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News in Brief

Following up on a community meeting held earlier this school year to discuss teen drinking in Basalt, a lecture will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, on “The Disease of Chemical Dependency.”

The presentation will be made at the Basalt Middle School at 7 p.m. by Jan Jones Sarpa, who has more than 20 years of experience in family counseling. The presentation is intended to inform parents and students about issues such as the effects of alcohol on the mind and body, according to Penny Paxton, the school resource officer from the Basalt Police Department.

Sarpa will use a power point to cover topics like the differences between abuse, dependency and bingeing; where Colorado ranks in use of addictive substances; and how abuse by one person can affect an entire family.

The police department organized the previous community meeting on teen drinking after receiving complaints about partying from some parents. The meeting produced decent attendance among students and parents, and a wide range of assessments about the degree of the problem.

Paxton said the police department wanted to continue efforts to address the issue and not just forget about it.

“We had one meeting. People talked, it’s done,” Paxton said. “I don’t want that to happen.”

Anyone with questions about the Feb. 8 lecture can call Paxton at 927-4316.

Aspen Art Museum interim director Dean Sobel, whose resignation as director of the museum is effective later this month, will lead efforts to develop the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. Sobel will work for the Denver Art, Culture and Film Foundation.

The city of Denver acquired the collection of American painter Still last August. The agreement with the Still estate requires that a freestanding museum be built to house the collection within the next decade.

Sobel was director and chief curator of the Aspen Art Museum for five years before announcing his resignation last year. Prior to his position in Aspen, Sobel was chief curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

“Dean Sobel is the perfect fit to help Denver move forward in creating the Clyfford Still Museum,” said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper in a press release announcing the appointment. “His leadership and experience in the international arts community, along with his passion for and knowledge of modern art are the ideal combination to help launch this project.”

The Still collection includes more than 2,000 objects. Most of Still’s work has been hidden from public view due to the terms of his will, in which he gave his art to an American city that would create a museum devoted exclusively to his work. Still died in 1980.


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