News briefs for Aug. 24


Dinosaur firefighters awarded grant

The Artesia Volunteer Fire Department in Dinosaur has been awarded a grant under the Rural Fire Assistance program.

The department will receive $6,000 to acquire new radio equipment that will allow the volunteers to communicate with federal fire management partners in Northwest Colorado.

The program was developed under the National Fire Plan with funds allocated by Congress to enhance fire protection capabilities of rural and volunteer fire departments.

"We applied for the grant through the National Park Service, and we were successful," said Mark Rosenthal, fire management officer for Dinosaur National Monument. "We're hoping once the paperwork is completed, they will have the money and equipment by November.

The radios will allow Artesia Firefighters to communicate with the park service and BLM firefighters on a single frequency, while working fires in that corner of Colorado.

"Here in Northwest Colorado, the federal agencies work closely with the local fire departments," Rosenthal said. "This will improve communications that sometimes were on different frequencies."

'Alice in Wonderland' performances planned

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Circus Chimera will present performances of "Alice in Wonderland" next week at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31. A review of the performance, published in the San Francisco Chronicle, described the show as "Cirque Du Soleil at a family price."

Tickets for the show cost $7 and are available at Jackson's Office Supply and Radio Shack, 106 W. Victory Way, and Samuelson's True Value Hardware and Lumber, 456 Breeze St. The tickets will be available until Tuesday.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $10. Coupons for $3 off are available at the Boys & Girls Club.

Proceeds from the shows benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

BLM taking comments on oil and gas issues

Increased action in the oil-and-gas development field has the Bureau of Land Management scheduling meetings for the public to provide comments and discuss issues.

The White River Field Office of the BLM will host meetings in Meeker, Rangely and Rifle.

The BLM will accept public comments through Sept. 30, and information gathered will be used to prepare a draft amendment and an environmental impact statement.

Meetings are scheduled to run from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Sept. 12 in Meeker at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main St.
  • Sept. 13 in Rangely at Rangely High School, 234 S. Jones Ave.
  • Sept. 14 in Rifle at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Event Hall, 1001 Railroad Ave.

Additional information is available from Jane Peterson at (970) 244-3027, or at

Draft horse classic coming to Rifle

Preparations are under way for the fifth annual Colorado Draft Horse Classic at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, scheduled for Sept. 2 and 3.

Performances start at 11 a.m. Sept. 2 and are followed by two more at 3 and 7 p.m.

On Sept. 3, events will begin at 11 a.m. The final performance will feature six-horse hitches and a pull competition.

The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call show manager Sharon McLin at 876-5979, or visit

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