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Late snow helping local water levels By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer
A shot of snowpack and snow melt on Vail Mountain, taken Sunday, May 23. Heavy late-season snow and cool temperatures have rivers running at strong levels, exactly where they should be for this time of year, say local boaters. John LaConte photo.
Eagle County rivers are running normal and normal never looked so good, say local boaters. “This is the best-case scenario for rafting companies and recreational boaters,” said Ken Hoeve local boating legend and one of the driving forces and voices behind the Teva Games. “The flows are good and there’s plenty in reserve.” June is prime time for families to start their summer traveling, Hoeve said. The peak
water should arrive about the same time they do. Greg Kelchner has run Timberline Tours for four decades, and says you can gauge for yourself how the rivers are running. Take a leisurely drive along Vail’s Frontage Road and look up at the Vail Mountain. “When Riva Ridge has more dirt than snow on it, the rivers are about at their peak,” Kelchner said.
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One of the valley’s landmarks is changing hands, but it won’t change, say the new owners. Tom and Tess Backhus sold 4-Eagle Ranch to a group of local investors, led by Charlie Alexander. “The Backhus’s created an icon in the valley, and we saw an opportunity to continue on their success,” Alexander said. “4-Eagle will continue business as usual.” If you’ve been around long enough, Tess Backhus taught you to line dance and Tom helped you get on a horse. You’ve put your boots under their table more than once. Tom and Tess Backhus have been running 4-Eagle Ranch for 19 years and four months, since they started the place in 1991. Tom was coaching college football
Apex Mountain School of Vail will be having a local’s beginner rock climbing program this Saturday. All ages, ability levels and fitness levels are welcome, and all activity equipment is provided. Cost is $35. Call Apex at 949-9111, or e-mail email@example.com to register today.
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The Steep Creek course, added in 2003, drops 120 vertical feet in a quarter mile down Homestake Creek in Red Cliff. Race rules are simple – the fastest time to the finish line wins. The top boater to watch in this year’s competition
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Whitewater kayaking is one of the Teva Game’s biggest draws, attracting some of the best paddlers in the world to compete in creeks in and around Vail. There will be four Kayak events at this year’s Teva Games June 3-6: Steep Creek, 8 Ball, Freestyle and Down River Sprint. Here’s what, and who, to look for.
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A late bout of selling hit the stock market yesterday afternoon and pushed the Dow below the 10,000 level for the first time since Feb. 8. The sell-off came as the euro fell against the dollar after a report that China was reviewing its holdings of euro-denominated debt. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 69.30, or 0.69 percent, to 9,974.45. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 6.08, or 0.57 percent, to 1,067.95. The Nasdaq composite index fell 15.07, or 0.68 percent, to 2,195.88.
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at Notre Dame when they decided to head west. They’d become familiar with Colorado and 4-Eagle Ranch when he was coaching at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. “We created something that’s an important part of this community,” Tom said. It’s a community treasure, is what it is. You might have enjoyed a thrill or two from Charlie Alexander. He runs the local zipline operation, that thing where you clip yourself onto a steel cable and career over chasms that really are as deep as they look. Tom and Tess weren’t trying to sell it, but when suitors started calling they got interested. “We didn’t have it on the market. We started talking a couple months ago and finally closed the deal on Monday,” Tom said. The new owners are locals who’ve [See 4 EAGLE, page 5]
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The U.S. Whitewater Rafting Mens and Womenâ€™s Teams, above, are comprised mostly of local athletes. Come out to the Saloon in Minturn on Tuesday and offer them some support as they prepare to travel to the Netherlands in July to compete in the World Rafting Championships.
