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New school in Silt, new nameSILT Roy Moore is no more. The new elementary school, currently under construction in Silt has a new name Cactus Valley.Board members voted and passed the new name during their regular meeting Tuesday, April 10. It replaces Roy Moore (after a longtime principal for the district), which has been the name of the school since its construction in 1972.Members of the Roy Moore Elementary Parents Association narrowed the field of names to three: Blue Sky, White River and Cactus Valley. The names then went to the school board for discussion, and Cactus Valley won out in a 4-to-1 vote.When students take to the halls for the first time, just after Christmas break, Cactus Valley will replace Roy Moore on the exterior of the building. But Roy Moore wont be gone for good. The name will still represent the media center in the new building.Construction of the $16.5 million facility began in December and is three to four weeks ahead of schedule, according to director of facilities Craig Jay. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Company faces unusual well problemGUNNISON (AP) Coal bed methane development developers usually face the problem of getting enough water into the ground to get the gas out.EnCana Oil and Gas USA is facing the opposite problem, forcing it to shut 24 coal bed methane wells east of Mamm Creek.Theres too much water.Its one of the things thats going to make us not an economical venture anymore, EnCana land negotiator Greg Ryan said last week during an energy and environment symposium at Western State College.The wells are producing between 300 and 3,000 barrels daily, compared with normal water production of up to 15 barrels.We cant de-water the coals because we dont know what to do with the water, Ryan said.Treating the water has failed, as has evaporating it. The mineral- and saline-laden water is too dirty.Company representative Wendy Wiedenbeck said the company is still working on treating the water or reinjecting it below ground.I think, ultimately, if we could return the water back to the community, that would be great, she said. The question is: Can we treat the water to safe standards so that it can be returned? Were exploring those options.The solution will require a review by both state and federal authorities.Fred Conrath, program manager for the Bureau of Land Managements Glenwood Springs energy office, said the company would have to show it can find zones beneath the surface that could handle that much water. Discharging it above ground would mean guaranteeing that it is clean and not subject to pollutants leaching into it.


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