Community News Briefs – Jan. 16, 2014 |

Community News Briefs – Jan. 16, 2014

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All State Band kudos

Congratulations to Rifle High School students Eddie Valdez (alternate), Sarah McCutchan, Hunter Preston, Teyo Bennett (alternate), Abby Bernat, Kelly Coombs, Brittany Middleton and Sarah Voigt for making All State Band this year.

A total of 886 students from 144 schools participated in the recent All State Band auditions. More than 100 students from 49 different high schools are represented, including Sarah McCutchan, Sarah Voigt, Hunter Preston, Kelly Coombs and Brittany Middleton. Abby Bernat is participating in the All State Symphonic Band, where 114 students from 57 high schools are represented. She also made All State Jazz this year. The hard work and dedication required to make these ensembles is immense, as the students have been practicing since last May.

You can find more information about the RHS Bands on our website,, or on our Facebook fan page.

Ryan Monarch

Director of bands, Rifle High School

Vets home appreciates support

Can individual acts make a difference? You bet. The Colorado State Veteran’s Home knows this first hand. Over the holidays, our veterans in our care were remembered by our community through an outpouring of gifts. These included handmade cards, Christmas goodies, hats, coats, mittens, scarves, coats and donations. To be remembered for their sacrifice has touched many hearts.

We also want to specifically thank the Parachute VFW for donating 100 shadow boxes to each of our veterans, spouses or Gold Star parents (whose only child was killed in action) who are under our care. These shadow boxes are coming to life by family/friends working together with their loved one to display their memories. It not only reminds them of days past, but also is a good conversation starter for the staff here, who provide their individualized care. Each veteran/spouse/Gold Star parent’s family will get the shadow box for their memory at the end of their loved one’s stay here.

The Colorado State Veteran’s Home currently has openings. We would love to serve any veteran, their spouse/widow or Gold Star parents. If a veteran has a 70 percent or more service-connected disability, their stay with us is free. Please stop by for your personalized tour.

Diane McCann

Colorado State Veterans Home, Rifle

MLK event for GarCo Dems

The Garfield County Democratic Party will hold its 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

The event will feature a live auction and a vaudeville show. Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased online at or at, and include dinner and the show. For information, call Cheri at (970) 319-4005 or Jack at (970) 618-8308.

State vets home appreciated

The Newman family would like to thank the Rifle community for being so welcoming and supportive.

My husband, Michael, recently died after spending two months in the Grass Mesa unit of the Colorado State Veterans Home. The nurses, doctors, and staff at the home provided exceptional care for Michael and support for me. Additionally, the people we met outside of the home made the experience as pleasant as possible. Thank you.

Suzette Newman


Carpenter rejoins Fleisher

The Fleisher Co. has announced the return of Joe Carpenter to its team of real estate professionals. Carpenter was the general manager and a managing member of the firm from 2005- 2007. In his new position as managing director, he will provide full brokerage services with special emphasis on commercial and investment properties.

Carpenter’s experience includes more than 25 years in real estate sales, management, residential and commercial finance, as well as 14 years in mortgage-backed securities and the capital markets.

Carpenter can be reached at 625-1838 or by email at

Tattoos and bowling

Rifle Fireside Lanes will offer a 2014 Tattoo Bowling League this year. Get Bowl-Ink’d! starts Jan. 29 and runs through April 16. It will be a 12-week league, every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Every week, a strike pot winner will receive a $200 voucher redeemable at Mountain Ink Tattoo in Glenwood Springs toward a tattoo of their choice. Call 625-2231 for more details and to sign up.

Food for Fines and buy a book bag

Garfield County public libraries have brought back the popular Food for Fines program during February. Bring in non-perishable food items to any library and receive $1 credit on your library card account for each item you donate. Credits can only be applied to overdue fines, and cannot go toward lost materials or those fees. All food items will be given to local LIFT-UP locations. Last February, there were 4,542 items collected by the libraries.

The libraries are also selling book bags for $2 each. Proceeds support the libraries, so be kind to the environment while carrying your books in style. For more information, visit

Winter heating help

Heating your home during wintertime is expensive. If you’re struggling to pay your heating bills, The Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program can help.

LEAP provides cash assistance to help hard-working families and individuals pay winter home heating costs or help with broken furnaces or wood stoves. This year the average benefit for people who qualify is expected to be $425 per household.

Applicants must be Colorado residents and U.S. citizens or legal aliens. They also need to provide a copy of a valid identification and a completed affidavit to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes regarding documentation of lawful presence. Applicants also must be responsible for paying heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent. Applicants’ income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index.

People interested in applying can call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to order a mailed application or pick one up at the Garfield County Human Services offices, most utility companies, and many community agencies, like Catholic Charities. Applications also can be downloaded from Applications can be made through April 30.

Scholarship time again

Graduating high school seniors can now apply for the J. Robert Young annually renewable scholarships. Students meeting the criteria of the scholarship may receive an application through their high school counselor, online at or at, or by visiting any Alpine Bank location.

The scholarship is offered to graduates of public high schools in locations served by Alpine Bank and awarded on the basis of financial need to a student with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher who is seeking a business-related degree. Students must attend a Colorado college. Two $1,000 renewable scholarships are awarded each year. Applications must be postmarked or emailed to the Western Colorado Community Foundation on or before March 15.

Grand Valley Educational Foundation scholarships

Several scholarships are available to Grand Valley High School seniors who will be attending college or vocational school in the fall. Contact the school guidance counselor for applications.

American Legion Ward Underwood Post#114 Academic Scholarship – $1,000

American Legion Ward Underwood Post#114 Vocational Scholarship – $1,000

Pam Brock Teacher Scholarship – $2,000 ($1,000 the first year and $1,000 year two)

Carl H. Bernklau Scholarship – $2,500

The Carl H. Bernklau Continuing Education Scholarship – $2,500 – is available to Grand Valley High School graduates currently attending college in Colorado. To request an application, send a note to Grand Valley Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 682, Parachute, CO 81635. Applications are due by April 17.

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