Hayley Beard, a senior at Eagle Valley High School and the daughter of Ron and Debby Beard of Eagle, recently made the finals at the Denver Broncos/
Outlaws cheer team tryouts. Only 67 competitors advanced to the finals and only 27 hopefuls were named to the Bronco's cheer squad.
Beard has committed to Austin Peay State University, where after a recent tryout she was selected to be a member of the dance team. She will major in nursing and minor in dance at APSU.
The Ping-DeGraw families will be honored by the Eagle County Historical Society and the Eagle Valley Library District this Sunday with the 2012 Nimon-Walker Award.
Since 2001, the award has recognized individuals whose work has helped preserve the history of Eagle County. The 2012 award honors the contributions of Leonard Ping, who ran a photography business from the family's hotel in Eagle. From the 1920s through the 1940s, Ping snapped photographs and processed film for others and saved hundreds of these images. Members of the Ping-DeGraw family have graciously shared those images with the local history archives. Claude and Vieva DeGraw will accept the award.
Author Robert Sibernagel, a 39-year resident of Western Colorado and editorial page editor for the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Sibernagel is the author of "Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado."
The Nimon-Walker Award reception is planned Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library. All are welcome to attend.
The ice has melted at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink and the roller rink is ready for action.
The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls have returned to Eagle for their second season. Women's Flat Track Roller Derby is a recent addition to adult programming at Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District. The league uses the rules of WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association) and skates in Eagle in the summer and Edwards in the winter.
This summer, the league will host four bouts in addition to regular scrimmages. In June, the 10th Mountain Rollers host the Kill Scouts from Rocky Mountain Rollergirls (Colorado's original Flat Track Roller Derby League); and in August, Moab Roller Derby will bout the Mountaineers,10th Mountain Rollers A-team.
The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls have positions available for skaters and non-skaters. For more information, visit wecmrd.org or call (970) 328-5277. Practices take place on Sunday and Thursday evenings through Sept. 9. A variety of sign-up options are available for participants.
• The town of Eagle is joining forces with the Eagle County highway cleanup this Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will help clean up our community and join other volunteers at the conclusion barbecue at the Broken Arrow Ranch in Arrowhead. To volunteer for the highway cleanup, contact the Eagle Watershed Council at email@example.com or call (970) 827-5406. To volunteer for the Eagle cleanup, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 328-2172.
• Beginning April 21, Manto's Pizza in Gypsum will host a karaoke "Be the Star Night" from 8 p.m. to midnight with DJ Shy Guy every Sunday night. There will be appetizer and drink specials during the event.
• Essays are due Monday, May 7, for local high school students applying for the Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club Scholarship. The $600 award goes to the winner of the 500- to 600-word writing contest. The topic is the Second Amendment and how actions by the current Colorado Legislature affect the right to bear arms. Essays should be double spaced and should contain the applicant's name and contact information at the top of each page. Send completed essays to the Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 477, Gypsum, CO 81637, faxed to (970) 328-7818 or emailed to email@example.com.
Broken Spoke Game Ranch, operated by former locals Neland and Kellee Kissinger, is hosting a number of 3-D archery shoots this spring and early summer. The event days are Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, May 19 and 20, and June 9 and 10.
"The courses include 36 life-like targets, in natural settings, on scenic game trails," said Kellee. "With your paid entry, you will receive a raffle ticket for a pheasant hunt, drawn each Sunday, and lunch is provided for free. We will also be giving away many door prizes to our entrants."
The entry fee is $25 for adults, $15 for teens and cubs shoot free. All events are held at 8700 Reeder Mesa Road, Whitewater, CO (southeast of Grand Junction just off Highway 50) The 3-D events open at 8 a.m.
For more information, go to brokenspokeranch.com or call (970) 241-3949.
Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Colorado history? If so, now is your chance.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is offering the National Register-listed Dotsero Bridge over the Colorado River for adoption. Any person or organization willing to relocate the structure may "adopt" it, as plans are under way to replace it later this year.
Constructed in 1935, the green Dotsero Bridge is located on the Interstate 70 frontage road in Dotsero. It is one of just a few metal truss bridges on Colorado's highway system that is still intact. It is a steel, rigid-connected Parker through truss that is 150 feet long, 33 feet wide, and has a vertical clearance of 13 feet 2 inches. The bridge is historically significant for its contribution to transportation on U.S. Highway 6 across western Colorado and because it is an excellent example of a standard Colorado State Highway Department truss design. The bridge may be a good candidate for re-use as a pedestrian or recreational trail bridge. A new deck and abutments would need to be constructed for the bridge in its new location, as the current ones are outdated.
For those who are interested, the bridge is free to a good home, but the recipient will need to pay for the disassembly, relocation, and re-assembly of the bridge. Additionally, given the age of the bridge, its paint does contain lead and possibly other constituents that require careful removal and containment. The containment and disposal of the paint during the dismantling process may be an additional cost for the recipient.
Preference will be given to plans that agree to maintain the bridge in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Potential recipients must submit a written relocation plan detailing the proposed use and new location of the bridge as well as resources available to assure future maintenance. Potential recipients should also state their intent to follow all environmental regulations concerning the treatment of lead-based paint on the structural steel components. CDOT may contribute funding up to the amount anticipated for disposal of the bridge.
If you are interested in adopting this bridge and would like more information about CDOT's Adopt-a-Bridge program, please contact CDOT Senior Staff Historian Lisa Schoch at (303) 512-4258 or firstname.lastname@example.org