Valley in Brief: Vail Nordic Center has closed for rest of season |

Valley in Brief: Vail Nordic Center has closed for rest of season

VAIL, Colorado -Due to course conditions and low snow levels, the Vail Nordic Center has ended its Nordic operations for the 2011-12 winter season. The Nordic retail shop will remain open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as Thursday and Friday of this week and is offering a variety of end-of-season sales and discounts on merchandise. This includes sales on skis, boots, bindings, poles, snowshoes, clothing and waxes. The Nordic Center also is offering an end-of-season ski wax special for $5.

Vail Golf Club crews have already begun gearing up operations in preparation for an early May opening, weather and course conditions permitting. Pass sales also will begin today. Call Vail Golf Club Director Alice Plain at 970-479-2260, or email her at

For more information on the Vail Nordic Center, call Mia Stockdale at 970-476-8366 or visit

GYPSUM, Colorado – The Gypsum Chamber is hosting a meet the candidates event Tuesday at Columbine Market beginning at 5:30 p.m. Each candidate will share a three-minute introduction highlighting his own campaign and vision. Then the Gypsum Chamber will ask three questions of each candidate. This event is open to the public.

The election is April 3.

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The incumbents are Tom Edwards, Gary Lebo and Kyle Hall. Edwards and Lebo are both in their third consecutive terms as council members, and Hall is in his first term. Edwards is a retired architect. Lebo owns Alpenglow Property Management Inc. and is also a real estate broker. Hall is a detective with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.

The challengers are:

• Beric Christiansen, a former chief financial officer of Eddie Bauer and vice president of Payless Shoes.

• Ross Graves, a self-employed real estate developer and land planner.

• Jim Kinser, who is self-employed in insurance management as a recruiter, trainer and supervisor working under contract with Farmers Insurance Group.

• Stanley McElderry, who works for the town of Eagle as the lead wastewater treatment operator.

AVON, Colorado – SOS Outreach is launching new summer programs for Eagle County kids.

Programs will begin in May and run through August for kids ages 8 to 18. SOS will provide different day camps and overnight wilderness experiences in the White River National Forest.

Summer programs will introduce kids to different outdoor activities, including peak ascending, rock climbing, teams courses, camping and backpacking. By engaging kids in these various activities, SOS aims to cultivate a sense of curiosity about the outdoors, as well as teach basic outdoor wilderness skills and foster an appreciation for the natural wonders in our backyards.

If you’d like to register your child for summer programs, you can join SOS at the Summer Expo on Saturday at the WECMRD field house in Edwards from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To see what types of programs are available, or to register online, go to and check out the summer programs page.

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