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Special Olympics Winter Games start FridayThe annual Western Area Special Olympics Winter Games will take place Friday and Saturday at Sunlight Mountain Resort and Argonaut Farms in Glenwood Springs. Alpine skiing and snowboarding competitions begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Cross country skiing and snowshoe competitions are Saturday at Argonaut Farms.Volunteers are needed at both locations.Information: Dan Niedbalski, 876-2751.Cougars eighth-graderswin hoops tourneyKatrina Selsor scored 12 points, and Breanna Richardson added eight to earn the Glenwood Springs Middle School eighth-grade girls A team a 36-13 win over Gypsum Creek in the championship game of a weekend tournament at GSMS.The Cougars won four games in the tournament, downing Eagle Valley 56-16 and Gypsum Creek 43-12 in the preliminary rounds, then routed Buena Vista 46-23 in the semifinals.Selsor, who scored 44 points in four games, had her best performance in the semifinal game, leading the Cougars with 18 points. Fund-raising dinner,silent auction setThe Glenwood Springs High School cheerleading squad will hold a spaghetti dinner and silent auction prior to the Glenwood-Rifle boys basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Both events will be in the school’s multipurpose room.Funds from the two events will help offset costs for the cheerleaders to attend the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla.The dinner is from 5-7 p.m. The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. and runs through halftime of the varsity game. Cost of the spaghetti dinner is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for a family.Information: 947-8342; 945-5275, ext. 3381.Women’s Nordic ski club meets Wednesdays, SundaysThe Sopris Ladies Nordic Ski Club offers women of all abilities the opportunity to improve their skate and classic ski techniques, as well as make new friends on the Spring Gulch Trail System outside Carbondale.The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 3-4 p.m. Sundays. Jeanie Clark and Eileen Carey provide the instruction. Clark is a longtime Carbondale resident who has been involved in coaching for 25 years. Carey is a former NCAA Division I skier who now coaches at Colorado Rocky Mountain School.There is a $25 membership fee, which covers the first two lessons. Each additional lesson is $10.Information: Jeanie Clark, 963-3547; Eileen Carey, 379-7032.


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