Rifle Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Aug. 1, 2013
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Reach-Out Colorado reaches out to help domestic violence victims
The Ladies of Reach-Out Colorado (The ROC), a Rifle-based nonprofit resource and referral agency, recently collected and provided spa-type luxury toiletries, packed into “ROC boxes,” to Advocate Safehouse with a note attached that said, “Because we care.”
The ROC Center, directed by Dave Bottroff, helps families in the Rifle and Parachute communities by connecting those in need with appropriate services. It is carrying out its mission by utilizing more than 90 community volunteers. For more information, go online to reach-out-colorado.org.
Alpine Bank announces officer promotions
Alpine Banks in the Colorado River Valley would like to congratulate two recent promotions:
Susie Wright to assistant vice president, human resources/training
Wright began her career with Alpine Bank in 1998 as a teller at the Glenwood Springs location, and has since held many positions, including regional marketing director, lender, trainer, human resources assistant and now training manager at the West Glenwood Springs location.
Tom Snyder to IT Officer
Snyder joined Alpine Bank in 2008 as a network engineer and currently manages the bank’s network and system administrators, technicians, help desk personnel, and physical/information security personnel from the Rifle central operations center.
CMC instructional designer honored with MERLOT peer reviewer award
Loretta Driskel, an instructional designer in the integrated energy program at Colorado Mountain College’s Rifle campus, was honored with the MERLOT “peer reviewer extraordinaire” award for her work on peer reviewing educational online materials.
MERLOT stands for multimedia educational resources for learning and online teaching. It is an international initiative that allows faculty to integrate technology into higher education through an online community.
Driskel, a MERLOT peer reviewer for five years, said, “This award is really relevant to me as an instructional designer because it helps me to stay up-to-date on what is good and effective on the web.”
As a peer reviewer, Driskel donates her time to review the online material for quality, effectiveness and ease of use as an educational resource on MERLOT’s website, which then translates into a ranking system on the website. MERLOT’s goal for their online database is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer-reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty-designed courses.
To qualify for the award, Driskel had to complete a MERLOT training course and conduct at least 10 peer reviews over a nine-month period. She is one of 25 recipients from more than 100,000 members across the nation. In addition, Driskel has been named to MERLOT’s teacher education editorial board, which does an initial review of online materials before they’re sent on to peer reviewers.
Celebrate Colorado Day with free admission into state parks
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day, Monday, Aug. 5, with free entrance at all 42 state parks. Colorado Day was created by the state Legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition. All other fees, including camping and reservations, remain in effect on Aug. 5.
“Leftover” hunting licenses on sale soon
Leftover big game hunting licenses will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide.
Leftover licenses are those limited licenses that did not sell during the annual license draw process. With hunting applications up by 4 percent this spring, there are fewer leftover licenses available than last year. Along with the approximately 33,000 elk, 6,800 deer and 3,800 pronghorn licenses that will be available, more than 1,500 bear and 120 fall turkey licenses will also go on sale to the public at the same time.
Look out below! Rotary ball drop returns to GarCo Fair
If you see a helicopter coming in low over Rifle at around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, don’t be alarmed: That sack it’s carrying holds 3,000 tennis balls.
Keeping with tradition, the Rifle Rotary Club and sponsoring businesses are again “dropping the balls” in the name of local causes. For the uninitiated, each ball has a number, and when dropped in front of the fairgrounds grandstands, they’ll bounce in and around holes designating more than 18 different prizes, with a top prize of $1,000.
Every penny of proceeds goes back out to local causes like $2,500 for dictionaries for Re-2 third-graders, $2,000 to the Centennial Park project, $1,000 to the Grand River Meals on Wheels program and $500 to the Bookcliffs Arts Council. Also, Raising a Reader, YouthZone and $4,000 in local college scholarships. More than $70,000 has been raised since the annul drop began.
Raffle tickets are on sale and will remain so until the cord is pulled (one number for $5 or five for $20). Each ticket also contains nine coupons for local restaurants and services. Ticket holders need not be present to win.
