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Our 45 year reunion was a lot of fun. Now we are looking forward to our 50th in 2021. Stay tuned for details. To see photos of our 45th go to https://goo.gl/photos/BkAuk5USzi9z1fcd9
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David Charles Whitcombe (January 28, 1965 — June 19, 2019)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

David Whitcombe spoke fluent Spanish, English with a variety of abominable accents, he fixed computer problems you didn't know you had, and he did the ...



Graduating Rifle High School Bears ready to roam free  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Be Rifle Bears wherever you go,” Rifle High School commencement speaker Kyle Mickelson told the graduating class of 2019 on Saturday. “You're Bear strong ...



Rifle High School students head to nationals for SkillsUSA  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

While Rifle High School auto shop students like to spend most of the school year under the hood of a car, for the past several months seven students in the ...



Rifle High School student accepted into dental program  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Rifle High School senior Jasmine Sandoval has been accepted into a selective undergraduate dental program at the University of Colorado, according to a ...



Rifle High School duo sign letters of intent to play college football  Aspen Times

Following distinguished careers at Rifle High School as part of the football program, senior fullback/linebacker Tanner Vines, and senior center/defensive tackle ...



Open school board seat down to 3 candidates  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The search for a new Garfield Re-2 School District board member is nearing its final stages, as the school board now has three candidates to choose from to fill.



Rifle community airs concerns regarding RHS admin decisions  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

A packed room greeted the Garfield Re-2 School Board Tuesday night, as several parents, teachers, administrators and others voiced their concerns on recent ...



Rifle junior off to International Bridge Building competition  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Rifle High School junior Tyler Church is an unlikely bridge builder.The track and cross country athlete had imagined a career in business and marketing.



John Arledge to lead Rifle High School  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

At the May 8 Garfield Re-2 School Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved John Arledge as the new princial at Rifle High School beginning July 1, 2018.



David “Krow” Keithley (January 30, 1954 — May 27, 2019)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

David “Krow” Keithley, 65, of Rifle, Colorado, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 27th, 2019. David was born on January 30th, 1954, to Earl ...



Preview: The arrow is pointing up for Rifle High School fall athletics in 2018  Aspen Times

Outside of softball making a run to the state playoffs last fall, and boys golf seeing Jacob Smith place fourth in the state, Rifle High School fall athletics had an up ...



Pueblo County football bested by Rifle High School  Pueblo Chieftain

Since Rifle High School is about five hour bus ride from Pueblo, its football game with Pueblo County was moved to 5 p.m., a couple hours sooner than normal.



Western Garfield County graduations slated Saturday  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Silt, Rifle and Parachute high schools are holding their graduation ceremonies this Saturday in Western Garfield County.



Garfield Re-2 announces Rifle High School principal finalists  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The Garfield Re-2 School District invites the public to meet the final candidates for the Rifle High School principal position, at 6:30 p.m. today at the high school.



Rifle High School seniors' exit celebrated alongside principal's departure  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Rifle High School seniors gathered on the school's football field Saturday morning to turn their tassels and celebrate their hard work. For the RHS community, the ...



Rifle set for Rendezvous 2019  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

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



Glenwood Springs teams sweep regional mock trial tournament  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Two Glenwood Springs High School mock trial teams will be heading to state championship next month after sweeping regionals on Saturday and Sunday, but ...



Jeremiah (Jay) James Wilson (December 21, 1985 – February 3, 2019)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Our beloved Jeremiah (Jay) James Wilson passed away on February 3, 2019, before his time. Born December 21, 1985 in Glenwood Springs, CO to Jim and ...



Rifle and New Castle-area trail planning among $100K Garfield County 2nd quarter funding requests  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Over a dozen discretionary funding grant requests were made to the Garfield County commissioners this quarter, leaving the commissioners to decide if they ...



Luther “Lu” Lewis (November 6, 1928 – May 28, 2019)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Luther “Lu” Lee Lewis, age 90, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019, due to complications from falling.Born November 6, 1928, in Hammon, Oklahoma, he was the son ...



