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(photo courtesy www.gobreck.com)

- Team USA-Vermont won Gold in the 26th annual International Snow Sculpture Championshipswith "Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus," a piece that depicted 14-year-old science whiz Rhonda riding inside her invention - the Robo-Octopus - which helps clean the ocean floor. Judges appreciated the piece's achievements both technically and conceptually, and the appeal for audiences on multiple levels. Along with 15 other teams, Vermont sculptors worked with only hand tools for 65 hours across five days to create a temporary outdoor art gallery. Sculptures will remain on display at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colo. until Sunday, Feb. 7 (weather permitting). Visit SculptSnow.com for detailed event information. For more you can click on the following link http://www.gobreck.com

  *   Team Switzerland won Silver with "Converse." The sculpture depicted two structures, almost identical, yet converse.
  *   Team USA-Loveland won Bronze with "Bolting from Extinction," a piece rooted in the idea that nature does not know extinction because it only knows transformation.
  *   Team USA-Wisconsin won Artists' Choice with "Dia de los Muertos," which represented an altar seen during the Mexican holiday.



The Breckenridge Bucks (22-11) dominated the ice during last weekends matchup against the Glacier Yetis (1-33).  Friday's game started competitive as the Yetis took an early 2-1 first period lead.  After shaking off the cobwebs, the Bucks would bounce back and outscore the Yetis by 8 goals in the second period to take a 10-3 lead.  With an even third period the Bucks would end up beating the Yetis 15-7.  Saturday's game was more Bucks dominance as they would be beat the Yetis 7-3.  The Bucks now turn their attention to this weekend as they hit the road to play the 2nd place Pikes Peak Miners.  For tickets and more information click on the following link -http://breckenridgebucks.com





U.S. Forest Service reminds visitors that avalanche season is underway
Agency working to educate public to help reduce deaths, injury

The avalanche season is underway across much of the U.S. with a series of sizable storms bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds to the western mountains. The snow is falling on a weak, existing snowpack, creating dangerous conditions. High avalanche danger and avalanche warnings exist for the western slope of Colorado as well as parts of Washington, Idaho and Montana. Avalanches cause more fatalities than any other natural hazard on Forest Service lands. Each winter, about 30 people die in an avalanche while skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling in backcountry.  To help mitigate this danger, the Forest Service operates a network of local avalanche centers across the country.  The Colorado Avalanche Information Center provides current conditions in Colorado’s high country from November through May. Before you go out, take the basic precautions by getting the forecast from http://avalanche.state.co.us/ . 



 The Breckenridge Distillery hosted another world record breaking shot ski to start off the 53rd annual Ullr Fest Parade.  An estimated 831 people participated in this year's drinking ritual.  Unfortunately Guinness World Records do not recognize alcohol related events, but never the less, this year's unofficial record breaking shot-ski was still something to marvel.  To end curiosity - the alcoholic beverage of choice was peppermint schnapps AND the length was 1,301 feet.  





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Technology is changing the way traffic contacts are being handled by several law enforcement agencies in Eagle County.  Local law enforcement is moving forward with implementing an electronic citation system to streamline the process of issuing warnings and citations and exporting the information to the State of Colorado Department of Revenue and local courts report management systems.  The new system increases the safety of the individual stopped and the officer conducting their duty by reducing the amount of time on the roadside. With just a scan of a driver’s license and the bar code on the vehicle the device uploads all of the required information. Once the information is uploaded the officer can enter the violation, input electronic signatures and the process is complete The electronic warning and citation system will allow for traffic data and motor vehicle accident investigations to be timelier, more accurate, complete, consistent and readily accessible in the records management system. Currently the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department and Vail Police Department are using these devices. Eagle Police Department will also begin using the electronic devices by the end of the year. The State of Colorado Strategic Plan for Traffic Records Improvements grant paid for $151,840.00 of the project. Eagle County agencies provided $37,960.00 towards the remainder of the project cost. Currently Eagle County is the second County in the state able to electronically upload citations and crash reports. The implantation of this system does not encourage agencies to increase the amount of citations issued it simply allows for a safer, more efficient and accurate records management process.


CDOT.jpgThe new I70 Express Lane that runs eastbound from Empire to Idaho Springs will only be active during the weekend and holidays. Tolls will range anywhere between $3 and $30 (depending on traffic).  When the added lane is not in use, it will remain a shoulder. Drivers beware, if you drive in the new lane when it is not in CDOT's use, you could be fined.  For more information on the new Express Lane, click on the following link https://www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes