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No Polar Bear AuctionI wanted to let you know that the 5th Annual Polar Bear Auction scheduled for November 18, 2006 will not be held this year. This year the event would have fallen on the anniversary of Kimberly’s death. Having the event on the anniversary of her death would be very difficult for all of us. However, I do want to express my appreciation for all of the wonderful support you have given us since the Foundation was established.Since our first Polar Bear Affair in November of 2002, the KLM Foundation has given out over $41,000 in scholarships due to your generosity and support. These scholarships have gone to students at Eagle County Charter Academy, Battle Mountain High School and Vail Mountain High School. In addition, this year the KLM Foundation was proud to sponsor a luncheon in conjunction with the National Patient Safety Awareness Week and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement Save 100,000 Lives Campaign. As part of that event, another scholarship was gifted to a local medical student. We look forward to hosting the 2nd Annual KLM Patient Safety Luncheon in March of 2007.As you are aware, we established the KLM Foundation to honor the memory of Kimberly Linn McDonald who died on November 18, 2000 here in Vail, Colorado, due to complications from a minor surgery. Although she was only 15, Kimberly made a great impact on so many others in her short life. She was a mentor, a volunteer, an actress, a dancer, a nordic skier, a Colorado State High School Ambassador, a Vail Rotary Club representative in Italy, and a nominated All-Around American Who’s Who student. We give out scholarships to honor her achievement and help other students in the valley achieve their dreams.I want to thank you on behalf of Kimberly’s family and the KLM Board of Directors for your past support. We truly appreciate your generosity every year and hope that you will continue to support our foundation in making dreams come true. We thank you for your understanding this year and look forward to seeing you in 2007 at our next event.Contributions are always accepted and appreciated and can be sent to the Kimberly Linn McDonald Foundation (a 501c3 Non-Profit) at P.O. Box 2391, Edwards, CO 81632.Tama LevineKLM Board of Directors &Kimberly’s FamilyGayle, Pat Brandon McDonaldNot just for cancer The other day you ran a picture of a girl getting her hair cut to donate to “Locks of Love.” In the caption, it was stated this donation was for kids with cancer. Although some donations may go to children with cancer, it is a misconception that children with cancer are the main or sole recipients of the hair donations. As stated on their Web site, most hair donations go to children with alopecia areata.”Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.” http://www.locksoflove.org/index.php Kristan CareyEdwardsDarn DemsNot even a week following the mid-term elections, and here we go. The Democrats are already talking about raising taxes (something they previously said they had no intention of doing), and mucking the bill that calls for the construction of a fence along the border with Mexico. The economy is at an all-time high. Inflation is down to a record low. The American economy is strong, however the Democrats refuse to admit the President’s tax cuts are working. What more proof do they need? The DOW is currently up over 86 points holding at 12,228, a new record. Our economy is at a record level yet the Democrats want to “fix” something that isn’t broken. Where is the logic in taking money out of the taxpayer’s hands? Money they worked hard to earn. Money many families have come to count on for living expenses. Democrats are now moving to squash the Secure Fence Act which was passed by Congress on October 26. The bill calls for 700 miles of fencing along the most intruded-upon areas of the U.S.-Mexico border. Why on earth would Democrats want to renege on a bill that was passed to help ensure our borders become safer? Are they waiting for a would-be terrorist to cross the Rio Grande and wreck havoc on one of our cities? What is it going to take for Democrats to realize we are at war and need to secure our borders?With the current revelation that Iran is entering the final stages of uranium enrichment, now is not the time to eliminate any defensive spending or stall any bills designed to improve our national security. Democrats have failed to realize what is at stake in this war, and if they don’t wake up soon we are all in trouble. The world is becoming more dangerous every day, and if you think Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco values are in the best interest of this country then you have some waking up to do. It’s my hope that this Democratic Congress can look passed political pettiness and votes and concentrate on what is really at stake, the future of America.Derek LucasImagination thanksVRD Youth Services and The Imagination Station would like to thank all the families that came to our grand re-opening this past weekend. We appreciate your support and hope you will remember us when looking for a fun, safe, and positive learning environment for the whole family. Imagination Station is now open for the winter so if you have not experienced the fun to be had, please join us. We would also like to give a very big thank you to Pazzo’s for donating pizza, and Subway for donating subs. Our grand re-opening was a huge success. Thank You!Adrianne DicksonVail Recreation DistrictYouth ServicesRighteous stones I found Mr Seatvet’s letter regarding Mr. Haggard both disturbing and fascinating. He asks forgiveness so easily for a man who has chosen to live in deception of his true God-given self while raising a family and preaching to the choir so to speak. All the while condemning and judging his neighbor for sins unknown. With great sympathy to Mr. Haggard’s family and congregation, I can forgive him and I have pity on a man afraid to ride out the God-given path of homosexuality. Being openly gay myself, I know this is how I was born and I understand that fear and ignorance leads many to believe otherwise. What is simply appalling is the comparison of a homosexual to a murderer. Where is your justification for the comparison of sins? Does this mean every biblical sin, such as anger or drunkenness should be so weighted? Sadly, your words reek of hate and anger: “Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment. -Mathew 5:22. Will you, then, be organizing for your rationalization of counted sins in your life?Another fault in Mr. Seatvet’s language and reasoning of the organization of gays and lesbians is that we are doing so for the approval of who we are without admission to sin. The righteous stones you throw seem to be judgments of what your neighbor does, not how he should be treated. Equal rights, such as inheritance of a chosen partner’s property or presence and inclusion during unfortunate circumstances such as surgery or death is what I deserve as a U.S. citizen, not what I should have to ask for. I am grateful to the majority of Eagle County voters able to discern reasonable basic human rights as just that, despite possible differences in religious and spiritual beliefs. My wonderful 10-year relationship has outlasted most legal marriages in this country despite the misunderstandings of the devout and the ignorant. With any luck, pro-equality progressiveness in this country will continue with a focus on love and understanding. I believe that is exactly what Jesus would do.Terri JohnsonEdwardsSenior thanksAll of the senior citizens of Eagle County wish to extend a big “thank you” to all who contributed to the success of our Autumn Jubilee fundraiser. Everyone who attended had a great time.We’d especially like to thank Grand Avenue Grill, Broadway Café, China Gourmet, Eagle Diner, Pastatively, Mi Pueblo, Fandangos, Columbine Market, City Market, Alpine Ambiance, Rich Deane Jewelry, Rosie Burke, Eagle County Historical Society, Eagle Pharmacy and Vi Brown for donating door prizesThanks to The Old Gypsum Printers for providing posters and tickets; Bruce Baumgartner, Justin Finestone and Tom Harris from Eagle County for help with the use of the Fairgrounds Bldg., advertising, and sound system; the Eagle County Sheriffs Dept. for providing helpers to set up and clean up before and after the Jubilee.Special thanks to Steve Carver and his staff for providing a delicious meal, to Mary Lou Croissant for her wonderful candy, jams and baked goods for the “goodie” baskets that were auctioned off, to George McCollum for his very professional auctioneering talents, to all who collected donations, to Kathy Heyser for her time and talent in decorating the hall, to Johnnette Phillips for organizing the talent show, to Barbara Meese for handling the donations and to Georgie Zinda for taking care of ticket sales.And last, but not least, a very special “Thank You” to all the wonderful seniors who helped with the planning, decorating, performing and desserts. So many contributed to the program, I may have missed someone. If so, I apologize.God bless you all.John BadeChairman, Golden Eagle Site CouncilVail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO


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