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Briefs: Dobson ski swap this weekend

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

VAIL Its ski swap time again. Ski & Snowboard Club Vails used ski gear sale the 38th annual Ski & Snowboard Swap is Friday and Saturday at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail. Early bird shopping runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday. The sale continues that night until 11 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Ski & Snowboard Club. For more information, call Ski & Snowboard Club Vail at 476-5119 or log on to http://www.skiclubvail.org.

EDWARDS Candidates running for Eagle County school board this fall will talk to voters at a forum Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Moreno residence at 60 Cameron Place in the Homestead neighborhood. The forum is sponsored by a local group, Family Connections, along with the school district and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, an advocacy group for special-needs kids.

AVON Maintaining water quality is the topic of next weeks Water Wise Wednesday meeting, from 5 p.m., to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Avon library. The speaker is Cynthia Peterson, the chairwoman of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission and is member of the Colorado Pollution Prevention Advisory Board. She also is program director of AWARE Colorado, a statewide initiative of the League of Women Voters of Colorados Education Fund, which tries to help communities protect water quality when making land use decisions.



EDWARDS The fountains have been tested and the spark park at Edwards Freedom Park should be ready for kids next spring. The spray park is approximately 800 square feet and has three different areas: a toddler area, intermediate area, and high action zone for older kids. The parks 23 fountains are controlled by a computer that continually changes the spray patterns. The park was built and funded by Eagle County, the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District and the Edwards Metropolitan District. The project also received a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for $100,000. The spray park is scheduled to open in May 2008.

EAGLE COUNTY Local volunteers are packing simple gifts in shoe boxes to send to impoverished kids around the world. Gifts will be collected through November, beginning on Nov. 12 , at the Calvary Chapel Vail Valley, 77 Metcalf Road Suite 105, in Avon. The gifts are shipped to children suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine, and poverty, said Scott Hixon, relay center coordinator. For more information on drop-off locations and hours visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org.



VAIL Stan Zemler has been made a member of a group of mountain towns and others that will make recommendations on how to improve traffic between Denver and the High Country. Zemler, who served as co-chair of the I-70 mountain corridor coalition, will represent the town of Vail and Eagle County. The 25-member group has representatives from business, local government, transit and the recreation industry, and will consider everything from widening the interstate to mass transit. For more information, go to http://www.i70mtncorridor.com or contact Zemler at 479-2105.


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