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Oil and gas forum for Silt Mesa, Peach Valley FridayA public forum will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Rifle Middle School, 753 Railroad Ave., Rifle.The forum will provide information about issues surrounding proposed oil and gas drilling on Silt Mesa and Peach Valley. Some of the topics will include surface and mineral owner rights, potential impacts from drilling, proposed legislation, policy changes and who to contact with questions or for additional information.EAB looking for membersThe Garfield County Board of County Commissioners is looking to fill a number of vacant positions on the county Energy Advisory Board. Citizen representatives are selected to serve from various geographic areas being impacted by oil and gas development. The geographic areas where volunteer citizen representatives are needed include Carbondale/Glenwood Springs, Silt Mesa/Peach Valley, Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek and Rulison/Morrisania Mesa/Taughenbaugh Mesa.To apply, complete an application on the county’s Web site, http://www.garfield-county.com, and navigate to “County Departments,” “Oil and Gas,” and “Energy Advisory Board.” Save the application to your computer, complete it, and then e-mail it to ddennison@garfield-county.com or print out the application and fax it to 625-0908 or mail it to Doug Dennison, Garfield County Oil & Gas Liaison, 144 E. Third St., Rifle, CO 81650. for more information, call Doug Dennison at 625-5691.Applications must be submitted by Feb. 4 for consideration.KMTS awards 4H scholarshipsThree Garfield County 4-Hers got a financial boost for college from local radio station KMTS recently. The station awarded three scholarships worth $700 each to Josh Johnson, Alicia Vallario and Jay Wilson. This is the first year the scholarships have been awarded, said KMTS spokesperson Debra Sjodahl.Josh Johnson, of Rifle, is a freshman at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. Alicia Vallario, of Glenwood Springs, is a sophomore at the University of Arizona at Flagstaff majoring in forensic science and criminal justice. Jay Wilson, also of Rifle, is a freshman at Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., where he is studying automotive and diesel mechanics.NRCS offers workshop on living on rural land Dennis Davidson, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, wil offer a workshop, “Quality Living On Your Rural Land.”The class will be held Tuesdays, March 129, at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office, 401 23rd St. in Glenwood Springs. This workshop will cover soils, water and irrigation, weeds and plants, pastures and hayland, and is for people who own small acreage, are a new landowner, or a landowner interested in buying property in the near future.This workshop provides the tools to have a productive crop, understand irrigation or improve soils. To register, call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 101. Learn about wildflowers and native grasses”Wildflowers & Native Grasses: In Our Landscapes And In The Garden” will be offered from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Carbondale Days Inn (Sopris Room).Topics will include how to seed large and small areas, how to select native grasses and revegetation of landscapes and pastures, and new ideas for wildflower landscapes. We will also cover proper seed mixes with a question-and-answer session after the presentation. Speakers include Don Eversoll, Beauty Beyond Belief and Dennis Davidson, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Call the Conservation District office at 945-5494, ext. 101, to register. CMC staff learn about drinking dangers at programCMC staff and administrators attended a statewide training program to study effective alcohol training programs and communicating dangers of drinking to students. Their goal is to let students know that not drinking doesn’t mean they’re not cool. In fact, it makes them normal.CMC’s policy forbids any alcohol on campus or at any college-sponsored activity. Students caught drinking are put on probation the first time and given group sessions with peers and an alcohol and drug counselor. Students living on campus are suspended from the residence hall after the second offense.At the Spring Valley Campus, student services counselors are poring over surveys that asked students, ranging in age from 17 to 53, about their alcohol use.”The survey suggests most students aren’t abusing alcohol, but students believe others are drinking more than they really are. That underscores the problem,” said student services counselor Lisa Runck.Three drug awareness classes are available each semester to help students who are having problems. Across CMC campuses, a residential life task force meets to discuss issues like alcohol abuse and develops programs that give students alternatives to drinking.- Compiled from staff reports; Renelle Lott contributed to this report.

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