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November 26, 2013
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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.

Christmas tree permits

Personal use Christmas tree tags are now available from ranger district 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. Christmas tree permits will only be sold at White River National Forest District offices. Permits will not be available at retail outlets, chambers of commerce, the White River’s Supervisor’s Office, or the BLM office in Silt.

Permits cost $10 each and may be purchased with cash, check, or money order; and several locations will be accepting credit cards. Trees must be less than 15 feet tall from the stump, may not be greater than six inches in diameter at the base of the tree, and the stump height should be no greater than six inches high. There is 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.

Permits will be available at both the Eagle Ranger Station, 125 W. 5th Street in Eagle, and the Holy Cross Ranger Station, 24747 US Highway 24 in Minturn. Permits may be purchased Mondays and 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 8a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Minturn office will also be open Saturday Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. to specifically sell Christmas tree permits. Credit cards are accepted in addition to cash, check, or money orders at this location.

For additional information, please contact the Eagle Ranger District at (970) 328-6388 or the Holy Cross Ranger District at (970) 827-5715.

All Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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 to 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

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.

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