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The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board will hear a presentation on the proposed 2010-11 district budget tonight, including an open forum for public comments.

The budget open forum takes place at 6 p.m. tonight, during the regular school board meeting at the Re-1 District Office in Glenwood Springs. Another presentation and open forum is slated for 6 p.m. during the May 26 school board meeting at Basalt High School.

Interested community members are encouraged to attend and comment on the budget, which includes more than $1 million in general fund budget cuts compared to the 2009-10 fiscal year budget. The cuts were due to a 7 percent reduction in state funding.

Proposed cuts include shortening some of the longer school bus routes, reducing substitute teacher pay by 2 percent, a 20 percent cut in the supplies and materials budgets for each Re-1 school in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, postponing new curriculum adoption, suspending summer school programs, and leaving some currently vacant staff positions open.

FRUITA (AP) – The National Park Service is proposing to increase entrance and camping fees at the Colorado National Monument in Mesa County.

The Park Service announced Tuesday it wants to raise fees for seven-day passes from $7 to $10 per car and from $4 to $5 per person. Fees for large vans and buses would remain the same.

Campground fees would double from $10 to $20 per night. The Park Service says campground fees have not risen in 15 years.

The agency is proposing the fees begin for the 2011 season. The public can comment on the proposal through June 30.

Colorado National Monument receives more than 715,000 visitors annually.

Garfield County Environmental Health has been working with the community to compile a list of the top environmental issues that affect our local health. The issues that have been identified include things such as clean drinking water, emissions from gas drilling operations, food safety, dust and smoke.

There will be a series of open houses (one in each community) during the week of May 17. We are encouraging everyone to drop in to view these issues and place a sticky note on the five you feel are the most important. This is an important step in helping us plan for a healthier future. Call Garfield County Public Health at (970) 625-5200 with questions.

Spring Board Donor Advised Fund of Aspen Community Foundation, a volunteer board of young adults, is now accepting grant applications for the 2010 grant cycle.

Spring Board grants are available to nonprofit organizations that enrich community life in the greater Roaring Fork Valley. The board will give preference to innovative projects that involve youth or young adults and support Spring Board’s mission. The maximum grant request considered is $5,000.

Spring Board will review each grant application and ask the finalists to give a presentation to the board in early July.

To download the grant application, please visit http://www.springboardaspen.org. Applicants seeking more information should contact Laura Makar at info@springboardaspen.org or (970) 300-4989.

During last year’s grant cycle, Spring Board concentrated on granting to nonprofits in need of emergency funding. This year that is not Spring Board’s focus.

2009 Spring Board grantees: Andy Zanca Youth Radio, The Aspen Youth Center, and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.

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