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Wolfgang Volz © 2020 Christo

On August 10, 1972, the artist Christo unfurled his work “Valley Curtain” across Rifle Gap in Rifle, Colo. The piece involved over 200,000 square feet of sunset-hued nylon fabric that was slung across a quarter mile span between the valley walls. It took more than two years for Christo to realize his work, and the piece was torn down by the wind in less than two days. 

Christo’s official Facebook page announced on May 31, 2020 that the artist had died at the age of 84. Despite the fleeting nature of his work, according to those who saw “Valley Curtain” and other installations, his impact on the art world will be hard to forget.

A helicopter crash just outside of Rifle along Airport Road injured two Saturday morning around 7 a.m. The two occupants of the flight were transported to Grand River Hospital for treatment.

Middle Mamm Fire Updates

Oct 4, 2019
Chip Griffith / Courtesy Photo

12:20 p.m. October 7 - More Resources Used To Suppress Middle Mamm Fire

Firefighters are focusing efforts on constructing and improving containment lines in all areas that threaten private property. Authorities say fire managers will use retardant, bucket drops, and other direct and indirect tactics to suppress the fire’s movement.

Recent winds have been predominantly from the southwest, pushing the fire north. On the southern sections, crews are focusing efforts to suppress sections adjacent to private properties. Officials say they will not put firefighters at risk to suppress fire that remains on National Forest System Lands. 

Food pantries 'lift up' during holiday season

Nov 20, 2017
Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

People wanting to donate supplies to those in need during the holiday season can drop off non-perishables at one of Lift Up’s seven food pantries.

Courtesy of Justin Shoemaker, www.fws.gov

Last week, the federal agency Wildlife Services agreed to temporarily stop killing animals in a controversial "predator control plan" near Rifle until officials complete a new environmental assessment of the project.

 

Rifle’s unofficial election results are in

Sep 13, 2017
Marci Krivonen

On Tuesday, residents of Rifle voted on new council members and retail pot questions.

Rifle rejects professional cuddling business

Feb 8, 2017

A professional cuddling business closed its doors in Rifle last month after dealing with harassment from clients and the community.

 

$9 million in upgrades for Rifle’s airport

Dec 25, 2016
Garfield County

Atlantic Aviation runs the Rifle airport, and they’re sinking some serious money in for upgrades.

Valley Meats is a butcher shop in Carbondale, off of Highway 133. The clientele is mostly Latino. Spanish is mainly what you hear once inside.

Courtesy Photo

Thursday's 37th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Jalapeno Eating Competition is one of the biggest years for the event yet. There will be 34 teams competing in the cook-off.

Valley Roundup for Sept. 2, 2016

Sep 2, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

There’s a bridge in Rifle that runs over a stream. On the two main support columns are two very different visual elements. On one side, mud smeared everywhere — graffiti style. On the other side? Rifle’s latest piece of public art.

Valley Roundup for June 17, 2016

Jun 18, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The International Ski Federation has given its final blessing for Aspen Mountain to host the world cup finals in March of 2017.

With decision made, now real work begins for 2017 World Cup FinalsBreaking news: FIS makes 2017 World Cup Finals official

 

 

An old Rifle icon turns town into a cultural center

Mar 2, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Rifle isn’t exactly a place that you would think of as a cultural center, but through the work of a group of residents, that’s about to change. Nearly two years after the reopening of the Ute Theater, the town is coming back to life, and it’s becoming a cultural center.

Enrollment up at Colorado Mountain College

Sep 21, 2015
Colorado Mountain College

The number of students taking courses at Colorado Mountain College is up. The biggest jump in enrollment is in Rifle.

The Rifle campus saw double-digit growth compared to last year’s enrollment. Campus officials point to more courses, a new downtown location and an increased number of high school students taking courses.

Campus-wide, enrollment grew by 3.4 percent. In the Roaring Fork Valley, campuses in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs also saw growth. Lin Stickler oversees enrollment for CMC.

Valley Roundup 7-13-15

Jul 31, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Aspen residents continue to take their town back by slowing growth and development in their own grassroots way. It’s anyone’s guess how elected officials will respond.

Rifle Councilman found dead at home

Jul 30, 2015
Dirks Myers, Facebook

Update (8/02/2015): The Garfield County Coroner says Mr. Myers died after having a heart attack.

Earlier (7/31/2015): The Rifle community is mourning the death of a city councilman. Sixty-one-year-old Dirk Myers was found in his home Thursday morning. The Rifle Police Department is investigating, but so far Myers’ passing doesn’t look suspicious.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Jecca Geffre

Governor John Hickenlooper was in Rifle Wednesday at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new wildfire research center. 

The Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting will officially open later this summer but, elected leaders from around the state gathered Wednesday for an unofficial welcome.

"We are pleased as punch to have the Center of Excellence here, at Rifle/Garfield County Airport," said Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson.

Your Morning News - December 15th, 2014

Dec 15, 2014

Captain Dubois Remembered in Rifle

About 900 people attended the funeral in Rifle yesterday of Air Force Captain William Dubois. The New Castle native died December 1st when his F-16 crashed in Jordan on a mission to attack ISIS targets. The Post Independent reports airplanes from an air force base in Nevada blasted over Rifle High School in a missing man formation to honor the 30-year-old. Dubois was twice named the top fighter pilot in his class. The funeral was held at the high school where Dubois graduated in 2003.

Law Enforcement: Meth is a Significant Problem in Rifle

Sep 12, 2013
tridentnarc.com

Methamphetamine has made headlines in Garfield County recently. On Monday, law enforcement officials announced they collected 117 grams of meth in the Rifle area. The drug enforcement team TRIDENT made eight arrests in the drug bust. Also, authorities announced this week a meth overdose was to blame for a mysterious death. Rifle resident Anthony Green fell over dead around midnight on August 22 on a downtown street.

meekersheepdog.com

Every year, more than 100 border collies drive sheep across a field in Meeker. The small town at the foot of the Flattop Mountains, plays host to the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials.

In the competition, the handler uses a whistle to direct the dog who takes a group of sheep through challenging courses. In this youtube video, the dog keeps the sheep tightly packed together and moves them across a field.

Fire Spares World-Class Climbing Area

Jun 18, 2013
Courtesy: Rebecca Schild

A world-class climbing area near Rifle may reopen today. The Rifle Mountain Park has been closed for five days because of the nearby Ward Gulch fire. Now, the town’s Parks and Recreation Department says people may be able to return... but it all depends on the weather. 

Rifle Mountain Park has some of the best rock climbing in the country, and climbers from all over the world test their skills there. Everyone was evacuated last Friday, when the Ward Gulch fire got perilously close.  Tom Whitmore is Parks Director for the Town of Rifle.