In coordination with the 11th Annual High Country Speaker Series - H2Know Colorado - the Eagle Public Library has opened an exhibit featuring the Eagle River.
The exhibit includes a framed topo map series printed in 1954 by the U.S. Geological Survey and historical photos of the Eagle River, with captions.
The Eagle River begins in southeastern Eagle County at the Continental Divide and flows for about 60 miles before meeting the Colorado River at Dotsero. It is fed by multiple tributary streams and contributes to dry-land agriculture through a number of ditches.
The topographic map series begins at the western end of the Eagle River and goes upstream to the headwaters in six beautifully drawn contour sheets. The seventh sheet is a profile sheet showing the various elevations of the river as it drains Eagle County.
The Eagle River has always been essential to agriculture, mining, growth and recreation in Eagle County. These maps detail the physical presence of the river in the early 1950s. The river has changed a great deal since the 1950s, varying in quality and flow over the years. It still remains essential to quality of life in Eagle County and its preservation is a priority for us all.
The Whistling Bullets 4-H Shooting Sports Club will host a Hunter Education class Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17 at the old Exhibition Hall at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Times are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Successful completion of a Hunter Education class is required to purchase a hunting license in Colorado. Class cost is $10 payable at the door on Feb. 16. The 4-H club will sell coffee, hot chocolate, breakfast items and lunch both days.
Any student 12 years old or younger is required to have a parent or guardian present both days. For more information and to pre register, contact Dave Hammond at 970-328-7818 or 970-390-2429.
Let's read together ... A group of local organizations will host a lineup of book-related events for the second annual One Book, One Valley initiative.
One Book, One Valley is a valleywide reading and discussion program that encourages all residents to read the same book at the same time to create a community book club. This year's One Book, One Valley book selection is "Into the Beautiful North," a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea.
"Into the Beautiful North" tells the fictional story of 19-year-old Nayeli. Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the U.S. when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village - they've all gone north. While watching the movie, "The Magnificent Seven," Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men - her own "Siete Magnificos" - to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.
Filled with unforgettable characters and radiant prose, "Into the Beautiful North" is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.
One Book, One Valley is a combined effort by The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College, the Eagle Valley Library District, and the Vail Public Library. Community members are invited to join neighbors and friends for book discussions and special events presented throughout March and April. For information on events, visit the One Book One Valley website: www.coloradomtn.edu/onebook.
The Eagle Valley High School Speech and Debate Team competed in Denver at the state competition last weekend and Dylan Trudeau is the new state champion in Poetry Interpretation! Trudeau also placed third in Debate.
Trudeau was helpful in getting the town of Gypsum to donate $1,000 to the team for lodging at the state competition. At the town's last meeting, he and a teammate provided a demonstration of what the team does - they debated the need for Gypsum to prepare for a "zombie apocalypse." Trudeau is also a pitcher for the EVHS baseball team and works on Gypsum's summer maintenance crew.
The Eagle Chamber believes it's important to acknowledge our business leaders with the 2012 Business of the Year Award.
Nominations are open to current Eagle Chamber members and recommendations are limited to Eagle Chamber members.
The criteria for nominations for this award include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
• Businesses located in Eagle
• Businesses located outside of Eagle, doing business in Eagle
• Eagle Community Involvement
• Revenue Growth
• Job Growth
• Eagle Chamber contributions
• Philanthropic considerations
Please submit nomination(s) on or before Tuesday, Feb. 12, via email. The recipient of the award will be recognized at the Eagle Vision 20/20 Event, on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall.
The Eagle Vision 20/20 event, sponsored by the Eagle Chamber and hosted by Mayor Yuri Kostick, will offer a comprehensive update on the many positive things going on in our town and Eagle's vision for the future. The evening will also include a guest speaker and social gathering after the presentation.
If it's February and it's cold, then it's time for another Russian classic.
This year's selection for the Eagle Public Library Russian literature reading club is "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov.
Ranked at No. 4 in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels (2007), "Lolita" was written in English first (1955) and then translated into Russian (1965) by the author. It was written during summer butterfly collecting trips in the Western United States and provided Nabokov financial security for the rest of his life.
Born in St. Petersburg in 1899, Nabokov was part of a prominent family of the minor Russian nobility. The events of the October Revolution and ensuing civil war in Russia forced the family's emigration to England and then Berlin. In 1937, he and his Jewish-Russian wife, Vera, and son, Dmitri, emigrated to the United States. Nabokov became a comparative literature lecturer at Wellesley College in 1941 and later became a one-man Russian Department there. His life was spent as an academic, entomologist and writer, with as much facility in the English language as in Russian and French.
Book club participants will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 26, for celebratory zakuski (hors d'hoeuvres) and discussion. Register your email with Jaci Spuhler (email@example.com) before Feb. 1 to receive daily fascinating facts about this classic. Copies of "Lolita" are available at the circulation desk at the Eagle Public Library. For more information, call 970-328-8800.
The U.S. Forest Service, Small Business Administration and the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center invite all small business owners interested in providing products and services to support wildland fire fighting efforts to attend a free workshop Thursday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Grand Junction.
Services and equipment needed to support wildland firefighting include meals, copiers, heavy equipment, refrigerated trailers, ice, hardware, showers, toilets, hand-washing stations and lodging. The workshop will offer information about regulations, contracts, ordering and payment processes, and the types of services needed to support fire crews.
The meeting location is the Business Incubator Center-Colorado PTAC Western Slope office, 2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction. For additional information, contact Liz Turner at 970-257-4819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Megan McQueeney and Alison Harakal, both of Eagle, have been named to Drake University's President's List for the Fall 2012 semester. Students must have a grade-point average of 4.0 to receive this honor. Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,400 full-time undergraduate students and 1,900 graduate students from 49 states and 50 countries. Congratulations!
•Local residents can apply for United States passports at the town of Gypsum offices, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Passport pictures are available for $10. For additional information, visit the town's website at www.townofgypsum.com or call Town Clerk Danette Schlegel at 970-524-7514. All the necessary passport forms can be found at travel.state.gov.