Nora Jane Struthers & The Party line play acoustic Americana Sunday in Beaver Creek’s Vilar

By Randy Wyrick

BEAVER CREEK — Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling carnival of acoustic Americana, riding around and collecting stories. The best stories aren’t on the main stage, said Nora Jane. “When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story,” she said. On Sunday, the sideshow is the Vilar Performing Arts Center when Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line perform as part of the Underground Sound series. Some of us will remember Nora Jane as the lead singer in Barefoot Bluegrass, …

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Nora Jane Struthers & The Party line play acoustic Americana Sunday in Beaver Creek’s Vilar

By Randy Wyrick

BEAVER CREEK — Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling carnival of acoustic Americana, riding around and collecting stories. The best stories aren’t on the main stage, said Nora Jane. “When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story,” she said. On Sunday, the sideshow is the Vilar Performing Arts Center when Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line perform as part of the Underground Sound series. Some of us will remember Nora Jane as the lead singer in Barefoot Bluegrass, …

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Kate Rau’s hugs and high-fives get students on the right track

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE — Hundreds of teenagers are swarming the race course, their weary faces smeared with sweat and dust as they pedal across the finish line. Kate Rau is right there. She knows each rider’s name. She embraces nearly every kid, from the ecstatic winners to the back-of-the-pack stragglers, praising their achievement. “You are amazing,” she says as panting teens wobble through the finish corral. “She’s the amazing one. Everything she does is for the greater good. Kate is probably my biggest role model,” said Aaricka Johnson, a 17-year-old mountain biker from Leadville who has raced in the Colorado High School …

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Kate Rau’s hugs and high-fives get students on the right track

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE — Hundreds of teenagers are swarming the race course, their weary faces smeared with sweat and dust as they pedal across the finish line. Kate Rau is right there. She knows each rider’s name. She embraces nearly every kid, from the ecstatic winners to the back-of-the-pack stragglers, praising their achievement. “You are amazing,” she says as panting teens wobble through the finish corral. “She’s the amazing one. Everything she does is for the greater good. Kate is probably my biggest role model,” said Aaricka Johnson, a 17-year-old mountain biker from Leadville who has raced in the Colorado High School …

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Vail Daily science column: Glass is all around us

By caramie schnell

In the spirit of Halloween, Denver’s Botanic Gardens is in full costume. Seuss-like silica spikes, crazy crystalline citadels and psychedelic petals ooze from the landscape. Rather than being tropical plants gone wild, these features are made of glass. Glass is all around us, although typically less conspicuously than in the Gardens’ Chihuly exhibition. It’s on our faces, our phones and our homes. But where does it come from? Glass comes from sand. Much of that sand begins its journey right here in the mountains. On the mountaintops just north of Vail, rocks such as granite are broken down by snow, …

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Devils finish 7-3; eye playoffs

By Chris Freud

GRAND JUNCTION — They are battered. They are bruised. But they’re still standing. Eagle Valley football hung on late at Grand Junction Central, 21-20, on Thursday night, turning back a Warriors’ 2-point conversion attempt with 6:26 left in the game. The Devils have finished the regular season at 7-3 overall and 4-4 in the heavyweight 3A Western Slope. And afterward, Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno said that his team is playoff-bound. “It’s awesome being in the playoffs,” the coach said. “At the beginning of the season, it was our goal to be in the money. It’s cool playing a meaningful …

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Devils, Huskies spikers ready for regionals

By Chris Freud

It could happen. Eagle Valley-Battle Mountain volleyball or Huskies-Devils, depending on one’s partisanship, the third round, could happen. Both local 4A volleyball teams are two wins away from state — a huge accomplishment — regardless of if there is a third meeting between the two rivals at the Denver Coliseum. The Huskies came out of the maxpreps.com rankings No. 9 and host their regional tournament on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. The Devils are No. 13 and are headed to Air Academy for their tourney. Devils Eagle Valley enters as the champion of the 4A Slope, but the computer, nonetheless, …

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Eagle County to celebrate new solar energy system at fairgrounds

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County will celebrate completion of the largest photovoltaic solar energy system in the Eagle Valley at a “switch flipping” ceremony set for noon Monday. The system has been installed atop the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. PayS for Itself Cost of the project after rebates totaled $127,500. The 77-kilowatt system will offset 100 percent of the electricity usage of the Eagle River Center and will pay for itself in approximately 11 years. County Commissioners Jill Ryan, Sara Fisher and Kathy Chandler-Henry will be on hand to throw the switch that connects the system …

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New development underway in east Avon

By John LaConte

AVON — By now, you may have noticed a good bit of development underway north of Interstate 70 at Post Boulevard in east Avon. Finally free of the litigation that stalled efforts there for a decade, Traer Creek LLC has begun efforts to bring a mix of commercial and residential properties to the area, with pioneer roads in place, soil testing underway and water infrastructure in the ground. The part most visible from I-70 is a 38-acre parcel abutting Colorado Department of Transportation land just east of the Post Boulevard exit, where plots of land are being prepared for commercial …

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Menconi says goodbye to SOS Outreach group

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — Arn Menconi will always stand in the SOS Outreach Circle of Love. Menconi, SOS Outreach founder and leader for two decades, is leaving the organization, SOS announced. Seth Ehrlich, SOS vice president of operations, is the interim executive director. Through those 20 years, 40,000 kids have stood in SOS Outreach’s Circle of Love, and every one of them can recite the six core value: courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility. They learn to snowboard and love the outdoors, which is good. They learn to live by those six core values, which is better. At-risk kids ride …

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