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Snocross drag races are today Starting gun set for 1:30 p.m. at Eagle County Fairgrounds By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Snocross mayhem continues today at the Eagle fairgrounds with snowmachine drag racing set for 1:30 p.m. X-Treme Mountain Racing is running it, and trucks hauled in 88,000 yards of snow to the Eagle County Fairgrounds

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how to make their machines fly. At last week’s Western Nationals in Sandy, Utah, X-Treme Mountain Racing racers stood the podium 13 times. X-Treme Mountain Racing is based out of Craig. They’ve been racing eight years and been running races the past two winters, Teresa said. Tickets are $5 to get in, and another $10 gets you a pit pass.

Locals Dylan Bidez, Broc Waring make Dew Tour finals By Geoff Mintz Mountaineer Staff Writer

Crane McGuckin of the Vail/Eagle Mountaineers digs the puck out of a corner in the PeeWee division on the Rocky Mountain Pond Hockey Championships yesterday on Nottingham Lake in Avon. The championships continue today with the finals, also at Nottingham Lake. Thomas H. Green photo.


Her son, A.J., won a bronze medal in the 2004 X Games. “It looks like motocross on snow, but it’s much more demanding,” Teresa Stoffle said. “These machines weigh 500 or 600 pounds, hundreds more than a motorcycle.” The competition is friendly, but make no mistake about it, these folks know


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The Winter Dew Tour made its second of three stops this week at Snowbasin, Utah. Local halfpipe riders Dylan Bidez, of Minturn, and Broc Waring, of Edwards, both qualified for the finals and had strong finishes, taking fourth and 11th, respectively. “[The Dew Tour] put on a really great event,” Bidez said Saturday. “It was most people to ever attend a Dew Tour event. “Everyone was riding pretty well, and I was just happy to put a run together. The second run was a little more difficult. I ended up putting a hand down, which cost me a little, but I’m happy with the way I road,” he said. Bidez’s run consisted of a front 7 to a cab 10, to [See DEW TOUR, page 19]

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over the last two weeks. It’s one of those courses that transform snowmachine racers into those magnificent men in their flying machines. You’ve seen these guys on ESPN and at the Winter X Games, doing things with snowmachines that defy physics. Teresa Stoffle is owner and assistant manager of X-Treme Mountain Racing.

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Tale of the Tape -- a letter of support for Rosy Gonzalez Dear Editor: I am writing to voice my support for Mrs. Rosa Gonzalez, a former Spanish teacher at St. Clare of Assisi School in Edwards. There was an incident this past fall in a sixth grade classroom. This incident, involved three children, putting tape on the mouths of, three other children. Mrs. Gonzalez was in the room and should have not allowed this to happen. However, contrary to what has been reported, Mrs. Gonzalez did not tape the children. The children, as told to me by my daughter (who was in the classroom when it happened), were goofing around and not listening to Mrs. Gonzalez. Some kids got the tape out and taped the mouths of the kids that were talking. My daughter told me, the kids were laughing and joking around. She did not believe that anyone was scared or hurt by any of this. Mrs. Gonzalez has been charged with child abuse. It is hard to imagine, that this case could have resulted in charges. I sincerely, appreciate the sheriff’s office taking this matter seriously and investigating it. But, Mrs. Gonzalez did not abuse children; she did not put the tape on the kids. She did not intend to harm the children. And, nor were the children harmed. Of the three children, that had tape on their mouths, none of

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ALLEGEDLY! Drunk white kid, donut dude and the dumpster driver By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer EDITOR’S NOTE: Every day or two we take a cruise through some local police reports so we can bring you our favorites. The general theme is two-fold: (1) Sometimes we’re all this silly, and (2) this stuff is funny because it’s not happening to you … this time. Yes Officer, That’s Him: In between all the other stuff they have to do, the nation’s law enforcement community was curious as to the whereabouts of Bonehead Burglar Boy, a local kid who took a bunch of stuff that didn’t belong to him, not including executive bonuses paid with taxpayer-funded bailouts after they wrecked Wall Street banks. Deputies showed up at his door and asked him if he was the long-sought after Bonehead Burglar Boy. He explained that he did not speak English, and explained it in a language that was not, in fact, English. So he had that going for him. His girlfriend came to the door and she must have been in an ill humor with him, because when the deputy asked if that gentleman was Bonehead Burglar Boy, she explained that, “Yes! That’s Him! Slap the cuffs on him and gets him out of here so I can have the television remote control!” Or words to that effect. So they did, hauling him to the Eagle County Crossbar Hotel, where he had time to consider the virtues of not breaking into someone else’s home and/or business to steal their stuff. That, and to let his girlfriend watch Lifetime occasionally, even though the football game was on. Got Him Coming and Going: It’s against the law to dump stuff in other people’s dumpsters. It’s not a widespread problem like tax increases, nationalized healthcare and the international botox shortage Nancy Pelosi is causing, but the dumpster owner does have to pay a guy drive around in a big ol’ truck to empty it, which is a fairly cool gig if you like big ol’ trucks, which are loved by all Real Americans. Dumpster Dude drove in, dumped a half dozen bags of trash in someone else’s dumpster, while the Owner Guy was watching him. Then Dumpster Dude backed away quickly, apparently thinking that Owner Guy would not be able to identify him. Here in the Centennial State, that would be Colorado, the prison inmates don’t have that much to do and are trying to hone better work habits, so as long as they’re stamping out one license plate, they might as well stamp out two. That’s pretty much why Coloradans have two license plates on their vehicles. Owner Guy had a clear view of the one on the front of Dumpster Dude’s truck, wrote down the license plate number and called the cops. He told the deputies that no one ever told him he was not allowed to dump in Owner Guy’s dumpster, which is a lot like sticking your open mouth under the Mr. Coffee because Joe DiMaggio did not rise from his monument in center field of Yankee Stadium to explain that if you did that, bad things would happen to you, like you’d scald your eyebrows. Dumpster Dude had to pay a fine and pick up the garbage. Joe DiMaggio was not notified. Drunk White Kid: Yeah, we know that could describe much of Eagle County at one time or another, and that’s how the restaurant staff described Drunk White Kid to Sheriff’s deputies. They also said he was underage, wandering into their restaurant and bothering the female customers, also descriptions that fit most of us at one time or another. But when he said, “Hey darlin’, how’d ya like to go for a ride with me and my dog? I just had my truck washed!” that was too much. And Drunk White Kid said it in a clear and steady voice, in English, just like it was his native language. They asked him to remove himself from their

