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DARE gets axed for jobs

Allen Best/Special to the Daily

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Instead of cutting jobs, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is cutting the DARE program, saving itself $647,000.

DARE, a program which aims to educate schoolchildren about drug abuse, has been dropped or changed at other law enforcement agencies, notes the Tahoe Daily Tribune (Sept 26).

In South Lake Tahoe, a city within El Dorado County, police altered the program and renamed it SMART.



Crested Butte parents create school

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Crested Butte seems ready to follow in the footsteps of larger ski towns by getting its own private school, in this case a kindergarten through third grade school that could be later expanded to include a middle school.



A spokesman for the school told the Crested Butte News (Sept. 25) that parents are not dissatisfied with the public schools, but just want something different. And something different includes smaller classes focused on “child-centered and experiential learning.” Parents hope to keep the tuition below the Colorado average for independent schools – $8,500 per year.

Payment begins in B.C. parks

WHISTLER, B.C. – In a program that somewhat mirrors the “pay to play” recreation fee demonstration program on federal lands in the United States, British Columbia has started a paid-parking program at 28 of its 1,000 provincial parks.



The public, says Whistler’s Pique newsmagazine (Sept. 27), is somewhat cranky, but might be willing to accept the charges if park administrators could point specifically to where the money is being used. The money, say park administrators, is going to defray existing costs of operations.

Reaction of the U.S. public was similar when a pay-to-play program was authorized by Congress in 1997. Discontent, however, has been growing, in part because the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies spend so much money collecting money that there is little left for improvements.

Others are convinced that the fee program is a way to help push motorized use on public lands. Now, it seems the tide is turning against the program, with such previous defenders as U.S. Rep. Scott McGinnis, a Republican based in Grand Junction, asking sharp questions.


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