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Volume #2 Number 11
Flower Power New solar arrays provide efficient energy to Parachute
Grand Valley Days photos page 3
Crime page 4
Junior Golf page 15
College opportunities page 21
Mt. Callahan page 23
Celebration planned for Aug. 27 By Heather McGregor, Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative Everyone is invited to a special grand opening celebration for Parachuteâ€™s three new solar electric arrays, including the unique solar flowers at the Parachute I-70 rest area. The celebration begins with comments from key players involved in making the solar arrays happen, followed by a reception with refreshments.
Rest area volunteer Fern Stone stands with the three solar flowers. The flowers are 17 feet tall at their center points, and 17 feet in diameter. The eight-petal flowers are made from 16 triangular solar panels, two panels per petal, and the flowers are tilted to 34 degrees to maximize solar power generation.
Tapping into the sun The grand opening will celebrate the solar flowers at the rest area as well as the solar Photo courtesy of Heather McGregor arrays installed at Parachute Town Hall and at the Parachute Water Treatment Plant â€“ a total of 23 kilowatts of installed solar capacity. The three arrays are part of the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative, which is using a large part of its grant money from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to install solar arrays on public buildings and facilities from Parachute to Carbondale. An Xcel Energy Solar Rewards rebate is also helping to fund the arrays. Another solar array is being installed on the remodeled Parachute Branch Library. A grand opening for the library and its array is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 11, at the library, 244 Grand Valley Way, with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Both the Town of Parachute and the Garfield Public Library District are partners in the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative. Solar arrays providing energy The Town of Parachute's three solar projects include two conventional roof-mounted arrays on town hall and the water treatment plant. The town hall array has 54 panels and the water plant array has 44 panels. Both will be capable of generating nearly 10 kilowatts of electricity, offsetting electric use in the buildings. The solar flowers at the rest area, however, are completely new and different. El Sol, owned by Ed Cortez of Carbondale, installed all three arrays after winning a competitive bidding process. Pattillo Associates Engineers Inc. of Glenwood Springs engineered the solar flowers, and Garfield Steel and Machine of Rifle manufactured the flower framework. Each flower can generate about 1.2 kilowatts of electricity. The Continued on page 6
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FROM THE EDITOR
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What’s black and white and “read” all over? During the summer, I did a little traveling, to Louisiana in June, and to northern New England in July and August. One of the things that struck me was that people everywhere I went apparently “didn’t get the memo,” as they say, that newspapers are on the way out and that nobody wants to read hard-copy papers anymore. Instead, it seemed like the good old local paper is still mighty popular. Papers were being read at the crawfish boil place in Lake Charles, La., just as much as they were being pored over on the porch of the general store in Warren, Vt. Friends I stayed with have their local paper delivered to their houses every morning, and refer to stories and calendar items constantly as points of discussion and for planning activities.
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And when a photo of a daughter of one of my friends appeared in their local paper, it was big news for everybody in the family. I’m an obvious news hound, so I love newspapers wherever they might be. So, I too, enjoyed reading about the latest goings on in the local rags I came across. Reading local papers can give you an instant take on what’s important, and what people value. Seeing the popularity of the trusty newspaper also renewed my resolve as I came back home to work with Alyssa, the Echo’s publisher, to put together this issue. Here’s to community papers like The Grand Valley Echo! Carrie Click Editor
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Escapee bypassed Parachute
Some initial reports erroneously claimed fugitive was spotted in Parachute
Truck driver who rammed Grand Valley Pub & Grille remains in jail
By Heidi Rice Special to the Grand Valley Echo
Parachute area residents were never in any danger when one of three escapees from the Arizona State Prison in Kingman on July 30 made his way along Interstate 70 on Aug. 1 and was captured in Rifle. According to Parachute Police Chief Cary Parmenter, the escapee, 36-year-old Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly Renwick
Renwick, was never in Parachute, despite initial reports that he was first spotted in Parachute by a Garfield County Sheriff's deputy. "He was seen west of Rifle," Parmenter said. "There are no reports that he even stopped in Parachute." According to an arrest affidavit, Renwick headed west on I-70 in a 2004 Chevy Blazer with the sheriff's deputy behind him when he entered Rifle city limits. At that point, Rifle Police Officer William Van Teylingen entered the chase and followed Renwick as he exited into Rifle. During that time Van Teylingen's patrol car was allegedly shot at from the driver of the car in front of him. Van Teylingen followed the suspect vehicle to the Red River Inn parking lot on Taughenbaugh Boulevard in south Rifle. With backup from other law enforcement
officers, Renwick was arrested, taken into custody, and lodged in the Garfield County Jail. On Aug. 11, the Garfield County District Attorney's office filed formal charges of attempted first-degree murder – after deliberation, two counts of attempted first-degree murder – indifference, vehicular eluding, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, along with the escape charge out of Arizona. Renwick's bail was set at $2.5 million. He is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 28 in the Ninth Judicial District Court. The last of the three escapees, John Charles McCluskey, 45, along with his cousin and fiancée, 44-year-old Cassyln Mae Welch, who allegedly helped the three escape from the prison, were reportedly apprehended on the evening of Aug. 19 in a campground in northeast Arizona. The couple had been on the lam for three weeks and believed to have traveled to Montana, New Mexico and Arkansas. The second escapee, Tracy Alan Province, 42, was captured on Aug. 9, after attending a church service in Meeteetse, Wyo. McCluskey and Welch, who were last seen in a restaurant in Billings, Mont. on Aug. 6, are also believed to be involved in the murder of a vacationing Oklahoma couple, both 61, in New Mexico during the first week of August. The couple's charred bodies were found in a burnt-out truck camper. McCluskey and Welch were armed and considered extremely dangerous. The two reportedly fancied themselves to be a modern day Bonnie and Clyde who would not be taken alive. The arrest of the last of the fugitives came after a Forest Ranger in an Apache County campground reportedly became suspicious after discovering an unattended campfire and a silver Nissan Sentra, which the pair was last known to be driving, hidden in the trees. Renwick was serving two consecutive 22year sentences for second-degree murder out of Pima County, Ariz. Province was serving a life sentence for murder and robbery out of Pima County, Ariz. and McCluskey was serving a 15year sentence for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm out of Maricopa, Ariz.
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The man allegedly responsible for ramming his truck into the Grand Valley Pub & Grille in Parachute at the end of June remains in the Garfield County Jail on a $30,000 bond. Branden Derrick Chee, 23, was charged with criminal mischief, menacing, resisting arrest, DUI, third-degree assault and attempted vehicular menacing after an incident shortly before 2 a.m. on June 27. Chee was refused service of alcohol at the pub for allegedly being intoxicated, became irate and rammed his truck two times into the front window of the building, narrowing missing several patrons. He was later found and arrested at the nearby River Manor Apartments. As of press time near the end of August, Chee was scheduled to appear in Ninth Judicial District Court on Aug. 26. Brenda and Don Locker, owners of the Parachute bar and restaurant, estimated the damage to the facility between $75,000 and $100,000. The Grand Valley Pub & Grille was closed down for several days and reopened for business on July 2. The Lockers opened the Grand Valley Pub & Grille on Cardinal Way in October 2005. - Heidi Rice
Rash of thefts from well pads in western Garfield County During the past several months, western Garfield County has seen an increase in well pad thefts. Stolen items include solar panels, batteries and related equipment. During this period, six reported thefts have occurred mainly in the areas west of Rifle and Parachute and along County Road 215. The four most recent incidents took place the final week of July. The affected energy development companies include Williams Production and EnCana, and the estimated value of the stolen property is approximately $13,650. Five of the cases are inactive pending further leads. Anyone having any knowledge regarding these incidents or witnessing suspicious activity in or around energy development and related storage areas is encouraged to contact Garfield County Crime Stoppers at garcocrimestoppers.com or 945-0101. – Phil Strouse, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
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Your calendar for goings on in and around Parachute and Battlement Mesa Help our calendar grow; let us know. Send public event items to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the five Ws (who, what, when, why and where), contact info, cost and anything else readers need to know. • Aug. 25: First day of kindergarten at Grand Valley Center for Family Learning in Parachute. Contact Rebecca at email@example.com, cfl.garcoschools.org.
• The Battlement Mesa Activity Center has lots of classes and activities: swimming, dancing, personal training, water aerobics, yoga, kung fu, basketball, and more. Call 285-9480.
• Aug. 27: 10 a.m. Grand opening celebration for Parachute’s solar flowers is at the Parachute I-70 rest area. Tours and explanations of these unique solar arrays. For more information, go to garfieldcleanenergy.org.
• Every Monday from 12-1 p.m. the Grand Valley United Methodist Church serves a free soup lunch at the church at 132 Parachute Ave.
• Aug. 28: Neighborhood Watch Barbecue at Tells Meadow. Contact Parachute Town Hall, 2857630. • Aug. 30: Preschool begins at Grand Valley Center for Family Learning in Parachute. Contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org, cfl.garcoschools.org.
• Sept. 1: Entrepreneurial Operations course, which runs 15 weeks on Thursday evenings, begins at the CMC Center Glenwood. $147. Learn to start your own business. 945-7486 for info/to register.
• Sept. 2: 1 p.m. Take a Sneak Peek at Parachute’s new library. A tour plus information about the library’s new equipment takes 90 minutes. RSVP by Aug. 31 by calling 625-4270. • Sept. 9: 12 p.m. Jill Ziemann of Colorado Mountain College presents a job search workshop at Cottonwood Park. Sponsored by Parachute/Battlement Chamber of Commerce, 2850388. • Sept. 11: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Parachute Branch Library opens. Come see the changes at 244 Grand Valley Way, Parachute, including the library’s new solar array. 285-9870. • Sept. 15: Applications due to participate in the 28th Annual Craft Fair at Grand Valley High School on Nov. 20. Call Mary at Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District at 285-0388.
ONGOING • School’s back in session so keep an eye out for kids going to and from school. • The Parachute Branch Library is closed from July 31-Sept. 10, and will reopen at its original, newly remodeled building on 244 Grand Valley Way, Parachute. 285-9570. • Colorado Mountain College is offering energy technology and art classes in Parachute for the fall semester at the Grand Valley Center for Family Learning and the Career Center. Call 625-1871 or look online at coloradomtn.edu or cfl.garcoschools.org.
