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BEAVER CREEK – Bonnie Vogt, who created Habitat for Humanity’s outlet store in Gypsum, is the Vail Valley Foundation’s Beaver Creek citizen of the year.

Vogt’s goal was to develop a revenue source for the nonprofit group that helps people buy and build their own homes. She leased a rundown 8,000-square-foot diesel truck repair warehouse just off the freeway in Gypsum that would become the Habitat Home Outlet, which opened in April. Vogt is also a member of the Beaver Creek Design Review Board, Beaver Creek Property Owners Association, the Vilar Center for the Arts Guild and the Eagle County Citizens’ Open Space Advisory Committee.”Since Bonnie decided to call Beaver Creek her home, she has truly embraced the community and made tremendous contributions in a number of different areas,” said Patrice Ringler, development manager for the Vail Valley Foundation. Vogt received her award at the foundation’s Black Diamond Ball earlier this month. She and her husband, Bill, have a son in Madison, Wisc. and a daughter in El Cerrito, Calif.

VAIL – How many lights does it take to make Vail look so festive? Employees of the town of Vail’s Public Works Department strung 31 miles of Christmas lights throughout the town from Vail Village to West Vail this year. Crews began testing lights in September and stringing lights in October.Town displays between Vail Village and West Vail include:• The Main Vail roundabout with 24,300 lights on 972 strings.• The Main Vail roundabout center tree with 50,000 lights on 1,000 strings.• The West Vail roundabout with 68,000 lights on 680 mini-strings and 11,600 lights on 460 strings.• The Covered Bridge with 200 lights on 8 strings.• The Covered Bridge tree with 18,900 lights on 756 strings.• The Lionshead tree with 6,250 lights on 250 strings.• The Lionshead mall entry tree with 25,000 lights on 500 mini-strings.• Checkpoint Charlie with 25,000 lights on 500 mini-strings. • The Vail Village Parking Structure with 11,250 lights on 450 strings.• The Lionshead Parking Structure with 8,550 lights on 342 strings.• The pedestrian overpass with 4,500 lights on 180 strings.• The Donovan Pavilion trees with 1,800 lights on 72 strings.• The Donovan Pavilion building with 1,350 lights on 54 strings.• The Municipal Building with 600 lights on 6 strings, plus a new wreath made of recycled garland, measuring eight feet in diameter and weighing 200 pounds.



GYPSUM – A Christmas light display created by John and Doris Kirchner of 871 Sunset Lane in the Red Hill neighborhood was chosen Gypsum’s best. Five neighborhood winners and 40 honorees also are being recognized for outstanding residential displays throughout the town. The Kirchner home, perched atop one of the highest points in town, was decorated with a Fairyland-themed display. The lights are visible from many parts of the community and have been spotted by pilots landing at the Eagle County Airport.Here are the winners by neighborhood: • Old Town east of Second Street – Brian and Stephanie Thomas, 700 Valley Road.• Old Town west of Second Street – Michael and Tammi Boeke, 154 Spring Circle.• Eagle River Estates/Willowstone – Chris and Eric Heidemann, 100 Price Place.• Cotton Ranch/Horse Pasture/Chatfield Corners – John Harris, 550 Chatfield Lane.• Red Hill – John and Doris Kirchner, 871 Sunset Lane.• Gypsum Estates/Buckhorn Valley – Ricky and Darlene Juedemann, 110 Ponderosa.

VAIL – Vail firefighters will have given a check to the Western Slope Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for funds raised during the 51st annual Fill the Boot campaign.Since May, fire fighters across the Western Slope have been raising money by collecting donations in their boots. The total amount raised by Western Slope departments in 2005 is $77, 913, which is $22,000 more than what was raised last year. Vail, Colorado


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