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When Mennonite pastor Lauren Martin preaches, he doesnt get frustrated when he sees parishioners sleeping in their pews. Sermons are a challenge because most people I know work really hard, their places of work are stressful, and they are dealing with constant change, said Martin, who will celebrate his 13th year as pastor at Glenwood Mennonite Church in May. If you bring a bunch of people in one place all at once on a Sunday morning, they will fall asleep. Im up there and theyre falling asleep or worrying about their kids. Even Christians get bored easily, and that is a challenge I take personally.
Gary Aho has seen both the best and worst of times in his 25 years in the Colorado River Valley. On the forefront of oil shale development in the 1970s, Aho is once again in the fray.Aho sits on an advisory committee formed by the Department of Energys Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves to develop a plan for oil shale production focusing on the Piceance Basin in Colorado, eastern Utah and southern Wyoming, Aho said.Aho came to Rifle in 1964 with Cleveland Cliffs, an oil shale mining company. He retired from that company in the 80s and is now a mining consultant.The Piceance Basin holds one of the worlds richest deposits of oil shale in America. At the turn of the last century the U.S. Navy set aside those resources as the Naval Oil Shale Reserve to preserve the resource for future strategic use. With oil now well above $50 a barrel, interest has once again focused on oil shale as the answer to Americas need for domestic oil.
The manufactured home industry fights a perception that just wont go away: the quality of its homes can be just as good as stick-built homes.Manufactured homes are not trailers, the industry likes to say.Meghan Pfanstiel, executive director of the Colorado Manufactured Housing Association in Denver, blames much of the discrimination to outdated beliefs. She compared the different style of homes offered by the manufactured housing industry to that of lower- or higher-end vehicle models offered by car manufacturers. At issue is a proposed manufactured housing bill in the state legislature, and proponents and opponents have very different views of what the law could mean, if it passes.
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Though it won’t bring major changes for most Garfield County businesses, local public health officials were notified Thursday that the county will move to the less-restrictive Level Blue, effective first thing Friday.