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CARBONDALE Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Fred Wall said last week hes trying to market the Roaring Fork Elementary School campuses to Anglo parents because too many of their kids have moved over to Ross Montessori School.The result: 70 to 80 percent of the students at Roaring Fork Elementary are Latino and about 80 percent of the Montessori students are Anglo. What some see as a racial imbalance at the schools is not a problem for four Latino mothers whose children go to Ross Montessori. They say they like how their kids are learning there, and more Latino parents would send their kids to the Montessori school if it had a busing system as sophisticated as Roaring Fork Elementary. Ross Montessori School Administrator Mark Grice said Tuesday the school is in the process of buying a bus for its Carbondale students. Montessori parents Maria Carbajal, Elizabeth Murillo, Mercedes Gonzles and Martha Reyes, each a native of Mexico, all said their kids are happy at the school. The four mothers comments were translated by school administrative assistant Sylvia Ramos because they speak very little English.

After 27 years, Garfield County has revised its land use regulations. While its made amendments to the over the years, issued in 1973 when the county was first zoned, this is the first major revision since 1978, said county planning director Mark Bean.The present regulations became cumbersome, Bean said. Amendments made over the years are sometimes in conflict with each other. Bean said his department and the planning and zoning commission worked on the revised zoning and subdivision regulations for two years.The intent of the revision was to bring the code up to date with more current practices and trends in land use and to make it more user friendly, Bean said.Among the changes in the new land use plan are new, consolidated zone districts.Although the new zones retain much of the present code. People have a fear that re-zoning will change minimum lot sizes. There is no proposal for that, he said.In the new code, Agricultural /Residential/Rural Density zone and the Agricultural/Industrial zones were consolidated into the Rural Zone District. The new district keeps the two-acre minimum lot size as well as setbacks and building heights.

With a nod to both sides of the debate, the Garfield County Commissioners put the seal of approval on their recommendations for management of the Roan Plateau Tuesday.While they endorsed the Colorado Department of Natural Resources one-operator, minimal impact natural gas drilling plan for the top of the plateau, the commissioners also urged the Bureau of Land Management to take a conservative approach to gas development.The ideal of multiple use of public lands is supported by Garfield County, but that ideal should not be translated into a policy that implies every possible place as a land management strategy, the commissioners comments read. Prudent land management decisions would operate on a premise of an absolute minimization of harm to areas with multiple and potentially competing values.Although she acceded to the majority opinion of the board, Commissioner Trsi Houpt could not agree with the view of her fellow commissioners. Houpt pushed for a recommendation to keep gas drilling off the top of the plateau.


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