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County releases plan for growth

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EAGLE COUNTY – A plan for future growth has been released by Eagle County. The proposal, known as the “Comprehensive Plan,” can be found on the county’s Web site: comprehensive plan is set of guidelines of what should be built in the county. The plan will not have the force of law. The proposal includes suggestions gathered from residents at community meetings. The Eagle County Planning Commission, the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission and county planners all work on the guidelines. The Eagle County Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the proposal on Dec. 7 at the Eagle County Building.For more information, contact Cliff Simonton at 328-8751 or Democrat party preparing for ’06EAGLE COUNTY – The Eagle County Democrats last week kicked off organizing efforts for the 2006 mid-term elections. Local Democrats attended a party in Edwards at the home of Debbie Marquez, a member of the Democratic National Committee. National party Chairman Howard Dean made a conference call to the party. Control of the U.S. House of Representatives is at stake in the 2006 elections. Coloradans will also choose a new governor and Eagle County residents will pick a new county commissioner to replace Tom Stone, who will be term-limited. Democrats also will try to hold their majority in the Colorado House of Representatives. “Eagle Dems won 23 of the 26 precincts we organized in 2004,” Marquez said. “We will organize in all 29 precincts for 2006, and we expect to win again.” The party’s next major event is Dec. 29 when U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin will speak at a luncheon in Vail. “The people of Eagle County have demonstrated once again with this year’s election that they will vote in favor of progress and American values,” local party co-chairman Stuart Borne said. “Telling the truth, creating good jobs by advancing renewable energy programs and supporting a strong education system for all are Democratic values.”The party’s Web page is expert speaks at Vail schoolVAIL – Childhood learning expert Dr. Jane Healy told county educators and parents at Vail Mountain School children’s social skills appear to be worsening. Healy, who spoke as part of the private schools author’s series, talked about how children’s brains change as they grow, the critical periods of learning and how different teaching styles affect the brain. Healy began her discussion with a Norman Rockwell painting of a boy hanging upside down and contrasted this active play with the number of children today who play with Gameboys, the hand-held video-game device. “Teachers report that more and more children are having trouble with social negotiation, talking with others, and arbitrating disputes,” Healy said. Children need to play with others – not just mindlessly push buttons and staring at a computer screen, she said. She also talked about the brain’s flexibility. “The brain is plastic – experience shapes the brain through a lifetime,” Healy said. “Trying new things keeps your intelligence up and you’ll have a bigger brain.”Childhood and learning is a process: a sometimes messy, time consuming process,” she added. Healy is a teacher who has worked with students in pre-school to graduate school. She has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and did post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology. Healy’s books include “Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning from Birth to Adolescence,” “Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think and What We Can Do About It,” and “Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds — and What We Can Do About It.”Vail, Colorado

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