Rifle boys basketball's rally comes up short in loss to Coronado, 66-62  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Playing inside Jack Smith Gymnasium on Wednesday night in the first round of the class 4A state playoffs, the No. 21 Rifle Bears boys basketball team came ...



Buddy Program expands LEAD classes to Rifle  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The Buddy Program's LEAD classes, known in the Roaring Fork Valley for getting kids out of the classroom and into the back country for group leadership ...



Rifle spring sports looks to take a step forward  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Spring sports are in the air at Rifle High School. It's the time of year where players and coaches often have as much of a tussle battling the weather.



Four Garfield Re-2 students named to All-State Choir  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Four Garfield Re-2 students have taken their musical talents to the highest heights that Colorado high school students can reach. Rifle High School juniors ...



Rifle native nominated to top Interior job | Western Colorado  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

In what he calls a "humbling privilege," Rifle native David Bernhardt has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next secretary of the Interior ...



Kenneth L. Latham (November 15, 1940 — October 4, 2018)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Kenny was born in Rifle, Colorado, to Jacob Edward and Nellie Belle (Simmons) Latham. The youngest of seven siblings, he grew up in Rifle where he ...



Rifle's Russell George to receive governor's honor  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Rifle native Russell George, a former state legislator and state government official for many years, will be honored with a special medal from Colorado's ...



Rifle's Ryan Moeller makes Fleet's final 53-man roster  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The long, triumphant football journey of Rifle native Ryan Moeller has added a new chapter to the story that continues to write itself. Moeller, a former All-State ...



Coal Ridge's Camilla Bates earns L.S. Wood Teacher of the Year  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Think back to 1988.Ronald Reagan was President. The average price for a gallon of gasoline was 91 cents. “Big,” “Die Hard” and “Rain Man” were tops at the ...



Rifle football, Coal Ridge volleyball heading to state playoffs  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

After moving down to the 2A Western Slope League this fall following a number of years at the 3A level, the Rifle Bears football program won the league outright.



PREP ROUNDUP: Glenwood soccer downs Rifle 7-3 in rivalry matchup; Rifle softball wins first playoff game in 15 years, sets school record for wins  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Needing to take care of business Saturday morning at Rifle High School to stay within striking distance of a 4A Western Slope League championship, the ...



2018: A look back at the year that was in Garfield County, Pt. 1  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Each year has its memorable stories, and 2018 was no exception in Glenwood Springs and throughout Garfield County. From local students joining in national ...



Rifle mechanics team headed to nationals  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Two weeks ago, a small group of Garfield Re-2 high school students headed out to the state SkillsUSA competition, and for the first time since 2010, Rifle High ...



Bernhardt's roots in state don't sway many activists  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Rifle resident Leslie Robinson can recall a time when David Bernhardt wasn't the nominee to be the next Interior Department secretary, but instead was a kid ...



Masi Smith's double-double leads Rifle Bears to win over Summit Tigers  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Right from the opening tip of Tuesday's 4A Western Slope League clash inside Jack Smith Gymnasium at Rifle High School, Bears senior forward Masi Smith ...



Bernhardt's origin story? It's complicated  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's press handlers provided a Daily Sentinel reporter a precious few minutes with him during the Western Governors' ...



Rifle football dominates second half, gives Basalt first loss in 35-14 win  Aspen Times

RIFLE — Needing a bounce back win in 2A Western Slope League play, the Rifle High School football team dominated in all phases on the game against Basalt ...



Garfield County Humanitarian Awards go to Claudia Flores Cruz, Maryhannah Throm, Briana Rodriguez Cruz  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

At 92, Maryhannah Throm still hits the nail squarely on the head as a community volunteer.Known by her friends as “the hammer,” she's a regular on the Meals ...



GlenX Career Expo is coming to Glenwood High School  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The annual GlenX Career Expo for high school students between Glenwood Springs and Aspen will take place Tuesday, March 5, at Glenwood Springs High ...



