Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Oct. 24, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Oct. 24, 2013

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Teens and media presentation at Grand River

Children spend the equivalent of a full-time work week (more than 52 hours/week) using and consuming various forms of media. How much time are they spending on homework?

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Grand River Health’s Rifle Creek Room, 501 Airport Road in Rifle, noted Mind Springs Health child and adolescent psychiatrist Craig Bushong will provide insight into what you should know about today’s media influences. Part of Grand River Health’s ongoing wellness series, it will be a “state of the media” presentation, with a frank and explicit discussion of how media exposure (magazines/advertising, Internet, TV/movies, music, video games) influences how adolescents think and act.

LIFT-UP holiday food box registration

Families may register for LIFT-UP’s holiday food boxes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas from now through Friday, Nov. 1, at the following LIFT-UP food pantries: 800 Railroad Ave., Rifle, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 201 E. First St., Parachute, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For questions or more information, call 625-4496.

LIFT-UP’s thrift stores in Rifle and Parachute will also feature Halloween decorations and costumes for all ages through the end of the month. Proceeds help feed local families in need.

Library district seeks board members

The Garfield County Public Library District is seeking residents of Silt and Parachute to represent those communities on its board of trustees. The 5-year terms start Jan. 1, 2014. To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to, or mail them to P.O. Box 832, Rifle, CO, 81650, by Nov. 1.

Candidates are invited to the Thursday, Nov. 7, board meeting at 6 p.m. in the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way. For more information, call 625-4270.

Team Lily thanks

We would like to say thank you so much to the few people who came to support and donate to our Team Lily benefit. And to all the merchants in our community, kudos. You reached above and beyond and we are so grateful.

To those who generously donated their time helping us, we cannot thank you enough. To the Moose Lodge, and especially Krow Keithley, we can never express enough the gratitude we feel for the love and generosity shown to us.

Glenda Wesley

Team Lily


Angel Tree Christmas gift registration

Registrations are being taken for a Christmas gift from the Angel Tree Project only during the month of October. Registrations for Rifle-area children can be made through the counselors at the three elementary schools in Rifle (contact them for an appointment), St. Mary Catholic Church in Rifle (5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays only) and the Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Service Center (during regular center hours on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. only). Applicants can register at only one location.

Silt dog groomer opens

Coe Scott has announced the opening of Suds E Dog grooming at 602 Main St. in Silt. The business offers full service grooming on most dogs. Scott has been grooming in the area for the last seven years and has been joined by Sara Keenan, with a background in grooming and animal health care. Appointments can be made by calling (970) 456-9329.

Libraries closed

All six Garfield County Libraries (Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Parachute, Rifle and Silt) will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Regular hours resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at all branches. For more information, call 625-4270.

GED candidates urged to complete exam

Colorado Mountain College encourages all students and community members working toward a general education degree 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.

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

Financial ed grants available

Western Rockies Federal Credit Union has grants available for classroom projects and events that teach aspects of financial education. Amounts range between $50 and $500. Eligible to apply are Mesa and Garfield County K-12 public, private and charter-school classroom teachers.

Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 15 and applications are available at the Western Rockies Federal Credit Union Rifle branch, 142 W. Third St. For more information, contact Deborah Scenters at (970) 243-2434 or

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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