Citizen Telegram News Briefs – June 19, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – June 19, 2014

Volunteers are needed to refinish five planter boxes at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.
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Help grow healthy food for vets

Volunteers are sought to water vegetable planters at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle this summer. Great exercise and fresh air, fun for any age. Groups are welcome; this would make a great project for scouts, churches or similar groups, or a summer ‘job’ for kids. Volunteers can help daily, or as needed, for as little as 10-15 minutes.

Volunteers are also needed to refinish five planter boxes, which can be moved to any location to be refinished.

Call Andrea at (720) 473-2670 for details.

With recent changes to Colorado law, the produce grown will be used to help feed U.S. veterans and children on free or reduced school lunches. Donations will also be managed through Growing Food Forward and LiveWell Garfield County.

101st Army Band to play free Rifle concert

The 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard will perform a free, patriotic concert at the New Ute Events Center in Rifle at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20.

Music will consist of patriotic literature, marches and symphonic pieces. A “Salute to Veterans” will be performed, honoring those who have served by playing their respective service songs. Admission is free, tickets are not required to attend.

The 101st is the oldest military band in Colorado, dating back to 1937. It consists of 40 citizen-soldiers who perform together part-time as musical ambassadors for the U.S. Army, National Guard and the state of Colorado. More information about the band can be found at

Rifle Equipment sells Hyundai equipment

Hyundai Construction Equipment America has added Rifle Equipment, 1605 Airport Road, to its dealer network.

Rifle Equipment will carry Hyundai’s full line of construction equipment, which includes wheel loaders, crawler and wheeled excavators, mini-excavators and skid-steers. The full stock of Hyundai equipment will be readily available for sale or rent.

“I’ve heard great things about Hyundai equipment for years, but after attending ConExpo 2014 and having the chance to put my hands on the machines, I immediately became impressed with the quality,” said Harry Colborn, president of Rifle Equipment. “Upon learning more about Hyundai’s parts availability, customer service and dealer support, I knew the brand would be a great fit for us. We’re delighted to join Hyundai’s growing dealer network.”

Solely Skin says thanks, Rifle

I would like to thank all of the great customers of Rifle and surrounding community for your wonderful support through the 16 years of business at Solely Skin in Rifle.

I am moving the business because of reasons beyond my control. You can find me at Solely Skin in New Castle. Our address is 240 W. Main St., 1A, phone 984-0302 for an appointment. I hope to see you soon. Thanks again.

Kathy E.


Parade marshals named

PARACHUTE – This year’s Grand Valley Days on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, will feature Dana and B.J. Barker as parade grand marshals. The couple has lived in Parachute for 17 years.

Dana Barker handled the concession stand at Grand Valley Days to raise funds for the local Kiwanis group for 10 years. He also served as president and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis. He was involved in tutoring youngsters after school, when Kiwanis provided that service.

Barker and his wife have also helped deliver Meals on Wheels, volunteer on a regular basis at the Parachute LIFT-UP store and have worked at the rest stop cabin. Barker was also a Democratic candidate for Colorado District 7.

B.J. Barker volunteered at Grand River Heath and worked 50 years in the medical field. She also served as the Kiwanis secretary for three years. She and her husband attended five International Kiwanis conventions.

Grand Valley Days will feature two nights of rodeo action, a parade on Saturday morning, a pie social at the Morrisania Community House and the band Lever Action will play at the dance at Cottonwood Park after the rodeo to wrap up the festivities.

Rifle resident named to president’s list

Stephanie Hazelton, a senior from Rifle at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., was named to the president’s list for the spring 2014 semester.

To be named to the president’s list, a full-time student must have a grade point average of 3.7 or higher with no course grade below 3.0 during the term.

New Grand River board member

Jesse Wolf has joined the Grand River Hospital District Board of Directors, along with incumbents Kip Costanzo and Mike Miller.

Wolf replaces outgoing board member Cindy George, who served since 2004. There were three seats open this election cycle and three candidates, therefore no election was required.

Wolf and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Rifle from Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 years ago and started a company with Jesse’s brother, Jeff, called Wolf Oil and Gas. In 2006, the couple opened Little Caesar’s Pizza on Airport Road.

Board officers for 2014 are Kip Costanzo, president; Marcia Kent, vice-president; and Mike Miller, secretary/treasurer.

GVHS reunion planned

The 1964 graduating class of Grand Valley High School will hold their 21st annual school reunion at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Cottonwood Park in Parachute.

Coffee, donuts and conversation, followed by lunch at Noon.

Bring a covered dish and beverage, plates, cutlery and napkins will be provided. Bring chairs and small tables if you wish, some picnic tables and chairs are available in the pavilion.

Davis receives certification

Mike Davis, a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Rifle and author of “Dollars & Sense,” a monthly personal finance column published in The Citizen Telegram, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use their registered trademark and logo.

These marks identify those individuals who have successfully completed financial planning coursework and passed the certification examination covering the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.

Forum to focus on health impacts from gas development

The Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and Battlement Concerned Citizens will host a public forum on “Oil and Gas Impacts on Human Health” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, in the Parachute Branch Library, 240 Grand Valley Way.

The forum will feature two guest speakers: Dr. Lisa McKenzie, research associate at the Colorado School of Public Health, on “The Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment: Past, present, and future;” and Dr. John Hughes of Aspen Integrative Medicine, who will discuss natural gas volatile organic compound emissions found in residents living near gas wells.

For more information, call Frank Smith at Western Colorado Congress, (970) 256-7650.

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.

*Ran 6/5, 6/12

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.

*Ran 5/29

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.

* Ran 5/29

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.

*Ran 5/29

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

* Ran 1/2, 1/9, 1/30, 2/27, 4/3, 5/29

How to become a Girl Scout

Girls from kindergarten through 12th grade can sign up for Girl Scouts and earn their way to lots of fun and adventure.

Girl Scouts in Colorado are forming new troops and need adult volunteers. Girls can also sign up as an individual member until a troop becomes available. Members can sell Girl Scout Cookies and also earn funds to pay for summer camp, community service projects and other leadership programming.

To enroll and for more information, go online to

* Ran 6/13, 7/25, 8/15, 10/31, 1/9, 1/30, 2/27, 4/3, 5/29

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.

*Ran on 7/18, 7/25, 1/9, 1/30, 2/27, 4/3

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.

* Ran 3/21, 7/4, 7/25, 1/9, 2/6, 2/27

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

*Ran 2/27, 4/3

Free addiction help

Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or go online to

*Ran 3/20, 3/27, 4/3

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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