Garfield Re-2 students return for the start of 2018-19 school year  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Garfield Re-2 students filed back into their schools on Monday, some heading to the school they were in last year and others moving up to middle or high school.



Rifle football misses last-second field goal, is stunned by Aspen in crucial game  Aspen Times

RIFLE — Two fourth-and-goal prayers answered for touchdowns and a Rifle missed field goal as time expired helped the Aspen High School football team stun ...



PREP ROUNDUP: Rifle comes up short in league showdown with Palisade; Coal Ridge sweeps Aspen in league matchup  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Looking to knock off the third-place Palisade Bulldogs Friday night at home inside Jack Smith Gymnasium at Rifle High School, the Bears girls basketball team ...



Rifle High School football team suspended for postseason  Summit Daily News

RIFLE — Rifle High School principal Todd Ellis confirmed today that the school's football team has been suspended from postseason play for the upcoming ...



TRIO Upward Bound high school students give college life a try  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

While other teens take a break from the classroom, a motivated group of area high school students is spending part of the summer discovering what college life ...



Rifle's Wolfgang Smith wins Rifle Creek Golf Course tourney  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Competing at his home course Tuesday morning at Rifle Creek Golf Course, Rifle junior Wolfgang Smith turned in a career day, winning the tournament with a ...



Rifle football beats Glenwood Springs, gets to 4-0 entering league play  Aspen Times

Playing in front of a standing-room only gathering at Bears Stadium in Rifle, the Glenwood Springs Demons and Rifle Bears got together for their annual clash ...



54 Garfield County athletes head to state track and field championships  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

As hundreds of athletes and media members, and thousands of fans converge on JeffCo Stadium Thursday through Saturday in Lakewood for the 2019 State ...



Rifle High grads end year on a high note  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

RIFLE — The idiom “a penny for your thoughts” is typically used to ask a quiet person what they are thinking. On Saturday, the 150 graduating seniors at Rifle.



Rifle's Jonny Hernandez places 50th out of 3200 runners at Down Under Sports games  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Jonny Hernandez took the valley by storm in last fall's cross country season, turning in a tremendous freshman season at Rifle High School, capping it off with an ...



Garfield Re-2 School District honors staff  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

On May 26, Garfield School District Re-2 held its annual Retirement and District Celebration to honor its employees, celebrate the school year, and say goodbye ...



Guv honors ex-legislator for years of public service  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

A Rifle resident who served in Cabinet positions for two governors and in other roles ranging from speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives to college ...



Roaring Fork, Re-2 grad rates above state average  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Graduation rates for Garfield County high schools continued to exceed the state average last year, according to data released by the Colorado Department of ...



Jane Louise Jones (December 8, 1934 — July 28, 2018)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Jane Louise Jones went home to live with Our Heavenly Father, surrounded by her family; loving and caring for her. She was born in Denver the daughter of ...



A look back at the year that was in Garfield County, Part 4  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Out with the old (tramway) in with the new The Iron Mountain tramway is gone, clearing the way for a new tram that's intended to provide a faster, smoother.



Theodore (Ted) Diaz (April 1, 1922 — July 23, 2018)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Theodore (Ted) Diaz, passed in peace, Monday, July 23, 2018, at the age of 96. He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine (Jo) Diaz and son Teddy.



Rifle's Walters signs with Regis University  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Arguably the best girls basketball player in Rifle High School history will have a new home next fall.Senior point guard Elly Walters, the daughter of Roger and ...



Garfield Re-2 teachers recognized  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Rifle High School social studies teacher Kyle Mickelson wants to be somebody — “somebody for every student at that walks the halls of Rifle High School.



Rifle's Walters wins PI's Female Athlete of the Year award  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Eight months ago, on the night standout Rifle High School female athlete Elly Walters, the daughter of Roger and Christy Walters, signed her national letter of ...



Re-2 Agriculture program grows to new heights  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The Garfield Re-2 agriculture programs are growing. They aren't growing crops, or animals. Next year, they are growing in size and numbers. As part of the ...



