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Carbondale Community School received approval from the Roaring Fork School District board of education for a 15 percent increase in enrollment Wednesday night.The school is increasing enrollment from 117 to 135 over the next three years, said Skye Skinner, executive director of Compass, an educational non-profit that oversees CCS.With more kids comes more state funds, which should help stabilize the schools finances, said Skinner.

Williams Production expects to drill hundreds more wells than previously forecast thanks to a new contract giving it access to 10 environmentally friendly wells.Williams announced this week that it has contracted with Helmerich & Payne to use 10 of its new FlexRig4 rigs for the next three years.The rigs can drill up to 22 wells directionally from one well pad that is half the size of traditional pads, the two companies say. Williams typically drills four or five wells from a pad now.The contract means Williams will average about 20 rigs in the Piceance Basin in 2006 and 22 in 2007, compared to 13 now.Williams expects to remain on pace to drill about 300 wells this year in the Piceance Basin, which is centered in western Garfield County. However, the contract means it may drill up to 450 wells next year, as opposed to the 325 previously projected. Its projection for 2007 is now as many as 500 wells, up from an estimate of 350.

Thursdays scheduled baseball game between Class 4A Western Slope League rivals Glenwood Springs and Rifle was postponed due to weather. No makeup date was announced.


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