Community in brief |

Community in brief

From left, Grand River scholarship recipients Mariela Martinez, CRHS; Jim Coombs, Grand River Health CEO; Austin Boone, RHS; Jonathan Marbas, GVHS; (seated) Morgan Rikhoff, RHS; Jordon Scott, GVHS; and Amelia Zemlock, RHS. Not pictured are Tiffany Klausing; Kate Senor, CRHS; McKenna Smith, RHS; and Melissa Steinbach, CRHS.
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Kids’ Theatrical Camp in Rifle to put on ‘Aladdin’

Secret Identity Productions will present “Aladdin the Musical” this summer at the New Ute Events Center in Rifle.

This will be a Kids’ Theatrical Camp for the month of July. Forty students ages 8-14 will spend four weeks building sets and costumes and learning dance, singing and acting to put on the performance at the end of the camp.

For information on how to be a sponsor or how to sign your child up for the camp, contact Brett Lark with Secret Identity Productions at 970-379-5161.

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.

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.

Grand Valley Educational Foundation awards scholarships, recognizes staff

Grand Valley Educational Foundation recently awarded five outgoing senior from Grand Valley High School with $9,000 in scholarship dollars to further their education. In total, 27 applications were submitted for the five scholarships. The winners are:

Zach Beasley received the Teacher Scholarship; a $2,000 scholarship distributed over two years.

Houston Stansbury received the Carl Bernklau Academic Scholarship; a $2,500 non-renewable, one-time scholarship.

Jay T Kellebrew received the American Legion Ward Underwood Post No. 114 Vocational Scholarship; a 1,000 non-renewable, one-time scholarship.

Jori Dovey received the American Legion Ward Underwood Post No. 114 Academic Scholarship; a 1,000 non-renewable, one-time scholarship.

Jori Shaver received the Carl Bernklau Continuing Education Scholarship; a $2,500 renewable scholarship.

Grand Valley Educational Foundation, along with Aspen Community Foundation’s Patricia C. Moore Advised Fund and Ursa Resources, also recognized Garfield 16 teachers and staff. An individual teacher at every level, from elementary to high school, was recognized, as was a district-wide classified staff member.

Recipients of the teacher of the year awards and classified person of the year were Jaime Mayfield, Grand Valley High School; Jessica Walker, Grand Valley Middle School; Jenna Hemphill, Grand Valley Center for Family Learning; Jessica Johnson, Bea Underwood Elementary School; and classified employee Brian Fratzke.

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

BLM seeks comment on natural gas development

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an oil and gas development proposal west of De Beque.

Black Hills Plateau Production’s De Beque Southwest Master Development Plan proposes up to 104 horizontal wells on 13 new well pads over the next three to five years. Black Hills estimates that this project could produce up to 988 billion cubic feet of natural gas over the 20-year life of the project.

The project area is accessed via Mesa County V.2 Road. The project boundary includes approximately 32,600 acres of federal and private lands. The BLM is asking the public to identify comments, concerns and issues before the agency begins drafting the environmental assessment of this proposal. Copies of the proposal and maps are available for review at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office and online at

Comments will be most helpful if received by July 6. Written comments and questions should be directed to the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, 81652 or submitted electronically to

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While people may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the agency cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

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