Avon residents work to save historic barn

By scott miller

AVON — Before Avon became an incorporated town in the early 1980s, the place at the base of Beaver Creek was a ranching community. Now residents are trying to preserve one of the last vestiges of the days before the ski industry came to town.A barn built by Albert and Frances Hahnewald more than 100 years ago is perhaps the last historic building in Avon still standing on its original foundation. Since the 1980s, the barn has been used for storage by the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, on property that also holds the district’s Avon wastewater treatment plant. …

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Dan Buchanan soars into Wings & Wheels fest at Vail Valley Jet Center

By Krista Driscoll

Dan Buchanan can’t walk, but that hasn’t stopped him from flying. More than 30 years ago, Buchanan, a resident of Dayton, Nevada, was busy pursuing his private pilot’s license and logging his thrills soaring off mountaintops in a hang glider in Lake Tahoe, California, when an accident changed the course of his life.“I got hurt flying in a storm,” Buchanan said. “I landed, and the glider hit me on the head, on the helmet, and gave me a compression fracture.” NO FEARThe spinal injury paralyzed Buchanan from the waist down, and while he wouldn’t walk again, it certainly didn’t prevent …

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Annual Christian music festival returns to Vail’s Ford Amphitheater next weekend

By Randy Wyrick

VAIL — Change those five words — “We’ve never done that before” — to “That’s gonna be so awesome!” and you have the basic premise behind Uplift, a Christian music festival.It’s next Sunday in Vail’s Ford Amphitheater.The goal is not complicated.“To bring our community together, to lift up the name of Jesus and reach the lost,” said Kirsten Webster, one of the Uplift organizers.The lineup is another of those stories in divine intervention.Christian music star Jeremy Camp is headlining, which is a God-sized big deal.He has 25 No. 1 singles across all formats, four gold albums, a Grammy nomination, and …

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Cycling adventures: Riding from Venice to Umbria

By Melanie Wong

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series about a Frisco cyclist’s month-long bike tour in Italy. Read the first article of the series at www.vaildaily.com. The first article chronicles Rob Philippe and his wife Valerie’s bike tour from Bolzano, Italy, to Venice, where this article continues.If Venice is sinking into the lagoon, it is because of the weight of all of the tourists — 85,000 visitors each day create a mob scene. Mi scusi, if you don’t want to be jostled, jam-packed and groped on every bit of your body, then stay out of Venice. Actually we …

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Huskies and Devils start quickly at state site

By Chris Freud

COLORADO SPRINGS — They started here. They hope to end it here.Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley cross-country got a look at the new state course and posted some great results at Cheyenne Mountain Stampede in Colorado Springs on Friday.The Huskies and Devils competed in different races in Friday’s opener, but both had significant moments, which make them think that they’ll be back in the Springs in Halloween for the state meet.HuskiesBattle Mountain’s ladies took second in the green division with 65 points behind No. 1-ranked Air Academy (52). For the Huskies, the battle has been engaged.The Huskies looked like their …

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College receives $4.3 million grant for student support

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY — Thousands of at-risk college students in rural Colorado will receive financial and academic support over the next five years, thanks to an expanded federal TRIO grant that will empower Colorado Mountain College to provide even more support services throughout its six-county district.College administrators learned recently that their previous $2.2 million Student Support Services grant, which serves students at the college’s three residential campuses plus commuter campuses in Edwards and Rifle, has been expanded to $4.3 million over the next five years. Up to 520 students will be able to benefit from an array of SSS offerings including …

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Huskies dump Delta, 6-0; Eagle Valley next

By Chris Freud

DELTA — Welcome home, Battle Mountain soccer, sort of.The Huskies finished up their western swing with a nice 6-0 thumping in their league opener at Delta on Saturday.Combined with a 1-0 nonconference win at Montrose, Battle Mountain had a good weekend to start off the season.“Four goal scorers and a clean sheet,” Huskies coach David Cope, referring to his team’s defense and goal keeping. “Jack (Skidmore) had two shutouts and had three all of last year. If he can stay healthy, that’ll be good for us.”Donnie Leavitt had two goals, but did not become a big brother on Saturday. However, …

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Huskies soccer wins opener at Montrose, 1-0

By Chris Freud

MONTROSE — Donnie Leavitt’s had a genuinely interesting career for Battle Mountain soccer.As a freshman, he was the back-up goalie to Christian Espinoza as the Huskies went on their now-mythological 20-0 state-title run. He became the goalie the next year, and won 15 games as the Huskies went to the quarterfinals. Last year, he transitioned to a field player without much success.He started his senior year on Friday with the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Montrose.“He didn’t start today,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “He came on as a sub during the first half. He …

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Pacific Ocean waters hold key to snow year

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Long-range weather prediction is still an inexact science based on both current patterns and history. Those predictions get more tricky when historical anomalies enter the mix. That’s the case for the coming fall and winter.Meteorologists have long known about El Nino patterns in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador. An El Nino pattern will develop every few years. When it does, it affects weather over much of North America. This year’s El Nino is shaping up to be a big one — the biggest ever measured, in fact, with temperatures more than 2 degrees Celsius above average.According …

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Pacific waters hold key to snow year

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Long-range weather prediction is still an inexact science based on both current patterns and history. Those predictions get more tricky when historical anomalies enter the mix. That’s the case for the coming fall and winter.Meteorologists have long known about “El Nino” patterns in the Pacific Ocean west of Ecuador. An El Nino pattern will develop every few years. When it does, it affects weather over much of North America. This year’s El Nino is shaping up to be a big one — the biggest ever measured, in fact, with temperatures more than 2 degrees Celsius above average.According …

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