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Summary Letter “Holly Days is a community event sponsored by the Citizen Telegram, that has a multi-layered benefit to the community- 1. Shop Local and retail promotion, 2. Community event for the entire family, and 3. Wide spread community participation with the parade, celebration event and grand prize raffle. The actual event is approximately 2 weeks before Christmas, but the program is actually started in November. The advertising begins in the fall for the “Shop Local” portion of the promotion, which entails local businesses signing up for 5 weeks of pre-holiday advertising. The ad rates are at the non-profit rate and include FREE color. Every business that participates is provided with raffle tickets, and for every $10 spent at a participating business, the customer gets a raffle ticket. Only a very small amount of the actual news, photos, letters to the editor, advertising and other coverage of Holly Days could be included in this entry. Organizational meetings begin in October; volunteers are recruited, tickets are ordered, dates are selected and advertising begins. The other parts of Holly Days include a Home Lighting Contest, a “Parade of Lights”, a Santa’s Village and of course the grand prize raffle. Non-Retail businesses in the community participate by contributing substantial donations, which are spent on the Grand Prize, usually valued at over $3000. Shoppers with raffle tickets are traditionally out the evening of the event, for the parade, followed by the Holly Days Celebration and raffle. Each retail participant donates 1 item at a value of over $50, and the shoppers put their tickets in the prize boxes of the retail items. After each item is raffled off, the remaining tickets in all those boxes, go into a giant raffle drum, & the grand prize is selected from those. The audit of this event showed that this ‘shop local’ promotion produced over $332,000 in local holiday shopping. The event also drew hundreds of participants in the home lighting contest, 15 floats from various businesses and non-profit organizations, over 1100 folks to the parade, and over 960 community members to the Holly Days Celebration and Raffle. The raffle tickets are an exceptional way to audit participation, and the retailers who participate consider this promotion critical to their holiday success. The significance to the community is underscored by the folks that shop for big ticket items on the “Double Points Day” near the end of the campaign. Those dates are traditionally record breaking sale dates for many of the retail participants. In partnering with a local radio station, the advertising and news coverage on air and in the Citizen Telegram, blankets the community, day and night for 6 weeks. The participation and community engagement is well over 50% of the population, for this great, small town event.


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SPORTS with special guest

DARCY COPELAND / CITIZEN TELEGRAM CONTRIBUTOR

Blake Mills

Rifle High School Sports Round-Up

FOOTBALL

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NOVEMBER 13TH 7:30PM BUY TICKETS AT CITY MARKET STORES & BACK PORCH MUSIC OR ONLINE AT TICKETSWEST.COM OR CHARGE BY PHONE 243-TIXS (8497)

Oct. 21: RHS 48, Moffat County 6

SOFTBALL Oct. 21: Holy Family 26, RHS 5

VOLLEYBALL Oct. 20: Olathe 3, RHS 0 Oct. 22: Hotchkiss 3, RHS 1 Oct. 22: Cedaredge 3, RHS 0

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Please join us as a volunteer for the 16th Annual Holly Days and Parade of Lights Celebration on December 10th, 2011 • • • •

Assisting with Parade of Lights Setup and Tear Down of Santa’s Village Setup and Tear Down of Holly Days Celebration Festivities assistance at Garfield County Fairgrounds: parking of parade of lights floats, patrons and volunteers; raffling off of prizes

HOLLY DAYS

To become a part of this great Rifle Community Event and to help promote shopping locally, please call Bonnie Strong, Holly Days Coordinator, 379-9151 or by email: strongbonnie@hotmail.com

Rifle senior Julio Aguirre takes control with a header last Thursday night against the Titans of Coal Ridge. The Bears lost 21 after a controversial referee call on what would have been the Bears’ tying goal. State playoff games begin today with the Bears traveling to Kent Denver.

Rifle High School Sports Schedule

FOOTBALL Oct. 28: at Palisade, 7 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

CROSS COUNTRY

Oct. 20: Coal Ridge 2, RHS 1

Oct. 29: State, TBD

Other local sports Rifle Creek Golf Course Gap Closer, Oct. 23 (Results)

Championship flight First gross: Roger Walters Second gross: Jared Bickling Thirs gross: Keith Humerickhouse, Joe Elliott (tie) First net: Tod Smith Second net: Jack Parkinson Third net: Craig Nichols, Joe Morrill (tie)

First flight First gross: Branden Chicone Second gross: Rick Peterson Thirs gross: Jason Steele First net: Mark Fergen, Patrick

Burwell, Clint Hostettler (tie) Second net: Rick Peterson Third net: Chris Christensen

Second flight First gross: Keith Forney, Mitch Carter, Mike Higginbotham (tie) Second gross: Dennis Trueblood Thirs gross: Mike Smith Second net: Keith Forney, Mitch Carter, Mike Higginbotham (tie)

Third flight First gross: Justin McCormick Second gross: Pat Antonelli, Troy Mannon (tie) First net: Fred Frei, Bob Walker (tie) Third net: Michael Langhorne

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Klims celebrate 60th wedding anniversary LTC Ret. William “Bill” and Anne H. Klim celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 3 at the Columbine Restaurant at the Rifle Golf Club with members of their family present. The couple were married in Harwinton, Conn., on a snowy day in 1951. They spent much of their married life traveling and working abroad. After a 21 year Army career, and a 17 year career with Bell Helicopter, they retired to Fort Worth, Texas. The couple has lived in Rifle since 2009. Their daughter, Kathryn Goodman, married to Lennie Goodman, is an educator in the local school system. The Klims have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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The Rifle Police Department has found, recovered and/or seized numerous items which have not been claimed. If you believe any of these items belong to you, please contact Lt. Boulton. All items unclaimed will be disposed of in thirty days.

16TH ANNUAL

HOLLY DAYS HOW IT WORKS

1) Participating retailers will dispense one raffle ticket for every $10 spent in their store, to the customer at the time of purchase.

ANSWERS - NO PEEKING!

2) Those tickets can be turned in for a chance to win prizes from retailers throughout the community at the Holly Days Celebration on December 10th.

Now in our Sixteenth year, The Citizen Telegram’s HOLLY DAYS and PARADE OF LIGHTS CELEBRATION is going to be great.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT!

Holly Days advertisers are required to donate a prize valued at $50 or more, which will be given away at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, following the Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 10th.

The advertisements will run four times in The Citizen Telegram from November 17th through December 8th, and will run in The Post Independent on December 9th.

Rifle area retailers have the choice between three Holly Days packages. 3.21”x5.5” / $90 per ad • 3.21”x6.5” / $105 per ad • 4.89”x5.5” / $135 per ad FREE FULL COLOR!

Call Your Area Sales Consultant Today!

970.384.9171

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Lodging Energy Efficiency Workshop

<CITY BUDGET, PAGE 3 year,” Hier said. Hier said that the city expects an increase in severance tax distribution next year as well, which will help some of the other areas who may suffer a decrease in revenues. “Our expectation would be that the disbursement would be a little more than this year,” Hier said. However, there are no predictions on how much the increase could be. Despite those increases, Hier also anticipates decreases in property tax revenues with continued declining assessed property values, and decreases in development related fees such as building permits.

