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  • Technical difficulties mar broadcast debut

    CyChron staff members expressed disappointment when they realized that their late night production schedule would be unable to overcome numerous technical obstacles.


    “This is not how I thought it would turn out,” said a disappointed Kylie Milusnic hours after the game when it became that a week’s worth of planning and a day of preparation was going to end in disappointment.


    “I’m proud of the work the staff did.  They certainly deserved a better outcome,” said adviser Burnham Whittington.  “They are a strong, resilient bunch and I am sure they will put today’s tough lessons to good use and come back even stronger.”


    Kate Rothrock agreed with her adviser and expressed hope that they would be able to edit the broadcast and put it up “the way we wanted it to be” even if it took a few extra days.


    While the outcome remains to be seen, there was unanimous agreement that, though the day ended on a tough note, the lessons learned would be put to good use in the near future.

  • Sync Now or Lose Your Files

    It’s 11:30 the day before the biggest English essay of the year is due. You type the last period, adjust the font size and spell check your paper and read it one last time. Feeling accomplished you go grab a snack  when you come back, a horrific scene is displayed on your computer screen. It’s blue with white numbers and letters all over it. You desperately try to get back to your paper but before you can do anything your computer restarts, and when it does, an endless cycle of starting up and shutting down commences and this never allows you to retrieve that precious essay you spent hours writing at the last minute. The E.R. doesn’t offer much help except they tell you that you might get lucky and be given a temp to use. Your paper is gone forever and your grade will soon follow.

    Has that ever happened to you? When your computer crashes or blue screens all that hard work you’ve done is just gone. I’ve come across a solution to this problem that actually works quite well for many things. Dropbox.com offers 2 gigabytes worth of online storage for free to anyone. All you have to do is create an account.

    They also have a free application for Windows, Mac, and smart phones that allows you to automatically sync files between computers and to the web. Here’s how you can save yourself from academic disaster: download the application from Dropbox.com, run the set up, which will install the application as well as walk you through setting up your account, then  save your document in the dropbox folder and  it will automatically sync to your online storage account.

    Let’s get into more detail about how to set this up and how it works.

    Step 1: Download the application

    Go to Dropbox.com then click the button that says Download Dropbox

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    Step 2: Run the install/Create your account

    Double click the file you have downloaded to start the install. In the window that comes up, click install. The installer will install Dropbox to your computer. It will then ask if you have an existing account or if you want to create a new one. Choose create a new one. Fill out the form on the next page and give you computer a name that you can identify it easily by (e.g. school computer).

    Step 3: Setup

    Next choose the 2GB free account and typical set up from the next two windows that will come up. It will start a short tutorial that you will need to click through. I recommend reading through the tutorial if it’s your first time. After that, you are all finished. You should now have a neat little blue box in your taskbar and a new folder called Dropbox in your folder panel.

    Whatever you click and drag or save into this folder will automatically be synced to Dropbox.com and any other computer or device connected to your Dropbox and will be safe from the threat of crashing computers.

    Questions/problems about how this works? Please leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll try and solve your problem.

  • District 70 Proposes Bond Issue and Mill Levy

    District 70’s bond issue and Tax Levy promise to improve its schools. The general aim of the Bond Issue is to add several physical features to at least 6 schools, as well as some changes district-wide.

    Plans for Pueblo West High School include the addition of ten classrooms, an auditorium, a 6-lane swimming pool, eight tennis courts with lighting and fencing, a new track, artificial turf, landscaping, and an auxiliary building. The proposed cost for the changes at Pueblo West High alone is $21,554,720. District-wide the cost will add up to $35,000,000. The mill levy adds up to about $3,373,738.

    In the last two years, D70 has faced serious budget issues. The district has had to make some major changes, including the introduction of the four day school week. Considering these issues, it is reasonable to wonder where the money for the bond issue and tax levy will come from. The answer to that question is taxpayer money. An estimate states that the combination of the mill levy and bond issue will cost about $3.20 per month for a $100,000 household and $11.67 per month for a $100,000 commercial property.

    These tax add-ons may not seem like a lot but year after year bond issue and mill levy proposals do not pass. The last time D70 received a tax increase was in 2002, which was nine years ago. “We need to get Pueblo West out to vote,” says Principal Martha Nogare. “We just want to make sure our high school is a complete school. We have so much to lose if it doesn’t pass.” The decision is set to be made November 1st and Pueblo West citizens are encouraged to get out and vote.

  • Wagner Climbs to the Top

    A common misconception about the person that the students, as well as staff members, at Pueblo West High School depend on to organize and see out all the events that happen throughout the year, is that he is simply the Athletic Director. He is much more than that though. The proper name for Jamison Wagner is Activities Director. As a new administrator at the school, his job is to make all major decisions concerning any club, sport, or extracurricular activity that goes on at Pueblo West.

    Wagner has proven to be well-rounded, with experience in many fields. He co-owns a very successful business, Marble Slab, and was formerly the head DECA advisor, a math teacher, and coach at Pueblo West. He also went on to play basketball in college. Now he can add Activity Director to that long list.

    While working at Cañon National Bank, Wagner got a call from the high school, at which his wife worked at the time. They asked if he would like to become a teacher and start a DECA program at the school. At that point he had no idea what DECA was, but he was up to the challenge. In order to start a new DECA branch he had to do some research and figure out how it operated. Wagner headed to Pueblo County High School to observe their program in hopes of learning enough to create a successful club at Pueblo West. After recruiting for a few weeks, 71 students joined the new business-based club. Since then, DECA has done nothing but grow and help students better their future in numerous ways.

    Wagner was an exceptional basketball player in his prime. He was picked up on a basketball scholarship by Bismarck State College in North Dakota as a shooting guard. A teammate of his went on to be the general manager of the Denver Nuggets, allowing him to organize trips like Nuggets Night for the students in DECA. Thanks to his college basketball career, Wagner became Coach Kersey’s assistant coach for four years.  Coach Kersey had to take a leave of absence due to health issues and Wagner became the  boys’  basketball head coach. Around the same time he had 3 kids within 3 years of each other. He wanted to have more time to help out and spend time with his children, so he resigned as the head coach.

    The new, experienced, Activity Director is working on emphasizing the importance of sports and other activities in the lives of students at Pueblo West High School. “My biggest goal is to get as many kids involved as possible, whether its basketball, cross country, DECA, or choir. My belief is, the more that students are involved in, the better attendance will be and the harder they will work in class.”