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Vonn takes lead in overall Julia Mancuso wins her first World Cup race in four years Vail’s own Lindsey Vonn had her worst downhill finish of the season yesterday, but it was good enough to take over the top spot from Maria Riesch in their battle for the overall World Cup title. Vonn finished fourth behind winner Julia Mancuso in the final downhill race of the season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. “I’m really happy with fourth place,” said Vonn, who lost time early in her run then fought back on the steep bottom section. “I think it was a solid performance and another exciting day in the hunt for the overall.” The day’s results saw a 50-point swing in the overall standings as Vonn went

from 23 points behind to 27 points ahead of her friend Riesch with three races (SG, GS, SL) ahead before the season ends this weekend. This is Vonn’s first lead in the overall race since late December. Vonn is looking for her fourth straight overall title after already earning the downhill discipline title. The 26-year-old Riesch of Germany slumped to the snow in the finish area, and was later shown on television sitting with her head in her hands in the equipment inspection hut. “It’s tough when you have led the whole season and suddenly you get knocked off the top,” Riesch said. Riesch’s cautious run left her a surprising

3.19 seconds behind Mancuso. Skiing several minutes later, Vonn also looked uncomfortable at times on the steep, twisting course. But she raised her right fist triumphantly at the finish when she saw she stood in third place. “It was tough conditions out there today with really soft snow and flat light,” Vonn told Ski Racing Magazine. “It was really easy to make mistakes and unfortunately I made one on the top of the course in a pretty bad place and lost a lot of speed but I was able to ski the bottom well. Fourth place is still a great result, I’m really happy for Julia for winning, she skied amazingly well.” Mancuso skied next and delivered an

assured, aggressive run to clock 1 minute, 27.50 seconds. She earned her first World Cup win since March 2007 in Tarvisio, Italy, finishing 0.81 seconds clear of Lara Gut of Switzerland. World champion Elisabeth Goergl of Austria was third. “It’s really, really nice to finally win,” said Mancuso, the Olympic silver medalist in downhill behind Vonn a year ago. “It was a really great opportunity. I wanted to win and I knew I had to risk it all.” After watching early leader Gut’s strong run, she decided to attack. “I got a good feeling you really had to [See VONN, page 11]


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Local Lindsey Vonn, center, poses with the trophy of the women’s World Cup downhill discipline title, flanked by second placed Maria Riesch, left, and third placed Julia Mancuso at the World Cup finals yesterday. Vonn took the lead from Riesch in the overall title race, while Mancuso won her first World Cup in four years. AP Photo.

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday in Denver that U.S. nuclear regulatory officials would handle a potential catastrophic nuclear meltdown in the United States similarly to how officials are handling the situation in Japan. Napolitano said her agency has spoken with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and received assurances that the response in Japan is not only appropriate, but also similar to how officials would handle such a response in America. “The NRC tells us, and the Department of Energy tells us that the response by the Japanese on the nuclear issues right now is what they would be recommending and doing,” Napolitano said. Napolitano was in Denver Tuesday for the National Fusion Centers Conference. The conference brings together terrorism prevention and response officials from around the country. Japan raced yesterday to avert a catastrophe after an explosion at the quake-crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima sent radiation wafting into Tokyo and across the Pacific Ocean. Two more blasts at the facility on Tuesday blew a hole in a building housing a reactor and cooling pool for spent fuel rods. Japanese officials are optimistic that they will avoid a nuclear catastrophe similar to the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986. Napolitano said Tuesday that U.S. officials are constantly preparing for a catastrophe similar to the one potentially facing Japan. She pointed out that U.S. officials are already planning a National Level Exercise for early May based on a hypothetical major earthquake along the New Madrid fault in the central United States, which runs across five states. “We are constantly practicing using scenarios that are worst-case scenarios to make sure that we are prepared and as up to date and as ready to go as we can be in any kind of a crisis,” Napolitano said.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks at Tuesday’s National Fusion Center Conference in Denver. AP photo.

But Napolitano added that there is no way to fully prepare for such disasters. She reminded the public that America learned lessons from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, just as it learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. “No matter how you practice and prepare, exercise, what have you, you always learn from something that has occurred,” said Napolitano. “These kind of things don’t go by standard rules. I’m sure in the aftermath when all is said and done, we will learn also something from the tragedy occurring in Japan.”

