Community in brief
Petition period for Rifle City Council starts June 9
Candidates for the four Rifle City Council seats up for election this fall may begin circulating nominating petitions Tuesday, June 9. Candidates must file petitions with 15 signatures of registered Rifle voters with the Rifle Clerk’s Office prior to the close of business June 29. Nominating petitions can be found at the clerk’s office or at http://www.rifleco.org/election.
Mayor Pro-Tem Jay Miller and Councilors Rich Carter, Jonathan Rice and Joe Elliott currently hold the seats up for election. All four positions are at-large positions, and three of the four seats are for terms ending in September 2019. The fourth term ends in 2017. Ballots for the Sept. 8 municipal election will be mailed starting Aug.17, and must be returned via mail or in person to the clerk by 7 p.m. the day of the election.
Applications for absentee ballots will be available beginning June 10. Applications can be obtained online, in the Rifle Clerk’s Office or by calling 970-665-6405 and requesting one mailed to you. Absentee ballots cannot be sent without having a completed application on file.
Rifle Chamber announces scholarship winners
Coal Ridge High School graduate Katie Barner and Rifle High School graduate Brock Clark were recently awarded the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Each graduate received $1,000 to use in their college endeavors.
Vagneur wins Blue Vase Award
Laurie Vagneur, of Rifle, recently received the Farmers Insurance Blue Vase Award, which is given to Farmers insurance agents who have excelled in life insurance at the beginning of their time as an agent. The successful achievement of this prestigious award qualifies Vagneur for an exclusive achievement award entitled the Toppers Club, which is hosted in various locations.
Photo exhibit on display at CMC
Noted photojournalist Klaus Kocher, whose work recently earned an honorable mention in Rotary International magazine’s worldwide photo contest, is displaying some of his photographs at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle this summer.
Kocher, who is on the faculty at the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College, teaches photo history, composition, wet darkroom and photojournalism. His photos reflect his international upbringing. Born in Santiago, Chile, to his Swiss father and Dominican mother, he has lived in the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Germany and Mexico.
His photos will be on display at CMC in Rifle through Aug. 13. Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle is at 3695 Airport Road, and is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 625-1871 for information.
Registration open for Ride Garfield County Team Challenge
The Ride Garfield County Team Challenge is open for cyclists of all ages to register and start logging miles. Join a team, or form a new team and invite others to join. There are prizes for the top-mileage team, plus a drawing for prizes for all cyclists who log miles. The challenge week is June 19-26, with events every day across Garfield County. Rifle events include a guided mountain bike tour on June 23, and Bike Your Market and a Walking, Biking and Browsing Tour of Downtown on June 25. A complete schedule and registration details can be found at http://www.GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.
Grand River Health awards $10,000 in scholarships
Grand River Health and Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to students from each of the three local high schools and Colorado Mountain College. Many of the scholarship recipients volunteered for Grand River Health during their high school years. Their medical career aspirations were widely diverse and included physical therapy, prosthetic engineering, to pediatrics and nursing. The staff at Grand River Health and the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association wishes the class of 2015 good health, happiness and prosperity.
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