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Graduating Rifle High School Bears ready to roam free
Graduating Rifle High School Bears ready to roam free

May 25, 2019

“Be Rifle Bears wherever you go,” Rifle High School commencement speaker Kyle Mickelson told the graduating class of 2019 on Saturday. “You’re Bear strong for life.” After spending the past four years together at sporting...



Rifle pool opening delayed after boiler fire
Rifle pool opening delayed after boiler fire

May 24, 2019

The usual Memorial Day weekend opening of Rifle’s municipal pool has been delayed due a boiler fire, according to city officials. While the pool was scheduled to open on Saturday, damage to the boiler is...


Town of Silt addresses brown water concerns
Town of Silt addresses brown water concerns

May 24, 2019

After receiving multiple complaints from Silt residents regarding the quality of their household water, town officials addressed the issue in a news release Friday. Residents are advised that if they turn on their faucet and...


Anvil Points funds to be returned to Garfield County
Anvil Points funds to be returned to Garfield County

May 23, 2019

The Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District has agreed to send the Anvil Points money, totaling around $7.3 million, back to Garfield County after discussing with county commissioners what to do with funds. “I’m glad...


Rifle Police now have drug impairment expert on patrol
Rifle Police now have drug impairment expert on patrol

May 22, 2019

Last month, 17 officers from 14 law enforcement agencies across Colorado graduated from the state’s Drug Recognition Expert training program. One of those 17 graduates was Rifle Police Officer Kelli Litzau, who returns to the...


Senior housing development in the works for Rifle
Senior housing development in the works for Rifle

May 22, 2019

Rifle Housing Authority is looking to add more housing in town for low-income seniors, as the organization is about to submit a grant application to the Colorado Housing Finance Authority. RHA is looking to construct...


Garfield County discretionary grants awarded to local entities
Garfield County discretionary grants awarded to local entities

May 21, 2019

After receiving 24 discretionary grant requests totaling $114,000 from nonprofit or government organizations earlier this month, the Garfield County commissioners had decisions to make with just $87,000 left in the fund for 2019. However, Commissioner...


First changes  to COGCC come as new panel named
First changes to COGCC come as new panel named

May 20, 2019

Following passage of the controversial Senate Bill 181, Tuesday’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting will feature several new faces as it looks to reshape the state’s oil and gas laws. Not among them...


Fred’s Hardware store of Rifle closing shop
Fred’s Hardware store of Rifle closing shop

May 15, 2019

Towns across Garfield County have seen local hardware stores shut their doors in recent years, and Fred’s Hardware of Rifle will be the latest, according to the store’s owners. General Manager Sean Pierce said the...


Rifle Chamber awards community members
Rifle Chamber awards community members

May 15, 2019

The Rifle community celebrated its own last Saturday, as leaders from the western Garfield County town’s top organizations cheered for one another at this year’s local chamber of commerce annual dinner. Your Chamber serving the...



Rifle set for annual rendezvous
Rifle set for annual rendezvous

May 15, 2019

For the 23rd year in a row, Rifle is gearing up for a celebration of everything the town has to offer, from local food to live music, at this weekend’s Rifle Rendezvous. Event President Scott...



Garfield County Bike to School Day set for May 14
Garfield County Bike to School Day set for May 14

May 8, 2019

Several Garfield County schools will be celebrating Bike to School Day together, as drivers should be ready to share the roads next Tuesday. Garfield County Clean Energy Economy for the Region energy consultant Brandon Jones...





Monk Dawson remembered for more than just a nickname that stuck
Monk Dawson remembered for more than just a nickname that stuck

May 4, 2019

Clarence Dawson, or Monk as he was known around New Castle, passed away on April 21 at the age of 96. In the days since, the community he called home his entire life continues to remember one of the most recognizable figures in town for generations.


Crime Briefs: vehicle ditched after break-in
Crime Briefs: vehicle ditched after break-in

May 3, 2019

Police believe the suspect entered a Garfield County Sheriff's Office employee's home without permission and forced entry into the garage and the main residence through windows.