Bulldogs too much for 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 Confernece 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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Battle Mountain football wins on Senior Night

By Chris Freud

EDWARDS — Every senior class has its tale to tell, and then there’s Battle Mountain football’s Class of 2016.The seven, who finished out the home slate on Senior Night on Friday with a 52-12 romp of Coal Ridge in Edwards, went to football hell and back in Huskies’ black and gold in their four years.As Gertrude Stein said of Oakland, “There was no there there,” when it came to Battle Mountain football during their freshman and sophomore years. This septet not only went 0-20, but were pretty much beaten senseless in the process.The last two years, they have deservedly tasted …

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Huskies football wins on Senior Night

By Chris Freud

EDWARDS — Every senior class has its tale to tell, and then there’s Battle Mountain football’s Class of 2016.The seven, who finished out the home slate on Senior Night on Friday with a 52-12 romp of Coal Ridge in Edwards, went to football hell and back in Huskies’ black and gold in their four years.As Gertrude Stein said of Oakland, “There was no there there,” when it came to Battle Mountain football during their freshman and sophomore years. This septet not only went 0-20, but were pretty much beaten senseless in the process.The last two years, they have deservedly tasted …

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Mustangs rise to the moment, beat Saints

By Chris Freud

GYPSUM — After the week’s events, it was reassuring that Vail Christian and West Grand went after it on Friday night in the usual fashion at John Ramunno Field in Gypsum.Just three days after their quarterback John David “J.D.” Guess died in an auto accident, the Mustangs took the field with a huge contingent of fans from Kremmling, and recorded an emotional 34-8 win over the Saints.That gives West Grand (8-1 overall and 8-0 in conference) the Central League title. The Mustangs will be home next week for a first-round state-playoff game next week, while the Saints (7-1) will likely …

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Could Dowd Junction accommodate housing?

By scott miller

MINTURN — While the upper valley is again in near-crisis mode for workforce housing, there aren’t a lot of options available. One of those options could be at Dowd Junction, eventually.The U.S. Forest Service office is handy to Interstate 70 and along an existing Eagle County transit route. But Meadow Mountain is also a popular recreation area. That’s just one question that would have to be answered before there are any new uses at the site.With that and a host of other questions in mind, Forest Service officials are holding very, very preliminary discussions with local governments about how the …

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Robinette Hoppin: ‘I am a big proponent of public education’

By Randy Wyrick

Robinette Hoppin’s multitude of volunteer positions overlap a little, but add them all up and she has 25 years worth of working with local schools.In all the time she hasn’t been paid one thin dime, which works out well because she’s running for school board, and despite the heroic work they do, they don’t get paid either.Hoppin has been around the valley since 1990 when she moved here to compete as a professional mogul skier. She enjoyed a 10-year pro career.She graduated the University of Colorado business school, and put her training to work in a personal way.She and her …

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Kevin Kottenstette: ‘Education is a path out of poverty’

By Randy Wyrick

Education is a path out of poverty, says Kevin Kottenstette, who has lived it and seen it.“I come from poverty, and I’m one of nine brothers and sisters. We rose out of poverty through education,” Kottenstette said. “Education is more than a tax-supported industry. It’s a path out of poverty.”Kottenstette is running for school board representing District E, around Gypsum.“I bring my teaching experience, being around the children, knowing their needs, and knowing that education is the greatest weapon against poverty,” he said.Kottenstette is a retired teacher whose two sons attended public schools in Gypsum, graduated Eagle Valley High School …

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Could Dowd Junction hold housing?

By scott miller

MINTURN — While the upper valley is again in near-crisis mode for workforce housing, there aren’t a lot of options available. One of those options could be at Dowd Junction, eventually.The U.S. Forest Service office is handy to Interstate 70 and along an existing Eagle County transit route. But Meadow Mountain is also a popular recreation area. That’s just one question that would have to be answered before there are any new uses at the site.With that and a host of other questions in mind, Forest Service officials are holding very, very preliminary discussions with local governments about how the …

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Carrie Larson: ‘All students deserve a world class education’

By Randy Wyrick

Incumbent Carrie Larson has been on the school board for two years, and is running for another two.Larson said she brings passion and perseverance to the job, along with her experience on the school board.“It takes a lot to jump into this,” she said.The school board isn’t the only thing she’s running for.By the time you read this, she’ll be competing in the Xterra world championships in Hawaii this weekend.Larson makes her living as a design and sales consultant with local furniture and design company. She’s also a fitness trainer with both Eagle Ranch Fitness and the Westin Riverfront Club …

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Sen. Donovan recognized for pro-growth policies

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — Last week, Sen. Kerry Donovan was selected as one of the 13 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network that highlights innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.Donovan, a freshman state senator from Vail, was recognized particularly for a bill she introduced Senate Bill 36 last year, which would have offered emergency grants to small, rural communities experiencing significant job loss. The bill didn’t pass because of party politics, but Donovan said it had wide support and she plans to reintroduce it next year. In addition, she has …

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