Huskies girls cross-country take second at state; boys claim third

By Chris Freud

COLORADO SPRINGS – To motivate Battle Mountain cross-country before Saturday’s state meet in Colorado Springs, the Huskies brought back some alumni.Erika Ghent and John O’Neill, both members of previous state champion teams at Battle Mountain, sent a message.“They told us that you run for each other,” Huskies senior Ethan Pence said. “You give everything you’ve got. Anything less is a failure.”By that and just about every other statistic, the Huskies were a success. The ladies took second, only behind powerhouse Air Academy, while the gents took third on Saturday at the 4A state meet down in Colorado state meet.A little …

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Zdechlik is golden and VMS goes to quarters

By Chris Freud

EAST VAIL — “Where’s the defibrillator,” Vail Mountain School soccer coach Pete Petrovski asked after his team’s 3A second-round state playoff game on Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field.There’s no need for that, Coach, after Eric Zdechlik scored during the ninth minute of overtime on likely one of the more ugly golden goals one will ever see, knocking off Vanguard Charter, 3-2, and sending VMS to the state quarterfinals against Pagosa Springs next week.“I think it’s one of the prettiest goals ever,” Petrovski said. “I told those guys it’s not how we drew it up, but that’s what a good effort …

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Goudy, Warnick square off for CMC board seat

By WILL GRANDBOIS

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — With four CMC board positions up for election, the sole contested race is in District 2, which covers most of Glenwood Springs and Basalt as well as part of Carbondale.Incumbent Kathy Goudy came to the area in 1999 as the executive director of Aspen Legal Services. She later took up private practice as a defense attorney. She and her husband, George Hendricks, have two sons, ages 27 and 24. Challenger Jon Warnick retired to Aspen Glen in 1998 after an international career in the computer industry. He has served on numerous CMC boards, including four years as …

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Cost complicates Vail forest thinning

By scott miller

VAIL — While the pine beetle infestation that killed countless trees around Vail has largely run its course, the damage remains, and that damage could be catastrophically dangerous.Dead timber is standing, on the ground and leaning against live trees throughout the forests around Vail, particularly on the south side of Interstate 70. And yes, that sounds like the way you’d arrange kindling to make a campfire writ large, just the formula to create a fast-running “crown fire” across the forest canopy.That kind of fire is dangerous enough in the backcountry. It’s potentially devastating in places where the valley floor is …

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Ullr Fest raises $16k for CAIC

By John LaConte

MILLER RANCH — Parties are like people, some are just destined for greater things. The Hanagans’ friendly neighborhood gathering known as Ullr Fest is one of those parties. Now six years into the annual October event, the couple is having a moment that might be something like what Oprah Winfrey felt that day she was chatting with a friend and thought “there could be more to this.” On Oct. 24 hundreds showed up to Sean and Kelly Hanagan’s house and raised $16,000 for The Colorado Avalanche Information Center in less than 8 hours. It was a word-of-mouth event, if by …

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Pet Talk: Fall pet dangers to avoid, like Halloween candy, antifreeze

By Krista Driscoll

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! The leaves are changing, there is finally a brisk chill in the air and we’re gearing up for the holidays. As you’re decorating and preparing for the cold weather to roll in, don’t forget that there are hazards at home that you don’t want your pet to ingest.Since Halloween just passed, let’s start there! Chocolate and candy can be toxic to dogs. The ingredient in chocolate that is dangerous is called theobromine. The level of theobromine varies by type of chocolate. White chocolate has the least amount, mild chocolate is in …

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Penny and Sparrow play Underground Sound Series concert at Vilar Center

By Krista Driscoll

Andy Baxter met Kyle Jahnke when they were in college at the University of Texas at Austin, well before either thought of pursuing music as a vocation.“We were on completely different career paths, neither of which involved music,” Baxter said. “Kyle got his masters in epidemiology, with a biology undergrad. I have my film and history degrees. We both started working random odd jobs at first, but we were roommates toward the end of college, and we would play sometimes, just for our buddies.”Baxter and Jahnke lived in a house of 11 guys, a pseudo fraternity where they would learn …

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Penny & Sparrow play Underground Sound Series concert at Vilar Center

By Krista Driscoll

Andy Baxter met Kyle Jahnke when they were in college at the University of Texas at Austin, well before either thought of pursuing music as a vocation.“We were on completely different career paths, neither of which involved music,” Baxter said. “Kyle got his masters in epidemiology, with a biology undergrad. I have my film and history degrees. We both started working random odd jobs, at first, but we were roommates toward the end of of college, and we would play sometimes, just for our buddies.”Baxter and Jahnke lived in a house of 11 guys, a pseudo fraternity where they would …

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Palisade Bulldogs too much for Eagle Valley Devils

By Chris Freud

GRAND JUNCTION — Tanner Pratt’s abilities within the offense of Palisade’s football team has been on display all season, and that certainly didn’t change against Eagle Valley on Friday.Pratt found the end zone one a 15-yard reception and a 7-yard run during the first half, giving the Bulldogs an insurmountable lead from the start during their 42-0 Class 3A Western Slope conference victory at Stocker Stadium.“You have to be pretty selfless to play in our system,” Palisade coach Joe Ramunno said. “There’s going to be a bunch of workhorses who are going to get a lot of the limelight, but …

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Bulldogs overcome Eagle Valley

By Chris Freud

GRAND JUNCTION — Tanner Pratt’s abilities within the offense of Palisade’s football team has been on display all season, and that certainly didn’t change against Eagle Valley on Friday.Pratt found the end zone one a 15-yard reception and a 7-yard run during the first half, giving the Bulldogs an insurmountable lead from the start during their 42-0 Class 3A Western Slope conference victory at Stocker Stadium.“You have to be pretty selfless to play in our system,” Palisade coach Joe Ramunno said. “There’s going to be a bunch of workhorses who are going to get a lot of the limelight, but …

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