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A month ago and ten miles from Fallujah, Iraq, Brian Chee said a prayer.Chee and a couple United States Marine Corp friends had just gone to the gym at Al Taqaddum Airbase when they heard a boom. The boom was nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, it was common. Sometimes it came from United States soldiers stationed there, but often as many as 16 times a day, said Chee the fire came from insurgents.The sound of that particular boom made Chee and his buddies think the fire was outgoing. But then, the gym started shaking, he said. The first boom was followed by more, and me and 30 other guys hit the deck.Marine Corps training taught Chee and the others to stay put for 15 minutes following an attack, so he and the others layed on the gym floor, waiting.Dear God, he prayed, I got three days left, just get me outta here.

Seismic testing planned by natural gas developers south of Silt this summer may be enough to send shivers up some peoples spines.But that may be about the worst they can expect, if projections by Bill Barrett Corp. hold true.The company plans to test areas it has under lease south of Silt this summer by using three-dimensional seismic testing. The goal is to pinpoint preferred drilling locations and avoid drilling dry holes.The testing area runs roughly from east of the Garfield County Regional Airport to about a mile or mile and a half east of Divide Creek, and from within Silt town limits south of the Colorado River several miles south.Barrett officials met with about 35 residents south of Silt this week to appraise them of the testing plans and try to show that the impacts would be minimal.The meeting, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, including a demonstration of the use of a vibraseis truck Monday night. Residents were ushered into the darkness of a parking lot where the truck noisily fired up its diesel engine. It then lowered a testing pad of about 3.5 by 7 feet onto the ground from the truck center, pressing it onto the ground until it nearly raised the truck off its oversized rubber tires.The truck then vibrated the pad in perhaps a dozen bursts, each lasting several seconds. Golf balls that Barrett geophysical operations manager Mike FitzMaurice set out about 10 feet from the truck remained on their tees except for one that fell because FitzMaurice had broken the tee in inserting it into the ground. Nearby, water rippled in a drinking bottle FitzMaurice also had set on the ground, but the bottle remained standing.From about 25 feet away, the testing felt akin to the shaking brought on by a bout with the flu, or by a coatless walk to the mailbox on a winters day.

The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education during a Wednesday meeting named Dale Parker as the incoming principal for Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.Currently in his fifth year as assistant principal at the school, Parkerwill take over the helm officially in August following the retirement ofseven-year Principal Wendy Moore.We are delighted to have Dale Parker as the new principal at RFHS,Superintendent Fred Wall said. He brings a wealth of experience from a teachers perspective as well as his four and half years as assistant principal at RFHS. Dale has a deep understanding of standards-based education and how instruction can meet all childrens needs.Parker said he is eager to continue the challenging work at the schoolincluding assisting with plans for a new building for 2006-07, implementing standards-based practices and working to make RFHS a premiere Western Slope high school in both academics and athletics.

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