restaurant, and as he did they heard him proclaim the name Effenheimer, at the top of his lungs, loud enough that everyone in the neighborhood heard him. It even stepped on the buzz of the patients at the medical marijuana dispensary a block away. Deputies really, really, really didn’t want to take him to the Crossbar Hotel. So they dialed the phone number he gave them, looking for someone to pick him up so he could sleep it off. The guy the called them he’d never heard of Drunk White Kid, and he was in Hackensack, New Jersey, and he explained in his best New Jersey dialect that Drunk White Kid could commit a reproductive impossibility on himself, or that Drunk White Kid and the deputy could have a Brokeback Mountain moment for all he cared, because he had to get up in the morning and go to work. Deputies dialed another number Drunk White Kid gave them with similar results, this time from the West Coast. Finally, because all Drunk White Kid could remember was that he was staying in Beaver Creek, but not where, and that he was from Georgia and his girlfriend was a genuine Georgia peach, and because it 6 degrees outside and the bars were closing, they hauled him to the Eagle County Crossbar Hotel, where he led the Crossbar Chorus in a rousing round of Broadway showtunes. Sewing the Seeds of a Country SONG: This isn’t Steve Goodman’s “Original Country Song,” made famous by David Allan Coe, which goes, “I was drunk the day my ma got out of prison, I went to pick her up in the rain. But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck, she got runned over by a darned ol’ train …” This isn’t that, but it’s close. Donut Dude was drunk when he drove to the Eagle County Crossbar Hotel to pick up a buddy who’d paid his debt to society, and now longed to breathe free. Donut Dude was distracted and dazzled by the ice and snow in the District Attorney building parking lot. You can blame his lack of focus on the fact that he later blew about twice the legal limit on the breathalyzer. That’s what be blamed in on. When Sheriff’s deputies spotted Donut Dude, he was spinning donuts in the D.A. building parking lot, in the snow, at night, under the influence of alcohol, youth, testosterone and peer pressure, all while being videotaped by security cameras perched on the side of the District Attorney’s building. He’s actually a pretty good driver, as the instant replay clearly indicated to the arresting officers. This is the part where we resist the temptation to make awful jokes about law enforcement officers being attracted to donuts of any sort, like a moth to a flame or Tiger Woods to an IHop waitress. Deputies, amazed and impressed, strolled across the parking lot to chat with Donut Dude, where they learned that he’d had “two beers, that’s all, no more and no less,” and that he was “not really very drunk, not very drunk at all … well, maybe a little. But did you see how good I was spinning those donuts?” Then they learned that his driver’s license had been revoked because he’d been busted twice already for DUI, and that this would be his third if it turned out to be that, which it did. Because it was cold and snowing, the deputies walked inside the lobby with him, where he was ordered not to vomit, which can be a tall order for someone who’s been drinking and spinning donuts in the parking lot. We learned that if you do – which he did – it will mess up the breathalyzer – which it did. Because he was a delightfully happy drunk and didn’t mean to vomit on anything other than himself, and because he was cooperative, and his family came to get him, and because we’ve all been drunk and spinning donuts in the parking lot in our dad’s car at some point in our lives, and we’ve all had to bail a buddy out of jail, but not all at the same time – deputies let his family take him home, which they did.

