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ACS Gets High Marks in State Rankings

The Aspen Community School is one of the top-ranked schools in the state according to a new analysis. The school near Woody Creek ranked 6th out of 500 middle schools. The organization Colorado School Grades releases its report card annually on nearly 2,000 public schools. The group uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed at the University of Colorado Denver to come up with its rankings. The formula looks at a school’s academic achievement, academic growth and gaps in education. In 2014, the Aspen Community charter School received an “A-plus” for grades six through eight. Other schools in the Roaring Fork Valley received grades. The Aspen High School scored a “B-plus” and Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale received a “C,” as did Glenwood Springs High School. Bridges High School in Carbondale was one of the lowest scoring high schools in the state. A link for the full list can be found here.

Defrocked Minister Reinstated

Oct 28, 2014
lgtbnation.com

UPDATE 10-28-2014:  The highest internal court of the United Methodist Church has reinstated Minister Frank Schaefer.  He had been defrocked by the church for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony.  The wedding was of his son, who is gay.  Schaefer was in Aspen earlier this year for a talk at the Aspen Community Church.  

Below is the story we ran on March 24, 2014:

Below story are current news links to Schaefer's reinstatement.

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The United Methodist Church is in a heated internal debate over the issue of gay marriage.  At the center of this conflict is the Methodist Book Of Discipline which guides the denomination’s practices and beliefs.

“I fear that this will lead to a splintering or a split of the church before it gets changed in the actual discipline.”

Rev. Frank Schaefer is at the center of this debate.  He spoke in Aspen on Friday (3-21-2014.) APR's Roger Adams reports.

Facebook/Straighten Out The Rainbow Campaign

Aspen’s mayor and other city council members will be sporting a rainbow at Wednesday's Olympic send-off celebration. The mayor agreed this week to wear a t-shirt protesting Russia’s anti-gay law. As Marci Krivonen reports, a Carbondale artist designed the shirt.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Carbondale artist Brad Reed Nelson spoke up during the citizen comment period.

"I’ve started a program called Straighten Out the Rainbow and it’s a program to bring attention to what’s going on in Russia with the anti-gay laws."

Rob St. Mary

“You are the love of my life… you are my very best friend…”

The vows were simple but very sincere for the three couples who exchanged them at the Limelight Hotel on Saturday morning.

With the approval of Civil Unions in Colorado last spring, this was a first opportunity for some same-sex couples attending Aspen Gay Ski Week to be united under the law with many of the benefits of marriage in front of a supportive community.