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Briefs: Young chefs win state

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Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER ” The Battle Mountain High School Pro Start culinary team placed first Wednesday at the Pro Start state competition in Denver.

They’ll go on to compete at the national competition in Charlotte, N.C., from April 20-22.

The team includes seniors Cam Lewis, Ryan Walker, Colby LeFebvre and Ian King. This is the second year the Battle Mountain has won the state competition. Last year, they placed seventh at the national competition.

GYPSUM ” The Colorado State Conservation Board will hold the annual Eagle Conservation District meeting on March 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. The meeting is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required.

Dr. K. George Beck, professor of weed science at Colorado State University, will give a talk about noxious weeds and their effect animals.

Dennis Davidson, a conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, will talk to landowners about how plant growth, soils, and nutrients can keep grazing land productive.

Colorado’s conservation districts help private and public landowners prevent soil erosion, conserve water, improve water quality, control flooding, preserve wildlife habitat and improve croplands, rangelands and forests.

To make reservations for the meeting, call (970)945-5494, ext. 109 by March 19.

VAIL ” The American Ski Classic returns to Vail Mountain for its 25th year from March 21 to 25. Celebrities, former pros and amateurs compete in the races at Vail’s Golden Peak.

This year’s even features the legends of skiing giant slalom and downhill competitions, along with the Countrywide Ford Cup celebrity team races. The giant slalom races is March 21 and features a concert by Soul Asylum. The downhill race is March 22 and is followed that night by the Mountain of Hope fundraising dinner.

“The legends portion of the Countrywide American Ski Classic is truly a ski racing history lesson,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “It’s incredible when you stop to think of how these men and women have shaped the nature of the sport we know today. Their total medal and victory count is amazing in and of itself.”

The ski legends will captain teams in the Ford Cup celebrities races March 23 and 24.

A ceremony honoring former valley resident President Gerald Ford, who died Dec. 26, will close this year’s event. Ford, his wife Betty and his family will be inducted into the International Ski Hall of Fame at the Legends Banquet.

“(President Ford) has been a tremendous ambassador for skiing, as well as the Vail Valley,” Folz said.

The 2007 Countrywide American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.

EAGLE COUNTY ” There are openings on the Eagle County and the Roaring Fork Valley planning commissions.

Residents who want to apply for seats on the commission should sent a letter to the Eagle County Community Development Department, P.O. Box 179, Eagle, CO 81631.

Applications, which are due March 16, can be download from Eagle County’s Web site at http://www.eaglecounty.us.

“Here’s a chance to participate in the shaping and implementation of a vision for your community,” said Keith Montag, Eagle County’s community development director.

GYPSUM ” Meritage Homes of Aspen wants to build 339 homes on 47 acres south of Collett Enterprises and Gypsum Auto Body. Prices are projected to range from about $200,000 to $425,000.

The development would include condominiums, townhouses and single-family homes. The land is next to a proposed 450,000-square-foot retail center that has been submitted by Next Realty Development of Illinois.

“This development is an opportunity to meet this trade area’s unmet needs for shopping and attainable workforce housing,” said Richard Kabat, principal of Next Realty Development.

The development’s proximity to the Eagle County Regional Airport has raised concerns about noise. But Town Manager Jeff Shroll said noise is not a deal-killer.

“The decibel counts at the site are not as high as people think they are,'” Shroll said. “The decibel count is actually the same as several places in town, including Cotton Ranch.”

The town has suggested that the developers build a roundabout on the north side of the Interstate 70 interchange and help widen U.S. Highway 6.

” Pam Boyd


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