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BASALT ” A health clinic will open in Basalt High School Thursday thanks to a partnership between the Mid-Valley Family Practice and the Roaring Fork School District.

State and local grants funded the clinic for students and faculty. The clinic will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

The center will focus on primary and preventative health care for students and district employees, including underinsured, uninsured and low-income patients. Clients will be served on a sliding fee schedule, according to clinic director Lisa Robbiano, a nurse practitioner.

The center will function as a nonprofit clinic under the umbrella of the school district with the high school’s counseling secretary scheduling the appointments. The clinic will supplement and go beyond the services of the school district’s current part-time nurse and a health aide, who serve all three of the public schools in Basalt.

The clinic’s staff includes medical director Dr. Glenn Kotz and nurse practitioner Margaret Franz in addition to Robbiano.

School district officials say the new clinic will maintain and improve the health and wellness of students and staff, as well as decrease time away from school.

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The program is funded by the Aspen Skiing Co. family fund, Eagle County and the Colorado Health Foundation.

ASPEN ” The dispatch center that handles 911 calls for upper valley emergency agencies is having trouble keeping a full staff.

Though three positions are open, assistant communications director Bruce Romero said he is not getting applications.

There are 15 funded positions for the 24-hour communications center, which is essential to local law enforcement agencies and fire departments; 10 positions are necessary to keep the place running, but at that level no one can take vacations or get sick.

With three positions open and one person in training, the center is only one person away from the bare minimum staffing level.

Romero said the situation is not to the point where it is affecting public safety, but that it will get closer if he doesn’t get more applications.

Dispatcher positions start at $17.39 an hour.

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