Letters to the Editor: February 28, 2008

Dear Editor,
We would like to express our deep appreciation to the Rio Blanco Search and Rescue and the following individuals who participated in the search Monday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 19: John Etchart, Marc Etchart, Troy Hilkey, Don Hilkey, Anthony Mazzola, Kevin Nye, Jason Purkey, D. J. Collins, Luke Purcell, Mike Willey, Sean Shults, Adam Wade and Lanny Coulter. Also thank you to many friends and the church community for their prayers. And to our family we regret the anguish you experienced throughout this ordeal.
Linda and David Hokit
Meeker,  Colo.

Dear Editor,
The staff at the ERBM Recreation and Park District would like to thank everyone who attended the 2008 Meeker Winter Games. It was a perfect day to play outside and inside. Ask the more than 300 people who attended! A special thank you to all of our partners who helped make this great family event possible. Gold Partners: White River Electric Association, Mountain Valley Bank, Rio Blanco Herald Times, First National Bank of the Rockies, Meeker Chamber of Commerce, Drive 105, White River Realty (provided the free hot lunch), Westlands and the Town of Meeker. Silver Partners: Colowyo Coal, Cook Chevrolet, Inc., GIC Mobile Home and RV Parks, Jean’s Printing, Kikotre Co, LLC, Northwest Auto, Rio Blanco County Abstract Company, The Bakery, Upstairs Gallery and Wendll’s Wondrous Things. Bronze Partners: Meeker Lions Club and Ma Famiglia.
Beth Willey
ERBM Rec and Park District Recreation and facilities
Meeker, Colo.

Dear Editor,
The Rifle Area Relay For Life is about coming together as a community to take up the fight against cancer. It is a way to celebrate the lives being saved from cancer, to remember those lost and to fight back as a community. We would love to welcome Meeker to join us in the fight against this dreaded disease!
Teams are forming now for the 11th annual Rifle Area Relay For Life. The actual Relay For Life event begins on June 20 at 7 p.m. and concludes June 21 at 10 a.m.. Teams of 8-15 people will camp at the Rifle High School track. Throughout the event, team members take turns walking around the track while enjoying all sorts of activities including music, live entertainment, food, and games. The communities of Parachute, Silt, New Castle and Rifle are invited to attend and be a part of the Rifle Area Relay For Life.
These days, it is hard to find anyone cancer hasn’t touched through a friend, loved one or family member. Relay For Life is about celebrating and remembering. The event begins with a Survivor Lap; all local cancer survivors are invited to participate in this initial celebration lap around the track. At 10 p.m., a Luminaria Ceremony will be held to remember those touched with cancer. Participants walk to the light of luminaries purchased in honor of or in memory of those struck by cancer. It inspires us all to keep walking, pushing, and fighting for a cure. Purchasing a luminaria gives you the opportunity to remember someone close to you that has been touched by cancer.
Relay For Life is also about fighting back. Money raised by teams and participants at the event will go toward the American Cancer Society’s research, education, local patient services and advocacy. This year’s goal is $120,000.
Help us celebrate, remember and fight back by volunteering, starting a team or joining an existing team. Learn more by attending the next team captainís meeting at the Garfield Re-2 Learning Opportunities Center at 839 Whiteriver Ave., Rifle, on March 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., or visit our event Web site at www.riflerelay.com.
Theresa Hamilton
Rifle Area Relay for Life chair
Rifle, Colo.

Dear Editor,
Currently the Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for oil shale and tar sands resources in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
The oil shale producing areas across these three states make up the largest known oil shale deposit in the world, according to the Department of Energy, and the bulk of the resource is found right here in Northwest Colorado. It is estimated that 800 billion to one trillion barrels of recoverable oil exists within the deposits of the Green River Formation. The potential oil shale resources within the Green River Formation are more than 50 times the United States’ current proven conventional oil reserves and about three times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia.
The PEIS will help create a standard commercial leasing program like the one we have for natural gas. The PEIS does not dictate how the leases should be dealt with nor does it give directive for specific mitigation. That happens at another step in the National Environmental Policy Act process. Concerns related to water, air, environment, health, safety and socioeconomic will all be dealt with in a site specific basis once a commercial oil shale process has been created.
Therefore, it is important when commenting on the PEIS to make sure your comments are within the scope of the document. Comments are due March 20. Please send to BLM Oil Shale and Tar Sands Draft PEIS, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Ill., 60439.
Thank you,
Jason O. Sinclair
Grand Junction, Colo.