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Some folks with subsurface mineral rights in Garfield County are growing concerned that gas production companies may be tapping their gas without paying them their rightful royalties.

Surface impacts of natural gas drilling have long been the subject of debate in Garfield County. As drilling activity has increased, and the spacing between wells has decreased, a concern is growing about subsurface or down-hole impacts.

Last month Garfield County and other mineral rights owners were asked by Williams Production, one of the leading natural gas producers in the county, to waive their potential objections because two wells exceeded the required setback that separates drilling units.

According to the Williams letter, two wells, RFW-343-29 in the Parachute Creek drainage and GM 42-1 near Rulison, had exceeded setback spacing.

The White River National Froest has a great suggestion for finding the perfect Christmas tree. buy a permit, they’re only $10, head up to the hills, park the car strap on teh snowshoes and start walking. The perfect Charlie Borwn tree is just 50 feet off the road or 100 feet froma designated campground.

Moulton pointed out that the Forest Service doesn’t want folks to cutsingle trees, the cones that are beautifully symmetrical and full.Ranther inthe interest of promoting forest health, they’d like you to cut a tree out of a group, a tree that is more likely to be a “Charlie Brown tree,” Moulton said, with lots of full branches on one side and practically bald on the other.

Any teacher will tell you that it’s a simple equation: Add hundreds of kids to an elementary school, and you get noise ” bustling, wonderful noise.

But for Kevin Mendoza, his Carbondale Elementary School classes were quiet ” all too quiet.

Kevin, now in third grade, first entered CES with an undiagnosed hearing loss. Now, thanks to the help of the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, he doesn’t miss a word of his lessons anymore.

“We were able to get Kevin his hearing aids and it immediately made a huge difference in his own health and well-being, and of course academically it really helped as well,” said Carolyn Hardin, executive director of the centers.

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