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A small, falling rock pierced a car’s wind­shield Sunday afternoon, killing an 11-month old boy. The accident happened on a stretch of High­way 133 just south of Redstone.

According to Ron Ryan, director of investiga­tions for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Logan C.W. Cervantes was riding in a child safe­ty seat in the front between his parents around 4:30 p.m.

Ryan said a rock fell from a canyon wall and pierced the windshield on the passenger side. The impact reportedly deflected the rock, which struck the child in the face.

A passing motorist carried the child to the Redstone station of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, where rescue personnel administered aid until an ambulance took the child to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital from traumatic injuries to his head.

The rock was about 7 inches by 4 inches, Ryan reported. He said the family lives in the Redstone area but declined to release any addi­tional information. No tickets were issued because “they did nothing wrong,” Ryan said.

The Roaring Fork Public Education Founda­tion will award teachers more than $50,000 this school year for ideas to better educate their stu­dents.

The group recently awarded $15,000 in pro­fessional development grants to 28 teachers and staff members across the Roaring Fork School District, according to Irene Friedman, the foun­dation’s executive director.

“The innovation and professional grants made available to us have helped us extend our cur­riculum so that our students’ creativity, individ­ual interests and culture could be promoted in ways that are not normally available to us,” Car­bondale Middle School Principal Cliff Colia said in a news release. “These grants have also done a great deal to support a high- energy learning environment and positive teacher morale at our school.”

The foundation, staffed by a volunteer board of directors from Basalt, Carbondale and Glen­wood Springs, will award more than $ 50,000 this school year for both professional develop­ment grants and semiannual innovative teaching grants, Friedman said in a news release.

The nonprofit foundation consists of citizens interested in providing public support directly to teachers, Friedman said.

Teachers come up with ideas and pitch them to the group’s board. The nonprofit foundation consists of a group of citizens who are interested in providing public support directly to teachers, Friedman said. Teachers come up with ideas and pitch them to the organization’s board. (Glen­wood Springs Post Independent)


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