Town Talk for Oct. 2, 2002 |

Town Talk for Oct. 2, 2002

According to the folks at Copper Mountain, they’re the first ski resort in the nation to fire up their snowmaking equipment. Of course, they’re doing it in the midst of a 500-year drought and the water they’re pulling out of the river to artificially extend their ski season will probably kill thousands of native cutthroat trout, while also eradicating the spawning grounds of the brown trout. But, hey, they’re the first in the nation for fire up the guns and congratulations are allegedly in order.

The suffocating fishies thank you.

Movin’ right along.

Political prowess Mon., Tues.

Those wonderful folks at the Eagle Valley and Vail Valley chambers of commerce are running a couple political forums. At 6 p.m. Monday in the Eagle County Building in Eagle, the three county commissioner candidates square off. Republican incumbent Tom Stone, along with challengers Democrat Gerry Sandberg and Independent Laurie Bower.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Avon town council chambers, all 12 candidates for Avon town council will go at it. We could assert that it’s a cross between the 12 Disciples and 12 Angry Men, but it really isn’t.

Go there. Get enlightened.

Bring the backpack home

O.J. Martinez lost a black Oakley backpack Saturday night near the Berry Creek four-wheeling trail. It had a CD player in it, and he’d like to get it back. If you know where it is, or know someone who does, call O.J. at 390-2248. And, yes, he’s heard every O.J. joke ever told.

Brilliance among us

Battle Mountain High students Maria Borg and Dak Steiert have been named Commended Students in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program. Battle Mountain Principal Mark Bullock made the presentation. We credit Bullock’s decision to prohibit the silly and ill-mannered practice of guys wearing hats indoors with the improved academic prowess of Battle Mountain students. Improves blood flow to the brain’s frontal lobes.

Friday is Tom Whitehead time

You can go golfing for good this Friday by plunking down 150 tax deductible dollars and playing in the annual Tom Whitehead Golf Classic. It’s a benefit for some dandy cause that escapes our memory right now, but rest assured it’s worth playing hooky from work. You’ll be playing at the Cordillera Valley Club, and registration is 10:30 a.m. You get all kinds of cool payola. For more information, Call Chad Brasington at 328-1251.

Let’s get ready to rummage

The Eagle County Charter Academy’s annual rummage sale is Oct. 18-19, and they’re accepting donations. It’s the perfect opportunity to unload a bunch of meaningless stuff belonging to your spouse and/or significant other. Call Muffy at 926-3890.

Battle Mountain reunion Saturday

There’s a Battle Mountain High School social reunion, 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in Clement Park in Littleton. There’s a trail run and other stuff. Nuthin’ fancy and no commitments. For info call 303-659-1004 or Alice at 303-795-6240.

What makes your family smile?

Kids in local kindergartens through second grade are asked to crank up the creativity for the Colorado West Mental Health Services poster contest, “What Makes Your Family Smile?” Two winners will be named in each category: kindergarten, first and second grades. Winners will receive a prize that includes the entire family such as dinner or movies, along with undying gratitude and admiration, celebrity and their posters on display. Rules: posters must be on 11 x 17 inch paper using paint, colored pencil, crayon, watercolor or collage. Bright colors and good contrast are suggested for reproduction. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 2002. Mail or bring entries to Doris Steadman at Red Hill Elementary School in Gypsum. For more information call Doris at 328-8970.

And Thou Shalt Honor

Many Baby Boomers will be both caregiver and cared-for as advances in medical technology prolong life. To give you some idea what you’re in for and what resources are available, Evie Budd and some other good folks are showing excepts from the PBS video, “And Thou Shalt Honor.” It’s 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Vail Interfaith Chapel. The whole “And Thou Shalt Honor” PBS documentary on caregiving that will air on Oct. 9.

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