Hometown heroes  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Editor's note: This story is part of a joint publishing effort between Garfield School District Re-2 and The Citizen Telegram. Visit http://bit.ly/2bQXQ0o to listen to ...



Readers say thanks  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Inaugural Re-2 field day a successMay 12 was one for the Garfield Re-2 school district's history books. On this day, the district held the first ever ...



Rifle High School students cook for and feed the hungry  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Despite the fact that our nation has the means and resources to feed every hungry mouth, it's estimated that one in four American children doesn't get enough to ...



Phillips makes right pitch, lands softball job  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

RIFLE — Troy Phillips made a different kind of sales pitch when he looked to become the head softball coach at Rifle High School — and it's a pitch.



Super Seniors Part 3: Meet another batch of Garfield County's busy seniors  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Editor's note: Each Sunday through Sept. 23, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent will run profiles on the “Super Seniors” of Garfield County aged 80 and ...



Rifle softball's Kaitlyn Harris signs with Garden City Community College  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The two-time 4A Western Slope League Softball Player of the Year award winner now has a new home. Rifle senior Kaitlyn Harris signed her national letter of ...



Parachute mayor to send off CMC Rifle graduating class  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

As Colorado Mountain College gears up to celebrate its spring graduating class at the Rifle campus, the institution that has helped thousands throughout the ...



PREP ROUNDUP: Rifle softball rolls over Palisade, wins 3rd straight league title; Coal Ridge soccer wins overtime thriller over Ridgway  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

On the road Saturday afternoon in Palisade, the Rifle Bears softball team rolled to a 15-0 win over the rival Bulldogs, locking up a third straight 4A Western ...



Rifle girls roll to 30-point win; boys win in OT  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

There doesn't seem to be much wrong with the Rifle Bears that can't be immediately fixed by what's right with the Rifle Bears.Keeping their league-leading mark ...



Rifle cheerleaders win national award  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

At an awards ceremony on May 12 in Orlando, Florida, the Rifle High School Cheerleaders won a national award from Varsity Brands. The award comes with a ...



Rifle High cheerleader to perform at Disney World  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Rifle High School senior Kylee West will soon head to Disney World to perform with hundreds of other cheerleaders from around the country. In its third year, the ...



Rifle softball's Kaitlyn Jackson signs with DII Adams State in Alamosa  Aspen Times

Following an illustrious career for Rifle High School softball, Coal Ridge senior Kaitlyn Jackson, the daughter of Jimmy and Amber Jackson, is heading to Adams ...



Rifle High's Colten Fritzlan chosen to represent Bloomer Trailers rodeo team  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Colten Fritzlan and the rest of the Bloomer team will compete against approximately 1200 other contestants at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, ...



Rifle football could drop down to 2A, join Western Slope League with Aspen, Basalt  Aspen Times

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado High School Activities Association's football committee will hold an official meeting Thursday night to vote on a number ...



New Rifle mural shows the danger of processed foods  Aspen Times

YouthZone has unveiled its newest mural, as 20 local students worked side-by-side using art in Rifle to tell a story about the current state of the food industry.



Rifle High School grad perseveres through spinal disease to earn diploma  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Receiving a high school diploma comes after 12 years of education and hard work for all graduates. Some, though, persevere through other personal ...



Field Day for Basalt to Parachute disabled students  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

After consecutive successful track and field days for western Garfield County students with disabilities, the annual Encourage-Nurture-Challenge Field Day will ...



Youth will be served for Rifle's spring athletics  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The 2016-17 season was a very strong one across the board for Rifle athletics, but due to a large number of losses to graduation, Rifle will have to turn.



Rifle's Wallner resigns as girls basketball head coach  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Change continues to abound within the Rifle High School girls basketball program. Following the departure of a strong senior class after a round of 16 loss to Air ...



Glenwood's Ximena Gutierrez earns girls 4A WSL Player of the Year  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Following a terrific senior season at Glenwood Springs High School, senior guard Ximena Gutierrez earned the 4A Western Slope League's Player of the Year ...



