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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will be better off working to prevent air pollution on the Roan Plateau than monitoring it, an agency official said Tuesday.Jamie Connell, manager of the BLMs Glenwood Springs Field Office, explained the agencys plans for protecting air quality on the plateau during a meeting in Parachute. The BLM got together with representatives of government agencies cooperating with the BLM as it prepares its management plan for the plateau.Rifle Mayor Keith Lambert questioned why the BLM doesnt intend to monitor air pollution coming from the plateau, where the agency anticipates allowing natural gas drilling.Craig Nicholls, a national air quality modeler for the BLM, answered that modeling shows drilling and other activities would create no significant air quality impacts, either locally or regionally.Connell said that modeling is based on conservative projections, and actual air pollution could be less. She added that the federal government already collects air quality samples from the plateau and the surrounding region, so the BLM doesnt need to do its own monitoring.
For months, weve watched Valley View Hospitals new addition rise up to dominate the skyline. Next week, the hospital will open its new space with a celebration and visiting dignitaries. The opening also coincides with the beginning of celebrations of the hospitals 50th year of operation.On Tuesday, Aug. 16, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., will inaugurate the new building with a ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m. in the lobby. There will also be a special 50th birthday cake to mark the occasion.The following week, staff and their families will be able to tour the new 160,000-square-foot addition, said hospital spokeswoman Alice Sundeen. On Thursday, Aug. 25, five local chambers of commerce will hold joint business after-hours mixers with refreshments and a tour of the new building.The public is invited to a community celebration of the opening from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Elected officials from the city and county, as well as the hospital board, will speak about the hospitals 50 years of service to the community.The new addition will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 for an all-day open house. There will be tours for the public, as well as refreshments. Saturday will be the only time to get a tour of the new hospital space, Sundeen said.
PEACH VALLEY Classes arent set to begin at Coal Ridge High School until next week. Yet, thanks to its athletes, the new high school has become more than a name. Over the past three months, prospective football, basketball, volleyball players and the cheerleaders have attended voluntary team practices and summer camps, in hope of earning a spot on one of those teams rosters.In turn, those prospective athletes started the foundation of Titan pride, giving CRHS an identity in the community.Volleyball has been the most active of the schools inaugural fall sports teams.Head coach Denise Greene said the numbers have ranged from 12 to 20 girls, for practices this summer. To further hone their skills, the many players also attended a camp at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
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