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By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer So far, Scott McInnis leads all Democratic comers in the governor’s race. McInnis led Gov. Bill Ritter by eight points, then Ritter dropped out and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper jumped in. McInnis leads Hickenlooper by three points in Rasmussen poll released this week. McInnis says it’s his consistent message of job creation and fiscally responsible state government. “Our positive pro-jobs message, centered on creating economic opportunity, has strong momen-

tum across the state, regardless of who the Democrats decide to run,” McInnis said. Hickenlooper still has to run Denver as he campaigns across Colorado. He told city staffers that the Mile High City is still his top priority, and that he will not resign. He said a special mayor’s election would cost $750,000. “We are moving forward as a City, and no one wants this campaign to change that,” Hickenlooper wrote. Sniping starting already The sniping has already started. Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers fired the first shot at Hickenlooper.

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AG wants feds to cover cost of illegals Housing requirements are an ‘unfunded federal mandate,’ says Suthers By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Colorado’s attorney general wants the feds to pay the bill when they force local jails to house illegal aliens. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers asked Colorado’s congressional delegation for enough money to pay the bills piling up from holding illegal aliens in jail. “Colorado taxpayers are being forced to absorb million of dollars in costs associated with illegal immigration in the state,” Suthers said. The federal money is funneled to county jails and state prisons through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. It’s supposed to help offset bill local taxpayers get when their jails are holding illegal aliens, as required under federal law. During the fiscal year that ended in June 2008, the latest figures available,

the feds paid Colorado $3.3 million to hold illegal aliens in state prisons. But it cost $57.8 million to hold them. The federal reimbursement covers less than 6 percent of the cost, Suthers said. “To receive less than full reimbursement for the use of state facilities to house illegal immigrants is an unacceptable, unfunded federal mandate,” Suthers said. It’s a local problem, too. When the Eagle County jail is overcrowded, it’s the federal government’s fault. Here’s the deal: The Eagle County Sheriff’s office and Eagle County taxpayers are required to house, clothe and feed jail inmates. About one-third of the local jail population is illegal aliens, according to inmate statistics. When one of those illegal aliens breaks the law and lands in the Eagle County

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The number of inmates is down a little this year because of the recession. Of those 88 prisoners, 30 are illegal on average, according to jail statistics. That’s $1,350 a day to house the illegals. That’s $40,500 per month. That’s $490,000 a year. SCAAP paid $138,000 in 2008. Eagle County’s new jail holds 106 inmates, and it would have been full if it had opened last year. When it opened last month, there were 64 prisoners in the county jail. In Nov. 2008, there were 106 six people in the county jail. The whole project will cost $43 million - $23 million in hard costs and the rest in interest. The first phase, the new jail, was handed over to the Sheriff’s office last month. Construction on the second phase’s new courtrooms and offices started last week.

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Diana Cecala, second from left, was honored Tuesday for her years of work to preserve open space in Eagle County. Cecala ran the campaign for the voter-approved open space tax. With her, from left, Eagle County commissioners Sara Fisher, Peter Runyon and Jon Stavney.

for the open space tax. “He had no clue how hard it was going to be,” Cecala said. “Neither did I.” The campaign took two years. A poorly run effort had failed the previous election, so Cecala had her work cut out for her. She ran the campaign like she was running for office, shaking every hand, speaking to every public function and malfunction you can imagine. The campaign was rough and tumble, but when the counting was done, Eagle County voters passed it by about 50 votes. More than 14,000 were cast in that election. It now raises $4 million annually through property taxes from Eagle County home owners. The money is

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Open space upholder opens up When you look at a beautiful spot where someone wanted to pave paradise and put up a parking lot, think fondly of Diana Cecala. Cecala helped lead the campaign for Eagle County’s dedicated open space tax. She has been a tireless open space advocate for decades, and was honored Tuesday. Her final public statements about open space were the same as her first, all those years ago. The good stuff never changes. “The time to preserve open space is now, not when the economy improves, so it will be here in perpetuity,” Cecala said. Like a mantra, Cecala repeated the Three W’s that drove the campaign for the county’s open space fund: Water, Wildlife and Western Heritage. Opponents countered that one W was plenty, Waste. The campaign was bitter, Cecala said. “It was a tremendous struggle and a very bitter fight. It’s an ongoing struggle to defend it and maintain it,” Cecala said. So far, the property tax based open space funds have preserved almost 5,000 acres in Eagle County, “with more to come,” said County Commissioner Peter Runyon. Cecala’s work will live forever, said Kara Heide, current director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust. “That’s something so few can accomplish,” Heide said. Brad Udall headed the Land Trust when it was launched, and could see that while noble intentions are fine and dandy, a steady source of money is better. Cecala made a contribution to the fledgling organization, and Udall recruited her to run the campaign

