Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Oct. 10, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Oct. 10, 2013

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Area students enroll at Ft. Lewis College

The fall 2013 semester at Ft. Lewis College in Durango included more than 1,300 new transfer and freshmen students, including:

• David Goodwin of Silt and Zachary Walters of Rifle, both majoring in business administration – management option.

• Stephan Padilla of Parachute and Nathan Schilt of Rifle, both majoring in exercise science – sport administration option.

Rifle invited to ‘Get Down’ with Common Reader author

Students and members of the public are invited to hear Mishna Wolff, author of “I’m Down,” when she visits Colorado Mountain College in Rifle at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

Wolff’s frank and funny memoir inspires laughter and invites questions about the meaning of race in America. The author grew up in a poor African-American neighborhood, attended an elite white school and struggled to belong in both worlds. Painfully shy and decidedly uncool, Wolff relied on searing wit, sarcastic banter and sheer grit to blaze a trail through middle school and beyond.

The public readings are part of the college’s seventh annual Common Reader program. Copies of the book are available at local libraries and bookstores, and community members are encouraged to read “I’m Down” and share their thoughts. The college is also sponsoring an art and creative writing contest, with cash prizes for six winners. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 29.

More information is available at or by calling the college at 800-621-8559. Learn more about the author at

The ROC “rocks” at Nelly’s

On Sunday morning, Oct. 6, 20 Reach-Out Colorado volunteers and over a dozen family members were on hand to get Nelly Baston’s yard back into shape. Thank you to all who gave a few hours of their time pulling weeds, trimming shrubs and trees, sorting all sorts of stuff to keep or throw away, hauling and lifting things into the truck. Some of the family got a head start on the project on Saturday, which made the work to be done on Sunday all the more easy for us. Everyone’s effort combined to make this mission a success.

A special “thank you” to the City of Rifle for providing a dump truck and hauling the waste to the dump at no charge. The whole morning was really a testimony of everyone “working together to help each other.” Thank you, everyone.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the Angel Tree Program, which provides a Christmas present for children under the age of 12 who otherwise would receive nothing. Contact Elaine Cloninger if you can help with this project, beginning in November through mid-December.

The Totes of Hope program for 320 elementary and middle school children in Rifle continues to pack healthy meals every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at 3186 Baron Lane in Rifle (that’s at the west end of the runway of the airport). Volunteers are always needed for this weekly project. For more information, go online to or call 309-0384.

Dave Bottroff, director

Reach-Out Colorado

New state wildlife area

MEEKER – After a land swap between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and ExxonMobil, the 350-acre Colorow Mountain State Wildlife Area near Meeker is now open to hunters, outdoor recreationists and the general public.

The acquisition not only opened up new lands to hunting and recreation, it also allows access to several sections of Bureau of Land Management lands north of the new area.

Under the terms of the exchange, ExxonMobil received over 900 acres of state land located adjacent to Rio Blanco County Road 5, known as the Square S hay fields. In return, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received over 1,500 acres that comprise the new are, located north of U.S. Highway 64 and Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife Area, northwest of Meeker.

Colorow Mountain will be managed for both off-highway and conventional passenger vehicles. A portion is limited to foot and horseback only. Camping will be allowed in designated areas and visitors are asked to follow all regulations that can be found at and on signs posted on the property.

Angel Tree registration

Reach Out Colorado volunteers are ready to take Angel Tree registrations for Christmas gifts for children who otherwise would not receive a gift. We want to stress this is not a general sign-up for any child who would like an extra gift for Christmas. This program is specifically for children who would otherwise go without a gift. The family must be referred by an agency, school, or church that knows the family situation. Only one family member can register their child(ren) and only at one location. All the children in the family through the age of 12 should be registered at the same location.

The registration period is through Oct. 31. Registrations are being taken by the counselors at the three elementary schools in Rifle (contact them for an appointment), St. Mary Catholic Church in Rifle and the Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Service Center (during the regular center hours of Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only).

Reach Out Colorado is providing Angel Tree gifts for the Rifle area only. Silt and New Castleʼs Angel Tree Christmas gift project is through the River Center in New Castle. Other Garfield County communities have their own programs and will announce them separately.

Elaine Cloninger

Angel Tree Project team leader, Rifle area

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