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Briefs: Cancer caring house to open

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS Jacks Place, a house where patients can stay overnight while being treated next door at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, opens March 5. The cancer caring house is named after Dr. Jack Eck, a longtime doctor in the valley, who was involved in planning the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.We treat patients from throughout the Central Rockies at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, said Brandon Mays, manager of Jacks Place. It is common for patients to receive radiation and or chemotherapy treatments five days a week for multiple weeks. The daily travel is often very difficult for our patients.Patients can stay with a family member at Jacks Place for free. It has 12 guest rooms, a dining room, kitchen, community room, library, meditation room, garden room and exercise room. The Shaw Outreach Team raised $4.6 million to build the cancer caring house and for a $1 million endowment to support its operation.The public is invited to attend an open house and tour Jacks Place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., on March 2, and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., on March 3. Jacks Place is located on the north side of Interstate 70, just west of the Edwards exit next to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

VAIL The Vail Valley Foundation distributed over $283,000 in 2006 through its Gold Star Giving grants and donor-advised funding programs to local schools and educational programs. The foundation has distributed more than $620,000 in the last three years, said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. Programs that received funds in 2006 include: Berry Creek Middle School: Safe School Ambassadors Program. Red Canyon High School: Help students apply for college. Minturn Middle School: 10th Mountain Division Hut trip. Gore Range Natural Science School: Avon in-school science program. Meet the Wilderness: Camping trips for at-risk students. The Literacy Project: Reading instruction. The Vail Jazz Foundation: Jazz Goes to School and Vail Jazz Workshop programs. Vail Mountain School: SummerQuest program for teens having trouble in school. The Family Learning Center: Child care center The Youth Foundation: Academic Soccer, After School Literacy and School of the 21st Century programs.Also receiving funds were the Public Education Foundation of Eagle County, for its Teacher Recognition Dinner, and the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau for educational outreach.For more information on the Gold Star Giving program, contact Cheryl Lindstrom, education manager, at 949-1999.

EAGLE Two men who police say broke into an Eagle Ranch liquor store Jan. 21 are still on the loose. Surveillance cameras showed two men wearing hoods and handkerchiefs over their faces break the glass doors of Eagle Ranch Wine & Spirits on Capital Street and placed carefully selected bottles of liquor into a wicker basket. The men left the store and broke several of the bottles, police said. The man came back into the store and put more bottles in their basket, police said. One of the suspects wore a red hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the sleeves and olive green cargo pants; the other was wearing a dark colored jacket and pants, police said. Investigators believe the same suspects may have attempted a similar burglary at Primivera Liquors on Highway 6 in Eagle in December. Anyone with information can call Eagle County Crime Stoppers 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS and earn up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or indictment.



WOLCOTT Wolcott is without a doubt the biggest space on the valley floor that has yet to be developed. A revision of the areas growth policies begins on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Red Sky Ranch Clubhouse.At that meeting, residents can tell county planners what they like about Wolcott and howd they like to see it grow in the coming years. The county will produce a community plan that will outline growth policies. Wolcotts growth policies were last updated in 1992. The new plan will cover a bigger area, ranging from the homes on Bellyache Ridge north to Wolcott Divide, and including the Horse Mountain Ranch development. The east and west boundaries are Edwards and Eagle.The 1992 plan called for a mixed-use, working village at Wolcott with cottage industries and light manufacturing. The plan will determine if, and how much, those policies will be changed.We want Wolcott to become a nice, self-sustaining community that works by itself, Eagle County Senior Planner Cliff Simonton said. A survey for residents to fill out about Wolcott will eventually be posted on the countys Web site. The county hopes to have the plan completed by the end of this year. Kathy Heicher

SILT A house fire Wednesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital and may have killed almost a dozen pets, according to a press release from the Rifle Fire Protection District.The homeowners were unsure of how many animals were in the house at the time of the fire, said Rifle Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Kevin Whelan.The residents told firefighters they had dogs, cats, birds and other animals within the house and on the property, Whelan said.Its a rural area and they have a lot of animals, Whelan said. We just dont know exactly how many (of the pets) were still in the house at the time.One resident was awakened from a nap by the homes fire alarm when the blaze broke out. The resident, whose identity hasnt been released, was treated for smoke inhalation at a nearby medical center and released, according to the report.Fire crews were able to extinguish the flames in a matter of minutes when they reached the house but the home had been severely damage, estimated around $200,000.The structure is still standing, Whelan said. But there is a lot of smoke damage.Residents and relatives were gathering up numerous pets from the lawn area when firefighters arrived. Fire crews remained on the scene for about five hours searching for and extinguishing any remaining hot spots. John Gardner


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