Devils soccer wraps regular season with win

By Chris Freud

ASPEN — Eagle Valley soccer is in.That right. Eagle Valley girls soccer is in the playoffs after a 6-1 win at Aspen on Thursday. When the bracket comes out on Sunday on chsaa.org, the bigger question is where?In 2013, the Devils were 3-11, and improved to 7-8 last season. This spring, the Devils are 12-3, thank you. And, that is the first time the Eagle Valley girls have qualified for the postseason since moving up to Class 4A during the 2004-05 academic year.Eagle Valley looked playoff ready in Aspen, leading the Skiers 5-0 at the half.“We’re really in full-bore preparation …

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Evergreen edges Huskies, 1-0, as playoffs loom

By Chris Freud

EDWARDS — That was playoff soccer, but the good news is that it wasn’t the playoffs.In a postseason tuneup for both teams, No. 3-ranked Evergreen edged No. 8. Battle Mountain, 1-0, on a superb goal in the 38th minute from the Cougars’ Cassidy Formanek.As is often the case with two top-tier teams, one sequence can make the difference as the calendar turns to May. It did on Thursday night.In a twist of irony, Evergreen used a short corner kick by Kylee Petrik to Sophia Weiner to start the play. Weiner struck a beautiful cross and Formanek buried it for the …

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Pastor, scholar, outdoorsman, historian

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — All of us affect the lives of others. Don Simonton’s life touched more than most. That life also forged a bond between his family and the place he loved.Simonton died March 17 at his home in Grand Junction. His wife, June, preceded him in death in 2013.A Lutheran minister and missionary who had already founded two congregations in New Mexico, Simonton arrived in Vail in 1967 with a unique assignment: developing a ministry for a mountain resort community focused on serving the leisure/recreation industry. In collaboration with the Catholic church already in Minturn, and an established Lutheran …

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Colorado hash oil explosion numbers exploding

By randy wyrick

EAGLE-VAIL — An Eagle-Vail man accused of causing a hash oil explosion had his initial court date postponed, so he could be treated for burns he suffered.Instead, Ryne Wilhelmi was being treated in a Front Range hospital. When his hash oil cooker exploded just past noon Wednesday, Wilhelmi suffered second degree burns over 25 percent of his body, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.About two hours after the explosion, Wilhelmi called the Vail Daily to tell his side of the story.He says he was safely using a legal closed-loop system, outside, designed to capture and recycle the butane gas …

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Local Nepal relief efforts getting underway

By Melanie Wong

EAGLE COUNTY — Just two weeks ago, Vail Valley resident Pemba Sherpa was visiting his home village in Nepal’s Everest region, spending time with family and having tea with neighboring friends.In a matter of minutes this past weekend, the landscape of what he left was severely altered forever, and Pemba, who had returned to build and bless a stupa (or monument) in honor of his parents, was shocked to learn that while his village was spared, a neighboring village a 10-minute walk away was crushed.“Fortunately, my village didn’t get hit,” he said. “But in the next town, Chaurikharka 2, that …

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Local Nepal aid efforts under way

By Melanie Wong

EAGLE COUNTY — Just two weeks ago, Vail Valley resident Pemba Sherpa was visiting his home village in Nepal’s Everest region, spending time with family and having tea with neighboring friends.In a matter of minutes this past weekend, the landscape of what he left was severely altered forever, and Pemba, who had returned to build and bless a stupa (or monument) in honor of his parents, was shocked to learn that while his village was spared, a neighboring village 10 minutes walk away was crushed.“Fortunately, my village didn’t get hit,” he said. “But in the next town, Chaurikharka 2, that …

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Campout for the Cause announces full schedule

By Melanie Wong

RANCHO DEL RIO — Campout for the Cause, Rancho del Rio’s annual weekend of concerts, camping, yoga and paddleboarding, has released its schedule for the three-day roots music and lifestyle festival, which will be held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24. Campout will feature main stage performances by headliners that include: Dustbowl Revival and Fruition on Friday, Elephant Revival and Grant Farm on Saturday and Gregory Alan Isakov and Shook Twins on Sunday. The festival will also feature daily yoga, belly dancing, SUP clinics and SUP yoga each day. This year’s workshops include an introduction to hand drums and rhythm …

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Court knocks Aspen Art Museum climber down a few notches

By RICK CARROLL

What appears to be downtown Aspen’s most popular illegal climbing wall continues to be a source of tomfoolery.On Wednesday, an Aspen newcomer pleaded guilty to trespassing after police popped him for scaling the basket-like exterior of the Aspen Art Museum.Ted Gardenswartz, sitting in for Aspen Municipal Court Judge Brooke Peterson, ordered Dillon Gross, 22, to perform 10 hours of public service and pay a probation fee of $150. The judge also gave Gross a six-month deferred judgment.“What was the purpose?” Gardenswartz asked Gross.“It just was a very out-of-character decision,” responded Gross, who said he works at an Aspen pot shop. …

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Former Aspen skiing coach pleads not guilty to sex crimes

By RICK CARROLL

A former Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club coach, who also is the father of a TV reality star, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of sexual assault and incest, his attorney said.Aspen police arrested William Montag, 68, on Jan. 29 after he finished skiing at Aspen Highlands. He was taken into custody on a warrant from Arapahoe County, where the sex crimes allegedly occurred, at the AVSC clubhouse.Montag has retained Golden attorney Forrest Lewis. Lewis said Montag, who is free on $50,000 bond, previously waived preliminary hearing before entering his not-guilty plea. A 10-day trial has been set for …

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