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News in Brief

BASALT Nine dog owners took matters into their own hands to solve a common spring problem last weekend in Basalt. A group called Dogs Owners of Arbaney Park (or DOAPs) met Saturday to pick up the dog droppings that accumulated during the winter and emerged as the snow melted in the popular town park.”It was getting to be a real mess over there,” said DOAP member Gerry Terwilliger.Ironically, he noted, the people that showed up are also people who pick up after their dogs. They hope their example will inspire other dog walkers to deal with their pet’s mess right away.Terwilliger said he fears the Basalt town government will ban dogs from the park if owners don’t do a better job of cleaning up. Arbaney Park is immensely popular with kids.The DOAPs joining Terwilliger on the detail were Bonnie Schlegel, Vanessa Freeman, Phil Freedman, Virginia Betty, Kristin Jensen, Doreen Dunlop, Mari Logan and “Ed of Copperhead Plumbing,” according to the ad hoc group.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding anglers in the Glenwood Springs area that annual spring fishing closures are in effect March 15 through May 15. These closures are to protect spawning rainbow trout, which congregate at the confluences of several tributaries to the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers. The behavior of the otherwise occupied fish gives anglers an unfair advantage, according to the DOW, so the agency has enacted restrictions to protect fish populations during the spawning period. The fishing closures, which have been in effect since 2001, are also in place in the fall during the spawning period for brown trout. Closures are for the following areas:• Roaring Fork River: 50 yards upstream and downstream of the confluences with Four Mile Creek and Three Mile Creek, as well as a half-mile up those creeks.• Colorado River: 50 yards upstream and downstream of the confluences with Grizzly Creek, No Name Creek and Canyon Creek, as well as a half-mile up those creeks. Signs have been placed near the closures and the restrictions appear in the annual fishing regulations brochure. Violators face a minimum $68 fine for fishing in the closure areas.

CARBONDALE Carbondale Community School (CCS) has changed its enrollment policy in hopes to more closely mirror the demographics of its community.The policy gives a 40 percent preference to low-income students, makes it easier for siblings of current students to get into the school and clarifies the application process. Previously, there was no preference for low-income students, COMPASS Executive Director Skye Skinner said. COMPASS is the nonprofit organization that operates CCS.”We know that this will result in more Hispanic enrollment, and that is desirable,” Skinner said. “We’re really trying to be a part of balancing student population between our schools.”At 127 students, the K-8 school is committed to preserving a small school environment and does not plan to grow. The main point of entry is kindergarten, Skinner said, since few students in higher grades leave the school.The policy change means that preference will be given to low-income applicants for about six of the 14 slots open for new kindergartners.The school averaged about 45 applicants for the 14 spots over the past three years, CCS Principal Leslie Emerson said, of which a “very very low” percentage had been low-income applicants.When the number of applicants exceeds the available openings, a random lottery is used to select students and establish a waitlist, the policy states.”It’s a victory,” Skinner said. “We’re really feeling celebratory about it.” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Ken McCracken, a 30-year emergency medical technician who teaches emergency medicine for Colorado Mountain College at the Aspen and Roaring Fork campuses, was recently named as Aspen’s full-time faculty member of the year.Michael Hutton, lead ski patroller at Buttermilk who teaches emergency medicine and mountain biking for CMC, won Aspen’s adjunct faculty member of the year award. Hutton also serves on the Pitkin Country EMS committee and as a volunteer firefighter in Basalt. Other full-time faculty honored by their campuses this year included Leslie Stoupas at Rifle, and Peter Jeschofnig at Roaring Fork (Carbondale, Spring Valley and Glenwood Springs). Adjunct faculty of the year honors also went to Natasha Williams and Krista Paradise at the Roaring Fork campus.

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