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Special Olympics bowling Tournament

The 2013 Western Colorado Special Olympics Bowling Tournament is planned at the Back Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“We are in need of up to 20 volunteers for that day, with volunteer registration at 9 a.m. at the Back Bowl,” said Julie Fite, area manager for Special Olympics Colorado. “Also, a special thanks goes to The Back Bowl, The Knights of Columbus from Glenwood Springs, Craig, Steamboat Springs, Eagle, Leadville and Rifle.

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The event will include around 130 Special Olympics athletes, 30 coaches, 40 families and 15 Unified Sports® partners. The day will begin with the 9 a.m. athlete, coach and volunteer registration followed by opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Competition begins at 9:45 a.m. with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow.

For additional information, or to volunteer to help at the event, contact Fite at 970-945-0395.

Gifted Pianist launches Glenwood concerts

A spectacular young pianist will open the season for Glenwood’s Community Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs High School theater.

Charlie Albright is regarded by critics as among the most gifted musicians of his generation. He has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, the Seattle Philharmonic, Northwest Wind Symphonies and recently earned his Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School of Music.

A limited number of membership tickets will be sold at the first concert at the bargain price of $40 to attend five concerts on the schedule, including the Goldwing Express in February and a tribute to ABBA in March. Other events are Vocaldente, a vocal quintet from Germany in November, and a trumpet ensemble from France next May.

More information on joining the concert association is available by visiting or calling Judy at 970-945-5384.

USFS Reduces Services at Campgrounds and Developed Trailheads

Services will be reduced at the developed sites on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District as of this week.

Several campgrounds will still be available for camping, however services such as bathroom cleaning and stocking, fire pit cleaning, and overall site maintenance will not be provided. These campgrounds include Yeoman Park Loop B, Fulford Cave, Sweetwater, Half Moon, White Owl, and sites 1-8 at Deep Lake Campgrounds. Since there are no services, a camping fee is not required.

New gates have been installed at Loop A in Yeoman Park, Coffee Pot, and Deep Lake past site No. 8. These gates closed Oct. 2. Closing these gates is expected to help protect the public’s investment in the sites.

“We have a tendency to see increased damage to the facilities during the fall; the roads and sites are wet and in some cases users bring stock into the sites. Unfortunately, our small seasonal crew and volunteer hosts have already left for the season and we are unable to provide service at these sites into the fall months,” said Dave Neely, District Ranger.

Dispersed camping opportunities exist along the majority of the open road system, especially along Forest Road 600 near Coffee Pot Campground. Visitors are reminded to consult a 2013 Motor Vehicle Use Map for information regarding the open road system and areas where dispersed camping is available.

For more information, contact the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715 or visit the Forest website

Around Town

Eagle is officially MountainHop’s 2013 Colorado Bike Town of the Year. In a Facebook contest launched last week, Eagle garnered the most votes to claim the title. Congrats!

The Vail Valley Salvation Army and the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Committee are sponsoring a Fall Coat Drive at locations throughout Eagle County. The list of most-needed items includes children’s winter jackets, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves. Donors may also include adult coats and fleeces. The coat drive organizers request that all items be cleaned and in good condition. Downvalley drop-off locations are the Eagle Police Department at 200 Broadway and the Gypsum Recreation Center at 52 Lundgren Blvd.

It’s Homecoming week at Eagle Valley High School. The Devils will face the Glenwood Springs Demons in the homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. Royalty will be crowned at half-time.

Wells Fargo awards grants to 12 local groups

Recipients of grants from the 20th annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund in the Eagle Valley and Summit County have been announced by Wade Gebhardt, Wells Fargo’s Business Banking manager for the Eagle-Summit market.

Twelve locally based non-profit organizations received the investments totaling $9,000.

“The communities throughout the Eagle Valley and Summit County are known as great places for people to visit and play. They’re also wonderful places to live, work and do business,” Gebhardt said. “Working together to help those less fortunate is at the heart of our community and a priority for Wells Fargo. There are so many small, local, grassroots organizations that fill an important role in our community. We greatly appreciate their efforts on behalf of all of us and we’re proud to make these grants as part of our overall community investment efforts.”

The following local organizations received a Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund grant:

4 Eagle Foundation

Beaver Ponds environmental Education Center

Boys and Girls Club of South Park Inc.

CASA of the Continental Divide

Charitable Foundation of the Vail Eagle Valley Rotary Club

Early Childhood Partners Inc.

Food Rescue Express Eagle County

Mountain Tots Preschool

Red Ribbon Project

Starting Hearts Inc.

Summit County Senior Citizens Inc.

Vail Mountain Rescue Group

Statewide, more than 200 qualified, community-based non-profit organizations in Colorado will receive funding in 2013 from Wells Fargo through the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund. Eligible organizations must be certified 501(c)(3) and have an annual budget of $350,000 or less.

The Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund was started in 1993 to provide greatly needed support to small, non-profit groups that don’t have the resources to compete with larger organizations for community support dollars. Since its inception, more than 4,000 grants totaling more than $3.9 million have been awarded.

The Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund is part of the company’s overall community support initiatives. In 2012, Wells Fargo donated $4.3 million to 1,200 non-profit organizations across Colorado, and team members logged more than 28,000 volunteer hours.

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