Citizen Telegram News Briefs-July 31-Aug. 6, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs-July 31-Aug. 6, 2014

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School shooter drill canceled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, a school shooter mass casualty drill scheduled for Rifle High School on Tuesday, July 29, was postponed, according to a brief statement from Garfield School District Re-2. Officials hope to reschedule it for a date to be determined, possibly in September.

Centennial Park kudos

The Centennial Park concert on Friday, July 25, featured the Caleb Dean Band. I drove from Vail on the advice from friends who are fans of this amazingly talented country western group. Not only was I treated to incredible music but impressed with the park itself. First class all the way. Rifle is fortunate to have a venue to host quality musicians.

Patty A. Hackman


EAB to talk environmental regs

The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Rifle Library, 207 East Ave., to receive updates about oil and gas activity and issues. Dinner and social time for all attendees begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Rebecca Watson, with the law firm of Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley and a former assistant secretary, lands and minerals for the U.S. Department of the Interior, will present an educational program “Fracking, Federalism and Federal Environmental Regulation: Is the Oil & Gas Industry Exempt from Major Laws?”

Industry critics frequently make the claim that the oil and gas industry is exempt from environmental regulation. The argument is that regulatory “loopholes” leave the industry unregulated and the public at risk. Watson will discuss key federal laws protecting air and water and describe where they do and don’t apply to the oil and gas industry.

The board is also seeking a citizen representative for the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek area to serve at monthly meetings. Interested county residents who reside in this area are encouraged to apply. Details and the required application form are available online at

Fire brings out the best

Who could have ever imagined that eight months ago our lives would change so drastically? I have tried numerous times to write this on paper to let you know how grateful we are, but the words seem too few or empty and the memories still too vivid to write this without tears and with strength. It is impossible to describe the past eight months or the coming more as things start to feel more familiar and comfortable when we move back into our houses.

The community of Rifle, this valley and the countless organizations that pulled together to help to support our families this fall was our saving grace. We thank you for your time and efforts out of your busy schedules. Thank you for opening your homes, businesses and organizations to us to provide basic necessities to survive and get back on our feet.

Many times I have wondered how will we ever be able to thank or repay everyone? In thinking about this, it occurred to me that every person helped because they felt the need to be kind to their neighbor, to give to the less fortunate and to pray for us. These simple, basic human needs are the very foundation of this rich community.

I have realized that we will never be able to repay you but that is not why you helped us. You helped because it is ingrained in you, as a resident of this valley, that you always treat others how you wish to be treated. From the bottom of our hearts, the Kaminskis and the Covingtons would like to share our utmost gratitude for the sheer love you have shown as our neighbors during a difficult time last fall.

Leslie Kaminski


Riverside teacher attends digital learning institute

Kevin Anderle, a teacher at Riverside Middle School in New Castle, joined 149 educators from across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., for a week-long professional development experience hosted by Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network.

The six-day summer institute, held July 13-18, featured a number of seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they use the latest technologies to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement.

The institute is exclusive to educators recognized by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as STAR Discovery Educators.

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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