20-acre wildfire near Carbondale prompts evacuations

By RANDY ESSEX

A wildfire that grew to 20 acres Friday afternoon in the lower Crystal River Valley prompted the evacuation of a housing area and campground and closed Colorado 133.At about 9:30 p.m. the crews concluded fire fighting efforts for the night, leaving an engine, crew and a Pitkin County deputy to patrol the area. At the end of the day fire crews had the blaze about 25 percent contained.Officials said shortly before 7 p.m. that the highway would be closed for at least two hours. And a Pitkin County alert about an hour later said the highway would be open to …

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Bank robbed on Glenwood’s bustling Grand Avenue

By RANDY ESSEX

As tourists and downtown workers crowded Glenwood Springs sidewalks at 5:30 p.m. Friday, a man robbed a bank at the town’s busiest intersection and fled on foot down Grand Avenue.Police Chief Terry Wilson said a white man “wearing a really odd straw bucket hat and big sunglasses, so he was very concealed,” walked in the front entrance of Vectra Bank at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. One of his hands was concealed, Wilson said, and “he implied he had a weapon.”No one was injured and the man ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash, heading south on Grand.Glenwood police …

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Cause of Red Table Fire cannot be determined

By Pam Boyd

EAGLE — The cause of the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake cannot be definitively determined, according to acting Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Aaron Mayville.The Red Table Fire consumed 26 acres after it was first reported July 13. The blaze was fully contained five days later after response from local, state and national resources.Mayville said following the blaze, fire investigators examined the scene but could not determine the exact point of origin. He noted the site was obliterated during the aggressive response to the fire, which included aerial assault teams hitting the blaze within a couple of hours of the …

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Report recommends no Metcalf Drainage trails

By John LaConte

AVON — When the idea for more hiking and mountain biking trails in town was proposed on June 15, the community reacted with concern for wildlife.Local resident Dave Petrowski said the Metcalf drainage area, above the hairpin turn on Metcalf Road, is a common area for deer to give birth.“I love the trails, I mountain bike,” he said. “But what mountain biker wants to go through an area with a bunch of houses?”Petrowski said homeowners in the area, like himself, have pushed the deer out of their natural habitat and into their yards by developing the area. The new trails …

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Cause of Red Table Fire can’t be determined

By Pam Boyd

EAGLE — The cause of the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake cannot be definitively determined, according to acting Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Aaron Mayville.The Red Table Fire consumed 26 acres after it was first reported July 13. The blaze was fully contained five days later after response from local, state and national resources.Mayville said following the blaze, fire investigators examined the scene but could not determine the exact point of origin. He noted the site was obliterated during the aggressive response to the fire, which included aerial assault teams hitting the blaze within a couple of hours of the …

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Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Cruising with the Vail Valley Vixens

By Ross Leonhart

It’s only their second season, but the Vail Valley Vixens membership is climbing to new heights. This all-female group catering to road and mountain bikers alike welcomes women of all ages and abilities and teaches them something along the way. Recently, the Vail Vixens hosted their biggest group yet during their morning ride with over 20 riders taking part on a route that took them up Bachelor Gulch from their meeting point at The Bookworm of Edwards. The group is led by Nadine Davis and Celynn McClarrinon, two expert riders, but they don’t make you feel intimidated. Davis and McClarrinon …

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The Bookworm of Edwards hosts release party for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

By Krista Driscoll

EDWARDS — Muggles around the world have been eagerly anticipating a chance to return to the magical world of Harry Potter. That chance will arrive on Sunday, with the release of the eighth story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”The Bookworm of Edwards is home to some of the most dedicated Muggles in the Vail Valley. In fact, the staff is throwing a release party at 7 a.m., with free breakfast and butter beer served to those who arrive at the party dressed as any Hogwarts character.The new book is a bound version of the script for “Harry Potter and …

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Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center panel to speak at the Vail Symposium, July 30

By Krista Driscoll

EDWARDS — The conquest of cancer through innovation and collaboration is the mission of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, an internationally recognized leader in researching and developing future cancer treatments. On Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, five Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists, moderated by Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh, of Shaw Regional Cancer Center, will discuss precisely what is on the horizon in terms of cancer prevention, screening and treatments. “Cancer as a disease has, in some way, touched everyone,” said Dale Mosier, chairman of the Vail Symposium Board of …

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Artist-in-residence Isabella Boylston leads Vail International Dance Festival Opening Night

By Krista Driscoll

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Vail Dance.For Isabella Boylston, performing at the Vail International Dance Festival feels like coming home. It’s not simply that she fell in love with ballet while studying at The Boulder Ballet, or the memory of her husband proposing to her three years ago at the 2013 festival. It’s about Boylston’s present and future challenges at the festival, namely collaborating with different dancers and companies as this year’s artist-in-residence.“It’s a huge honor, especially considering the past artists who were artists-in-residence,” Boylston said. “They’re all dancers that I admire so much.”In this season’s role, “she …

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