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April 4, 2012
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I hope the Rifle City Council will take a close look at the implications of endorsing Alternative 3 in the 2012 oil shale and tar sands PEIS.Alternative 3 limits leasing of oil shale to the seven companies currently involved in the BLM's R,D&D program. It limits other companies with good technologies from developing them on public lands, and places BLM in the position of making economic and technical decisions that should be left to developers. BLM should exercise its authority through environmental analysis and the approval of development plans after leases are granted.BLM's Preferred Alternative (2b) restricts leasing to R,D&D leases only. It also restricts competition. BLM's leasing of other minerals and oil and gas is not limited to R,D&D programs. Why should oil shale be singled out in this way? Thus the No Action Alternative should be adopted, in my opinion. The oil shale resource in our region is an important national energy asset. With changes in technology that are coming, it is a resource that can contribute to jobs and the economic health of the area. It needs to be given a fair chance of succeeding on the federal lands that contain the richest and best oil shale resource in the region. The 2008 PEIS was very well done, received voluminous comments, involved the public and resulted in a preferred alternative that provided a reasonable amount of acreage for potential leasing. It would remain in place if the No Action Alternative is chosen. The Department of Interior need not have settled the lawsuits brought against the PEIS, especially not in a manner that required a new, expensive and redundant PEIS. There is little if any new information in the revised PEIS that was completed in 2008. Glenn VawterGlenwood Springs

Rifle Animal Shelter would like to give a big thank-you to Rod Johnson at United Companies, Flattop Fencing, Strong Lumber and Fred's Hardware. All of these businesses donated material to help improve our play yards and build shade shelters. Their generosity is much appreciated.We are thrilled, and we know the shelter dogs are, too. They have more outside places to play in and always have protection from the sun and rain.Heather MullenRifle Animal ShelterRifle

Rifle Moms for Moms, a free hyper-local social network for mothers in the Rifle area, would like to thank its members. As we approach our first year in business, we are both inspired and humbled by the mothers who make this community the great place that it is. In the past year, more than 200 moms from Parachute to New Castle have joined together to connect, inform, support and inspire each other. We have seen mothers share their advice and knowledge, offer support, and make new friendships for themselves and their children. We have seen women in all stages of motherhood, from pregnancy to grandmotherhood, come together to connect and make a difference in this community, and that is something to celebrate. Together, we are building a stronger community by engaging mothers, and we couldn't do it without you. Thank you.Leanne WortonNew Castle

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