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Thieves who ripped off $9,000 in tools busted for trying to resell them

February 14, 2019 — EDWARDS — If you're going to steal tools from construction sites, do not try to sell them to the people from whom they were stolen. Two men were arrested and one deported after they tried to sell thousands of dollars worth of allegedly stolen tools

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Mental evaluation of accused murderer in Catherine Kelley slaying could happen in Eagle

February 13, 2019 — EAGLE — Leigha Ackerson claims she played no role in the murder of a Vail Valley woman. Catherine Kelley died in her Pilgrim Downs home in January 2018 at the hands of Ackerson's husband, Jacob White, who in September of last year pleaded guilty to second-degree

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The Guy’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2019 — It's Valentine's Day, 51 days after Christmas and 51 days after guys like us should have gotten our wives and/or significant others what they really wanted, but didn't. That's because you're a guy. That happy accident of birth renders you incapable of buying tasteful Valentine's

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Into the Minnow Tank: Vail Mountain School students learn the art of the pitch

February 12, 2019 — VAIL — There's no place quite like the deep end of the “Shark Tank,” as a group of Vail Mountain School students learned. You either eat or you get eaten. The VMS version of the popular ABC show was dubbed the Minnow Tank, a hybrid

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Man who drove stolen car wrong way on I-70 at 104 mph sentenced to 24 years

February 11, 2019 — EAGLE — Ruben Martinez was on probation and wasn't allowed to have a gun, like the one he used to steal an Aurora Uber driver's car. He was also supposed to avoid narcotics and other controlled substances, like the ones he loaded into the car

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Eagle’s Hockett Gulch project wins first-round approval

February 8, 2019 — EAGLE — One of the most ambitious downvalley development projects in recent years received its first approval in almost record time. In its first public hearing, the 500-unit Reserve at Hockett Gulch project won a unanimous (6-0) recommendation for approval from Eagle's planning and zoning

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Local artist Jacki Allen-Benson’s work has several faces. Show is hanging in Gypsum library

February 7, 2019 — GYPSUM — Jacki Allen-Benson gave her art a face, in fact lots of faces. Allen-Benson's work is on display in the Gypsum Public Library through the end of February. Like many artists, Jacki sees things in more creative ways than most people. For example she

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Vail native Sarah Schleper is competing in another World Championships, ‘because it’s still fun’

February 6, 2019 — ARE, Sweden — It seems like the day before yesterday that Vail native Sarah Schleper was carrying her son Lasse down her final slalom run as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. She retired, but doesn't have a real aptitude for leisure, so she

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Gypsum ordered to pay biomass owners’ attorneys fees after condemnation fails

February 5, 2019 — GYPSUM — The town of Gypsum says it was promised the land along the Eagle River when the town expanded its boundaries to include Eagle Valley Clean Energy's biomass plant. The biomass plant owners say that's simply not the case, that the annexation agreement includes

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Seatbelt saves Vail man from rockslide disaster in Glenwood Canyon

February 5, 2019 — DOTSERO — Bob Dorf was never happier about a broken fingernail. Dorf was driving west through Glenwood Canyon at 6:15 p.m. Monday and plowed into a rock that had fallen from the canyon wall and onto I-70. It turned out to be a preview of

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Vail’s Meghan Buchanan will talk about how to live with GGRITT at the Bookworm

February 4, 2019 — Meghan Buchanan is the coolest smart person you know. She's a dyslexic aerospace engineer and elite adventure athlete. She overcame a life-threatening femur break and is on her way to the top of all Seven Summits. For a living she's helping lead a $115 million

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Ambitious Eagle project begins approval process for 500 units for local workforce

February 4, 2019 — Tuesday’s hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. in Eagle Town Hall

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Eagle County Schools tabs ‘steady’ Phil Qualman as interim superintendent

February 1, 2019 — AVON — The seven-member board for Eagle County Schools looked inside to appoint its interim leader after parting ways with Carlos Ramirez on Jan. 23. In a special meeting Friday morning at Avon Elementary School, the school board appointed Phil Qualman as the interim superintendent.

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Eagle County Schools tabs ‘steady’ Phil Qualman as interim superintendent

February 1, 2019 — AVON — The seven-member board for Eagle County Schools looked inside to appoint its interim leader after parting ways with Carlos Ramirez on Jan. 23. In a special meeting Friday morning at Avon Elementary School, the school board appointed Phil Qualman as the interim superintendent.

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Jared Polis visits Avon Elementary School, touts full-day kindergarten proposal

February 1, 2019 — AVON — A kindergartner looked up and asked Colorado's new governor what his job is, and whether he likes it. "My job is fun. I just started three weeks ago," Gov. Jared Polis told an Avon Elementary School kindergarten class. "Why are you here?" another

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Archduke Alfonso de Borbon’s 1989 Vail death remains the only dark spot on one of Vail’s brightest moments

January 31, 2019 — BEAVER CREEK — It was the skiing accident that made international headlines and cast a brief pall over (what was then) the most important international sporting event to ever land in Colorado. It was Jan. 30, 1989, and the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships had

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Vail Adventure photographer Jon Sheppard hosting a show in Minturn

January 31, 2019 — VAIL — Jon Sheppard's life looks like an adventure novel, except it's not fiction. Sheppard has lived it. You can see for yourself. His photos, award-winning books, stories and photography are the centerpiece of a show at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea in Minturn, Friday,

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Florida man returned to Eagle County in carfentanyl OD case

January 30, 2019 — EAGLE — A Florida man is back in the Eagle County jail for his alleged part in the drug overdose deaths of two Blue Lake men. A grand jury indicted Samuel Brunelus for assault charges in a pair of overdose deaths in March 2017. District

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Stop calling Sergio Sandoval — you’re probably screaming at the wrong one

January 30, 2019 — EAGLE — Stop calling Sergio Sandoval to scream and swear; there's an 80 percent chance you have the wrong one. There at least five men named Sergio Sandoval living in the valley. A man named Sergio Alberto Sandoval will be sentenced in District Court for

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Eagle River Fire Protection District opens its new station in Edwards

January 29, 2019 — EDWARDS — Thirty-four years is a long time for a temporary home. The Eagle River Fire Protection District moved into its temporary Edwards home in 1985. It dedicated its new, state-of-the-art permanent home last Thursday. It should be good for 50 years. "We are thrilled

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