Briefs for May 9

Dinosaur principal takes new job

After helping Dinosaur Community Charter School secure conditional approval for a charter application from Denver's Charter School Institute on April 24, Principal Dana Forbes will not be returning for the 2006-07 school year.

Citing a "collage of reasons, most importantly family things," Forbes is relocating in June to Grand Junction, where he plans to teach fifth- and sixth-grade classes at the Deep River Charter School. Forbes said he plans to end the school year early, on Thursday, to begin work with the Dinosaur faculty to redraft the curriculum plan and to fulfill the rest of the approval resolution's stipulations, due to the Charter School Institute board by July 1. Thursday's Dinosaur school board meeting will help determine who will fill the vacant principal position and will address other personnel changes in the school's transition.

Yampa Valley Partners gears up for forum

Yampa Valley Partners hosts the third in a series of regional forums aimed at anticipating, adapting and responding to the changes and challenges brought by growth in the Yampa Valley.

"Living in a Community of Choice -- Act III: Adapting to Changes," is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat Springs. The 2006 Regional Forum Series has brought together representatives of various facets of Moffat and Routt counties to collectively and more efficiently address change.

"Yampa Valley Partners believes it is important to talk with each other, use good information for the basis of those discussions and encourage new thinking about the challenges that lie ahead," said Audrey Danner, executive director of Yampa Valley Partners.

"The Community Indicators Project, along with results from the location-neutral business report and data from the state demographer's office highlight that our region is rapidly changing. Through learning about how we communicate as a region, we are determining ways to positively respond to changes. The most common value of participants is the strong desire to retain the quality of life."

The participants in the Friday forum will determine what actions will most effectively respond to our changes and challenges in a positive manner. The forums are open to the public, but first-time participants are asked to register.

More information and registration is available at www.yampavalleypartners.com or by contacting Danner at 871-7681 or audrey@yampavalleypartners.com.

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