News in Brief
August 24, 2005
Aspen High School students get the honor of being the first to reoccupy the public schools campus and meet their new principal, Charlie Anastas, when they start classes at 8:10 a.m. today.Superintendent Diana Sirko said the school has an enrollment of about 510 students this year, which may change as the district learns of cancellations and additions in the coming couple of weeks.But, she said, that’s about the same number of students that attended Aspen High last year. She added that this year the district allowed “the least number of new out-of-district kids” because in-district enrollment was pretty full. Although she did not have exact numbers, she said about five more students than last year are coming to Aspen from downvalley communities and that four of them are siblings of kindergartners already enrolled at Aspen.The other two public schools, Aspen Middle and Aspen Elementary, will start Monday, also at 8:10 a.m., Sirko said. She reminded parents that for the first time elementary school students will be released early every Wednesday, at 1:40 p.m., to allow for teacher training and “staff collaboration time.”She said there will be some programs and activities for those early release days, in case parents find themselves without child care options. Parents can call the elementary school, 925-3760, ext. 3001, for information about those programs.
A proposed subdivision of the property owned by the Aspen Community School was delayed two weeks when commissioners were split over whether to include a trail to nearby public land.The subdivision includes splitting the property in Woody Creek into three properties – one to accommodate the school and two parcels to be sold for residential development. The county commissioners are considering rezoning the two residential parcels so a 7,500-square-foot home can be built on each site. The community school would take the money from the sale of the parcels to create an endowment for the school.But with Commissioner Patti Clapper absent, commissioners were split over whether to include a trail easement from the school property up a steep hillside to the northeast, where there is public Bureau of Land Management property. Commissioners Michael Owsley and Mick Ireland both support creation of a trail in the area. The agenda item will be addressed at the commissioners’ Sept. 14 meeting when Clapper is present to break the tie vote.
The missing 17-year-old girl from Missouri Heights who has been the subject of a frantic search by her brother for several days has been sighted at the Telluride Mushroom Festival by a friend, according to the brother.Dana Mytty, who would be a junior at Basalt High School this year, went missing on Aug. 19, according to her brother, Doug Mytty, 27. Dana Mytty was last seen in Glenwood Springs, and her brother alerted newspapers to her disappearance on Sunday. Doug Mytty at one point thought his sister might be headed to the family’s home state of Minnesota because she reportedly was concerned about getting into trouble with other students if she returned to school in Basalt.But on Wednesday he said a friend if his sister’s from the Roaring Fork Valley, who also was at the Mushroom Festival, saw Dana in Telluride on Saturday evening.Doug Mytty said the friend, who asked to not be identified, called about 1 p.m. Wednesday and said Dana was with “a guy from El Jebel” whom Doug Mytty did not know. Doug Mytty said the family will now attempt to locate the El Jebel friend and, through him, Dana.