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Special to the DailyFrom left, Avon police Officers Randy Gray, Dave Wineman and Gordon Chicoine raced to a championship in the Colorado Police Officer Ski and Snowboard Race, a statewide gathering of racing cops at Vail Mountain.
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AVON Dave Wineman and two fellow teammates hold bragging rights for the next year as the fastest team of police skiers in the state.Wineman and officers Gordon Chicoine and Randy Gray beat several law-enforcement teams in a giant slalom race in February at Golden Peak in Vail. The three were crowned champions of the Colorado Police Officer Ski and Snowboard Race, a statewide gathering of racing cops.The trios best of two races, added together, beat the reigning champions from Snowmass, who have won 11 out of the last 15 years.They werent very happy we took their trophy, Wineman said.Wineman got involved six races ago and his best previous finish was second.I was a professional ski bum for almost 25 years, Wineman said. It was just a natural thing for me to get involved.And he plans to stay involved in the winning. We should be able to do a repeat next year, I hope, he said.Extra gate work could be the ticket to the top.Every year we say were going to get out every week and run gates, Wineman said. Unfortunately police work gets in the way. J.K. Perry

VAIL Thirty-three local business have won awards for excellence in customer service during February. The Platinum Service awards are given by the Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau. Secret shoppers visited the following businesses and gave them satisfaction scores of 90 percent or higher: 4 Eagle RanchAlpine Bank-AvonAlpine Bank-EdwardsAlpine Bank-VailBase Mountain SportsBeaver Creek ChophouseBeaver Creek Information CenterBeaver LiquorsBivansBlue MooseCharter Sports-BreckenridgeCharter Sports-Lion Square LodgeCharter Sports-Sheraton Mountain VistaColorado Mountain CollegeEvergreen LodgeGolden BearGorsuch LTD-Beaver CreekGorsuch OutfittersGrouse Mountain GrillLoaded JoesLodge at VailLodge TowerManor VailMaui TradersMillennium Bank-EdwardsMillennium Bank-VailPark Hyatt Beaver CreekPismo Gallery-VailRitz Carlton Bachelor GulchSonnenalp Real EstateVail LibraryVail Racquet ClubVVCTB Central ReservationsThe Platinum Service Program is a unique, communitywide initiative designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding customer service in the Vail Valley. Businesses that participate are evaluated eight times throughout the season by The Secret Shopper Company, a professional full-service consulting company specializing in customer service development programs. The business that receives the top score in 2006 will be presented an award for best customer service in the Vail Valley at the Chamber and Tourism Bureaus annual Roaring 20s gala. The program is sponsored by the Beaver Creek Resort Company. For more information, contact Katie Barnes at 479-1046 ext. 101 or katie@visitvailvalley.com.

EAGLE COUNTY A volunteer-led psoriasis support group is now meeting in the Vail Valley.Psoriasis is a non-contagious, chronic skin disease affecting 4.5 million Americans. Physically, the disease can range in severity from mild to disabling.Edwards resident Tasha Thompson will lead the meetings, the next of which is March 29 at the Avon library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The group aims to give sufferers of the disease information about new medication and treatments as well as ways to cope with the dissease. Approximately 10 to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop a painful form of arthritis call psoriatic arthritis. There is currently no known cure for either psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.For more information, contact Thompson at (817)201-0898 or tashanorton77@yahoo.com.Vail, Colorado


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