• Every Monday from 12:45-4 p.m., Party Bridge is held at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. All levels welcome. • The first Tuesday of every month, at 7 p.m. the West Garfield Democrats meet at Mesa Vista Assisted Living, 285-7206. • Every Tuesday at 7 a.m., the Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets at the Parachute Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute, in Parachute. Coffee is at 7 a.m., program begins at 7:30 a.m. • The second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance meets at the Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence. Call Paul, 2857791. • Neighborhood Watch meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Parachute Town Hall, 222 Grand Valley Way, Parachute. 285-7630. • HEARTBEAT, for those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Use the Bethel Chapel entrance of the church located at 824 Cooper Street. • The second Tuesday or Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District Board of Directors meets at the recreation district office, 259 Cardinal Way, Parachute, 285-0388, parachutebattlementparkandrecreation.org. • Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., the Valley Senior Center hosts a luncheon prepared by the Rifle Senior Center. $2.50 for those over 60. Reservations taken Mondays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; call 285-7216. • Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., "Through the Bible in One Year" Bible Study is at the Grand Valley Christian Church, 116 W. Second. Contact Pastor Lois Smith, 285-7957. • The first and third Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m., the Battlement Mesa Architectural Committee meets at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Open to the public. 285-9432.
• Battlement Concerned Citizens meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 1:30 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center to discuss issues of concern to the Battlement Mesa community. Open to the public. Dave, 285-2263 or Ron, 285-3085.
• Every Thursday at 10 a.m. (except the first Thursday of the month), the Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at the Grand Valley United Methodist Church, 132 N. Parachute, Parachute. Call Sharon, 285-2318, or the church, 285-9892, to join in.
• Every Friday from 9-9:30 a.m. “Community Connections” interviews with community members on KSUN 103.9 FM.
• Parachute’s Open-Air Market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through mid-September.
• Sept. 16: 12 p.m. Parachute/Battlement Chamber of Commerce board meeting at Alpine Bank-Battlement Mesa. 285-0388.
• Sept. 16: 6:30 p.m. Colorado author Sandra Dallas visits Parachute in a presentation at the Parachute Branch Library as part of its grand opening. $25. Call 625-4270.
• Sept. 18: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale, at the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse. 210-7119.
• Sept. 28: 3:30 p.m. Battle for the Cure golf event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fight breast cancer. $20. Sign up at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club; presented by the Battlement Mesa Women’s Golf Club.
• Sept. 25-26: Grand Valley Quilt Show is at the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse, and also features tours of the Glover Cabin. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 12-3 p.m. $3/suggested donation to benefit the Grand Valley Historical Society. Monty, 2856100.
• Sept. 30: Grant applications due to Mt. Callahan Community Fund for nonprofits’ projects not to exceed $500. Contact Barbara at 2857634,
• Oct. 2: 5-10 p.m. Oktoberfest in Cottonwood Park. Volunteers needed now to sign up to help. 285-0388.
• Nov. 20: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 28th Annual Craft Fair at Grand Valley High School. 285-0388.
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G O V E R N M E N T Town of Parachute News
It’s time for the Sheriff’s Auxiliary golf tournament Fundraiser supports local organization’s community work By Bob Campbell, commander, Garfield County Sheriff's Auxiliary Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary 10th annual Golf Tournament • Aug. 29 at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club • Tournament limited to 100 players • $90 includes cart, cap, dinner and more • Register at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club, 77 Tamarisk Trail, Battlement, or call Bob at 285-6492 or 210-5931
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary is holding its 10th annual golf tournament on Aug. 29 at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club. This is the auxiliary’s only fundraiser of the year, and with the money generated from the tournament they do, among other things: • Patrol daily the Battlement Mesa area, serving as an extra pair of eyes for the sheriff. • Provide a $1,000 continuing scholarship for a high school senior attending college. • Hold a bicycle derby for elementary school children to register their bikes, distribute free helmets, check their bikes and feed them. • Have an office that performs VIN checks, sells dog and cat licenses, and serves the public. • Serve needy families at Christmas time by assisting LIFTUP. • Vacation house checks for those who are away. • School crossing guard on Stone Quarry Road, muchtraveled by school children. The golf tournament is a scramble and is limited to 100 players on a first come, first served basis, so it is important that you get your registrations in soon. The cost is $90 per person which includes golf and cart, cap, dinner, a lot of great trophies and if you get a hole-in-one on #13, Berthod Motors will give you a 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Ask anyone who has played in this tournament and they will tell you it is one of the best. Registration forms can be obtained at the golf course, at their office at 77 Tamarisk Trail in Battlement Mesa or phone Bob at 285-6492 or 210-5931.
A reward for reporting solar array vandals, a new Comfort Inn, and lots more From Parachute Town Administrator Robert Knight
Reward for solar array vandals The Town of Parachute recently welcomed the solar array to our rest area. Unfortunately, person(s) unknown thought it great fun to through a rock into one of the solar panels on the night of Aug. 8. This resulted in damage of about $900 to the array. The damage has since been repaired. These individuals also left their unique mark in the form of gang graffiti in the men's public restroom. The Town of Parachute is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these individuals. Please see the notice on the cover of this Echo for where and how to report the identity of these perpetrators.
Parachute’s getting comfortable Parachute Building and Planning just issued a building permit to theWright Group for the construction of a Comfort Inn. This hotel will be built on the north side of town just off Railroad Avenue. Construction mobilization should begin the week of Aug. 23.
Road work ahead A contract has also been awarded to G.A Western to complete the construction of Parachute Park Boulevard. This will include pavement improvements on Highway 6, County Road 215 and the erection of a bridge across Parachute Creek. The majority of the construction should be completed this winter with the paving being finished by the start of next summer. We expect no significant traffic obstructions as a result of this project.
Livable wage jobs coming in 2013 We were excited to hear that our neighbor Williams Production will be building a processing plant north of Solvay off County Road 215. We understand construction will begin around 2013 but it is great to see plans to bring livable wage jobs to town. We are also working on another annexation up County Road 215 as we march our way toward the new rodeo grounds being leased to the Grand Valley Parks Association by Solvay Chemical.
A new dentist, offices, and the new interchange Our new dentist office is nearing completion as is the new Barry Petroleum offices. Work is still progressing on the new interchange but it will be a bit before you will actually see ground breaking. It takes a lot of time to obtain right-of-way, relocate utilities, complete engineering and then obtain a contractor. Rest assured that this work is moving along and I will keep you posted as we reach significant milestones for this much-needed interchange.
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power they generate will offset lighting and electric heating in the rest area bathroom facility. Extra engineering was needed to make sure the solar flowers would stand up to the gusty winds that blow through Parachute, said Mic Baca, a professional engineer with Pattillo. The panels on the flowers will act like sails and exert strong forces on the 11-inch steel pipe that forms the stem of the flower. The goal was to make the flower structures rigid and ensure that they won't vibrate or topple over, Mic said. Although the steel flowers look like they are planted in concrete pots, they are actually anchored by huge concrete footings, 5-foot by 11-foot by 15-inches deep, buried a foot below ground level, he explained. Unique design challenge "It was a design challenge connecting this tall, slender wind sail into a concrete footing," Mic said. "We had to come up with a special base detail, which Ed Cortez enclosed in the flower pot." At the grand opening on Aug. 27, the installation team will be present to give tours and explain this unique and special solar array design that is making its debut in Parachute. For more information on the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative's solar arrays and programs on energy efficiency for households, businesses and governments, visit garfieldcleanenergy.org.
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The Battlement Mesa Service Association What’s all of this incorporation talk? By Keith Lammey, president, Battlement Mesa Service Association If you live in Battlement Mesa and you’ve lived here more than a week or so, you know that we aren’t really a formal town or a city. In short, we are not incorporated. Instead, we are an HOA, or homeowners association. Over the many years that Battlement Mesa has existed, residents, visitors and others have asked why Battlement Mesa isn’t a town rather than “just a homeowners association.” The easy answer to that question is, “Well, just because.” The truth is there are both advantages and disadvantages to being incorporated versus being an HOA. I am not an expert on the subject but I know enough about it to know that it is a very complex issue. In order to understand the pros and cons of incorporation, an incorporation study is being conducted. Longtime residents may remember that an incorporation feasibility study was completed in March 1995. Several local residents including Bill Wilde, with the current Battlement Mesa Metro District and BMSA Manager Steve Rippy (he was the Garfield County assessor back then) contributed to this approximately 80-page study. Officially the study concluded that, “The Incorporation Feasibility Study Committee sees no services justification and no desirable financial reasons to pursue incorporation of a City of Battlement Mesa at this time, but suggests that population and potential tax base volumes be monitored to evaluate when a favorable financial feasibility determination can be achieved.” This two-year study concluded that it didn’t make economic sense to incorporate, so Battlement Mesa has continued as an HOA community in unincorporated Garfield County. So who’s behind this effort? Some members of our community have frequently suggested that “if we were a real city then (insert your favorite thing that you hate about being governed by an HOA).” Other members, like me, just think that after 15 years, it is time to take another look at incorporation. And then there is the county. Why the county? It is simple, really. Battlement Mesa is a very large financial drain on Garfield County. We’re sort of like their 35-year old son who is still living at home and not contributing to the household expenses. An example of the financial impact that Battlement Mesa has on the county are our streets. Battlement Parkway, Stone Quarry Road, Spencer, Sipprelle and all of the streets in the Tamarisk Village, Tamarisk Meadows, Willow Creek, Monument Creek, Battlement Creek and The Reserve are county roads. The county is responsible for maintaining them and for plowing them. If we were a city, the City of Battlement Mesa would have to maintain the roads. Several months back, a few of us approached the county about “helping” fund another incorporation study. Much to my surprise, the county has agreed to not only help but to bear the entire cost of the present study. The new study is being done by Winston Associates/BBC Research & Consulting. It’s underway and should be completed in a few months. It is far too early to know what the study will conclude. Some residents are convinced that the study will show that nothing has really changed and that it doesn’t make economic sense to incorporate. They may well be correct. And, even if the study shows that it is economically feasible to incorporate, there are many other factors that would have to be considered before moving forward to becoming an incorporated community. There is little doubt in my mind that if we didn’t care what it cost and if we had the political will we could incorporate, but I am equally convinced that the study will show that, like it or not, our HOA style of government is far more affordable than the alternative.
HEADLINES SALON headlines salon bids Ellen DeKam farewell and wishes her much luck in the future. Headlines salon West is accepting applications for a stylist. If you are interested please come by 83 TAMARISK TRAIL and complete an BATTLEMENT MESA, CO 81635 application or 970.285.9279 bring a resume. 970.285.0395
Grand Valley Quilt Show scheduled for Sept. 25-26 By Monty Rhodes, Echo contributor
The Grand Valley Historical Society and the Battlement Mesa Sew & Sew Quilters are preparing for the Grand Valley Quilt Show. This annual event is being held this year on the weekend of Sept. 25-26. The quilt show runs on Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and on Sunday from12-3 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse, at 7235 County Rd. 300. Those attending will enjoy the show plus tours of the historic schoolhouse, plus the nearby Glover Cabin. Last fall, the cabin was moved from its original site on Parachute Creek and now sits next to the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse. Through a joint effort of the Grand Valley Historical Society and Williams, the cabin has been renovated and furnished to look as if a schoolmarm still lives there. Hourly bed turnings of antique quilts will be featured in the cabin during the show. Quilt viewers will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt. Viewers Choice Awards will be presented to various winners. Please come and enjoy an inspiring day of history and quilts. There will be a $3 suggested donation to benefit the Grand Valley Historical Society.