Local pro whitewater rafting teams to hold fundraiser There will be fundraiser to help support the Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s U.S. Rafting teams on Tuesday, June 1 at the Saloon in Minturn. All proceeds from the event will assist the teams as they travel to the Netherlands this July to compete in the World Rafting Championships. Combined, the teams have won 14 U.S. Championships and have represented the U.S. rafting community in the past six World Championships across the globe and here in the U.S. Both the Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Teams have found themselves on the podium at several
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Storms unleash tornadoes, hail in eastern Colorado ... Strong winds demolish cars Thunderstorms swept along the Front Range and eastern Colorado plains yesterday, producing golfball size hail, several reports of tornadoes and strong winds that demolished a barn. Hail pounded parts of the northeast Denver area, breaking car windshields, Adams County Sheriff’s Sgt. Candi Baker said. Several accidents were reported but Baker said she didn’t know the extent of the injuries. The bark and limbs were stripped from trees in the area. Plows cleared piles of hail so thick that they looked like snow. People also shoveled the ice out of the way. In southern Colorado, golf-ball size hail struck Pueblo and heavy rains flooded city streets. Larimer County in northern Colorado got pelted with peasize hail. About 60 miles north of Denver, a barn in Windsor was demolished by the wind, fire department Brenda Stroman said. Residents reported a tornado hit the ground, but fire officials didn’t see it, Stroman said. An earlier report of damage to a train in the Fort Lupton area was inaccurate, Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said. A tornado was sighted in Greeley, but police Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said there were no immediate reports of damage. Denver International Airport experienced 30- to 60-minute delays Wednesday afternoon because severe weather limited use of its six runways. Airport spokeswoman Laura Jackson said planes were taking off on two runways and arriving on just one. No tornadoes touched down on airport property, she said.
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After the success of the first three films in the Shrek series, a fourth entry appears with more adventures of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss in Boots. But in addition to all the laughs the first three films have brought, â€œShrek Forever Afterâ€? features a whole new element in the series: 3-D animation.
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been in the valley for years, Alexander said. â€œWe know and understand the value 4-Eagle has brought to our community,â€? he said. â€œIt will continue to be a community-minded operation.â€? The summer lineup will still include Western Family Nights, private corporate events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, and family reunions, along with the many daily attractions at 4-Eagle Ranch, Alexander said. As for Tom and Tess, theyâ€™re staying right here at home. â€œWeâ€™re not leaving Colorado and weâ€™re not leaving the valley,â€? Tom said.
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Mickelson looking to take over No. 1 Lefty needs victory at Colonial to pass Woods If anyone is going to overtake Tiger Woods to be No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking, it’s going to be Phil Mickelson. The Masters champion needs only to win Colonial this week to become the 13th player to occupy No. 1 since McCormack, the late founder of IMG, devised the ranking system in 1986. Colonial is more meaningful than ever for Mickelson, for it was last year when the tournament staged a “Pink Out” to support his wife, Amy, who had just learned she had breast cancer. It has been 12 years since the creation of the Mark H. McCormack Award, given to the player who has been ranked No. 1 in the world for the most weeks during a calendar year. Tiger Woods is still the only name engraved on the trophy. Along with his 14 majors, 82 official victories
Phil Mickelson can pass Tiger Woods and become No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings with a win this week at Colonial. AP photo.
and more than $100 million in earnings worldwide, Woods’ dominance of his generation is reflected in the
world ranking. Dating to the 1998 U.S. Open at Olympic Club, he has been at the top 93 percent of the time. Woods hasn’t stayed there forever; he just hasn’t vacated the No. 1 spot for very long. David Duval took it away from him by winning The Players Championship in 1999 and stayed there for 14 weeks. Five years later, Vijay Singh replaced Woods at No. 1 by beating him at the TPC Boston for one of his nine victories that year. Singh finished the final four months at No. 1—not long enough to win the McCormack Award—and didn’t give it back until Woods won the Masters the next April. Mickelson has never been No. 1 at anything in a career that has been second to one. Despite his 40 worldwide victories and four majors, he has never won the money list, player of the year, the FedEx Cup, the Vardon Trophy or reached No. 1 in the world. Mickelson takes the first tee at Colonial at 11:46 our time today.
