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CARBONDALE – Colorado Rocky Mountain School invites prospective students, parents and nearby residents to visit the school’s Carbondale campus on Jan. 21, during Community Visit Day ” the independent ninth- through 12th-grade day and boarding school’s primary annual open-house event.

Visitors can learn about the college-preparatory school’s facilities, observe classes, meet students and teachers, and tour CRMS’s 300-plus-acre campus near the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers.

Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m. Prospective students and parents can schedule an afternoon interview by calling 970-963-2562.

CRMS is at 1493 County Road 106 in Carbondale, one mile from the Highway 133/City Market traffic light. For more information or for directions to the campus, call 963-2562 or visit

EAGLE, Colo. ” An Eagle County jury deliberated only 10 minutes on Jan. 8 before finding Armando Ventura of Basalt not guilty on charges that he molested a 14-year-old girl at a 2006 New Year’s Eve party.

Ventura, 40, is a self-employed carpet installer originally from El Salvador and living legally in the U.S, his defense attorney said. He was accused of accosting and caressing the girl, a Basalt Middle School student, at about 5 a.m., after a night of partying.

But the jury was not convinced by prosecutor Anne Francis’ case, according to defense attorney Tedd Hess.

Hess, in a statement to The Aspen Times, recalled that Eagle County deputy sheriffs had the alleged victim place a call to Ventura to get him to admit to the alleged assault.

Among other things, Hess reported, Ventura “reacted with amazement” to the call and the girl’s claims, which Hess maintained “was the reaction of an innocent man.”

ASPEN ” Locals interested in pursuing new or continuing careers in health care can apply for scholarship programs administered by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation.

The next deadline for applications is 3 p.m. Jan. 22, and subsequent 2008 deadlines are April 15, July 15 and Nov. 11. Applications are reviewed by the education committee of AVMF.

Application guidelines and forms are available at the AVMF office at Aspen Valley Hospital, or on the AVMF website:

For more information, call Arna Einarsdottir at 544-7371.

ASPEN ” Building contractors now must pay material-use taxes in advance, Pitkin County commissioners decided Wednesday.

Instead of collecting the half-percent use tax quarterly, as in the past, commissioners on Wednesday approved a plan to collect a deposit on use taxes as part of the building-permit process.

The tax won’t change, only the method of collection, according to county officials.

City of Aspen voters recently approved a separate 2.1 percent material tax and a similar system of collection.

Commissioner Patti Clapper questioned the change in procedure, but county staff said the deposit system not only matches the city, but also jurisdictions across the state.

Commissioners unanimously approved the change.

For more information about the material-use tax, call the Pitkin County finance department at 920-5220.

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