Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 10, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 10, 2014

Desiree Smith
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PEO awards scholarships

Philanthropic Education Organization Chapter IW recently awarded two scholarships to a Grand Valley High School graduate and a Coal Ridge High School graduate.

Desiree Smith, a graduate of GVHS, will be attending Colorado State University to work on a double major in political science and communications with a minor in legal studies.

Her plans are to attend law school after receiving her undergraduate degree. She has been accepted into the Key Communities Learning Program, which will help her with classes and allow her to volunteer 1-2 hours a week.

Smith was an 8-year member of 4-H, participated in the GVHS theater company, is an active member of the Grace Bible Church, loves to read, has worked with special needs children, and plays the saxophone, clarinet and piano.

Amanda Wenzel is a CRHS graduate. She has a brother, Danny, 16, and a sister, Alyssa, 13. While at Coal Ridge, Wenzel played soccer and basketball and ran track. She will be attending Colorado Mesa University to obtain a bachelors degree in nursing as well as playing on the CMU women’s soccer team.

When not playing soccer, Wenzel enjoys jeeping, snowboarding, fishing, travel, reading and doing puzzles.

Rifle to host philanthropy conference

Between 300 to 400 people, some representing some of the largest corporations in the U.S., are expected to spend three days in Rifle next June for a Rural Philanthropy Days conference.

Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Frank Ladd said Rifle competed against Glenwood Springs, resort communities in Eagle, Summit and Pitkin counties, plus Lake County, for the right to host the conference.

“It basically brings funders together with seekers,” he said.

Corporate foundations and nonprofit organizations gather to discuss their needs and desires during the conference, Ladd added.

Rifle hosted the conference in 2011.

Toews on dean’s list

Wesley James Toews, of Rifle, a senior majoring in geology, was among 1,170 students named by Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., to the dean’s honor roll for the spring 2014 semester.

To be eligible, students must have enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60 for the semester.

Noxious weed cost share deadline

The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side conservation districts and Garfield County Vegetation Management offer a cost share program to treat noxious weeds for local landowners. Get help identifying weeds and developing a treatment plan with a free on-site visit. Call 945-5494, ext. 104, to set an appointment. The deadline for spring reimbursement is Friday, July 11.

2nd Army Infantry vets sought

FOX LAKE, IL – The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and its 93rd annual reunion in Omaha, Neb., from Sept. 16-20, contact Bob Haynes at or (224) 225-1202.

Pediatrician joins Grand River

Grand River Health in Rifle has announced the addition of Dr. Colby Quintenz to its expanding pediatric department.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Quintenz received her medical training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and completed her pediatric residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

In 2006, she relocated to Glenwood Springs and joined Pediatric Partners. She lives in Glenwood Springs and has four children (all girls), which include newborn twins. In her former life, she and her family enjoyed hiking, camping, rafting and skiing.

Dr. Quintenz began seeing patients at Grand River Health in Rifle on Monday, July 7.

Looking for host families

The Rifle Rotary Club is seeking exchange student host homes for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. The club is looking for enthusiastic families to host students for three months of their year-long exchange. Rifle High School will be hosting a Danish exchange student this year and Coal Ridge High School will be hosting one from Spain. The club provides each student with a monthly spending allowance, school fees and medical insurance. A club counselor is available to support the student and the host families

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

Free summer meals for kids

Garfield School District Re-2 will participate in the federal summer food service program to provide free meals for all children in the community up to 18 years of age. Meals are the same for all children regardless of national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

The program is held at Rifle Middle School, 753 Railroad Ave., through Thursday, July 31. Breakfast is from 9 to 9:30 a.m., lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults can purchase lunches for $3.

Free home help for seniors, disabled

The High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)’s Helping Hands for Seniors program assists seniors and disabled individuals with simple home repairs and maintenance tasks to help them live independently in their homes. Volunteers can help with simple plumbing and electrical problems, some disability access improvements and minor carpentry, light bulb and smoke detector battery replacement, basic personal computer help, installation of grab bars and other minor home adaptations for disabled individuals such as wheelchair ramp installation and one-time yard maintenance, such as leaf raking.

This free program is managed through grants and private donations. Garfield County senior citizens or disabled who need help with basic maintenance or repairs in their home or yard can call 384-8746. RSVP has been serving residents of Garfield County since 1973 and has been a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College since 1978.

Colorado You Got Talent open registration

Singers, dancers, comedians, circus performers and entertainers from all over Colorado can register for the fifth season of the Colorado You Got Talent competition. For the first time in five years, the event is open to all competitors. No audition is required. To register, go online to

The top ten youth and top ten adults from each region (Eastern Regional: Sept. 20, Mesa Theater, Grand Junction) will advance to the state finals on Oct. 19 at the Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton. First, second and third place winners from the youth and adult categories will receive cash and other prizes.

For more information, visit the web site or contact

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

Computer instructors needed

Volunteers are needed in Silt and Glenwood Springs to work with adults with intellectual disabilities to learn basic computer skills.

Computers are provided and volunteer are asked to spend an hour or two a week to help these individuals operate a computer, IPad, or Android phone. Call High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 947-8462 or 947-8461.

Silt Heyday nears

Mark your calendars, Silt Heyday is coming, this year at Stoney Ridge Park. Celebrate Heyday with a town-sponsored concert on Friday, Aug. 1; breakfast, parade, food, craft vendors and free music on Saturday, Aug. 2, and the Heyday Hobble 5K and the Heyday car show on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Booth, parade, hobble and car show forms are available online at, under the tab for special events, or during normal business hours at Silt Town Hall and the Silt Historical Park.

For more information, call 876-5861.

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