Calcavecchia to end solid PGA Tour career 1989 British Open champion chooses Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial as final event Winning 13 times on the PGA Tour and earning nearly $24 million, Mark Calcavecchia will call it quits at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial tournament. Mark Calcavecchia has teed it up 736 times on the PGA Tour, winning 13 tournaments and earning just under $24 million in a career that has not had very many dull moments. The man they call Calc, who has teed it up 736 times on the big tour, turns 50 on June 12 and was thrilled to get an exemption to the Memorial. “I started thinking about turning 50 when I was 47,” Calcavecchia said Tuesday. The Memorial is an appropriate send-off. He moved from Nebraska to south Florida when he was a teenager and immediately got involved in the junior golf scene. Calcavecchia competed throughout high school against Jack Nicklaus II, whose father often came out to their junior events.
“We lived about two miles from each other,” he said. Calcavecchia first played Muirfield Village in 1987, the year after his first PGA Tour victory, and this will be his 24th consecutive year at the Memorial. The closest he came to winning was in 1995, when he tied for second behind Greg Norman. His wife, Brenda, grew up in Columbus, and her brother plans a party on Saturday. A few weeks ago, she wasn’t even sure if they would have reason to be in Ohio. “I’m not sure if they gave the exemption to me or to Brenda,” Calcavecchia said with his typical sarcasm. “It will be the last Memorial for me, though, and it was nice of them.” Calc plans to play 11 of the 12 events on the Champions Tour, starting with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in upstate New York.
Mark Calcavecchia. AP photo.
Roger Federer wins second round at French Open Defending champ looking for record 17th major title Top-ranked Roger Federer endured one tense set and two rain delays before eliminating Alejandro Falla of Colombia 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday. “This is how this game has been played for decades,” he said. “We’re used to walking on and off the court and being flexible about these kind of things.” After three days of warm sunshine, conditions were
damp and cool for the start of round two. There was a third delay of 90 minutes after Federer finished. Federer lost serve just once against Falla, at 5-all in the opening set, then broke back and hit four winners in the tiebreaker. “I thought the first set was good, actually, from both sides,” Federer said. “He really pushed me to come up with something special, which I couldn’t do in the first
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UCI to investigate Landis’ doping accusations Lance Armstong’s longtime team manager will face questions as a result Floyd Landis recently admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, and made doping allegations against seventime Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Wednesday The International Cycling Union asked national members in four countries to investigate riders and officials based on claims of doping made by Floyd Landis. The UCI said Wednesday the investigations concern Australia’s Matthew White, Belgium’s Johan Bruyneel—the longtime team manager of Lance Armstrong— Canada’s Michael Barry and France’s John Lelangue to establish if they broke anti-doping rules. The UCI stressed that ordering the probes did not “in any way” imply it believes Landis’ accusations. Landis has alleged that Bruyneel and Armstrong tried to cover up a failed drug test in 2001 by the seven-time Tour de France winner. The New York Times, citing anony-
mous sources, reported Tuesday night that U.S. authorities examining the Landis allegations are looking into whether they should expand their probe to include other charges involving fraud. Armstrong has denied Landis’ claims. Lawyers from Armstrong’s RadioShack team issued a statement on Wednesday. “We understand that responsible antidoping organizations and governmental agencies have an obligation to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, even when those allegations are baseless, incredible, and made by people with improper motives. “If any governmental or anti-doping organizations conduct a proper investigation, Lance looks forward to once again being totally vindicated after a fair investigation.” Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour title, recently admitted doping throughout his career.
Fans hold up signs about Floyd Landis during the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race Sunday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Landis recently admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, and made doping allegations against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Due to Landis’ claims, the UCI has launched an investigation, which will start by questioning Lance Armstrong’s longtime team manager Johan Bruyneel.