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GRAND VALLEY ENERGY A monthly column by M.E. Denomy, CPA
Fill ‘er up As all of us try to do in summer months, I managed to get a little road travel in. While on my travels, I pulled into to a gas station in Utah to fill ‘er up. While I was standing there, a young man pulled up in a vehicle and started to fill his vehicle with a peculiar- looking pump that was at the station. During conversation, I realized that he had converted his car to natural gas use and was filling up with compressed natural gas. Of course, the conversation turned to, “What does it cost per mile?” He told me he was paying $7 to travel 150 miles. Breaking that down to a car that makes 20 miles to the gallon, it equates to about 94 cents per gallon equivalent in gasoline use. This is a far cry from the ever-increasing gasoline prices that we are experiencing, hovering around $3 per gallon. We must remember that there is a cost to convert current vehicles. You can purchase a kit for $1,500 in addition to the tanks and the labor involved. At a $2 a gallon difference, it takes about two to three years to pay back the cost of the conversion for an average driver. However, the government is still looking at a 50 cent credit for natural gas at the pump, which brings down the cost to half of what it is now. In addition, there is the savings of cleaner burning engines, with less maintenance costs for spark plugs and tune ups. Besides the individual savings involved, there is also the fact thatwe have the natural gas right in our backyards and do not have to worry about shipments coming from faraway places. Now, all we need to do is to convince the stations in the area to apply for the government tax credits and start putting in those peculiar looking pumps, so we can fill ‘er up right here. Some folks have suggested filling up at home, with a special kit, but my suggestion is to try to get dedicated tanks for fill ups. The natural gas that comes to our homes has additional costs involved to bring it to our homes, so we will be paying a higher price for our home gas. Want to know more? Try studying the website cleanenergy.com. Mary Ellen Denomy, CPA, is a Battlement Mesa resident and an Accredited Petroleum Accountant She has been nationally recognized as an expert in oil and gas issues. Mary Ellen is the immediate past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners. If you have questions, contact her at the naro-us.org website or through The Grand Valley Echo. Editor’s note: See the story on pg. 9 about CNG Conversions of Colorado, a new natural gas vehicle conversion business operating in Rifle.
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FABULOUS FIND FANTASTIC PRICE Two-car garage, fenced yard, MF home, oak cabinetry, upgraded appliances, split bedroom plan, breakfast bar. Battlement Mesa - $164,900
A TOWNHOME TREASURE Beautiful tile/hardwood flooring, deck and patio, spectacular views, soaring ceilings. Battlement Mesa - $279,900 AWESOME YARD-POND/WATERFALL Golf course area, gorgeous setting, three-car garage, expansive deck, designed for entertaining and comfortable living. Battlement Mesa - $459,900 RELAX and ENJOY the VIEWS! Custom stucco home backs to open space offering unparalled vista views. Battlement Mesa - $334,900 A COZY COST CUTTER! Breakfast bar, new appliances, new interior paint, two-car garage. Battlement Mesa - $ 129,000
PRIVATE COVERED PATIO Eat-in kitchen, loads of cabinetry, open and spacious floor plan, large view-filled transom windows. Battlement Mesa $195,000
TOWNHOME LENDS TIMELINESS New windows and Pergo flooring, room for office, crafts and den. Battlement Mesa - $ 230,000 LOW ENERGY COSTS! Custom stucco one-level home with radiant floor hear, superb insulation, energy efficient. Battlement Mesa - $ 329,000 NO STAIRS… NO STAIRS Large island kitchen, fully heated and insulated garage, vaulted ceilings. Battlement Mesa - $229,000
OWNING is BETTER THAN RENTING Fenced backyard, oversized garage, enclosed entry, borders open space, MF home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Battlement Mesa $105,000 HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! Enjoy the good life in this maintenance-free beauty. Battlement Mesa $199,900 EXPAND YOUR LEISURE TIME Townhome-finished lower level, family room with fireplace, wet bar, ambiance. Battlement Mesa $ 279,900 ENJOY THE OUTDOOR SPACES Covered entry and large deck, large master suite, walk-in closet, move-in condition. Battlement Mesa - $ 189,900 RANCH ON A QUIET CUL-DE-SAC Vaulted ceilings, walls of windows, kitchen with breakfast bar, eat-in area. Battlement Mesa - $289,000 LOVELY “LINDAHL” CEDAR HOME One plus secluded acre site, views, waterfall, pond, screen porch, deck. Battlement Mesa - $ 396,000 GREAT CONDITION AND PRICE Open living/dining /kitchen areas, fenced yard, dog run, outbuilding, nice landscaping. Battlement Mesa - $ 149,900
DECORATOR’S DELIGHT MF HOME Textured drywall in living area, walk-in closets in each bedroom, spacious kitchen. Battlement Mesa - $169,900 ALL THE BEST! Beautiful ceramic tile, cherry cabinets, stainless appliances, custom Jenn-Aire BBQ. Battlement Mesa – $329,900 BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED All stucco ranch/stone accents. Spacious craft/laundry room, smart-office, TV room. Battlement Mesa - $ 379,900
VACANT LAND SITES TO SEE! Enjoy Battlement Mesa amenities. Battlement Mesa starting at $72,500 PICTURESQUE BUILDING SITES Site specific plans available, tap fees paid. Battlement Mesa Starting at $69,000 A LOT FOR YOUR FAMILY! Site specific soils test available. Battlement Mesa - $79,000 IMAGINE THIS….. Sitting on your front courtyard watching the golfers putt as the sunsets on the mountains. Battlement Mesa - $93,500
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Battlement Concerned Citizens assembles resource list Who to call for oil and gas industry concerns and impacts By Ron Galterio, co-chair, Battlement Concerned Citizens As oil and gas industry operations move closer and closer to residential communities, more people’s lives are being impacted by those operations. The Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC) has compiled a list of telephone numbers of government agencies that citizens may contact to report incidents or complaints that involve the oil and gas industry. These agencies have the responsibility to investigate complaints and intervene when oil and gas operations are suspected of not being in compliance with existing rules and regulations. If you are experiencing any adverse impacts to your health or the environment, contact the appropriate agency. In all cases, you should notify the Garfield County Oil and Gas Department and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Both of these agencies maintain databases of incidents and complaints that can help identify problem trends and lead to better regulations that protect the public health and environment.
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Oil and Gas Update Noxious fumes and odors trigger inspection
According to a story by Dennis Webb of the Grand Junction Sentinel, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) on July 21 issued Antero Resources a notice for alleged violations discovered during an inspection of Antero’s Watson Ranch well pad near the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse.
The inspection was triggered by numerous complaints from the public about noxious fumes and odors that have caused some people to become sick.
“Split Estate” nominated for Emmy
On July 15, “Split Estate,” a documentary featuring western Garfield County and the split-estate issue, that is, surface land and mineral rights that are often “split” between landowners and natural gas extraction interests, received a nomination for an Emmy Award for research within the news and documentary competition. Winners will be announced Sept. 27.
– Planet Green / Discovery Communications
Contact numbers Oil and gas concerns and incidents Emergency: Dial 911 Non-Emergency: Garfield County Oil and Gas Department - 625-5915 Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: Local - 625-2497 ext. 6 Statewide - 888-235-1101 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 24-hour hotline - 877-518-5608 (all issues) Air quality complaints - 303-692-3253 Pipeline Safety – incident reporting Colorado Public Utilities Commission - 800-456-0858 U.S. Pipeline Safety Administration - 800-424-8802 Community Counts – industry-operated program - 866-442-9034 EPA Eyes on Drilling (anonymous tip line to report illegal disposal of wastes or other oil and gas activity concerns) - 877-919-4372 or e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org Other concerns and incidents: Garfield County Sheriff - 625-8095 Grand Valley Fire Protection District - 285-9119 For more information call Ron Galterio at 285-0243 or Dave Devanney at 285-2263.
Natural gas vehicle conversion now available in Rifle
With compressed natural gas (CNG) stations making their way to Rifle, Rocky Mountain Alternative Fueling and Swallow Oil has created CNG Conversions of Colorado. According to Brittany Beaudry of CNG Conversions of Colorado, the conversion company is the only authorized and licensed CNG-installation facility on the Western Slope. “When we learned that we would be involved in putting some of the first CNG converted fleet vehicles on the road in this area, we were ecstatic,” Brittany says. “With new CNG fill stations arriving in the fall, we couldn’t think of a better time.” With the first four conversion requests already placed, CNG Conversions of Colorado and Western Slope Trailer Sales are enthused to be involved in such an impactful venture. The benefits of compressed natural gas are plentiful and include decreased fleet vehicle maintenance by up to 40 percent, reduced fuel costs up to 50 percent, reduced emissions and pollutants, less reliability on foreign oil, and increased use of natural gas resources. According to Brittany, Colorado is said to be one of the most generous states regarding tax credits and rebates for alternative fuel vehicle conversion. Depending on the gross vehicle weight, Colorado rebates can range anywhere from $1,947 to more than $13,000. Brittany says the federal government offers additional rebates. “We couldn’t be more proud to offer this cutting-edge service and help pave the way for a cleaner, greener Colorado,” says Brittany. For more information regarding CNG Conversions of Colorado, contact email@example.com. – Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce
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Avoid mosquito bites and prevent West Nile virus
This time of year it feels like the mosquitoes are out in full force. Spend time outdoors and invariably you come home with itchy red bumps. Mosquitoes are annoying, but they can also transmit serious diseases, such as West Nile virus. Although you can’t avoid mosquitoes and their bites altogether, there are things you can do to minimize their impact. Eliminate standing water near your home. Mosquitoes need the water to breed so by unclogging roof gutters and emptying containers that hold water; you are likely to lessen the numbers of mosquitoes flitting about your property. You should also check your screens and doors to make sure they are secure and not letting bugs in. When used correctly, insect repellents are safe for adults and children. Make sure to apply only when needed and follow directions carefully. Use repellents that contain an EPA-registered insect repellent. Mosquitoes tend to be thicker at dawn and dusk. Avoid being in areas with a large mosquito population during these times of day.
