Rifle Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Aug. 8, 2013 | PostIndependent.com

Rifle Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Aug. 8, 2013

Dr. Robert Derkash
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Libraries celebrate 75 years

Garfield County libraries will celebrate 75 years of library service on Friday, Aug. 9, by offering cake at all six branch libraries.

I-70 ramp closures for wildlife fencing project

As the wildlife mitigation project on I-70 continues through October, here are some upcoming traffic impacts for the month of August:

At the Canyon Creek North Frontage Road (exit 109), short one-way detours will be in place for deer guard installations for about two weeks.

At Silt exit 97, South River Frontage Road, construction and installation of deer guards will be completed and the road fully opened to traffic during the week of Aug. 5.

I-70 ramps will be closed for two hours for deer guard striping (essentially wider cattle guards painted on the asphalt to deter deer from crossing) on Aug. 11, the West Rifle exit 87, and Aug. 12, the main Rifle exit 90 and Aug. 13, the Tibbits Landing truck pull-out at mile post 108.

Wildlife fence work will continue east of mile post 103, with eastbound shoulder and right-lane closures during the day throughout the month of August.

Ideal Fencing Corp. of Colorado was awarded the $2.8 million project by the Colorado Department of Transportation to construct wildlife fence along I-70 between West Rifle and Canyon Creek, west of Glenwood Springs.

Museum gets old Ute movie projector

The Rifle Creek Museum would like to thank the New Ute Theatre Society for donating the movie projector and accessories from the old Ute Theater. It is a great addition to the collection of local history on display at the museum. We invite the public to come in for a tour and to see how the movies you watched at the old Ute Theater were projected.

Cecil Waldron

president, Rifle Creek Museum

RHS class of ‘68 reunion

The Rifle High School class of 1968 will have its 45th reunion at 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.

Another new face at Grand River

Dr. Robert Derkash has joined Grand River Health’s orthopaedic medicine department in Rifle this month.

Derkash comes to Grand River with more than 30 years of experience as an orthopaedic 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.

To schedule an appointment, call 625-1100.

Comedy show for shelter pets

“Laugh Your Tail Off,” a fundraising event for the Rifle Animal Shelter, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grand River Hospital.

The evening includes a comedy show, a dinner with dessert and drinks and a silent auction will benefit the shelter’s Diego Fund. This fund pays for specialized and life-improving medical care for shelter pets.

Tickets are on sale at the shelter for $50 through Sept. 7, then the price will increase to $65. Corporate tables of six with reserved seating are available for $350. Silent auction items and sponsors are also needed. Call Heather at 625-8808 for more information.

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. Over $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.

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 co-sponsored 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.

Volunteer to help older citizens

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has been serving the Colorado and Roaring Fork valleys for 40 years. RSVP volunteers, age 55 and older, use their skills, abilities and life experiences to serve nonprofit agencies in Garfield and Pitkin counties such as LIFT-UP, Literary Outreach, Mountain Valley Developmental Services and Garfield County Senior Programs.

Some of the benefits of becoming an RSVP volunteer include the opportunity to work with a professional coordinator who will explore various volunteer opportunities and provide follow up and support as needed, free excess liability insurance while volunteering, and the opportunity to share and interact with other older Americans as they seek to give back to their communities.

Call High Country RSVP at 947-8462 or 947-8461 for more information.

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