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Place Name Combined 3G Class 1 Gabriella Holm 1.45 1 Taylor Louise Hoyt 1.45 3 Malrey Chappel 1.22 4 Emma Resnick 1.20 5 Katie Bervy 1.15 6 Bayli McSpadden 1.01 7 Tessa Chelain 0.99 8 Kiana Brausch 0.96 9 Tyler Wolfe 0.92 10 Josephine Trueblood 0.90 11 Samantha Trudeau 0.89 12 Julia Harty 0.87 13 Emma Reeder 0.85 14 Nathalie Maffei 0.84 15 Scout Mattison 0.82 16 Summer Ridler 0.76 3GSB Class 1 Jack Coyne 1.24 3B Class 1 Devin Yarde 1.52 2 Fletcher Holm 1.42 3 Finn Sapp 1.30 4 Henry Strauch 1.28 5 Mackay Pattison 1.26 6 Nick Kirwood 1.24 7 Brody Cyphers 1.11 8 Aaron Cook 1.06 9 Calvin Root 1.05 10 Sumner Frandsen 1.04 11 Griffin Marx 1.01 12 Trey Kelsey 1.00 13 Michael Ford 0.99 13 Finn Dippy 0.99 15 Nash Lucas 0.97 15 Alexander Viola 0.97 17 Cooper Fallon 0.96 18 Maddux Rose 0.95 19 Graham Spessard 0.94 19 Sebastian Verkin 0.94 21 Jack Goss 0.93 21 Harrison Byrne 0.93 21 Grant Maurer 0.93 21 Luke Berger 0.93 25 John Leseur 0.90 26 Patrick Keane 0.89 26 JP Starkey 0.89 28 Travis Mills 0.88 29 Nicholas Maffei 0.87 29 Blu Barnett 0.87 31 Tyler Webert 0.86 32 Dirkson Brinkerhoff 0.85 32 Alec Moritz 0.85 34 Griffin Gould 0.84 35 Davis Krueger 0.82 36 Liam Mattison 0.53 2GSB Class 1 Sarah Smith 0.98 2G Class 1 Anwyn Urquhart 1.09 2 Trinity Chelain 1.08 3 Nellie Talbot 1.05 4 Madilynn Raichart 1.04

4 Kaitlyn Harty 1.04 4 Mallory Skidmore 1.04 7 Maggie Berger 1.02 7 Hannah Fallon 1.02 9 Sylka Snyder 1.00 10 Katie Coyne 0.99 10 Tess Johnson 0.99 10 Taylor Brandt 0.99 10 Zoe Livran 0.99 14 Brianna Trudeau 0.95 15 Nellie Bradford 0.94 15 Gretchen Pavelich 0.94 15 Anneli Holm 0.94 15 Kendra Louise Hoyt 0.94 19 Anne Marie Duel 0.93 19 Hannah Isenhart 0.93 21 Yarmony Bellows 0.92 21 Carina Bandoni 0.92 21 Natalie Berger 0.92 21 Naomi Harding 0.92 21 Lizzy Harding 0.92 21 Allie Resnick 0.92 27 Anna Scott 0.91 28 Claire Crossman 0.90 28 Amanda Norvell 0.90 30 Alexandra Ford 0.89 30 Caitlin Regrut 0.89 30 Austin Obourn 0.89 33 Morgan Valent 0.88 33 Madeline Maddie McDougall 0.88 33 Taylor Kitch-Ross 0.88 33 Kate Kirwood 0.88 37 Sophie Wiener 0.87 37 Alexandra Carey 0.87 37 Claire Taagen 0.87 37 Jenevieve McMurtry 0.87 41 Kathryn Noel McNeill 0.86 41 Jessica McMurtry 0.86 43 Jordan McMurtry 0.85 43 Katie Collins 0.85 45 Gabrielle Trueblood 0.84 45 Brynn Mehan 0.84 47 Sharon Rodney 0.82 47 Sadie Fitzgerald 0.82 47 Olivia Root 0.82 47 Madalyn Rugrut 0.82 51 Elizabeth Clauss 0.81 2BSB Class 1 Eli Smith 1.04 2 Riley Jones 0.93 2B Class 1 Shane Ridler 1.55 2 Felix Coudouy 1.42 3 Charlie Deeds 1.41 4 Davis Hermes 1.39 5 Cole Plavec 1.32 5 Gus LeBlanc 1.32 7 Bobby Bolyard 1.28 7 Wyatt Cunningham 1.28 9 Layton Purchase 1.25 10 Dylan Stueber 1.24 10 Izak Little 1.24 12 Tucker Strauch 1.23 13 Jacob Dilling 1.21 14 Liam Bruno 1.18 14 Severin Gramm 1.18 16 Finn Andersson 1.17

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Jacob Vickerman Keelan Woodard Patrick Scruggs Tripp Frandsen Garrett Sampson Peter Littman Ian McCormick Alex Sturde Jared Fillion Max Bervy Eric Biggs Matthew Glendining 1.07 Jesse Isenhart Sebastian Moritz Luke Morrissey Reece Noel Chad Mulligan Halsey Lucas Max Pierce Nicholas Williams Jake Dippy Tom Engleby Cameron Wolfe Michael Resnick Hayden Zopf Aiden Woodard Ryan Dawsey Brian Biggs Phillipe Verkin Nathan Cook Flinn Lazier Trip Starkey Michael Barrows Benjamin Schmitt West Max Timm Cole Maurer Marc Philippon Cameron Bandoni Jake Marx John (III) Obourn Brendan Keane Scott Hintz Ricky Cuny EJ Koller 0.94 Chase Frandsen Emile Soden Luke Tyler Dale Pistole Riley Spear Keaton Brausch Hans Taagen Julian Nisonoff Garrett W. Anderson 0.90 Andrew Stevens Zane Bjornerud Henry Frandsen Jackson Kelley Jimmy Pavelich Shane Cole Wesley Clason Thomas Dews Kade Harker Joseph Brooks John Pavelich Devin Huffman Wyatt Palmer Daniel Huck Peer Carnes