Hier said that the budget could still see some budget revisions until council adoption on Dec. 7, however, by this point in the process, changes are pretty rare. “Typically you don’t see many changed at this stage,” Hier said. This presentation was the first of two public meetings regarding the city budget process. The second meeting is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the regularly scheduled Council meeting. At the Nov. 16 meeting the discussion will focus on the remaining areas of the budget including the Internal Services Funds and the Utility Funds.

Thursday, Nov. 10 & Thursday Nov. 17, 11:00 am–1:00 pm, Glenwood Suites

<TOURISM PROMOTION, PAGE 3 ever, who ultimately ends up getting the money for advertising remains to be decided. Hier said that while the Chamber has done the advertising in the past, there are several different directions in which council can decide to go with the advertising funds. One way would be to open the advertising up to a Request for Proposal from other advertising agencies. Ladd said that all of the money will pay for advertising in state and national publications promoting Rifle and the recreation amenities nearby. Funds will

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also pay for maintanence of the website and partial staff salary as well. “Twenty-five thousand dollars for a town this size is not much,” Ladd said as the Chamber’s reason for requesting more funds. “We’ve researched this thoroughly and this amount is not unreasonable for this size of town.” Ladd was unsure that the requested advertising money would actually be approved. Hier said that council plans to have a worksession to discuss the issue with the Chamber and the VIF advisory board in the coming days.

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Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

16th Annual

Holly Days & Parade of Lights Celebration

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Sign Up Now! for the

Parade of Lights Celebration For Registration forms and information call Bonnie Strong, Holly Days Coordinator or by e-mail: strongbonnie@hotmail.com

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Day 1—Thursday November 10th: Local and national experts will host a discussion on the role of sustainability within the hospitality and tourism industry and present national and state-wide examples of how green practices can enhance your guest's experience and help set your business apart. Day 2—Thursday November 17th: Come learn the top practical energy and cost saving strategies applicable to local resorts and lodges. Then take action! Engineers and energy coaches will help your business identify specific energy efficiency strategies, first steps, and financing opportunities to reduce operational costs while maintaining a high quality guest experience.

Register before Friday, Nov. 4 and pay only $30.00 for both days—price includes lunch, in-session technical assistance, and resources for follow-up action. Registration after Nov. 4 is $40.00 per person. To register in advance and for more information visit www.garfieldcleanenergy.org. Presented by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region), the Governor’s Energy Office, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Glenwood Suites, Schmueser Gordon Meyer, and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings program in partnership with regional economic development organizations and chambers of commerce.

<GOOD HEALTH, PAGE 5 After every handwashing and before going to bed, coat your nails with a moisturizer. Petroleum jelly (the many Vaseline products) works well. When washing dishes or putting your hands in water, wear waterproof gloves. Don't use nail polish remover often. The B vitamin biotin toughens nails for some. You'll need 2.5 mg daily. Neither calcium nor gelatin strengthens

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THANK YOU

SUPER CROSSWORD HOG WASH

Crime Stoppers of Garfield County Board Members and all local law enforcement would like to thank our many generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers that helped make the Gymkhana FUN-Raiser such a successful event! Alpine Bank • American National Bank • B’s Thrift Store • Capps Lock Computing Service Cheryl & Co • Chili’s • Colorado River Vet Services • Double Dog Pub • Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Jean’s Printing, Inc. • John Virgili, CPA • KMTS • Master Petroleum McDonald’s • New Castle Family Fitness • Osage Nursery • RCC Western • Rib City • Rider’s Horseshoeing & Training • Rifle Fire Protection District • Rifle Truck & Trailer • Roaring Fork Valley Co-Op • Silt Discount Liquor • Summer Rain Shires & Sporthorses • Tally Ho Construction • Tally Ho Shires Target • T & G Auto Repair • The Country Florist • Wing Nutz Your partnership is critical to the three essential elements that make our Crime Stoppers program successful: Community, Media and Law Enforcement. Your support ensures our success! www.garcocrimestoppers.com

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Rifle Home Lighting Contest

Prizes awarded for First, Second, and Third place. Winners announced after the Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 10th downtown Rifle

WEEKLY SUDOKU

1) All participants must live 1st Place $60 in the 81650 zip code area. 2) Registration deadline 2nd Place $40 is Dec. 8th 3) Judging - evening of 3rd Place $25 Dec. 9th Call Real Estate Out West to Register or for more info. 625-4700 Bring registration to Real Estate Out West, 100 East 11th St (little yellow building across from the Fairgrounds)

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MOMENTS IN TIME THE HISTORY CHANNEL

• On Nov. 10, 1903, Mary Anderson receives patent No. 743,801 for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.” Anderson tried to sell it to a Canadian manufacturing firm, but the company said the device had no practical value. • On Nov. 11, 1921, three years after the end of World War I, the Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia when an unknown American soldier is buried. A 2-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below the coffin so that the soldier might rest forever atop the earth on which he died. • On Nov. 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. First- and second-class passengers had easily passed through customs, but those in third class underwent medical inspections to ensure they didn’t have a contagious disease. • On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials. • On Nov. 14, 1851, “Moby-Dick,” a novel by Herman Melville about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, is published. “Moby-Dick” is now considered a classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” • On Nov. 15, 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this, information from the New York Stock Exchange traveled by mail or messenger. • On Nov. 16, 1959, “The Sound of Music” premieres on Broadway. While the real-life Maria did marry Count Georg von Trapp and become stepmother to his children, she never did the other things shown in the musical, such as run singing through the Salzburg, Austria, mountains.

STRANGE BUT TRUE BY SAMANTHA WEAVER

& Parade of Lights Celebration

A COWBOY CHRISTMAS For the past 14 years, The Citizen Telegram’s Holly Days & Parade of Lights Celebration has emphasized what’s best about the small town holiday season ... friends and neighbors joining together in harmony and community. We also like to promote shopping locally. With the help of the following sponsors 2010 Holly Days event was a big hit: Jeans Printing, Williams Production , Rifle Truck & Trailer, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Bank, Bank of Colorado-Rifle, Citizen Telegram, Rifle Downtown Development Council, Hyland Enterprises, Cheryl & Co. Real Estate, Post Independent and Rifle Works, Inc. We were able to put together an event that generated over $312,000 in income for local businesses last holiday season. The Grand Prize Winner won the Rock and Roll Christmas package, valued at over $3,000. Some of the items included music equipment, recorded music, electronics, stereo equipment, concert tickets, keyboard, gift cards, gift certificates and a cargo trailer to haul all their loot home! There were more 15 individual raffle items, valued at over $2,000 given out throughout the night, all donated by the participating retail businesses.

