On the Hill: Join in the cleanup

By John LaConte

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: The U.S. Forest Service and Vail Mountain are inviting community volunteers to the annual mountain cleanup, scheduled for June 11. Vail Daily reporter John LaConte gives us a taste of what it’s like to participate in this annual cleanup in this episode of On the Hill from 2013. To join in, meet at the base of the Gondola One in Vail Village by 9 a.m. on June 11. …

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Moses Gonzales retiring from Vail police

By scott miller

VAIL — After 14 years with the Vail Police Department, officer Moses Gonzales is retiring effective today. Gonzales has been a code enforcement officer since 2001 and also served with the Vail Recreation District. He’s known for his community service efforts throughout the years, including:• Organizing the annual county-wide Make a Difference Day Food Drive which has generated an estimated 1.2 million pounds to date;• Organizing the Shop with a Cop program that allows more than 40 underprivileged children to go shopping for their families with a police officer;• Serving as a Buddies program mentor and a member of the …

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Biliteracy becomes a star in local schools

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — Chase and Taylor Keep spent years schlepping up and down the Interstate between Gypsum and Edwards, so they could be part of Berry Creek Middle School’s Spanish immersion program.OK, every parent who has ever schlepped knows that really means they drove the kids, which is good because it’s time with kids that fell out of the sky and landed on your family.As an added bonus, Chase will be among the Eagle County students who will receive a Seal of Biliteracy when he graduates Battle Mountain High School next spring.Rare AchievementEagle County’s school district is now only one …

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Vail Symposium’s lineup includes adventure and nutrition programs, film screenings and more

By caramie schnell

Lifelong learning sums up the goals of The Vail Symposium quite succinctly. This summer, curators, best-selling authors, award-winning filmmakers, doctors, nutritionists, physiologists and consciousness experts — among others — will lead programs that cover a variety of topics: adventure, geopolitical hot topic issues, nutrition, film screenings, alternative approaches to health and wellness, arts and culture and more.“There is a lot to look forward to from the Vail Symposium this summer,” said Executive Director Tracey Flower. “Diverse, yet consistently educational, exciting and informative programs are what we strive for, and this summer serves up everything our long-time supporters and future audience …

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‘Round up usual suspects’ for state soccer awards

By Chris Freud

It really does feel like I rewrite some articles, but sometimes they’re fun to rewrite.State soccer awards came out on Saturday, and, as Claude Rains said, “Round up the usual suspects.” (Kids, you should know from what movie that came. The answer follows.)At 4A, Eagle Valley’s Mariel Gutierrez was a slam-dunk first-teamer. Five-hundred goals in a season will usually do that. (OK, it was just 37, but that’s still pretty good.)Battle Mountain’s Emily Cope and Logan Nash roped second-team honors, and Acacia Ortiz was an honorable mention.For our 2A state champions Vail Mountain School Gore Rangers — it’s fun to …

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‘Round up the usual suspects’ for state soccer awards

By Chris Freud

It really does feel like I rewrite some articles, but sometimes they’re fun to rewrite.State soccer awards came out on Saturday, and, as Claude Rains said, “Round up the usual suspects.” (Kids, you should know from what movie that came. The answer follows.)At 4A, Eagle Valley’s Mariel Gutierrez was a slam-dunk first-teamer. Five-hundred goals in a season will usually do that. (OK, it was just 37, but that’s still pretty good.)Battle Mountain’s Emily Cope and Logan Nash roped second-team honors, and Acacia Ortiz was an honorable mention.For our 2A state champions Vail Mountain School Gore Rangers — it’s fun to …

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Sage grouse regulations draw praise, protest

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — New federal regulations could put the greater sage grouse on the road to recovery, but it could cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars.The Obama administration’s plans aim to conserve the bird’s habitat, but limit oil and natural gas drilling.Eagle County is at the southern edge of the greater sage grouse range.Jobs and money“The economic impact of sage-grouse restrictions on just the oil and natural gas industry will be between 9,170 and 18,250 jobs and $2.4 billion to $4.8 billion of annual economic impact across Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming,” said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of …

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Eagle County’s X factor

By John LaConte

EAGLE COUNTY — This year, local residents have an athlete to cheer for at the Summer X Games.Nicole Bradford of McCoy, a Colorado native and Avon business owner, will compete in the X Games EnduroCross competition in Austin, Texas, on Friday after receiving her invite several weeks ago.It won’t be her first time competing at X Games, but it will be her first time competing in the world’s biggest EnduroCross competition 100 percent injury free.“It definitely was a goal,” she said about returning to X Games. “When I competed in 2012 I had a blown ACL/LCL. So I wanted to …

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Celebrating the Class of 2015

By Randy Wyrick

Raymundo Rios CruzSchool: Battle Mountain High SchoolFavorite school moment from any year: Going on the hut trip for environmental science.Give a shout out: To my family and friends. Also to all the awesome teachers at BMHS.Summer plans: Work and enjoy the summer.Where are you headed this fall: Montana State University.If you’re leaving Eagle County what will you miss most: My family and friends.In 10 years you’ll be: I will be a computer programmer.Favorite class you took: AP English literature and composition.Class you wish had been offered: All the classes that I wanted were offered throughout all four years.Kara GreveSchool: Battle …

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Tots in the Garden kicks off Tuesday at Eagle-Vail Community Garden

By caramie schnell

EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Community Gardens second annual Tots In The Garden program, open to all Vail Valley children between the ages of 3 and 7, begins Tuesday. The program takes place select Tuesdays this summer.“We started this program last year and had so much fun with it,” said Christy Beidel, president of the community garden. “The kids had a great time not only learning about how food grows, but actually growing it in their own ‘tot garden.’ And we had a great time watching them get so into it and excited about it. We’re really looking forward to another …

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