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Unlike Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Fischer is a coal miners daughter who makes her living teaching children, instead of singing.And she couldnt be happier.The technology media specialist for Crystal River Elementary School (formerly Carbondale Elementary School) has been a teacher for 40 years 36 of those in the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District. Fischer said she doesnt plan to retire for another four or five years.As long as Im effective and I enjoy it, Im not retiring, said Fischer, a 1960 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. I like teaching children. Kids are my favorite part of teaching just making a difference with the kids.Born in 1942 in Utah and raised in a coal-mining family, Fischer remembered always wanting to teach children, even in her younger years.My dad was a coal miner and we lived in a coal mining camp in Utah. One day, he brought me this little house to play in and we made a schoolhouse out of it. I played school all the time, said Fischer, who had three siblings. I was the first female in my family to drive a car and go to college. My grandmother was just so proud of me.Fischer and her family came to the Roaring Fork Valley during her junior year of high school, when the mines closed in Utah. Her father Harold Mortensen, who just turned 90 years old brought the family to Glenwood Springs to work for Mid-continent Coal and Coke in the late 1950s.

A company that hoped to win state approval for drilling within a half-mile of an underground nuclear blast site has put off its request until next year.However, a Presco spokesman on Monday denied rumors that the companys president has decided against trying to drill for the time being that close to the Project Rulison site.Thats not true, said Kim Bennetts, Prescos vice president of exploration and production.Alan Maitland, chair of the Rulison committee of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, said during a GVCA meeting Saturday that he heard that Prescos president, Art Preston, flew over the area and decided to put off trying to get the moratorium lifted. Instead, Preston reportedly decided to drill increasingly closer to the moratorium area, and seal up wells if any radioactivity is discovered.Bennetts said the company has delayed seeking approval to drill within the moratorium area while it drills more wells outside the area. The company will test drilling mud and cuttings to test them for radioactivity, as weve always planned to do voluntarily, he said.

RIFLE No more meetings.That was the refrain of cooperating officials meeting with the Bureau of Land Management on the resource management plan for the Roan Plateau.Monday afternoon public officials debated whether or not to have yet another meeting to reach consensus on the plan. However, after about an hour of debate, all officials could really agree on was one thing to not meet again.Among the cooperating agencies are the cities of Rifle and Glenwood Springs, the town of Parachute, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties and state agencies under the aegis of the Department of Natural Resources the state parks department, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the state geological survey and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.The groundbreaking process that has brought together local and state officials and BLM in the final run-up to publishing the preferred alternative for Environmental Impact Statement and RMP.Cooperators knew they would take the debate back to their full boards and councils to craft formal comments on the plan.

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