Virgil Elings – local philanthropist and protector of recreational space – made a big splash in the Dos Pueblos swimming pool saga this week by anteing up $1 million for the project. For the past five years, parents and students have been fundraising and lobbying the district for a new pool facility and, with cost estimates approaching $5.5 million, the project’s fruition has been anything but certain in recent weeks. However, Elings’s latest gift – he donated $500,000 in June 2004 – sets the pool up for a likely slam-dunk approval by the school board next week.

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