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1G Class 1 Anais Coudouy 1.30 2 Carlie Harrison 1.17 3 Brookie Wallace 1.09 4 Morgan Harty 1.03 5 Hannah Clauss 0.98 5 Lauren Viola 0.98 7 Jordan Glendining 0.97 7 Katelin Hennum 0.97 7 Camilla Trapness 0.97 10 Larkin Smith 0.96 10 Lizzie Todd 0.96 12 Jordan Brandt 0.95 12 Megan McGrew 0.95 14 Mackenzie Smith 0.94 15 Annie Todd 0.93 16 Linnea Andersson 0.92 16 Madison Valent 0.92 16 Haily Norvell 0.92 19 Sonya Barnett 0.90 19 Sasha Horn 0.90 21 Taylor Folwell 0.88 21 Heidi Livran 0.88 23 Brooke Strehler 0.86 24 Siena Bjornerud 0.83 1BSB Class 1 Liam Heath Meirow 1.49 2 Nick Wittrock 1.18 3 Dylan Cunningham 1.14 1B Class 1 Kevin Nichols 1.62 2 Zachary Fedrizzi 1.55 3 Matthew Kramer 1.44 4 Christian Pellerito 1.40 5 Conner Deeds 1.38 6 Will Young 1.35 7 Jack Skidmore 1.28 8 Bobby Sonntag 1.24 9 Tyler Robison 1.16 10 Ethan Cotton 1.14 11 Zachary J. Almon 1.12 11 River Radamus 1.12 13 Trevor Aweida 1.09 13 Quintin Cook 1.09 13 Woody Scruggs 1.09 16 Jesse Ridler 1.06 16 Sands Simonton 1.06 18 Ryan Collins 1.05 18 Victor Guilmineau 1.05 20 Aidan Stege 1.03 20 Christopher Leseur 1.03 22 Jack Funk 1.02 23 Will Creedon 1.01 24 Mathieu L’Esperance 0.98 24 Cole Folwell 0.98 24 Alec Mauro 0.98 27 Zeke Pierce 0.96 28 Luke Vickerman 0.95 29 Jonathan Strehler 0.94 30 Keenan Zopf 0.91 31 Matthew Valent 0.86 31 Matthew Leseur 0.86 33 Connor Townsend 0.85 34 Colin Suszynski 0.79 35 Erik Weiss 0.70 36 Mark Hillary 0.62

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Team Radioshack captain Lance Armstrong has abandoned a previous decision to conduct personal and independent drug testing program; he says it’s completely justified because cycling’s overtesting governing body makes it unnecessary. Seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong pledged when he returned to cycling last year after a three-year retirement he would submit to a rigid, independent regime of drug testing and that the results of those tests would be made public through a Web site. He said Saturday he quickly found that plan impractical and likely to lead to distortion or misconceptions. He has since said his newly-formed American-based Radioshack team would not use independent testing. Armstrong said he was drug tested 52 times in 2009, usually supplying both blood and urine samples, and the thoroughness of cycling’s current anti-doping programs made internal and personal testing needless. “Five years ago (independent programs) were seen as the savior of cycling, the credibility of it. And then, all of a sudden, you have these attacks on these programs,” Armstrong said. “You sort of couldn’t please everybody. Armstrong said he hoped his move to dispense with a personal testing program would not be misconstrued. RIGHT: Lance Armstrong speaks to the media during a pre-event press conference in Adelaide, Australia on Saturday ahead of the start of the Tour Down Under cycling event. The 7-time Tour de France champion said he has abandoned an independent drug testing program for his Team Radioshack because cyclings governing body’s glut of tests makes it unnecessary. AP Photo.