We want to make this year really great. We would like to have money spent here in Rifle businesses to keep shopping close to home. To do this, we need your help. We are seeking sponsorships from non-retail businesses with monetary donations in the following categories: Platinum $1,000; Gold $700; Silver $350; and Bronze $150. Platinum-level sponsors will also be invited to display their company banner at the Holly Days and Parade of Lights finale on Dec. 11 and will receive one free, full color, half-page ad in The Citizen Telegram. As a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsor for Holly Days, you will receive special recognition throughout our fiveHOLLY week Holly Days campaign, with your business name featured on sponsor ads running in The Citizen Telegram, The Post Independent, 3 local radio stations and posters throughout the area. Show your community spirit and join the growing list of Holly COWBOY Days supporters today. CHRISTMAS

Thank you for you consideration in sponsoring Holly Days & Parade of Lights Celebration on December 10, 2011. I want to join the 16th Annual Holly Days Cowboy Christmas as a Sponsor Please fill out this form and return it to: The Citizen Telegram. Fax (970) 625-3628 or mail : 125 West 4th St, Suite 206, Rifle, CO 81650 Or E-mail Bonnie at strongbonnie@hotmail.com or by phone (970) 379-9151

Platium $1000 • Gold $700 • Silver $350 • Bronze $150 Amount Enclosed: $________ Bill Me:__________(Due by 12/5/11) Your Name and Title:_____________________________________________________ Company Name:_________________________________________________________ Mailing Address:_________________________________________________________ Phone # :___________________________________Fax:_________________________

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• It was the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who made the following sage observation: “Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” • If you’re like 75 percent of Americans, you like to doodle. • There was a shipwreck in 1664 that had only one survivor, one in 1785 that also resulted in all but one aboard being killed, and one in 1860 that likewise left a single person alive. Considering the fact that shipwrecks are not that uncommon -- particularly in the heyday of ocean travel -you might not think this much of a coincidence. Think again, though; in each of those shipwrecks, the sole survivor was named Hugh Williams. • Those who study such things say that Roman Emperor Caligula’s last words were, “I’m still alive!” • If you go bankrupt, your creditors are forbidden from seizing your wedding ring to pay debts. • In 1984, a woman named Deborah Martorano was shopping at Bloomingdale’s in New York City, when one of the store’s employees, a perfume demonstrator, sprayed her with scent. The experience evidently caused Martorano, who suffered from allergies and asthma, to spend 10 days in a hospital. This respiratory distress resulted in a $75,000 settlement from the store. • The Dead Sea isn’t a sea at all; it’s a lake. • If you ever travel to Borneo or Sumatra and come faceto-face with an orangutan, keep this tidbit of information in mind: If one of these great apes belches at you, you might want to back off; that’s how they warn others to stay out of their territory. *** Thought for the Day: “Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.” — Thomas H. Huxley

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Where Is This?

COMMUNITY

Here is “Where is This?” Richard John Snoddy

The Rifle mystery picture contest.

March 13, 1918 - Nov. 5, 2011

Since no one guessed the Rifle Mystery Photo, we have given you a bit more of the picture. The first person to correctly identify where this picture was taken will win a gift certificate to La Hacienda of Rifle to be picked up from Lisa at Mac5 Mortgage and a FREE three-month subscription to The Citizen Telegram, delivered directly to your house, business or post office box. If you already have a subscription, we’ll add another three months, or you can give a gift subscription to your favorite person. If you have correctly guessed “Where Is This” and won the prizes in the past three months, your are ineligible for additional prizes during that time frame. Contact us with your answer by calling 625-3245, ext. 16771 or e-mail laurie@citizentelegram.com.

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Richard “Dick” Snoddy of Rifle died of complications due to a stroke on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at his home in Rifle with family at his side. He was 93. Richard Snoddy was born in Truckton, Colorado on March 13th, 1918, the son of Charles Snoddy and Margaret Jones and was the youngest of three siblings. Richard spent his school years in Colorado Springs and upon graduating High School went to live with his family in New Castle, Colorado where his father was a mechanic. The family eventually moved to Rifle, Colorado where he would spend the rest of his life. Richard married Mary Brennan in Grand Junction, Colorado on June 3rd, 1939 and was a loving husband until Mary’s passing in 2005. They were married for 66 years and raised 3 children. Richard was part of the Greatest Generation and served in the army during the latter part of WWII. He was an accomplished welder and machinist for Union Carbide in Rifle where he worked for over 30 years until a lung ailment forced him to retire. He loved to go out dancing with Mary and their friends, sing and play his guitar at rodeos, and fish when he had the time. He spent most of his retirement wood working at his cabin he built on the Brennan Ranch in Piceance Creek. Richard had a strong faith in God and was a devout parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Rifle. Richard is survived by son Ronald and wife Terry of California, daughter Dixie and husband David of Grand Junction, son Joseph and wife Phyllis of Glenwood Springs, grandchildren Brian & Brad, Bill & Lisa, Josh & Luke, and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary, and siblings Robert and Lenora. A Funeral Mass in celebration of Richard’s life will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Glenwood on Saturday, November 12th, officiated by Fr. Robert Hehn at 11 a.m. following a Rosary service to begin at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in memory of Richard J. Snoddy to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, PO Box 191, Rifle Colorado, 81650 or Grand River Home Health & Hospice, 701 East 5th, PO Box 912, Rifle Colorado, 81650. Online condolences at RifleFuneralHome.com

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Volunteers Needed!

CHRISTMAS

Please join us as a volunteer for the 16th Annual Holly Days - “A Cowboy Christmas” and the Parade of Lights Celebration on December 10th, 2011 • • • •

Assisting with Parade of Lights Setup and tear down of Santa’s village Setup and tear down of Holly Days Celebration Festivities assistance in Downtown Rifle: parking of parade of lights floats, patrons and volunteers; raffling of prizes

Holly Days To become a part of this great Rifle Community event and to help promote shopping locally, please call Bonnie Strong, Holly Days Coordinator

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INTERNATIONAL GIFT FESTIVAL

Make a world of difference! Purchase handcrafted, fairly traded home décor, personal accessories and jewelry, gift items, toys, holiday items and more at the 25th Annual International Gift Festival. These items are made available through Ten Thousand Villages, a retailer with the mission to provide vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.

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Weekdays Noon - 8pm; Saturdays 9am - 4pm; Closed Sundays Located at Glenwood Mennonite Church 2306 Blake Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 For more information: 970-945-5245 glenwoodmenno@comcast.net | www.glenwoodmennonite.org Made possible through the Ten Thousand Villages Denver store and staffed by volunteers from the Denver store and our local community.

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Holly Days How It Works

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CHRISTMAS 1) Participating retailers will dispense one raffle ticket for every $10 spent in their store to the customer at the time of purchase. 2) Those tickets can be turned in for a chance to win prizes from retailers throughout the community at the Holly Days Celebration on December 10th.

Now in our Sixteenth year, The Citizen Telegram Holly Days and Parade of Lights Celebration will be the best one yet. You don’t want to miss out! Holly Days advertisers are required to donate a prize valued at $50 or more, which will be given away in downtown Rifle following the Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 10th.

The advertisements will run four times in the Citizen Telegram from November 17th through December 8th, and will run in the Post Independent on December 9th.