There are cases of West Nile virus in Colorado every year and it’s important to educate yourself about this disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, West Nile is a potentially serious disease that experts believe is established as a seasonal epidemic that flares up in the summer and continues into fall. Most people have no symptoms if they become infected with West Nile virus. Up to 20 percent of people infected show milder symptoms such as fever, headache, and nausea. Symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks. About one in 150 people infected will develop a severe illness. Symptoms can include high fever, stupor, disorientation, coma, and paralysis. These symptoms can last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent. Those who display symptoms typically are affected three to 14 days after they are bitten. If you suspect you have West Nile virus, seek advice from a physician. If your symptoms are severe, such as unusually painful headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately. Severe illness usually requires hospitalization. When you are out and about this summer, be mindful of those annoying insects flying around you and take precaution to avoid their bites whenever possible. Sarah Tahvonen writes about health issues for the Echo from Rifle. If you have any comments or suggestions for a health-related topic you’d like to see covered, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Health Brief Mountain Family Health Centers expanding to Rifle As a result of two grants from EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) and the Aspen Community Foundation (ACF), Mountain Family Health Centers are adding a facility in Rifle. EnCana contributed $25,000 and the ACF gave a $50,000 grant towards a new $2 million center. Mountain Family has been operating in Glenwood Springs since 1999. The nonprofit center offers affordable medical care to underserved and underinsured adults and children. “Our Glenwood site is operating at full capacity, with more and more patients coming from the western part of Garfield County,” says David Adamson, executive director of Mountain Family Health Centers. “The new location in Rifle will provide a tremendous service to those living in Silt, Rifle and Parachute.” Construction of the Rifle facility is expected to begin this year with completion by May 2011. It will be approximately 9,000 square feet with seven primary care exam rooms, one procedure room, a laboratory, administrative offices and several common areas. The site will also feature a dental suite to accommodate a dentist and dental hygienist. For more information about the new Rifle Mountain Family Health Center, call 618-7198.
S E N I O R S Mesa Vista News Dawg days of summer By Kathy Germano, Mesa Vista Assisted Living
It has been hot, but we are staying cool at Mesa Vista. Our outdoor activities are being held in the mornings before the heat of the day. The many indoor activities are enjoyed inside our wonderfully cool facility. We had a beautiful memorial service for Hildred Landrum on July 15. Family and friends shared their many fond memories of her life, and the wonderful person she was. We would like to thank EnCana Oil & Gas and Williams Production for their generous donation that will supply fuel for our activities van. Because of their donations, we were able to plan a trip to Rifle Falls this summer. We will are also able to take a longer trip to the Grand Mesa for the autumn color change. And once again we will be able to tour the community to see the wonderful Christmas light displays. Many thanks! We also want to thank the many volunteers at Mesa Vista. The performers have been wonderful and the residents really enjoy a good show. From the girls of the Baptist Crown Peak Church, who helped us with our decoupage activity, to the wonderful ladies who attend to the front desk responsibilities. Thank you.
Kathy Germano is the activity director at Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence.
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Thanks for a great day of golf Dear Echo: On June 18, 116 players participated in the Williams Energy Invitational at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club, which raised $10,066 for the United Way organizations of Garfield and Mesa counties. Thanks to: Title sponsor: Williams Energy. Hole sponsors: Grand River Hospital District, Wagon Wheel Consulting, PTI Group USA LLC, Bill Barrett Corp., EnCana, Community Counts, HDS Sales, MB Construction, Brook and Karolina Blaney, Battlement Mesa, Halliburton, Rogue Pressure Services, Western Pump & Dredge, Monument Well Service, Chevron, EIS Solutions, Micro Plastics, Mountain West Oilfield Services, SOS Staffing, Mountain Air Mechanical, Old West Oil Field Services LLC, Frontier Drilling, and Big H Water (food service). Entry Sponsors: Williams Energy, Monument & Well Service, Rocky Mountain Electric Motors, Laramie, PTI Group USA, HDS Sales, MB Construction, EnCana, Stallion Oilfield Services, Antero, RNI, Marathon Oil, Halliburton, Western Pump & Dredge, Northwestern Air Services, Crown Trucking & Crown Supply, Mountain West Oil Field Services, Schlumberger, and Schlumberger Denver. Our residents were very complimentary for the day, and we were also blessed with a great weather day for golf. Johnny Goodman, PGA General Manager Battlement Mesa Golf Club
Further, given the results of this election, it is clear that the alleged issues that have been brought up during this campaign regarding my leadership of the Sheriff’s Office were not divisive. Certainly not with Republican voters. I am confident that most of the registered voters in Garfield County feel the same way and remain confident in my ability to lead the Sheriff’s Office for another four years. If the voters of Garfield County honor me with the privilege of being their sheriff for another term, I will continue to dedicate myself to maintaining a highly professional organization that provides the law enforcement responses and community services that they have come to expect, just as I have done over the past eight years. I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me either via mail at P.O. Box 476, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 876-1972. Lou Vallario Garfield County Sheriff
Thanks for Christmas in July golf event
Dear Echo: The Battlement Mesa Women’s Golf Club graciously thanks the assistance that the Battlement Mesa Golf Club staff provided us to make our Christmas in July golfing event a success. We hope that next year’s event will be an even greater hit. Laurel Koning Battlement Mesa
From Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario Dear Echo: First, I would like to thank my opponent, Doug Winters, for running a clean campaign. He is a bright person, and I’m sure he will do well in his law enforcement career. I wish him the best in his future endeavors and goals. This primary election is in the books and the Republican Party has made their choice for Garfield County Sheriff. With over 8,750 registered Republican voters, only 2,230 voted. Approximately 26 percent voted to support the opposition. Now, I respectfully ask that those in the party, who did not support me because of isolated issues, either visit with me so we can resolve those matters, or set them aside so that the office of sheriff can remain in the hands of your incumbent office holder.
Thanks for the Echo
Dear Echo: The July issue [of The Grand Valley Echo] is excellent and I want to thank you for all the recognition you gave to and for our Grand Valley Days, rodeo, parade, grand marshals, etc. It is much appreciated. Aside from this issue, I look forward to our monthly issues, which help to keep us up to date on local affairs. Thanks again for such beautiful reporting and good journalism. Sincerely, Ivo Lindauer Battlement Mesa
School’s in session – Watch for kids.
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Please note the Community Counts website is temporarily offline for upgrades so that we can better serve you and the communities where we operate. To reach operators in your area immediately, please call the hotline. If you don’t know which operator you need, press any number 3 through 9 and your issue will get directed to the appropriate organization. Do not press 1 (Garco Dispatch) or 2 (Mesa County Dispatch) unless it is an emergency. (Contact: Sher Long, 970.618.8443)
NEWS FROM COMMUNITY COUNTS’ INDUSTRY MEMBERS… NORTHWEST OIL & GAS FORUM, September 2, 10a -12n at the Garco Fairgrounds in Rifle. This is a very informative session that features activity updates by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, the Bureau of Land Management, and operators drilling in the Piceance Basin. ENERGY ADVISORY BOARD, September 2, 6p – 8:30p, Human Services Building in Rifle. For an agenda, contact Denise Brown, 625.5915, email@example.com. WILLIAMS has had “rigs in motion” lately. We have 12 rigs running with a 13th due in mid-August. There is one rig at the Kokopelli lease south of Silt, one rig in Beaver Creek south of Rifle, and one in the Porcupine Creek area. The Porcupine location is an interesting one— there is a Bald Eagle’s nest very close to the pad along the river. We are not allowed to be on location from the time the eggs are laid until the chicks leave the nest for good. We have visited this pad three times and watched three generations of chicks be born and leave. As for the adults, they remain in the nest year-round with no disturbance from the location. The remainder of our rigs are operating north of the river between Rulison and just west of Parachute. WILLIAMS just announced preliminary plans to add an expansion on to the Parachute gas processing complex located about 7 miles up County Road 215. This is a cryogenic plant which would remove more natural gas liquids from the gas stream. Liquids include propane, butane, and ethane which are used in manufacturing. The plant could be operational by 2013. Finally, thank you to all who came to our Rulison open house held July 10th. It was good to visit with our neighbors about two new locations in the area. For more information, contact Susan at 970.216.3878. ANTERO RESOURCES has finished drilling 10 new wells south of the Battlement Mesa PUD on their Watson Ranch pad. Completion operations on seven of the 10 new wells are now finished and completion operations on the remaining three wells will begin in late August and is expected to conclude by early September. Antero Resources is in the process of working with the CDOW on their Wildlife Mitigation Plan which will be part of the their Battlement Mesa Comprehensive Development Plan and the company continues to work with, and provide information to, the Colorado School of Public Health and Garfield County Public Health officials on the Garfield County sponsored
"Health Impact Assessment", or HIA. The HIA study will be conducted over the course of the 2010 summer and is planned to be completed by late summer/early fall 2010. Antero plans to submit its Major Land Use Impact Review (MLUIR) sometime in September 2010. LARAMIE ENERGY II is currently active in Jacks Pocket behind Battlement Mesa. We have one drilling rig and two wells left to drill. Once the drilling is finished Laramie plans to complete four wells and then will be moving out. This will complete a vast majority of Laramie’s development in the Jacks Pocket area. The drilling rig will be moving to Beaver Creek south of Rifle for the remainder of the summer and early fall. ENCANA presently operates 6 rigs in the Piceance Basin, with 2 more rigs anticipated to arrive shortly. Present rig locations include 3 on our North Parachute Ranch, 2 in the Mamm Creek area south of Silt, and 1 on High Mesa south of the Una Bridge west of Parachute. Encana will have an update for the community at the September 2 Northwest Oil & Gas Forum. Recent community investment efforts include donations to Garfield County Fair and Jr. Livestock Sale, Habitat For Humanity, Colorado Western Slope College Fair, Community Hospital Foundation breast mammography equipment, and the Museum of Nature and Science Outreach. BILL BARRETT CORPORATION is operating 2 drilling rigs south of Silt. Recent community investment activities include participating in the 4H junior livestock sale at the Garco fair; sponsoring a team for the Rocky Mountain Polo championships (benefits Childhelp River Bridge Center in Glenwood Springs; and participating in a Buy Local, Use Local event sponsored by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. NOBLE ENERGY continues to operate 1 rig for the rest of this year, and is constructing pads and pipelines. MARATHON OIL COMPANY currently has no active drilling operation. Marathon is, however, continuing to complete approximately 35 wells as part of its 2010 development program north of Parachute. DID YOU KNOW? Piceance Basin operators and contractors are major contributors to the Mesa, Garfield, and Rio Blanco County 4H/FFA county fairs. Of the almost $520,000 tallied at the recent Mesa County Jr. Livestock Sale, approximately 65% of the sales came from the energy industry.
