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The Eagle River Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2014 grant program. The Foundation's mission statement is "To cooperatively work with the communities of Western Eagle County by initiating or financially supporting non-profit projects which promote the safety, well-being, and environment of the people within the area." Through the years, the foundation has financially supported numerous community projects including the Eagle River Foundation Library, founded in Nov. 2007 and shown above. The library, located in the Eagle Valley Medcal Center on Sylvan Lake Road, offers health related books for check out and on-line resources to help people in the community with any medical questions or concerns. For more information about Foundation grants or to learn more about its programs, visit
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Cleaning house at Gypsum Recreation Center

It is that time of the year again. The Gypsum Recreation Center is closed for annual maintenance until 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

“We choose this weekend annually because it is the slowest time at the facility, the kids are back to school and it is over a holiday weekend in which people are out enjoying the last weekend of summer,” said Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District Gypsum area manager Scott Ruff

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During the annual closure, the rec center is turned upside down so contractors can do work that they otherwise cannot, due to users in the building. Also, the general maintenance and deep cleaning is done by staff.

“Use these few days to enjoy your exercise outdoors, or give your body its much needed rest,” said Ruff.

Eagle Wild Mushroom and Wine Weekend

It’s not too late to sign up for all the fun planned around town this Labor Day holiday during the Eagle Wild Mushroom and Wine Weekend.

A weekend pass for one person is $145 and lets guests experience the full Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend with access to all events, and guaranteed seating/entrance to dinners and presentations. Admission to the events may also be purchased a la carte at the door but will cost more. People may join the mushroom hunts for free but they must be ready for rugged, off-trail hiking.

Visit to buy tickets or to learn more.

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

Fore the Future

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce, the Gypsum Chamber and the Eagle Valley Homebuilders 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. The deadline to sign up as a team or hole sponsor is Monday, Sept. 9. For more information, call 970-370-7065.

Colorado Master Steward Program

If you’re new to managing land that’s 100 acres or less, you may greatly benefit from the Colorado Master Steward program being offered in Garfield County.

This short course will show you how to implement proper stewardship to keep property healthy. Topics covered include everything from proper pasture management to ideas on how best to operate and maintain an irrigation system. Whether you have domestic animals or need suggestions about attracting or deterring wildlife, the program will provide the tools for more effective management strategies.

To ensure a deeper understanding of what is best for their properties, participants will write their own management plans during the course enabling students to:

Maintain healthy pastures that have fewer weeds;

Understand ways to reduce soil erosion;

Promote healthier water quality in rivers due to less runoff and leaching;

Manage livestock more effectively;

Recognize what is needed to maintain defensible space from potential wildfires, and much more.

Each class includes presentations by local experts and insight from community members who are implementing conservation practices on their own land. Field tours will also be part of the course.

This program, provided by Colorado State University Extension, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, local conservation districts and other partnering agencies, was developed specifically to help small-acreage landowner

Classes are offered Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 10. Registration fee is $100 per property owner and to register or get more information, contact John Rizza:; call (970) 241-5068 Ext. 128; or go to:

Around Town

The most comprehensive auto, aircraft and motorcycle show in Western Colorado — Wheels and Wings — features an unparalleled display of machinery with more than 200 cars, 40 airplanes and other aircraft, and 50 motorcycles. The fourth annual Vail Automobile Classic and the Wheels and Wings Show is slated for Sept. 7 and 8. Saturday’s action is planned at the Eagle County Regional Airport while Sunday’s activities shift to Vail Village. is hosting a trail-naming contest for the new trail on the Haymeadow property. To enter visit The winner will receive a “Buy Local Eagle” gift basket and will be recognized at the trail grand opening event scheduled for Sept. 14 and 15.

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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