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December 5, 2012
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Santa Claus and the Tallest Elf in the World have scheduled their annual trek to Eagle for Saturday, Dec. 16, at Paradigms Restaurant.

The duo will be at the eatery between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Paradigms will serve a special brunch menu during the event.

Kids of all ages are welcome. Admission is a new unwrapped toy, canned food items for the local food bank or a cash donation to the Mason Eagle Fire Department Toy Drive or the Eagle County Food Shelf.

Parents are welcome to bring cameras.

This visit from Santa is funded by Santa Claus is Coming to Town LLC, a special nonprofit group. To make a donation to help fund the event or for additional information contact 970-390-8154.

Modern Roller Derby is a full contact sport played on a flat track but in order to keep players safe, there are a lot of rules - 56 pages of rules to be precise.

The Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) released a new rule set in November and they go into effect officially on Jan. 1. A preview of the new rules happens Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. when the 10th Mountain Roller Derby Dolls will play using the new rule set, which streamlines the game.

Exciting new changes to the game of roller derby include the elimination of the "jammer whistle," which means all players are now released on one whistle. Another change is in the way penalties are assessed.

League head referee Don Juan said "Any form of penalty will be considered a major if it affects game play and actions that would have previously been a minor will be ignored."

In a discussion of the new expanded rule set at a recent practice, Don Juan noted the rules are there to keep everyone safe

"If there are skaters who are being unsafe, the referees can remove them from game play," he said.

The 10th Mountain Rollers are now practicing in Edwards for the winter and will have an exhibition bout on Saturday as a part of the Winter Festival 2012 at the WECMRD Field House in Edwards. The Winter Festival marks the three-year anniversary of the Field House with family activities all day on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

The WECMRD 10th Mountain Roller Dolls were established in May of 2011 and practice at the Field house in Edwards during the winter and the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink in the summer. For more info on the Winter Festival or Roller Derby call the WECMRD Field house at 970-766-5555 or visit

Please feel free to contact the coaches or head ref with any further questions on roller derby or the new rule set:

Coaches are Zen Blaster (Robin Nash) 970-390-5187 or at; and Mistress Medusa (Jodi Knight) 970-390-7425 or at; or Head Ref: Don Juan Noche (John Knight) 970-376-5703 or at

The Gypsum Recreation Center recently hosted a Cycle-A-Thon to benefit Jack's Place at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

The fourth annual event attracted 74 cyclists to raise more than $2,500 and the money raised will help underwrite the operations of Jack's Place, a 12-room cancer caring house adjacent to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center with a pay-what-you can philosophy.

A special thank-you goes out to event organizer Amy Klunzinger, spin instructor at the Gypsum Recreation Center, and to all who participated. Leonard Sandavol rode the entire eight hours and Peach Duty and Rebecca Cross each rode for seven hours. Thank you prize sponsors, including Marriott Vail, Vail Sports, Bol Vail, Mountain Haus, Allegria Spa, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Duncan Car Wash, Napa Auto Parts, Gypsum Rec Center, Pedal Power, Venture Sports, Marko's Pizzeria, Blue Moose Pizza and Gobi.

The Whistling Bullets 4-H Shooting Sports Club is firing up again for this year.

The organizational meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the old Exhibit Hall at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The meeting will be an opportunity to pay the $40 registration fee for the year and address safety and questions.

Regular shooting starts on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Exhibit Hall.

For more information, call the CSU Extension office at 970-328-8630 or Dave Hammond at 970-390-2429.

Personal use Christmas tree tags are now available from all offices of the White River National Forest.

Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the White River National Forest with the following exceptions: wilderness areas, commercial timber sales, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available at all offices where permits are sold.

Permits cost $10 each and may be purchased with cash, check, or money order. Trees must be less than 15 feet tall from the stump with a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. The tags must be attached to the tree prior to cutting and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination. Permits expire Dec. 31, 2012.

In the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger Districts, permits are now available at both the Eagle Ranger Station, 125 W. Fifth Street in Eagle, or at the Holy Cross Ranger Station, 24747 U.S. Highway 24 in Minturn. Permits may be purchased Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Eagle office location. Permits may also be purchased at the Minturn office location Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Minturn office will also be open Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Eagle Ranger District at 970-328-6388 or the Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.

Messy and expensive water losses from burst frozen pipes and ice dams continues to top the types of claims State Farm receives from mountain town customers.

"This time of year we typically receive more claims related to water losses," said local State Farm agent Will Comerford. "The incredible mess and expensive damage an ice dam or burst pipe can cause is really unbelievable. We recommend you minimize the chance your pipes will freeze and address ice dams and a burst pipe immediately when they are detected."

The costs associated with repairs and the frequency of water loss claims is a contributing factor to the rate making process. State Farm uses past claims data over several years to determine needed adjustments in rates in order to cover the costs of future claims. Overall, above fire, severe weather and other types of losses, water losses impact mountain town customers most often.

When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break. A one-eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water a day, destroying floors, furniture, appliances and personal items. While stopping a leak or repairing a hose down in the basement might be fairly straightforward, ice dams and attic condensation - two forms of water damage typical to cold climate homes - are a little more complicated and a little trickier to fix. Since many homeowners aren't frequent visitors to their own attics in the frigid winter months, water damage on the top floor might catch them off guard.

If you've waited this long to prepare your home for winter, take heed. The temps in the region have already plunged and you may find yourself submerged in a close relationship with your home's water system, a plumber, a construction contractor and your insurance company.

For additional information, contact Angela Thorpe, State Farm Insurance, (303) 264-1560.

• Hailey Vest of Eagle has been named to the Dean's List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2012. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the Dean's List. Congratulations Hailey!

• Kids and families from Brush Creek Elementary and Eagle Valley Elementary schools will enjoy special skating events at the Eagle Ice Rink this month. The BCES night is planned this Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the EVES night is planned Friday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both nights the cost is $6 per person and includes skate rental.

• Eagle Visitor Center Open House will host an open house this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature shopping specials and a visit from Santa.

• The popular Edwards Farmers Market is back in business for the winter season. Look for fresh produce and local products at the market, planned Sundays, Dec. 2 through March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edwards Colorado Mountain College campus.

• Gypsum Town Hall hosts Christmas Bingo from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. A seven-game pack costs $15, giving players 37 chances to win a holiday ham and Christmas cash. Proceeds benefit the Eagle Valley Booster Club.

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