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Carbondale Elementary School made significant strides in its effort to improve Colorado Student Assessment Program scores. School and district administrators are thanking a state mandated school improvement plan and very significant changes in curriculum for the change.This year 49.5 percent of CES third graders scored proficient or advanced on thier CSAP reading test, a 14 point increase over 2004 scores of 35 percent. The 2005 number is an unofficial and preliminary number provided by the Colorado Department of Education. The gains are good, said co-principal Karen Olson. Teachers have been working thier tails off with kids just to get this kind of turnaround.The turnaround began in earnest last Novemeber after the school was put on a school improvement plan by the state in August, said Olson and Roaring Fork School District assistant superintendent Judy Haptonstall. It was a very significant change, said Haptonstall.

Ashley Fowler has created an artistic way to express love for her cousins newborn baby, Aly.The Glenwood Springs High School senior recently made a belly cast of her then-pregnant cousins torso and painted a portrait of a mother and child by Mary Cassatt, one of her favorite impressionist painters, on the front.I really enjoy Mary Cassatts work and I wanted to write a letter and make the cast so Baby Aly can have it, said Fowler, who is planning to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles after graduating this month.Fowlers acrylic and oil pastel piece is one of more than 3,000 works of art to be displayed starting at 6 p.m. Friday at the high school during the 16th Annual All Glenwood Kids Fine Art Celebration. The event combines artwork displays and community concerts through Thursday, May 12.

The Garfield County West Nile Virus Task Force mobilized this week and has already begun its 2005 campaign to prevent the mosquito-borne virus from infecting people between Glenwood Springs and Parachute.Colorado Mosquito Control of Brighton was hired to fight virus-carrying mosquitos last year and is already in the field applying larvacide to breeding grounds.The task force held its first strategy meeting of the year Tuesday in Glenwood Springs.This year, seven municipalities and the county split the $104,500 cost of hiring CMC, with the county paying two-thirds and the cities and towns splitting one-third. They are charged based on the square miles serviced in each municipality.In 2004, Colorado had the highest number of people with the disease in the nation with 271 cases reported and three deaths.Garfield Countys program helped keep the numbers of cases of the virus down to four last year while neighboring Mesa County had the highest in the state with over 200 cases and three deaths. No one died in Garfield County.


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