Citizen Telegram News Briefs – June 5, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – June 5, 2014

Scholarships awarded
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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 will begin Monday, June 9, and run through 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 fishing weekend

Colorado’s free fishing weekend is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. Anglers of all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the state this weekend.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that although a license is not required this weekend, all other rules and regulations will apply. Anglers should consult the 2014 Colorado Fishing Brochure for specific regulations and restrictions for the waters they’ll be fishing.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or from one of the more than 600 license agents across the state. Licenses can also be purchased online at and by calling 800-244-5613.

Thrift store scholars named

The Rifle Thrift Store has selected recipients of a $1,500 scholarship for Rifle High School graduates of 2014.

The are Leah Antonelli, Allison Tain, Hailey Emmons and Andrea Ulloa. Ariah Adams was given $1,000 for recognition of her dedication and work ethic during her school years.

The Rifle Thrift Store is a volunteer organization. All merchandise donated by the public is accepted and the proceeds are used for scholarships, visits to the emergency room and other personal needs.

SD 16 honors handed out

Garfield County School District 16 employees gathered at Grand Valley Middle School on Monday, May 23, to honor employees for their contributions to students and the district during the 2013-14 school year.

The annual event is sponsored by the Grand Valley Educational Foundation and the Patricia C. Moore Advised Fund at Aspen Community Foundation.

Teacher of the Year nominees included Wendy Harris, Becky Sirus and Kay Stark (primary); Brittney Bristol, Lindsey Rose and Shelly Schuckers (intermediate); Denise Newlin, Andrew Thompson and Jessica Walker (middle school); Staci McGruder, Lisa Schultz and Kim Whelan (high school).

Classified Person of the Year nominees included Christy Hughes, Jeanne Miles, Myndie Preble, Tracy Chartier and Naomi Johnson.

A special award was given to the family of Roy Brubacher and a special tribute was paid to Patti Pitts, both of whom were dedicated and respected members of the School District 16 community.

School district employees reaching pivotal years with the district were recognized for their years of service.

Recalling the past

“Remembering Rifle,” an informal gathering with a longtime Rifle-area resident, begins this summer at the Rifle Creek Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Maryhannah Throm has called Rifle home for 87 years. Everyone is invited to come visit with her and find out what she remembers about Rifle.

Happy customer

I just finished a morning of errands in Rifle (Columbine Ford, City Market and Alpine Bank) and instead of coming home tired and grumpy, I came home in a very upbeat mood. Everyone (customers included) was so nice. The staff greeted me by name when I walked through the doors and made it apparent they were glad to have my business, even going out of their way without being asked.

I am not a big shot nor am I a real major customer, but they all made me feel as if I was. I do business throughout the valley, but Rifle is by far the friendliest. Thanks to everyone for making my day!

Jodie Bay


Plastic surgeon in Rifle

Dr. Jeff Pitcher, board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is now credentialed at Grand River Health in Rifle. Specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Pitcher will see patients for clinical visits, cosmetic consultations, follow-ups and surgeries. He specializes in breast augmentation and reconstruction, nerve reconstruction, tummy tucks, mommy-makeovers and more.

To schedule an appointment or consultation in Rifle, call the ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center office at (970) 242-8177. Pitcher will see patients and perform surgeries on the first and third Thursdays of every month.

Dyer named to state board

Rifle Police Chief John Dyer has been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training board.

The board helps fund law enforcement training, develop a mandatory in-service training program, identify different training levels for reserve officers, increase the agency’s ability to assist small agencies with priority training and develop a standardized lesson plan for the police officers academy.

Dyer said he hopes to bring a Western Slope and rural law enforcement perspective to the board because small law enforcement agencies have a difficult time acquiring training resources for mandated training.

“This is a great opportunity to represent the City of Rifle and other small communities and I look forward to working on these challenging issues,” Dyer said.

Potluck memorial

There will be a potluck memorial for Lynda (Claypool) Blomgren at the Silt Community Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14. Please bring a side dish. Meat, utensils and drinks will be provided. Contact Glenda Wesley at (512) 517-8443 for more information.

Time for animal stories

The Rifle Animal Shelter will offer a new humane education program for kids this summer.

Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Makes a Difference Foundation are sponsoring “Tail Tale Story Time,” to be held at the shelter at 10 a.m. every Wednesday through the summer (June-August). It is free for children from 4-10 years old. Kids will read an animal-related book, meet some furry critters and discuss animal care. Every child will get a Wags and Menace Foundation goody bag to take home.

The Rifle Animal Shelter serves the City of Rifle and Parachute and frequently transfers animals from overcrowded shelters in surrounding region. It is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., across from Rifle High School on Prefontaine Avenue. To find out more about Tail Tale Story Time call the shelter, 625-8808, visit their website,, or their Facebook page. To learn more about the Wags and Menace Makes a Difference Foundation, visit their website,, or their Facebook page.

Get rid of old flags

The America Legion Kelly-Hansen Post #78 and the Rifle Boy Scotts Troop #228 will dispose of old flags at 2 p.m. Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, at the West Garfield County Veterans Memorial north of Rifle.

Old, torn flags can be dropped off at the Colorado River Fire Rescue station on Railroad Avenue in Rifle or given to an American Legion member.

Also, if a flag was not placed at a veteran’s grave at the Rifle cemetery this year, or any other time, call John B. Scalzo, 625-1842, or any other American Legion member so it won’t be missed next year.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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