Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 3, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – July 3, 2014

David Lindenberg
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Fireworks tonight in Rifle

The annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Rifle will take place a day earlier, after the company that usually sets off the pyrotechnic display canceled due to a health issue.

Rifle Cultural and Special Events Manager Don Chaney said since the Fourth is on a Friday this year, the city could not find another company available on short notice. One company was found for Thursday, July 3, and the show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., with the best viewing in Centennial Park, Chaney said.

The Symphony in the Valley concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the park, Chaney added.

The Rifle Parks & Recreation Department will again hold a kids bike parade on the Fourth. Youngsters should decorate their bike in an Independence Day theme and be at the community lot, at the corner of West Second Street and Railroad Avenue, before the 10 a.m. start.

The parade starts on West Second Street, west of Railroad Avenue, turns north onto Railroad Avenue and ends at Heinze Park. At the park, the Boy Scouts will hold a flag ceremony, followed by a cheerleading demonstration by the youth in the department’s summer cheerleading program, a slack lining demonstration and other fun and games.

Gamba earns degree

Dominick Gamba of Rifle graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango on Saturday, May 3. Gamba received a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology – environmental & organismic biology option. Over 500 students participated in the commencement ceremony.

GarCo offices closed for the Fourth

All county offices of elected officials and administrative departments will be closed on Friday, July 4. Emergency or public safety workers will be working as needed, however, administrative offices of those departments will be closed.

The county landfill will also be closed and operate its regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Rifle Garfield County Airport will be open for general aviation, weather permitting, although the airport’s administrative offices will be closed for the three-day weekend.

Information on county holiday closures, meetings and services is available online at

New assistant super at Re-2

Dave Lindenberg is the new assistant superintendent in Garfield School District Re-2. He began his new duties on July 1 and replaces Brad Ray, who left to become principal at Bea Underwood Elementary School in Battlement Mesa.

Lindenberg had been the principal at Kathryn Senor Elementary for the last nine years. Before coming to the Re-2 district, he was the assistant principal at Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

Lindenberg holds a bachelors of science degree in psychology from Valparaiso University, a master of science degree in education with an emphasis in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and received his school principal licensure from Adams State College. Lindenberg also has many years of experience as both a school psychologist and counseling in private practice.

New transmission line OK’d

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a route for a new 230-kilovolt transmission line between Rifle and Parachute.

The Xcel Energy transmission line would connect the Rifle Ute substation, about 1.5 miles southeast of Rifle, with the Parachute substation, about 1 mile northeast of Parachute. About six miles of the approximately 18-mile route crosses BLM lands and generally follows designated corridors with existing facilities.

Once Xcel secures easements across private land, the BLM will issue a specific 150-foot permanent right-of-way within the 500-foot route. Construction will not begin until all easements are secured across private land.

The new transmission line is needed because the current transmission system in the area does not have the capacity to meet the needs of anticipated natural gas production and exploration. As more gas operations, such as compressor stations, move to electric power to reduce cost and air emissions, demand for electricity is increasing in the area. The new transmission line will also help ensure reliable electric power to central Garfield County communities.

More information, including an environmental assessment and a map, is available online at

Diaz completes boot camp

Private Cody C. Diaz, 18, of Rifle, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif., on June 20. Diaz successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training as one of 50 recruits in Training Platoon #3242.

Following 10 days home on leave, he will report to Camp Pendleton for one month of military combat training and then transfer to his military occupation specialty school for combat engineers. Diaz is the oldest child of Brian and Kelly Diaz of Rifle, and has a large “platoon” of family and friends that are so proud of his accomplishments and can’t wait to see where his journey will take him. Congrats and Semper Fi!

Dream big at CMC summer camps

Colorado Mountain College will offer low-cost summer camps to middle school students this summer.

Reach Your Peak Colorado, an organization supported by the El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council, creates opportunities for students who might not see higher education or career training as goals. The program aims to spark interest among middle school-aged students by connecting fun, summer learning experiences with rewarding, future careers. Scholarships to help with tuition are available.

CMC in Rifle will host “Crazy Scientist Camp” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 7-11. Hands-on activities will lead students through an exploration of solar energy, non-renewable energy sources such as oil and natural gas, biofuels and sustainability.

For more information on the CMC summer camps, in English or Spanish, contact Yesenia Arreola at, 947-8357, go online to or call Colorado Mountain College at 800-621-8559.

New anesthesia doc

Grand River Health in Rifle has announced the addition of Dr. Trygve Hutto to its anesthesia department.

Hutto received his degree in May 2001 from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He went on to conduct his internship and residency in anesthesiology at the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and became board certified in 2006. He has spent the majority of his career practicing medicine in Western Colorado in Grand Junction and the Vail Valley.

Miller recognized for leadership training

During its annual conference in June, the Colorado Municipal League recognized municipal elected officials statewide who reached milestone levels its MUNIversity program, a leadership program for Colorado’s municipal elected officials.

To reach the fundamental level of the program, officials must complete 30 training credits. The leadership level is achieved when officials reach a total of 60 hours of training and included Rifle Mayor Pro Tem Jay Miller. To reach the graduate level of the program, officials must complete 100 credit hours.

The program was started in January 1991 to recognize the efforts of officials who increase their knowledge of municipal government and their capacity to lead.

Special Advocates group

seeks volunteers

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District recently held its annual board retreat and welcomed new board members Denise Acee, Soledad Lowe and Jessica Owings. Chrissi Nikkel was elected board president and Barbra Sexauer Corcoran was recently hired as the new executive director.

The group’s purpose is to provide well trained, court appointed volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the district. The program’s goal is a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every child it serves.

The group is seeking interested volunteer board members and advocates from Western Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. For more information, call Barb at (970) 987-4332.

Budding duffers

Jacob and Masi Smith of Rifle each won the drive, chip and putt competition at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction on Tuesday, June 24.

Jacob Smith, who will be a freshman at Rifle High School, won the boys 14-15 division with a total score of 141.

Masi Smith, who will be in the 8th grade at Rifle Middle School, won the 12-13 girls division with a total score of 132.

Jacob and Masi now advance to the next regional drive, chip and putt competition at the Common Ground Golf Course in Aurora on Aug. 24. The winners from several more regionals will be able to compete in the finals at The Masters in Augusta, Ga., next spring.

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 seek 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 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 began Monday, June 9, and will end Thursday, July 31, at Rifle Middle School, 753 Railroad Ave. 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. 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.

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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