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The “busyness” continues By Bill Cornelius, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Just when we all thought things were slowing down, we look at the calendar and see all the events scheduled here in the Grand Valley. By the time this article appears in the newspaper, the 2010 Block Party will be over. The Block Party allows area businesses and community organizations to let everyone know what services they have to offer people in our community. Also, all the proceeds generated through raffles held during the Block Party are going to Garfield School District No. 16 for education and books. We thank the folks at Metcalf Excavation for sponsoring this great event. In addition to the Block Party, the 2010 edition of Grand Valley Days will be in the books. Everyone who was able to participate in all the community events held during that busy weekend had fun. And now, take a deep breath. We can look forward to the following upcoming community events: • Sept. 9: Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting: a job search workshop presented by Colorado Mountain College’s Jill Ziemann at Cottonwood Park 12 p.m. • Sept. 16: Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting: Alpine Bank, 12 p.m. Please also mark your calendars for Oktoberfest in Cottonwood Park. This family fun annual event is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 5-10 p.m. We are in need of volunteers to help set up, serve and take down everything for this great community festival. If you would like to help please call 285-0388.
BUSINESSES OF THE MONTH The Mohrlang•Jones Team is a part of Keller Williams - Grand Junction Realty, LLC, formerly known as Colorado Heritage Real Estate Company. The new Keller Williams Realty office is located in the Battlement Plaza Shopping Center at 73 Sipprelle Dr., Suite J-1. Mary Lee and Karen are very excited about their new office space and love the location. Keller Williams Realty, The Colorado Heritage Group, is a full service real estate company offering both buyer and seller agency representation, commercial real estate, land and development assistance, and a rental division. Karen and Mary Lee’s slogan, “The Names That Mean Excellence in Real Estate,” is the goal they strive to achieve continuously in their day-to-day business endeavors. Their combined real estate experience adds up to 30-plus years and they still love to come to work every day. “People Pleasing” is their daily goal and they are always available to discuss your real estate needs and questions. Please stop by their new location and say hello. You are always welcome!
Metcalf Excavation, Inc. 73- F Sipprelle Dr. Battlement Mesa, 285-6301. Metcalf Excavation formed in 2003 and was built on the successful business venture of brothers, Carl Metcalf II (Mike) and Travis Metcalf (Jason). Mike and Jason have lived in Colorado since 1983 and graduated from Grand Valley High School. During the spring and summer, Metcalf Excavation specializes in maintaining Colorado state standards for storm water maintenance and reclamation in the natural gas industry of western Colorado. Their reclamation services include soil stabilization, determining climate zones, reseeding, hydro mulching, road maintenance, water shed planning, spill prevention and erosion control. During the fall and winter, Metcalf’s experienced operators keep prominent roads open for rig operations and transport trucks in adverse weather conditions. They use state-of-the-art snow removal equipment to aid in the specialized services we provide. Metcalf provides 24-hour emergency response for trucks, evacuation and road closures as needed. Additionally, Mike and Jason are generous financial contributors to the community. Specifically, there is a Metcalf Excavation Scholarship that gives opportunities to Grand Valley High School (GVHS) seniors each year. Mike, Jason and Metcalf Excavation support the GVHS Key Club, Grand Valley Days and numerous other fundraisers including organizing an annual Block Party that raised $7,000 its first year for books for Parachute and Battlement Mesa schools. As always, the chamber is looking for businesses that would like to support our communities by becoming a member of the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact one of the board of directors or call 285-0388.
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Michelle Foster - President Mary Anderson - Vice President Mary Lee Mohrlang- Secretary Nancy Jay - Treasurer Cyndie Penland - Director Paul Schultz - Director Bill Cornelius - Director Jason Fletcher - Past President
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Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District - “Where The Fun Begins”
Fall soccer practice begins mid-August By Mary Anderson, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District executive director Sportsmanship is encouraged at all Recreation District programs. Please remember that children should be having fun and learning at the same time. Spectators who cheer positively for the youngsters are encouraged to do so, but yelling at the officials or coaches is not. Please think about how your actions might look to your children or other spectators.
28th annual Craft Fair: Nov. 20 at Grand Valley High School from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Applications must be returned by Sept.15. All items are to be hand crafted; No commercial products are allowed.
Parachute/Battlement Mesa Parks and Recreation is at 259 Cardinal Way, Parachute, 285-0388, parachutebattlementparkandrecreation.org. Check out the website; it’s updated frequently.
Current and upcoming programs:
Registration for Youth Fall Soccer: There will be a U10 girls team, U12 girls and boys teams, and a U14 girls team. There is more room in the U12 girls and boys teams. Call for team availability. Practices begin mid-August. U12 and U14 games begin Aug. 28 and 29. U10 games begin on Sept. 11. Registrations for U8 soccer (Aug. 30 deadline) for ages 5-7 years. $40/fee. Certified soccer officials needed: Call the office if you would like to become an official. Certified officials for U12 and U14 soccer games; classes being held throughout the month of August in Grand Junction, Montrose and Delta. Girls Basketball: For fourth-fifth graders starts the first of October. Please get your child pre-registered by mid-September. $55/fee, $35/refundable uniform deposit.
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Williams Energy Invitational raises more than $10,000
The 13th annual Wiliams Energy Invitational brought 116 golfers to the Battlement Mesa Golf Club on June 18. “The players had the opportunity to meet new people, win prizes, have fun and share the joy of golf,” says Johnny Goodman, general manager of the Battlement Mesa Golf Club. “The relationship between the gas and oil
industry and the Parachute/Battlement community has always been very positive and a big part of that is from holding this annual golf tournament.” The tournament raised $10,066, which will go to the United Way organizations of Garfield and Mesa counties. – Battlement Mesa Golf Club
Susan Alvillar of Williams Energy, Matthew Breman, Debe Colby, Johnny Goodman of the Battlement Mesa Golf Club, and Amanda Crysler of the United Way of Mesa County at the Williams Invitational. Photo courtesy of Johnny Goodman
Battlement Mesa Activity Center now offers beginning yoga By Anne Huber, BMAC Beginning Yoga classes began Aug. 14 at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center (BMAC). Debra Streit Saturday classes are meeting from 10:15-11:15 a.m., and Monday classes are meeting at 6:45-7:45 p.m. Debra Streit is teaching both classes. “I was first introduced to yoga in 1990 when a friend invited me to a class she was taking,” says Debra. “For me it was love at first class. I was hooked and was an avid student for over 15 years. While living in Phoenix I had the opportunity to learn from a variety of teachers and in a variety of yoga styles, from the gentle, classical Asanas, or poses, of Ananda yoga to the physically demanding extremes of Ashtanga, and heated Bikram yoga. “Yoga has helped me in all my other activities,” Debra says. “Included in the extensive list of benefits yoga provides is: building strength, tone, flexibility, balance, body awareness and reduced stress. It quiets the mind and increases your energy. I am eager to get back into my own practice with this class, help others continue their practice and I am excited to be introducing yoga to those who have always wanted to take a class, but thought it wasn’t for them. “This class is for everyone regardless of fitness level, flexibility or ability,” continues Debra. “My objective for this beginner class will be to provide an experience for each student. It is designed to fit your individual needs. “I will be combining some of the different styles as well as introducing breath work and some yoga philosophy,” she says. “Whether you wish to build strength and flexibility, harmonize your body and mind or just learn something new, I know that you will enjoy this beginning class." For more information call BMAC at 285-9480 or Debra at 2851800, or e-mail email@example.com.
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S P O R T S Battle for the Cure golfing fundraiser set for Sept. 28
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Sports Briefs Battlement Mesa Golf Club’s Junior Golf Program a success
By Laurel Koning, Battlement Mesa Women’s Golf Club
The Battlement Mesa Women’s Golf Club invites everyone in the community to participate in Battle for the Cure, our local fundraising event to benefit Rally for the Cure. On Sept. 28, Battle for the Cure begins at 3:30 p.m. Sign up can be completed at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club. A reduced golf and cart fee is currently being negotiated. Battle for the Cure is a nine-hole event where men will compete against women for a traveling trophy. At the conclusion of the nine-hole round, the top 10 net scores for the participating women and the participating men will be totaled together. A new traveling award will be awarded to the team with the lowest score. So bring it on! Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program that works to spread awareness about breast health and breast cancer in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support cancer research to help beat breast cancer. The $20 entry fee per individual is tax deductible and will be directly donated to Rally for the Cure. As a thank-you, a free one-year magazine subscription will be given to each participant. A barbecue dinner, at a cost of $8, will be held following the golf event. Breast cancer has probably touched each of our lives at some time, to some degree. It is the right time to help raise funds to help with the awareness and the fight against this most deadly disease. We thank you for your support for our event.
Battlement Mesa Golf Club held their annual Junior Golf Program Tournament on July 13. Nineteen students participated the program, in which was comprised of two three-week sessions. Junior golfers learned everything from rules and etiquette to all aspects of the game, including on-course instruction. Thirty kids participated in the program this year, which was instructed for the seventh straight year by PGA Head Golf Professional Jason Franke. “this was the best group of kids yet,” says Jason. “They were all eager to learn and they all have a great future in the game of golf if they stick with it and have fun. Thanks for your participation and we’ll see you on the golf course!” – Battlement Mesa Golf Club
Christmas In July a hit with the Battlement Mesa Women’s Golf Club The Battlement Mesa Women’s Golf Club recently sponsored Christmas In July. League members, along with guests from the community, paired up for this holiday-themed golfing event. First event of the day was a contest for the most festively-decorated hat. Hats came in all sizes with various themes. The winning hat was selected by resident golf pros Johnny Goodman and Jason Franke. We appreciated them serving as our judges. Boni Rust was awarded first prize for her uniquely decorated hat. The shotgun start of the 18-hole event was followed by a festive holiday luncheon. Various hole prizes were given for closest to the green (but not on green), shortest drive, closest to the pin on third shot, and longest putt. Gift certificates were also given to the winning foursome of Lois Jewell, Sandi Saxton, Karen Carr and Betty Mosby. All attendees received a wonderful assortment of Christmas cookies, and a Christmas ornament. – Laurel Koning, Battlement Mesa Women’s Golf Club
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New Patients and Children Welcome Metcalf Excavation, Inc. would like to thank all of the valuable sponsors who participated in the Block Party 2010 fundraiser for GARCO School Dist. 16. Thanks to all of your generous donations of time, merchandise and services we were able to raise $2,777.89! We will continue to ask for donations until we reach our goal of $3,500.00 or through the end of August at which time Metcalf Excavation will be matching funds dollar for dollar. Thanks again to everyone who attended and made the annual Block Party a huge success!
