Citizen Telegram News Briefs – Sept. 5, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – Sept. 5, 2013

Michael Langhorne
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First Friday fun in Rifle

This month’s schedule for Friday, Sept. 6:

• Free movie at dusk, “Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark” (PG), Centennial Park, bring your lawn chair and refreshments, no alcoholic beverages.

• Car Show n’ Cruise, 6-7 p.m., community lot at West Second Street and Railroad Avenue, sponsored by Miller’s Dry Goods.

• WingNutz Western Slope Softball Tournament of Champions, mens and co-ed tournaments, 7 and 8:15 p.m., Deerfield Park.

• Bike path master plan workshop, 5-7 p.m., Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.

• Unveiling of the “Western Colorado Icons” mural created by Rifle Middle School art students, 6 p.m.

• Art In The Stacks, featuring photos by George Cutting, reception at 6:30 p.m.

Many downtown Rifle businesses will offer specials, too.

EAB adds new members

The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board has four new board members. The new citizen representative for the Rulison/Holmes Mesa/Morrisania Mesa areas is Jack Castle of Parachute. Tom Vondette is the citizen representative for the Taughenbaugh Mesa area. Kimberly Bullen will participate on the board for the city of Rifle, and A.J. Hobbs will serve for the town of Carbondale. The county commissioners approved the new members Aug. 19.

Citizen representatives are still needed for the Dry Hollow Creek area and the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek area. Interested county residents who reside in one of these areas are encouraged to apply. Details and the required application form are available online at

Langhorne wins downtown award

Michael Langhorne, president of the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corp. and owner of Bookcliff Surveys in Rifle, was recently named one of two winners of the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence’s Main Street Downtowner of the Year.

Downtown Colorado Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to building better communities through educational and technical assistance, announced this year’s award winners, who will be honored at the 2013 Governor’s Awards Gala on Thursday, Sept. 12, in Grand Junction.

Range Management School 501

The Bookcliff Conservation District and CSU Extension will present a day-long workshop on range management, Range Management School 501, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.

The workshop builds on the information and science first introduced in the original Range Management Schools. This course will explore disturbance-driven ecosystems, riparian issues, animal health and effectiveness monitoring.

Preregistration is required. Cost is $25 per person and includes a resource notebook and lunch. Two people from a ranch who can share one notebook can register for $35.

Bring, mail, fax, e-mail or call in your registration to Bookcliff Conservation District – Attn: Sharie, 258 Center Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, 945-5494, ext. 105, 945-0937 (fax),

Gifts from your kitchen workshop

Colorado State University Extension master food safety advisors will provide valuable knowledge and useful tips on the best possible results of preparing gifts from your kitchen during a workshop in Rifle.

Learn current research-based recommendations to safely make and give a gift from your kitchen this holiday season. The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Fourth St. (the Lovell Building). Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 3. Cost is $35. Attendees are asked to bring an apron, sack lunch and beverages.

Contact the Garfield County Extension office at 625-3969 to register.

True heroes

I’d like to beg your indulgence for an observation during a recent brief visit to the Grand River Hospital and Medical Center. (I’m alright.) The staff there deserve all the praise and positive adjectives within the boundaries of my limited skills. For their professionalism and diligent treatment under quite taxing circumstances — at best — were very impressive, at least.

They deserve nothing less than all the praise and appreciation I can willfully offer, without provocation. The staff at Grand River Medical can take due pride in their skills that they cheerfully provide to those truly in need. Those people actually ran up and down the hall — understaffed — to care for the patients. In all my vast experience in emergency rooms, I’ve never experienced such diligence.

Even though this was not a false alarm, but a warning to me, they took the time they couldn’t really spare and explained in simple vernacular what my immediate, as well as long-term, needs were.

They weren’t no “dog & pony show!” Thank you, Grand River staff members.

Joe Lewis


Learn how to have healthy land

If you’re new to managing land that’s 100 acres or less, a Colorado Master Steward program will be offered in Garfield County. This short course will show you how to implement proper stewardship to keep your property healthy. Participants will write their own management plan to help maintain healthy pastures with fewer weeds, understand ways to reduce soil erosion, promote healthier water quality in rivers due to less runoff and leaching, manage livestock more effectively, recognize what is needed to maintain defensible space from potential wildfires and more.

This program, provided by Colorado State University Extension, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, area conservation districts and other agencies, are offered 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 10. Registration is $100 per property owner and to register or get more information contact John Rizza,, (970) 241-5068, ext. 128, or online at

Grand Wine Affair date set

The sixth annual Grand Wine Affair, a fundraising event with wine and beer tasting, silent auction, food and music, will take place 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Grand River Health Conference Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.

The event is hosted by the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association and co-sponsored by Choice Liquors in Rifle. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and can be purchased in advance at the Grand River Cafe, Choice Liquors, or by calling 625-6215.

The event will raise funds for portable automated external defibrillators for athletic trainers at Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley High Schools.

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