Citizen Telegram News Briefs – Nov. 21, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – Nov. 21, 2013

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Angel Tree Christmas gifts

The registration period for signing children up for an Angel Tree gift has closed. The trees with the “angel cards” with requests from individual children in the Rifle area are located at the Alpine Banks at Fourth Street and Railroad Avenue and Airport Road, City Market, Ladybug Express and Walmart.

Please be an angel for a child (or several children) this Christmas by picking up angel cards at one of these locations, purchasing a gift, placing it unwrapped in a Christmas gift bag with the angel card attached and placing it in the box next to an Angel Tree at one of these locations by Monday, Dec. 9.

More than 300 children have been registered. We need all angels in Rifle to come forward and help us with this project. We are also still in need of volunteers to help with the last weeks of this project (Nov. 20 through Dec. 14). Angel Tree in the Rifle area is a project of Reach Out Colorado. To have angel cards delivered to your business or organization, call (970) 361-1326 or 625-0278.

Elaine Cloninger

Angle Tree coordinator

Golf course appreciation

Throughout each season, the Rifle Creek Golf Course hosts a variety of activities. There are competitive tournaments, benefit tournaments, junior programs, men’s and ladies’ leagues plus players from out of town and our own local members.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the golf course to thank the many sponsors, tournament supporters, staff, volunteers, all players and especially the members who have supported the course in some way this season. It has been a great season.

A special thank you goes out to our loyal tournament sponsors: Jay Rickstrew at Alpine Bank, Hans Parkinson at Big H2O, Mark Fergen at Mountain Air Mechanical and Dean Donaldson at Screamin’ Eagle Trucking and Excavating. With their help, Rifle Creek puts on some of the best competitive tournaments on the Western Slope.

Golf courses run on tight budgets, and without the support of so many we would not be able to have the quality course and successful events we all enjoy.

Our course is currently open from 10 a.m. to dusk, weather permitting. The course is in wonderful shape, thanks to the hard work of J.R. Wolff, grounds superintendent, and his staff.

Thank you again, everyone, for your continued support of the Rifle Creek Golf Course.

Kyle Daniell

Pro and General Manager, Rifle Creek Golf Course

Christmas for kids around the world

With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Rifle individuals, families, churches and groups can help make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas at Superwash of Rifle, 181 E. 26th St., from 8 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. each day through Monday, Nov. 25.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

Elm Avenue sewer line replacement thanks

The replacement of the Elm Avenue sewer line has reached completion. The crews of the Rifle maintenance and operations department performed the work in a very professional and systematic manner. Their courtesy and cooperation with residents was greatly appreciated.

A special thanks is due to Dusty Hoaglund and his crew for their efforts and workman-like performance. They maintained sewer service to all houses will they replaced the line.

Another thanks to Casey and Brett with the crews of the Big Blue Truck for their diligence. Many times over the last three years, they willingly came to unplug the old line in a timely fashion, allowing the backups to drain.

There were many others involved with the overall execution and completion of the project and they all deserve a big thank you, including city management and the new city council. After almost three years of sewage backups into our basement, the line replacement was finally approved and the project successfully completed.

Glenn Sykes

446 Elm Ave., Rifle

Parachute student earns scholarship

Stephan Padilla of Parachute recently received the freshman tuition merit scholarship for the fall 2013 semester at Ft. Lewis College in Durango. Padilla’s major is exercise science with a sport administration option. Merit scholarships are renewable for up to 120 credits, if criteria are met.

RSVP thanks to businesses

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) would like to thank the businesses who generously donated funds and gift certificates for our annual volunteer appreciation banquet on Sept. 28 in the Grand River Hospital Ballroom: Chili’s, City Market, Creekbend Bistro, Elk Creek Bar and Grill, Fiesta Guadalajara, Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, Glenwood Caverns, Glenwood Sewing Center, Italian Underground, Jay’s Steakhouse, Juicy Lucy’s, Lazy Bear Restaurant, McDonald’s, Mi Casita, Miner’s Claim, Brenden 7 Movie Theatres, Rivers, Riviera Supper Club, Shanghai Garden, Starbucks in Glenwood Springs, Target, Thai Chili Bistro, The Riviera, Tractor Supply, U.S. Bank, Village Inn, Valley View Hospital gift shop, White House Pizza and Zheng’s Asian Bistro in Glenwood Springs.

Retired senior volunteers donated almost 30,000 hours of volunteer service to residents of Garfield County in 2012. These amazing volunteers helped seniors with their Medicare, filed their taxes, provided minor home repairs, taught driver safety classes, mentored youth, cared for abandoned pets, served senior meals, delivered Meals on Wheels and more.

Patty Daniells

Program director

Barbara Peterson

Volunteer coordinator

Seedling tree program begins

Mount Sopris, Bookcliff and South Side Conservation Districts are offering seedlings in cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service. The nursery produces over two million seedlings and shrubs each year for use as wildlife plantings, reforestation projects, windbreaks living snow fences and erosion control.

Area residents may order from 35 different tree and shrub seedlings for delivery in May. Through the program, landowners with one or more acres can revegetate their land for a minimal cost. Some species sell out, so be sure to get your order in early. For an order form or more information, go to or call 945-5494, ext. 105.

Wamsley appreciation

Wamsley Elementary School recently received visits from the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum thanks to donations from Encana. The kids had a great time learning about creatures up close from the Denver Zoo, and enjoyed hands on lessons from the Denver Museum about Colorado wildlife and Native American Indians. You can see pictures from these visits at our website, We greatly appreciate Encana making these exciting programs available to the students.

Kathi Senor, principal

Wamsley Elementary School


Holiday home tour nears

PARACHUTE/BATTLEMENT MESA – Get in the holiday spirit with the P.E.O. Chapter IPs 16th year of the Tour of Homes in Battlement Mesa and Parachute. The homes include one in Parachute that was built in 1914 with a lot of character and old home flavor, a home with Santa Fe architecture in Fairway Village and a home in Stone Ridge Village with an expansive view of the valley to the north and west. Refreshments will be served at the historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse.

The tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Chapter IP member or by calling Jo Darnall at 285-1037 or Sharon Temple at 285-2318. Funds raised from this event will be used to help women further their education.

GED candidates urged to complete exam

Colorado Mountain College encourages all students and community members working toward a GED to complete the existing exam by Dec. 31, before the new, strictly computerized test is put into place across the country.

Completing the exam before Jan. 1, 2014, is especially important to anyone who has already passed a section, or more, of the current test. Those who do not pass every section before the end of 2013 will have to start over from scratch in January, since sections passed before 2014 cannot be counted toward completion of the new exam.

For any learner seeking support to complete the current GED test, or planning to take the new one, CMC offers tutoring and guidance at campuses across north-central Colorado. The fall semester at Colorado Mountain College began the week of Aug. 26, but some classes start later. To find out more, visit or call your local campus.

To learn about the upcoming changes in the GED test, or to take a practice test, log in at

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

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