News briefs: More Aspen district teachers honored with Schenck Award |

News briefs: More Aspen district teachers honored with Schenck Award

Staff reports

Aspen teachers recognized

A trio of Aspen Elementary School teachers were honored Wednesday with the Kellie Schenck Award for their commitment and passion this year.

Longtime Aspen educators Tana Rinaldi, Jared Thompson and Julie Zats were recognized Wednesday at a school assembly. Zats and Rinaldi each have taught for 32 years and Thompson has been teaching for 17 years, the past 14 in Aspen.

They each received $10,000 from a fund created by Aspen businessman Dick Butera in honor of Kellie Schenck, who was a teacher at the middle school for 20 years before dying of cancer in 2015 at age 46.

A total of 10 district teachers and professionals are honored each year. The middle school award winners will be announced at an assembly Friday.

Ideas Fest Millennial Pass on sale Friday

The Aspen Ideas Festival Millennial Pass, which provides Roaring Fork Valley locals ages 18 to 35 the opportunity to engage in the Aspen Institute event for $75 per festival, goes on sale Friday.

Attendees may buy a pass for one program track during the Aspen Ideas Festival: Spotlight Health (June 21 to 24), Festival One (June 24 to 27) or Festival Two (June 27 to 30). Passholders may attend a wide variety of publicly ticketed events (more than 80 events in total), including breakfast presentations, salons, evening sessions and nightly film screenings. The complete schedule will be announced June 14.

The passes, which go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, may be purchased at the Wheeler Opera House or online at Passes purchased online may be picked up at the Wheeler on the day the selected festival commences. Photo ID and proof of Roaring Fork Valley residency are required when picking up the Millennial Pass. Passes are non-transferable.

Additional information about the pass can be found at