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Consultant: Convention center a double-edged swordGlenwood Springs can expect to lose money each year from an operational standpoint if it goes into the convention center business.But it might recoup that money, and then some, because of the tourism the center would bring to town, a consultant told City Council.The reason for the investment is really the economic impact, said Bill Krueger, of Convention Sports & Leisure of Minneapolis.He said such centers usually lose money operationally but expose a lot of newcomers to what a city has to offer. Many of those people are corporate decision-makers who might decide to bring their families back to visit or even choose to open a branch office locally.They see what youre all about, what you have to offer, Krueger said.Krueger said Glenwood Springs has several assets that favor convention-center business, such as its resort nature, affordability as a destination and relative ease of access by air or car.The city could lose some business to other convention centers in the region, however, Krueger said.Marianne Virgili is executive director of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. She said one challenge is that people from Denver can choose from a lot of resort-town convention centers that offer special room rates in an attempt to boost offseason lodging business.But she thinks the city is in a good position to open a convention center, with new attractions that eventually could include a whitewater park and revised in-town bus service that features free rides and frequent service to core tourist areas.Glenwood Meadows had contracted with Kruegers firm to look into the possibility of a convention center opening as part of a possible hotel at the development, which also includes commercial and residential components. But Meadows developer Robert Macgregor said that so far hotels, while showing modest interest in coming to the development, are showing no interest in building a center on their own. (From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Student expelled for creating hit list in move to fit inAURORA (AP) The Cherry Creek School District has expelled a Laredo Middle School seventh-grade boy for creating two kill lists targeting minority students in an attempt to fit in with other black students.The student, who has not been back to school since he told police about the lists on March 23, has been expelled until Jan. 16, district officials said.Both lists contained the names of black students, including the suspect.Before the boy admitted the lists were a hoax, some parents pulled their children out of school.


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