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Briefs: Eagle OKs pellet-burning stoves

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado After a seven-year ban on solid fuel burning devices, the town of Eagle is ready to loosen up its regulations a bit.The Eagle Town Board recently changed the law to allow pellet stoves and pellet boiler systems. Pellet stoves are small electric devices that burn small pellets made of compressed, recycled sawdust. The stoves operate with an automated fuel feeding system.The pellet stoves have been earning high ratings for efficiency and economy. A 40-pound bag of pellets sells for less than $5. The rising cost of fuel oil and natural gas prompted the Town Board to change the law.The town adopted an ordinance in 2000 that effectively banned the use and installation solid fuel burning devices. In the 1980s and 1990s, wood-burning stoves were popular. At the time, a cold winter day in Eagle typically also meant poor air quality, due to emissions from stoves and fireplaces.Although the town does not have specific air pollution data, since the 2000 ordinance was passed, there has been a noticeable improvement in air quality in Eagle, Assistant Town Planner Yuri Kostick said.Kostick also urged the Town Board to set aside money to help people with wood-burning fireplaces switch to more efficient heating systems.

AVON Awards were given in six categories: best business, best residence, best neighborhood, best team, best multi-media, and best green lighting. The winners, in order, are as follows: Business: Comfort Inn, Christie Lodge Residences: Pat & Patty McKenny (Bear Trap Road), Kathy and Dave Martinez (West Beaver Creek Boulevard), Ruth Stanley (West Beaver Creek Boulevard) Neighborhood: Gary & Charolette (Kedspur), Joseph & Mary Beth Walker (Kedspur) Team: John & Debbie L’heureux (Eaglebend), Deborah Gallen (Eaglebend) Multi-media: Pat, Patty, and Faye McKenny (Bear Trap) Green lighting: Mark & Joyce Benson (Draw Spur), Rick & Karen Posner, (Oneal Spur)This year’s winners will receive an award certificate and gift certificate to a local Avon restaurant. Gift certificates for first place are $100, second place receives $75 and third place receives $50. The awards will be distributed at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at the first Town Council meeting of the year.

EDWARDS Erika Donahue, a kindergarten teacher at Edwards Elementary, has become a National Board Certified teacher. Becoming a National Board Certified teacher is time consuming and tough, Donahue said. Its also one of the most respected honors in teaching in the country. There is only one other National Board Certified teacher in the school district.It requires teachers do several large projects showing how they work in a classroom, and how their teaching contributes to student achievement. Two of the projects require the teacher send in video samples of their teaching. In another project, teachers must demonstrate how they help outside the classroom, perhaps through parent outreach or after-school programs. There are six short answer tests that question the teachers knowledge in their subjects and grade levels.Donahue said the professional development given to teachers in Eagle County and the evaluations the district used helped her do well in the certification process. Donahue said becoming a National Board Certified teacher helped her analyze and refine her teaching to better help students.

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