Community Briefs – May 30, 2013 |

Community Briefs – May 30, 2013

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Free fishing this weekend

The fish are starting to bite at waters all around the state. To give everyone an opportunity to get out and get some hits, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites anglers of all ages to participate in its annual free fishing weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

Each year, the agency designates the first weekend in June as the only two-day period that anglers are not required to have a fishing license. For the rest of the year a fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older.

While fishing licenses are not required this weekend, all other regulations remain in effect. Anglers should consult the 2013 Colorado Fishing brochure.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, from one of the more than 600 license agents across the state or online. Anglers may also purchase a fishing license over the phone and receive a temporary authorization number allowing them to fish immediately by calling 800-244-5613.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife produces a weekly fishing report that includes information about fishing conditions and stocking activity around the state, and a fishing atlas about places to go fishing. Find those at

Shred Day benefits LIFT-UP

Alpine Bank will hold its annual on-site document shredding event 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1, in downtown Rifle. The service is free, but a donation of canned goods, nonperishables or cash to benefit LIFT-UP, the local food bank, is suggested.

Organizers encourage individuals to bring any unwanted documents that contain personal information, including tax documents seven years and older, old bank statements and medical records, canceled or blank checks, credit card statements and solicitations and personal bills. A maximum of seven boxes of paper per person is encouraged; staples or paperclips do not need to be removed. All paper will be recycled.

Wild West Rodeo kicks off

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series kicks off on Thursday, June 6. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., slack at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The series continues every Thursday through the finals on Aug. 22. For more information, visit

Dr. Smith’s son awarded scholarship

Kyler Smith, a 2013 graduate of Plateau Valley High School and the son of Dr. Tod Smith of Rifle, played golf at Palisade for four years and will attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he has received a $16,000 Presidential Award scholarship. Kyler also received a Western Colorado Golf Foundation scholarship and will play golf at Eckerd.

Smith plans to study pre-med at the college.

Local families needed for exchange students

ASSSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families for international high school boys and girls.

Students are 15 to 18 years of age, and will be in the U.S. for the upcoming high school year or semester. Students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living with a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their host family.

Each student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. Families can choose their students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests.

For more information, call 1-800-733-2773.

Downtown features First Friday

A new family fun event debuts in downtown Rifle on Friday, June 7.

“First Friday” is a free public event organized by the Rifle Main Street program. From 4-9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, downtown businesses and organizations open their doors to community members and visitors – come rain or shine, heat or cold, or even a holiday.

Grab a location map at the Rifle Branch Library on the morning of June 7. Participating locations will have green balloons.

Festivities will include:

• local artists displaying their works at the East Third Street Professional Building;

• live music, free snacks and beer, Art in the Stacks, the premier showing of “Downtown Rifle: Bridging the Past with the Future” at the Rifle Branch Library (3:30-9 p.m.);

• live music at Creekbend Bistro;

• a car show and cruise at the community lot (West Second Street and Railroad Avenue);

• improv happy hour with the Boomtown Players at the Texan Bar from 7-8 p.m.;

• kids’ activities and chalk art at Miller’s Dry Goods;

• extended merchant hours and specials at Lady Bug Express, Zoe Life Soap Works, Midland Arts and more.

Look for updates and additions on Rifle Main Street’s Facebook page.

Scholarship for college students

Applications are now available for The Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship through the Western Colorado Community Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the desire, ability and determination to complete an education, but who, without financial assistance, would be unable to do so.

This scholarship is available to current college students who are Western Colorado residents and have completed a minimum of 15 college credit hours. Preference is given to nontraditional students. Other requirements include a grade point average between 2.0 and 3.5, motivation toward goals, and demonstrated financial need.

The application deadline is June 1. Two nonrenewable scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded. The application is available on the foundation website,, or by calling Cindy Rhodes at (970) 243-3767.

Seniors may qualify for low-income dental assistance

Garfield County participates in the Old Age Pension Dental program that provides low-income dental care to senior citizens who receive Old Age Pension medical assistance.

Senior citizens who qualify may obtain dentures, denture repair and preventative and restorative oral services. The OAP dental program is available until June 30.

The program provides financial and health care assistance to people who are 60 years or older. Requirements to apply for Old Age Pension benefits include being a Colorado resident and applying in the applicant’s county of residence.

