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March 28, 2012
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Bikers and Eagle enthusiasts alike will find great reading material in the hot-off-the-presses edition of Dirt Rag magazine.

A front cover headline of the mountain biking mag trumpets "Places to ride: Eagle, Colorado." Inside, a seven-page feature by Jay Goodrich touts everything from local trails to cocktail hour at the Brush Creek Saloon.

"So yes, this place has redneck roots a hundred years deep, way before the dawn of mountain biking as a sport, let alone as a popular activity here. Throughout its history, though, Eagle has accepted everyone from the banker, cowboy, farmer, retailer, and now on down to motocrossers, snowmobilers, and us mountain bikers. Unlike many Colorado communities, trail access issues and moratoriums on building trails never seem to be an issue. In the last two years, some of the best singletrack trails on the planet have been created here - ones that rival many of Fruita's world-renowned trails like Chutes and Ladders, or many of the loop rides many of us have come to know and love over the years," writes Goodrich.

Along with his photos and commentary about riding and community amenities, Goodrich offers some brief Eagle history and shout outs for local restaurants (Moe's, The Dusty Boot, Pazzo's Pizza and the Grand Avenue Grill), watering holes (the Brush Creek Saloon and Bonfire Brewing), lodging (AmericInn, Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn), Mountain Pedaler bike shop and the Mountain Bike Eagle Guide.

The Friends of Vail Valley Medical Center's speaker series is coming to Gypsum Thursday, April 5 with a presentation about Hormone Replacement Therapy.

The discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Gypsum Town Hall and a complimentary lunch will be served.

Featured speakers include:

• August Smirl- Pharmacy manager and compounding specialist at the Edwards Medical Center Pharmacy.

• Dr. Heidi Archer - Owner and operator of BodyLogicMD.

• Dr. Rochelle Bernstein - OB/GYN at Colorado Mountain Medical

• Dr. Keith Samuels - OB/GYN at Colorado Mountain Medical.

Please RSVP to or (970) 477-5177.

Calling all 2013 high school seniors: local photographer Michael Rawlings seeks male and female models for a senior portrait sessions.

Four applicants from Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain high schools will be chosen to receive a complimentary senior portrait session, credit for prints, cash commission on referrals and the chance to earn an iPod Nano™, an iPod Touch™, or even an iPad™.

"This is a great business opportunity, especially for students whose family may have a hard time affording a quality, professional senior portrait," says Rawlings, who has more than 30 years as a professional photographer.

Rawlings has lived in the valley for nearly 28 years and currently resides in Eagle with his wife, Heather and two sons.

"Photographing high school seniors is so much fun because anything goes," he says. "Whether the students want an urban look with doorways and stair wells, a natural setting in the aspens by a creek, or with their horse on a ranch, senior portraits can be a creative, unique expression of who they are."

Models chosen will also act as ambassadors for Rawlings, and must have parental permission, good grades, and be active in school activities.

Applicants not chosen as models will receive a 35 percent discount on the senior portrait session fee. All other 2013 seniors who book their senior portrait session by June 15 will receive 25 percent off the session fee.

Potential models should contact Michael Rawlings Photography, Inc. at (970) 328-2020 to set up an appointment for an interview. Please visit for more information.

An AARP Driver Safety Class for drivers age 50 and older planned Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center.

Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. There is a $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for non-members for the workbook and handouts.

To register call 970-384-8747.

• Lindsay Olin of Eagle was named to the Pacific University Dean's List for the fall semester. Students must achieve a term grade-point average of 3.70 on a 4.00 scale and complete 12 or more graded hours to receive the honor. Congratulations!

• Town of Eagle open space trails will open for the season Sunday, April 15. Until then please respect the winter trail closures to protect wintering wildlife and to avoid damage to roads or trails during wet conditions.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reminds cyclists in Eagle County that the Vail bike path remains closed for the winter until late May from mile marker (MM) 180 to MM 190 on Vail Pass.

There have been multiple reports in the past week of cyclists attempting to ride on the path, which is unsafe due to the current winter conditions in the area and the unsafe condition of the path during the winter months.

Although there have been warm temperatures for the last couple of weeks, CDOT reminds cyclists that there are still a couple of months of winter weather expected. As crews continue to focus on keeping I-70 and other highways open to the public during storms, the Vail bike path will remain closed until winter is over. Conditions on the path are currently unsafe for cyclists, with melting snow in the area and risks for mud slides and even avalanches. Until the snow pack has melted and temperatures have warmed enough for crews to sweep the path, it is closed.

This past week, CDOT crews cleared small sections of the path to help its engineers take measurements and make plans for an upcoming project to improve the path. However, the work that was completed was solely to prepare a specific area for upcoming construction, and not to prepare the path for cyclists to begin using it. CDOT crews are the only individuals authorized to be on the path at this time.

For the safety of the public, CDOT urges cyclists to utilize safer paths away from the high country until the paths at higher elevations can be properly cleared and prepared for summer use.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's recently released 2011 big game harvest statistics show that the Centennial State continues to offer some of the best and most diverse big game hunting in the country.

In 2011, Colorado hunters once again harvested more elk than in any other state. With an estimated 280,000 elk, Colorado is home to the world's largest elk herd. Unlimited over-the-counter elk tags, a robust deer herd, plentiful pronghorn and more than 23 million acres of public land all combine to make Colorado a prime destination for the big game hunter.

Hunters harvested about 43,400 Colorado elk in 2011, according to state wildlife biologists. While this was down about 9.5 percent from 2010, the harvest was still tops in the country by a large margin.

Big Game Manager Andy Holland said that the reduced harvest was not unexpected as cow elk licenses were cut in 2011 in response to analysis that showed some elk herds were approaching their population objectives. CPW manages elk herds primarily though the issuance of antlerless or cow licenses.

Deer hunters also had another good year in 2011, with an estimated 33,200 deer harvested. About 47 percent of rifle hunters filled their tag last year. Demand for deer hunting remained strong, with almost all licenses sold. While all deer hunting in Colorado is by a limited license, most of deer hunts can be drawn with 1 preference point or less. The growing populations of mule deer and white-tails on the eastern plains have also created new opportunities for many hunters.

Hunter harvest statistics are released annually in March as an aid to big game hunters applying for Colorado's limited license draw.

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