Rifle area retailers have the choice between three Holly Days Packages. 3.21” x 5.5”/$90 per ad • 3.21” x 6.5”/105 per ad • 8.89” x 5.5” / $135 per ad

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NEWS IN BRIEF ommunity input sought for open lands discussion The Greenprint for Conservation and Economic Opportunity is a community conversation about the places people treasure and the values those places provide to citizens, communities and the economy. The Greenprint project asks citizens to identify goals for open lands, agricultural preservation, wildlife, trails, recreation or other community values. Your voice and opinions are important. Where do you fish? Hunt? Hike? Are working farms and ranches important? What amenities are needed to support local tourism and attract jobs and business? What places are special to you and why? Your opinions will help guide future conservation investments with willing landowners. This project is made possible by Great Outdoors Colorado, Garfield County and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Partners include the Garfield Legacy Project, Garfield County, The Trust for Public Land, Sonoran Institute and the Aspen Valley land Trust. The public is invited to any one of the four upcoming workshops to share ideas about the future use of open land. Food and refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome too, so bring the whole family. • Glenwood Springs: Tues., Nov. 15 — 6:30 p.m., Glenwood Springs Community Center • Parachute: Wed., Nov. 16: — noon, Parachute Library • Rifle: Wed., Nov. 16 — 7 p.m., Rifle High School • Carbondale: Thurs., Nov. 17 — noon, Carbondale Town Hall, Community Rm. 2 Can’t come to a meeting? Take the online web-survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XD2JW9Z. Questions? Contact John Lavey at the Sonoran Institute at (970)384-4364 or jlavey@sonoraninstitute.org

Well Master Corporation announces Rifle distribution center Well Master Corporation announced, earlier this week, the opening of a distribution center in Rifle. Established in response to the growing needs of the Rifle area gas and oil industry, this location offers operators and production staff the convenience of finding the Well Master products and advice they trust close to where they work. Well Master manufactures patented plunger lift systems used to maximize oil and gas well production. The company is the exclusive manufacturer of the Viper and the Venturi Viper plunger lift products. All Well Master products are proudly manufactured in the United States of America and feature superior durability and quality. Well Master invites the operator and production community to join them for breakfast and lunch on Nov. 15, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate the distribution center’s grand opening. The distribution center is located on 3161A Baron Lane, in Rifle, just west of the Garfield County Airport. Normal Well Master distribution center hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local law enforcement agencies uncover suspected gang auto theft ring A series of motor vehicle thefts in Denver and on the western slope that occurred between Oct. 25 and Oct. 30 have been identified as gang related. After further investigations, it was determined the crime spree was a product of three gang members living in Garfield County. All three juveniles are validated Sureño gang members, according to the Garfield County Sheriff ’s Office. Jason Alexis Gamez-Banda, 14, faces charges of ag-

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Rifle Bucks are BACK! Pick one up at Rifle City Hall!

Spend $60 and get $20 off your single purchase at any participating Rifle merchant or restaurant with a Rifl Rifle Riflee Buck Coupon. • Starting November 22, individuals may pick-up ONE Rifle Buck coupon, per weekday from Rifle City Hall during normal business hours. • Also, some participating businesses may make the coupons available for their customers. • Only 3,000 Rifle Buck coupons will be printed – Once they are gone, they’re gone. • Unlike past years, Rifle Buck coupons will NOT be printed in the newspaper. Rifle Bucks is a program funded by the City of Rifle. More information or Questions? www.rifleco.org or (970) 665-6408.

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TRIVIA MOMENTS IN TIME THE HISTORY CHANNEL

• On Nov. 17, 1421, a storm in the North Sea batters the European coastline. Over the next several days, approximately 10,000 people in what is now the Netherlands die in the resulting floods. Fatal floods struck in 1287, 1338, 1374, 1394 and 1396. After each, residents fixed the dikes and moved right back in. • On Nov. 18, 1978, People’s Temple leader Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their commune in Guyana. Cult members who refused to take the cyanide-laced fruit-flavored drink were forced to do so at gunpoint or shot. The death toll was 913, including a U.S. congressman who was investigating the commune. • On Nov. 19, 1969, Brazilian soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th professional goal. Under Pele’s leadership, Brazil won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970. During his career, Pele scored 1,282 goals in 1,363 games. • On Nov. 20, 1923, the U.S. Patent Office grants Patent No. 1,475,074 to 46-year-old inventor and newspaperman Garrett Morgan for his three-position T-shape pole traffic signal. By having a position other than just “Stop” and “Go,” it regulated crossing vehicles more safely than earlier signals had. • On Nov. 21, 1980, 350 million people around the world tune in to television’s popular primetime drama “Dallas” to find out who shot J.R. Ewing, the character fans loved to hate. J.R. had been shot on the season-ending episode the previous March. • On Nov. 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling in a motorcade through Dallas. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy was beside him, along with Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife. Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository.

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LOCAL HOLLY DAYS COWBOY

Volunteers Needed!

City offers rebates for home improvement upgrades CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF REPORT

CHRISTMAS

Please join us as a volunteer for the 16th Annual Holly Days - “A Cowboy Christmas” and the Parade of Lights Celebration on December 10th, 2011 • • • •

Assisting with Parade of Lights Setup and tear down of Santa’s village Setup and tear down of Holly Days Celebration Festivities assistance in Downtown Rifle: parking of parade of lights floats, patrons and volunteers; raffling of prizes

Holly Days To become a part of this great Rifle Community event and to help promote shopping locally, please call Bonnie Strong, Holly Days Coordinator

(970) 379-9151

or by e-mail: strongbonnie@hotmail.com

New rebates are being offered to Rifle residents who plan on doing a little remodeling this year. Rifle’s new Indoor Appliance Rebate Program is a part of the city’s overall water conservation plan, which includes the Rifle Irrigation System audit and rebate program that the city hosted this summer. The city’s water conservation plan was approved by Rifle City Council and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) in 2008. A grant was issued in 2010 by CWCB to implement the tasks in the Water Conservation Plan. This rebate program is funded in part through that grant money, and is also funded by the City of Rifle. The rebate program seeks to meet the city’s water conservation mission, which

is to equip citizens with the tools to sustain our community’s water. The Rebates are available to Rifle residents on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is no deadline for the program. Funds will be available until they are all gone. Applications are available at the City of Rifle website, www.rifleco.org, or can be picked up at City Hall. Rebates can replace on clothes washer and up to three toilets per household. Rebates will cover up to $100, or no more than 50 percent of the cost of the appliance. There are 50 clothes washer rebates available and 75 toilet rebates available, however since the start of the program in early November, the rebates have moved quickly. It’s recommended that interested parties should pick up applications soon.

<COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, PAGE 3 for us and demonstrates the power of a community that comes together for a common purpose.” Rifle Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF), which

serves as RCF’s regional foundation and endowment partner. Based on recommendations from RCF, grants were also presented from WCCF to Feed My Sheep and the Riding Institute for Disabled Equestrians (RIDE).

Please join us as we celebrate and thank Judy Martens for her 30 years of dedication to the libraries and the people of Garfield County.

Saturday,

November 19th 3 to 5 p.m. Rifle Branch Library Everyone is welcome, no RSVP necessary. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 625-3471.


