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Howdy and welcome to Town Talk, the column that on a Fuscia alert status, indicating a low probability of dangerous iguana attack.



Switzerland’s Cup



Switzerland is winning the America’s Cup? Switzerland, the land-locked European country that specializes in cheese and yodeling, is smacking the U.S. of A upside its aquatic head in the intergalactic championship sailing race.



Of course, that’s only because they don’t have NASCAR in Switzerland.

Snowjob

There’s snow in D.C., and the whole place is on its knees. We’d like to know what good a missile defense system is going to do them when the nation’s capital can be brought sliding to a halt by rubbing two snowflakes together. A bunch of rednecks on Skidoos could run roughshod over the place.

Dakine come home

A dark blue and black Dakine backpack came up missing from under Vail’s Chair 6 at the slalom start on the Golden Peak race hill. It was placed there on purpose by one of the local racers, who was training Tuesday. Please tell us you picked it up and turned it in, or you want to. It’s full of slalom gear that you can’t use. Call 376-6152.

First time homebuyers Tuesday

You want to buy a house. The good people at Eagle County want you to buy a house. At 5:30 p.m., Feb. 20, you can learn everything you need to know about taking the big step into grownupness. They’ll teach you about credit repair, the loan approval process, assistance programs, selecting a home and a bunch of other stuff. It’s FREE! Stockman’s Land Exchange and the county Housing Department is running it. To register, call 328-8770.

Birthday brigade

The Princess P is everywhere, and so are the birthdays.

n Karleen Bonlay is 92. She’s a little under the weather, so stop by the Glenwood hospital and wish her well.

n If you see Timmy Considine at Riverwalk Liquors, wish him a belated birthday.

n It’s Steve Jones’s birthday. That Steve Jones as in Steve Jones Stables, sleighrides and other equine wonders. Give him a kiss, then to prove you’re a real cowboy give his horse a kiss.

n David French from French Electric is another year older, but still looks great.

It’s Bidness After Hours

The Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau’s February Business After Hours mixer is tonight, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the The Colorado Ski Museum in Vail. It’s co-hosted by Eagle County Regional Transit Authority, Fiesta’s Restaurant and Avon Liquors. It’s free to members, $15 for non-members. Just show up.

Scenic crews

The spectacular scenic photography of Mike Crabtree is yours for the viewing at the Vail Public Library, through the end of the month. That’s all the information you need. Just bring your sensibilities.

Middle East mess

Professor Jonathan Adelman will discuss “The Mess in the Middle East: What Went Wrong,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at the Vail Interfaith Chapel, as part of the Ernest Scheller III Annual Speakers Program sponsored by B’nai Vail. The community is invited to attend one or both discussions. On Saturday, his presentation will focus on “The Arab-Israeli Conflict.” They’re free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 477-2992.

Cut it out

Dazey called from Get Hi Gallery, and if she weren’t such a mellow person there would be a bunch of bruised boys. It seems a gaggle of underaged guys were hanging around the door of her store, staring at the merchandise and the help, who’s an adorable young woman. The kids didn’t have school Monday – some folks just don’t have a natural aptitude for leisure.

“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be potheads,” says Dazey. She also says she has a snapshot of them running away. Stop by, identify your kid, and see that he gets the flogging he deserves.

Youth doing good

St. Clare of Assisi Parish is hosting a youth rally Saturday for young folks from all over the Western Slope. Middle school students rally from 2-4 p.m. High schoolers start at 6 p.m. and go all night long. The deal features Christian rock star Steve Angrisano, who’s awfully darned talented. Call T.J. Harvey, St. Clare’s and St. Patrick’s youth minister, at 827-5784.


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