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Storm expected to halt sunny weather NWS predicts as much as 18 inches over 24 hours By Matt Minich Mountaineer Editor Colorado residents have enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures over the last few days, but sunny skies are not here to stay. Temperatures in Grand Junction and Denver reached highs of 74 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday, and the Eagle County Airport reported a high of 64 degrees. The blue skies and warm air have been caused by a system of warm Southern California air, said John Kyle, the data acquisition program manager for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. For the last few days, this system has brought warm temperatures from California, across Utah and finally to Colorado. That tide is expected to shift tonight, Kyle said. A much colder, wetter system in the Northwest is on its way, bringing with it a winter storm warning and several inches of snow.

“You could get some decent ski conditions out of this,” Kyle said. The storm warning lasts from 6 a.m. today to 6 a.m. tomorrow, and the storm itself could bring anywhere from eight to 18 inches to the high mountains over that time. It will be wet, springtime snow, he said, and coupled with higher temperatures during the day. “If you get 18 inches, from what I understand about skiing that’s a good thing,” Kyle said. Once the storm passes, the California breezes are expected to grace the valley once again, bringing sunshine and warm temperatures back on Saturday and Sunday. It won’t be as hot as it has been the last few days, Kyle said, but it should be warm enough for sandals. “If you’re outside and it’s sunny and calm, you’re going to be comfortable in a T-shirt,” he said. “But if it starts to cloud over or get windy you’re going to be reaching for your jacket.”

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This weekend is the last night to see the latest exhibit by Vail’s Art in Public Places, which features nine old wooden sleds painted by local artists. This one, painted by Vail’s Sara Melzer, is done in India ink and features the Gore Range. All nine sleds will be sold at a silent auction at the Solaris Sunday.

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but for locals like Sara Melzer, one man’s trash can be high art with just a touch or two of paint. Melzer is one of ten artists who have taken donated old wooden sleds and turned them into exhibits in an art show that has been touring around Vail. Put on by Art in Public Places, the first Invitational Art Sled Exhibition features nine wooden sleds re-created by local artists. The show will be on display for the last time this weekend at Worth Home in Solaris, where the sleds will be sold off at a silent auction. Proceeds from the sales will go to Art in Public Places and the artists. The sleds were donated by locals, then given to artists by Art in Public Places coordinator Molly Eppard. “There is a great range of artistic style and approach represented in the Art Sled Exhibition,” Eppard said. “The artists complemented the existing aesthetics and

designs of the sleds with their own creativity.” Melzer’s sled features a painting in India ink of the Gore Range, which she said was an obvious choice when she was asked to draw her inspiration from Vail. Melzer first came to the Vail Valley five years ago when she graduated from Colorado University. Like many longtime residents, she said she just meant to come to the valley for a year after college and “never got around to leaving”. She’s kept her artistic impulses satisfied by painting not just sleds, but skis and snowboards, and by painting stylized portraits of locals through her website – Other artists selected for the Art Sled project include local artists, students from the Alpine Arts Center, Mio Cirkovic, Amy Dose, Colleen Everett & Laura Nash, Horst Essl, Carrie Fell, Jenna Oppenheimer and Dustin Zentz. Bidding on the sleds ends at 5 p.m. Sunday.


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Minturn approves Maloit Park annexation Majority of land will be split between housing, open space use By Phil Lindeman Mountaineer Staff Writer The Minturn Town Council voted unanimously to annex more than 100 acres of land to the south end of the town yesterday. Known as Maloit Park, the area is owned by Eagle County School District and former home to Minturn Middle School, as well as the primary water treatment plant for Minturn. The council approved four separate ordinances during the first reading. For many on the council, having unrestricted access to the water plant and surrounding land is a major highlight of the proposal. “We have a tough nut to crack when it comes to water use,” council member Earle Bidez said. “We’re a very small town and have trouble applying for grants to improve the plant. No one wants to give us money because we don’t actually own the land. It’s not sexy, it’s not cool, but knowing the water will come on when you turn on the faucet is important.” All told, the package includes 104 acres split on either side of Eagle River. With the exception of 18 acres zoned solely for town use, the remaining 86 acres will still be owned by the school district. Of that land, roughly 40 acres will be open space and 46 will be mixed use. As the largest portion of the annex, the mixed use area is the most valuable and arguably the most contested. Zoning would allow for construction of residential and community buildings, like recreation or senior centers. It would not be open to commercial use. Inside the mixed use zone, the proposal makes room for 150 houses. According to council member John Rosenfield, such a large development could bring nearly 40 percent more people into Minturn, which currently has a population of around 1,200. “There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the school and the school board’s intention with re-

