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The ladies in Norma Yeik's water exercise class at the Gypsum Recreaion Center celebrated Halloween last Thursday wth some special costume headgear.
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Preparing and Canning Salsa Safely

Salsa is quickly becoming the most popular condiment in America. Learn how to prepare and water bath while canning salsa, using a recipe that has been tested and is safe for home canning.

The Eagle County Colorado State University Extension office and Master Food Safety Advisors will introduce participants to the pleasures of the safe preserving method for canning salsa. Class members will gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience for the best possible results of canning three different salsas at home.

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The salsa workshop is planned this Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Community Center at 715 Broadway in Eagle. The cost is $25. Attendees are asked to bring an apron, sack lunch and a beverage.

Pre-registration is required since space is limited, so please contact the Eagle County Extension office at (970) 328-8630 or e-mail

Cookie Swap meeting

Plans are in the works to start an annual “bakers dozen” cookie swap for all ages. A meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle will hash out the rules and allow participants to exchange recipes, share stories and play games in anticipation of the swap on Dec. 12. Extra cookies will go to charity. For more information, contact Dorothy at 970-309-2169 or

Seeking fair memorabilia

The summer of 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Eagle County Fair.

The Open-Class Committee and Eagle County Historical Society are looking for artifacts from past county fairs that would contribute to a nice display. “We are also searching for photographs, preferably with names attached, about past county fairs,” said Glenda Wentworth, Colorado State University Extension agent.

Residents who have items that they would consider lending can contact Wentworth by calling 970-328-8632 or sending an email to


The Gypsum Recreation Center will host a daylong Cycle-A-Thon on Saturday, Nov. 9, to raise money for Jack’s Place at the Shaw Cancer Center.

Saturday’s Cycle-A-Thon will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Jack’s Place.

All fitness levels are welcome and members of the recreation center as well as non-members are encouraged to take part. Admission fees for non-members will be waived for Cycle-A-Thon participants. Sign-ups may be made in advance or the day of the event with limited availability. There are openings for as many as 20 cyclists each hour throughout the day and the goal is to try and keep all 20 bikes full with riders for the entire eight hours. Cyclists are welcome to take part for an hour or more than an hour, depending on availability. Individual pledges are encouraged as well.

All participants will be eligible to win a drawing for a two-night stay at the Marriott in Vail. In addition, raffle tickets are being sold to cyclists and non-cyclists for prizes to include: a $100 Allegria Spa gift card, a Balata Dinner at Sonnenalp with $100 value, dine-outs at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek’s 8100 restaurant, Blue Moose Pizza and C-Bar in Beaver Creek, Gypsum Recreation Center punch card passes and more. The raffle tickets are being sold for $5 or three tickets for $10.

This is the Fifth Annual Cycle-A-Thon that fitness instructor-personal trainer Amy Klunzinger has organized as a way to draw attention to her passion for fitness, health and helping others.

“Cycling for a great cause to help the community is such a joy and very rewarding to watch a community come together and help one another,” she said. “It’s a great exercise for all ages and all abilities, and the Cycle-A-Thon is a way to call attention to a wonderful organization in Jack’s Place.”

For more information about the Cycle-A-Thon, including pre-registration and raffle sales, contact Amy Klunzinger at 970-470-0632 or For information about the Gypsum Recreation Center, call (970) 777-8888. To find out more about Jack’s Place go to


Wildlife may not have to wrestle with changing the time on their microwave ovens, but weather and human clock changes can pose some challenges for animals moving to lower elevations in advance of the coming winter.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding drivers that with dusk arriving earlier, the chances increase for collisions with deer and elk on Colorado’s roads.

“November is a dangerous month for motorists and wildlife,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Coordinator John Koshak. “Commuters will be driving at dusk when visibility is poor and when wildlife is most active.”

Koshak noted that along with reduced visibility for drivers, deer are also more vulnerable because November is the peak of the mating season, resulting in more mobile, easily distracted animals, he said.

He also cautioned drivers to be aware that deer and elk often travel in herds.

“If you see one animal on the road, generally there’s another one coming,” Koshak said.

During the fall months, large groups of deer and elk will move from high-altitude summer range into low-elevation valleys where they can more readily find food to survive the winter. Those lower valleys are also where many roads and communities are found, increasing the likelihood of human-wildlife conflicts such as vehicle collisions.

If an animal is hit, wildlife officials advise drivers to report the incident to law enforcement and call 911 if there are any human injuries.

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