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November 14, 2012
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Coming in as the 14th seed and facing No. 3 seed Frederick, the Eagle Valley High School Devils pulled off a great victory last Saturday in the Colorado 3A football playoffs.As Gary Bains noted in his Vail Daily story this week, last year the Devils compiled a 1-8 record and were decidedly out of the playoff picture. But after a remarkable single season turnaround, EVHS took on and ultimately dominated Frederick on the Warriors' home field, winning, 33-8, in the first-round playoff game.With Eagle Valley now sporting an 8-3 record, it has twice as many victories this season as it's had in the previous three years combined.Last Saturday, the Devils forced three Frederick turnovers in the first quarter, five for the game, and hit the Warriors with a haymaker by bolting out to a 20-0 lead. Cole Nielsen rushed for 211 yards and caught a pass for another 35. The senior scored on touchdown plays of 10, 35 and 75 yards.Weather was a definite factor in Saturday's game. As the photos above show, conditions rapidly deteriorated as the afternoon progressed. “This weather was nuts today, but it kind of played into our hands,” said EVHS head coach John Ramunno on Saturday. “In our offense we just like to go straight ahead. We've got four seniors on our O-line and two senior tight ends who are pretty good blockers, so (the weather) played into our hands today. We had to go straight ahead.”On defense, besides forcing five turnovers, the Devils had senior Andy Armstrong wreaking havoc on Frederick's offense.Saturday's victory earned Eagle Valley a quarterfinal home game this Saturday, Nov. 11. The action gets under way at 2 p.m. at Hot Stuff Stadium against sixth-seeded Conifer, which defeated Northridge, 38-31, last week. Come on out to Gypsum and cheer on the Devils Saturday. Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

History isn't always something you have to go searching for. Sometimes it comes to you.The Eagle County Historical Society will demonstrate its “History Take-Out” program at the annual meeting slated Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Eagle Public Library. This is the hands-on program created by History Colorado (the Colorado Historical Society) for third- and fourth-grade students.Meeting participants will use “artifacts” such as buffalo bones, a beaver hide and an assayer's scale to learn about the movement of early people in Colorado from Native Americans to the miners of 1870. Artifacts including tools and clothing help teach about some of the pioneering industries in Colorado. Timelines, maps and old photographs add historical perspective to the lesson.For the first time, this year's meeting will also include a silent auction for a few “excess” items from the museum archives, including antique bottles, branding irons, newspapers from the World War II era and magazines from the 1960s.The meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library. The general public as well as ECHS members are invited to attend. Families are welcome.For more information, contact Kathy Heicher at 328-7104 or

The Eagle Ice Rink will host some extra hockey stick/puck and open skate sessions while students are out of school next week.On Monday, Nov. 19, stick/puck is planned from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 3 to 4:15 p.m. with public skating sandwiched between from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m.On Tuesday, Nov. 20, stick/puck is scheduled from 10 to 11:45 a.m. There is drop-in adult hockey from noon to 1:30 p.m. and public skating from 1:45 to 4 p.m. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, stick/puck is planned from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 3 to 4:15 p.m. with public skating sandwiched between from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m.The rink will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22.

ECO Transit will be discounting 10-ride, 20-ride and 30-day passes by 15 percent this fall with its annual pass sale. Pass discounts will be offered through Friday, Nov. 16 including: • 10-Ride Special $29.75 (Regular Price: $35)• 20-Ride Special $59.50 (Regular Price: $70)• 30-Day Special $85 (Regular Price: $100)Discounted passes may be purchased from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week at the Vail Transportation Center and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at Eagle County's Maintenance Service Center, located at 3289 Cooley Mesa Road in Gypsum.

Eagle County Health and Human Services has partnered with the Colorado Health Foundation to expand opportunities for qualified individuals and families to apply for Medicaid and CHP+ public health insurance programs. The Foundation provided grant funding to place computer kiosks at eight community locations to facilitate enrollment in Medicaid and CHP+ through the Program Eligibility Application Kit (PEAK), the Colorado state on-line enrollment program. By the end of November, families will be able to enroll at the following locations:• Vail Valley Salvation Army in Avon• Riverview Apartments in Avon• Eagle Care Medical Clinic in Edwards• Avon Elementary School• Gypsum Elementary School• Gypsum Creek Middle School• June Creek Elementary School• Roaring Fork Health Center, located in the Basalt Elementary School. Placement of computer enrollment stations at community partner sites will provide low income individuals and families who are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid and CHP+ increased opportunities to have health insurance coverage. “Research has shown that if more people have health insurance coverage, then access to care improves and they are more likely to receive necessary care, making healthier communities,” said Eagle County Economic Services Director Kathy Lyons.Information on Medicaid and CHP+ is available on the Eagle County website at more information, contact Eagle County Health & Human Services at 970-471-9251.

• Eagle County Schools students will begin their Thanksgiving holiday when classes end tomorrow. Students and teachers will be off all next week, returning to classrooms on Monday, Nov. 26. The winter break is also fast approaching and students will be off from Friday, Dec. 21 (which is designated as a teacher work day), through Sunday, Jan. 6. They will return to school on Monday, Jan. 7 and two weeks later they have Monday, Jan. 21 off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.• The VVF Youth Foundation urges everyone to register for the sixth annual Turkey Trot. The trot happens on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Eagle-Vail pool. There will be prizes for the best costume and dogs are welcome. Pre-registration is now open and the cost is $10 per person. All proceeds benefit VVF's Youth Foundation PwrHrs after-school program and the Eric Spry Memorial Scholarship.• The fourth annual NRC 365 Winter Market and Holiday Fair is slated Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eagle River Center. The event will include holiday collectibles, wearables and edibles, a visit from Santa and holiday music. Mark your calendars.

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