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Briefs: Gypsum X-mas lights contest begins

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM ” Homes and businesses are now competing in the town’s 14th annual Christmas lights contest.

There are six categories and the winners will be announced Dec. 14.

Nominations can be made by calling town offices at 524-7514. Judging will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15.

A new energy-efficient award has been added this season recognizing the best use of LED lighting. The winner of the energy-efficient award will receive a $50 energy credit from Holy Cross Energy.

Other prizes include $50 gift certificates from Active Communications, Alpine Bank, Columbine Market, Gypsum Napa Auto Parts and Stop ‘N Save. A $100 cash award from Beveridge Real Estate will be presented to the grand prize winner.

EDWARDS ” Because voters only have until Dec. 5 to register for February’s party presidential caucuses, Colorado Mountain College will hold a voter registration drive from Nov. 26 to 29 at its Edwards campus.

Officials will accept voter registrations from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day at the community college building at 150 Miller Ranch Road in Edwards. The caucus is Feb. 5.

A party caucus is a meeting of the local members of a political party to select candidates and delegates to conventions.

Caucuses and primaries taking place over the next few months across the nation determine which candidates will compete in the presidential election.

After the caucus, but before the national conventions, however, there are other gatherings ” county assemblies, and congressional district and state conventions. In Eagle County, the Democratic assembly is scheduled Feb. 25 at 6 p.m., with the Republican assembly on March 1 at 4 p.m.

Assemblies take place in the Eagle County Room of the county building at 500 Broadway, in Eagle.

For more information about voter registration, contact Peggy Curry at 569-2908.

Local political party updates can be found at http://www.eagledems.org or http://www.eaglecountyrepublicans.org.

VAIL ” Repaving and safety improvements to the stretch of Interstate 70 that runs through Vail will be discussing at a public meeting Nov. 29, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Vail Town Council chambers.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials will discuss the work planned between Dowd Junction and East Vail.

For more information, call Nancy Shanks at (970)385-1428 or Peter Kozinski at 328-6385.

VAIL ” While town crews plow Vail’s roads this winter, residents also have a job to do when it comes to removing snow.

Town law says:

– Homeowners and residents are responsible for maintaining their own driveways, parking areas and sidewalks following a snow storm.

– Private snowplow drivers are required to obtain a license from the town’s Public Works Department at 1309 Elkhorn Drive.

– Snowplows are not allowed to push or plow snow into public roadways, including snow-melt surfaces in Vail Village or Lionshead.

– All vehicles are prohibited from parking on streets or shoulders.

Following a snowstorm, roads that lead to the hospital, schools, commercial areas and the ski area are plowed by 8 a.m. with other residential streets plowed by 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Charlie Turnbull in the town’s Public Works Department at 477-3425 or 390-3008.

VAIL PASS ” People will have to pay to use the 50,000 acres of the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Area beginning Friday, depending on the weather.

“If we don’t get enough snow that could change our plans. But with the predicted snow coming in the next few days we are remaining hopeful that we will open,” said Mike Bartholow, lead backcountry ranger for the Vail Pass Recreation Area.

The recreation area extends from Copper Mountain on the east, Vail Mountain on the west, Camp Hale on the south and the I-70 on the north.

The fees collected fund maps, trail grooming, marking and maintenance of routes, parking management and visitor information.

Fees are $6 per person per day; children 13 and under are free. Passes are available at all trailheads. Season passes are $40 and are available at the Vail Pass Information Booth, and at the Dillon and Holy Cross ranger districts.

Fees will be collected through April 30.

For more information, contact the Dillon Ranger District (970)468-5400 or Holy Cross Ranger District, 827-5715.

VAIL ” Imagination Station, the children’s interactive museum in Lionshead, opens for the winter on Tuesday. It’s open to kids age 2 through 12.

The museum is above Subway in the Lionshead parking garage. The museum has new activities this year.

The Imagination Station will be open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the ski season.

For more information, call Vail Recreation District Youth Services at 479-2292 or visit http://www.vailrec.com.

AVON ” The grand opening of Avon Station is at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Avon Station has a 450-square-foot shelter and room for six full-size buses. It is a five-minute walk from the bus station to the Avon Recreation Center, Avon Library, Eagle Valley Trail and many hotels.

The station is also only 400 feet away from the Riverfront gondola, which runs to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain.

“Avon Station is a key part of Avon’s larger long-term efforts to create a vibrant, well-connected town center with pedestrian-friendly access and increased multi-modal transportation efficiency,” Town Manager Larry Brooks said.


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