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July 3, 2012
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Last week, Eagle business owners received an official thank you from the town for their efforts.“First, thank you for your business in Eagle,” stated the email from Eagle Marketing and Events Coordinator Meg Stepanek. “Second, we wanted to touch base regarding the additional $20 fee you pay when renewing your license every year.”Stepanek explained Eagle's $20 marketing fee is part of a business license renewal.“And although the lodging tax fee of $2 per room was passed in November 2011, the (Eagle Town) Board chose not to remove the $20 fee because of the progress the town is making in marketing Eagle. As you may or may not know, we just launched (if you have not logged on already please do so, pass the word on and like us on Facebook and Twitter) and we recently hired a marketing firm, Cobb & Associates, who has experience in marketing communities similar to ours.“There is great potential to bring additional visitors and therefore, revenue, into the town from these efforts and your part with the additional $20 annually is appreciated. Thanks again for having a business license in Eagle.”

Gypsum's popular free music and a movie series — The People's Friday — continues July 6 with a showing of “Back to the Future” and music from Soul School.The People's Friday shows include kids crafts and activities in addition to music and movies. The fun gets under way at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. For more details, visit

Women interested in learning the basics of fly and spin fishing, shotguns and proper firearm handling are invited to a women-only Cast ‘N Blast seminar in Gypsum, Saturday, July 14. Designed for beginners, no experience or equipment is required and women from across the state are invited to attend. Scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., the seminar will conclude mid-afternoon of the same day.Special thanks to NRA for its sponsorship.For details or to register for the seminar, please call Kasi Rishel or Karla Ferguson at (970) 947-2920. Space is limited and the seminar is expected to fill quickly. A $20 deposit is required to reserve a space.

• ShowDown Town, Eagle's popular Thursday night free concert series returns tonight, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle Town Park. Pack up a picnic basket and a cooler and head out to hear the music of Will Hoge and enjoy an evening with your neighbors. The series continues on Thursday nights through Aug. 9. Watch the Enterprise for details about the featured performers.• The Gypsum Public Library is looking for volunteers to work with local kids interested in starting up a Chess Club. For more information, call (970) 524-5080

XTERRA racing is returning to Colorado on the weekend of July 14 and 15, and is in need of volunteer assistance.The XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon is set for Saturday, July 14, and the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run will take place on Sunday, July 15. Both events will be staged at the Beaver Creek Resort.Volunteers are needed on either or both days to assist with various duties, including helping to register athletes before the race, preparing food/drinks in the recovery tent, handing out water/Gatorade on the course, being a course marshal or helping out the timers.Groups and individuals of all ages are welcome (minors need to be accompanied by an adult). All volunteers will receive an XTERRA event T-shirt, lunch and several other race-related items. To sign up, contact XTERRA Volunteer Coordinator Dayton Morinaga via email at or call 808-754-2567.

Early promoters of Colorado's Western Slope would have had settlers believe the area was one of proper behavior and upstanding morality. But this was not the case. Hot tempers led to quick trigger fingers and Main Street shootouts. Drinking, gambling and thieving were popular pursuits, and law breaking of all kinds thrived in this wild land. From Charles Graham, whose jealous rampage in Grand Junction is still talked about today, and the mysterious Friday the 13th murder of Jeanette Morris to Abe C. Ong, the mischievous pioneer bootlegger of De Beque, and Riverside's Mrs. Barnes and her foul crime, history sleuth and author D.A. Brockett reveals some of the most outrageous and remarkable crimes in Western Slope history in her new book “Wicked Western Slope.”D.A. “Debbie” Brockett loves western Colorado history, which is why she writes about it. Having lived off and on in Colorado for 35 years, she can't go anywhere in the state without wondering about its stories. Her expertise (and favorite place on earth) is the Western Slope city of Grand Junction. When she first moved there in 1981, the oil shale boom was in full throttle. Within a year, Exxon left and the region emptied out. Learning about the area's history helped Debbie endure the painful change. As she studied, she was intrigued by long-unsolved murders associated with Grand Junction and wondered if they could be solved with today's technology. When her three sons had grown, she began her series of “mystoricals” with “Stained Glass Rose” which won a 2003 EVVY Award and was recently written into a play by Two Chairs Theater playwright Joe Wilcox. Debbie's most recent book, “George Crawford's Attic: Dusting Off Grand Junction, Colorado's Past” won a 2009 EVVY Award for history.

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