It already seems next school year will look dramatically different from the current one, as 21 teachers and staff members in the Roaring Fork School District of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Basalt have been notified their jobs aren’t being renewed in the fall.  Superintendent Rob Stein stepped up right away when the announcements came out though…  saying he and the President of the local teachers’ union will work together to support the teachers affected.  Enrollment changes largely in Glenwood and Carbondale are said to be mostly to blame for the job cuts.  A big part of that, the planned opening of the new Riverview elementary & middle school just south of Glenwood.  Stein and union President Rhonda Tatham put out a joint statement saying how sorry they are that the changes have causes hardship for so many teachers.  They say they’ll make every effort to still find those educators jobs within the district.  Stein isn’t anticipating any more teacher non-renewals this year.

The Garfield county Sheriff’s Office says it’s lost a great man and good friend this week, with the death of  Ken Kieck.  He’d been a Glenwood Springs Police officer for some 20 years before retiring there to join the Sheriff’s department in 2013.  They cite Kieck’s sense of humor and love for his family as some of the things law enforcers will remember most about him.  Ken Kieck passed away Monday.  Cards from the public can be forwarded to his family through the Sheriff’s office.

At the other end of the valley–  Aspen Valley Hospital has picked up some 20 major awards for its performance in the last year, at the HealthCare Service Excellence Conference held in Long Beach, California.  It was named the year’s “Hospital Provider of Choice,” along with honors for patient satisfaction in numerous areas including pain management, doctor care, staff responsiveness, and more.  CEO Dave Ressler says the various awards reflect the AVH staff’s commitment to service excellence.

In Sports—

This is the day!  Basalt Longhorn boys’ basketball heads for the front range, to start the round of 32 in the Class 3A basketball tournament.  A year ago, the Longhorns made the Great 8, but with a full roster and a 19 & 3 record going in this time, Basalt wants to show what it can really do.  Coach Danny Martinez is pleased that Pedro Rivera has returned to his roster by improving his academics…

Martinez says that transition game’s going to be key in tonight’s tournament opener with the 9th-seeded Longhorns facing Number 24, the Bulldogs of Greeley’s University High…

Matinez emphasizes that his club’s going to look at the tournament as truly a single game at a time, instead of trying to win 5 in a row.  Are the team, the students, everyone at BHS fired up?…

And if you can’t make the trip today to the Denver School for Science & Technology-Green Valley Ranch campus, we’ll make it for you.  I’ll have our live coverage starting with The Romero Group pregame show at 5:10, with the contest tipping off at 5:30.  It’s state tournament basketball, Basalt style, arriving on your radio or device this evening at 5:10, only on KSNO, The Mammoth!!