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O B I T U A R I E S Juliette (Rivard) Clement Jan. 7, 1928 – July 10, 2010
Battlement Mesa resident Juliette (Rivard) Clement died July 10 at the Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle. She was 82. Juliette was born Jan. 7, 1928 to Thomas and Yvonne (Beaulieu) Rivard in the town of Montmarte, Saskatchewan, Canada. When she was just a little girl, the family moved in the rural area of the small mining town of Normetal, Quebec. There, Thomas farmed the land and worked as a master carpenter for the mine. Juliette was the eldest of 10 children. On June 30, 1948, she married Jean-Marc Clement of Normetal at the St. Louis Catholic Church. Jean-Marc worked as a hoist man at the mine and Juliette worked at home as a seamstress while raising seven children: Christiane "Chris,” Rejean "Roy,” Andre, Danielle, Isabelle "Mickey,” Odette, and Etienne "Steve.” A child, Gislain, had died shortly after his birth. Juliette continued sewing for the family and also loved gardening, knitting, crocheting and reading. In January of 1966, the family moved to Viscount, Saskatchewan and Jean-Marc continued working as a hoist man in a potash mine. The whole family learned English, and JeanMarc became known as "John.” They also lived in Spyhill and Rocanville. In 1970, the family moved to Georgetown, Colo., for a short time then later to Granby, Colo., where they purchased Bill's Modern Court Mobile Home Park. John worked at Noranda Mine and the Climax Molybdenum Mining Project. The eldest son, Rejean, who had joined the Canadian Armed Forces, remained in Canada. In 1978, the Clements moved to Rifle where Juliette and John both worked at the MorrisonKnudsen Oil Shale Project in Rio Blanco County. At the mine, Juliette worked as a janitor and later as a supply clerk. Shortly after the oil shale bust in 1982, the Clements sold their home and moved to Battlement Mountain, Nev., where John resumed work as a hoist man in gold mining and Juliette resumed being a homemaker. After Jean-Marc’s death on July 10, 2006, Juliette moved to Battlement Mesa to be closer to family. Shortly after her arrival, she joined St. Mary's Catholic Church and attended church regularly with her daughter Chris. She continued her love of gardening, and spent the majority of her time growing beautiful flowers and trees in her yard. She transplanted and multiplied her flowers by cuttings so she could share them with family and friends. In the winter, she would knit and sew and enjoyed epic movies, dramas and documentaries. She was preceded in death by daughter, Isabelle, and is survived by six children: Christiane "Chris" and husband Jerry Sullivan of Battlement Mesa; Rejean "Roy" and wife Trudy of Waterton Village, Alberta, Canada; Andre and wife Edita of Northglenn, Colo.; Danielle and husband Richard Leighton of Northglenn, Colo.; Odette of Grand Junction; Etienne and wife Rita of Winnemucca, Nev.; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Services were held on July 14 at St Mary Catholic Church in Rifle with the Rev. Robert Hehn officiating. Juliette is being buried next to her husband Jean-Marc, in Winnemucca, Nev.
Jack O’Neal Kennedy Aug. 25, 1923 – Aug. 18, 2010
Jack O’Neal Kennedy of Battlement Mesa passed quietly into heaven Aug. 18 at E. Dene Moore Care Center. He was 86, one week from his 87th birthday. Born in Belle, Mo. on Aug. 25, 1923, Jack was the youngest son of David and Carrie Kennedy. The family moved to Arkansas, then to the Denver area. Jack worked happily for 36 years for Denver Wallpaper and Paint Company, stocking and delivering products. A perforated eardrum kept Jack from serving in the armed forces during World War II. After more than 30 years of married life, Jack’s first wife Helen died in February of 1992. The couple had no children but doted upon nieces and nephews as well as various family pets. While working in the kitchen of an assisted living facility in Denver, he met and married Denise Hiebert. The following year the couple moved to Battlement Mesa. Jack was well known in the area as the No. 1 Dishwasher of Battlement Mesa, having performed that job in various restaurants with great efficiency well into his 80s. His reliability, positive attitude and stellar work ethic endeared him to all who were privileged to work with him. Jack’s smile bettered the day of everyone he met in his daily life. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, David and Carrie Kennedy; three brothers, Howard, Frank and Jessie; two sisters, Hazel and his twin sister Beth who died in infancy, and his first wife Helen. He is survived by his wife Denise (and their beloved cat Georgio); nieces Carol Maxwell and Janice Howard of Oklahoma; and nephew Dale Kennedy of Georgia. Funeral services were on Aug. 23 at Grace Bible Church in Battlement Mesa.
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Library sneak peek and book sale
By Julie Lana, Friends of the Parachute Library
Tickets on sale for Sandra Dallas
The Parachute Branch Library may currently be under construction, but Friends of the Parachute Library (FOPL) have several upcoming events. On Sept. 2, individuals are invited to a sneak peek at the new library. The event starts at 1 p.m. and will take approximately 90 minutes as it includes a tour as well as information about the new equipment in the library. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at 625-4270 by Aug. 31. The renovated library opens on Sept. 11, with festivities from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Join us then to return all your books and see the changes! FOPL sponsors a book sale on Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic schoolhouse in Battlement Mesa. Everything, including like-new books, will be $1 or less. FOPL members and teachers with proper ID are invited to peruse the selection on Sept. 17, from 4-7 p.m. Individuals and businesses who become members of Friends of the Parachute Library or who renew their membership at the book sale are entitled to a free book of their choice. There will be a general meeting for all Friends of the Parachute Library members in October.
Sandra Dallas, a Colorado author of such works as “Prayers for Sale” and “Whiter Than Snow,” will be at the Parachute Branch Library as part of its grand opening celebrations. Sandra will be at the newly remodeled Parachute Branch Library on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. This adult event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and desserts in the library’s new community room. Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Jane Smiley called Sandra Dallas “a quintessential American voice” in Vogue magazine, and Sandra has garnered numerous awards for both her fiction and nonfiction work. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, and Gordon Cooper Branch Libraries as well as Alpine Bank in Parachute or by calling 625-4270. – Emily Hisel, Garfield County Libraries
Please read The Grand Valley Echo’s September issue for more information as to the date and time. The Friends of the Parachute Library is a nonprofit organization committed to creating public support and awareness of the library and its programs. Yearly memberships are available for individuals and businesses for $10 and $25 respectively. Those interested in Friends of the Parachute Library can call 210-7119 for more information.
Story Time resumes Story Time at the Parachute Branch Library resumes on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the new library space for great books, and fun with felt as “Flip Flap Jack” returns. Story Time will continue every Friday thereafter at 11 a.m. For more information call 285-9870.
Team Scavenger Hunt winners announced Six teams of 18 teens and 'tweens participated in Parachute Branch Library's Scavenger Hunt this summer. These teams competed for points by figuring out answers, attending events, and reading throughout the summer. The teams not only competed against each other, but also against teams throughout Garfield County. The first place winners from Parachute are the Shanaynays, consisting of Aerianna Preble, Chandra Davis, Devyn Cyphers, and Shayla Honebein. The Shanaynays had 271 points and rivaled two other teams for the district-wide grand prize that was ultimately awarded to the Stormin Mormons from Rifle. The second place winners from Parachute are the Destroyers, consisting of Alex Schuckers, Andrew Kingen, Connor Sproles, and Kaige Gerrard. Congratulations and great job!
Free library card promotion extended Due to popular demand, the Garfield County Libraries are extending its free library card promotion, in both adult and children’s styles. You can pick one of four adult designs featuring scenes of the beauty and excitement that can be found in our area. These library cards also come with an additional keytag. The new library cards will simplify your life and make checking out your favorite materials effortless – whether you decide to carry the card in your wallet or on your keychain. For the first time, the Garfield County Libraries are also offering special library cards for children. These card designs feature a fox, a fish, and the fish’s frog friend which can also be found on the children���s page of the library’s new website. And not to worry: adults who fall in love with these adorable critters are welcome to choose one of the children’s designs. Conversely, children can choose an adult design with a keytag. The new library cards are available now, and the free promotion has been extended through Sept. 30. Get yours today! – Emily Hisel, Garfield County Libraries
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Nature at Home and Afield by Betsy Leonard More about solar energy in Parachute
Harvesting the energy of the sun right here in Parachute! Yes! Surely, you have seen those curious “flowers” at the Parachute rest area featured on the cover of this month’s Echo. As you read in the Echo’s cover story, these flowers are actually stateof-the-art solar energy collectors. In fact, according to Parachute Town Administrator Bob Knight, this fascinating solar display is one of only a handful in the U.S.: two prototypes and the one here. When all is constructed and operational, these solar additions will save the Town of Parachute about $8,000 a year. With a 25-year life span, that will amount to a sizable savings. Solar energy – radiant light and heat from the sun – has been harnessed by humans for centuries using a widening range of ever-evolving technologies. Of the incoming solar radiation, 30 percent is reflected back to space while the rest is absorbed by clouds, oceans, and land masses. The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of the Earth is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth’s non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas and mined uranium combined. Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive or active depending on the way they capture, convert, and distribute sunlight. The flowers in Parachute are active, since they are using photovoltaic panels. Sunlight has influenced building design since the beginning of architectural history. The Greeks and Chinese were the first to employ the power of the sun in their buildings as they oriented them toward the south to provide light and warmth. Greenhouses convert solar light to heat, which enables year-round production. Solar thermal technologies can be used for water heating, space heating, space cooling, and process heat generation. Solar energy may be used in a water stabilization pond to treat wastewater without chemicals or electricity. Solar technologies have been employed in cooking, power generation, and vehicle production from automobiles to solar balloons, to high-altitude airships. Space solar collectors are the future. Traditionally, capturing solar energy has been an Earth-based process. Like any science, solar technologies continue to advance. Advancements in nanotechnology (building structure on the molecular level) have provided breakthroughs in the design of new solar cells capable of capturing a much wider range of solar energy. It is pollution free during use and can operate with very little maintenance or intervention after initial set up. It will take courage to move from fossil fuels – ultimately derived from solar energy captured by vegetation in the geological past – to a cleaner, sustainable power source of the future. Betsy Leonard is an environmental education specialist who lives in Parachute.