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LETTERS Superintendent thanks supporters Dear Editor, The Garfield Re-2 School District, and Friends of Re-2 would like to thank the 1,672 District residents that supported the 3C ballot initiative this November. In August, citizens asked the School Board to place this initiative on the ballot to offset the $3 million in state budget cuts and allow Garfield Re-2 School District to provide the same level of quality services and educational programs in the future as we do today. The majority of voting public opted not to support it. The failure of 3C certainly has lead to moments of disappointment and sadness, but regardless of the reasons for 3C not passing, the District’s charge remains the same. The Garfield Re-2 School District vision is to encourage, nurture and challenge every student, every day. Every staff member in Garfield Re-2 lives that vision because they love, care for, and are passionate about educating the hungry minds that are in their classes every day. Now, however, the decisions become even more challenging and carry a larger impact. Our newest board member, Patrick Burwell, will be seated this week after the certification of the election, and we will begin the budget process for the 2012-13 school year. We will continue to be transparent, and again ask for public involvement and feedback. Please watch the newspapers, newsletters, and e-mails for opportunities to be involved in this process. Please encourage your friends, neighbors and colleagues to do the same. We will continue to seek input from our staff, from our parents, and from our community regarding the programs and services our community values. Thank you again so much for your support. Susan Birdsey – Superintendent Garfield Re-2 Aron Diaz – Friends of Garfield Re-2

Let’s stop pretending Dear Editor, Eco Flight, in conjunction with paid environmental group Colorado Environmental Coalition, led a series of press-related promotional tours under the guise of educational aerial flights of the Piceance Basin. Their stated mission was to allow “politicians, media, concerned citizens to get a real view of the landscape” and the interplay of energy development and other land uses but really, this altruistic mission was just a ruse to once again bash on energy, most notably oil shale. The CEC purports not to be against oil shale, but they’ve worked at every step to shut down oil shale development and the RD&D process. And guess what, they make money doing this. They get paid by shutting down projects that create hundreds of good-paying jobs. To the chagrin of many Westerners including Rep. Tipton, the BLM has caved to these paid special interest groups and is doing yet another study on oil shale – a foolhardy plan since a study was conducted less than two years ago. If CEC really wanted to educate the public, they’d stop using reported energy development opponents like Jim Spehar or Keith Lambert as spokespersons; they’d focus on the facts; they’d focus on best management practices. But they don’t because it’s a lot easier to make money by stopping any type of development on public lands. I wish for once CEC would just come out and be honest: You don’t like oil shale and you make money by opposing it. Let’s stop pretending. Dina Sinclair Glenwood Springs Dear Editor, The Holiday season is rapidly approaching. I would like to encourage all my friends and neighbors to shop locally this season. It will make a difference to our local, state and national economies if Americans support local businesses with their shopping dollars. Most businesses are delighted to provide gift certificates for goods and services. Movie theatre tickets, dinner out, even making a donation to a local charity can be a more rewarding gift than unnecessary items. Let’s remember the spirit of the holidays. Lynn Dwyer New Castle

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RECOVERING SINNERS: that’s who we are

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 1630 Grand Ave. Glenwood Spgs 945-6848

Sunday Worship 10:00 am

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LOCAL Holly Days is here again Holiday promotion contributed over $300,000 to local economy CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF REPORT

Are you ready for Holly Days? If not, there’s still time to prepare for the 16th annual Holly Days and Parade of Lights Festival. The Holly Days promotion is designed to promote local holiday shopping that supports local merchants during the holiday season. A raffle ticket audit of last year’s event showed that the program generated $312,000 spent at local retailers.

Local retailers hand out one Holly Days raffle ticket to customers for every $10 spent at a participating retail store. Tickets are then turned in for a chance to win various prizes donated from retailers throughout the community at the Holly Days Celebration that will be held in Rifle on Dec. 10. Sticking with a Rifle theme, this year’s event theme is a “Cowboy Christmas”. Retailers who want to be involved in Holly Days or sponsor the event can contact Laurie Vaugner for details at (970) 384-9171 or by e-mail at laurie@citizentelegram.com.

Rifle Community Foundation distributes grants CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF REPORT

Smiles were plentiful at the Rifle Community Foundation ceremony on Nov. 10 where the foundation presented checks to organizations receiving grants for 2011. The timing of these grants coincides with National Community Foundation Week, celebrating community foundations across the country that impact lives, solve problems and improve futures. The event was held in the Community Room at the Rifle Library and brought together a groups of people who make things happen for the good of the Rifle community. The recipients of grant funds for 2011 include the Early Learning Fund, Raising A Reader Program, Mountain Valley Development, Rifle High School Colorado Close-Up Program, Elk Creek Elementary School, Junior Achievement, Rifle Middle School Legislative Day Program, Rifle Place Branding Committee, Lower Valley

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Trails Group (LOVA), Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, RE-2 Destination Imagination, Literacy Outreach, Advocate Safehouse, The Street Cat Coalition, R.S.V.P. and Family Visitor Programs. Several middle school children from Destination Imagination shared details of their trip to Tennessee to compete in the Global competition. And a “hands-on” demonstration of how new IPods will be used as a teaching aid at Elk Creek Elementary School had several members of the audience, including Rifle City Council Members, engrossed in the learning fun. The Rifle Community Foundation is funded by the City of Rifle and its volunteer Board of Directors administers, reviews, and grants those funds in an equitable distribution between human services, community services, and educational organizations. Katie Mackley, President of RCF, stated, “This is an exciting evening

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Rec Round-up! TAE-KWON-DO

Tae-Kwon-Do, the Korean form of Karate, teaches self discipline and promotes physical and mental well-being. Each participant moves at his or her own level. Sign up online or at the Rifle Recreation office! BOYS BOYS BASKETBALL BASKETBALL

Let’s get ready for another great season of basketball! This league is for boys in 3rd and 4th grade and is more skill oriented. Games will be on Saturdays - locations will be listed on game schedules (may be in Parachute, Silt, New Castle or Rifle). Check the web for practice and game schedules closer to the season start date. Games begin January 28. If you are interested in coaching please contact Rifle Recreation. Registration begins November 28 and ENDS December 16. Age 3rd/4th grade

Date 1/9 - 3/3

Cost $30

UPCOMING UPCOMING PARKS PARKS & & RECREATION RECREATION ADVISORY ADVISORY BOARD BOARD MEETINGS MEETINGS

Meetings start at 5:30 PM in the Parks Maintenance Facility Agendas can be found on the web Monday, November 28, 2011, Monday, December 12, 2011

For more information, please contact Rifle Recreation at 665-6570, check the web site: www.rifleco.org/recreation or come visit the office at 202 Railroad Ave. Rifle, CO 81650


COMMUNITY BRIEFS COMMUNITY NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

for Beginners” and “Job Searching” workshops will be held in December, with additional topics in the coming months. Contact your local library for dates and times or visit www.gcpld.org for a complete calendar.

GO TO WORKSHOPS BEGIN SOON AT LOCAL LIBRARY

SEEDLING TREE PROGRAM BEGINS Mount Sopris, Bookcliff and South Side Conservation Districts offer seedlings in cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service. The nursery produces over two million seedlings and shrubs each year for use as wildlife plantings, reforestation projects, windbreaks living snow fences and erosion control. Area residents may order thirty-five different tree and shrub seedlings for delivery at the end of April. Through the program, landowners with two or

Go To Workshops at Your Library are computer development programs that teach adults basic computer and job seeking skills necessary to acquire and maintain steady, well-paid employment. Workshops will be held at all Garfield County Libraries for both English and English as a Second Language learners. The workshops start in December and run through July (except in New Castle which will start holding workshops after the new library building is open). “Computers

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Colorado Animal Rescue has

more acres can revegetate their land for a minimal cost. Some species sell out so be sure to get your order in early. For an order form or more information go to www.mountsopriscd.org or call the District office at (970) 9455494 ext 105. FRIDAY NIGHT STRIKES Fireside Lanes is hosting Friday Night Strikes every Friday evening from Sept. 30 through Dec. 9, except for the Friday after Thanksgiving. Prizes for the bowler with the highest score, and a strike pot prize. Entrants must be 18 or older. Bowlers will be assigned a lane and must have their handicap set by the management. Register by 6:30 p.m., the Strikes competition is from 7-10 p.m. over a total of three games. Entry is $15, shoes not included. Information: 625-2231.

a FREE barn cat available for adoption.

