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New hours for Rifle Finance Department

The city of Rifle Finance Department implemented new hours this past Monday. The office is now open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Utility bills can also be paid online at or residents may call the Xpress Bill Pay Payment Assistance Center 800-720-6847 to make a payment over the phone or to speak with an agent. Those who have specific questions about Xpress Bill Pay should contact the Rifle Finance Department at 665-6445.

Gardening workshop set for Saturday

Growing Empowerment will be hosting a workshop Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the new Apple Tree CommUnity Gardens. The workshop will include the building of a keyhole garden, which requires only once-per-week watering after the seeds and starters are established, and a Hugelkultur berm, which becomes self-irrigating and fertilizing within two to three years, according to a press release. The new Apple Tree CommUnity Gardens is located on a donated one-acre parcel at 5260 County Road 335 in New Castle — across the street from Colorado River Fire Rescue Station 63.

Lunch will be served and children are welcome. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance — for planning purposes — by visiting the New Castle Growing Empowerment Facebook event page or by calling 970-704-9535. Growing Empowerment is a community organization comprised of volunteers from across the region, dedicated to empowering community through education, sustainable projects, and gardens for hunger relief and economic development within our communities.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Trustees appoint members to Silt Planning and Zoning Commission

Silt trustees appointed three members to the town’s planning and zoning commission Monday, July 27.

Trustees appointed Bob Shivley to another term as a permanent member on the commission, and Joyce Gornick to an alternate seat, which she previously held.

Trustees also appointed Justin Brintnall to another alternate seat on the board. Brintnall, a father of three, currently works as the manager at the Dollar General in Silt. Before making a motion to appoint the three, Mayor Pro-Tem Bryan Fleming said he thought it would be wise to keep consistency with Shivley and Gornick on the board, while injecting a more youthful perspective by appointing Brintnall. The motion was approved without dissent.

CRFR mass causality training

Colorado River Fire Rescue will be conducting a mass casualty exercises, in partnership with Grand River Health, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Rifle Friday, Aug. 7, and Aug. 14. The first training exercise was this past Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The exercise will involve a simulated car accident on the training grounds of Station 41, located at1850 Railroad Ave., with patient transports to Grand River Hospital. The exercise will not compromise care and or treatment of real emergencies, according to a press release.

The same exercise will take place in New Castle from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the same days as the training in Rifle. The accident will be simulated at Fire Station 64. Grand River Hospital will not be participating in the New Castle training. Instead, mock accident victims will be transported to the Fire Station 61 in Silt, which will serve as a simulated emergency room. Again, no services will be impacted, and residents should not be concerned if they see multiple fire and EMS vehicles in one location during the training dates, according to the press release.

Rifle Chamber to host Election Forum

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Candidates/Election Forum Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

This forum is an opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves and answer questions from a moderator. Residents can send their questions to The public is invited to attend the event, which will also be broadcast live on Channel 10. Refreshments will be served.

Petitions available for Garfield Re-2 Board of Education seats

Individuals who are interested in serving on the Garfield Re-2 Board of Education can now pick up nomination packets at the district office, located at 839 Whiteriver Ave.

The board is divided into districts, and this year districts B, C, and D are up for election. District B contains, in general, the eastern portion of Rifle from Whiteriver Ave., and continues to the western town limits of Silt. District C contains, in general, the south portion of Rifle and includes the neighborhoods of Cottonwood Springs, and part of Highlands East. District D contains, in general, the town of Silt, and unincorporated Garfield County both south and east of Silt to New Castle town limits.

Those who are unsure about which district they live in should contact Sharon Donohoue at 970-665-7600. Completed nomination packets and a petition containing at least 50 signatures of registered voters, must be returned to the district office by Aug. 28.

Wayne Starr named to RIT dean’s list

Wayne Starr of Rifle was named to the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology for the spring 2014-2015 semester.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the dean’s list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete,” “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

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