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Speaking English doesnt come easy for Yasmeen Torres, an energetic fourth-grader at Basalt Elementary School. Shes been learning to speak and read our language since she was in kindergarten.At home with her parents and younger siblings, Yasmeen speaks Spanish almost exclusively. At school, she speaks English for half of the day and Spanish during the other half. Thats how the dual-language program at Basalt works.Students have a reading class in their first language, another in their second and half of their math, science and social studies lessons in English and the other half in Spanish.We have story time. I read a book to the kids, said Betsy McMichael, Yasmeens teacher at Basalt. We do it all in Spanish if the book is in Spanish, and I go over vocabulary words just like we do with English books.The goal of the dual-language programs at Basalt Elementary and Edwards Elementary schools, the only Colorado mountain schools in the I-70 corridor to offer such programs, is to graduate students who are not only bilingual but also biliterate.
The Garfield County Jail has brought the scorn of at least one inmates family with a new policy it says will streamline jail operations and help get prisoners to pay county debts.County Jail prisoners had previously used a loophole to collect money while in prison theyd save until released, even while they owed the County money, said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.Inmates family and friends would send them money orders, which some inmates, knowing they owed the county money, would refuse to add to their commissary fund or sign over to the jail, said Vallario.An inmate commissary fund is used to pay for everything from stamps and toothpaste to medical expenses and the countys $15 per day cost-of-care charge. The new policy closed the loophole by requiring that money orders be made out to the county so it has control of those funds. If the money order is made out to the inmate the jail will return it to its sender, said Vallario.There is little doubt the new policy makes collecting inmate debt easier, but some say the new policy is unfair.I dont think its right, said Dawn Robbins, of Hotchkiss. The father of Robbins child father is in jail and she sends him money for his commissary.
A push to label oil shale a strategic resource important to Americas defense got a shove forward late last month.A meeting hosted by the federal Department of Energy in Salt Lake City Mar. 30 aimed at selling the idea to local governments, Congressmen and potential developers. According to the federal Department of Energy which hosted the meeting, petroleum reserves are dwindling and oil shale can provide a domestic supply of fuel for military hardware.In December, the DOEs Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves issued a report that predicts a shortfall in the worldwide oil supply within the next 20 years as demand continues to rise.According to DOE, Americas needs a strategic plan to develop oil shale as an alternative fuel before oil reserves give out.The Piceance Basin in western Colorado, eastern Utah and southern Wyoming holds one of the world’s richest deposits of oil shale. At the turn of the last century, the U.S. Navy set aside those resources as the Naval Oil Shale Reserve to preserve the resource for future strategic use.
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State department of transportation crews are well on their way to clearing Highway 82 to Independence Pass, which should open on schedule May 27 at noon.