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The Colorado Rocky Mountain School Class of 2008 will screen the acclaimed 2006 documentary “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at the CRMS Barn, 1493 County Road 106, Carbondale. Proceeds for this benefit screening fund the students’ March 2008 Senior Interim project ” in which the class will help rebuild Pearlington, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“10 Questions for the Dalai Lama” (not rated) ” making its Roaring Fork Valley debut ” is a warm and well-rounded portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader, based upon an extraordinary one-on-one interview with filmmaker Rick Ray, and providing a rare lens into the Lama’s personality and charm.

For the third consecutive year, the seniors will return to Pearlington to help rebuild homes, clean up debris, and reinvigorate the community devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In keeping with the college-prep day and boarding school’s community-service focus, CRMS students have committed to helping annually in the Gulf Coast “until it’s rebuilt.”



The film screenings are generously underwritten by Lynn Kirschner/Amore Realty in Carbondale.

CRMS is located at 1493 County Road 106, one mile from the Highway 133 City Market/7-Eleven traffic light. For more information, contact 963-2562.



Four dedicated Roaring Fork School District staff members were honored at the late September board of education meeting as part of the district’s new Employee of the Month program.

Nancy Boyer has been a reading specialist at Basalt Elementary School for 11 years and has worked in education for 42 years.

Maria Salas, a 12-year district employee, works as a kindergarten aide at BES. Matthew Phillips has worked in the RFSD maintenance department for 18 years.

Mike Dumond is a district grounds crew leader relatively new to the job, but earns the respect of fellow employees.

The employees received district teamwork building gifts and gift certificates courtesy of area restaurants and of Movieland in El Jebel.

“Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is the common reader for Colorado Mountain College’s Roaring Fork Campus. The novel details Mortenson’s journey to Pakistan initially as a mountaineer and then as a peacemaker, building schools in the region. The campus provides several opportunities for community participation in conversations about the book.

Professor Peter Jeschofnig will speak about the Pakistani-Afghan region where Mortenson centers his mission, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Recker Room of the Student Services Building, at CMC’s Roaring Fork Campus, Spring Valley Center.

Mortenson will be giving a lecture at 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the New Space Theatre of the Calaway Academic Building at Spring Valley.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jane Szucs at 947-8259.

Jessica Marie Drozd, a junior environmental sciences/geography major at the University of Colorado-Boulder has made the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for Spring semester 2007. She is currently doing a semester abroad in New Zealand.

Silvia Otabachian, a student at Colorado State University from Basalt, has been awarded the G. Bill Atchison Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for the 2007-08 school year.

Jaime Rose Moore, a junior at CU Boulder, made the dean’s list for the spring 2007 semester. Jaime is a double major in international Spanish for the business professions and fine arts.

Jaime is the daughter of Dave and Marcia Moore of Glenwood Springs and is a 2005 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School.

Pat and Kaylee Peterson announce a 2008 Smithsonian Student Travel (SST) tour to the eastern seaboard. Fifth- through twelfth-graders can visit Boston, Cambridge, Lexington and Concord, New York City, Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, Philadelphia, colonial Williamsburg and the Jamestown settlement. Your student can actually earn high school credits.

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Mrs. Smith’s room at the Garden School, 5131 County Road 335 (the old Apple Tree Mall Building), New Castle. For more information, call Pat Peterson at 876-5160.


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