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Garfield County this week attached a number of conditions to its acceptance of a plan by Presco to drill within a half-mile buffer zone around the Project Rulison underground nuclear explosion site.In exchange for the county holding fire on objecting to plan to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Presco would withdraw its application to the commission to increase drilling density to 40 acres on the surface and 10 acres underground, which would put it within the 500-acre buffer zone.The county will approve the drilling of one well with the pad sited on the surface within the buffer zone, but the bottom of the hole would be outside the zone. In turn, Presco must submit to the county all its drilling data from that well pertaining to the extent, if any, of radioactivity underground in the buffer zone. All drilling fluid and natural gas would be monitored by both Presco and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.Further, Presco would agree to withdraw its application to increase its drilling density until January 2006.
Editors note: This is the first in a two-part series. On Friday, the Post Independent will report on a suggestion by consultant Troy Russ that Glenwood Springs should think outside the bypass and consider building a different kind of roadway along the Roaring Fork River corridor.Consultant Troy Russ stood at a downtown Glenwood Springs intersection Wednesday and struggled to make himself heard above the din of passing traffic.You guys are being assaulted. This street is being assaulted in every way, Russ told a group of local residents and civic leaders interested in ways of slowing down traffic on Grand Avenue and making downtown friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists.Russ, director of transportation and urban design for the Glatting Jackson community design firm, was leading one of two walking tours organized by the citys Traffic Efficiencies and Bike and Pedestrian Utilization ad-hoc committee.Farther up Grand, Russ paused again when a trucks jake brake roared as the truck reached a downtown traffic light.Dont you love that brake? He should have been going slow already, Russ said.Slowing down Grand Avenue traffic also would increase the roads efficiency, Russ said. Studies show that streets with traffic going 25-30 mph can accommodate more vehicles than those where speeds are higher, because cars dont need as much braking room between them, he said.
In the past two years since its inception, the Colorado Yagatta Regatta has attracted rafters dressed as river pirates, island castaways, and whitewater hillbillies.Event organizers hope such creative characters return to the scenic stretch of the Colorado River from Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park on Saturday, June 4.The costumes have been on the bizarre side, said Tom Boas, Yagatta Regatta founder and vice president of the Cooper Corner adult stay program, which the event benefits. Its one big water fight down on the river.Boas said while the 2004 regatta hosted around 30 boats, he expects at least 50 to enter the this years rafting and costume party, which starts at 1 p.m. at the park. Boats launch from the Grizzly Creek put-in, just off the I-70 exit, at 2 p.m. Were the first festival of the summer season, Boas said. Its a great event to kick off the summer. Its one of those come-and-get-muddy events, and a chance to spend the day in the park.
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