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Trail dedication

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at the new Haymeadow trail on Friday, Sept. 13.

The winner of the trail-naming contest will be honored and a community ride is planned. Following the event, a special showing of “Singletrack High” is planned at the Dusty Boot as a benefit for the Vail Valley Composite Mountain Bike Team.

The new trail will host the Colorado High School Mountain Bike State Championships Oct. 20.

The Haymaker

Student athletes and community members alike will have the opportunity to race the new Haymeadow trail during a special event planned this Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Haymaker will be a fun day of mountain bike racing for the entire family with strider races and clinics, youth beginner and advanced races, high school junior varsity and varsity races, and an adult race. Events will begin at noon and continue on through the evening.

The strider races are free and all other competitions will feature low race fees. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Cycle Effect, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking and to empower them through mentoring and education. The Cycle Effect recently relocated its headquarters to Eagle. Food, music and a bonfire are planned for bikers and spectators.

Fore the Future

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce, the Gypsum Chamber and the Eagle Valley Home Builders Association are teaming up with CenturyLink to present “Fore the Future” — a fall golf tournament planned at the Gypsum Creek Golf Club.

The event is planned Friday, Sept. 13, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Tournament fees are $110 per player or $400 for a four-person team. The fees include 18 holes of golf with cart and an apres party with live music, a silent auction and prizes.

The event is a fund-raiser for college scholarships for local high school students. For more information, call 970-370-7065.

Lion’s Pride

Eagle Lions club member Dr. Steve Oakson was honored with the organization’s Humanitarian Award presented by Past District Governor Walter Lemon on Aug. 20.

In his nomination letter, Club Secretary Ed Smith noted that Oakson has been an Eagle Lion for 13 years.

“He has 13 years of perfect attendance, needing very few makeups,” noted Smith.

Dr. Oakson has served as the Eagle club president twice and as treasurer many times.

“He doesn’t just fill a position. His integrity and old-fashioned sense of ‘doing things right if you’re going to do them’ has always meant that an office would be done well if Lion Steve held it,” said Smith. “No chairmanship in the club is too big for Lion Steve as he continually signs up for the toughest projects He is and has been our eye glass chairman for many years, approving request for eye exams and making sure all bills are paid regarding exams and glasses along with being the chair of the Scholarship Committee. “

Smith also cited Dr. Oakson’s volunteer efforts for Christmas on Broadway, Twelfth Night, Flight Days and the Eagle Lions Spaghetti Dinner.

“Steve is usually one of the first ones to show up and the last ones to leave any project,” said Smith.

Dr. Oakson, together with his wife Susan, operates a dental practice in Gypsum.

“They are well respected in the community and quietly go about improving their community and the lives of their neighbors,” said Smith.

Congratulations Dr. Oakson!

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP driver safety class for people age 50 and older is planned Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center, located at 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

This class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who complete the course. There is a $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for non-members for the workbook and handouts payable to the instructor. The class covers the following driving topics: how to compensate for changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; how to handle problem situations such as left turns, right-of-way, freeway traffic, trucks, and blind spots while driving; what to do if confronted by an aggressive driver; how medications may affect driving; how to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags, and safety belts; and how to assess your own and others’ driving abilities with a Personal Driving Capability Index.

AARP Driver Safety Classes are sponsored by High Country RSVP and taught by RSVP volunteers. High Country RSVP is a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College.

To register, call 970-384-8747. For more information, email

Internet service survey

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments is asking all community members to complete a short survey and internet service speed test, which will help build good information for the regional broadband plan the NWCCOG is developing.

If you have already taken this survey at your work location, please take the speed test again from your home internet connection and enter your physical location. The data will not be released or used outside of the strategic plan and no one will contact you or collect your e-mail address. This data will only be used to identify broadband quality in the region.

The study effort does require information about physical location so NWCCOG can map the actual internet speeds around the region, which will help identify the areas most in need. This plan’s goal is to help ensure residents and businesses in the region have sufficient access to broadband. The survey can be found on NWCCOG’s website: under “News and Current Issues” on the homepage.

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