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Week In Review

Gypsum Creek Middle School is the pilot program for the school district's Computers on Wheels program. The program is in eight local schools, and eventually will be in them all. The district bought 32 Goodle Chromebooks, along with mobile kiosks to move them around.
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New Battle

Mountain coach

Kevin Meyer took over the Battle Mountain football head coaching job.

7-11 closes

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The 7-11 store in West Vail, which has been there for decades, closed.

Wattenberg dies

Former state Sen. Dave Wattenberg, a member of the “Cowboy Caucus”, died Jan. 20. He was known for his good-natured pranks and his ability to work across the aisle.

Holy Cross grant

A grant from Holy Cross Energy may help the town of Vail meet an old goal of cutting its energy use by 2020.

Chrome books

It could cost local schools $2 million to comply with an unfunded state and federal mandates requiring that all standardized testing be done online by 2015. . It will cost the school district around $2 million to buy enough computers and bandwidth to comply.

Eagle Scout

Local Boy Scout Greg El-Bitar became an Eagle Scout.

Environmental group demands

A local environmental group wants Garfield County commissioners to retract their opposition to new statewide air emissions standards for oil and gas operators that are currently before the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission.

Health Care for Vets

In just three years, the Veterans Affairs Telehealth Outreach Clinic here has attracted enough patients to qualify for full clinic status, and recent VA rule changes mean substantially more area veterans may qualify for VA health care.

January thaw reveal

The January thaw over the past week has revealed a fuel or oil spill along the bike path near the No Name tunnels on Interstate 70 east of town that apparently happened when a tractor-trailer truck went off the road there a couple of weeks ago. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the oil slick was contained by the jersey barrier between the westbound lanes of I-70 and the bike path. and did not appear to have made it to the nearest storm drain that takes runoff into the Colorado River.

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