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Briefs: Rec path stretches to be plowed

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EAGLE COUNTY – Selected stretches of county recreation paths will be plowed this winter. Vail will plow the North Frontage Road trail, most of the South Frontage Road trail and several sections of trail through the village and Lionshead. The Dowd Junction trail from West Vail to Highway 6 is now closed to all activity until spring. The stretch that parallels Highway 6 will not be plowed, but is open for walking and fishing access. In Avon and Edwards, the trail – except for the stretch behind the Westin Riverfront Resort construction site on Avon Road – will be plowed from the Eagle Bend Apartments on Hurd Lane in Avon to Hillcrest Drive in west EdwardsGypsum will plow the path along Highway 6 after roads have been cleared. For more information, contact ECO Trails at 328-3523, the public works departments of each town or the county’s Road and Bridge Department.

VAIL The Vail Nordic Center has opened for the 2006-07 season. It has approximately 17 kilometers of track for both skate skiing and classic cross country skiing, plus a 10 kilometer snowshoe track. The Nordic Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.Skis and snowhoses can be rented and the center, which also offers lessons. For the first time, the Nordic Center is selling season passes and daily tickets. Prices are as follows: $5 Day Use Ticket $65 Adult Season Pass $40 Transferable 10-day Punch Card $40 Student Season Pass (scholarships are available) Children Under 12 are FreeTicket sales will help the Vail Recreation District groom trails and expand programs for kids and beginners. The center also plans to print trail maps next year. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are only allowed on the snowshoe trail.Also new, there will be free ice skating from dawn to dusk beginning in late December and early January on the pond between the ninth tee box and first green on the Vail Golf Course. The Clubhouse Restaurant, located within the Vail Golf Club, is open for dinner and sleigh rides on the golf course throughout the winter. The old-fashioned sleigh drawn by Belgian draft horses departs at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sundays.For more information on the Nordic Center, call 476-8366. For the daily grooming report and upcoming events, go to To book a Nordic, cross country or snowshoe lesson, call 479-3210. For more information on sleigh rides and the Clubhouse Restaurant, call 476-8057. For information on all other rec district activities, go to

BEAVER CREEK – Winners of the Beaver Creek Children’s Poetry Contest were announced at resort’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony last week. The theme of this year’s contest was “My Wish For a Better World” and over 50 local and visiting children participated in the contest. Hope Thomson, who read her poem to the crowd, won first place. She then got to flip the switch to light the Christmas tree. Tyler Beckum and Flynn O’Neill were second and third. “The poems we received from the kids this year were incredible and filled with so many wonderful and unselfish wishes.” said Brian Hall, director of the Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre. “It’s so much fun each year to work on this contest and read what issues kids feel are important. “Some wishes are funny like ‘I wish my Dad wouldn’t snore so loud’ and some are very sincere, speaking of hunger, safe homes and wishes of safety for our troops abroad. All the kids who participated did a great job.”

EDWARDS – Santa Claus, accompanied by Rocky Mountain reindeer, will visit Wildflower Farm nursery in Edwards from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.Kids can feed the reindeer and families can bring Christmas story books to be autographed by Santa. Story books will also be on sale. Rex Keep Photography will be taking photos that may be purchased and made into holiday cards. Hot cocoa, cider and homemade cookies will be served. For more information, contact Stacey Jones at 926-5504 or

If you’re driving down a four-lane highway and see an emergency vehicle off to the side with its lights flashing, perhaps a police car on a traffic stop, what do you do?A) Speed up, stay in the lane you’re in and hope to sneak by without the cop seeing you or realizing how fast you’re going;B) Slow down, stay in the lane next to the shoulder and gawk, hoping to catch a glimpse of whatever mayhem has just occurred;C) Slow down, switch to the lane furthest from the shoulder and proceed with caution past whatever is happening.If you answered “C” you get a gold star from the Colorado State Patrol and local traffic cops, and you don’t get a ticket charging you with reckless driving, a $50 fine and four points against your driver’s license.Those are the penalties that go with a new state law that requires motorists to switch lanes away from the shoulder when they come upon an emergency vehicle pulled over with its lights flashing.The law has already taken effect and tickets have been issued by the Colorado State Patrol for a couple of months. Duran said while the law applies to all highways and roads in the state, two-lane roads are generally not targeted.- John ColsonVail Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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