For more information, contact the Garfield County Department of Human Services at 625-5282.

Groundbreaking reads

To gear up for the adult summer reading program, the Parachute Branch Library wants to know what books are groundbreaking?

From now through June 8, the library will hold a contest for a chance to win free lunch at a local restaurant. To participate, fill out an entry form – as many as desired – for each title. The winner will be drawn on Saturday, June 8.

For more information, call 285-9870 or stop by the library.

Thanks for the flowers

On behalf of Wamsley Elementary School, I would like to thank Lady Bug Express in Rifle. They kindly donated flowers to all the staff at Wamsley in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. We greatly appreciate the continued commitment of this local business. Their recognition of the hard work of our teachers and staff is much appreciated.

Desha Bierbaum, principal

Wamsley Elementary School


GVHS grad finishes basic training

Air Force Airman Michael D. Jones, a 2011 Grand Valley High School graduate, completed basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Jones, who also earned an associate degree in 2012 from Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Jones earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Brad Martin of Battlement Mesa.

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Family night thanks

Wamsley Elementary School would like to thank two businesses for their donations of prizes for the First Grade Family Night held on May 1: the Rifle Little Caesars for pizzas for two family meals and the Rifle Kum-n-Go on Colorado Highway 13, and their manager, Kurt Larson, for a gift card.

We greatly appreciate the continued commitment of these local businesses. Their support of our students and staff is always much appreciated.

Parent and family committee

Wamsley Elementary School


‘Remembering Rifle’ debuts at museum

Long time Rifle resident John Scalzo will kick off the Rifle Creek Museum’s inaugural “Remembering Rifle” monthly series of gatherings from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the museum, 337 East Ave.

Scalzo will reminisce about the earlier days of Rifle and the community he has taken pride in for decades.

“Remembering Rifle” is designed to educate and entertain residents and visitors about the past, changes and growth that’s happened in and around the city.

July’s featured guest is planned to be Gracie Petrakian, author of “Land of Tall Grass,” which tells the history of Piceance Creek.

PHOTO: GarCo Fair logo (need to rename & drop)

Fair board seeks crafters and merchants

Merchants and professional craft makers have the opportunity to participate in the 75th anniversary Garfield County Fair, Aug. 5-11, at the fairgrounds in Rifle.

For years, the fair’s Merchant Village has featured an assortment of goods ranging from cooking supplies to jewelry, kids clothing and toys to unique handcrafted items. This year’s village will also offer two new areas: a crafters tent and a demonstration station.

The crafters tent is where smaller artisans can exhibit and sell their wares. Fair staff will provide an eight-foot banquet table per crafter, one chair, and lighting during evening hours for each artisan. Space rent is $20 per day.

The demonstration station will be available at no cost to vendors or other fair participants to demonstrate their products, cooking, and art and crafts, or to educate attendees. Electricity, tables, and audience seating will be provided under a tent.

Traditional booth spaces in the Merchant Village are also available. Spaces sized 10 feet by 10 feet are $100 for either the week or the weekend.

Applications for the Merchant Village are available online at

For further information, visit, or call Fair Coordinator Krista DeHerrera at (970) 309-6214.

Rifle Rotary seeks host homes

The Rifle Rotary Club is lining up host homes for the 2013-2014 school year. Hosting a Rotary exchange student is a great way for families to learn about the world first hand. Families host students for three months of their year-long exchange.

Go to for an overview of Rotary International and Rotary Youth Exchange. Contact Kaaren Peck at (970) 355-4859 for more information on hosting a student.

YouthZone offers free 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.

Teen volunteer orientation programs

Garfield County Libraries will host teen volunteer orientations for anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 interested in becoming an active volunteer at a library.

Orientation programs will be held at the Rifle Branch Library at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1; the Silt Branch Library at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 4; and the New Castle Branch Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6. For more information, call Lo at 625-4270.

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

Host an exchange student

The World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking American families to host high school students from Eurasia for an academic year in the U.S. All students have received scholarships through the U.S. State Department-sponsored Future Leaders Exchange program, which seeks to foster democracy and values inherent in a free market economy.

Students are from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. After returning home, students will share what they learned in America.

For more information, contact Courtney Wade at (866) 939-4111, or 1-800-888-9040, via email at or visit

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