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Valley in Brief: Vail Mountain to host Easter services

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – Vail Mountain will host the annual interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 16. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will begin operating at 4:30 a.m., transporting guests to Eagle’s Nest for the 6 a.m. sunrise service. The gondola ride is complimentary and guests are not permitted to bring skis or snowboards to the sunrise service. Afterwards, guests will be asked to download the gondola.In addition to the traditional sunrise service, there also will be an afternoon Easter service scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on the sundeck at Eagle’s Nest. For more information, contact the Resort Information and Activities Desk at 476-9090.-Staff report

A new high school in Edwards? Turning Battle Mountain High School into a kindergarten through eighth grade school? Meadow Mountain Elementary School becoming a preschool? Buying land in Eagle for a future school? Expanding Eagle Valley High School? Selling Minturn Middle School? The options are endless, and one group of parents, teachers and administrators has carefully considered all of them. But the group charged with devising a plan for the future of the growing Eagle Valley School District will be forced to make a decision tonight when they meet for the last time at 6 p.m. in the library of Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail. The committee will then present its findings and recommendations to the school board, which may turn the recommendations into a ballot question asking voters to fund the districts expansion. For more information, call 328-1920. -Nicole Frey

REDCLIFF – Eagle River Fire Protection District responded to 258 Monument Street in Redcliff Saturday afternoon after a deck containing a hot tub collapsed. No one was injured. Firefighters found that a two-level residential deck had collapsed with a six-person hot tub. The hot tub and decks had fallen approximately 30 feet down a creek side hill. A natural gas line feeding a barbecue was also sheared away from the exterior of the residence in the collapse and was leaking gas. Firefighters were forced to shut-off the main gas line to the entire duplex.It was discovered that both decks had approximately 10-12 inches of ice and snow accumulation.Firefighters were informed that there was no one home and the occupants were out of town until the end of the month.-Staff report

EDWARDS – Most people don’t think of a house as a living organism, but to Matt Scherr, it could be.”They could be living organisms instead of machines on life support,” said Scherr, the executive director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.Instead of just sucking down energy and resources, a house could create it own power, earn its keep, Scherr said. And while the house is drumming up energy, it’ll save home owners some cash while also benefiting the environment.But where to start? “Green” houses conjure images of solar panels and not much else. But there are outlines and standards of how to make a home green, and Judy Dorsey of the Brendle Group, an engineering firm providing energy efficiency, pollution prevention, water conservation and sustainable design consulting, will share her knowledge during a Green Building Group meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at the Slifer Designs conference room above Starbucks in Edwards. This will be the last installment of the Green Building Group hosted by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. Snacks and beer will be served. Dorsey will talk about what groups offer criteria for building a green home and what they criteria is. “It’s like a set of instructions,” Scheer said. “All of us would like to have a more efficient home, a healthier home.”Call 569-3890 for more information.-Nicole Frey

AVON – Joe Kayaker is happily floating down the Eagle River when all of the sudden Jane Property Owner is yelling at him. Turns out he’s on private property and could be charged with trespassing, Jane Property Owner tells him.Joe Kayaker is baffled. When he put his boat in the river, he was on public land. And where he plans to pull his boat out is also on public land. Nowhere along his trip did Joe Kayaker plan to set foot on private dry land.What exactly is Joe Kayaker’s right to float? Some say he can’t be on the river at all if the river is on private land. Others say he’s OK as long as his boat and his body don’t touch the river bottom or banks – after all, the banks and bottom are what Jane Property Owners has claim to, not the water. And still others say Joe Kayaker and Jim Fly Fisherman should be able to stand in the river if they so choose. There aren’t clear answers to exactly what is and isn’t allowed, but attorneys from both sides of the fence, along with other interested parties, will debate the issue from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at the Vail Library as part of the Waterwise Wednesday lecture series hosted by the Eagle River Watershed Council. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. Water attorney Steve Bushong said he believes people have the right to float.”Under various legal theories, I think the right exists, but it needs to be clarified in the law,” he said. Bushong argued he thinks “incidental touching,” like a boat hitting the riverbed, ought to be allowed. But John Hill, a lawyer with Bratton and McClow, a Denver-based firm, doesn’t agree. Bill Perry, a fly fishing outfitter in Avon, will talk about fishermen’s right to be on the river. Call 827-5406 to RSVP. -Nicole Frey

BEAVER CREEK – The resort has a number of activities for this week, including kid’s activities and late-night entertainment. The following activities are part of Fiesta Beaver Creek, taking place this week through Sunday:Late night dining: Foodies can unwind with leisurely dinners at their favorite restaurants later than ever with several locations offering seating until midnight on select nights throughout the week. Participating restaurants include Toscanini, Foxnut Asian Bistro, Beaver Creek Chophouse, Grouse Mountain Grill, Coyote Café, Bivan’s, The Dusty Boot Saloon, TraMonti and Rocks Modern Grill. Blue Moose Pizza will be open until 10 p.m. each night.Salsa and meringue dancing and music: Adults can enjoy salsa and meringue dancing and music from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The party kicks off Tuesday night at Whiskey Elk at The Park Hyatt, Wednesday night at Rocks Modern Grill, Thursday night at Coyote Cafe, Friday night at Dusty Boot Saloon and Saturday night at Rocks Modern Grill.Free kids’ activities: Kids and parents can take a spin on the outdoor ice rink with free skating from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. from April 10-16. Free Spanish-language kids’ movies will play on select evenings throughout the week. Fireworks will light up the village at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday.Easter brunch, egg hunt, mountaintop worship: This year’s Easter egg hunt in Beaver Creek Village is set for 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15. Easter Brunch will be offered at Bivan’s at The Park Hyatt and The Terrace at The Charter on Sunday, April 16. Sunrise Easter Mountaintop Worship service will be held at Spruce Saddle Lodge at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 15. The Centennial Express Lift (#6) will open at 5:15 a.m. for foot passengers only. Complimentary foot passenger lift tickets will be provided. An additional mountain-top service will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Spruce Saddle Lodge on Sunday. Guests must purchase a lift ticket or foot passenger ticket. Other services scheduled at The Beaver Creek Chapel. Beaver Creek closes for the winter season Sunday. -Staff reportVail, Colorado

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