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Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

Looking more like an upscale ski lodge than a hospital, Valley View opened the doors of its new addition this week. Some areas are still waiting for furniture and some are already welcoming patients, but overall, the 50-year-old hospital was ready for business Wednesday.This week employees and their families toured the new-and-improved wing of the hospital. On Saturday, the public is invited to an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with barbecue meals and tours scheduled. Come next week, much of the new wing will open only to patients and will be off-limits to the public, said Alice Sundeen, director of marketing.The hotel look of the addition was intentional, said Mike Biles, director of facility planning and construction for the hospital. We were trying to get away from the institutional feel.Inside, the hotel-like ambiance carries through in wood doors, paneling, and cabinets, as well as soft light sconces with wrought iron brackets, stone wall accents and stone-like flooring tiles.

Soaring construction costs could drive up the price tag for Roaring Fork Re-1 School District building projects by $11 million.Fortunately, Re-1 has enough financial reserves to absorb the expected increases. They should have little impact on its plans, and no effect on upcoming wage negotiations with teachers, district officials say.Shannon Pelland, Re-1s assistant superintendent of business services, said contractors are reporting astronomical increases in construction costs.The Western Slope … has just gone completely crazy, she said.Part of the reason is that a number of major undertakings are going on in the region, including work on school buildings in Mesa County, the Snowmass base village project, and construction in Vail.A construction labor surplus just a year ago has turned into a shortage, driving up work force costs, Pelland said.

After nearly 20 years with the same man, Rhonda Thibault gets a little frightened when she thinks about dating post-divorce.Its scary absolutely, said Thibault, a physical therapist whose 161⁄2-year marriage recently ended. Its very scary, because my idea of a proper situation is that Im really looking for a friendship first and then the intimacy comes later. My values are kind of more old-fashioned.To avoid rejection and the pressure of becoming intimate early in a relationship, Thibault created the Dinner and a Date speed dating service in Rifle. She said speed dating, which involves five-minute question-and-answer sessions, can be a fun way to meet singles without the pressure of a full-blown date.Speed dating avoids the rejection piece and uncomfortable situations. Were trying to allow people to have communication, said the 38-year-old mother of a 21⁄2-year-old.After a series of five-minute dates, guests get a hand in selecting the person with whom they want to go to dinner across the street at the Lighthouse Bar and Grill.

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