French rider Damien Monier wins stage-17 at Giro d’Italia David Arroyo Duran hangs onto overall lead French rider Damien Monier won the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia with an attack on the climb to the finish Wednesday, while Spain’s David Arroyo Duran held on to the overall race lead. Monier, who rides for Cofidis, attacked about two miles from the line to complete the 107-mile ride from Brunico to Peio Terme in 4 hours, 29 minutes and 19 seconds. The stage victory was Monier’s first on a major tour. “Yesterday my legs were OK, but today I felt good,” Monier said. “I decided to stay with the lead group as much as possible because I felt I could do something. … We have had a rider in the lead group for the last few days, so I feel we finally deserved to win.” Danilo Hondo of Germany overtook Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk down the stretch for second. The pair had broken
away with Monier with a few miles remaining but couldn’t keep up with him. Arroyo Duran, riding for Caisse d’Epargne, kept the leader’s pink jersey with a time of 73 hours, 11 minutes and 38 seconds. The first break came at the 68-mile mark when 19 riders broke from the peloton and, despite the humid conditions, managed to open a lead of 10 minutes. Daniel Moreno was the first to complete the 4,996-foot climb at Passo delle Palade, with Simone Stortoni and Marco Marzano following him over the peak. Mikhail Ignatiev made the initial break from the lead pack with about 15 miles remaining, before eventually being reeled in. Various riders then took the initiative before Monier made his attack to the finish line.
The pack pedals by the ruins of a fortress during the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia, tour of Italy cycling race from Brunico to Peio Terme, on Wednesday. David Arroyo remained in the overall lead. AP Photo.
Lance Armstrong to race Lexembourg next week Team RadioShack announced Wednesday that Lance Armstrong will continue his preparations for the Tour de France by racing in the Tour of Luxembourg next week. The seven-time Tour de France champion, who
crashed out of the Tour of California last week, featured in an eight-man squad unveiled by Radioshack as he is looking to get more racing days ahead of the Tour. Armstrong’s season has been hampered by illness
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Hurricane forecasters try again
The threat of an above-average 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has heightened over the past month and it now promises to be â€œa hell of a year,â€? a leading U.S. forecaster said yesterday, according to the Reuters news agency. William Gray, the hurricane forecast pioneer who founded Colorado State Universityâ€™s respected storm research team, was quoted saying CSU would ramp up its predictions for the 2010 season in a report due out on June 2. â€œThe numbers are going to go up quite high,â€? Gray said. â€œThis looks like a hell of a year.â€? A higher forecast reportedly raises the prospect the vulnerable U.S. Gulf Coast may see a repeat of the 2005 season when a record 28 storms formed, which killed nearly 4,000 people and caused an estimated $130 billion in total damages. Gray, who spoke on the sidelines of a regional hurricane conference, declined to specify the number of storms CSU will forecast in its outlook next week, according to Reuters. In its previous forecast, released on April 7, CSU had projected the season would produce an above-average eight hurricanes, four of which could be major. In 2005, there were seven major hurricanes. In its April 7 forecast, CSU also said the six-month season beginning on June 1 would likely produce 15 named tropical storms. An average Atlantic season has about 10 tropical storms, of which six become hurricanes.
China not so sure about torpedo incident
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is likely to resist pres-
sure to acknowledge that North Korea torpedoed a South Korean warship when he flies to Seoul today to meet South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and Japanâ€™s Yukio Hatoyama, according to the Bloomberg news agency. China hasnâ€™t followed South Korea, Japan and the U.S. in blaming North Korea for the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors. Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun yesterday repeated a call for â€œrestraintâ€? by both sides and was quoted saying China had no â€œfirsthand informationâ€? on the sinking. China reportedly wants to avoid a conflict on the Korean peninsula, and is concerned that taking South Koreaâ€™s side may provoke North Korea into further escalations and even lead to war, said Shen Dingli, vice dean of the Institute of International Affairs at Shanghaiâ€™s Fudan University. â€œNorth Korea is dying, and we can make things worse,â€? Shen was quoted saying. â€œWe have assumed North Korea is not a rational actor.â€?
