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ASPEN ” Thanks to an anonymous donor, this year’s New Year’s Eve festivities will be highlighted with fireworks.
Debbie Braun, president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, said Monday, that the organization received a $50,000 donation, which will cover the cost of two fireworks displays “one at 8:30 p.m. and the finale at midnight. The first show will last between 15 and 20 minutes and the later one will be an abbreviated version to ring in the new year.
There were no fireworks last year because of a lack of funding. However, the same anonymous donor has bucked up in previous years, approximately every other New Year’s celebration.
The donor’s identity is not known; however, he or she plans to be in Aspen over the holiday and apparently has an affinity for fireworks.
“It’s great that one person picks up the tab for the whole community,” Braun said.
Two weeks later, Aspen will have fireworks again for Wintersköl. ACRA is asking local businesses to help underwrite the cost of the Wintersköl display.
BASALT ” Basalt cops don’t want to put a damper on office Christmas parties, so they are offering this advice: Don’t drink and drive.
Basalt and other agencies around the state are putting extra officers on duty for DUI patrol during what is being dubbed “office party weekend” Dec. 14-16. Basalt Police Officer Jeni Newcomb said people holding their holiday parties should refrain from drinking if they are driving, or make alternative transportation plans.
Extra DUI patrols in Basalt mean officers will be looking for intoxicated drivers in the town and passing through town on Highway 82.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The search for a new president for Colorado Mountain College has been narrowed to five finalists, two of whom are former deans at district campuses.
The other three include a former vice president at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood; a vice president at a community college in Scottsbluff, Neb.; and a former pastor, who now is president of a company that offers leadership training.
The finalists include Dr. David Borofsky, formerly dean of CMC’s Timberline Campus in Leadville from 2000-02, interim campus dean at the Vail-Eagle Valley Campus from 2001 to 2002, and vice president for the entire seven-campus district from 2002-04. Currently he is president at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash.
Dr. Joe Forrester was Timberline Campus dean from 1989 to 1999 and currently is president of the Community College of Beaver County in Monaca, Penn.
The others include Dr. Laurence Spraggs, now president of Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y. (formerly of Red Rocks Community College); Dr. Diana Doyle, of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff; and Dr. Stanley Jensen of Leadership Enterprises Inc. of Bondurant, Iowa, a former pastor at Monticello Baptist Church in Monticello, Iowa (1980-85), who also has been dean of student services at an Iowa seminary and an adjunct professor at Drake University and Grandview College.
The search process at CMC has been under way since late last summer, and a screening committee has worked its way through 48 applications, including 11 interviews by interactive video or teleconference.
The finalists are to be interviewed over a three-day visit in late January 2008, during which there are to be receptions and other opportunities for the candidates to meet with trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members.
The college, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, is a two-year community college with 11 learning sites on seven campuses spread over six Western Slope counties and encompassing 12,000 square miles. Students can earn associate degrees, or opt for “lifelong learning” continuing education courses, or attend CMC’s business training classes.
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