Briefs: Construction starts at Vail Christian |

Briefs: Construction starts at Vail Christian

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Special to the DailyAll the dirt needed to extend the 8,000-foot long Eagle County runway by 1,000 feet is in place. The project, funded mostly by the Federal Aviation Administration, will cost $26 million. Paving will be finished in 2008.

EDWARDS ” Construction started this week on a new gymnasium and performing arts center at Vail Christian High School.

The performing arts center will have a main stage, an outdoor stage and should be able to seat around 350 people and be set up for banquets. Eventually, the school hopes to have professional state lighting and sound equipment installed.

There will also be art rooms, classrooms, a locker room and a weightlifting room.

All this will be connected to a two-story gymnasium, which will feature a high quality wood floor, basketball courts, volleyball courts and bleachers. Construction is expected to finish in January or February.

BEAVER CREEK ” The Suunto/Beaver Creek Hiking Navigational Skills Workshop will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop is an introduction to map, compass and global-positioning system skills.

Retired Col. Nick Fickling, a former commander of the British Defense Mapping School at Hermitage, will lead the workshop.

Meet at the Beaver Creek Hiking Center. The workshop will go up to Spruce Saddle, weather permitting. Bring your ski pass. Discounted lift tickets are available for $15 if needed.

The cost for the workshop is $30.

For more information or to register, call the Beaver Creek Hiking Center at 754-5373.

” Edward Stoner

MINTURN ” The second bridge crossing Two Elk Creek, approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Minturn trailhead, has been removed by forest rangers after it was damaged by a large rock that fell and hit the bridge.

The heavily used trail will remain open to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders.

Although water levels are dropping, Two Elk Creek can be difficult to cross. Warning signs have been posted to urge cyclists to slow down as they approach the creek and to advise all users of the bridge’s removal.

The bridge will be replaced next summer.

For more information on this and all other trails, contact Mike Bartholow, Eagle/Holy Cross trail crew foreman, 827-5181.

VAIL “The Vail Fire Department is among two dozen emergency agencies nationwide that will receive free tires from Michelin.

The tire company asked residents to nominate local agencies to receive the donation. Vail firefighter Ryan Sutter is a spokesman for the program.

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