purposing the land,” Rosenfield said, noting his concerns come in light of the school district’s recently-announced $6.5 million shortfall for next year. Since the district still owns the largest portion of land, it could profit from future development. The potential value of the land was not discussed. The addition of new housing is the largest concern for many on the council, as well as community members. Such an influx could clog traffic through Minturn – already a contested issue – and place a burden on the town for maintenance, including snow removal and sidewalk repair. Despite concerns, the council also kept economic restraints in perspective. Council member Jerry Bumgarner noted the loss of three construction projects in the area of the past few years. The zoning was spearheaded by Tom Braun, owner of an Edwards-based land development firm. His goal was to benefit the district and Minturn community. One key feature is the “Maloit Park character area,” which will keep the land from being re-zoned without future approval. Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty noted Maloit Park has been a “big deal” in Minturn for some time. The town approached the school district last year about an annex – a rare move – and members from both parties formed a committee to zone the sizeable area. Yesterday’s meeting was the culmination of the process. Braun will take the council statements back to the district and return with any comments. As evidenced by the vote, the council remains optimistic the move will be a blessing, not a burden. “It is important to understand this is just the school district’s broad brush,” Flaherty said. “They are saying ‘this is what could be,’ not ‘this is what will be.’” A second reading on all four ordinances is set for April 6.

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St. Paddy’s Party tonight at Loaded Joe’s, Avon

The 7th Annual St. Paddy’s Party in Avon is back. Presented by PinkE and Loaded Joe’s, Zach Tierney will be playing Irish music starting at 4 p.m. with DJ Wild Bill spinning on the turntables starting at 9:30 p.m. Make sure to wear your green and don’t miss the $5 Irish Car Bombs at Loaded Joe’s in Avon.

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Light of the Eye CD release party with Chris Thompson and Coral Creek, along with the Drunken Hearts tonight at Sandbar in West Vail. Sandbar also has great $3 Jameson, $4 Guinness and $5 Car Bomb specials for St. Patrick’s Day, to go with the corned beef and cabbage the bar will be serving all day. Follow the end of the rainbow and meet the Sandbar leprechaun, Little Lonnie at the West Vail bar. The party gets underway at 10 a.m.

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day the Irish way at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail. Live music starts at 4 p.m. with Eagle County Music Alliance, followed by The Sessh and Taarka. The concept behind the funk-influenced trio The Sessh is to incorporate new technology with traditional analog music. The Colorado based group, Taarka, performs a patented and irreplaceable blended evolution of Western and Eastern folk traditions of jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, gypsy, Indian, and Celtic music interpreted through the highly capable ears and hands of four of today’s top classically trained, eclectic-acoustic music pioneers. Paddy’s will be serving the traditional Irish food of corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and Irish stew. Not to mention, the Eagle-Vail bar will also have Car Bombs and Kilkenney on tap, to go along with the tasty green beer they’ll be serving up all day long.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Finnegan’s Wake in Avon

Finnegan’s Wake in Avon celebrates the big day with music all day long. Downstairs music features Johnny Mogambo from 3-6 p.m., followed by Not Just the 90s from 6-9 p.m., and Hit List closes up the downstairs action from 10-12 p.m. The upstairs performances start at 10 p.m. with DJ Selektro, then DJ Mo’-Rockin closes out the festivities from 12-2 a.m. Finnegan’s has great drink specials for the big day with two 16 ounce cans of Coors Original for $5, $2 PBR’s and $2 green vodka jello shots.

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Free keg at etown, Edwards

The Edwards establishment is your place for a cheap but great St. Patrick’s Day. Serving drink specials all day, including $2 Irish whiskey, $4 shots of Jameson, $5 Car Bombs, $2 green beers and $4 Guinness. Then at 4 p.m., etown offers the king of all drink specials, a free keg of beer that goes until it’s gone. Plus they’re serving corned beef and cabbage all day for a great price.

