Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 25, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 25, 2013

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Child safety and community sex offender presentations

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Rifle Police Department, will present information about personal safety for young children and community sex offender education at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Rifle Annex, 106 County Road 333A, by the Garfield County Regional Airport.

Officers and deputies, victim specialists and others will field questions related to either topic.

Congrats to the grad

Todd Scott graduated from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe on May 9 with a bachelor’s degree in construction management.

Scott was on the dean’s list all four years at ASU and was on the Wake Devils wakeboard team and the ASU construction design and build team. Scott is employed as a construction manager for McCarthy Construction in Tempe, where he resides.

Proud parents are Clark and Tina Scott of New Castle and grandparents are Robert and Mary Whittington and Duane Scott, all of Rifle.

National Night Out

BATTLEMENT MESA – The 30th annual National Night Out neighborhood crime and drug prevention event will include Battlement Mesa on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Valley Activity Center, Battlement Mesa Service Association and the Battlement Mesa Co. will sponsor a community event in the Battlement Mesa Shopping Plaza, 71 Sipprelle Drive.

The event will start at the activity center, where people can enjoy a dip in the indoor pool from 2-4 p.m. Take a tour of the center and see all the member benefits that are available year round.

Then enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs from 4-7 p.m. at the shopping plaza. Visit the booths sponsored by YouthZone, Colorado Animal Rescue, Rifle MOMS, the Parachute Branch Library, Crime Stoppers and a host of others. There will be free give-a-ways, face painting and more.

Get up close and personal with the Green Machine, a fire engine, an ambulance and the Bear Cat. See vintage cars and hear and participate in short presentations about animal safety, search and rescue programs, dog bite prevention, the Drug Free World Foundation, a K-9 demonstration and more. McGruff the Crime Dog is expected to make an appearance, too.

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District will have its climbing wall set up and its brush truck on hand. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to show off its new state-of-the-art hazardous response truck, and the Parachute Police Department will be represented as well.

National Night Out is designed to bring neighbors and businesses together to create a friendly exchange and increase public awareness of crime and drug prevention. It is held in more than 15,000 communities across the country.

Deadline nearing for hunter outreach program’s mentored hunts

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding women and youth interested in learning how to hunt big or small game — including deer, elk, pronghorn, upland birds or waterfowl — that the deadline to participate in the agency’s hunter outreach program is Thursday, Aug. 1, before 5 p.m.

The program provides guidance and mentorships to novice women and youth hunters through various clinics, workshops, seminars and private-land hunts that instill the knowledge, skills, ethics and traditions of hunting.

Submitted applications are selected by random drawing. Successful applicants are offered a hunt by the outreach coordinator. Applications can be found at and

Stompers to open Silt studio

The Western Slope Stompers and Dance Academy plan to open a new studio on Silt’s Main Street. They will offer new and returning dance forms, including clogging, jazz, ballet, lyrical and cheer/dance squad. Fitness classes will include Zumba, step aerobics, cardio, yogalates, full body fitness, kick boxing and classes in Taekwondo.

Register online at or call Shonna at 379-0512.

Silt Heyday parade, Hobble 5K and car show

Kids of all ages are invited to join Silt’s Heyday Parade on Saturday, Aug. 3. Decorate your bikes, wagons, and scooters or cars and join in on the fun. This year’s theme is “Cruising Colorado for 100 Years.”

Events this year include a quilt show at the Silt Historical Park and a vintage base ball game on Aug. 3.

Sunday, Aug. 4 starts with the Heyday Hobble 5K at 8 a.m. and the car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

Parade and booth forms, Hobble and car show entry forms are available at Silt Town Hall, or contact Peggy Swank at 876-5861 to have a form e-mailed or mailed. Booth vendors are also needed.

Fair volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the 75th anniversary Garfield County Fair, Aug. 5-11. A volunteer who works more than four hours will receive a T-shirt and a ticket to fair events.

Positions are available for the information booth, kids activity area, professional bull riding event, the Charlie Daniels Band concert, CPRA rodeo, demolition derby and more.

Interested people are encouraged to participate online at Volunteers can enter their areas of interest and time availability. For more information, call Krista DeHerrera at (970) 309-6214 or email

Host an exchange student

The World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking American families to host high school students from Eurasia for an academic year in the U.S. All students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department-sponsored Future Leaders Exchange program, which seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy.

Students are from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. After returning home, students will share what they learned in America.

For more information, contact Courtney Wade at (866) 939-4111, or 1-800-888-9040, via email at or visit

YouthZone offers free 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.

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

Volunteer to help older citizens

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has been serving the Colorado and Roaring Fork valleys for 40 years. RSVP volunteers, age 55 and older, use their skills, abilities and life experiences to serve nonprofit agencies in Garfield and Pitkin counties such as LIFT-UP, Literary Outreach, Mountain Valley Developmental Services and Garfield County Senior Programs.

Some of the benefits of becoming an RSVP volunteer include the opportunity to work with a professional coordinator who will explore various volunteer opportunities and provide follow up and support as needed, free excess liability insurance while volunteering, and the opportunity to share and interact with other older Americans as they seek to give back to their communities.

Call High Country RSVP at 947-8462 or 947-8461 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.

Local families needed for exchange students

ASSSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families for international high school boys and girls.

Students are 15 to 18 years of age, and will be in the U.S. for the upcoming high school year or semester. Students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living with a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their host family.

Each student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. Families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.

For more information, call 1-800-733-2773.

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