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Rogue River Green team returns to improve watershed

From left to right: Intern DeAnna Clum, students Liam Gardner, James Olsen, Max Homrich and Claire Gault visiting a garden in Grand Rapids.

From left to right: Intern DeAnna Clum, students Liam Gardner, James Olsen, Max Homrich and Claire Gault visiting a garden in Grand Rapids.

Be on the lookout this summer for eight local high school students working in their community to protect its water resources. Through a program with Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative, the Green Team of students are spending their summer learning about the Rogue River and creative ways to manage its major pollutant—stormwater runoff—with green infrastructure.

Rockford High School students Max Homrich and James Olsen installing a rain garden for a property owner on Rum Creek.

Rockford High School students Max Homrich and James Olsen installing a rain garden for a property owner on Rum Creek.

The June team, comprised of Liam Gardner, Max Homrich, James Olsen, and returning member Claire Gault, are led by local landscaper and native plant specialist Georgia Donovan. During their four weeks, the students will be working on public and private lands to install and maintain rain gardens, bioswales, and other native landscaping techniques in Rockford, Cedar Springs, and Sparta.

In addition to field work, the students will be working with their partner Green Team downstream in Plaster Creek—taking classes at Calvin College, working in the greenhouse with Plaster Creek Stewards, and meeting professionals in the environmental field for valuable job training. Although many of the students hope to pursue a career in aquatic ecology and biology, the knowledge they are gaining through this experience will help them make good decisions as a citizen of the planet in every aspect of their life.

If you see the Green Team working on riparian buffers to Rum Creek in Rockford, or planting a rain garden by CS Tool Engineering in Cedar Springs, or landscaping Sparta Area Schools’ campuses with native vegetation, be sure to say hi and thank them for their efforts to protect the Rogue River across the watershed.

The Green Team is supported by a grant through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Rockford senior heading to National High School Rodeo finals

Riann Graff and Cool Cash Seven

Riann Graff and Cool Cash Seven

Riann Graff, a 17-year-old senior year at Rockford High School, has qualified for the second year in a row to represent Michigan at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming July 17–23.

The NHSFR is the “World’s Largest Rodeo,” featuring approximately 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia. The national finals can be seen live on CINCHtv.com

Riann qualified for barrel racing at the 2015 finals but due to no fault of her own was unable to attend. This year she stepped it up and qualified in both barrel racing and pole bending. She also will be representing Michigan as a member of the highly sought after Cinch All Star Team.

When asked after she found out she had qualified Riann said, “I worked really hard to make it again this year. My horse was injured at the beginning of the season and I couldn’t run her at two of the rodeos. I wasn’t sure if I could actually make up those missed points. Every rodeo and every point is so important because there are great riders with some really good horses in the Michigan High School Rodeo Association! “

Riann also graduated from Rockford this year with Magna Cum Laude honors, is a member of the Kent County 4H, and was part of the Rockford Jr/Sr High School Equestrian Teams for 6 years. She would like to thank the many people who helped her make it to the finals this year; her sponsor Razerhorse, her past coaches and trainers, the MHSRA family, Julee Pavelka, and her veterinarian, Jeffrey Bunn, at Equine Medical who took such great care of her horse when she was injured.

Riann is accepting donations and/or sponsorships to help fund her trip to Wyoming. Anyone interested please send correspondence to nangoblue@aol.com

For more information on joining the MHSRA, please visit their website at www.mihsra.com

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Student charged in bomb threats


A 16-year-old from the Belmont area is being charged with making a bomb threat against Rockford High School.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Rockford Public Schools and several employees have been the target of harassing and threatening telephone calls since October 2014.

A joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kent County Sheriff Department, and Rockford Department of Public Safety, identified the local student as one of several people involved.

On June 17, 2015, the evidence involving the student was reviewed by the Kent County

Prosecutor’s Office, resulting in the 16-year-old male being charged with False Report or Threat of Terrorism (a 20 year felony). The Kent County Sheriff Department said they would be requesting restitution in this investigation.

There are additional suspects that are from outside of Michigan or in another country. They are not releasing details on any of the other suspects at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

The Sheriff Department said that law enforcement and the Rockford Public Schools worked closely to ensure the students were safe at all times. “We want to thank the parents, students, staff, and community for their patience and support during this very time-consuming and meticulous investigation,” said Detective William Marks.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Student qualifies for world’s largest rodeo


Lyn Mallory, an 11th-grade student at Rockford High School, has earned a position on the Michigan National High School rodeo team, and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyoming July 14-20, to compete at the 65th annual event in the barrels and breakaway roping competitions.

Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. Contestants will compete for more than $200,000 in prizes, $350,000 in scholarships, and the chance to be named an NHSFR National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20, based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. National champions will be determined by their three-round combined times/scores.

OUT-Horse-Rodeo-dusty-picThe Saturday Championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the CinchTown Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com, powered by iHigh.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. July 14, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day after.

Visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results. For ticket information call (307) 352-6789.

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