Beloved and longtime Rifle coach, Jack Smith, dead at 80  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

At his core, Jack Smith was a “people lover.”Smith, an iconic and beloved figure who spent roughly five decades coaching student athletes in western Garfield ...



Garfield County honors Humanitarian Service Awards recipients  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Garfield County Humanitarian *Service* Award recipients for 2018 were recognized Monday night at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. This year's ...



Eric D. Collins (December 28, 1969 — May 10, 2018)  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Eric D. Collins, age 48, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was born on December 28, 1969, in California, the son of ...



Rifle Bears come out of hibernation early for football practice  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

RIFLE — There's not too many times when parents will embrace the idea of their teenager staying out far past midnight. That wasn't a problem at all on Monday.



RCTV provides news for Rifle residents  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Have you ever watched a City of Rifle Council meeting or a Rifle High School sports game on Channel 10 or searched for information on Rifleco.org or ...



CMC grad celebrates commencement 20 years later  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Bill Brady will be the first to tell you that as a 19-year old in 1979, he was making a lot of bad choices. “I was a stupid kid,”



Supporters, skeptics rally as Bernhardt nears Senate approval  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

A mid-1980s Rifle High School yearbook includes three unrelated photos that, in retrospect, have become a historical oddity in that they all appear on the same ...



Vidakovich Column: The Championship Season  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Preparation for the 1979 basketball season at Glenwood Springs High School began with a group of boys — friends since their grade school years — huddled ...



Obituary: Candelario Deluera Velasco  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Candelario Deluera Velasco better known as “Cande” announces his passing on Wednesday September 26th, 2018 at ...



Glenwood Springs, Rifle high schools' spring musicals open Friday  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The spring musicals at Glenwood Springs and Rifle high schools have more in common than their opening nights. They're both based on popular movies from ...



Zachary Jacob Collett  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Zachary Jacob Collett was 17 years old and enjoying every day of the summer before his senior year of high school started at Rifle High School. He spent every.



Kyle Scholla Update: Teen Driver Charged After Footballer Fell Off Car to His Death  Westword

A teen driver has been charged after a popular high school athlete fell off a car to his death. Learn more at Westword.com.



Garfield Re-2 board supports mill levy, and bond measure for more classrooms  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

The Garfield Re-2 School Board made its decision on whether to pursue a bond measure and mill levy for the district on the next ballot at their meeting Tuesday.



Glenwood basketball coach Cory Hitchcock resigns for college post  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

After nine seasons at the helm of Glenwood Springs High School's boys basketball program, Cory Hitchcock is moving on to take the helm of the University of the ...



Rifle's Moeller earns tryouts with Seahawks, Giants  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Former Rifle Bears standout and Colorado Buffaloes First Team All-Pac-12 special teamer Ryan Moeller didn't hear his name called during the three-day 2018 ...



Police make headway in Rifle crime spree  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Rifle police officers continue to make headway in a spree of burglaries and vehicle break-ins that struck the city in September.After an investigation that included ...



Coal Ridge athletics expects more of same this fall  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Over the past five years or so, Coal Ridge fall athletics has become one of the more consistent programs in Garfield County, routinely churning out state playoff ...



Back home  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Elly Walters grew up in Brownson Arena, so it was a little strange for her to be on the opposing team her freshman year, playing basketball at Regis University.



Sharing the Load: Rifle's unselfish rushing attack has helped the Bears reach the 3A semifinals  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Go ahead and start throwing cliches out there. One is “There's no I in team.” Another could be “It's all because of [someone else].” For sure, almost every cliche.



Season wrapup: Bears look at bright side after title-game loss  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Even within a few minutes of its 30-14 loss to Puebo East in he Class 3A state title game in front of more than 10000 fans on Nov. 29,



Get to know your neighbor: Strength and fun in the 'fitness family'  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

When you first walk into 1211 Fitness, you're not immediately intimidated by an expansive amount of training equipment, or massive muscle men that make you ...



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