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Re-2 working on improvement planGARFIELD COUNTY It may be summer, but Garfield School District Re-2 already is getting warmed up for next school year.At the last regular school board meeting May 22, administration presented members of the board with the district improvement plan, which it is implementing next year.The district intends to bring Re-2 up to Colorado Department of Education standards by 2012. The plan is a result of an outside evaluation of the district because Re-2 hasnt met state standards for adequate yearly progress.According to the Colorado Department of Educations website, the purpose of adequate yearly progress is to have all students proficient in reading and math by 2014 under the No Child Left Behind Act.Larry Brady, Re-2s director of curriculum, said he was pleased with the experience and that it was very positive situation for the district. Brady said the teams visit was a proactive approach and that the district didnt have to have an outside team of analysts but saw the opportunity and went for it. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Bugs help control Vail weedsVAIL Vail is telling weeds to bug off.Instead of goats, the town is using tiny bugs to stop the spread of the Canada thistle. Earlier this month, workers released 100 tiny urophora cardui, or gall flies, on a patch of Canada thistle.They are not as cute as goats, said Mark Stricklan, who works with the state Biological Pest Control Program in Palisade where the insects are bred. But they often are effective, Stricklan said.They suck the juice out of the plant, said Gregg Barrie, director of the town weed control program.The flies lay eggs that burrow into the stem of the weed and then bulge up inside the plant.Stricklan said the bugs eat only Canada thistle, so there should be little risk of them overtaking the town.The flies are just part of chemical-free weed control in Vail, and its possible goats could return someday.Were hoping to bring the goats back, Barrie said. (Vail Daily)


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