Please remember we offer spay/neuter financial assistance. Now is the time to get your pet spayed or neutered. Check out our other animals online at www.coloradoanimalrescue.org Colorado Animal Rescue 2801 County Road 114 Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 947-9173 www.coloradoanimalrescue.org

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Where Is This? Here is “Where is This?”

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The first person to correctly identify where this picture was taken will win a gift certificate to La Hacienda and a FREE three-month subscription to The Citizen three month Telegram, delivered directly to your house, business or post office box. If you already have a subscription, we’ll add another three months, or you can give a gift subscription to your favorite person. If you have correctly guessed “Where Is This” and won the prizes in the past three months, your are ineligible for additional prizes during that time frame. Contact us with your answer by calling 625-3245, ext. 16771 or e-mail laurie@citizentelegram.com.

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LOCAL

Rifle Ranger District closes roads for winter CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF REPORT

The onset of winter has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close two roads on the Rifle Ranger District. Starting today, the road to Little Box Canyon and Coulter Mesa (NFSR 832) and the Buford-to-New Castle Road (NFSR 245) will be closed to automobile use. Both roads will remain open to snowmobile use. The Buford Road will be closed at the West Elk trailhead, also known as the Gravel Pit.

Both roads will be closed with barricades and will reopen when conditions on the ground permit. The closures are seasonal and are aimed at keeping motorists from getting stuck on roads that are not plowed. The closures also protect the roads from wear and tear from use of chains and to maintain optimal conditions for snowmobiling. Drivers of vehicles found past the barricades will be issued a citation. For information, call the Rifle Ranger District at (970) 625-2371.

Crimestoppers: Info sought on Rifle burglaries CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF REPORT

In the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 18, someone broke into The Country Attic, a consignment store, and Ink Side Out Tattoo's in Rifle, taking items valued at a total of $10,000. Both businesses are located in the 200 block of West Second Street. The suspect or suspects stole several tattoo machines and other items from the

tattoo shop and jewelry and money from The Country Attic. Crime Stoppers of Garfield County is searching for information that will lead to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects involved in the case. Remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 by calling 945-0101 or visiting www.garcocrimestoppers.com. Click the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Report a Tipâ&#x20AC;? tab.

Krystina Lopez graduates basic training Air Force Airman Krystina C. Lopez graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Lopez is the daughter of Alma Arenas Lightfoot of Oak Hill Road, Oak Hills, Calif. She is a 2008 graduate of Rifle High School. NOW ONLINE

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Auction By Order of the CO Dept. of Revenue

Dec 7th 11am El Kora Mexican Restaurant 160 E 26th Street #4 Rifle, CO All of the personal property, furniture, fixtures, equipment and inventory owned by or used to conduct business know El Kora, Mexican Restaurant; tables, chairs, kitchen equipment some beer and Liquor and more. Terms & Conditions: CASH or ONLY CERTIFIED FUNDS ONLY, all items will offered in bulk, and then piecemeal & sold in the highest manner. Call for up date auction subject to taxes being paid. Check web page for pictures & listing. www.bcauction.net Cattles Auction Service 970-245-4855 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Busterâ&#x20AC;? Cattles Auctioneer


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OBITUARIES Michael F. Byers:

April 2, 1953 - Nov. 18, 2011 Mike Byers, 58, of Rifle passed away November 18, 2011. Mike was born April 2, 1953 in Pueblo Colorado. He lived in Denver from 1958 until 1963 when the family moved back to Pueblo. Mike's two older brothers joined the Navy, Rick in 1966, & Pat in 1967.Mike earned his GED and following his brothers, joined Navy in 1971. When he left the Navy in 1973, he married. They later divorced and Mike traveled the states, spending a lot of time

Ralph Byron Vaughan: May 13, 1919 - Nov. 24, 2011 Ralph B. Vaughan, 92, of Rifle left this earthly world behind and went to join his beloved wife of 68 years, Faith F. Vaughan, on November 24, 2011. Ralph was born May 13, 1919 in Canada. He married Faith F. Westwood on June 7, 1943 in Chelms-

in Florida and Mississippi. Mike enjoyed his time in the south, but came back to Colorado in 2009 when his big brother Rick passed away, to be closer to family. Mike found work at The Smoke Shop in Rifle, and saved up enough to get his own place. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and brothers Ron & Rick. He will be missed by his nephew Shane Byers; by his brothers John Farrell & Pat Byers; and his many friends. A Memorial Service is planned for Friday, December 2 at 4 p.m. at the Rifle Funeral Home. Online condolences at RifleFuneralHome.com.

ford, England. Ralph served his country in the Canadian Army during WWII. After the war, the family moved to the United States. Ralph was a wonderful husband and father. He will be missed greatly and loved eternally. Ralph was preceded in death by the love of his life, Faith; his parents Percival H. & Mabel (Furneaux) Vaughan; and his sister Edith.

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LOCAL Gifts that keep on giving Calendars make great gifts and support local animal shelter JOHN GARDNER CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF

ter will send a Christmas card, notifying the recipient of the donation made in their name. The Christmas Card donations have been done in the past but this is really the first year that the shelter is pushing for more donations. “We just thought that having people sponsor pets for the shelter was a good idea,” Mullen said. Proceeds raised through the Christmas Card sponsor program pay for operational costs at the shelter. “These are just great, easy ways to help the shelter, and the calendar is really cute,” Mullen said. The local nonprofit, Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter, will assume management of the shelter in January. The nonprofit and the City of Rifle agreed to terms allowing the entity to take over operation of the shelter at a Nov. 16 city council meeting. Mullen will remain the shelter manager.

Kelly Lyon

Animal lovers who also have an affinity for the holiday season are in luck this year, as the Rifle Animal Shelter has a couple of gift opportunities to fit the occasion. The Rifle Animal Shelter has available the 2012 Wags and Whiskers Calendar, just in time for a great holiday gift, according to shelter manager Heather Mullen. “It’s really nice and functional,” Mullen said. The calendars are designed as a weekly planning calendar with over 100 pages and features photos of the shelter’s well-loved pets. Calendars cost $25 and are available at the Rifle Animal Shelter or at select locations up and down the valley. Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Rifle Animal Shelter. The shelter also offers unique Christmas Cards for people who sponsor a shelter pet this holiday season. “Give the gift that makes a difference this season,” Mullen said. Donations can be made at the shelter or online, at www.rifleanimalshelter.com. Donors can donate any amount in the name of a family member or friend and the shel-

The 2012 Rifle Animal Shelter Wags and Whiskers Calendar is now on sale at the animal shelter and at select locations around Rifle.

