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Rifle EV Ride and Drive features four autos

Rifle’s first-ever electric vehicle ride and drive event will give motorists a chance to test drive three models of plug-in electric passenger cars – the Chevrolet Volt, the Ford Fusion Energi and the Ford C-Max Energi.

All three models have backup motors that run on gasoline, offering the full range and flexibility of a typical passenger car, according to Matt Shmigelsky, an energy consultant with CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy.

“While driving on the electric battery, the cost per mile is about 5 cents, compared with anywhere from 15 to 30 cents per mile for typical gasoline-powered vehicles,” Shmigelsky said.

Mountain Chevrolet will show two Chevy Volts and Glenwood Springs Ford will show the C-Max and Fusion models, with knowledgeable sales staff offering test drives.

Rifle’s EV Ride and Drive is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Rifle City Hall and Rifle Branch Library parking lot.

The Rifle EV Ride and Drive event is hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER, the City of Rifle, Garfield County Environmental Health, the Rifle Area Chambe of Commerce, and the Rifle Branch Library. Sponsors are Mountain Chevrolet and Glenwood Springs Ford.

Encana and WPX Energy receive top marks from state agency

Two Western Slope natural gas operators were recognized by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission during the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s Rocky Mountain Energy Summit in Denver. The awards ceremony each year acknowledges select companies with recognition once a year in association with operational excellence.

WPX Energy received the COGCC Outstanding Operator award for Community Relations. The company conducted an outreach campaign in advance of a drilling program within the town Of Parachute. WPX worked with surrounding communities, including a senior center and nearby subdivision, through meetings, barbecues, and knocking on doors to explain its upcoming operations. The company also erected a sound wall, which it was not required to do. The 10 well drilling program was characterized as “a model for how to partner with the community to understand drilling operations” by Matt Lepore, director of the COGCC.

Encana was recognized for Emergency Management Interaction & Community Involvement for its Multi-Jurisdictional Rescue Training Exercise. Numerous agencies and Encana worked together to rescue victims through three different evolutions. Each evolution required crews to use a different form of rescue, and each time crews rescued the worker successfully.

AARP Smart Driver Program

Colorado Mountain College and RSVP will be presenting two AARP Smart Driver Program in September.

The first will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. The second class will be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Grand Valley Recreation Center in Battlement Mesa.

The program is a driver refresher course directed towards driver age 50 and over that covers important driving habits for seniors such as: how overall fitness affects driving, important strategies for staying crash-free, challenges of city vs. rural driving, tips for highway driving and driving with trucks, buses and other large vehicles, understanding a vehicle’s safety features and new vehicle technology, tips for trying other transportation options and warning signs of unsafe driving.

There is a $15 fee for AARP members and $20 fee for nonmembers. Call 970-384-8747 for information and registration.

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