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Do you suppose your parents would chip in $25,000 for tuition, room and board?

That’s the idea of Dr. Bruce Kienapfel, who formerly supervised schools in nearby Ouray. His new Rocky Mountain Adventure Academy is described as a "10-month, co-ed academic and outdoor adventure experience for teenagers from the U.S. and all over the world."

Silverton’s draw is its existing affiliation with Outward Bound USA, which emphasizes exposing students to "real world applications for knowledge." For example, Silverton students last year took a full semester to study the heart. They dissected animal hearts in Durango, chatted with cardiologists in Denver, and hiked to high elevations around Silverton to test cardiovascular responses. They also read poetry and literature that dealt with the heart and participated in African drumming to focus on the role of the heart in music.

The school board in Silverton seems to like the idea of doubling the enrolment by importing students, reports The Telluride Watch, but isn’t going to invest any money on the deal.

Park City couple take stand on gay marriage

PARK CITY, Utah — When the mayor of San Francisco announced that marriage licenses would be issued to non-resident gay couples, two Park City women immediately hit the road, driving almost non-stop through fierce snow and all else, getting to San Francisco’s city hall at 8 o’clock the next morning.

What they saw there staggered them – but also uplifted them. Despite the cold and drizzle, the line was so long that they stood outside for six hours, and then two more hours inside before getting married.

Together for nine years, the women had previously exchanged vows in a ceremony near Moab. But they want a marriage recognized by governments. Joan Guetschow recalls once, when she was in critical care, her partner, Tricia Stumpf, was not allowed admittance to see her because she was not a legal spouse. "It feels second class," Guetschow told The Park Record.

Stumpf compares this experience in attempting to get governments to recognize them as equal to heterosexual couples to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which was sparked in part by the refusal of Rosa Parks to sit at the back of a bus. "It’s like asking Rosa why does it matter where you sit," Stumpf said. "Because it’s about equality."

The couple acknowledged Utah’s generally conservative politics, but Guetschow, a former Olympic biathlete, said "people themselves were kind" to them when they appeared as a couple in connection with Guetschow’s role as an organizer of the Salt Lake Olympics. They also said they intend to remain in Park City. "We believe it is better to stay here and make a difference instead of running from it."