Citizen Telegram Community News – Dec. 12, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News – Dec. 12, 2013

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Rifle Knights of Columbus Council receives international recognition

Knights of Columbus Council #11803 of Rifle is a Father McGivney Award winner. Named after the organization’s founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, the award is given in recognition of outstanding membership recruitment and retention efforts during the 2012-13 fraternal year.

The announcement was made by the Knights of Columbus international headquarters in New Haven, Conn. District Deputy Tom Hogelin presented the engraved plaque to the council at a special ceremony held on December 10, 2013.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic church, their communities, families and young people. With more than 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 councils around the world, the Knight of Columbus annually donate over $167 million and 70 million hours of service to charitable causes.

Spring registration underway at CMC

Registration for spring semester at Colorado Mountain College is now under way. Many classes, including those taught via online learning, start the week of Jan. 13, 2014. Other classes start throughout the semester.

In Rifle, each household should have received a course schedule in the mail. More information and registration is available online at or at the college, 3695 Airport Road. Colorado Mountain College will be closed for winter break from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1.

Students new to the college can apply online or where they wish to attend. 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. Information about bachelor’s degrees is online at

Grand River is the best

Thank you, Grand River Hospital emergency department! Thank you registered nurses Joan and Sam, and Dr. Duehrssen, for your compassion, patience, TLC (tender, loving care) sense of humor, and above all, your professionalism and knowledge during my recent visit to your ER. I truly owe you my life. You are the best!

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful little hospital here in Rifle.

Bill Hiort


A real CT fan

I just finished reading the Thursday, Dec. 5, edition of The Citizen Telegram cover to cover, and I have to let you know how much this publication means to me. I’m aware that newspapers are going away, but I hope that “The Voice of the Rifle Area” will be spared.

Without it, my husband and I would have missed the Rifle Bears basketball game on the seventh, as it was not included in the schedule I pulled off the Colorado High School Activities Association website, but it was listed on the sports page. And we would have missed the Holiday Choral Festival on the sixth at Rifle High School, which I thankfully found out about on the calendar page. And the community page reminded me to pick an Angel Tree card, so we can share Christmas with a child in our area.

The articles and notices about government meetings keep citizens informed, the business ads encourage us to shop local, and the Citizen Spotlight helps us know our neighbors. We live in a very unique town, and it deserves a unique publication like The Citizen Telegram. Best 50 cent investment out there!

Ava Bowles


Great Clips opens Rifle salon

Great Clips hair salon is celebrating its grand opening in Rifle on Saturday, Dec. 14, 21 and 28 with face painting, temporary tattoos and balloons for kids.

Great Clips opened recently at 900 Airport Road, three doors from Starbucks in Rifle Commons, next to the Walmart Supercenter. All haircuts at Great Clips will be $6.99 from Dec. 14-31 to celebrate the grand opening.

Snow plow drivers the best

Kudos to the Rifle snow plow drivers! They did an incredible job on Wednesday, Dec. 4, when we received what had to be near-record snowfall for this early in the season.

I left for work (on foot) at 6:15 a.m. and couldn’t believe the roads (even the side streets) had already been plowed. Furthermore, the sidewalk down Birch had also already been cleared. Very impressive!

But what amazed me most was that after work, I was shoveling and trying to clear the area in front of my driveway. A super-nice plow driver came by and cleared the areas in front of all of our driveways. That was such a thoughtful gesture and so incredibly helpful. I wish I had gotten his name, but hopefully he’ll read this and know how appreciative we all are. Thanks again.

Kathy Pototsky


Christmas tree permits

Personal use Christmas tree tags are available from the Rifle Ranger District office of the White River National Forest.

Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the forest, with these exceptions: wilderness areas, commercial timber sales, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available. Permits will only be sold at White River district offices, not at retail outlets, chambers of commerce, the White River supervisor’s office or the Bureau of Land Management office in Silt.

Permits cost $10 each and may be purchased with cash, check, money order or credit cards at the Rifle Ranger Station, 0094 County Road 244, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Permits expire Dec. 31. For more information, call 625-2371.

How to become a Girl Scout

Girls from kindergarten through 12th grade can sign up for Girl Scouts in time to sell Girl Scout Cookies 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. Individual 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

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