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A regional group working on oil and gas industry issues will hold and informational meeting in Rifle on Sept. 3.The Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum, co-chaired by Dave Neslin, director of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission and Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson, will be held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until noon, in the indoor arena.The NWCO is made up of representatives from federal, state and local governments, the oil and gas industry and concerned citizens.According to a statement issued by the NWCO, the agenda is to include updates on oil and gas industrial activity in this part of the state, including a report on industry use of federal Bureau of Land Management land.Also scheduled is a specific update on the state of the industry in Garfield County, where there are currently an estimated 1,700 wells in operation and plans for up to 7,000 more in the coming years.This report is to include forecasts of future drilling and production activity.According to the county’s chief planner, Fred Jarmon, the county is down to about 25 active well drilling sites, a drop from about 100 at the same time last year.At the end of the meeting, starting around 11:40 a.m., there is to be a period for public comment and questions. Anyone with suggestions for additional agenda items can call Chris Canfield at 625-2497.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – As part of the state’s ongoing effort to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is conducting state-certified watercraft inspection and decontamination services at its Grand Junction office, 711 Independent Avenue.The watercraft inspection site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Inspections will be offered, free-of-charge, now through Oct. 30, excluding Sept. 8, when all DOW offices will be closed due to state-mandated furloughs.Colorado boating regulations now require all trailered boats to pass a state-certified inspection for zebra/quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species prior to launching in any Colorado lake, reservoir or waterway. In addition, boats that have launched on any of the Colorado lakes or reservoirs where mussels have been detected are required to pass an inspection before launching at a new location.Zebra and quagga mussels were discovered in Lake Pueblo in January 2008, and later found in Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Willow Creek Reservoir, Grand Lake, Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area (Logan County) and Tarryall Reservoir State Wildlife Area. Blue Mesa Reservoir is considered “suspect” for presence of a mussel infestation.For more information on zebra and quagga mussels, please visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Web site at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/InvasiveSpecies/ZebraandQuaggaMussels.htm
RIFLE, Colorado – Fire officials are encouraging Garfield County homeowners to attend a special Firewise workshop today at the Colorado Mountain College West Garfield Campus from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Federal, state and local fire officials are teaming with Colorado Mountain College for this workshop, which will help area homeowners learn more about wildfire – and specifically how to make their homes more defensible against wildfires.”A large number of homes in this area are at risk because they are adjacent to undeveloped lands susceptible to wildfire,” said Doug Paul, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. “We’ll show homeowners a number of relatively simple steps they can take to lessen that risk and make their homes more defensible.”The workshop will feature presentations about wildfire history and behavior, creating defensible space, how to help local fire districts, and local vegetation types as fuel for fires.Presenters include representatives from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Area, Colorado State Forest Service, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, and Rifle Fire Protection District.The West Garfield Campus is located at 3695 Airport Road in Rifle.”While this location is especially convenient for homeowners in the Silt and Rifle areas, anyone wishing to learn more about wildfire and defensible space is welcome to attend,” Paul said.For more information about the workshop, contact Doug Paul, (970) 244-3106.
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