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A nonprofit organization that supports public school teachers in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt awarded $26,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants last week.

The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation awarded grants ranging from $100 to $1,000. The grants were given to educators in the Roaring Fork School District for creative teaching techniques. Awards were given for a middle school English language learner library, a Colonial times quilting project, and a broken pottery mosaic, among others.

“We were really impressed by the high quality of innovation and professionalism in this year’s requests,” said Bernadette Julich, chair of the foundation’s grant committee. “We are so proud to be able to help these fine teachers accomplish their goals for our kids.”

All faculty in the Roaring Fork School District are eligible to apply for the grants for use during the 2004-05 school year. The grants are read “blind” by 12 community volunteers.

The Roaring Fork School District has named a Basalt Middle School teacher as the new assistant principal at Basalt Elementary School.

David Anson, a seven-year employee of the district and former fifth- and seventh-grade teacher, will begin full time on Jan. 3.

Anson, 43, has lived in the valley for 14 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Davis, his teacher’s license from Mesa State College in Grand Junction and a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

“It is a pleasure to bring Dave on knowing he has been a part of the Basalt school system and that he brings with him great teaching experiences that will only help us continue to meet our academic goals for our students,” said elementary school Principal Suzanne Wheeler-Del Piccolo.

The enrollment at Basalt Elementary School includes 557 students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

VAIL ” The owners of a dude ranch face multiple animal cruelty charges after two horses were found fending for themselves near the Flat Tops Wilderness.

John and Elaine Harrison of Budge’s White River Ranch were charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty in Douglas County, where animal control officers impounded 11 additional horses at the ranch’s winter pasture.

One horse, a 20-year-old palomino gelding, was emaciated, bruised, and had oozing saddle sores when a wrangler found him in the wilderness last month, said veterinarian Courtney Diehl who examined the horse. Another horse in the area was found in similar shape.

A website for the ranch was not working and a phone number was inoperable Tuesday. An e-mail requesting comment was not immediately answered. The ranch’s former owner and John Harrison’s father, Jack Harrison, was charged with animal cruelty in Elbert County and was sentenced to supervised probation in 2003, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Valario said.


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