Allan Finney Trio tonight, Vista at Arrowhead

The Vista at Arrowhead brings you live jazz music tonight with the Allan Finney Trio playing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Allan Finney has been making music for over 30 years. He can also be seen playing the drums with the Tony Gulizia Trio, and Justin Allison Trio. He also sings and plays guitar in various settings throughout the Vail Valley. Vista is offering fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Drink specials include $2-$4 beers, $5 wines and $6 martinis. Other St. Patrick’s Day happenings Main St. Grill in Edwards – The Edwards establishment will be offering corned beef specials all day, with the music of Triple Black taking the stage at 10 p.m. Blue Plate Bistro in Avon – The Avon restaurant will be serving corned beef and cabbage today to go along with the $2 green beers. The Gashouse in Edwards – The Edwards restaurant will be serving corned beef and cabbage for both lunch and dinner today. Alpine Tavern in East Vail – For all you non St. Patrick’s Day fans, don’t worry, as Nick Steingart of Skin the Rabbit plays Alpine Tavern tonight. Steingart is an eclectic musician who performs with a number of different groups in both Vail and Wisconsin. He’ll take the stage solo from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Alpine Tavern in East Vail.

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charge, so I took it down the hill,” said Mancuso, who has pledged half of her prize money this week to relief efforts in Japan. Mancuso, who had the second fastest time in Tuesday’s training run, said the turny course fit her style. “Leaving the start gate I knew I had to push really hard and be fast and I wanted to win,” Mancuso told Ski Racing. “I knew it would be a good opportunity here for me and those don’t come around all the time so I took advantage of it and I’m just really happy.” Mancuso, who also won silver in super-G at the world championships last month, moved to third in the final downhill standings, behind Vonn and Riesch. Stacey Cook added to a strong U.S. showing, finishing ninth in 1:29.75, while teammate Leanne Smith finished 16th. The field of competitors in each race at the World Cup Finals is trimmed down to the top 25 ranked skiers in each discipline along with the reigning world cham-

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pion and world junior champ. Only 23 started yesterday. Riesch, winner of three World Cup downhills this year, was slowed by a mid-course mistake that led to her fourth sub-top-15 result in a race she finished this season. Riesch was 216 points ahead of Vonn less than a month ago but a DNF and a 29th-place finish in last weekend’s tech races in Spindleruv coupled with solid results from Vonn saw the momentum shift toward the three-time overall champion heading into this weekend. Riesch has never won an overall title. “I’m only a couple points ahead so I still feel like I’m the underdog,” Vonn said to Ski Racing. “I have to make some points tomorrow and we’ll see how I am going into the last two technical races. Maria is dangerous in all events so I have to be ready and on my game in every race.” The final women’s World Cup super-G of the season will be held today.

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By Phil Lindeman Mountaineer Staff Writer One of the valley’s newest non-profits is already exceeding expectations. At barely four months old, the Eagle Valley High School Foundation has already brought in nearly $35,000. For foundation president Brandon Montag, such enthusiasm about the fledgling outfit is exciting. “The school needed help financially from within the community,” Montag said. “We’re just getting this thing off the ground; our hopes are high. I did not think we would have $30,000 in the first year and we have already passed that.” On a large scale, the foundation looks to create an endowment for future scholarships. The benchmark: $1 million in 10 years. As a first step toward that lofty goal, EVHS Foundation will hold it’s first major fundraising event, the “Fire and Ice” dinner and dance, on March 25 at Adam’s Rib Ranch in Eagle. The evening is crafted for adults and begins at 6 p.m. with a free hour of cocktails. A gourmet dinner by the Adam’s Rib Ranch executive chef is served at 7 p.m. and silent auction items are up for grabs throughout the night. When dancing ends, Turtle Bus will be on hand to provide guests a ride home. Before pre-sale tickets went on sale, around 250 spots were available at $50 a piece. According to Montag, over 100 have already been reserved by community members and sponsor groups. All proceeds from tickets go to the foundation. The non-profit foundation is the first of its kind in Eagle County School District. Like similar foundations attached to high schools across the nation, it is separate from the school and relies on many volunteers. It was created in late 2010 by a group of alumni, parents and teachers, including principal Mark Strakbein. “I am proud that our parents, alumni and community are taking measures to ensure that we can offer our students ‘the best of the best’ in their young lives,” Strakbein, who will retire in June, wrote on

