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EAGLE – How does a bill become a law? Many American adults don’t know, but ask Eagle Valley Middle School eight grader Chloe Elwood and she’ll take you though it like a pro. “The process seems simple, but yet it’s so interesting,” she said. Elwood, along with classmates Katherine James and Woody Lich recently traveled to the State Capitol in Denver to shadow state legislators during Legislative Day 2006, which is sponsored by the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. “I got to really understand that there are so many bills,” James said. “The legislators have to pass bills about every little thing, such as a Broncos license plate. It’s a crazy amount of work.”James’ newfound appreciation for politics came from spending the day learning about how the process works at local, state and national levels. At the Colorado History Museum, students from around the state learned about how people become involved in government. Elwood left her classmates behind to shadow state Sen. Jack Taylor, the Steamboat Springs Republican who represents Eagle County. The others followed state Rep. Gary Lindstorm, the Breckenridge Democrat whose district include Eagle County. The students had lunch with the lawmakers and their aids, and attended committee hearings. “Watching the process of how a bill becomes a law with all of the committees was interesting,” Lich said. “I had fun.”- Nicole Frey

EDWARDS The deadline to apply for most of the 60-plus scholarships available through the Colorado Mountain College Foundation for the fall semester is March 31. This year the CMC Foundation will award the most scholarship money it ever has, says Carol Brown, foundation specialist. Our donors are setting aside more than $200,000 to help motivated students. Some scholarships are available across the community colleges seven campuses, and some are specific to a particular campus. The colleges local campus is located in Edwards. Most CMC Foundation scholarships are need-based, but some are merit-based, Brown saidStudents may have the misconception that only straight-A students receive scholarship awards, she said. But rather than strictly grades, the commitment a student shows is what our donors love to support. Your essay and reference letters tell all to our scholarship committees.The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 31 for most, but not all, scholarships for fall 2006 classes. Begin by completing an application, available online at or pick up a CMC scholarship booklet at the nearest CMC campus. For more information, call the CMC Foundation at (970)945-8691.

EAGLE The 10th annual St Marys Preschool bingo night and silent auction on Saturday has been relocated to Brush Creek Elementary School at Eagle Ranch. Bingo is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the silent auction from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the preschool.

VAIL – Housing lottery applications for a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Vail Commons home are now available from the town of Vail.The 1,849-square-foot townhome, at 2085 Zermatt Lane, Unit A, is available for a maximum price of $207,829.54. The town will hold open houses from 4-6 p.m., Monday, and 10 a.m.-12 noon Wednesday.Applications can be picked up from the Community Development Department at 75 S. Frontage Road, and are due by noon March 24.Applicants will be prioritized based on the number of years working and living in Eagle County. A higher priority will be given to those living and or working in Vail. If needed, a lottery drawing will be held April 5. Applicants must have a minimum family size of three, plus meet the following requirements:• applicants must own no other residential real estate in Eagle County, or it must be a town of Vail price-appreciation capped employee housing unit; • the residence must be used as a primary home; • applicants must work at an Eagle County business at least 30 hours a week;• 75 percent of the applicant’s income must be earned by working at an Eagle County business; and • applicants must agree to a resale cap of 3 percent annual appreciation.- Edward Stoner

BEAVER CREEK – The Snowshoe Shuffle, the Vail Valley Medical Center’s Foundation annual fundraiser for cancer programs, take place April 1 at McCoy Park on top of Beaver Creek Mountain. More than 1,000 people typically walk or run in the shuffle, which includes 10K, 5K, 1K and one-mile events. There also is a 1K fun run for kids.The shuffle benefits cancer prevention, education and early detection programs in the Central Rockies. Adults and children of all abilities can participate. About 70 percent of the participants run in honor of someone who has suffered from cancer, survived cancer, or lost their life to cancer. About 5 percent of race participants are cancer survivors.Snowshoers can register in advance at or by calling the Vail Valley Medical Center at 569-7511. Registration forms are also available at Beaver Creek Resort, all Vail Valley Medical Center medical facilities throughout Eagle and Summit Counties and all Alpine Bank branches. Advance registration is $35 per person for the 10K and 5K races and $15 for fun run/ Registration on the day of the race is $45. Free foot-passenger lift tickets will be provided to participants riding up to McCoy Park.There also will be a Cancer Community Dinner on March 31. Tables are $500 and individual tickets are $60 for adults and $20 for children 13 and under. Call the Vail Valley Medical Center at 569-7511 for tickets or more information.

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County’s Rotary clubs are accepting applications for their study-abroad programs. College and graduate students, graduates and working professionals – such as teachers, police officers and government employees – can apply for a one-year Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship to study at a foreign university or college. Other study-abroad programs include three-month Cultural Scholarships or multi-year World-Peace Scholarships leading to graduate degrees. Applications must be received before April 1, and can be mailed to Peter Leslie, 58 Golf Terrace, Vail, CO 81657.For more information visit and enter ambassadorial scholarships in the Search Box; contact Dr. Edward Blender at 926-6098; or, send an e-mail to

FRISCO – Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Continental Divide has added a part-time volunteer coordinator to its staff.Kyle Anne McIntyre was hired to educate, advise and support CASA volunteers.CASA volunteers are advocates for children involved in cases in the 5th Colorado Judicial District who are victims of abuse or neglect. The 5th district includes Eagle County.McIntyre is a licensed therapist with a master’s degree in psychology and has been in private practice in Frisco.Volunteer training is planned for May. To become a CASA volunteer call 513-9390 or e-mail – Edward Stoner

EAGLE – Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Hall has been promoted to patrol sergeant, the sheriff’s office has announced. “Greg displayed a great many of the qualities we believe are important in policing our Eagle County communities,” Undersheriff Jeff Layman said. Community members and law enforcement officers from other agencies participated in the promotion process, Layman said. Vail, Colorado

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