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Randy Wyrick
Edwards Elementary School fourth-grade craft fair is 4:30-8 p.m. today at the school. The money generated will help send the fourth-grade students to the Colorado National Monument this spring. The craft fair will showcase products and crafts from different artesans and people from the community, not from the students.

Now that’s show bizBattle Mountain High School’s annual winter talent show is 7 p.m. tonight in the BMHS auditorium. A silent auction and dinner is 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The money goes to the BMHS Student Council.And speaking of show bizYou, too can be a thespian and audition for the Vail Valley Theater Company. Tryouts are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, at Battle Mountain High School. Bring your voice, but leave your inhibitions at home. Call 376-4722, or email with Santa Saturday

You can have breakfast with the Big Guy, 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Gypsum Town Hall. Breakfast for the family, plus color photos of all the kids with Santa is $20, or $5 per person. You also get arts and crafts project, stories for the kids and a performance by the Eagle Valley Childrens Chorale are also included. The event helps finance an EVHS student trip to Washington D.C. and the Presidential Inauguration. Call Ashley Weaver at 328-8960.Gypsum holidazeYou can light up Gypsum and get paid for it. The Powers That Be will be judging Gypsum’s holiday lights 6-10 p.m., Dec. 19. Get yourself nominated by calling 524-7514. The Powers judge six areas of town. You can win $50 gift certificates, $75 energy credit from Holy Cross (which will probably NOT cover your electricity tab) and a $100 cash award from Beverage Real Estate.Be a Beaver CreekerHighline Sports needs volunteers to help at the Snowshoe Series races at Beaver Creek Resort. The race dates are Dec. 11, Jan. 9, Feb. 12, and Mar. 5. Call Scott at 476-6797. Volunteers who commit to all four events will receive Nike ACG winter jacket.

Welcome to the danceMaelyn Rae is new to this world, born Oct. 4. She’s the beloved offspring of Brian Hutchinson and Jennifer Cockerell of Eagle, and the new baby sister to Emma. Grandparental units are Cindy and Gary Cockrell of Grand Junction and Louise Hutchinson of Erie, Penn.A bunch of local luminaries graduated Johnson & Wales University.• Jason Brgoch of Avon received an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the College of Culinary Arts.• Alma Pinela of Avon received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from the College of Business.• Patrick Nottingham of Edwards received an Associates Degree in Food and Beverage Management from the Hospitality College.• David Nottingham of Edwards received an Associates Degree in Hotel Management from the Hospitality College.

Your tax dollars at workThe Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), unearthed this little gem: Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) and the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil are the December Co-Porkers of the Month for jointly defending a $100,000 federal grant for the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, part of the budget-busting 2005 omnibus bill passed by our spineless elected represented. Judging from the storm of media attention, Phil woke from his winter slumber, because he traveled all the way from Punxsutawney to Washington, D.C., to defend the project alongside Rep. Peterson and AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers at a press conference today on Capitol Hill. Apparently on the real Groundhog Day, instead of waking up and seeing his shadow, he will see 10 more years of federal deficits. Great, that’s all Washington needs – another rodent.Oh shuttupThis comes to us from a news story printed in the Portland Oregonian. According to an argument by attorney Randall Vogt, slave owners beat their slaves. Therefore, says Vogt, it’s “justified” for black men to beat their sons. Vogt’s client is Isaac Cortez Bynum, who allegedly beat his 2-year-old son to death and was on trial for murder. A sociology professor invented “post traumatic slave syndrome,” which Vogt used as the keystone of his defense case. It goes like this: An autopsy showed the boy suffered brain injury, a broken neck, broken ribs, and whip marks. When shown the boy’s autopsy photos, the whiney, crybaby, blame-shfting professor said inflicting such injuries is “normal” for descendants of slaves. We say someone should pound the professor’s paradigm, shifting this from the academic to the actual.Vail, Colorado

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