the EVHS Foundation Fire & ice dance website. “ If we can offer them access to outstanding what: Fundraising activities and programs, event with silent we are creating a rich auction, free cocktail high school experience for hour many of them and foster- when: Friday, March ing growth of immeasur- 25 at 6 p.m. able confidence.” where: Adam’s Rib The idea was sparked Ranch in Eagle when community members Cost: $50 per ticket noticed a lack of long-term (pre-sale) fundraising for activities at EVHS. Clubs and athletics For more informarelied on booster involve- tion or to purchase ment, where money was tickets, call Laurie at gathered in pieces at events 376.3756. or door-to-door. Smaller groups would often miss out on needed dollars. “We’re working very closely with the booster club to cover short-term and long-term goals,” Montag said. “You have to sell an awful lot of popcorn to raise the amount of money that’s needed for activities. For us, corporate sponsorship starts at $1,500 and businesses in the community are buying in.” One key promise of the foundation is equal access to funds for all extracurricular activities. Money goes to more than athletics, Montad said, offering the silent auction at the March 25 event as a prime example. Each club at the school –baseball, chess, track and more – will provide an item for the auction. As each is sold, the total proceeds go directly to that club. Spurred by the popularity of the dance, Montag is already looking ahead to future events. A golf tournament is in the works for summer and smaller fundraisers will be sprinkled throughout the intervening months. For information on donating to the EVHS Foundation, visit the website at

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Workshop on goals open to all, will target small business Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce is launching a new series of “Lunch and Learn” events, each tailormade for the community and chamber members alike. The kick-off on March 30 features business and career-life coach, Julie McCahan, a Vail local who presents workshops for businesses across the world. Titled “Map Your Way to Success,” the seminar will be held at the Alpine Bank off Chambers Ave. in Eagle and begins with lunch by Baboune’s. Tickets are $15 for EVCC members and $25 for non-members, including lunch. McCahan’s approach to personal development and career coaching is based on consciously taking steps to meet a larger goal, from becoming a better cook to the CEO of a corporation. “It is a bit esoteric, but spring does signify a new beginning with the blooming of plants and flowers,” McCahan said. “It’s time to hang up skis and think about what you want to accomplish. I can help identify the resources needed to accomplish yearly, quarterly and monthly goals.” As a world traveler -- McCahan has presented in Zurich and Beijing -- she works different communication styles into her approach. In Europe, she noted, the initial meeting is a key time to build relationships, whereas in the U.S. the process is rushed. “I always tailor my programs to the group,” said McCahan, who also does individual coaching over the

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phone. “The idea is the same, but the content is different. CEO’s will hear about strategy goals, while small businesses get examples about marketing and staying viable. EVCC has sponsored similar luncheons in the past, including a presentation by author Tony Rubleski, an entrepreneurial expert. EVCC hopes the “Lunch and Learn” events will become a staple in the following months, with a revolving set of topics and speakers. To RSVP for the event, download the registration form at www.eaglevalley. org. A total of 30 spots are available.


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treat from the plant Wednesday when radiation levels soared, losing precious time. They resumed work after radiation levels dropped, but much of the monitoring equipment in the plant is inoperable, complicating efforts to assess the situation.

The goal is to learn lessons from Japan’s example, and train Chileans to make wise decisions.

Governments advising citizens to leave Tokyo

Libyan rebels battled to hold a strategic eastern city against a punishing offensive by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi yesterday, voicing anger and frustration at the West for not coming to their aid. At the same time, government troops heavily shelled the last main rebel bastion near the capital. The rebels lashed out at the West as the latest international effort to impose a no-fly zone over Libya stumbled along. Supporters in the U.N. Security Council were trying to push through a resolution to impose such a move along with other measures aimed at preventing Gadhafi from bombing his people, but Russia and Germany have expressed doubts.

Australia, Britain and Germany advised their citizens in Japan to consider leaving Tokyo and earthquake-affected areas, joining a growing number of governments and businesses telling their people it may be safer elsewhere. Germany’s Foreign Ministry advised its citizens living near the nuclear plant or in the capital region to either leave the country or move to the Osaka area west of Tokyo. Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office advised against all nonessential travel to Tokyo and northeastern Japan, and urged British citizens within that zone to consider leaving. France has urged its citizens with no reason to stay in Tokyo return to France or head to southern Japan. The government has asked Air France to mobilize aircraft in Asia to assist with departures. The White House recommended Wednesday that U.S. citizens stay 50 miles (80 kilometers) away from the stricken nuclear plant, not the 20-mile (32 kilometer) radius recommended by the Japanese.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday she does not want to stay in her job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012. Clinton, visiting Cairo, was asked whether she would stay on in a second Obama term. She also was asked if she would like the jobs of president, vice president or defense secretary. She offered single word responses to each: “No.”

