Briefs: Eagle board candidates face off |

Briefs: Eagle board candidates face off

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado There are plenty of issues in the town of Eagle traffic congestion, potential big box store development, the future of Brush Creek, location of affordable housing.Candidates for Eagle Town Board will discuss their views at a special candidate forum on Thursday at the Eagle County Administration Building in Ea

The forum, to be held in the commissioners meeting room, will begin at 7 p.m. However, candidates will be on hand for a meet and greet session starting at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.The question and answer session will be televised and shown on channel 18, the ECOTV public access station. The program will be posted to the countys Web site, and will also air on television several times before the April 1 election.Kathy Chandler Henry will moderate the forum. Citizens will be able to submit questions for candidates.

EAGLE, Colorado The 28th annual 9Health Fair is coming in April. The event includes two days of screenings at Eagle Valley Middle School in Eagle. People can get their blood drawn on April 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The larger fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on, April 26. Each year we hear different stories, with the same message: the Health Fair made a difference in my life, said Joy Ortiz, who organizes the fair for the sponsor, the Lions Club. At the fair, the will be several tests available, including the blood draw, which screens for diabetes, heart problems, prostate cancer, kidney and liver problems, and other medical conditions.Only people 18 and older can get the blood tests. Those interested should fast for 12 hours before blood is drawn unless they have diabetes. A limited number of vouchers are available for people without health insurance. Call 949-7026 for more information.Fifty-five percent of Eagle County residents reportedly have a chronic disease, said Jill Hunsaker, Eagle County Public Health Manager. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and elevated cholesterol are all manageable conditions if caught early, and that what these screening are designed to do.

VAIL, Colorado The Vail-based Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum is selling 2,000 environmentally friendly, reusable grocery bags called ChicoBags.The bags cost $7 and proceeds will go to the ski museum. Trees, as any skier will tell you, are one of the most prized resources in and around mountain resort communities, said Susie Tjossem, executive director of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame. And ChicoBags also cut oil consumption and therefore reduce the effects of global warming. What skier or snowboarder can’t get behind that?The bags say: Conserve Resources, Preserve History: Grab a ChicoBag, and Colorado Ski Country: A Higher State of Conservation.The bags are machine washable and can fit in a pocket or purse. They expand to 18 inches by 18 inches and can carry 20 pounds. According to the American Forest and Paper Association, the United States used 10 billion paper grocery bags in 1999, requiring 14 million trees to be cut down.The bags can be purchased at or at the ski museum, which is in the Vail Village parking garage and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call 476-1876. The Whole Foods organic grocery chain is selling standard versions of the ChicoBag in a lead-up to Earth Day on April 22 for $5 at

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