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November 20, 2013
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Have an event idea for Eagle?

Event producers interested in bringing an event to the town of Eagle can now download a 2014 Funding Request For Proposal at:

Deadline to submit proposals for funding consideration is Friday, Dec. 13. Funding allocations will be determined in January 2014.

Gypsum Chamber Annual Meeting & Election

The Gypsum Chamber will host its annual meeting and board member election today, Nov. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center.

Chamber members will elect between seven to nine board members for the upcoming calendar year. Nominations can be sent to Nominees must be members of the Gypsum Chamber in good standing for a minimum of six months. Participation, a “can-do” attitude, and passion for the local business community are a must. Terms are for 12 months and will begin January 2014 and end December 2014.

The board of directors meets the third Tuesday of every month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. Each board member is required to serve on a minimum of one Gypsum Chamber committee/action team per term.

Catamount Bridge replacement open house

Eagle County’s Engineering Department will host an open house today, Nov. 21, to review the design and schedule for the upcoming replacement of the Catamount Bridge.

The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Burns Baptist Church, located at 23100 Colorado River Road in Burns. All interested community members are encouraged to attend.

The project is located approximately 28 miles northeast of Dotsero on the Colorado River Road. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2014 and take about 18 months to complete. Cost of the project will be about $2.9 million, with 80 percent of the funding coming from a federal grant. Eagle County will match the grant with the remaining 20 percent.

Those unable to attend the open house can direct comments or questions to Eagle County Senior Staff Engineer Ben Gerdes at 970-328-3560 or

Tack Sale

A community Tack Sale is planned this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

New and used, English and Western equestrian items will be available including clothing, saddles, bits, spurs, blankets, saddle pads, headstalls and more. Organizers promise lots of great items at bargain prices.

For more information contact or call 970-524-3016.

Turkey Trot

The third annual Brush Creek Elementary School Turkey Trot is planned for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.

The run launches at 9 a.m. from BCES and concludes with an after-party at The Dusty Boot. The party will include a silent auction, raffle and costume contest.

A one-mile fun run and a 5K run are planned as part of the event. Preregistration forms are available at BCES. Cost is $15 for individuals, $35 for a family of four and $10 for each additional person.

Runners also can register at the run, with race day prices of $20 for individuals and $40 for a family of four.

Event proceeds will benefit the fourth-grade trip to 100 Elk Camp.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Driver safety classes designed for adults age 50 and older will be offered at two Western Slope locations this fall.

The first class is planned Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Grand Valley Recreation Center in Battlement Mesa. The second is planned Thursday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CMC Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs.

There is a $12 fee for AARP members and a $15 fee for non-members for the workbook and handouts payable to the instructor. Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course.

The class covers the following driving topics: how to compensate for changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; how to handle problem situations such as left turns, right of way, freeway traffic, trucks, and blind spots while driving; what to do if confronted by an aggressive driver; how medications may affect driving; how to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags, and safety belts; and how to assess your own and others’ driving abilities with a Personal Driving Capability Index.

To register, call 970-384-8747 or for more information email

AARP Driver Safety Classes are sponsored by High Country RSVP and taught by RSVP volunteers. High Country RSVP is a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College.

Colorado Master Gardener Training Program

Eagle County’s Colorado State University Extension Office is now enrolling for the 2014 Colorado Master Gardener Training Program.

Training dates will be Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Jan. 22 through April 3, 2014. Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited. Classes will be held in the Garden Level Classroom of the Eagle County Building, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle.

Two program options are available. The Colorado Master Gardener volunteer option has a return service commitment of 50 volunteer hours by Dec. 31, 2014, and costs $265 for selected volunteers. Call 970-328-8630 for more information about the volunteer selection process.

The Colorado Gardener Certificate, the non-volunteer option, costs $625 and is used widely by landscape and nursery professionals or those new to gardening who do not wish to volunteer. The application, training information and topics to be covered are available on line at For more information, contact the Eagle County Extension Office at 970-328-8630.

Around Town

Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2014. For that day only, more than 100 percent of all donations go directly designated non-profit organizations in Eagle County. There are no processing fees and FirstBank will provide an incentive fund to help boost donations. For more information or to schedule a donation visit or

The summer of 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Eagle County Fair. The Open-Class Committee and Eagle County Historical Society are looking for artifacts from past county fairs that would contribute to a nice display, including photographs, preferably with names attached, about past county fairs. Residents who have items that they would consider lending can contact Colorado State University Extension Agent Glenda Wentworth by calling 970-328-8632 or sending an email to

BLM, Gypsum partner to improve wildlife habitat

Work to enhance wildlife habitat on public land through a cooperative project between the town of Gypsum and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is set to begin this month southeast of Gypsum.

The BLM and the town are working together to re-seed 140 acres of public land that burned in the 1980s in the “Hardscrabble” area but is now dominated by thistle and other non-native vegetation.

“This is an important winter concentration area for elk and mule deer,” said BLM Wildlife Biologist Darren Long. “Our goal is to restore the native grasses and mixed mountain shrubs that are important to wildlife.”

Specialists from the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office developed a wildlife-friendly native seed mixture ideal for the Hardscrabble area. Beginning this week, Gypsum-based Rocky Mountain Reveg will apply 1,750 pounds of seeds from 10 species of grasses, forbs and shrubs to the area through drill seeding. The BLM will also continue the weed treatments it began this fall as necessary.

The town of Gypsum contributed $15,000 to this project, and the BLM $20,000.

“The growth pressures of our community unfortunately have negative impacts on the wildlife we share this area with, so it is great to see this important habitat improvement project take place,” said Lana Gallegos, senior planner for the town of Gypsum. “The subdivisions that pay wildlife impact fees have allowed the town of Gypsum to partner with the BLM and help give back to the various wildlife species that have been affected by development.”

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