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Laramie Energy recently announced that they have abandoned their proposed drilling site adjacent to Rifle Village South. We would like to express our appreciation to the wide circle of people who joined us in voicing concern over the proposed location of this gas well and its close proximity to our neighborhood.

To our neighbors, you are awesome. Through your actions and support ” gathering signatures on petitions, attending neighborhood meetings, writing e-mails, taking time off to attend county commissioner meetings ” you made your voices heard.

To Harry Colborn, the surface-rights owner, who declined to sign the lease and spoke at the commissioner’s meeting about the necessity of creating boundaries to protect our health and quality of life.

To the Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance and the Western Colorado Congress, for your support and expertise. You have worked proactively addressing these issues long before they hit home for us in our backyard. You provide a powerful voice for the concerns of Western Slope citizens in the development of oil and gas policy on the state level, as well as providing a valuable resource for individual citizens and our local communities.

To our county commissioners and their staff, for carefully listening to our concerns and your decision to request a hearing with the COGCC to review this drilling application if it became necessary.

To local reporters Dennis Webb and Mike McKibbin and documentary producer Deb Anderson for recognizing the wider significance of stories like ours, a story that under current regulations could happen to any neighborhood in Garfield County, a story that is already all too familiar to many of our more rural neighbors.

And finally, to Laramie Energy for responding to the concerns of the residents of Rifle Village South and of the surface rights owner by withdrawing the drilling application for this site and committing to fully exploring alternative sites.

Energy development in Western Colorado will continue to have a profound impact on its residents for years to come. The responsibility to continue to work together in a thoughtful way to minimize the negative impacts lies with us all.

Jim and Marcia Golden,

Joyce Wizer


Kudos to the people in Rifle in support of Ms. Sylvia Breidenbach. Not only has she done so much for her students at Wamsley, she has also been a great all-around person to have as a neighbor.

I have been fortunate enough to call her a friend, and a person I could always go to for assistance, both in asking for help with my school work or simply a person to talk to.

I was in shock to hear of these allegations that were imposed on such a good person.

Since knowing Sylvia for the past eight years, I have never heard her raise her voice, not to mention a hand, in anger. Her eyes lit up when she spoke of “her kids.” She is a loving and caring person to both young and old.

I hope the people that read what the media wrote about Sylvia will not judge her without knowing the real facts.

The school board should consider her 30-plus unblemished years of loyal service before jumping to such a devastating conclusion.

Sylvia, you have your friends’ and neighbors’ support.

Famous Garcia

New Castle

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