Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Sept. 12, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Sept. 12, 2013

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Weekend water break

Two leaks in a four-decades old water main line in North Rifle on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, left many without water for a time, low pressure for others and a request to not water outside for all of the city.

Utilities Director Dick Deussen said the first leak was reported around 3 p.m. on Friday, in the 26th Street and Meadow Court area. It was repaired, but another leak developed on Saturday, leading to Reverse 911 calls, emails and text messages asking residents to conserve water.

The second leak was repaired around 5 p.m. Saturday, Deussen said, but residents were then asked not to water lawns and gardens until Sunday morning to allow water tanks to refill.

Deussen said the 18-inch water line is located close to a high pressure natural gas service line, so city crews had to proceed cautiously with the repair work. The leaks occurred in the same vicinity as a similar pair of leaks earlier this summer, Deussen noted.

During the work, the city redistributed water to ensure an adequate supply was available for the entire city, he added.

New home found for The ROC

The ROC Center in Rifle now has a new home and enough room to help meet increasing demands, according to director Dave Bottroff.

Reach Out Colorado is a community outreach resource and referral center, connecting those in need with appropriate services. The center opened in May 2012 with rented offices in the Midland Building in downtown Rifle. Its “Totes of Hope” healthy food program for children in the three Rifle elementary schools, however, was operated in a small downstairs office at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 0086 Village Drive.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 11, The ROC Center is located in an almost 1,000-square-foot building that includes Murdoch Electric at 3186 Baron Lane, near the Garfield County Regional Airport.

“We won’t have to pay rent, but we will have to pay utilities,” Bottroff said.

The group can always use more volunteer help and donations, he added. Contact Bottroff at 309-0384, or go to the ROC Center’s website,

Grand Wine Affair is here

The sixth annual Grand Wine Affair, a fundraising event with wine and beer tasting, silent auction, food and music, will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Grand River Health Conference Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.

The event is hosted by the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association and co-sponsored by Choice Liquors in Rifle. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and can be purchased in advance at the Grand River Cafe, Choice Liquors, or by calling 625-6215.

This year, the event will raise funds for portable automated external defibrillators for athletic trainers at Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley High Schools to have with them in case of emergency.

Let’s go bowling

Starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and then every Saturday night, Rifle Fireside Lanes offers 9 Pin No Tap bowling. New bowlers are welcome. Guidelines: $150 buy in, three games, must use a handicap (or establish one) for a chance to win a strike pot, high game or high series. This is not a league, so there is no commitment.

Also, 2013-2014 fall leagues start the week of Sept. 17: Tuesday night men’s, Wednesday night mixed and Thursday night mixed, all at 7 p.m. Call 625-2231 to join a league.

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

Parade winners announced

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Bank has named the 2013 Garfield County Fair Parade winners.

The Best of Parade went to Alpine Bank with its draft horses and cart, while the grand marshal float by the Garfield County Commissioners and Dalby Wendland took honorable mention.

First place in the float division was Sol De Mexico, second place went to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, and third place went to Cub Scouts Pack #220 from Silt.

First place in the vehicle division went to Garfield County administration, second place went to ANB Bank, and third place went to Shooter’s Grill.

First place in the classic auto division went to Sonic, second place was Cecil Waldron and third place went to Randy Winkler.

First place in the marching units went to Grand River Health, second place was the Salvation Army and third place went to the Rifle Parks and Recreation Department.

First place in the horse division went to Alpine Bank, second went to the Rifle United Methodist-Presbyterian Church and third was MacKenzie Shires.

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Bank would like to thank all of our volunteers and parade judges for coming out and making this event happen.

Volunteers were Joy Wentzel with Alpine Bank, Brenda and Frank Ladd with the chamber, Zoe Reece, Kevin Long and Glen Lund.

Parade judges were Gary Miller with Miller’s Dry Goods, Cheryl Chandler with Cheryl & Co. Real Estate, Dee McCown with State Farm Insurance, Jim Voorheis, Lynn Churchill, Nita and Jimmy Smith with NLS Business Solutions, Scott Minturn with Master Automotive, Katie Harris with Hampton Inn & Suites and Deb Street with A Stitch in Time.

Thank you for making this year’s parade special. We look forward to next year’s fair week.

Gina Reece-Long

Event coordinator

Dance classes available in Silt

The Western Slope Stompers and Dance Academy recently opened a new studio on Main Street in Silt and offer classes such as clogging, jazz/lyrical, ballet, hip hop, cheer/dance squad, Zumba, Zumbini, yoga, full body fitness, Triple Threat and more. Classes are available for boys and girls from infants through adults. The team has been National Clogging Champions for the past four years in a row. Contact director/instructor Shonna Partain at 379-0512 for more information.

Comedy show for shelter pets

“Laugh Your Tail Off,” a fundraising event for the Rifle Animal Shelter, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grand River Hospital.

The evening includes a comedy show, a dinner with dessert and drinks and a silent auction will benefit the shelter’s Diego Fund. This fund pays for specialized and life-improving medical care for shelter pets.

Tickets are on sale at the shelter for $50 through Sept. 7, then the price will increase to $65. Corporate tables of six with reserved seating are available for $350. Silent auction items and sponsors are also needed. Call Heather at 625-8808 for more information.

Rifle Rotary seeks host homes

The Rifle Rotary Club is lining up host homes for the 2013-2014 school year. Hosting a Rotary exchange student is a great way for families to learn about the world first hand. Families host students for three months of their year-long exchange.

Go to for an overview of Rotary International and Rotary Youth Exchange. Contact Kaaren Peck at (970) 355-4859 for more information on hosting a student.

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

Student exchange program rep wanted

World Heritage, a non-profit student exchange program, is seeking an area representative to provide local program support to high school students from several countries around the world.

Representatives screen potential host families, plan annual orientations, meet with local high schools, provide support counseling for participants, and visit with the exchange students and families on a monthly basis. Annual and on-going training is provided and area representatives are reimbursed for their expenses. The ideal candidate should enjoy fostering new international friendships, be community minded and enjoy working with teenagers.

To become involved, contact World Heritage at 1-866-939-4111 (toll-free) or visit

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