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Commuting challenge under way

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Vail CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail, Vail Recreation District and ECO Trails are calling out to the community to find Eagle Valley residents with the most Sole Power as part of the green commuting challenge under way through Labor Day weekend.

Returning for its second summer, the challenge is free and designed to encourage individuals and teams to use non-motorized transportation to and from work, running errands, social functions or wherever their destination may be.

Participants are asked to login by going to and then track daily miles. During the challenge, participants can also track daily stats against other teams and riders, as well as calculate calories burned, gas money saved, carbon dioxide emissions eliminated and more. At the end of the challenge, prizes will be awarded to the top teams and individuals who achieved the most mileage and most trips. Over $1,000 in prizes will be given away to those with the most Sole Power throughout the challenge through weekly drawings for anyone logging miles within that week.

According to Town of Vail Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Kristen Bertuglia, in 2010 nearly 100 participants logged a total of 12,000 miles of green commuting. Bertugilia says the mileage saved participants approximately $2,000 total in gas and reduced 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emmissions.

Last year’s top commuters were Jim Platzbecker, logging 1,885 green commuting miles as he rode his bicycle from Edwards to Vail each day, followed by Jamie Malin with 822 miles, Sandy Skiles with 767 miles, Dan Brewster with 700 miles and George Ruther with 575 miles.

Top teams included Eagle County Government, Town of Vail Community Development Department, West Vail Liquor Mart and the Avon Public Library. Participants who logged the most individual green commuting trips included Lisa Ponder, Sandy Skiles, Kip Tingle and Gailrose Baldwin.

Supporters of the Sole Power challenge include Pazzo’s Pizza, Aria Club and Spa, Riverwalk and Capital Theaters, Big Bear Bistro, Marketplace, Antlers Lodge and West Vail Liquor Mart. For details on how a business or individual can contributeto the program, contact Bertuglia at 970-477-3455.

For more information on the Sole Power Challenge, call Bertuglia at 970-477-3455.

Public safety officials in Vail are now encouraging property owners to sandbag flood-prone areas in advance of the peak runoff which has been delayed due to cooler temperatures. Spring runoff typically peaks between mid-May and mid-June, when streams reach their highest flow and height.

The town has established three distribution points for free sand material and empty bags for residents and merchants who wish to safeguard their property from the possibility of high water. Sand and bags are available at the parking lot near the Interstate 70 interchange in East Vail, at the Charter Bus Lot adjacent to the Lionshead parking structure and at the North Trail parking lot in West Vail. Residents should bring a shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags while supplies last. Some bags have already been filled at the distribution points and are available for immediate loading on a first-come, first-served basis. Contractors are asked to make their own arrangements for sandbags for commercial construction projects.

For information on sandbag materials in Vail, contact Vail Streets Superintendent Charlie Turnbull at 970-477-3425 or call his cell phone at 390-3008 in case of an emergency.

VAIL, Colorado – Town of Vail buses have transitioned from the spring schedule to the summer schedule as of Monday. The summer schedule, which will run through mid-December, will provide free 40-minute to one-hour service on most outlying routes during peak times and one-to-two hour service on most outlying routes during non-peak times. For a complete bus schedule, call 970-477-3456 or visit

Watch for details announcing Vail’s new Frontage Road Express route beginning June 14 with service between Ford Park, Vail Village and LionsHead during peak event days. The service will offset new parking restrictions on the South Frontage Road.

EAGLE, Colorado – The Eagle Flight Days committee is seeking donations for the annual Flight Days Auction.

The auction takes place at noon following the parade and Fort Carson Army Band Performance on June 25 at the Eagle Town Park Centennial Stage. Auction items in the past have included rounds of golf, guided fishing trips, lodging packages, sporting event tickets and an Eagle pool and ice rink pass.

All proceeds from the auction offset the expenses associated with the annual town celebration. Last year’s auction raised about $7,000, which is roughly one-third of the annual operating expenses.

If you would like to donate an item for the auction, contact Rick Beveridge at 970-328-7444 or

VAIL, Colorado – The Eagle County Democrats will be offering a fundraising event Monday at restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food and drinks will be served.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is scheduled to attend along with state Rep. Millie Hamner.

Seating is limited and the cost is $45 per person. RSVP as soon as possible by calling Liz Spetnagel at 970-471-3225, or email her at

VAIL, Colorado – Vail Valley Partnership members and Vail’s front line staff are invited to the second annual Vail Recreation District Hospitality on Tuesday.

Enjoy a luncheon mixer provided by Happy Valley Grill and learn about the various programs, camps and events produced by the Vail Recreation District. Then for those interested, enjoy a round of golf at the Vail Golf Club. There will be free beer while it lasts for those 21 and older.

The event is at the Vail Golf Club and Happy Valley Grill.

• 11:30 a.m.: Registration and luncheon mixer.

• 1 pm: Free golf (shotgun start).

Golf is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental clubs will be $20 per set. Lunch is also open to all VVP members and front line staff who may not have time to golf.

Email to sign up and to attend the luncheon.

For details, call 970-476-1000 or 970-479-2446.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – The following local students were among 1,200 students who graduated from Mesa State College on May 15.

• Erik Garcia, of Edwards, graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

• Alexander Dorothy, of Gypsum, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

• Sarah Farris, of Minturn, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

• Clarissa Gallegos, of Minturn, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts.

• Patricia Grant, of Minturn, graduated with an Associate of Applied Science.

• Christina Gosselin, of Vail, graduated with a Master of Arts in education.

• Kaeli Hosler of Vail, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Founded in 1925, Mesa State College is a comprehensive regional public higher education institution offering liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the master’s, bachelor’s, associate, and certificate levels.

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