Week In Review
January 29, 2014
Kevin Meyer took over the Battle Mountain football head coaching job.
The 7-11 store in West Vail, which has been there for decades, closed.
Former state Sen. Dave Wattenberg, a member of the “Cowboy Caucus”, died Jan. 20. He was known for his good-natured pranks and his ability to work across the aisle.
Holy Cross grant
A grant from Holy Cross Energy may help the town of Vail meet an old goal of cutting its energy use by 2020.
It could cost local schools $2 million to comply with an unfunded state and federal mandates requiring that all standardized testing be done online by 2015. . It will cost the school district around $2 million to buy enough computers and bandwidth to comply.
Local Boy Scout Greg El-Bitar became an Eagle Scout.
Environmental group demands
A local environmental group wants Garfield County commissioners to retract their opposition to new statewide air emissions standards for oil and gas operators that are currently before the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission.
Health Care for Vets
In just three years, the Veterans Affairs Telehealth Outreach Clinic here has attracted enough patients to qualify for full clinic status, and recent VA rule changes mean substantially more area veterans may qualify for VA health care.
January thaw reveal
The January thaw over the past week has revealed a fuel or oil spill along the bike path near the No Name tunnels on Interstate 70 east of town that apparently happened when a tractor-trailer truck went off the road there a couple of weeks ago. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the oil slick was contained by the jersey barrier between the westbound lanes of I-70 and the bike path. and did not appear to have made it to the nearest storm drain that takes runoff into the Colorado River.