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Astronomer to discuss light pollution

Daily Staff Report

CORDILLERA ” Dr. Robert Stencel, a professor of astronomy at the University of Denver, will talk about the night sky during a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the Summit Club in Cordillera.

In the talk, entitled “The Lit Sky: Astronomy vs. Artificial Light,” Stencel will discuss light pollution, which he says is a concern in the High Country because mountainsides reflect light back into the valleys.

“Climate, energy, and health effects ” are all linked to how we choose to use artificial light as a society,” Stencel says.

Stencel’s colleague, Dr. Aaron Reid, will talk about environmental problems caused by the misuse of artificial light and how it causes glare.

The audience will be treated to a sky show with telescopes after the presentation. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.

The lecture costs $15 and reservations are recommended. For reservations or more information, please contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or visit

EDWARDS ” The Colorado Riparian Training Team, an interagency, interdisciplinary team, is inviting private landowners, government employees and other interested individuals to two-day training session on assessing the health of rivers and weltands.

The workshop includes one day in a classroom and one day visiting streams to apply the concepts learned in the classroom.

Participants should learn different methods for assessing the condition of rivers and wetlands on their property, and where to go for assistance in improving or restoring such areas.

To register or find out more about the workshop, contact Maria Pastore, project manager for the Eagle River Watershed Council, at (970) 827-5406 or

EAGLE COUNTY ” Eagle County’s Facilities Management Department has won a national award for organizing the partnership behind construction of the skatepark at Freedom Park in Edwards.

The National Association of Counties has named the skate park a 2006 achievement award winner. The county, area metro districts, Greater Outdoors Colorado and other groups were involved in building the 26,000-square-foot skatepark.

The achievement award program recognizes counties for creative and innovative program development and implementation, efficient administrative management of county agencies and responsible government to local citizens.

EAGLE-VAIL ” Meet the Wilderness is the beneficiary of this year’s Kickball Classic and Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, which takes place Aug. 19 at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and Soccer Fields.

The tournament, sponsored by Evans Chaffee Construction Group, is in its fifth year.

Meet the Wilderness is a backpacking and outdoors program for underprivileged and at-risk youths. Money raised at the tournament will help the organization buy equipment and fund a scholarship.

“We feel that by naming Meet the Wilderness as our beneficiary this year, we are able to help the youth of our community participate in this program and therefore gain a strong sense of team work and confidence through this program,” said Beth Christie, business manager for Evans Chaffee and event coordinator.

For more information, contact Evans Chaffee Construction Group at (970) 845-0466, or visits its Web site at

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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