“We are thrilled with our print advertising in CMNM. We advertise in Rifle, Glenwood, Eagle and Aspen, and the phone starts ringing, as soon as the ad comes out!”

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Rec Round-up! TAE-KWON-DO TAE-KWON-DO Tae-Kwon-Do, the Korean form of Karate, teaches self discipline and promotes physical and mental well-being. Each participant moves at his or her own level. Sign up online or at the Rifle Recreation office! SUNLIGHT WINTER SPORTS BUS

Another season at Sunlight Mountain Resort! Come down to Rifle Recreation and have a parent sign a registration form and call (970) 6656570 by 8:00 am the Friday before, to reserve a seat on the bus. Bus is limited to forty seven (47) riders. $15 for season pass. 3 ON 3 Get your teams together; the 3-on-3 is back! December 17th and 18th! This tournament has eight (8) divisions: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys; 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade girls. Each division will be limited to eight (8) teams, so sign-up early. Each team is limited to 4 players and is guaranteed 4 games. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams. Games will be held at Rifle Middle School and played on Saturday (and Sunday if needed). BOYS BASKETBALL Let’s get ready for another great season of basketball! This league is for boys in 3rd and 4th grade and is more skill oriented. Games will be on Saturdays - locations will be listed on game schedules (may be in Parachute, Silt, New Castle or Rifle). Check the web for practice and game schedules closer to the season start date. Games begin January 28. If you are interested in coaching please contact Rifle Recreation. Registration begins November 28 and ENDS December 16. Age Date Cost 3rd/4th grade 3rd /4th Grade 1/9 - 3/3 $30 UPCOMING PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS Meetings start at 5:30 PM in the Parks Maintenance Facility Agendas can be found on the web Monday, November 28, 2011, Monday, December 12, 2011

For more information, please contact Rifle Recreation at 665-6570, check the web site: www.rifleco.org/recreation or come visit the office at 202 Railroad Ave. Rifle, CO 81650


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<OBITUARIES, PAGE 10 eney (John), Connie Weis, Joel Anderson, Jim Anderson (Brenda), Paul Anderson (Lisa), and Jane Carr (Joel); and 15 grandchildren. Crystal was born in Calumet, MN, and lived most of her adult life in Fridley, MN, until she and Gene retired to Rifle. She led an active church life, and delighted in volunteering both at church and in the community. She also enjoyed traveling to Europe and Asia in her retirement. Crystal will be missed by family and friends in Minnesota and Colorado. A funeral service was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rifle on Saturday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Home Care and Hospice of the Valley, Basalt, or Helping Hands of Emmanuel

Lutheran Church, Rifle. Online condolences at RifleFuneralHome.com

Marlyn Duane “Skip” Schrotberger Oct. 3, 1943 - Nov. 21, 2011 Skip Schrotberger was born on October 3, 1943 in McCook, Nebraska to Woodrow W. and Ena M. (Junker) Schrotberger. He passed away at home on November 21, 2011 in AnaSKIP SCHROTBERGER heim, CA after a brief illness with lung cancer. Skip grew up in Western Nebraska and at any early age moved to Colorado where he graduated from Rifle, CO High School in 1963. He was very active in sports, playing football and receiving All State Honors. He

attended Mesa Community College where he played football. In Rifle he was a longtime member of the Rifle Elks Club and served as Exalted Ruler in 1974. While in Rifle he was a volunteer fireman for several years. He moved to California in 1975 working for the Anaheim Union HS District for 8 years. He started his career in the boiler industry at Kaynar, then moved to Southern California Boiler in Huntington Beach, CA where he worked until his passing. Skip was active in his community serving as President of the East Anaheim National Little League for several years, assisted at Benito Juarez Elementary School PTA. He had a significant impact on the lives of many young adults who considered him their special friend and “Dad". The children

16th Annual

Holly Days & Parade of lights Celebration A COWBOY CHRISTMAS After the Parade of Lights, in the big heated tent at Metro Park

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1) Participating retailers will dispense one raffle ticket for every $10 spent in their store to the customer at the time of purchase. 2) Those tickets can be turned in for a chance to win prizes from the retailers and the grand prize, at the Holly Days Celebration, Saturday, December 10th.

in his community considered him their “Grandpa". His compassion for others lead him to be the caregiver for many senior citizens who frequented the local Carrow’s for coffee. He was an avid sports fan and golfer. The Denver Broncos had a loyal fan. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Toni C. (Creed) Schrotberger of Anaheim, son Damon of Boston, Mass., three sisters, Dorothy Bolinger, Greeley, CO; Kathleen Miller, Grand Junction, CO; Mary Rice, Julesburg, CO; one brother, Don Schrotberger, Ripley, TN; one sister-in-law, Theresa Schrotberger, Las Vegas, NV; 12 nieces and nephews; 18 great nieces and nephews and 2 great-great nieces and nephews. As well as a large extended family and many

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Michael R. Mickey April 8, 1944 - Nov. 29, 2011 Michael R. Mickey passed away on November 29, 2011. He was 67. Place: Pampa, Texas Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, December 1, 2011, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Jeremy Buck officiating. Burial: Memory Gardens Cemetery, with military honors courtesy U. S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors. Biography: Mr. Oliver was born April 8, 1944 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, where he graduated from Sapulpa High

School in 1962. After graduation, he moved to Colorado where he worked for Climax Mining in Leadville, and he later had a daughter, Kim Rivera. He resided in Colorado until 2007 when moved to Pampa. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in Korea during the Vietnam War. He married Suzanne Buck on October 2, 1976 in Pampa, and they had 2 sons, Corey and Bryan. Michael was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and camp. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors: his wife: Suzanne Oliver of the home; 2 sons: Corey Oliver and wife Marianne of El Paso, and Bryan Oliver and wife Jasmine of Amarillo; his daughter: Kim Rivera of Englewood, Colorado; 7 grandchildren: Kiara Oliver and Magnus Oliver, both of Amarillo, Emma Phillips and Owen Phillips, both of El Paso, Spencer Rivera, Hannah Rivera and Riley “Goose” Rivera, all of Englewood, Colorado; a brother: Gary Oliver of Aztec, New Mexico; his father-in-law: Bryan Buck of Pampa brother-in-law: Mike Buck and wife Shirley of Pampa; and a sister-in-law: Becky Buck of Amarillo. Michael was preceded in death by his parents: William Henry and Evelyn Mae Oliver; a brother: Don Oliver; and

his mother-in-law: Betty Buck. Memorials: Redeemer Pampa, P.O. Box 1294, Pampa, Texas 79066-1294, or Alzheimer’s Association, 415 W. 8th Ave., Suite 300, Amarillo, Texas 79101. Sign the on-line register at www.carmichael-whatley.com.

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Mary Ann Erickson Aug. 2, 1934 - Dec. 7, 2009 The world has become a totally different place for us since you left 2 years ago. It is hard to believe you have been out of our lives that long. The pain is as fresh today as the day MARYANN you left us. ERICKSON We miss your smile, your laugh, your shoulder to cry on and words of encouragement, the very love you surrounded us with everyday, and just knowing you were there. I still get the urge to call you. It has been so long since I have heard your voice. You will be forever loved and missed. Hans, Treese, and family

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friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Buck Schrotberger. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to: St Jude’s Childrens Hospital, Tribute Acct# 29306803, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 381480142.

