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Colorado Governor Bill Ritter‚€™s P-20 Education Coordinating Council is scheduled to vote today as to whether Colorado should incorporate a series of A.C.T. tests to gauge student‚€™s readiness for college or the workforce. The recommendation is just one of 13 the panel will consider today before it forwards its list of recommendations to the governor for his consideration. Ritter will then review the council‚€™s recommendations and will have the opportunity to make changes and determine which he would like to forward to the legislature for its upcoming session. Some of the recommendations will require that legislation be implemented. Other recommendations could be completed without legislation. The 13 recommendations were compiled by 5, P-20 subcommittees that Ritter asked to take a closer look at Colorado‚€™s education system from preschool through graduate school, with each subcommittee examining a specific area of the state‚€™s educational system.
Precinct caucuses will be held earlier in 2008 than in past election years, so even though its not quite a month since the 2007 election, voters need to already begin thinking about the 2008 political process. Normally caucuses are held in March, however, both republicans and democrats statewide decided to move their caucuses up to Tuesday, February 5th. To vote at the precinct caucus, voters must be residents of the precinct for 30 days, registered to vote no later than 29 days beforehand, and must be affiliated with their preferred party for at least two months prior. That means that voters who wish to participate in the caucuses must be affiliated with their preferred party by next Wednesday, December 5th. Those who are not registered, but who wish to participate, should drop by their county clerk and recorder‚€™s office by December 5th in order to register. Only the caucuses have been moved up. Colorado‚€™s primary election will still be held in August.
Celine Espinoza of Centauri High School in La Jara, and Peggy Haslar of Marsh Elementary School in Monte Vista, were both given top honors for their achievements as school councilors at a statewide banquet that was held in Breckenridge on November 15th and 16th. Celina Espinoza has been counseling students for 31 years and received the High School Counselor of the Year award, her second award. Peggy Haslar of Marsh Elementary School was awarded Elementary School Counselor of the Year.
For those people who prefer to head to the mountains to cut their own Christmas trees, permits are now available at all U.S. Forest Service/BLM offices in the San Luis Valley. Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm each day. The Creede office is open only on Wednesdays. A Christmas tree permit costs $8 and may also be purchased at Martinez Market in Capulin, Hometown Food Market in Antonito, Green Spot in Alamosa, V&V True Value in Monte Vista, Silver Thread Information Center in South Fork, and Tomkins Gifts and Gas in Creede.
The next meeting of the Huerfano County Coalition is scheduled for Thursday, December 6th, at noon at the Corrections Corporation of America prison in Walsenburg. Because the meeting will be held at the prison, please remember to leave your cell phone and pager outside and also bring a picture id. Please email Bob Kurtz to RSVP for lunch at [email protected].