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Wind knocked a cottonwood tree onto a power line Wednesday evening off Upper River Road.Although the line sent some sparks flying, it didn’t cause any fires, according to Aspen Deputy Fire Chief Orrin Moon. Moon said the power line was the main feed for Holy Cross Energy.According to Tom Grange of Holy Cross, the tree “did take out a section of the transmission line for a while,” but the substations were able to compensate, and no one lost power because of that incident.Grange said winds caused a number of outages throughout the region, from Vail to Aspen, but they were unrelated to the tree on the main line.

The Aspen Education Foundation board this week announced its largest-ever list of grants for programs in Aspen schools.The foundation has issued grants totaling $450,000, partially funding a list of $627,000 worth of requests from various teachers and programs.The grants are for a mathematics intervention program in each school ($159,600); a high school college coordinator ($55,000); a high school writing lab ($50,000); coordinated professional development for teachers ($44,600); an English Language Learners teacher in the middle school ($28,800); SAT/ACT preparation class ($28,000); a theater and dance teacher in the high school ($28,000); a music and theater integration program ($24,000); a challenge teacher in the elementary school ($22,000); and a K-8 literacy program at Aspen Community School ($10,000).The foundation is a nonprofit group that raises money to supplement the Aspen School District’s budget, paying for a variety of programs and personnel. It has been in existence since 1991 and has issued more than $2.5 million in grants during that time.

The city of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers need volunteers June 24 to help plant native wetland and upland shrubs at the Aspen Golf Club. The project at the golf course will create a new urban wetland, an important ecosystem that provides wildlife habitat and improves water quality.For more information or to volunteer, call Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers at 927-8241 or (877) 662-5220, e-mail rfov@sopris.net or visit http://www.rfov.org.


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