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Briefs: Renie Gorsuch makes ski hall of fame

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyRenie Gorsuch

VAIL Ski racer turned ski fashion leader and retail mogul Renie Gorsuch, along with former U.S. Ski Team trainer and Steadman-Hawkins Clinic notable John Atkins, are the local candidates who will be inducted into Vails Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame in October.The other inductees are Aspen retailer Elli Iselin, former Aspen Skiing Company chief executive Pat ODonnell and Steamboat Springs Loris Werner. Gorsuch made her Winter Olympics debut at Squaw Valley, Calif., in 1960. While racing for the U.S. ski team, she met her husband, David Gorsuch. The couple later started the ski shop in Vail that has since expanded widely. Atkins was the head trainer and conditioning coach for the U.S. womens ski team. He worked with Dr. Richard Steadman, who later invited him to work at Vails Steadman-Hawkins clinic.

Iselin, a former member of the Austrian ski team, was one of the first women to teach skiing for the Aspen Ski School. Inn 1954 she opened Ellis of Aspen, a store that specialized in European ski fashions, She died in 1991. ODonnell is credited with making the environment a concern for the Aspen Skiing Co. The company was the first to use biodiesel in its snow cats and issue a sustainability report. Werner, who was born and raised in Steamboat Springs, was an alternate on the U.S. ski jumping team in the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics and was on the Alpine team four years later in Grenoble, France. He was the ski school director, mountain manager and a vice president of operations at the Steamboat ski areaTo attend the Oct. 27 induction gala or for more information about the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame, call (970) 476-1876 or go to

EAGLE COUNTY Eagle County Animal Services reports that a brown bat found in a home has tested positive for rabies. The last time a bat tested positive in Eagle County was in 1997.Rabies is a serious, fatal, disease that can be passed from animals to humans. It is very difficult to treat. Vaccination by a licensed veterinarian at regular intervals provides nearly complete protection. All pet owners are required to maintain proof of current rabies vaccination, said Animal Services Director Dr. Natalie Duck. Rabies is uncommon in Colorado, except in bats. If an unvaccinated pet comes into contact with a bat or other wild animal that is suspected of carrying rabies, the pet could be required to complete a six month quarantine.If your unvaccinated pet is exposed to rabies by killing or catching a rabid bat and becomes sick with rabies, everyone in the household will likely be exposed to the disease and require treatment. To report possible animal exposure to a bat or other wild animal, contact Animal Services immediately at 328-3647. In cases of human exposure, contact a physician immediately.

EAGLE COUNTY West Nile virus activity is increasing across Colorado, and Eagle County Environmental Health says residents should to try avoid mosquito bites. West Nile virus can cause serious illness, and can even be fatal. Even though we have a short mosquito season in Colorados High Country, the next month is when mosquitoes are most likely to be active and looking to bite you, says Ray Merry, Director of Environmental Health for Eagle County.Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn and bug repellents that contain DEET are the most effective. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants can reduce the likelihood of being bitten. Mosquito breeding can be reduced by getting rid of standing water. The Culex mosquito is the mosquito that passes the virus from birds such as magpies, crows or jays to humans or horses. You can report dead birds Eagle County Animal Services at 328-3647.For more information, visit Free bike helmets in Eagle

,EAGLE COUNTY The Western Eagle County Ambulance District is giving out free bicycle helmets to adults and children this summer. The agency will hand out helmets at the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, and other community events. Those who already own helmets can stop by to see if they fit properly. Helmets can also be picked up and fitted at the Eagle or Gypsum ambulance stations. The Eagle station is located at 360 Eby Creek Rd behind the 1st Bank. The Gypsum station is across the street from the 2nd Street Park. For more information, call 328-1130.

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