Clinton pledges support for South Korea
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday the world must respond to the â€œunacceptable provocationâ€? represented by the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang, as the regime unleashed more blistering rhetoric against Seoul and Washington. Tension on the divided Korean peninsula has risen dramatically since international investigators said last week that a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine tore apart and sank the South Korean warship Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 sailors. Relations are at their lowest point in a decade, when South Korea began reaching out to the North with unconditional aid as part of reconciliation efforts. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has taken a harder line against Pyongyang since taking office in 2008 amid delays in the Northâ€™s promised denuclearization and has suspended aid. South Korea, backed by the U.S., Japan and other allies, began implementing a package of punitive measures against the North on Tuesday â€” ranging from slashing trade, resuming propaganda warfare and barring the Northâ€™s cargo ships. Those were seen as among the strongest it could implement short of military action. â€œThis was an unacceptable provocation by North Korea, and the international community has a responsibility and a duty to respond,â€? Clinton told reporters in Seoul, the final leg of a three-nation Asian tour. South Koreaâ€™s measures â€œare absolutely appropriate and they have the full support of the United States.â€?
New Yorkers not thrilled about mosque proposal
Angry relatives of 9/11 victims Tuesday night clashed with supporters of a planned mosque near Ground Zero at a raucous community-board hearing in Manhattan, according to the New York Post. After four hours of public debate, members of Community Board 1 reportedly finally voted 29-1 in support of the project. Nine members abstained, arguing that they wanted to table the issue and vote at a later date.
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The board has no official say over whether the estimated $100 million mosque and community center gets built. But the panelâ€™s support, or lack of it, is considered important in influencing public opinion. Holding up photos of loved ones killed in the Twin Towers and carrying signs such as, â€œHonor 3,000, 9/11 -- No mosque!â€? opponents of the proposed Cordoba House on Park Place called the plan an insult to the terror-attack victims. â€œThat is a burial ground,â€? retired FDNY Deputy Chief Al Santora was quoted saying, referring to the fact that victimsâ€™ remains were scattered for blocks. Santoraâ€™s 23-year-old son, Christopher, was the youngest firefighter to die that day. â€œI do have a problem with having a mosque on top of the site where [terrorists] can gloat about what they did,â€? said Santora, with his wife, Maureen, by his side.
Republican senators seek special prosecutor
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday, all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee â€œurge the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Congressman Joe Sestakâ€™s claim that a White House official offered him a job to induce him to exit the Pennsylvania Senate primary race against Senator Arlen Specter,â€? writes ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in his online blog. The seven â€“ Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Jon Kyl of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma â€“ reportedly allege that the offer would appear to violate federal criminal laws, including 18 U.S.C. 600, which prohibits promising a government position â€œas consideration, favor, or reward for any political activityâ€? or â€œin connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office.â€? Rep. Sestak, D-Penn., who defeated Specter in the primary last week, was quoted telling Comcastâ€™s Larry Kane in February that the White House had offered him a position in exchange for not challenging Specter. White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on Monday that White House lawyers had looked into it and judged everything â€œperfectly appropriate.â€? CNNâ€™s John King suggested to Axelrod that such a job offer â€œmarches up into the gray area, perhaps into the red area of a felony. It is a felony to induce somebody by offering them a job.â€?
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On the surface the news looked pretty grim for Garden State residents on Tuesday – thanks to an unanticipated drop in tax revenues of $402 million this year and $365 million next year, according to CBS News. But a new budget hole of nearly $800 million is not going to give Gov. Christie a single new white hair. At least this time, the governor’s message reportedly is “gotcha covered.” “We’re very confident we’ve been able to close the additional budget gap in 2010 and in 2011 we’re going to be able to solve that problem without any new taxes at all and without any real significant cuts,” Christie was quoted saying. Skipping the “fiscalese,” what happened was the budget freeze imposed by Gov. Christie when he took office generated more savings than expected, enough to cover much of the lost tax money. “I think we’re going to be fine,” Christie said.
Tony Blair is set to earn millions of dollars advising an American businessman on how to make money from tackling climate change, according to the London Evening Standard. The former prime minister reportedly will be paid at least $1 million a year to act as a “strategic adviser” to Khosla Ventures, a venture capitalist firm founded by Indian billionaire Vinod Khosla. The Californian company bankrolls businesses hoping to profit from technology that helps reduce global warming and carbon emissions, writes the Standard’s Sri Carmichael. Mr Blair secured the job thanks to his “influence” and high level international contacts, whom he will be expected to lean on to open doors. He has been quoted telling friends he needs over $7 million a year to fund his lifestyle. Khosla Ventures confirmed it was hiring him, but declined to confirm his salary, which was estimated by industry sources. Khosla said that “with Tony’s advice and influence we will create opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to devise practical solutions that can solve today’s most pressing problems.” “Solving the climate crisis is more than just a political agenda item; it’s an urgent priority that requires innovation, creativity and ambition,” Mr. Blair was quoted saying in a statement Tuesday. He has taken up several lucrative posts since leaving office three years ago. He has a $1.44 million deal to advise the ruling royal family of Kuwait and has been paid a $6.6 million advance for his memoirs.