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Weibrecht 13th in Wengen U.S. Ski Team member Andrew Weibrecht continued to establish himself as a consistent force in Audi FIS Alpine World Cup speed events, taking 13th for his eighth career top-15 in Saturday’s downhill at Wengen, Switzerland, while Bode Miller was a tactical error away from putting down another podium run. “Today was a good day for Andrew Weibrecht,” said U.S. men’s head coach Sasha Rearick. “He executed from top to bottom his gameplan.” With the eyes of Switzerland watching the 80th running of the famed, 2.7-mile Lauberhorn - the oldest and longest World Cup downhill - Weibrecht didn’t look like a man making his third season in Wengen. “He skied fantastic through the difficult sections of the course,” Rearick said. “The third time he’s here, to do that kind of race on this hill is impressive.” Switzerland’s Carlo Janka won the race a day after Miller edged him for a super combined victory, and he nearly got another run for his money from the two-time World Cup overall champion. Miller had the fastest time of the first 12 racers at the fifth and final interval, but an aggressive line through the super G turns forced him low, and he tried to take an aggressively straight line through the final turns to compensate and missed a gate just before the finish. “I hit my elbow on the ground,” said Miller, who won back-to-back downhills at Wengen in 2007 and 2008 and became the first American to win the super combined there since Buddy Werner in 1958. “I just hit one bump. I couldn’t really see that great. It kind of got overcast today and it was tough light, and once I made that mistake, I came out of the turn with no speed at all.” Weibrecht said he was happy to ski hard and safe after he was less-than-pleased with 20th in Friday’s super combined downhill. “I was happy with my effort today,” he said. “I definitely tried to make up for my last experience with full intensity, and I think that might have worked a little bit. “The way they’ve prepared everything here has been phenomenal. This is how World Cup snow should be. It’s basically ice top to bottom. We had that in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek, and then the last couple weeks in Italy, the snow’s been soft. It’s nice to be back on the ice. It’s what I prefer.” Steven Nyman said he was tired at the end of his run, but he earned a solid 21st place after injuring his ankle in last year’s Lauberhorn and missing the World Championships. “I skied well through a lot of the sections, but that carousel turn I sucked through,” he said. Nyman slid head first through the finish before rising to his feet and saluting the crowd. Not bad for a guy who just started skiing again in September of 2009.

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“Another positive step in the right direction,” Rearick said. “The fastest part of the course, he skied really well.” Erik Fisher landed in the points, but that didn’t satisfy the high expectations Rearick has for the talented 24-year-old. “We need to get him to charge,” Rearick said. “Keep his hands together, keep his hands up on the front of the boot, charge more, because he’s too talented to be skiing the way he is right now. He likes to scare himself, and right now he’s not scaring himself.” Squaw Valley’s own Travis Ganong took 43rd in just his third World Cup start, while Marco Sullivan was 36th after his tails slid out near the start and he lost speed before the flats. has video of today’s race available, and Sunday’s slalom can be caught on demand after its conclusion. Next up for the speedsters is the similarly prestigious Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel, Austria, next weekend, and the U.S. team already has eyes for its next historic event. “Kitzbuehel was the goal for me besides the Olympics this year,” Miller said. “I feel good. I feel my injuries coming around, the equipment feels great, on days like today, it comes down to execution.” Nyman said the next hill is more up his alley. “Kitz is a little shorter but more daunting,” he said. “I seem to be doing better in gnarlier sections.”

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Avalanche center Matt Duchene is tripped up while trying to work the puck out from along the boards by New Jersey Devils defenseman Johnny Oduya during the first period of a game at home last night. The Avs won 3-1 and are in first place in the Northwest Division. They face Edmonton at home on Monday. AP Photo.

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Dean Wilson digs through the barrel in his garage looking to bang the dust off his old Ping Eye 2 wedges. These wedges have box shaped grooves, the type of grooves that are illegal on the PGA Tour starting in 2010. But, while playing the Sony Open this week in Hawaii, Wilson and John Daly are relying on a precedent set in the 80s where a court settlement said any Ping-Eye 2 made before April 1, 1990, remains approved under the Rules of Golf. “That settlement still takes precedence over the new regulation,” Dick Rugge, the USGA’s senior technical director, told The Associated Press. Daly stopped by Ping headquarters in Phoenix, AZ on his way to Hawaii and surprised company officials by the number of old wedges he had found. He says he

has eight or nine sets. Even so, he asked Ping for a set of V-shaped grooves that he might use at Torrey Pines later this month. “A golf course like San Diego, you want V grooves in your wedges because the greens are so soft,” he said. “Here, you want square grooves. I’ll probably go through the year switching a lot.” Wilson said he hasn’t tried to compare the spin rate on the Ping wedges with new clubs. “I’m not so much concerned with the grooves as I am the design of the wedge,” Wilson said. “If it does create more spin, great. But I can’t tell you it honestly does.” Daly said he first tried his old wedges when he played in Australia last month.


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Vonn named Athlete of the Week Propelled by a record setting three wins in three days last weekend in Haus im Ennstal, Austria USA Today named the Vail resident Lindsey Vonn the Olympic Athlete of the Week last week. Vonn, the 2009 World Champion for both downhill and super G, captured back-to-back downhill wins to continue her stranglehold on the Audi FIS Alpine World

Cup downhill standings with a perfect record so far this season in the discipline. She then capped the weekend with a super G victory to further her lead in World Cup super G points. It was the first time an American, male or female, has won three consecutive times in as many days. Additionally, her Jan. 9 super G win, marked the 28th World Cup triumph of her young career and moved her into second in all-time wins for an American, passing U.S. great Phil Mahre. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) holds the current U.S. high mark with 31.

Vonn named Athlete of the Year The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, housed in the home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, has named former Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athlete Lindsey Vonn its 2009 Athlete of the Year on the laurels of a season that included two World Championships and three Audi FIS Alpine World Cup titles, including her second consecutive overall crown.

