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Wishing you a happy birthday, Shane, I hope you have a terrific b-day — Your friend, YS.

Skiing with fewer trees

Trees ” as many as 7,000 ” are being cut down on the front side of Vail Mountain.

All Vail Resorts says it knows is that skiing in the area above Chair 8 and west of the gondola will be a bit “different.” We presume there will be more open space in the area, and more open space is good in our always-rapidly growing valley.

And it got us thinking what other activities could be improved by removing trees. Sure, pine-beetle spotting, chain-saw testing and monkey races will suffer, but think of how much better running through the forest would be? In a way, it would be more like scuba diving ” with fewer trees, you would be able to frolic wildly and freely in more directions, though there would not be any tree trunks to keep you from rolling down the hill into a creek.

Of course, without the trees, it wouldn’t really be running through the forest. It would be running through the stumps. But then again, freedom isn’t free. And gazing at the fall colors, bird-watching and treehouse wars ” all those Vail Valley traditions ” will lose their luster. So cutting down trees isn’t the answer.

We have to get to the pine beetles BEFORE they get to our trees. Which means planting more trees! Surround Colorado with a “buffer forest” to distract these horrible bugs. Of course, the buffer trees will have to be far enough away from the real forest so the bugs can’t jump.

Or else, we’ll have to figure how to give the bugs a taste for oil shale, which also is abundant in Colorado.

Come out and support Velia “Wally” Reyna from Hairdudes, who has been giving locals and visitors the “Hey Baby” look for more than 30 years.

Wally needs reconstructive ankle surgery on both of her ankles and will be unable to work for six months.

More than being just a great friend, Wally has been giving free haircuts to anyone donating their hair to Locks of Love. She has also been a barber at the St. Baldrick’s Event in Eagle for the past three years, single-handedly raising $5,000 for Children’s Cancer Research.

Now it’s time for us to help Wally.

– Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m.

– Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek.

– Live music, silent auction and a rockin’ good time!

– $20 donation at the door .

For more information, please contact the VVCF at 970-845-6339 or visit their website at To make a donation, send a check made payable to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund to: P.O. Box 1275; Avon, CO 81620. Write “Wally” on the memo line. You may also donate by credit card at or by calling 970-845-6339. To donate silent auction items, call Roxanne at 970-390-9277, Gfine at 970-331-3248 or Janet at 970-390-2261.

Please join us for the First Annual CROP WALK at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Brush Creek Studio (Pavillion area) in Eagle Ranch.

This walk helps fight hunger and our local food bank. Donations are gratefully accepted. Come and walk as much or as little as you like. You can also donate online at and select Eagle Valley!

Please bring a can or more of nonperishable food for our local food bank.

The CROP WALK provides funds for the World Mission Service, which helps fight hunger in various places around the world. Thank you for making a difference!

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