Work on local rec paths recognized |

Work on local rec paths recognized

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EAGLE COUNTY – Dawes Wilson of Vail, Heather Sappenfield of Eagle, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s maintenance and engineering departments, and the Eagle County Road and Bridge Department have been selected as the 2006 Trails Supporters by the ECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee. Wilson will receive the very first “extreme trail supporter” Award, which was created to recognize the incredible effort and energy Dawes has put into trail advocacy, bicycle commuting and athletic achievement over the last two decades in Eagle County.”Dawes’ reputation precedes him in that so many people know him, or of him, as a champion mountain bike racer and endurance athlete, but people also need to know he took on the cause of local forest trail maintenance,” said John Bailey, a member of the ECO Trails Committee. Sappenfield is being recognized for her work on the Eagle Bike Skills Park in Eagle. Sappenfield started the project because she decided beginning mountain bikers and families need a place a safer, less difficult place to ride. The Colorado Department of Transportation was selected for repaving the Vail Pass bike path. The Eagle County Road and Bridge department is being recognized for its work on its first trail building project, the first phase of the rec path from Gypsum to Dotsero.

VAIL -The Vail Recreation District is selling a season pass for its cross country and snowshoe trails and also has implemented new fees. For the last 20 years, the Nordic Center has been funded by donations and a subsidy from the rec district. The new fees will pay the center’s $60,000 operating costs and for youth skiing programs. The center is also planning to print maps and put up new signs. Season pass sales are available for purchase at the Nordic Center, located in the Vail Golf Clubhouse. One-day and season pass prices are as follows:• Day use ticket: $5 • Adult season pass: $65 • 10-day punch card: $40 • Student season pass: $40 • Children under 12: FreeThe Nordic Center will be managed this winter by longtime locals Mia Stockdale and Shane Sluder. For more information , call the Vail Nordic Center at 476-8366 or visit

VAIL – The health of Gore Creek is the subject of the Eagle River Watershed Council’s next Waterwise Wednesday session on Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail. This forum will explore that delicate balance between economics and environmental health, said Caroline Bradford, executive director of the Eagle River Watershed Council. “We are trying hard to find a balance,” Bradford said, “We all want the Interstate open – but we don’t want traction sand plowed into the creek.” The sand threatens fishing in the Gold Medal Trout stream, Bradford said. The town of Vail also has new rules meant to keep dirt from constructions sites out of the river.For more information, contact the Watershed Council at or 827-5406.

EDWARDS – Thirteen members of Battle Mountain High School’s dance team will wait tables at Balata Restaurant in Singletree to raise funds for a trip to the U.S. Dance Championships in New York, New York.All tips the dancers receive will go toward the competition. “Waiting tables isn’t easy, but we have so much fun,” team co-captain Katie Denton said. “All the dancers love this fundraiser. It’s a great night,” co-captain Cindy Engle added. Balata is in the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree. The dancers will wait tables from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Our goal is to fill the restaurant the entire evening,” head coach Julia LeGrand said. “It’s a wonderful restaurant, with great food and atmosphere. We hope people will come out for a good meal and a good cause.”The dancers also will host a silent auction throughout dinner. Dinner reservations are recommended, call 477-5353. For more information about the team, call Andrea Glass at 748-5704.

VAIL Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has given more than $70,000 in scholarships to 60 deserving young athletes for the 2006-07 season. The clubs For The Kids scholarship fund provides financial assistance based on both financial need and athletic and academic merit. The club has increased the amount and number of scholarships each year, Executive Director Aldo Radamus said. I am continually inspired by the enthusiasm, tenacity and dedication of the kids in our programs, Radamus said. This fund allows us to ensure that many young kids who might not otherwise be able to participate, are able to do so.Money for the scholarships comes from individual and corporate donations, and fundraising events such as the Chad Fleischer Ski & Tee Weekend and the annual For The Kids scholarship raffle. The clubs coaches, teachers, and administrators participate in the annual scholarship drive. For more information, contact Ski & Snowboard Club Vail at 476-5119 or visit

Eagle County Health & Human Services will host a series of workshops on Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in November and December. A Medicare insurance specialist will work with Medicare participants to help isolate three possible plans to consider prior to enrolling or changing plans. The open enrollment period for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage is Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 for coverage that begins Jan. 1. There are new premium, deductible and co-pay figures for 2007. Individuals who become eligible for Medicare during 2007 or who have certain special circumstances such as moving from one coverage area to another, will have a special enrollment period to choose a plan at other times during the year.In Colorado there are 55 stand-alone prescription drug coverage plans approved by Medicare for 2007. Another 14 companies provide Medicare health plans with prescription drug coverage Each plan has different drug coverage, premiums, deductibles, co-pays and pharmacy networks. Medicare requires that each drug plan cover both brand name and generic drugs. Persons interested in attending the workshops should call 328-8840 to schedule an appointment. Workshops in Eagle are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov 29 at Eagle County Health & Human Services; 9 a.m .to 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Golden Eagle Community Center; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 18 at Eagle County Health & Human Services. No appointments are necessary for a social security workshop from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Nov. 30 at the Golden Eagle Community Center in Eagle. Bring Medicare ID and a list of your prescription drugs with dosages to the workshop.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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