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News in Brief

Foundation awards educational grantsASPEN The Aspen Education Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises money to help the school district with programs and purchases that won’t fit into the regular budget, recently awarded $427,000 in educational grants within the Aspen School District.The 2007-08 District Priority Grants are based on the recommendations of Superintendent Dr. Diana Sirko and the principals of Aspen High School, the middle school, elementary school and the Aspen Community School.The grant awards include a new freshman seminar program in the high school, the college coordinator position, a SAT/ACT preparation class, English Language Learners teacher positions, coordinated professional development programs, and a K-8 literacy program.Fallen trees pose danger on the CrystalREDSTONE Boaters in the Bogan Canyon area of the Crystal River should beware of fallen trees.Several trees have fallen and blocked the river there, according to White River National Forest officials.”These obstacles can be a significant hazard to kayakers, rafters and other boaters,” said Mike Kenealy, acting ranger in the Aspen/Sopris District. Signs on Wednesday warned boaters of the danger.The upper blockage consists of two trees primarily without branches, and is downstream of a sharp left turn in the river, leaving boaters little time for reaction. The second blockage is a large spruce that fell across the river. The tree has many visible limbs and is visible from more than 100 yards upstream.At current flows, both blockages are directly at water level, and while it is a tight squeeze, there is room for kayakers to portage around the trees.Kenealy recommends that boaters assess the situation by walking above the canyon and scouting the river before paddling.Bogan Canyon is between Marble and Redstone, and is a popular section of the river, primarily for experienced kayakers.Get free Jazz Aspen ticketsASPEN Jazz Aspen Snowmass is looking for volunteer ushers for the festival, June 21-24. Volunteers earn tickets for another show of their choice.Those interested should contact volunteer coordinator Sarah Murray at smurray@jazzaspen.org or 618-0109.Pitco seeks nominees for volunteer honorsPITKIN COUNTY Pitkin County is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 2007 Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards.Residents may to submit nominations for people they believe are making a positive contribution to the community, through outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement.For the second year, the program will include the Greg Mace Award, which recognizes an outstanding lifelong volunteer. The program continuation of the original Greg Mace Award – created 20 years ago after the death of the lifelong Mountain Rescue volunteer and Ashcroft resident – which was in jeopardy of disappearing last year.In addition to the overall volunteer category, there will be winners in the following subcategories: children/youth, seniors, health, community pride, education, Good Samaritan, environment, Rising Star (younger than 18) and exceptional one-time events. Applications are available at Pitkin County Community Relations, 530 E. Main St., Aspen, by contacting Pat Bingham at patb@co.pitkin.co.us, or by phone at 920-5204.The deadline for applications to the Pitkin County committee is Friday, July 28.


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