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Rec Round-up! Movie theater prepares LOCAL

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for opening night First films to be screened Friday, Dec. 16, ribbon cutting to be held on Dec. 15 JOHN GARDNER CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF

Popcorn. Check. Projector. Check. Film. Check. It’s time to dim the lights, butter the popcorn and roll the film, as opening day of the new Brenden Movie Theater nears. “Things look good for our December 16, opening,” said Brenden Theatres Vice President of Operations Walter Eichinger. Construction, which began in March this year, is expected to be completed this week. Eichinger said that the theater was waiting for carpet and a few other minor pieces needed to complete the project in order to be ready for opening. Despite these items, the project has run very smoothly, he said. “It’s gone very smoothly,” Eichinger said. “It’s always a scramble. This week is crunch time.” Eichinger said that Brenden plans for a ribbon cutting and tour of the theater on Dec. 15, and the first movies will roll on

Friday, Dec. 16. Opening night will feature two movies; Alvin and the Chipmunks and the New Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows movie staring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Those movies will play on multiple screens. By Dec. 21, the theater will add Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Zoo Keeper. By Dec. 23, all screens will have different movies, Eichinger said. Brenden Theatre Corp. operates more than 90 screens in seven theaters in California, Nevada and Arizona. The Rifle theatre will be Brenden’s first theater in Colorado. The movie theater is the culmination of a project between Brenden Theatre Corp., the City of Rifle and the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation. MOVIE LISTINGS Movie listings for the Brenden Movie Theatre in Rifle will appear each Thursday in the Rifle Citizen Telegram on the Calendar page, starting on Dec. 15. Movie listings will include titles, dates and times for the following week after publication.

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Agricultural Land Lease Available The Garfield County Regional Airport is making available to the public approximately 48 acres of fenced ground for a five-year agricultural land lease. The lease premise is located on the southeast corner of Airport property along Mamm Creek Road located 1 mile south of I-70 exit 94. Interested parties may obtain a bid packet from the Garfield County web page / airport or may make arrangements to pick up a packet from the Airport Administration Office by calling 970-625-1091. This property is available for self-guided inspection from Monday, December 12th through Friday, December 23rd. Sealed bids are due at the Airport Administration Office by 3pm on Wednesday, December 28th and will be opened at that time. The Airport Director intends to submit the highest qualified bidder to the Board of County Commissioners for lease approval on Monday, January 2, 2012. The Airport Director may reclassify this lease from agricultural to another type of lease as deemed expedient and conducive to the best interest of Garfield County and the Airport.

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Tae-Kwon-Do, the Korean form of Karate, teaches self discipline and promotes physical and mental well-being. Each participant moves at his or her own level. Sign up online or at the Rifle Recreation office!

SUNLIGHT WINTER SPORTS BUS Another season at Sunlight Mountain Resort! Come down to Rifle Recreation and have a parent sign a registration form and call (970) 665-6570 by 8:00 am the Friday before, to reserve a seat on the bus. Bus is limited to forty seven (47) riders. $15 for season pass.

3 ON 3 Get your teams together; the 3-on-3 is back! December 17th and 18th! This tournament has eight (8) divisions: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys; 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade girls. Each division will be limited to eight (8) teams, so sign-up early. Each team is limited to 4 players and is guaranteed 4 games. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams. Games will be held at Rifle Middle School and played on Saturday (and Sunday if needed).

BOYS BASKETBALL Let’s get ready for another great season of basketball! This league is for boys in 3rd and 4th grade and is more skill oriented. Games will be on Saturdays - locations will be listed on game schedules (may be in Parachute, Silt, New Castle or Rifle). Check the web for practice and game schedules closer to the season start date. Games begin January 28. If you are interested in coaching please contact Rifle Recreation. Registration begins November 28 and ENDS December 16. Age Date Cost 3rd/4th grade 3rd /4th Grade 1/9 - 3/3 $30

HOLLY DAYS DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION Join us for a day of fun from noon to 6 pm. Vendors, caroling and window decoration competition on E. 3rd street. Kids can decorate Centennial Park trees with their hand-made ornaments made at the Library from 3-5 pm. Santa will be on 3rd street from noon-2:30 and at Centennial Park from 3-5! Take a sleigh ride to Centennial Park for the tree lighting at 5:15 pm! For more information, see our flyers or call 665-6574

UPCOMING PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS Meetings start at 5:30 PM in the Parks Maintenance Facility Agendas can be found on the web Monday, November 28, 2011, Monday, December 12, 2011

For more information, please contact Rifle Recreation at 665-6570 check the web site: www.rifleco.org/recreation or come visit the office at 202 Railroad Ave. Rifle, CO 81650


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Volume 106, Number 104

December 15 - December 21, 2011

JOHN GARDNER / CITIZEN TELEGRAM

Girl Scouts representing Colorado Service Unit 108, of Rifle, wave to the crowd of onlookers as they make the turn on to Railroad Avenue in the 16th Annual Holly Days Parade of Lights on Dec. 10. Despite cold temperatures the Girl Scouts, and nearly a dozen other groups, participated in the parade this year. Awards went to Rib City Grill for their first place float, second place went to Rifle Area Relay for Life, and third place went to Girl Scout Troop 244 of Silt. Midland Mercantile received an honorable mention.

Council approves $26 million 2012 budget 2011 budget amendment includes $2.2 million appropriation JOHN GARDNER CITIZEN TELEGRAM STAFF

With little discussion at its Dec. 7 meeting, City Council unanimously approved the 2012, $26.2 million budget. However, council and city officials have

been going through the budget process for months including two public budget hearings in November (Nov. 2 and Nov. 16). The total appropriated budget comes in about a 4 percent below the approved 2011 budget of $27.8 million. However, City Finance Director Charles Kelty expects the city to end 2011 closer to $30 million in expenditures after amending the 2011 budget by approximately $2.2 million in unforeseen expenses which the city incurred throughout the year. The increase is attributed to “unknown

expenses” at the time of adoption in December 2010, according to the ordinance. Funds are available to cover the extra expenses through additional Severance Tax payments the city received through the Federal Mineral Lease dollars, according to Kelty, who added that these amendments are “not uncommon.” The ordinance was necessary to ensure “effective and fiscally responsible administration of city business for the remainder of fiscal year 2011,” the ordinance states. According to Kelty the approved expen-

ditures for 2012 are down about 13 percent compared to the $30 million expected for 2011. “I was pleased with that,” Kelty said. “The way the economy is and the way it’s going, I feel that this is a very real and conservative budget, at the same time.” The General Fund expenditures are expected to be slightly lower next year as well, down from $8.6 million to approximately $8.3 million.

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CONTENTS

2 Films start Friday The grand opening of the Brenden Rifle 7 movie theater is finally here.

4 625-GUNS The Tradesman Pawn and Gun Shop owner, Edward Wilks and his family are being considered for a TV series.

3 Utilities costs rise Rifle residents can expect a 5 percent increase in Utility bills starting in January.

8 Tebow talk Rich Lowry says that other athletes, and people, could learn a lot from Tim Tebow.

2 Local 5 Real Estate 6 Community news 7 Obituary 8 Commentary 9 Calendar 10 Sports

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