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Carbon County News Briefs

PTA schedules Jan. 27 regional awards ceremony to honor Reflections winners

On Jan. 27 at 5 p.m., the Parent Teachers Association will host the Reflections award ceremony at Museum of the San Rafael for all council and regional winners.

The event will be presented prior to the winning entries being submitted to the state and national competitions.

Every year, the national PTA host a country wide competition focusing on literature, art, music, film and many other categories.

The 2007 theme is "my favorite place." Students are charged with creating a project focusing on the theme.

Carbon County ranks third in number of oil, gas well permits issued in 2006

The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining issued permits for 2,062 wells last year for a 27 percent increase from the previous statewide record set in 2005.

Uintah County accounted for the largest number of issued permits at 1,364, followed by Duchesne at 447 and Carbon 136 respectively. The remaining permits covered Emery, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier and Summit counties.

The production sales value of the crude oil and natural gas produced in Utah in 2006 is expected to reach $2.8 billion, representing an increase of 46 percent since 2004.

Matheson supports federal Medicare prescription drug negotiation proposal

Congressman Jim Matheson recently voted for passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Negotiation Act in the United States House of Representatives.

In 2006, 242,000 Utahns signed up for Medicare part D, said Matheson. Last year was the first time in Medicare's 40-year history that the U.S. government helped people 65 years or older and disabled Americans pay for prescription drugs.

"As a believer in the free market, I also think that consumers benefit when competition dictates the going rate for products," commented Matheson.

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