Chile undaunted by Japanese nukes

Chile’s president insisted yesterday on signing a nuclear accord with the United States during President Barack Obama’s visit next week, saying the country must keep reactors as a potential option for fueling the booming economy despite anxieties about Japan’s disaster. Skepticism about nuclear power is rising in Chile, but President Sebastian Pinera said the country needs to double its energy resources and can’t be afraid to consider all the alternatives. “Chile needs to learn about nuclear energy, and that’s why we’ve signed accords with France and Argentina and we’ll sign another with the United States,” Pinera said during a meeting with the Japanese ambassador.

Rebels frustrated with Western response

Journalists missing in Libya

Four New York Times journalists covering the fighting in Libya were reported missing yesterday, and the newspaper held out hope that they were alive and in the custody of the Libyan government. Editors last heard from the journalists on Tuesday as they were covering the retreat of rebels from the town of Ajdabiya, and Libyan officials told the newspaper they were trying to locate the four, executive editor Bill Keller said in a statement. The Times said there were unconfirmed reports that forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had detained the foursome.

Muhammad Ali seeks hikers’ release from Iran

Boxing champ Muhammad Ali is seeking the release of two American hikers from Iran by lobbying the country’s supreme leader in a way that few American dignitaries can: as a brother in Islam. Arguably the most prominent U.S. Muslim, Ali made his simple, behind-the scenes appeal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in February and released his letter to The Associated Press yesterday.

CIA contractor freed in Pakistan

Pakistan abruptly freed the CIA contractor who shot and killed two men in a gunfight in Lahore after a deal was sealed yesterday to pay $2.34 million in “blood money” to the men’s families. The agreement, nearly seven weeks after the shootings, ended a tense showdown with a vital U.S. ally that had threatened to disrupt the war on terrorism. In what appeared to be a carefully choreographed conclusion to the diplomatic crisis, a U.S. official said Pakistan had paid the families whose pardoning of

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A long-scheduled trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador begins Saturday – at a moment when the White House is under pressure from all directions. But White House officials say they have no hesitation about making it and say they cannot change schedules just because of world events, reports The Wall Street Journal. “Every day you’re president there’s a world event somewhere. The American people understand and expect their president can walk and chew gum at the same time,” The Journal quoated White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.

Americans are noticing higher prices at the grocery store, and it’s about to get worse. Food prices rose 3.9 percent last month, the most since November 1974. Most of the increase was because harsh winter freezes in Florida, Texas and other Southern states, which damaged crops. At the same time, global prices for corn, wheat, soybeans, coffee and other commodities have risen sharply in the past year. That’s raised the price of animal feed, which has pushed up the cost of eggs, ground beef and milk.

California nuke plant near fault

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Two years before an immense coastal earthquake plunged Japan into a nuclear crisis, a geologic fault was discovered about a half-mile from a California seaside reactor - alarming regulators who say not enough has been done to gauge the threat to the nation’s most populous state.

Bad news for the Social Security Administration

U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

China has become such an important market for U.S. entertainment companies that one studio has taken the extraordinary step of digitally altering a film to excise bad guys from the Communist nation lest the leadership in Beijing be offended, according to The Los Angeles Times. When MGM decided a few years ago to remake “Red Dawn,” a 1984 Cold War drama about a bunch of American farm kids repelling a Soviet invasion, the studio needed new villains. As a result, the filmmakers now are digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from “Red Dawn,” substituting dialogue and altering the film to depict much of the invading force as being from North Korea, an isolated country where American media companies have no dollars at stake, said The Times.

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ATHLETIC STUFF well. Nugs 9-2 since Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is trying out for Sporting Kansas City, a Major League losing Melo Soccer team.