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Kim Kardashian has smoothed out her skin with Botox injections - even though she’s only 29, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The socialite reportedly has dismissed repeated rumors she’s had surgery on her nose, but admits she has tried the wrinkle-freezing jabs in a bid to retain her youthful looks. “I’m totally not against plastic surgery. I’ve tried Botox before. That’s the only thing that I’ve done. I’ve never had my nose done,” she was quoted telling E! Online. But Kardashian reveals she did once contemplate a rhinoplasty - and even approached a doctor to discuss the procedure. “What’s funny about my nose, it’s my biggest insecurity. I always want to get my nose done... I went to the doctor, I had them take the pictures, he showed me what it would look like and it just didn’t (look right) - I wouldn’t look the same,” she adds.
There might be two fevers on Saturday night at the Travolta house
After Star magazine broke the news, John Travolta and Kelly Preston reportedly confirmed to the world that they are welcoming “a new addition” to their family. Now Star magazine can exclusively reveal that the couple are really expecting a pair of new babies — twin sons! “They were ecstatic when they thought they were having just one baby,” an insider was quoted telling Star. “Now that there will be two, they can barely contain their happiness!” Kelly, 47, reportedly began in vitro fertilization treatments, the insider was quoted
her first choice if she was seeking further education - because that’s the college her sister attended - but she won’t be following young stars like Emma Watson and Julia Stiles, and signing up for college life. “My sister went to MTSU in Nashville, so I’d probably want to be there with all my friends, but I’m not gonna go to college right now,” the 17 year old was quoted telling Q100’s “Bert Show” on Monday morning. “I’m a firm believer that you can go back at any age you want, because my grandma went back to college at 62 years old.”
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Teen superstar Miley Cyrus won’t be putting her career on hold to attend college, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The singer/actress reprotedly has revealed Middle Tennessee State University would be
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Art Linkletter dead at 97
Art Linkletter, whose “People Are Funny” and “House Party” shows entertained millions of TV viewers in the 1950s and ‘60s with the funny side of ordinary folks and who remained active as a writer and speaker through his ninth decade, died Wednesday. He was 97. Linkletter, a former Vail Valley vacationer, died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Art Hershey, the husband of Sharon Linkletter. “He lived a long, full, pure life, and the Lord had need for him,” Hershey said. Linkletter had been ill “in the last few weeks time, but bear in mind he was 97 years old. He wasn’t eating well, and the aging process took him,” Hershey said. Linkletter hadn’t been diagnosed with any life-threatening disease, he said. Linkletter was known on TV for his funny interviews with children and ordinary folks. He also collected their comments in a number of best-selling books. “Art Linkletter’s House Party,” one of television’s longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969.
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a “legendary home,” but most people would know the sideways Dutch Colonial on the canal as the so-called Amityville Horror house, according to Newsday. Listed for $1.15 million, the picturesque and pristine home reportedly looks very different from the home where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six family members as they slept in 1974. The 28 supposedly haunted days in the house experienced by subsequent owners George and Kathleen Lutz spawned the 1977 bestselling Jay Anson book “The Amityville Horror: A True Story” and a series of scary movies about alleged supernatural happenings at the house starting in 1979. Even the address is different. Previous owners James and Barbara Cromarty, who own the Riverhead Raceway, were quoted saying they had it changed from 112 Ocean Ave. to protect their privacy. “It’s one of the more beautifully redone houses in the neighborhood,” said listing agent Laura Zambratto of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Jerry O’Neill of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light, who has been selling Amityville real estate for 38 years and whose brother, Peter, used to own the house, said he thinks the price is fair, writes Newsday’s Valerie Kellogg. “It’s a gorgeous, big center hall Colonial with a finished basement,” said O’Neill, with “nothing spooky about it.” Neighbors said that there are occasional gawkers, mostly on Halloween.
