Briefs: Controlled burn planned this week |

Briefs: Controlled burn planned this week

Daily Staff Report

BURNS ” Federal fire officials are planning this week a small, controlled fire about three miles southeast of Burns.

Crews from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning to burn about 30 acres of old willow to improve the health and vigor of the vegetation along Castle Creek.

The site is about 25 miles northwest of Eagle.

GYPSUM ” Jennifer Wright, an English teacher at Eagle Valley High School, has been named the 9Teachers Who Care Award Winner for May.

Wright is also the school’s cheerleading coach, plans prom activities, sponsors international spring break trips and teaches night school.

The 9Teachers Who Care award was created by Denver’s 9NEWS and CollegeInvest in 2001 to recognize the state’s top teachers.

Wright was nominated by students and faculty members at Eagle Valley High School.

“She’s a cheer coach and an English teacher. She’s in charge of prom every year, takes students to Europe, and she still finds time to be an inspiration,” Summer Forsyth wrote in a letter from the Eagle Valley student body. “If I had to pick one person who has made a positive impact on my life and work ethic it would be Ms. Wright.”

Last year, Wright organized an after-prom event where students gathered at the high school for more activities, Eagle Valley High School Principal Mark Strakbein said.

“Jennifer teaches English beyond the classroom walls,” said fellow teacher Susan Scott. “Magic is happening within her classroom. She motivates her students like no other.”

Anyone can nominate a teacher for the 9Teachers Who Care award. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Education Page or the Community Page on or requested by calling (303)871-1899.

AVON ” Between Tuesday and Thursday, motorists should expect delays on Avon Road from Benchmark Road to Hurd Lane while the expanded roundabout is being paved.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes and should be aware the stretch of road may be closed on Thursday.

During the closure, traffic will be routed to West Beaver Creek Road. For more information, contact Shane at the Town of Avon, 748-4114.

AVON ” The Beaver Creek rodeo returns this summer, running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursday evenings from June 14 to Aug. 23.

Along with rodeo events there will be a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and mutton bustin’. Restaurants selling food at the rodeo will include Foxnut Asian Fusion and Sushi, Moe’s Original BBQ, and Dusty Boot Saloon, among others.

The rodeo will be held just east of Chapel Square in Avon. There won’t be a rodeo on Aug. 2.

Kelly Adams is this year’s Beaver Creek Rodeo queen. Adams attends Vail Christian High School and placed second in barrel racing last year at the Beaver Creek Rodeo Series. She also participates in gymnastics, dance, and snowboarding, while maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average.

Sara Martin is this year’s Queen attendant. Sarah is 14 and attends Berry Creek Middle School. She is the vice president of the Horse Ranger’s 4-H Club where she competes in English and Western riding, and is a member of the Freedom Riders Drill Team.

Angela Downs has been named this year’s Beaver Creek Rodeo Series princess. Angela is 12 and attends Eagle County Charter Academy. Her interests are English and Western riding, the Freedom Riders Drill Team, 4-H, raising livestock, community service and playing soccer.

Tickets to the rodeo are $20 for VIP seating, $15 for Adults (ages 18-64), $8 for seniors (ages 65 and up), $5 for Youth (ages 13-17), and children 12 years old and under are free. Tickets are available in-person in advance at the Beaver Creek Information Center or the evening of the event at the on-site rodeo box office.

Free parking is available directly across the street from the rodeo grounds, with a one-minute walk to the site. Alcoholic beverages, pets, and glass containers cannot be brought onto the rodeo grounds.

For more information about the rodeo series, call (970) 845-9090 or visit For cowboy sign up, please contact Jodi Teague at (970)376-0817 on Tuesdays only from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

VAIL ” Extreme Camp Vail is open to adventure-minded kids age 8 to 13, and is held Fridays throughout the summer.

Outings will include climbing and bouldering, rafting day trips and a Glenwood Springs tram and cave tour. Campers can be dropped off and picked up at Red Sandstone Elementary School in Vail.

Camp Vail’s “break-format” days are moving to Fridays this summer. Campers can participate in activities such as pirate day or camp olympics, or choose to go on an Extreme Camp Vail trip an additional cost.

For more information on Extreme Camp Vail, Camp Vail and all other Vail Recreation District Youth Services camps and programs, contact rec district Youth Services at 479-2292 or

VAIL ” A portion of West Meadow Drive in front of the Four Seasons construction site will be closed to all vehicles until about 11 a.m. Thursday.

While the road is closed, drivers can get to Vail Valley Medical Center via East Lionshead Circle. Pedestrian access is not effected.

The road will be closed while a sewer line is installed. Call Trent Eichler of WVC Company at (303)287-3322 for more details.

During the same period, the town of Vail will complete the relocation of Spraddle Creek. After Thursday, West Meadow Drive will be closed until about 7 p.m. each night until May 26.

For more information on the Spraddle Creek project, call Tom Kassmel, Town Engineer, at 479-2235.

VAIL ” Vail Mountain wants to replace and realign Chair 15, the beginner lift at Eagle’s Nest.

The upgrade would use equipment from the Sourdough lift, a fixed-grip triple lift that is being replaced this summer with a high-speed quad.

The lift would be realigned so the bottom terminal would move east 140 feet and downhill 150 feet.

Equipment would be flown by helicopter from the Sourdough area to Eagle’s Nest, said Don Dressler of the U.S. Forest Service.

Vail also wants to install a well at the bottom of Chair 37 to draw groundwater for snowmaking.

The resort sometimes has trouble keeping enough snow on and around the Tea Cup Bridge at the bottom of Chairs 36 and 37, Dressler said.

The well might be less intrusive than piping water from the front side of the mountain, Dressler said.

The Forest Service is soliciting comments on the proposals. Send comments to Brian Lloyd, Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger, c/o Don Dressler, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 190, Minturn CO 81645.

Include your name, address and telephone number.

” Edward Stoner

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