Vonn’s nine World Cup wins in 2009 set an American single season record surpassing Phil Mahre’s incredible 1982 season of eight victories and also moved her ahead of Tamara McKinney for the most World Cup wins for a woman. Vonn is currently second all-time for wins by an American, male or female, with 28 career victories. Bode Miller currently holds the high mark with 32. Vonn will be honored at an April 20 banquet along with the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010.


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Pine beetle infestation has peaked

The pine beetle infestation that has ravaged more than 2.5 million acres of forest in Colorado and Wyoming may be coming to an end. State and forest officials say the tiny beetle that burrows beneath the bark of pine trees and leaves their needles a sickly red as the tree dies, may be exhausting their food supply. “I think we’ve seen the worst of it,” said Sky Stephens, Colorado State Forest Service entomologist. After 15 years of ideal conditions provided by densely-packed lodgepole pine forests, the beetles appear to be scrambling for fresh wood. The beetles “have gotten most of it already. There’s not a lot left,” said Cal Wettstein of the U.S. Forest Service, who is overseeing the agency’s response to the infestation. “What they’ll be doing over the next few years is cleaning up the stragglers.”

Dispensaries saturate Boulder

Medical marijuana dispensaries have cropped up so fast in Boulder that city officials say they may be reaching the saturation point. The city in November passed emergency rules requiring new shops to stay at least 500 feet away from areas with three or more dispensaries, and 500 feet away from schools and day-care centers. Marijuana businesses are also banned from residential areas, leaving little room for new dispensaries in Boulder’s business corridors. A recent city memo notes the city’s 82 marijuana businesses are heavily concentrated near the University of Colorado, Boulder Valley Regional Center and downtown Boulder. The city has also noted an increase in new dispensaries in industrial areas.

A composite image shows Osama bin-Laden in April 1998, left, and two digitally enhanced and aged images released Thursday showing what bin-Laden could look like today with a full beard and with his hair trimmed. AP Photo.

Another man’s image used in hunt for bin Laden

A Spanish lawmaker was horrified to learn that the FBI used an online photograph of him to create an image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today. The image using Gaspar Llamazares’ photo appeared on a wanted poster updating the U.S. government’s 1998 photo of the al-Qaida leader. FBI spokesman Ken Hoffman acknowledged to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the agency used a picture of Llamazares taken from Google Images. In a statement Saturday, the agency would say only that it was aware of similarities between their age-progressed image “and that of an existing photograph of a Spanish public official.” The wanted poster appeared on the State Department Web site, listing a reward of up to $25 million. The FBI said the photo of bin Laden would be removed from the Web site.

Mass. GOP candidate claims defamation

Republican Scott Brown charged Saturday that a Democratic mailing against his U.S. Senate campaign violates a Massachusetts law prohibiting false statements against a political candidate. The cover of a four-page mailer sent by the Massa-

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Hopper files for divorce amid cancer battle

People reports that actor Dennis Hopper has filed for divorce from his wife, Victoria, according to Los Angeles court records show. The 73-year-old cited “irreconcilable differences” in the court filing, while offering to provide spousal support for Victoria. The couple has been married for nearly 14 years. Hopper is also seeking joint custody of their daughter Galen, who is 6-years-old.

Hudson landing makes more aviation history

In honor of his heroic landing on the Hudson River, Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III now has his own cocktail, The New York Times reports. Dale DeGroff - world-renowned mixologist and founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans - invented “The Sully,” which is a combination of rye whiskey, vermouth, bitters and a float of Champagne with a cherry garnish. In an email to the Times, DeGroff described “The Sully,” as: “A sweet Manhattan with a float of Champagne on top … the Manhattan for obvious reasons, but on the sweet side! And the float of Champagne to rejoice that the thing floated and didn’t sink!” Sullenberger and the 155 survivors of US Airways Flight 1549 gathered Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of their harrowing water landing with a return

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rivately gated high atop Buffehr Creek Rd. with phenomenal views, this property boasts over 14,000 square feet of living area with 8 bedrooms & 10 bathrooms. A fully outfitted gourmet kitchen is flanked by 2 bar top seating areas. Other amenities include a master suite with private office, a 14x20 golf simulator, 2nd media room, zen room with 12 person sauna, 3 steam showers, a 16x40 pool & pool bar, an enormous recreation room, and a wine room. This is a developer’s private residence. Details also include custom iron work and wood carvings throughout the home. Green built, the home utilizes poly foam insulation and passive solar heating, along with multiple extraordinary stone heated patios surrounding the house. Attached to the house is a 6-car, 1,800 square foot garage with workshop, a car wash & dog wash. Just outside is a 100 foot long water feature.

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to the place their crippled jet hit the Hudson.

Material Boy steps forward

A trailer appearing on YouTube this week plugs a movie about Madonna’s alleged 36-year-old illegitimate son. The Advocate reports the man, much like Madonna, “likes to roam the streets naked, pose strapped to a cross, and thrust his pelvis suggestively in the air.” The opening narrative for a trailer to Material Boy states it will be “in theatres” August 2010.