Flag-flying vet threatened with eviction
American flags will fly this Memorial Day weekend to honor those who gave their lives while serving their country. But, in Oshkosh, Wis., a couple is being told to take down the U.S. flag they have displayed in their dining room window. Dawn and Charlie Price have been told by their apartment’s management company they must take it down, or face eviction. Charlie Price is a veteran who served tours in Kosovo and Iraq. Dawn Price says the flag is a way to honor her husband’s military service and remember those who made the “ultimate sacrifice.” The apartment management company, Midwest Realty Management, says its rules prohibit the display of flags, banners and political or religious material in order to maintain a consistent living environment for all apartment residents. —Update stories, unless otherwise cited, appear courtesy The Associated Press
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ing to yesterday’s measurements. Cool weather and late season snows pushed the snowpack and snow water levels back to normal, after hovering near drought levels much of the winter. We may not be done. Weather systems to the west are still dumping snow on mountains in California. Sarah Fleury is the water conservation officer with the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. She keeps track of this sort of thing, and has about 20 years worth of data. “This is actually about normal,” she said. “It took a couple weeks longer for the water to come up than it usually does, due to the cold weather and snow we’ve had.” The water level changes from day to day, as the temperatures rise and fall. A few cold nights will slow things down a little. A few warm days will get the rivers roaring again, she said. Kelchner’s crew started running river trips about a week ago. – Timberline Tours “When people think about water levels, they think about the Eagle River because that’s the one we see the most. But the Colorado River is also running strong,” Kelchner said. “We still have lots of snow, just a little below normal, and it should continue melting for the next week or two. That’s when the runoff usually peaks.” Those late season storms in April and May, including the one that saw snow blowing sideways on Monday morning, pushed the snowpack well above 2002 drought levels and well into the normal range. Fleury said that under ideal conditions, the rivers peak sometime in June, then settle into their seasonal summer levels by late next month. As for the rest of the summer, we’re looking at above average temperatures and average precipitation, according to long-range weather forecasts.
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is Tao Berman, who won the event in 2005, 2007 and 2008 – he took 2nd in last year. He is a world record holder in the 30-meter waterfall decent, speed altitude descent and vertical distance descent. One guy to root for is Vail’s own Brad Ludden, founder of the First Descents foundation, which provides therapeutic outdoor activities for young adults battling cancer. Named as one of the top ten adventure athletes in the world by Outside Magazine, Ludden has completed over 100 first descents on rivers in over 40 countries, but he has yet to get a win in the TMG Steep Creek competition. Freestyle The Freestyle comp is a mainstay of the Teva Mountain Games, featuring the world’s best playboaters on the Vail Whitewater Park. Each kayaker has a timed run to throw his best cartwheels, loops, tricky-wu’s, phonics monkeys, space godzilla’s and more in an attempt to impress the judges and the crowd for the highest combined score. Dustin Urban the decisive winner at last year’s freestyle kayak men’s competition, snatching the victory from the then-reigning champion Eric Jackson with a nearly flawless final run. After graduating from Princeton University, Urban moved to Colorado and has been a member of the U.S. Freestyle Kayak team since 2001. Emily Jackson is a five-time winner in the women’s kayaking rodeo event, the Junior World Freestyle Kayak Champion and the 2007 Women’s World Champion. She is also the youngest female to kayak the Zembezi and Nile Rivers and she donates all of her kayak winnings to help build hospitals in Uganda. Emily’s husband Nick Troutman, a Freestyle Kayak World Champion, will also be competing at the Teva Games. In addition to his world title, Nick is a multiple Canadian National Champion, an expedition boater, coach of Ottawa Kayak School’s renowned Keener program for teens and accomplished video producer. 8 Ball One of the best spectator events at the Teva Mountain Games is the 8 Ball Kayak competition. Held every year on Gore Creek in Vail Village, it’s a little bit like the roller derby of kayaking. After a floating start at the Covered Bridge, as many as ten kayakers will push and shove their way through a 200-meter sprint in narrow confines. Along the way, boaters must avoid being knocked off course by the 8 Ballers – bothersome kayakers in full body armor waiting to attack the sprinters and forcefully slow them down throughout the course. The 8 Ball competition is stacked with many of the same pro boaters that are in town for the Freestyle and Steep Creek comps. Tanya Faux paddles for the Teva team and has racked up a long list of victories and podiums, including three wins at the Reno River Festival, a silver at the 2007 World Champs in Canada and two golds and a silver at the 2006 World Cup Series. She took third in the 8 Ball in 2007, and last year she won the Steep Creek and took third in the Freestyle.
