Briefs: Mojo Sentinel January 20, 2009

Rig stands, waits for next assignment

• A flex drill rig stacked on the yard of the Helmerick and Payne, formerly the Monument Oil yard, at Monument and G roads is awaiting its next assignment.
No, said rig manager Charles Kelly, it’s not drilling there.
Several people have come by the yard, though, to inquire about it.
One did even when a reporter was inquiring about it, standing up against the backdrop of Colorado National Monument.
“We just came off the mountain” with the rig, Kelly said.
The rig crew is to be sent to other rigs in the area, but Kelly said he would just as soon see this rig back in the field, drilling for natural gas in the Piceance Basin.
“Hopefully, we’ll be back on this one soon,” he said.
Helmerick and Payne’s new yard, where it will be the Grand Junction base, is the old Monument Oil property in north Grand Junction.

School’s Out and kids are in

• More than 30 students spent their Martin Luther King holiday with the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department.
The students visited a television studio and spent much of the day at the Bookcliff Activity Center at Bookcliff Middle School as part of the School’s Out program.
There, students from around the district worked off some steam in the gym, then worked in small groups on putting on plays.
Working on the play was fun, “especially the jokes,” said 12-year-old Justin Reichmman, who attends Orchard Mesa Middle School.
Melina Payne, 10, said she regularly attends the School’s Out program and that this one was the best, “so far.”
The two-year-old program is growing more popular as parents hear about it, said Stacy Pike, recreation coordinator for the Bookcliff Activity Center, where the program was nearly full.
Small children in the program, 5 to 7 years old, spent their day at Chipeta Elementary School.
The School’s Out program runs on school holidays, spring vacation, and during parent-teacher conferences and other events.


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