I lived in Durango for 19 months and never found out what the 9-R in School District 9-R means. Its no doubt wonderful for headline writers, but what other purpose does it serve? Galloway H. Hudson (now living in Houston)
Youre right. 9-R takes up far less space than school district. But the designation wasnt created for newspapers. Its a curious abbreviation of historical note.
Sometime in the 1950s, all the small local school districts merged into a larger, unified district. There were nine districts at the time, so the consolidated district was named 9-R: nine reorganized.
Seriously. Thats the story, and it comes from Marty Kay Hutton with 9-R student support services.
But you know Action Line who never lets something like truth get in the way of authoritative and distinguished commentary each Monday morning.
Its a little-known fact that there are actual Rs behind the 9-R name, with each R describing the districts focus.
The first three Rs are Readin, Riting, and Rithmatic.
But the other six Rs are a different story.
Back in the 50s, when Durango was a gritty Western cowboy town, the 9-R school districts remaining six Rs stood for Ranchin, Ropin, Ridin, Railroadin, Ranglin and Rustlin.
That obviously doesnt apply today, so in an ultra-secret executive session, the 9-R school board recently reassigned its nine Rs to better reflect the current state of affairs.
Now theres Readin, Ritin, and Rithmatic plus Restructurin, Reducin, Revisioneerin and Ritalin.
Thats only seven Rs. Because of budgetary constraints, the 9-R board was forced to cut the remaining two Rs.
At last weekends Telluride Blues & Brews Festival there was some sort of UFO drone thing flying over the crowd. With this years Get Your Geek On Snowdown theme, will Snowdown use flying drones at any of their events? An Anonymous Geek
Reports of any UFO drone thing must first be verified, especially when made from a remote mountain location with an abundance of alcohol.
And its confirmed. That was a remote-controlled octocopter that takes video footage, said Courtney McClary, director of operations for the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.
Having a small UFO drone thing buzz Snowdown would be cool and geeky but unlikely unless someone picks up the tab.
If this odd-looking drone were deployed, wouldnt it be a hoot to fly it over certain areas of the county where people believe the United Nations has grand designs to take over their property?
On second thought, its probably better to just let that one go. After all, these people are heavily armed.
That said, be advised Durango will be buzzed by hovering aircraft Thursday morning it wont be a remote-controlled UFO thing but a full-on helicopter with a videographer.
The occasion? Its Durango Connect, an event to create a seven-mile human chain to connect our community and celebrate the linking of the Animas River Trail from north to south.
The helicopter will film this only-in-Durango event and youre invited. Visit www.durangoconnect.com for details.
Itll be just like the Snowdown parade except it will be daylight, the weather will be warm, everyone should be sober and there wont be any hot-air balloon people nearly setting the traffic lights on fire.
You can count of the Mea Culpa Mailbag for enlightenment.
Last weeks column ended with a ponderous aside, wondering why Oktoberfest was in September.
Local reader Claudia Foley works at the new Durango Welcome Center, where we are challenged daily by this question and many more.
Claudia Googled Oktoberfest. It appears the festival is the longest wedding party ever and does, indeed, start in September, she writes.
This fact was soon verified by a pair of German visitors who unfortunately wanted to know where our Oktoberfest was happening, about 10 minutes after it ended Sunday.I directed them to our fine local microbreweries, where I was certain the party would be continuing.
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