KIWANIS KORNER Local Kiwanians represent Grand Valley in Las Vegas and Memphis
Grand Valley Fire Protection District A new column from Grand Valley Fire By Grand Valley Deputy Fire Chief Rob Ferguson The Grand Valley Fire Protection District is now submitting a monthly column to the Echo. This column will let the public see what the Fire District does day to day, and give some information about the Fire District. Also, we will post pertinent information we feel the public should know – for example, changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, burn bans, fire safety issues, CPR trainings, and fire inspection program details. If you should have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact Deputy Fire Chief Rob Ferguson at 285-9119 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. • For the month of July 2010, the Fire District responded to 68 calls for service: 23 fire incidents structure fires 3 3 fire alarms 11 brush fires vehicle fires 6 36 emergency medical calls 3 vehicle crashes public assists 4 2 gas leaks / haz mat assignments • Twenty-five commercial quick reference/company safety inspections were conducted.
By Barbara Barker, Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute
On July 6, Scott and Heidi Pankow reported on their experiences at the 95th annual Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas. They reported that Jay Leno is funnier in person than on his late night how. The Pankows also explained that having successfully completed the last worldwide project by introducing iodized salt to countries plagued with Iodine Deficiency Disorder, Kiwanis International has now joined forces with UNICEF to save 129 million mothers and newborns by eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that kills 60,000 newborns and 30,000 mothers each year. MNT is easily prevented by a series of three vaccinations to women of childbearing age, costing roughly $1.80 per series. The Eliminate Project is raising $110 million during the next five years to provide an estimated 387 million doses of the vaccine. Kiwanis will mobilize its nearly 600,000 family members to become advocates for these children and raise the necessary funds to defeat this deadly disease. During the month, we heard of all the projects and plans for our community as well as for Garfield County. Speakers included Parachute Town Administrator Bob Knight, Garfield County Manager Ed Green, and Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt. We can look forward to a new I-70 interchange west of town, new rodeo grounds, a biking/hiking trail between Battlement Mesa and Parachute, the roads and bridges department relocation at our old fire station, the grand opening of our new and improved library in September (see story in this issue), and a farmers’ market on Main Street. We are also enjoying the unique solar system at the Parachute rest area (see cover story). Key Club members Amanda Jablonsky, president, and Jordanne Williams, secretary, reported on their trip to Memphis for the International Key Club Convention, where they met Key Club members from many states and foreign countries. They were taken on several interesting tours, includContinued on page 20
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• In-house training for a 48-hour Paramedic Refresher class was conducted, which met state and national registry rules and regulations to renew paramedic certifications. • Two fire extinguisher trainings were completed. • Seven public education events - Grand Valley Days, Rodeo, Neighborhood Watch, Battlement Mesa Activity Center (BMAC) – pool rescue drills with BMAC staff • Eleven new part-time/volunteer applicants were put through the hiring process. Nine positions were filled giving the Fire District a full and complete roster. New Member Orientation was held on Aug. 14.
If you should have an emergency please call 911 as soon as possible!
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Involving Parents and Children Grand Valley Center for Family Learning
School year begins with lots of good news By Rebecca Ruland, principal, Grand Valley Center for Family Learning
Welcome to the 2010-11 school year. Many exciting events have taken place at the Grand Valley Center for Family Learning this summer that I would like to share.
Qualistar Ratings We received funding last school year from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation for a Qualistar Rating. This four-star rating system (with four being the highest) outlines the strengths and weaknesses of a program and provides a detailed plan for continuous quality improvement. What does it measure? Trained observers, who spend several hours in each classroom, collect information on five different quality components. All of the points that programs earn in each of these quality components are added and provide a detailed plan for continuous quality improvement. Our early childhood programs received four out of four stars. You can find the detailed report located on the preschool tab of our website at cfl.garcoschools.org Great Outdoors Colorado Last spring, a committee of parents and teachers applied for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant to create an environmental experience/sensory play area on the grounds located between our school and the temporary library building. We learned in June that we received funding. We have also received financial support from Williams, North Wind Construction and Toby's Anchor Drilling as well as the Colorado Preschool Program. Though we are seeking additional funds through the Boettcher Foundation to be able to complete the project, we are working to create a memorable outdoor play experience for our young children. To see a map of the proposed area, go to the principal page of our website and click on area design at cfl.garcoschools.org
School Based Health Center In recent years, we have been working with community members, the Grand River Hospital District, and the Colorado Association of School Based Health Centers to establish a School Based Health Center to serve students at our school as well as the district. In collaboration with Grand River Hospital District, we applied for a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to fund a mid-level health provider and assistant position. We learned recently that we will receive this grant. Registration forms for students and more information about the program can be found on our website at cfl.garcoschools.org
Programs We will offer two full day and one half day kindergarten classes this year, four half day preschool classrooms and one full day preschool classroom in collaboration with Rocky Mountain SER Head Start. Additionally, the Teen Parent Program will continue in our building and Colorado Mountain College plans to offer a number of classes this year. More information about each of these programs can be found on our website. Open registration for all incoming students began on Aug. 3. Our office hours are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kindergarten Assessment Testing and Orientation letters were mailed in June with the assigned day and time for your kindergarten student. A reminder letter with the same information was mailed on Aug. 4. The official first day of kindergarten is August 25. No school bus transportation will be provided during the days of assessment testing and orientation. (Each student will attend one half-day session on one of the three days.) Preschool begins on Aug. 30. As always, we welcome participation by parents and community members in our school. This might include serving on advisory boards or volunteering in classrooms or the library. If you would like to get involved, contact me at email@example.com We look forward to seeing you soon.
School Briefs P.E.O. scholarships presented to Jacquelyn Janicek and Erin Vanderpool Jacquelyn Janicek and Erin Vanderpool, recent graduates of Grand Valley High School, are the 2010 recipients of scholarships presented by Chapter IP P.E.O. Jacquelyn plans to attend Colorado Christian University where she will major in elementary education with an emphasis on mathematics. Erin will attend Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. and will major in mathematics. Chapter IP thanks everyone who has supported the fundraising projects that make these scholarships possible. – Chapter IP P.E.O.
Colorado Mountain College offering two new environmental degree programs Beginning this fall, Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is offering two new environmental programs. Based on strong student interest, a college-wide commitment to sustainability and projected growth in environmental careers, CMC is launching two new areas of study related to environmental sustainability. The first academic program begins this fall for an Associate of Science degree with an emphasis on environmental science. This emphasis area encompasses coursework in the natural and physical sciences and is in direct response to the current growth in “green” careers. Colorado Department of Labor statistics project a 10-year growth rate of 25 percent for environmental scientists and technicians through 2018. The second program, which will kick off in fall 2011, is an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in environmental studies. This program is grounded in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and will include coursework in ethics, economics and environmental science. “We observed that there were a large number of students within CMC who were interested in pursuing environmental degrees. These programs will give them that opportunity,” said Robert Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science at the college. Introduction to Environmental Science, which is a guaranteed-transfer-level course and is required by both new programs, will be offered locally this fall at Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, and also at the Steamboat Springs, Edwards and Leadville campuses. More information is available by contacting an academic counselor through any CMC location, or at coloradomtn.edu. – Debbie Crawford, CMC
Kiwanis Korner ing Graceland and Sun Studios. Their international project will be saving gorillas in Uganda. Kiwanis Scholarship Committee Chairman Bruce Knuth reported that seven $1,000 continuing scholarships were awarded to Grand Valley High School graduates who are in good standing at various colleges and universities (see breakout box). The Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley/Parachute meets every Tuesday morning at the Parachute Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute, at 7 a.m. for coffee with the program beginning at 7:30 a.m. Please come join us some Tuesday morning.
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Kiwanis Scholarship recipients continue to shine One of the criteria Kiwanis requires of its scholarship recipients is proof of community service. Personally, I was blown away after reading all their service projects. Everyone should be very proud of these Grand Valley High School grads. They are: • Luke Braby, 3.48 GPA, Mesa State • Brittney Garcia, 3.69 GPA, Mesa State • Kasi Jensen, 3.46 GPA, Mesa State • Lindsay Levine, 4.00 GPA, University of Denver • Cody Miles, 3.27 GPA, Vernon College • Mary Rosendale, 3.00 GPA, Mesa State • Derek Witt, 3.40 GPA, Colorado State University – Bruce Knuth Chairman, Kiwanis Scholarship Committee Editor’s note: The Echo will publish an update from Bruce Knuth about the community service work these students are accomplishing in an upcoming issue of The Grand Valley Echo.
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College will run in the family, thanks to Clough program Grand Valley High School graduates able to follow their dreams By Mike McKibbin, Colorado Mountain College Just like her brother, Kami Keeling of Battlement Mesa is attending college thanks in large part to the generosity of a longtime Rifle resident. And Maritza Arizaga of Battlement Mesa has a chance of making her dream of being a doctor come true, too. The two Battlement Mesa residents were among 54 western Garfield County high school graduates to receive financial help to attend college in the fall thanks to the Genevieve Clough Fellowship program, through the Colorado Mountain College Foundation and the Western Colorado Community Foundation. Named after benefactor Genevieve Clough, the program helps students who may otherwise not attend college or receive other post-secondary training. Kami, a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley High School, said her selection means she is following in the footsteps of her brother, Cody, who received a Clough Fellowship three years ago. “It’s just a huge blessing,” she said. “Instead of taking maybe a year off to work to make enough money, I can go to college right away.” Fellowships make possible education, training beyond high school Martiza, a 2010 Grand Valley High School graduate, said the Clough program seemed like a way to help realize her dreams of becoming a doctor. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor ever since I was little,” she said. “I have two uncles who are doctors and when I was interviewed [by the Clough selection committee], they just seemed to really care about my goals and dreams. It just really hit home for me; these people are really here to help me. Definitely a thumbs up.” Arizaga wants to earn an associate degree at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, then transfer to the University of Colorado to attend medical school there.
Grand Valley High School graduate Kami Keeling thanks Genevieve Clough of Rifle after she and 53 other western Garfield County high school graduates received financial assistance to attend college through a fellowship program Clough created with the Colorado Mountain College Foundation and the Western Colorado Community Foundation. Below, Genevieve Clough and scholarship recipients. Photos by Ed Kosmicki
Kami plans to enroll at Mesa State College in Grand Junction this fall, where she will work on a double major in music education and literacy. Even though her brother received a Clough Fellowship, Kami said she wasn’t sure she would, too. “I just said God was in control of it all,” she said. “Just kind of blindly trusting.” In December 2007, Clough established a multi-million-dollar endowment that equally funds two fellowship programs that support graduates of Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley high schools and recent GED achievers from the area. Clough Fellows pursue an associate or bachelor degree, or vocational technical certification. Including this year’s awards, more than 155 students have benefitted from more than $1.6 million in support. This year’s recipients will share $600,000 over a four-year period. Funds are awarded as “last-dollar aid,” after other means of financial support are exhausted. This year, a June 23 celebration at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle drew more than 90 people to help recognize the fellows. Genevieve Clough had some advice for the recipients. “You’ll have so many decisions to make as you go forward into life,” she said. “Think them over. Don’t make snap decisions. You have such a wonderful opportunity to make a difference. I expect great things of each of you, but most of all, always remember that you are the very best and very special. Always have a dream; it’s part of life and a good thing.” Locally, more information about the program is available through counselors at Grand Valley High School.