An absence of Melodrama seems to be benefiting the Denver Nuggets. The Nugs improved to 9-2 since the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks after winning their game against the Atlanta Hawks 10287 last night. And Denver is clearly having more fun since dealing Anthony, spreading the ball around and playing fierce defense. As the final seconds ticked off, coach George Karl broke into a sly grin watching another impressive performance by his remade team. It looked as if the game would go down to the wire when Zaza Pachulia flipped in a putback, pulling the Hawks to 72-69 with just over 10 minutes remaining. But Denver dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the home team 30-18. The Nuggets hardly missed in the fourth quarter, making 12 of 18 from the field — including four 3-pointers.

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And the club is into it. “We’re always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent,” Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. “We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger. We’re excited to see how his skills will translate once he arrives next week and begins training with our team.” Ochocinco started playing soccer at age 4 but chose to focus on football in high school. “Due to the NFL lockout, I’m excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team,” Ochocinco said. The reality TV star is friends with such big names in soccer as Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. In January, Ochocinco visited Ronaldo, Kaka and the rest of Real Madrid’s squad and was introduced to manager Jose Mourinho, and says he uses a soccer ball to warm up for NFL practices and games. Sporting Kansas City, which changed its name from the Wizards in conjunction with moving into a new stadium, opens its MLS season Saturday. It narrowly missed the playoffs last year. Meanwhile yesterday in Cincinnati, Hamilton County Municipal Judge Bernie Bouchard ordered Ochocinco to pay a clothing store $11,717 for merchandise the store said the player never paid for.

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Amid the third day of high-profile talks to reduce head injuries in the NHL, it was the MLB which was unfortunate enough to find the next big head injury to shock the sporting world. Yesterday the Atlanta Braves learned that a head injury suffered by manager Luis Salazar will force the manager to lose his eye. Salazar, a former third baseman and outfielder who played from 1980 to 1992, was standing against the railing on the top step of the dugout during a game between the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals March 9 when Brian McCann fouled a ball in his direction. Salazar was unable to get out of the way and fell headfirst back into the dugout. The game was stopped for almost 20 minutes so Salazar could be airlifted to an Orlando hospital. He regained consciousness on the way and was treated for multiple facial fractures McCann was badly shaken and didn’t return when the game resumed. He visited Salazar in the hospital and has stayed in touch. “It’s a crazy, crazy thing that happened,” McCann said the day after Salazar was struck. “So unfortunate. You feel hopeless.”



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Salazar intends to spend about a week at home in Boca Raton, Fla., and then return to Braves camp at some point this spring.

NFL to issue more suspensions for flagrant hits

The contact part of contact sports seems to be the hot topic across several leagues as of late, and now the NFL is joining the frey, even if it doesn’t have a league to return to. NFL chief disciplinarian Ray Anderson said yesterday in a conference call that repeat offenders or players committing flagrant illegal hits will have a much greater chance of being suspended during the 2011 season. No suspensions were handed down in 2010 even after the NFL’s crackdown on such hits, in part because “we were oper-

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ating under the principle unless you have given sufficient advance notice of what the results could be, you need to be more lenient,” Anderson said. “Frankly, now that the notice has been given, players and coaches and clubs are very aware of what the emphasis is and we won’t have that hesitation,” Anderson said. “Everyone will be very clearly on notice now that a suspension is very viable for us and we will exercise it ... when it comes to illegal hits to the head and neck area and to defenseless players.” The NFL increased the amount on its fines for such hits last year after a series of fouls on one October weekend. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $75,000 for one such tackle, while Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather were docked $50,000 for hits to defenseless opponents that weekend.

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Vail Mountaineer Thursday, March 17, 2011

Feed the family organic sandwich bread for less than traditional brands!

Introducing Bread for the Kids Bread for the Family

2 Loaves of Organic Sandwich Bread




(yes, that's for 2 loaves)

Available today: call now to reserve tomorrow's! Choose whole wheat or white No Chemicals • No Pesticides • No Preservatives

Eat organic...Eat local.. Support local business...

Did we mention organic sandwich bread is now available daily at an affordable price? 949-DELI • Avon next to Starbucks





Chance of Rain/Snow

Partly Sunny

Chance of Rain/Snow

Chance of Rain/Snow

HI 45˚ LOW 24˚

HI 41˚ LOW 26˚

HI 46˚ LOW 24˚

HI 40˚ LOW 24˚


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vail Mountaineer



Vail Mountaineer Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vail Mountaineer



Vail Mountaineer Thursday, March 17, 2011


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