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Silt residents wantedPost Independent publisher Mike Bennett and managing editor Thomas Martinez are holding a coffee talk Friday in Silt. They ask community members to join them at 8 a.m. at the Silt Cafe, 831 Main St. The purpose of the coffee talks is for the community to voice opinions about the newspaper. The coffee will be free.GSPI seeks candidates for editorial boardThe Post Independent is accepting applications from residents who want to serve a six-month term on the paper’s editorial board.The paper’s editorial board forms the opinions for the editorials that appear on the paper’s commentary pages.Two citizens will join five of the paper’s staff members on the editorial board.The board meets once per week, and the positions begin in January.Interested residents can contact managing editor Thomas Martinez at 945-8515, or by e-mail: tmartinez@postindependent.com.Computers get new use for a wider student baseColorado Mountain College is giving computers to area high schools and middle schools as the college updates its technological systems. “We purchased these systems with taxpayer money, and we want to send them back into the community to let that money continue to work for taxpayers,” said CMC director of networks and technical services Jim English.Fifteen computers have gone to the Glenwood Springs Middle School, 18 to Glenwood Springs High School and between 15 and 18 will soon go to Parachute schools. Twelve have also gone to Lake County high schools and at least 15 more are in storage waiting to go to schools, according to English. “Some of these computers are four years old, but are still decent systems. Four years ago the college went to a standard computer rotation and this year we have pushed to a four-year replacement cycle. Prior to that, CMC at times had a five-, six- or seven-year computer rotation.””What our partnership with CMC is allowing us to do is to put more students in front of computers to facilitate their learning,” said Glenwood Springs Middle School principal Robert Faris. “We use them in class labs and in upgrading computers that are reaching the end of their lives. They are newer than our oldest computers, and can run newer software. Our kids can get to do reporting and building PowerPoint presentations to express what they know through the use of technology.”At Glenwood Springs High School, the computers from CMC helped complete a new lab for the entire school of 700 students, said Mary Lamb, technology coordinator and teacher. “We had two instructional labs. But kids and teachers can use this new extra lab as well now; teachers can bring a full class to the computer lab for research or to work on papers. There was no way we could do that before. It has saved us thousands of dollars, and we couldn’t have purchased these systems on our own.”Lamb’s students in a computer maintenance class helped format the computers, load operating systems, configure them to a network and set them up for the lab. She said completing the new computer lab met one of the goals of the school. “The students love having them available. They work on presentations, and it provides greater access for the students,” she said. “They are getting further use now as they get deeper into the year; over the next couple of weeks a lot of projects are planned in the lab and teachers are coming up with their classes regularly.”Some of the oldest computers CMC has will go to the nonprofit group Computers for Kids for complete refurbishment and recycling of usable parts. – compiled from staff reports


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