Homecomings, not talking Saints volleyball and photo bombing

By Chris Freud

Apparently, there was a big volleyball game on Wednesday, so we’ll keep this brief, or as brief as I can.First off, happy Homecoming to Battle Mountain, and early Homecoming wishes to Eagle Valley. (The Devils are next week.) People, keep your eyes on the prize during the hoopla. To preempt the talk you’ll be getting from your coaches, we’ve got a lot of good seasons going. Do you really want to wreck it by making a stupid decision? Beating to death, and with good reason, the theme of sports as an extension of the classroom, your decisions have an impact …

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Battle Mountain tops Devils in four sets

By Chris Freud

EDWARDS — Yes, Battle Mountain volleyball coach Jason Fitzgerald will be played by Danny Glover in the made-for-television movie.“I’m getting too old for this,” the coach said during the fourth set of his team’s match against Eagle Valley in Edwards on Wednesday.Of course, there will be a sequel — Oct. 24 in Gypsum, presumably without Mel Gibson — but the Huskies won Round 1 of the Eagle County rivalry on the court, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 28-26 over Eagle Valley.“We definitely wanted to know if we belonged in the upper echelon of the league, which I think we do,” Fitzgerald said. …

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Local teen brings Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event to Vail

By John LaConte

VAIL — Last year local student Melissa McCalley started becoming more familiar with the hospital than an 12-year-old kid should be. In November her mom, Marci McCalley, was diagnosed with leukemia and started receiving treatment.As a young child, Melissa had a few friends afflicted with the disease. She remembers participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Washington, D.C., in support of those friends. When Melissa’s mom explained to her that she now has the same disease, Melissa started thinking about those walks. They were in the hospital at the time and looked at the Leukemia …

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Eagle residents desire increased recycling options

By Pam Boyd

EAGLE — According to the town’s recently completed survey, Eagle residents are more than happy with their current trash service.But that doesn’t mean they don’t want more.From July 6 through Aug. 14, the town conducted an online survey to ask residents what they think about the refuse and recycling services provided by Vail Honeywagon. The survey netted 400 responses — nearly 25 percent of the town’s roughly 1,600 customers. “Customer satisfaction with the quality of the current service is astronomically high at 92 percent with only 1.5 of responding very unsatisfied.. This is an extraordinary rating for a town service,” …

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Rising costs hit Eagle senior care center

By Pam Boyd

EAGLE — The Castle Peak Senior Care Center is rising out of the ground, and so are the construction costs associated with building it.Ground-breaking ceremonies were celebrated July 16 for the Castle Peak Senior Care Community — a 64-bed skilled nursing and assisted living senior care facility located on a 5-acre site owned by Eagle County, immediately north of Brush Creek Elementary School in the Eagle Ranch neighborhood. The project plan includes 22 skilled nursing beds, 20 assisted living apartments, 12 memory care beds and 10 transitional care units. Augustana Care, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that owns and manages 23 …

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Vail Daily column: Election season is upon us again

By Edward Stoner

Greetings Eagle County voters; election season is upon us again! On Oct. 14, we will be mailing approximately 26,000 ballots for the Nov. 3 election. The issues and races on the ballot you receive will be specific to your residential address, so please make sure you contact us if you have moved. You can get in trouble — a Class 5 felony! — if you attempt to vote in a place where you do not reside at least half of the calendar year. So if you’re not sure where you’re registered, you can find out at www.govotecolorado.com or by calling …

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Police say man tried to abandon stolen vehicle near Dotsero

By Randy Wyrick

DOTSERO — A Minnesota man who was allegedly trying to abandon a stolen pickup truck was spotted by Eagle County sheriff’s deputies walking away from the vehicle, allegedly dragging a suitcase full of stolen items behind him.Donald James Miller, 26, of White Bear Lake, Minn., has already been charged in Minnesota with six felonies in the last two years, three for arson, and one as recently as Jan. 28.Miller was rolling through Eagle County in a stolen Dodge pickup truck he’s accused of stealing from a gas station in Jefferson County.He ran out of gas near Dotsero and sheriff’s deputies …

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Local halfpipe skier Taylor Seaton becomes an FIS judge en route to win at the NZ Freeski Open

By John LaConte

AVON — When the International Ski Federation became involved in freeskiing a few years ago, local resident and X Games athlete Taylor Seaton was pretty skeptical. Fearing the federation would push halfpipe skiing in the wrong direction, Seaton rebelled against the FIS and the organizational changes it brought to his sport.To make halfpipe skiing an Olympic discipline, however, the FIS had to get involved. Seaton accepted that fact and moved on.Last year was a big season for Seaton. After starting off 2014-15 with a win at the NZ Freeski Open, Seaton competed in FIS Grand Prix events, the Dew Tour, …

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Body of teen found in chimney after seven years

By Staff Reports

WOODLAND PARK — The Teller County coroner says there probably won’t be many answers in the case of an 18-year-old man whose remains were found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home. The remains were found last month when contractors were tearing down the cabin, which had been abandoned for more than a decade. Workers found skeletal remains of Joshua Vernon Maddux, who was 18 when he was reported missing in May 2008. Teller County Coroner Al Born said the teen lived less than a mile from the abandoned cabin and was probably …

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area patrollers honored for life-saving efforts

By Alli Langley

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area patroller Tim Walsh was at the top of Black Mountain Express when he heard the call.“We knew right away it was bad,” said Walsh.The third-year patroller had been nervous about handling a life-or-death situation. He knew icy conditions and a groomed trail likely meant high speeds.Plus, he said, the snowboarder crashed off Ramrod — an intermediate run near the ski area’s base — in a permanently-closed area full of trees, rocks and untouched snow.On April 12, Breckenridge resident Todd Ohl sped off the run, broke through two ropes, hit a tree and landed on a rock. …

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