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State rep. Gibbs to resign Tuesday

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Eagle County’s state representative, Democrat Dan Gibbs, will officially resign and be sworn in as a state senator on Tuesday.

Gibbs, who represents Eagle, Summit and Lake counties, or District 56, was appointed to take the place of Colorado Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, who resigned to run for Congress.

That means a vacancy committee has 10 days from Tuesday to choose a Democrat to take Gibb’s place.

Eagle County Democrats who have submitted their names for the spot are Rohn Robbins and Danny Padnick.

Gibbs will be sworn in at 10 a.m. in the Senate Chambers in Denver.

“I’d like to invite the community to come down,” he said. “I still have close ties to Eagle County even though I won’t be representing that area anymore.”

” Melanie Wong

AVON ” Get out the ladder, a string of lights and your holiday spirit and help light up Avon for the holidays.

The town of Avon is holding its annual holiday lights contest.

Contest categories include:

– Best Business

– Best Residential

– Best Neighborhood (street, block or cul-de-sac)

– Best Multi-media

– Best Team/Multi-family Dwelling

– Best Green Lighting (encourages the use of LED lighting and other energy-efficient ideas for decorating)

Avon Town Council will judge nomination on the evening of December 18.

Nominations are being accepted by the Town of Avon through Monday, December 17. There are several different ways to make a nomination: Complete the nomination form or send an e-mail

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners was presented with a check for $60,260; a rebate for the county’s purchase of 20 Toyota hybrid Priuses earlier this year. The rebates represent $3,013 per car. The money comes from the Colorado Department of Revenue as part of their alternative fuel income tax credit program.

County Fleet Manager Gusty Kanakis was recognized by the Board today for taking the initiative to research and successfully apply for the rebate.

The hybrids make up half of the county’s light vehicle fleet, and produce significantly less emissions. The fuel savings alone to the county so far is estimated at more than $45,000. The Priuses are averaging between 55 and 60 miles per gallon, more than twice as much as the vehicles they replaced.

The Prius purchase is part of the county’s ecoGreen initiative. Eagle County is currently looking at many opportunities to promote environmental stewardship. The county is researching ways to heat facilities with alternative and renewable fuel sources, replace existing landscaping with xeriscaping, and facilitate recycling within the county and towns.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially when a house is festooned for Christmas.

The Eagle County Republican Women will sponsor a Christmas Home Tour Sunday, Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. The event is a fund-raiser for the organization, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Resource Center of Eagle County.

All of the homes on tour are in Eagle, and decorated with a different theme in mind. One house will have a collection of nativity scenes on display while another will feature a collection of handmade quilts from various locals. One stop on the tour will showcase an enormous collection of more than 600 Santa Clauses.

A one item silent auction ” for a colorful handmade quilt donated by local quilter ” will be up for bid at the quilt theme house. All of the auction proceeds will go to the Resource Center of Eagle County.

Because no food or drink is allowed in the tour homes, ticket holders will receive refreshment coupons to use at some local establishments.

Tickets are $19.99 each and can be purchased from The Old Gypsum Printer in Gypsum. Please call 524-1015 and ask for Jackie.

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