1, 2014, is especially important to anyone who has already passed a section, or more, of the current test. Those who do not pass every section before the end of 2013 will have to start over from scratch in January, since sections passed before 2014 cannot be counted toward completion of the new exam.

For any learner seeking support to complete the current GED test, or planning to take the new one, CMC offers tutoring and guidance at campuses across north-central Colorado. The fall semester at Colorado Mountain College began the week of Aug. 26, but some classes start later. To find out more, visit or call your local campus.

To learn about the upcoming changes in the GED test, or to take a practice test, log in at

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

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