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I-70 wildlife migration presentation

The Eagle Valley Land Trust in partnership with ECO-resolutions will present a study on wildlife habitat connectivity and migration routes across Interstate 70 this Friday, Dec. 19.

Eagle County Environmental Health will host the presentation at 1 p.m. in the Eagle County Room, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. All interested community members are invited to attend.

Julia Kintsch from ECO-resolutions will discuss efforts to improve connectivity across I-70, including the results of a 2011 study which identified zones where highway mitigation would offer the greatest benefits for wildlife movement north and south of the interstate. Her talk will focus on priority areas identified in Eagle County and how they could tie into county land use planning and management.

Kintsch is an applied ecologist and owner of ECO-resolutions ecological research and consulting, based in Golden.

For more information, contact Environmental Policy Planner Adam Palmer at 970-328-8734 or adam.palmer@eaglecounty.us

Mason’s Toy Drive returns

The local Masonic Lodge helps around 1,000 children have a merrier Christmas each year.

Castle Lodge in Eagle is more than 100 years old, the county’s oldest civic/service organization, and its mission has not changed in the last century.

As they do every year, the local Masons are collecting tens of thousands of dollars worth of toys, food and cash. When they swing open the doors, the Lodge basement looks like Santa’s workshop.

“We find ways to raise money, so we can give it away,” said Jon Asper, one of the lodge’s dedicated Masons. “We do all kinds of other things, too, but almost all of it’s geared toward helping people who need it.”

Toward that end, the Masons partner with a few other local organizations to give away Christmas presents to families who need it. In addition to all the toys, food and cash, the Masons collect used bicycles and fix them up, just so they can give them away.

Anyone interested in helping the Masons carry out their holiday mission can call Jon Asper at 970-977-6234.

Booster Club Winter Sports Program

The Eagle Valley High School Booster Club is currently selling advertising for the winter sports program that will be available at all home athletic events for the upcoming season.

Parents of student athletes can purchase a personal ad supporting their student or the Devils for as little as $25. Businesses can purchase a ¼ page, ½ page or a full page ads starting at $50. A $250 payment buys a full page color ad.

For more detailed information contact Tiffany Myers at 970-390-6531 or Blake Martin at 970-331-3732.

Town of Gypsum will collect discarded Christmas Trees

The Christmas holiday is still two weeks away, but the town of Gypsum has already advised residents it will be able to dispose of Christmas trees following the holiday season.

All trees to be destroyed must be delivered to the Sports Complex parking lot anytime from Jan. 2-15.

For more information, contact Peggy Jensen at pjensen@townofgypsum.com or call 970-524-5024.

DOWNTON ABBEY PREMIERE PARTY

Downton Abbey fans are invited to a premiere party Saturday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Eagle Library in anticipation of the Season 5 premiere on Sunday, Jan. 4.

“We will watch the final episode from season 4, followed by refreshments, Downton trivia, a jigsaw puzzle and board game,” said Robyn Bryant, adult services librarian. “This free library event is highly recommended to all Downton Abbey viewers. Please bring your questions and comments about the show because this is a great opportunity to chat with fellow Downton fans.”

For more information, call Robyn or Anne L. at 328-8800.

Avalanche safety classes

For those wanting to venture into the backcountry this winter, now is a prime time to plan to take an avalanche safety course at Colorado Mountain College.

Both lecture and field classes are filling up quickly in preparation for the winter season.

CMC’s Edwards campus offers the avalanche classes, courses and/or workshops to teach backcountry recreationists how to recognize and avoid dangerous terrain and unstable snow conditions.

Students can take their knowledge as far as they’d like to go, from learning how to make sound personal decisions about traveling in winter environments, to – at CMC in Breckenridge, Leadville, Spring Valley or Steamboat Springs – earning a certificate or degree in outdoor education.

Registration for CMC’s spring semester is under way. Many classes begin the week of Jan. 12; others begin later in the semester.

New students and those who haven’t taken a class during the past 12 months need to first apply to Colorado Mountain College online or in person if they want to take a credit class.

Students who have taken a credit class within the past 12 months and students only interested in continuing education classes may register for classes in person, online, or by phone, fax or email.

Information about regististration is available online at coloradomtn.edu/register or by visiting the campus in Edwards, 150 Miller Ranch Road. For more information, call 569-2900 or 1-800-621-8559; to learn more about the college or to view a class schedule online, go to coloradomtn.edu.