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All Saints' Episcopal Church 150 Sipprelle Dr. Battlement Mesa 285-7908 Pastor's mobile: 985-5797 The Reverend Edmond-Joseph Rivet, Priest-in-charge Website: allsaintsepiscopal.info Church e-mail: email@example.com Pastor e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday Sunday Eucharist: 10:30 a.m. Choir: 9:30 a.m. Children's Godly Play: 10 a.m. WOW: Worship On Wednesday Contemplative Eucharist: 6 p.m. Soup Social: 6:30 p.m. Episcopal Theology: 7 p.m.
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755 Spencer Parkway P.O. Box 6248 Battlement Mesa 285-9862
Lutheran Church (WELS) Bill Cornelius, Pastor 987-3093 Adam Lambrecht, Staff Minister 987-1992 Sarah Lambrecht, Music Coordinator, 285-7255
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Family Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Location: Historical Society School House on County Rd 300 Women’s Bible Study Group: Monday at 9:30 a.m. Location: 12 Rosewood Way Babysitting available In Home Bible Study throughout the week. Call for times and locations in your area. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Wellspring of Life Church at Grand Valley High School Cafeteria
Rick Van Vleet, Senior Pastor Dan LaRue, Associate Pastor Matt Loftin, Youth Pastor Brian Jarrett, Minister of Music
Grand Valley Christian Church
Sunday Morning Worship – 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study for all ages – 9:45 a.m. (Children's Church offered during 11 a.m. service)
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800 Cardinal Way Parachute Pastor David Bartlett
Wed. Night Dinner 5:30 p.m. Wed. Night Programs 6:30 p.m. (Adult, Children & Youth Groups) Small groups meet throughout the week ... Visit our website for more information. Come -- Experience God's Power for life & living Know -- Christ through a loving family for fellowship Grow -- In Christ through a foundation of discipleship Go -- With Christ in a ministry of service with a focus for evangelism
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Sunday Service Time: 10 a.m. Youth and Children’s Sunday School 210-5795 210-5849
Daily Prayer Tuesday thru Friday 9:30 a.m.
Grand Valley United Methodist Church 132 N. Parachute Ave. Parachute Dr. Bob Toll, Pastor
Faith Baptist Church 235 N. Railroad Ave. Parachute John Yadloski, Pastor 285-7424 Sunday Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Children’s Church: 11:15 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m.
Sunday Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Contact Us P.O. Box 125, Parachute, CO 81635 285-9892 firstname.lastname@example.org
GRAND VALLEY SPELLBINDERS is looking for volunteers. Call 285-7175 for more information.
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FA I T H
St. Mary Catholic Church of Rifle celebrates 100 years
By Kathy Hill, Echo contributor
St. Mary Catholic Church has been in the community for 100 years. Although Catholics were in the area before that, it was Sept. 4, 1910 when the first resident pastor, Rev. Christopher V. Walsh, was assigned to Rifle. Soon afterwards, pioneer families began building the little church on East Fifth Street, which served the needs of the Catholic community for years. But with the growing population, and after years of searching for property, a new church was built at East Seventh Street and Birch Avenue, taking care of the needs of area Catholics and the community at large. So in gratitude for the first 100 years, St. Mary Parish, with St. Brendan’s of Parachute and Sacred Heart of Silt, invites everyone to attend the 100th anniversary events: Sept. 1: 7 p.m. Mass with Archbishop Charles Chaput presiding Sept. 4: 8-11 a.m. Knights of Columbus Breakfast open house, tours of the church, reminiscing Sept. 5: 1:30–5 p.m. Anniversary picnic including food, Hispanic entertainment, games St. Mary Catholic Church is located at 761 Birch Ave., Rifle. For more information contact Irene at 625-1800, or visit stmaryrifle.com.
Nonprofit Mt. Callahan Community Fund looking for good projects Deadline is Sept. 30 for grant proposals By Barbara Pavlin, co-chair, Mt. Callahan Community Fund The Mt. Callahan Community Fund (MTCCF) is inviting local nonprofit organizations to submit grant applications for projects and activities benefiting Parachute and Battlement Mesa. MTCCF is a geographic-area fund of the Western Community Foundation, which promotes charitable giving, manages permanent charitable endowments, and makes grants and other resources available to nonprofits in eight western Colorado counties. Since its inception in 2002, MTCCF has awarded more than $70,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations, specifically in Parachute and Battlement Mesa. This year, the deadline for grant applicants is Sept. 30, and we expect to distribute funds by Dec. 30. In an effort to provide funding to as many projects as possible, MTCCF suggests that the proposal amount not exceed $500. In addition to the name, address, contact information, and verification of the organization's 501c(3) status, proposals must include a description of the project and how it will benefit the community, the total budget for the project, and how MTCCF will make a difference. MTCCF suggests that applicants use the Colorado Common Grant Application (available online at coloradocommongrantforms.org/nonprofits) in preparing proposals. Mail proposals to the Mt. Callahan Community Fund, P.O. Box 104, Parachute, CO 81635. Grant requests must be mailed by Sept. 30. For additional information, contact Barbara Pavlin, co-chair, at 285-7634.
Grace Bible Church summer interns receive scholarships Grace Bible Church had a successful summer intern scholarship program for college students during the summer. Seven college students participated with more than $5,000 in scholarships awarded. Some of the scholarships will have matching grants. The summer interns were Danielle Noble, Jesse Forney, Amy Hamilton, Austin Germiller, Curtis Smith, Alex Whelan, and Sam Whelan. All are from the local area. Interns donated several days throughout the summer in ministry and service activities They assisted with youth programs, Vacation Bible School, and a nine-day youth missions trip to Springville, Utah. Curtis Smith traveled with two tours of the singing group, Evidence, from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Mo. Danielle Noble is in her junior year at Grace College of the Bible at Winona Lake, Ind. Jesse Forney is returning for his senior year at Trinity University in Deerfield, Ill. Amy Hamilton is in her junior year at Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange, Wyo. Alex Whelan is returning as a sophomore at Oklahoma Baptist University, where her brother, Sam, and Austin Germiller will be attending as freshmen this fall. – Charlie Hornick, Grace Bible Church
Grace Bible Church welcomes new pastoral intern Joshua Elliott began a pastoral internship at Grace Bible Church on July 1. A 2010 graduate in Biblical Studies from Frontier School of the Bible, Josh is working under Pastor Charlie Hornick for his internship, which will be through April 2011. Josh grew up in Kersey, Colo. and on May 22 married Kathleen (Kathy) Goold, who is also a 2010 graduate of Frontier School of the Bible. Josh comes with a wide variety of experiences in ministry and a commitment to serve. His desire in the internship is to learn as much about all aspects of the pastorate as possible. Upon completion of the pastoral program, Josh will graduate with a B.A. degree in pastoral studies from FSB in May 2011. – Charlie Hornick, Grace Bible Church
Vern Jackson in concert at Grand Valley Christian Church Singer Vern Jackson is coming to Grand Valley Christian Church to sing new songs from his soon-to-be released album, “Here I Am Lord.” Vern will perform on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the church, 116 W. Second St., in Parachute. Vern is currently awaiting his new CD to be released in October 2010 or January 2011. For more information about Vern Jackson and his music, go to vernjackson.com To reach Grand Valley Christian Church, call 285-7597 or go to mygvcc.com.
Grand Valley United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor On July 4, Carol Schelling, the chair of the Grand Valley United Methodist Church’s Staff/Parish Relations Committee, welcomed Robert Toll, Ph.D. as the church’s new pastor. The committee was responsible for the review and selection of their next pastor. Bob, as he is called, began his ministerial career in Grand Junction. While serving there, he established the Redlands United Methodist Church. The success and growth of this startup church was attributed to his efforts during his seven-year stay. Although he also served as pastor at numerous other churches in the years that followed, one of his greatest passions was serving as interfaith chaplain for the Colorado Correctional System. Bob served various churches in the Denver area, including the church in which he was raised, the First United Methodist Church of Golden. One of Bob’s hopes is to reach out to those who do not currently have a church home. He will also be working to draw younger families and children into membership with the long-established Parachute church. – Laurel Koning
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Ball field birds
These birds (ospreys) live at the Callahan Ball Field in Parachute on the softball field’s lights. These pictures were taken by Paul Gray at a recent baseball game.
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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Where’s Redstone – and why should you care? The Grand Valley Echo’s sixyear old sister, The Crystal Valley Echo, is based in Redstone and is the monthly newspaper for the Crystal Valley. Besides, Redstone is a perfect, quick getaway for Grand Valleyites. Get to know your sister: Come visit.
Labor Day Weekend Art Show worth the drive By Carrie Click, Echo editor
Redstone’s art show has a wide array of work on display. Echo file photos
It’s been a busy summer up in Redstone. With lots of shopping, dining, concert-going, hiking, fishing, four-wheeling and horseback riding going on, the season is now starting to wind down – but not before the Redstone Art Foundation presents its Labor Day Weekend Art Show. More than 30 artists from the Crystal Valley and the surrounding area are preparing to exhibit their original works at Redstone’s show, Sept. 3-6. Staged under a giant white tent on the lawn of the Redstone Inn, the show will feature works in a range of medium, from sculpture to photography, jewelry to wood turnings, paintings to pastels, glasswork to mixed media. Just like community events in Parachute and Battlement Mesa, the art show is a labor of love for local volunteers. “It always amazes me at the number of volunteers and the hours that they spend planning for the show,” says Betty Bradley, the president of the Redstone Art Foundation Board of Directors. “Every year we start a little earlier in the planning and as the days of summer start to wind down, the volunteers’ enthusiasm grows until the big event. Then we take a deep breath and sadly see summer depart.” Just getting to Redstone is a pleasant experience as you leave busy highways and cruise along the West Elk Scenic Byway starting in Carbondale. This two-lane road winds along the Crystal River and is soon surrounded by towering cliffs of red sandstone that give the town its name. Redstone is located on Highway 133, just 18 miles south of Carbondale. Take I-70 to Glenwood Springs and Highway 82 to the junction of Highway 133 at Carbondale. Or, take the scenic byway across the Grand Mesa on Highway 65 to the junction of Highway 92 near Hotchkiss and continue past Paonia on Highway 133 over McClure Pass into the beautiful Crystal River Valley. Hope to see you in Redstone! For more information about the Redstone Art Foundation Labor Day Weekend Art Show, go to redstonecolorado.com.
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