Citizen Telegram Community News – Sept. 19, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News – Sept. 19, 2013

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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 $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.

Rotary Club ball drop thanks

Another Garfield County Fair, another successful Rifle Rotary Club Ball Drop! With more than $8,000 in donations and around $10,000 in individual ticket sales, the ball drop was again a great success for our club and beneficiaries, raising a total of more than $18,500.

We would like to especially thank Bayou Well Service, again our top donor, and DBS Helicopters, who performed the drop itself at no charge. Other key sponsors include Jean’s Printing, Custom Structural Steel, Stuver and LeMoine, Canyon Cleaners, Intermountain Storage, Potter Ranches, Rifle Insurance Service, Grand River Hospital, Alpine Bank and Colorado River Engineering.

Our $1,000 top prize winner this year was Joe Elliott of Colorado Mountain College. As usual, all proceeds head right back out the door, in the form of donations to Raising a Reader, YouthZone, scholarships and other vital causes. Thanks again to the Rifle community for supporting this event. We can’t do it without you!

Nate Adams

Secretary, Rifle Rotary Club

Angel Tree help needed

Reach Out Colorado, or ROC, is in high gear, planning for the Angel Tree Christmas gift project for the Rifle area. Last year, we did this project under the umbrella of the River Center in New Castle. This year we are on our own. The local Catholic church is also joining efforts with The ROC so there will just be one organization providing the gifts, which are intended for children who would otherwise not receive a Christmas gift. We anticipate we will be providing gifts for more than twice as many children as we did last year. Thus, we are in need of help from the Rifle community.

We need 6-10 artificial Christmas trees, 5- to 6-feet tall, to put in businesses where we will place our “angels.” The “angels” are the cards that have the boy or girl’s name, age and toy wanted.

We need strong boxes (like moving boxes) about 18” x 18” x 42” to decorate and place next to the Christmas trees for collection of the gifts. We also need new or used Christmas gift bags.

We need funds to help with the cost of printing “angels” and registration forms, and to purchase gifts for children whose “angels” were not chosen or were not returned by the deadline.

Additionally, we need volunteers who will let us deliver a certain number of “angels” to them to be filled by their business, organization, church, etc. And we need volunteers to decorate the boxes, assemble the angels, organize and purchase gifts, pick up the gifts at business locations, and help distribute the gifts.

Please call 625-0278 or visit The ROC’s website,, if you can help us with any of these needs.

Elaine Cloninger

Angel Tree Project team leader, Rifle area

Cancer benefit dinner

Come support Lily Case and her wonderful family in their journey through neuroblastoma (childhood cancer). A benefit spaghetti dinner, music, a silent auction and games for children will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Rifle Moose Lodge, 133 E. Third St.

The Rifters kick off free CMC concerts

A free concert featuring acoustic Southwest Americana music from the Colorado-based band The Rifters will be held at Colorado Mountain College, 3695 Airport Road in Rifle, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

The Rifters will be the first performance in a free concert series presented by CMC-Rifle and sponsored by Chevron and Grand River Health.

Based in Alamosa, The Rifters play a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments and display soaring three-part harmonies on a variety of music from driving “blue-grama-grass” to country and dance music of the high desert.

Other upcoming free concerts include Katie Glassman on Nov. 22 and the J. Miller Band on Jan. 17. For info, call 625-1871.

New nursing officer

Erin Muck is the new chief nursing officer for Grand River Hospital. Muck is originally from Minnesota and spent the last 11 years at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, Minn., where she served as emergency department manager, trauma coordinator, residency training and obstetrics manager and oversaw a staff of 40.

Muck and her husband, Rob, have two children, Whitney, 14, and Ethan, 12. They live in New Castle.

Literacy Outreach seeks volunteer tutors

Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteers to tutor adults who are eager to improve their reading, writing, math or English-speaking skills.

Volunteers do not need prior teaching experience or be able to speak a foreign language, just a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English, and at least three hours of time a week to work one-on-one with an adult.

Volunteer information sessions will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St. For more information, call 945-5282.

Clean energy awards dinner set

Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER’s second annual Clean Energy Innovation Awards, honoring the clean energy achievements of individuals, businesses and organizations, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Grand River Health Conference Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle. Tickets for the event are $26, and include a buffet dinner.

Keith Lambert, former mayor of Rifle and a founding board member of Garfield Clean Energy, will be the keynote speaker. Nominees for the awards will be announced later in September.

Tickets for the awards event are on sale at

Sponsorships are available for $500, and include a booth at the event and six tickets for the dinner. To learn more, contact CLEER at (970) 704-9200.

Take these classes, cut your cholesterol

Grand River Health’s Changing Lifestyles will host Heart Healthy classes, beginning Oct. 2, for six consecutive Wednesdays. The cost is $5 per class, or $20 for the series.

By completing six classes, participants may reduce their total cholesterol between 7 to 21 percent, LDL cholesterol 7 to 22 percent and triglycerides 11 to 31 percent.

The class meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Changing Lifestyles Department at Grand River Health, 501 Airport Road in Rifle. To RSVP, call 625-6201.

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

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

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