News in Brief
GYPSUM – The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Gypsum resident Jose Benjamin Jimenez, 18, with sex assault on a child and 3rd degree criminal trespass.Jimenez engaged in a sexual relationship with the victim, more than four years his junior, making the sexual act a criminal offense, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. Jimenez is currently being held without bond at the Eagle County Detention Facility.
EAGLE – Smoke may be visible as early as this week near the Sky Legend subdivision in Gypsum as fire crews from Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management begin burning fuels reduction work slash piles on nearby Bureau of Land Management land.Crews will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area and when moisture in adjacent vegetation is high enough to prevent spread. Burning could begin as early as this week and potentially continue through February.”We’re waiting for good snow cover before we begin burning,” said project leader Ody Anderson. “We have more than 300 piles to burn this winter in this area.”-Crews created openings in the oak brush and mountain shrubs near the private land boundary to reduce the heavy fire fuel load and improve wildlife habitat. The resulting slash was piled and allowed to dry.Smoke will likely be seen for short periods from Gypsum, Interstate 70, the Eagle Airport and the Gypsum Creek drainage. Some drift smoke could affect homeowners for a short period of time. Anyone with health conditions that may be affected by short periods of smoke should contact Ody Anderson, at 970-876-9030, or Ross Wilmore, at 970-328-5867.Reducing the continuous stands of brush helps reduce the wildfire threat as well as improve firefighter and public safety. The work stimulates new growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that greatly enhances wildlife habitat.
EAGLE COUNTY – An early season winter storm is moving across eastern Utah and western Colorado today, according to the National Weather Service. In addition to the snow and cold temperatures, strong southwesterly winds will develop with wind gusts as high as 40 to 45 miles per hour at times, especially over the higher mountains passes. The winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Snow will continue through Tuesday afternoon, with accumulations around 3 to 5 inches for Vail, 2 to 4 inches for Avon and 1 to 3 inches for Eagle.
EDWARDS – The Freedom Park Memorial Committee and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10721 are hosting their 6th annual ceremony in honor of all veterans of the armed forces who have served our country – both those from Eagle County who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and those on active duty serving their country at this time.The keynote speaker will be local Amy Van Goey, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993.The program will also include the Battle Mountain High School Barbershop Quartet, Shanana Mockery, Eagle Scout Troop 231, recognition of Eagle County World War II veterans, recognition of active duty service members and their families, and baked treats from the Battle Mountain High School Food and Nutrition Program.The program begins Thursday at 4 p.m., at the Freedom Park Memorial in Edwards.
VAIL – U.S. Ski Team member and 2010 Olympic gold and bronze medals winner Lindsey Vonn is one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year. When Glamour began honoring Women of the Year 20 years ago, “there was no WNBA, women didn’t compete in Olympic-level soccer or typically ski at speeds that are illegal for cars,” according to the magazine’s 20th anniversary edition of Women of the Year.Vonn said there are no limits for women today. “We play hard, get down and dirty, and kick butt. And we’re going to set new and higher standards for the female athletes of the future,” Vonn told Glamour. Vonn is pictured in the magazine spread, which is on stands now, alongside female athletes Mia Hamm and Lisa Leslie.
VAIL – The annual Fall Food Show of the Rockies will be held Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Colorado Ballroom of the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa.The event will be hosted by Altamira Foods, which will highlight its range of local, domestic, and international product lines for the coming winter season. This year’s show will also include co-hosts Grant Family Farms, a certified organic farm in Wellington; Lombardo Brothers Meats, which will display a live certified Angus cow as well as Kobe beef products; the Republic National Distributing Company, a wholesale supplier of wines and spirits; the Seattle Fish Company; and Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Company.For more information, call 303-394-4811 or go to http://www.altamirafood.com.
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