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Down River Sprint The race takes boater on a four-mile paddle from East Vail to the International Bridge in Vail Village. With a rally race format–kayakers drop at timed intervals. The racers who are really moving might be able to catch the paddler in front of them. The best part about the Down River Sprint: you can race on about anything that floats, the Teva Games says. Registration for competitors is open to the public ongoing – you don’t need to be a pro to compete. You can register at the Teva Games Web site until June 4. Visit www.TevaMountainGames.com.
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Kay Cochran is bringing back Eagle’s summer Art Walk and Bike, and giving it some wheels. The events run on the first Fridays of each month, June 4, July 2, and August 6. Eagle merchants host local artists and artisans for the afternoon. The Art Walk and Bike also includes a studio tour. “There are several pockets of these hosts and studios around Eagle,” Cochran said. So, they’ll have a map with suggested routes that you can pick up at participating businesses. Also, they’ll have signs all over the place on the days of the events, so if you can read and follow arrows, you should be able to find your way just fine. The Red Canyon Café, The Nearly Everything Store, Fusion and Dewy Dabbles in Art will be among those providing maps. Some of the artists involved are Robin Nash, Patrick Espy, Jon Sheppard, Amy Dose, Mike Crabtree and many others. The event officially runs 2-6 p.m., but several business and artist will stay open later.
Gardening series concludes tonight
The Home Scale Food Production series concludes tonight. It’s presented by the local CSU Extension office. The classes run 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eagle Library, and are $10 per session. It’s part of an eight-week series that started with planning your garden, and covered everything you need to know to grow healthy stuff in your garden. Tonight they talk about controlling weeds and pests. The series is designed to teach you to grow your own food, beginning with planning and designing your garden. All classes are taught by local experts and grow-
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Eagle launching a Farmers Market
Eagle is launching its own Farmers Market, every Friday from 4-8 p.m. In Eagle Town Park. It starts June 11 and runs through Sept. 17. The market will feature local farmers, food vendors and artisans. They’ll also have local entertainers and other demonstrations on the park’s stage. Gladdie Funk is looking for a little help from local businesses, sponsors and volunteers. Call her at 376-0722, or go to www.eaglefarmersmarket.org.
Short track mountain bike series continues
Eagle’s new short track mountain bike race series continues Friday with races that will keep you on the track for 20 minutes, then reward you with free beer. Larry Grossman put together the series of six short track races, held at the Eagle County Fairgrounds every Friday evening. You race for 20 minutes on a track that Grossman set up to bring out the best in you. It’ll take about three minutes to circle one lap. Your whole race is 17 minutes plus one lap. If you’re a kid, you race 10 minutes. It’s a different race course layout every week. They started last week and the course layouts will grow slightly more technical every week. The kids race
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Cyclists participate in last weekâ€™s short track mountain bike race series at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The series of six races reaches its halfway point after tomorrowâ€™s 3rd race. Avery Cunliffe photo.
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The Back Bowl in Eagle and the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards are sending some local 8th graders out in style. Next Tuesday, 97 eighth graders will bowl in the morning and see Shrek III in the afternoon. â€œWe are very proud of our students,â€? said Kimberly Hetrick, a teacher at Berry Creek Middle School.
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