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Duane Scott to celebrate 90 years

An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Duane Scott will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave.

Duane was born July 7, 1923, in Tempe, Ariz., and moved to the family ranch on East Divide Creek when he was 16. He wed his high school sweetheart, Annie Keller, and they were married 57 years until her passing in 2001. Your presence is the only present. No other gifts, please.

Local Philanthropic Education Organization awards scholarships

PEO Chapter IW has announced the recipients of two scholarships this year – Mercedes Marquez and Jilanna Alderman.

Marquez is a Rifle High School graduate and will be attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. She will be studying biology to achieve her long-term goal of becoming a marine biologist.

Alderman is a De Beque High School graduate and will be attending Colorado Mesa University to study in the nursing program. Her goal is to be a certified nurse’s aide. She has already started some of the coursework, and will continue with some classes this summer.

PEO IW is able to award scholarships each year to deserving young ladies thanks to tickets sold to their annual fall fashion show.

Camp Invention at Highland Elementary

The nationally acclaimed Camp Invention summer program is returning to Rifle.

Inspired and influenced by the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, and sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, Camp Invention is a week-long summer enrichment program for children entering grades one through six. The program creatively immerses and engages children through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Highland Elementary School will host Camp Invention during the week of July 15-19. This year’s program will have children use physics and engineering to create a “duck chucking” device using components from everyday objects.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-968-4332.

Dean’s list for Rifle residents

Stephanie Hazelton of Rifle was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.

To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher with no course grade below 2.0 during the term.

Wayne Starr of Rifle, a third-year student in the software engineering program in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the spring quarter.

Chamber links charity needs to willing residents

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new community-building service called Chamber for Good, which lets local nonprofit groups and charities list their needs, and individuals can offer to help with donations of materials or volunteer time.

Residents can view local charitable needs in three areas: financial, volunteer and items. Local charities that fit the eligibility guidelines create a public profile on the site, then post needs in the three areas as they arise. Residents can also make item and volunteer offers. The charities are notified via email and can respond back to the individual or group making the offer.

The Chamber for Good website can be found by going to the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce’s website,, and clicking on the “Local” tab, then on the “Chamber for Good” banner. Residents enter their email address toward the bottom of the page. They will be notified once a week by email of the local needs.

GarCo Fair royalty applications due

Apply now for the 2014 Garfield County Fair royalty court. The deadline is July 10.

Download the application from, read the rules, complete it and deliver it to the Colorado Extension Office at 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.

Each applicant must attend tryouts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the fairgrounds with a horse.

The 2014 royalty court will be announced at the Garfield County Fair Colorado Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo on Aug. 9.

Hospitality award

Hampton Inn & Suites Rifle has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The award recognizes hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the award, and Hampton Inn & Suites Rifle is one of 1,320 Hampton properties to receive this award.

Small business help

The Northwest Small Business Development Center, hosted by Colorado Mountain College, combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet specialized and complex needs of the small business community.

Low cost or free services are available to business owners looking for information about regulatory, management, financial and marketing. Free certified consultants work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.

Register at or email

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