Community News Briefs – May 23, 2013
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Landfill closed for Memorial Day
The Garfield County Landfill will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The landfill will reopen Tuesday, May 28, with normal business hours.
Battlement Mesa school wins energy saving challenge
Bea Underwood Elementary School in Battlement Mesa was the winner among 12 elementary and middle schools in Garfield County that participated in the fourth annual Bike and Walk to School Challenge, held April 23–25.
Rifle Middle School earned the highest number of points before contest officials adjusted for school size, and won the “Jumbo Savers” award.
Alpine Bank provided cash prizes for the four winning schools: $1,000 for Bea Underwood, $500 each for Rifle Middle and Carbondale Middle schools; and $250 for Carbondale Community School. Alpine Bank also provided $50 and $25 cash cards for the top-three finishing classes at each of the 12 schools.
The 167 classes and 5,575 students that took part were given points based on rates of participation in the morning and evening for walking, biking, carpooling and riding buses to and from school, as well as signing a commitment to use alternative transportation throughout the remainder of the school year and during the summer. Altogether, the students saved 21,098 pounds of carbon dioxide and $37,574 in vehicle costs (fuel, wear and tear, etc.) and burned 232,603 calories.
This letter is a thank-you to the fine people at 4-Play Off Road Center, located at 3198 Baron Lane in Rifle.
I had some work done on my 2012 Dodge truck and was pleasantly surprised by their knowledge, professionalism and courtesy. They did the work on time with the right parts the first time. They didn’t do any guesswork, and they only had to do it once. Lance Naugle and his whole crew are what service is all about. If you need work done on your truck give them a call, they are awesome.
Big Piney, Wyo.
Honoring those in active duty
The Rifle Branch Library is observing Memorial Day this year by honoring those currently serving our country in the armed forces.
Through Friday, May 31, give your thanks to those serving in active duty by writing a letter at the library display table.
Anyone considering joining the armed forces can stop by the library to receive information about serving your country. Also, if you have loved ones overseas who have access to web cameras, use the library’s iPad to Skype with them in a study room. For more information, call 625-3471.
Golf tourney thanks
The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Weiss & Associates for their title sponsorship of the 34th annual Weiss & Associates Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3, at the Rifle Creek Golf Course.
Our other event sponsors were Bank of Colorado, Johnson Construction, 360 Insurance, and KREX TV Grand Junction. This tournament was a fun-filled day at Rifle Creek, with 18 holes, games, networking, lunch at Mulligan’s Irish Pub & Eatery, and the “Hole In One” chance to win the Chevy Malibu from Mountain Chevrolet.
The first place team was Jeb Savage and Shane Fazzi, second place was Cole Manupella and Jack Parkinson, third place Mark Fergen and Bob Dils and fourth was Teresa Cotton and Ashley Alexander.
Gold Hole sponsors were Grand River Health, Committee for the Rifle Recreation & Community Center, 360 Insurance Co., LTEnvironmental, G&R Construction, W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, Summit Sun Shirts & Apparel and Ensignal. Silver Hole sponsors were State Farm Insurance Agency, Hampton Inn & Suites, Rain for Rent, Dalby Wendland, Mountain Chevrolet, Rifle Works and Weiss & Associates.
Other businesses who contributed to the prize drawings and goodie bags were the Glenwood Springs, Lakota Canyon, Battlement Mesa, Rifle Creek and Aspen Glen golf courses; Glenwood Hot Springs, Pro Space Interior, Hooters Grand Junction, Micro Plastics, Lady Bag Floral, Choice Liquors, Blush Salon & Spa, Aspen Harley Davidson, WingNutz, Kyle Daniell, Somethin’ Sweet Candy Plus, Glenwood Canyon Adventure Park, Country Florist, Jay’s Steakhouse, Hair Trigger Barber Shop, Subway Rifle, XTO Energy, Rifle Rentals, Johnson Construction, Rifle Works, Grand River Health, State Farm Insurance, Alpine Bank, Hampton Inn & Suites, Weiss & Associates, Mountain Chevrolet, Miller’s Dry Goods, Cheryl & Co. Real Estate and the Bank of Colorado.
Thank you to all the volunteers. Please see our website for this thank-you in its entirety.
Frank Ladd, Kelly Diaz
and Gina Reece-Long
Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce staff
Mule deer decline discussed
MEEKER — To address an overall decline in mule deer populations throughout Western Colorado, state wildlife managers are participating in numerous, ongoing research projects in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties.
To discuss their findings so far, local wildlife managers are inviting the public to a presentation with biologists, researchers and wildlife officials at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St. in Meeker.
Mule deer provide substantial economic benefits to communities across Colorado and are an important, indicator species for the overall health of the environment. Numerous factors may have led to the overall decline and wildlife researchers will continue their years-long research with goals of finding solutions and restoring herds to their management objectives.
Among other topics, local landowners will learn about plans for neonatal studies on their lands.
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