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    Dreaming big for the schools

    “There is a country where students start school at a later age ... spend less time in school per day ... have barely any homework ... are rarely tested … .” So begins a video showcasing Finland: the country whose education system consistently ranks at the top of the world by almost every measure. Portions of this video and others were screened last Monday at an event organized by Our Children, Our Schools (OCOS) — an ad hoc group of parents from local private, charter and public schools and other community members who are working to spark conversations about innovative ideas in education. read more →
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    Dance Initiative finds its space

    Dance Initiative is the realized half of Peter Gilbert’s dream. The dream’s other half is the not-yet established Carbondale Academy of Performing Arts. Gilbert’s entire vision is inching toward reality, however, after he signed a year’s lease on a 3,000-square-foot upstairs space in the industrial park (aka Foulkrod’s industrial park) immediately north of town hall.
    About 800-square-feet of the space is an existing dance studio (complete with a floor-to-ceiling wall mirror that runs the length of the room and makes it seem twice as large); it’s being called Studio C. Gilbert is turning the remaining space into a large room that he hopes will be used for groups and individuals to rehearse dance, music, theatre and other arts-related activities — maybe even the martial arts. read more →
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    H.P. Hansen talks marijuana, the hog ain’t that fat

    The advent of legal, recreational marijuana in Colorado may be a social and political watershed, but H.P. Hansen doesn’t expect an economic explosion. Hansen owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Carbondale and is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the Jan. 1 legalization of the substance across the state. But he also knows that most marijuana users — medical, recreational or whatever — already have their suppliers and the user population won’t magically multiply when the state law changes. read more →
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    UpSki in C’dale conquering mountains worldwide

    Last spring, Kevin Passmore skied up and over Mount Sopris. The trip involved some hiking, but he relied mostly on wind power to go up and gravity to come down. “There’s not much else to say other than awesome!” he enthused, writing about the 10-mile trek in his blog. Passmore is a co-owner of the company that manufactures the UpSki, a vented, 16-foot-in-diameter circular canopy that makes uphill skiing possible. read more →
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    Susy Ellison's Blog

    Carbondale teacher Susy Ellison's blog has already seen two updates since September 9, when she departed from Kodiak, Alaska on the research vessel Rainier. Ellison, a science teacher at Yampah Mountain High School, is participating in a NOAA surveying program, which aims to help understand and predict changes in the earth's environment. She was one of just 25 teachers selected from a pool of over 250 applicants. You can view her detailed coverage of her experience on board at read more →
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    Rams notch wins across the board

    Roaring Fork High School’s official Homecoming is still two weeks away, but the Rams are already proving their ability to seize the home field advantage, with all three teams picking up wins in the last week. read more →
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    Must testing in the schools shape the education system?

    From Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation to Obama’s Race to the Top grant program, standardized testing persists as the primary measure of a school’s success and the focus of our nation’s education policies. Punishing or rewarding schools based on their test scores continues to be our government’s key strategy for attempting to improve schools. read more →
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    Susy Ellison: Out to sea, be back later

    Carbondale resident Susy Ellison is heading out to sea. Way out. A science teacher at Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs, she is one of 25 teachers from around the nation selected by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for its Teacher at Sea (TAS) Program. read more →
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    Obituary - Frank A. Smotherman, 1943-2013

    Frank A. Smotherman, 69, passed away peacefully on Aug. 29, 2013 with his daughter and wife by his side as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident at home. He was born on Sept. 13, 1943, in Hazel, Kentucky to J.P. and Lottie Smotherman. He was one of seven children. His family relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where he fell in love with the music of Motown and carried that love of music with him for the rest of his life. He excelled through high school as president of his class, a leader in varsity football and was a state-ranked wrestler. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in business and was honorably discharged from read more →
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    Bee here now: Xeriscaping teaches enviro lessons

    “That bee is humongous!” The comment comes from my 5-year-old neighbor Sam Stableford. Sam and his sister Annabelle, who is 7, showed up and began lugging rocks into place the day I first started to build my xeriscaped meditation garden in Crystal Village. I was surprised that kids would be interested. I laid out the path in the snow in early 2012. As soon as the ground thawed, a contractor stripped out the lawn – about 800 square feet of it – and I began installing the spiraling flagstone path and berms with help from my two young volunteers. I designed the spiral with four goals in mind: to save fuel, water and bees – and to deliver an environmental message. read more →