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Eagle Town Board member Anne McKibbin uses a brief meeting recess to catch a couple of pages of "Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession” by Craig Childs, the One Book One Valley selection for 2014. As a professional archeaologist, McKibben has found this year's book an absorbing read.
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Eby Creek Road traffice advisory

There’s a new traffic pattern in place along Eby Creek Road at Chambers Avenue to accommodate the next phase of construction on the I-70 Eagle Interchange project.

The dedicated right turn lane northbound on Eby Creek Road to get onto Chambers Avenue has been removed. Motorists needing to turn right still can use the through lane on Eby Creek Road.

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Additionally, eastbound Chambers Avenue has been reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. There will be arrows painted on the street to help motorists navigate the new traffic pattern and lanes. Motorists should expect some delays through the corridor and plan their trips accordingly.

For more information related to the I-70 Eagle Interchange Project, please contact the Public Information Team at 970-432-7876 or visit http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70ateagle/i-70-eagle-interchange-project.

Free Income Tax Preparation and filing

If you are a senior, disabled or your household income is less than $49,000 per year RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) can prepare and electronically file your federal and state Income taxes free of charge.

High Country RSVP volunteers are certified by the IRS and can prepare returns with credits, such as the Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit, and the Elderly and Disabled Credit. However, persons with complex business issues and rental properties must seek a paid preparer.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 15.

The local program is an AARP tax-aide site and serves clients from Aspen to Parachute, Eagle and Craig.

Call 970-384-8740 to schedule an appointment

RSVP is a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College.

One Book, One Valley

Eagle County residents are digging into this year’s One Book, One Valley selection and special discussion events will begin during the next couple of week.s

One Book, One Valley is a valleywide reading and discussion program that encourages all residents to read the same book at the same time to create a community book club. This year’s book selection is “Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession” by Craig Childs. Childs will appear at Colorado Mountain College on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m.

One Book, One Valley events planned in the next few weeks include:

Children’s Event (geared towards youth in grades 2-5): Time Scene Investigation: Snowmass Village, presented by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Walking Mountains Science Center, Saturday, March 15, 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. ($5 fee)

Book Discussion: Eagle Public Library, Monday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion: Avon Public Library, Tuesday, March 25, 12 p.m.

Prehistoric Ceramic Description and Analysis: An Archaeology Course At Walking Mountains Science Center: Friday to Sunday, April 4 to 6. Presented by Kevin Black, Colorado Assistant State Archaeologist. Call Cynthia Vodopich for more information and to register at 970-524-7981 ($18 fee).

Book Discussion: Gypsum Public Library, Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.

“Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession” by Craig Childs challenges what most people think about archaeology —with its cleanly numbered dates, and discoveries. Underneath the accepted doctrine lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims.

To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero, or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? Written in his trademark lyrical style, Craig Childs’ riveting tale is a ghost story ­— an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. We visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present.

The result is a book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection.

Sheriffs Scholarship

Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy has announced that the County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Eagle County student this spring.

CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. CSOC considers the program an investment in the future and believes that scholarships help provide deserving students opportunities to make positive contributions to society.

Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at http://www.csoc.org, or at the Eagle County Sheriff’s office, which is located at 0885 E Chambers Ave., Eagle CO. 81631 or by calling 970-328-8500.

Any legal permanent resident of Eagle County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the state of Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

For more information, contact your local high school, college, the Eagle County Sheriff’s office or County Sheriffs of Colorado.

Around Town

Stephanie Keys of Eagle has been named to the Dean’s List at Pacific University (Ore.) for Fall Semester 2013. Keys is among 332 of Pacific’s 1,783 undergraduate students to achieve this high academic honor. To qualify for the Dean’s List at Pacific, a student must achieve a term grade-point average 3.70 (4.00 scale) and complete 12 or more graded hours. Congratulations!

Madison McGinty of Gypsum has been named a First-Year Scholar for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Northern Colorado. To be named a First-Year Scholar, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for their first semester at UNC. Congratulations!

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