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Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

RIFLE No one was injured during a brief but smoky fire at a natural gas well site southeast of Rifle Monday morning.Jesse Smith, acting oil and gas liaison for Garfield County, said the fire reportedly occurred at a fracturing pit at a Bill Barrett Corp. well off County Road 315, or Mamm Creek Road.Well fracturing is done following drilling, and involves injecting pressurized fluids down the well to break up underground formations and improve flow of gas.Rob Jones of the Rifle Fire Protection District said the fire started around 10 a.m. and was extinguished by about 10:15 a.m.

As Valley View Hospital staff settle into their new digs in the high rise addition, workers are continuing the expansion.Mike Biles, director of facilities management for the hospital, brought the Garfield County Commissioners up to date on the expansion Monday.With a number of departments moving into the new building, Biles said other departments are expanding outward into the vacated space. Last week began surgerys move into the space left open when radiology and the family birthing place left to move into the new building.On tap are new operating rooms, recovery room beds and day surgery, Biles said. That work is expected to take 14 months.We are finishing the final design for cardiology department, he said, that will feature a new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab. Associated with the lab will be a new critical care unit, Biles said.Both are expected to be opened in March.

CARBONDALE Crystal River Elementary School students know him as the guy who keeps their classrooms clean and soap dispensers full.But Mitchell Silas has a colorful story to tell not with words, but with sand. With the masterful precision of an accomplished painter and colored sand between two fingers, Silas formed an image of a man in a bed of plain sand. It was an homage to the spring harvest and a prayer to seeds that would feed an entire people. Crystal Rivers student body sat mesmerized Thursday afternoon as Silas created a sand painting as fleeting as it was beautiful.

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