To purchase, contact a Rotarian or stop by Jean’s Printing, 1601 Railroad Ave., 625-3550, or Canyon Cleaners, 2103 S. Horseshoe Trail, Silt, 876-5020. Tickets will also be available at the Rotary booth at the fair.
RHS class of ‘68 reunion
The Rifle High School class of 1968 will have its 45th reunion at the Rifle’s Elks Lodge on Sept. 7. Most of the class has been contacted, but a few people have not been found. Members of the class of 1968 who have not been contacted should call (970) 759-0316. Rifle High teachers from that year are also invited.
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Another new face at Grand River
Dr. Robert Derkash will join Grand River Health’s orthopedic medicine department in Rifle shortly after the first of next month.
Derkash comes to Grand River with over 30 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have lived in the Glenwood Spring area for most of those years, where they raised their four children: Justin, Tanya, Brian and Kevin.
Derkash will begin seeing patients at Grand River Health on Aug. 7. To schedule an appointment, call 625-1100.
National Night Out
BATTLEMENT MESA – The 30th annual National Night Out neighborhood crime and drug prevention event will include Battlement Mesa on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Valley Activity Center, Battlement Mesa Service Association and the Battlement Mesa Co. will sponsor a community event in the Battlement Mesa Shopping Plaza, 71 Sipprelle Dr.
The event will start at the activity center, where people can enjoy a dip in the indoor pool from 2 to 4 p.m. Take a tour of the center and see all the member benefits that are available year round.
Then enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the shopping plaza. Visit the booths sponsored by YouthZone, Colorado Animal Rescue, Rifle MOMS, the Parachute Branch Library, Crime Stoppers and a host of others. There will be free give-a-ways, face painting and more.
Get up close and personal with the Green Machine, a fire engine, an ambulance and the Bear Cat. See vintage cars and hear and participate in short presentations about animal safety, search and rescue programs, dog bite prevention, the Drug Free World Foundation, a K-9 demonstration and more. McGruff the Crime Dog is expected to make an appearance, too. The Grand Valley Fire Protection District will have their climbing wall set up and their brush truck on hand. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to show off its new state-of-the-art hazardous response truck and the Parachute Police Department will be represented as well.
National Night Out is designed to bring neighbors and businesses together to create a friendly exchange and increase public awareness of crime and drug prevention. It is held in more than 15,000 communities across the country.
Deadline nearing for hunter outreach program mentored hunts
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding women and youth interested in learning how to hunt big or small game – including deer, elk, pronghorn, upland birds or waterfowl – that the deadline to participate in the agency’s hunter outreach program is Thursday, Aug. 1, before 5 p.m.
The program provides guidance and mentorships to novice women and youth hunters through various clinics, workshops, seminars and private-land hunts that instill the knowledge, skills, ethics and traditions of hunting.
Submitted applications are selected by random drawing. Successful applicants are offered a hunt by the outreach coordinator. Applications can be found at bit.ly/womenafieldapp and bit.ly/youthhuntapp.
Fair volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the 75th anniversary Garfield County Fair, Aug. 5-11. A volunteer who works more than four hours will receive a T-shirt and a ticket to fair events.
Positions are available for the information booth, kids activity area, professional bull riding event, the Charlie Daniels Band concert, Colorado Professional Rodeo Association rodeo, demolition derby and more.
Interested people are encouraged to participate online at garfieldcountyfair.com/volunteer. Volunteers can enter their areas of interest and time availability. For more information, call Krista DeHerrera at (970) 309-6214 or email email@example.com.
Grand Wine Affair date set
The sixth annual Grand Wine Affair, a fundraising event with wine and beer tasting, silent auction, food and music, will take place 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Grand River Health Conference Center, 501 Airport Rd. in Rifle.
The event is hosted by the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association and cosponsored by Choice Liquors in Rifle. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and can be purchased in advance at the Grand River Cafe, Choice Liquors, or by calling 625-6215.
This year, the event will raise funds for portable automated external defibrillators for athletic trainers at Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley High Schools to have with them in case of emergency.
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