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Presco, the natural gas production company that wishes to drill in the vicinity of the Project Rulison nuclear blast, thre Garfield County a curve last week.While the county was under the impression it had an agreement with Presco to drill one well from the surface inside the half-mile buffer zone around the blast site, in a letter dated May 24, Prescos attorney William Keefe said not only does the company disagree with the condition imposed by the county, but it now wants to drill four wells in the buffer zone.In a special meeting Wednesday morning, the commissioners reacted strongly to the latest development in an ongoing case.We can spend another $400,000 and go to battle to oppose the four wells, said Commissioner Larry McCown. Im really torn where to go with this.I felt we had come to terms (with Presco) to share information, do the analysis for one year I thought we had a gentlemans agreement and they need to stand on it, said Commissioner John Martin.Under the terms of the agreement the commissioners agreed to lift its opposition to Prescos plan to drill a well from the surface in the buffer zone but the bottom of the well would not be in the zone. In turn, Presco would withdraw its application to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to increase drilling density to 40 acres on the surface and 10 acres underground, putting it within the 500-acre buffer zone.Presco would also submit all its drilling data to the county, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and the COGCC.
NEW CASTLE Linda Ford left her math classroom at Riverside Middle School for the last time Tuesday. After a total of 33 years of teaching 22 years at Riverside Ford has been recognized as a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.Each year, associates at SAMS CLUB and Wal-Mart locations select a local Teacher of the Year from submitted nominations. The teacher is awarded a $1,000 education grant, a $50 shopping card for school supplies and an honorary Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year vest.Education importantFord said she knew she wanted to become a teacher when she was as young as 5 years old.It seemed to be in me, Ford said. I believe there are some things that are just in people. My family is really medical and I always figured I do something like that, but its still service. Its still people.
Mike Wells may have become the victim of his own great legacy.Over the past month Wells has attended a mysterious Glenwood Springs City Council meeting, an afternoon reception in the commons area of Glenwood Springs High School, and, on Saturday, hell don one of his trademark ties for a dinner in his honor at the Hotel Colorado.It feels like a funeral, but Im not dying, said Wells, Glenwood Springs High School principal.Wells isnt dying, but he is retiring after 25 years at Glenwood Springs High School.I dont want anyone to think Im ungrateful, he said of all the recent attention, but Im ready to be done retiring, because emotionally, Im right on the edge all the time.Wells spoke as he sat in his office at GSHS, where in 1981 then-principal Bill Reader started Wells interview for assistant principal by asking, Chicago huh? Cubs or White Sox?Cubs, answered Wells.Wells devotion to the Cubs has since become legendary in Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork School District. Cubs memorabilia covers one wall of the office today, but even his Cubs devotion is upstaged by his devotion to GSHS.The office like his closet at home, he said is filled with red.
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