Bank of Colorado in Rifle robbed Tuesday

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred around 12:26 p.m. Tuesday at the Bank of Colorado in Rifle.

The Rifle Police Department responded to a call of a robbery at the bank located at 1200 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.

According to a press release, the bank was robbed by what "appeared to be a Hispanic male in his late 30s. He was last seen walking casually south toward a dispensary in the alley at the corner of East 12th Street and Railroad Avenue.

He was last seen wearing dark-colored clothing and a dark-colored ball cap.

Rifle police including detectives and officers responded to the scene, and the FBI has been contacted, according to the press release. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office, and Parachute and Silt police also assisted in the response.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Rifle police at 970-625-8095.

Project CURE celebrates 10th anniversary

The Grand Valley chapter of Project CURE will celebrate 10 years of collecting, sorting and shipping medial equipment and supplies on Thursday.

The open house from 4-6 p.m. will be in the GJ Tech Center at 559 Sandhill Lane, warehouse doors 41 and 42.

They will also be celebrating the shipping of its 50th full semi-truck of supplies and equipment.

Medical equipment and supplies are collected from Western Slope hospitals, physicians, medical equipment outlets and dentists, the shipped around the world.

The local Project CURE open house is to thank its partners and celebrate the difference the mission of serving the medical need around the world. 

Environmental projects get $100K in grants

Area nonprofit organizations received a total of $100,000 in grants from the Western Colorado Community Foundation for projects that aim to protect and enhance the environment across western Colorado.

"These grants will provide funding to nonprofit organizations that are working to help insure good stewardship of our lands and other natural resources. They are part of our ongoing commitment to expand funding for conservation, outdoor recreation and the environment" said grants selection committee chair, Barb Chamberlin, in a news release.

Nonprofits that received funds are:

■ Blue Star Recyclers, expand recycling in the Roaring Fork Valley 

■ Citizens for Clean Air Grand Junction, citizen ozone monitoring devices

■ Clean Energy Economy for the Region, increase renewable energy projects

■ Colorado Canyons Association, expand Nature Knowledge Days

■ Eureka! McConnell Science Museum  

■ Friends of Youth and Nature, reducing food waste in Delta elementary schools

■ Grand Valley Audubon Society, wetlands education 

■ LIFT-UP, expand composting and reduce food waste 

■ Mesa County Libraries Foundation, conserving water at new Discovery Garden

■ Mesa County Valley School District 51, decrease waste across school system 

■ North Fork Friends of Montessori Foundation, solar panel for playground

■ North Fork Valley Community Rights, reusable bags to reduce plastic use

■ R-5 High School, develop youth leaders through aquaponics, agriculture and recycling projects

■ Solar Energy International, educational signs to reduce and recycle

■ Valley Organic Growers Association, agriculture education and community outreach 

Call 243-3767 for information.

Historian Fishell to tell Moyers' story

Local historian Dave Fishell will present "A Fair Story — The Moyers, The Fair Store, & the Lincoln Park Pool" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St.

"The Moyers were Grand Junction pioneers who founded The Fair Store, which became one of the largest retail businesses in western Colorado," a news release said.

"They used their wealth to help students, build roads, fund a YMCA and the construction of the Avalon Theater, and construct the original Lincoln Park swimming pool.

But the good times did not last. Plan to attend and learn more about the Moyers and the family's important role in early Grand Junction.

The event is open to the public at no charge.

Call 243-4442 or visit for information.

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