Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 24, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 24, 2014

Lisa Pierce, new principal at Elk Creek Elementary School in Silt.
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New principals named

Two Garfield School District Re-2 elementary schools will have new principals when the doors open this fall.

Long-time former Re-2 educator Lisa Pierce returns to the district after a two-year stint as principal of Johnson Elementary in Montrose to lead Elk Creek Elementary in Silt. Pierce was an Re-2 educator for 12 years, including a classroom teacher at the former Roy Moore Elementary, an intervention teacher and academic coach at Cactus Valley Elementary and an academic coach at Elk Creek Elementary.

Pierce takes over for Kenny Newby who resigned at the end of June to take a position back in his home state of Minnesota.

Pierce holds a bachelors of science degree from Central Michigan University and a masters degree in educational leadership from Mesa State College, now Colorado Mesa University.

Jana Price, the current Success For All reading facilitator, will move into the principal position at Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle, taking over for longtime Principal Dave Lindenberg, who resigned earlier this year to become Re-2 assistant superintendent.

Price has worked for Re-2 for nine-years in a variety of roles. She began her career in the district as a classroom teacher at Riverside Middle School, moved to Rifle Middle School as an academic coach, and most recently was the Success For All reading facilitator at Kathryn Senor.

Price holds a bachelors degree from West Texas A&M in interdisciplinary studies, a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Colorado Christian University and an educational specialist degree from the University of Colorado – Denver.

Basic training graduate

Army Pvt. John T. Mock, the son of Amy Mock-James and Danny James of Rifle, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, Mock received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Plastic surgeon serves Rifle

Dr. Jeff Pitcher is now credentialed at Grand River Health, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Pitcher is a graduate of the University of Utah and received his medical degree from MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He pursued and finished a full general surgery residency at Indiana University and completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Pitcher can see patients for clinical visits, cosmetic consultations, follow-ups and surgeries at Grand River on the first and third Thursdays of every month. To schedule an appointment or consultation in Rifle, call the ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center office at (970) 242-8177.

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.

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.

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.

Looking for host families

The Rifle Rotary Club is seeking exchange student host homes for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Hosting an exchange student is a great way for families to learn about the world first-hand, without leaving the comfort of their home.

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 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. RSVP 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 program is managed through grants and private donations and is free. Garfield County senior citizens or disabled who need assistance 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.

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.

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