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Holy Cross Cattlemen award scholarships
The Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association has awarded $7,500 in scholarships to three area students. This is a two-year scholarship, so each of these students will be receiving $5,000 in their first two years of college. The recipients for 2015-16 are as follows:
Mariah Harris, of Silt, will graduate from Rifle High School and will be attending either Arizona State University or Grand Canyon University
Monty Metzler, of De Beque, graduated from Palisade High School earlier this month, and will be attending Colorado School of Mines.
Bryce Roberts, of New Castle, will graduate from Coal Ridge High School, and plans on attending Colorado Mesa University.
Members of the Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association wish to congratulate all of these students and wish them the best in the coming years.
Business owner pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges
A local business owner is denying allegations of animal cruelty, saying earlier this week that the five charges filed against him are the result of a false report.
Kenneth Sack was charged with the five counts of cruelty to animals related to cattle on his farm near Silt in early March, according to court documents. On May 11, his attorney entered not guilty pleas on all five charges. When reached by phone Tuesday Sack said, “It’s all a false report,” and that the matter is being settled through the proper channels. “The real story is yet to come,” he said before declining to comment further.
Sack owns Eagle Springs Organic farm and ranch. The farm sells its products to purveyors throughout the state, including at farmers markets in Rifle, Vail and Edwards, according to the Eagle Springs Organic website. “All of our animals roam free and feed on our lush grass and organic vegies,” the website states. A jury trial is scheduled for November.
Rifle PD accepting applications for citizen police academy
The Rifle Police Department is encouraging residents to sign up for the department’s citizen police academy, a new offering designed to give participants a complete law enforcement experience.
The nine-week course starts June 1, and applications are due by May 25. The goal is to interact with the public, specifically adults, in a way that is both interesting and educationally beneficial, said Rifle Police Officer Max Bowen. Participants will learn a wide array of law enforcement duties through lectures and hands on training, including a courtroom simulation with participants acting as the testifying office. The academy culminates in a Saturday class where participants will be placed in a “shoot or don’t shoot” scenario. Paintball guns will be used and participants will go through the whole experience including a debriefing afterwards.
Rifle Farmers Market returns in June
Rifle Farmers Market returns in June on a new day that organizers hope will be more convenient for market goers. The market will be hosted on Thursdays, instead of Fridays, starting June 18. The change is intended to make the market more compatible with people’s schedules, said Dana Wood, Rifle Farmers Market board member. A survey conducted last year concluded that “the public overwhelmingly” preferred Thursday, Wood added. Many of the same vendors are returning this year, along with more than 10 new ones. The market, which runs every Thursday through Sept. 24, will also feature a new lineup of weekly entertainment.
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