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Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

With Targets massive unfinished walls looming over town at Glenwood Meadows shopping center, at least some mom-and-pop stores must be wondering what the giant retailers there will mean for their business. To help them get a grip on the big box invasion, the city will host a free economic summit Friday, May 20, from 9 am. to 5 p.m. at the community center. The summit will be a way for local businesses to gain additional information from experts and other communities who have had similar experiences with big box retailers, said Glenwood Springs community development director Andrew McGregor. It will give them skills and strategies to help them continue to succeed.Among the experts is Bob Phibbs, a Long Beach, Calif.-based consultant who has helped more than 100 small businesses evaluate and make changes to their companies to compete with the big chains.Rick Segel is a consultant and nationally recognized expert on retail, marketing, customer service and downtown redevelopment.Segel and Phibbs will meet one-on-one with Glenwood area business owners to give them advice on how to compete with the big box retailers.

PARACHUTE Classes at Grand Valley High School were canceled today because of low attendance Thursday, following threats made over the last two weeks.Only 85 students of about 235 enrolled at Grand Valley went to school Thursday. According to Sandy Hanson, the public relations director at Garfield District No. 16, the rest stayed home out of fear after two threatening notes appeared on the bathroom walls at the school. The notes suggested the threats would be acted on at the end of this week.Officers from the Parachute Police Department, the Garfield County Sheriffs auxiliary, plus school board members and parents monitored the halls and escorted kids from their classes if they needed to use the bathroom Thursday.

Ian Fletchers mental health will be either the savior or the undoing of his young film career.Hes got what he called a pretty untreated case of attention deficit disorder. So hes started numerous films with his group of film buff friends, but not completed many.Were all pretty unreliable, said Fletcher, a tall, shaggy-haired Bridges High School junior. Fletcher did manage to make it through his first film a few weeks ago, though, and delivered Something So Surreal, written by his girlfriend, Margaret Fay Seldon, to the 6th annual Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest two days late.The Filmfest takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.

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