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Glenwood Canyon wildlife habitat
Pending favorable weather conditions, a Forest Service contractor will soon start a habitat enhancement project north of the Grizzly Creek exit on Interstate 70.
The project will improve habitat conditions for healthy wintering bighorn sheep, promote fuel reduction, and cycle nutrients retained in decadent shrub vegetation. The 42-acre thinning treatment will be accomplished with a chain saw crew—cutting, lobbing, and scattering woody vegetation. This project is located on National Forest System lands adjacent to I-70, in Glenwood Canyon. Work is expected to begin shortly.
“This project is part of a large-scale effort being conducted over a 10-year period in partnership with the Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to improve habitat for bighorn sheep and other native wildlife across some 45,000 acres on White River National Forest,” said Phil Nyland, the project leader and wildlife biologist.
The project will be in progress through the month of October into early November and will not affect services at the Grizzly Creek Rest Area. It is conducted in cooperation with Colorado Department of Transportation.
Information regarding this project and its objectives is available at the Forest Service offices at 120 Midland Ave., Glenwood Springs, at 125 W. Fifth St., Eagle, or by calling 970-963-2266.
CMC creative writing and art contest
As part of this year’s Common Reader programming, Colorado Mountain College students and members of the public are invited to submit entries to an art and creative writing contest sponsored by the college.
All entries are to be inspired by this year’s Common Reader book, Mishna Wolff’s frank and funny memoir, “I’m Down.” The theme of the contest is “Beyond Cultural Identity: Overcoming Obstacles and Making Connections.”
Six winners will be selected, three in the creative writing category and three in the art category. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: $250 for first prize, $150 for second prize and $100 for third. The winning entries will be published on the Common Reader web page and will also be submitted for possible inclusion in the 2014 issue of “Rocky Mountain Reflections,” CMC’s arts and literary journal.
The deadline for submissions is Nov. 29. Copies of the book are available at local libraries and bookstores, and community members are encouraged to read “I’m Down.”
Dog/cat adoption special
During the month of October, Eagle County Animal Services is offering 50 percent off pricing for dog and cat adoptions.
Dogs can be adopted for $50, normally $100, and cats can be adopted for $35, normally $70. The adoption fee covers current vaccinations, microchipping and spay or neuter.
Animal Services Manager Richard Molinari said fall and winter seasons are a great time to adopt a shelter animal.
“Due to the colder weather, these adopted animals will spend more time indoors with their new owners, helping the animal acclimate to their new surroundings,” said Molinari. “While inside, owners tend to engage in more one-on-one time with the animal, making the colder months an ideal time for obedience training and bonding.”
For information on all animals available for adoption, visit the shelter at 1400 Fairgrounds Road in Eagle between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Or, view photos and more at http://www.eaglecounty.us/animal.
The Porchlight Players will present the comedy murder-mystery “Drop Dead!” this fall.
The story revolves around a group of has-been actors trying to revive their careers in a run-down theater performing a mediocre play, directed by the once-touted, now disgraced Victor Le Pewe. Old animosities resurface between rival actors, and just when the show is about to go on stage, the actors start to drop dead. Who has reason to sabotage the show? Who hates the other actors enough to commit murder? Find out as you enjoy this rollicking thriller.
Tickets are $35, and include pre-curtain snacks, an array of appetizers during intermission and three drink tickets for beer, wine or soft drinks. Show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8, 9 and 10. All performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Advance tickets must be purchased online at least 24 hours in advance.
Visit http://www.porchlightplayers.com to purchase tickets. Sales will begin this week.
The third edition of “Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls” is now available for sale at The Nearly Everything Store in Eagle. According to store manager Annie Colby, the book is always a popular Christmas present. Author Susan Campbell Reneau will be in Eagle next week for a special book signing, either on Tuesday or Wednesday. Call the store at 970-328-6875 for more information.
Vail International Hockey is selling poinsettia plants for Christmas to benefit the youth hockey club’s trip to Eastern Europe in December 2015. Orders for the poinsettias must be placed by Nov. 2 with delivery scheduled for early December. If you would like to purchase some of these plants, or need additional information, please contact Michael Rawlings at 970-390-9233 or Julie Alt at 970-376-3270.
It would be really hard to spark a wildfire anywhere near Vail Mountain or Beaver Creek right now. Still, unattended campfires will always draw attention.