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Save an Eagle. Break a Rib: Rosie Shearwood honored for 45-year fight against Adam’s Rib

October 22, 2017 — Shearwood helped launch Concerned Citizens of Eagle County, a grassroots group that changed the way Eagle and other communities deal with development. When they organized four and a half decades ago, the focus was Adam’s Rib, a massive ski area and golf course development that would have devoured the Brush Creek valley south of Eagle.

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Habitat for Humanity, school district partner for workforce housing

October 21, 2017 — GYPSUM — Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley receives all kinds of donations: money, time, volunteer labor, material … But a deal with Eagle County Schools is its first donation of land. The school district donated two acres in Gypsum, between Gypsum Creek Middle School and

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Cordillera ‘discriminating against addictions,’ federal ADA lawsuit claims

October 20, 2017 — DENVER — Cordillera residents are facing a federal Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit for "discriminating against the addicted," according to a lawsuit filed Friday, Oct. 20. The lawsuit, filed by the treatment center's developers, CSNM Investments LLC, alleges that neither Cordillera's metro district nor its

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Vail’s Kerry Donovan launches 2018 Colorado state Senate re-election bid

October 19, 2017 — EDWARDS — Kerry Donovan loves her job and wants to keep doing it. Donovan, the Colorado state senator from District 5, announced that she is running for re-election. The Vail native climbed in her pickup truck and drove Colorado's entire seven-county Senate District 5, making

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Second rash of West Vail thieves hit at least seven unlocked vehicles

October 18, 2017 — Besides the break-ins, two cars were stolen last week in West Vail. Both vehicles were unlocked with the keys in them.

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Morrie Shepard, Vail’s first ski school director, has taken his last lift ride

October 17, 2017 — Morrie’s title was ski school director, but no one stuck to their job description in Vail's earliest days. Everyone did everything. Shepard was also a building inspector, fire chief, building coordinator and professional fun-haver. He died Oct. 12 at his Eagle home.

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Eagle-Vail Metro District board holsters proposed weapons policy as tempers flare over money issues

October 14, 2017 — EAGLE-VAIL — If you're packing heat at an Eagle-Vail Metro District board meeting, then you may be asked to check your sidearm at the door, if the board passes proposed weapons restrictions. A confrontation during a board meeting has the Eagle-Vail Metro District board considering

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Jury acquits Leadville woman on drug distribution, weapons charges

October 14, 2017 — LEADVILLE — A jury did not believe that a woman shorter than 5 feet tall posed much of a threat to two police officers, and while they were at it, they cleared her of the drug charges, too. It was 6:45 p.m. June 14, 2016,

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West Vail car thieves targeting unlocked vehicles with keys left in them

October 13, 2017 — VAIL — A string of car break-ins is hopefully making locals more diligent about locking their vehicles and taking their keys, police say. Vail Police are investigating a half dozen vehicle break-ins in West Vail. They all had one thing in common: Every vehicle was

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Jury acquits Eagle County man of assault charges stemming from one-punch knockout at Avon gas station

October 13, 2017 — EAGLE — An Eagle County man was defending himself when he knocked another man unconscious during a one-punch fight at an Avon gas station in November 2016, a jury determined. The jury took just one hour the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 12, to acquit Hector

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Five candidates vying for four Eagle County school board seats; three running unopposed

October 12, 2017 — EAGLE — Two candidates will square off for the only contested Eagle County Schools Board of Education seat in this year's election. Matthew Koch and Shelly Jarnot are vying to represent parts of the western end of the Eagle River Valley, from Edwards through parts

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Proponents of Eagle County marijuana tax say that if approved, it will provide mental health-funding model for all of Colorado

October 11, 2017 — Eagle County currently receives about $250,000 a year from retail marijuana sales taxes. The proposed tax increase would be phased in, beginning at 2.5 percent a year and capping at 5 percent.

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YouthPower365 strives for 100 percent career and college readiness for program participants

October 11, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the third part of a three-part series about the 20th anniversary of The Youth Foundation, now called YouthPower365. AVON — Sure, how you feel might matter, but what you do matters more. Twenty years ago, YouthPower365 started as the vision of

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El Jebel man faces up to life in prison after conviction of sex assault on a child

October 10, 2017 — The case rolled through accusations that Eagle County Sheriff’s investigators lied to the man during their investigation and instructed the teenage accuser to lie as well. The accuser twice told prosecutors she wanted to drop the case; she later claimed that her sister pressured her into trying to recant.

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Local Vietnam vets have mixed feelings about Ken Burns’ Vietnam film

October 10, 2017 — The Vietnam War was confusing, deadly, heroic … the entire human condition pulled back to the surface in the wake of a new and sweeping documentary "The Vietnam War," by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Several dozen Vietnam veterans live in the Vail Valley. "A

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The Youth Foundation’s roots 20 years ago grew into YouthPower365’s current reach

October 9, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the second part of a three-part series about the 20th anniversary of The Youth Foundation, now called YouthPower365. AVON — Ideas can start on white boards or cocktail napkins, but often stay right where they started or land in the trash

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Vail’s Mike Johnston talks economic development at state conference in town

October 8, 2017 — VAIL — Colorado economic development specialists asked 12 governor candidates, "What's in it for us?" during their statewide conference They got all kinds of answers. Twelve candidates for governor, including Vail's Mike Johnston, spent two hours with 200 economic development specialists from across Colorado, gathered

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Local students send love, supplies to Puerto Rico, Mexico hurricane victims (video)

October 8, 2017 — AVON — Juno Nifosi is feeling the love that local students are sending. Nifosi came to the valley from Puerto Rico and is teaching third grade at Homestake Peak School. Her family and friends are fine, or as fine as people can be whose lives

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New $1.1M turf fields in Edwards ready just in time for huge youth soccer tournament

October 7, 2017 — The original artificial turf field was installed in 2003, which means Eagle County got 14 years out of what was supposed to be a 10-year field.

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After small start, the Vail Valley’s YouthPower365 continues to accomplish big things

October 5, 2017 — Even in a place as affluent as the Vail Valley, you don’t have to look hard to find ways to help. Right now, 43 percent of Eagle County’s school students are eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program, the government’s definition of an “at-risk” kid.

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