AT&T blamed for Facebook security snafu

A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place: strangers’ accounts with full access to troves of private information. The glitch - the result of a routing problem at the family’s wireless carrier, AT&T - revealed a little known security flaw with far reaching implications for everyone on the Internet, not just Facebook users. In each case, the Internet lost track of who was who, putting the women into the wrong accounts. It doesn’t appear the users could have done anything to stop it. The problem adds a dimension to researchers’ warnings that there are many ways online information - from mundane data to dark secrets - can go awry. It’s not clear whether such episodes are rare or simply not reported. But security experts said such flaws could occur on e-mail services, for instance, and that something similar could happen on a PC, not just a phone.

Celebrities step up Haitian relief funds

Sandra Bullock said Friday she donated $1 million toward Haitian earthquake relief, and Madonna announced she gave $250,000 toward the effort as celebrity aid continued to pour into the devastated country. Bullock’s contribution went to Doctors Without Bor-

Actress Sandra Bullock at the 15th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on Friday in LA. AP Photo.

ders’ emergency operations in Port-Au-Prince, where three of the organization’s existing facilities were damaged by the magnitude 7.0 quake. “I wanted to ensure that my donation would be used immediately to meet the needs of the Haitian people affected by this catastrophic event,” said Bullock in a statement. Madonna’s gift was to Partners In Health, a longtime medical provider in Haiti. Earlier Friday, Not On Our Watch, an advocacy and grantmaking group founded by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and others, donated $1 million to Partners in Health. —Update stories, unless otherwise cited, appear courtesy The Associated Press

a front 9 and finished with a back 9. Danny Davis – who was one of the winners, alongside Shaun White, at last week’s U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – won the event handedly with a score 96.00, beating out the second place rider Steve Fisher with a 91.75 and Jack Mitrani in third with a 84.75. While some of the luster has been lost with a handful of top guys dropping, like Shaun White and Louie Vito, Overall Winter Dew Tour dropping out snowboard halfpipe standings to focus on Rank/Name Points the Olym1. Danny Davis 200 pics, Bidez 2. Steve Fisher 160 and Waring 3. Jarret John Thomas 145 were going 4. Jack Mitrani 104 up against 5. Zack Black 95 6. Dylan Bidez 91 some of the 24. Broc Waring 13 best riders in the business. Bidez is coming off a shoulder dislocation at last week’s U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth. It hasn’t seemed to hold him back too much. He qualified third overall behind White and Davis in that event, going on to take tenth in the finals. Waring, a former Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athlete, highlighted his U.S. Grand Prix by qualifying fourth in his heat (seventh overall) in the first round of competition. At this week’s Dew Tour, he had a better finish in the qualifier, taking sixth overall. Both Waring and Bidez have been going back and fourth between 18 and 22-foot halfpipes, something that both skiers and riders say is pretty difficult and may be contributing to some of the inconsistency throughout the sport. The athletes are looking forward to the XGames at the end of the month, which is held on a 22-footer. The U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth, an Olympic qualifier held on a 22-foot pipe, will air on Versus tomorrow, Comcast channel 52. —The Dew Tour Press Office contributed to this report


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Did you know you can get your art supplies at the Community arts Center in Eagle? Amy and Kim have a great selection of art supplies. So head on over and check it out. The Community Arts Center is located in Gypsum or you can check them out at

THANK YOU CHERIE. Cherie Paller was recently honored at the Family Learning Center for her ten years of service as Executive Director. Her dedication and commitment to the children is greatly appreciated.

Daniella at PE 101 wants you to know they are having a sale! 30 percent off Cashmere and cords and 20percent off the rest of the store! PE101 is located in the Riverwalk in Edwards.

Whether you want a Foo Foo DRINK or a beer ... Marc at Spago has what you are looking for. Spago is open for lunch everyday starting at 11:30am. Ski on over!

Here is part of the Ruggs Benedict team! From Left to right Jaime, Tom, Gigi, Mandy, Diana, and Alfenso invite you to check out their great selection of wood as well as their carpet and rugs. Ruggs Benedict is located in Avon.


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ski-in,Ski-out Open House Experience that counts...Expertise to make it happen

Sunday, Jan. 17 1-4pm

2195 Cresta Rd. Arrowhead This magnificent masterpiece, with gorgeous stonework, copper moldings, and log timber sits comfortably above Arrowhead mountain, offering ski-in/ski-out access via a private skier’s bridge. With 7 spacious bedroom suites -including two masters -a gigantic great room, ten fireplaces, 30-foot outdoor waterfall, and an indoor grotto and spa, the gracious atmosphere of this lodge absolutely take your breath away. Drastically reduced from $14.25 million, this stunning property is now listed for


Tel: 970.949.1902 • Fax: 970.949.1271 • Toll Free 866.949.1902 • PO Box 8590 • 240 Chapel Place • Suite 116 • Avon, CO 81620 •