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Free Dental Screenings

Gypsum dentist Dr. Steve Oakson will offer free back-to-school oral screenings for kids in preschool through eighth grade during August.

“The idea is to try to catch some of these children before major problems affect school work or attendance, “ he said.

The no-charge screenings will be offered at his offices in Gypsum for students from Eagle and Gypsum on Monday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. Dr. Oakson will not be providing treatment during the free screenings.

Please call 970-524-1105 to set an appointment time.

Eagle Trails Master Plan

The town of Eagle Open Space Department will host a trails open house Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The town is soliciting input on the Eagle Trails Master Plan consisting of both community open space and U.S. Bureau of Land Management trails.

Participants will be able to view maps of existing trails ad provide comment regarding:

Desired future trails

Desired future trail connections

Improvements to existing trails

Eagle Open Space Coordinator John Staight and consultant Chris Kehmeier with International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will be hosting the event. For more information, visit

Roller Dolls seek non-profit partner

The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls have an opportunity for a charitable organization to receive event funds from the roller derby bout “Mountains vs. Peaks” Aug. 17. The deadline to apply is Aug. 2.

The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls are a recreational roller derby league, and 501(c)(3), seeking WFTDA apprenticeship. While it is not required, preference is given to organizations with a focus on the group’s priority areas: education, environment and community. Consideration is given to non-profits (501(c)(3) required) located in/or serving the communities of Summit, Eagle and Garfield Counties, and those that are willing to lend support to the 10th MRD in preparation and/or production of the event. Organizations can request a complete list of funding criteria and application at and reply (to same address) or by mail to PO Box 1717 Gypsum, CO 81637 to receive funds from the Aug. 17th event. Completed applications will be forwarded internally to the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls Board of Directors, events committee, and league members.

Donation deadline

There’s still time but today, Aug. 1, is the deadline a to sort through the garage, store rooms and closets and donate clean, usable, items such as clothing, sports equipment, toys, books, furniture, house wares, linens and electronics to the upcoming Eagle Valley Community Fund Rummage Sale at Maloit Park south of Minturn.

Items can be dropped off anytime, and volunteers will be there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, or for large pick-ups, call 376-1231 or check out the website at Volunteers are still needed to set up for the sale.

The sale is planned Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18, and Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. The doors open at 6:45 a.m. on the 17th for the first day of the sale and at 8 a.m. the other three days. The sale runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 25, and shuts down at 3 p.m. on the final day, Aug. 25. Admission is $1 all four days.

All sale proceeds go to more than 65 local non-profit organizations.

Around Town

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce will host its August Membership Board Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 8:30 a.m. at Eagle Town Hall. Eagle Chamber Board Member Mike Daley and Jeremy Rietmann of the Vail Valley Partnership will present the findings of the VVP’s Economic Development Leadership Council study that defines specific goals for future economic growth for Eagle County and the measurable objectives and strategies to achieve them. The meeting will include discussion about how the objectives apply to, and benefit, the town of Eagle and our community.

In other Eagle Chamber news, the second Eagle Vision 20/20 event is planned Wednesday, Aug. 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall.

Plan to spend the Labor Day holiday close to home because the Eagle Mushroom Festival is coming back to town Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1. For more information about the full slate of activities planned, visit


Leftover big game hunting licenses will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 9 a.m., at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices, and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide.

Leftover licenses are those limited licenses that did not sell during the annual license draw process. With hunting applications being up by four percent this spring, there are fewer leftover licenses available than last year but hunters will still find plenty of opportunity. In addition to the approximately 33,000 elk licenses, 6,800 deer licenses and 3,800 pronghorn licenses that will be available, more than 1,500 bear licenses and 120 leftover fall turkey licenses will also go on sale to the public the morning of Aug. 6.

Leftover license day is one of the biggest hunting license sales days for many hunting licenses sales locations. Hunters can find a list of wildlife offices and license retailers on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

License purchasers who are out of state or unable to get to a license agent can call the toll-free license sales number, 1-800-244-5613, beginning at 9 a.m. MDT on Aug. 6. It is important to note that online purchasing of leftover licenses is delayed until the following day to keep distribution fair. Internet sales of leftover licenses do not begin until 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7.

A complete list of leftover licenses that go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 6 is available online. Hunters should check the current list to make sure that the licenses they are seeking will be available. Once license sales begin, the online list will be updated every 15 minutes.

Youth hunters will need to pay extra attention to which leftover license they purchase if they wish to participate in the Youth Late Season Elk Hunts. For more information, visit the Late Youth Hunts web page (

Hunters planning to purchase a leftover license should come prepared with their driver’s license and hunter education card. State law requires that anyone purchasing a hunting or fishing license provide their social security number. Hunters interested in purchasing private-land-only licenses must obtain permission from landowners before they can hunt on private land.

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