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VAIL – Vail town officials will host a fall construction preview from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Vail Town Council Chambers. The meeting will go over the fall streetscape construction schedule in Vail Village. There will also be a discussion about streetscape projects and construction of The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead. For more information, call Jamie Wilson at 477-3520 or e-mail to either ssilverthorn@vailgov.com or wilson@vailgov.com. The next phase of utility work on East Meadow Drive is scheduled Sept. 6 to Nov. 17 and will take place beginning in front of Crossroads and running east for approximately 330 feet. Work will also be done at the intersection of Meadow Drive and Village Center Road.Utility work is taking place between the Vista Bahn and Mill Creek Circle as part of Vail Resorts’ “Front Door” project. Work is moving south toward Mountain Road. For more information, call Joe Kennedy, 331-6029.

EAGLE COUNTY ECO, the countys bus service, is looking for rider comments about its proposed winter schedule.The agency will host a pair of public meetings to get those comments. The first is at the Avon Library on Monday at 5 p.m. The second is at the Eagle Library on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Comments can also be sent by e-mail, fax, mail or phone. The comment deadline is Sept. 12. During the winter season, the bus agency boosts its service by about 50 percent over the summer and adds a Vail-Beaver Creek loop to the schedule. About 2,000 people a day ride the buses during the winter.The bus agency has printed schedules in English and Spanish. Those are available at the Vail Transportation Center, Eagle Pharmacy, City Market in Avon, Carniceria Tepic, Lake Creek Village Apartments, and the Edwards Thrifty Shoppe. Electronic versions are available on Eagle Countys Web site or by calling ECO Transit. We need to know whats best for passengers, particularly for their work schedules, ECO Transit Director Harry Taylor said.For more information, or to comment, call Kelley Williams, 328-3533. Mailed comments can be sent to P.O. Box 1070, Gypsum, CO 81637.

WOLCOTT Phil Jackson, the coach of the L.A. Lakers basketball team, is set to speak Sept. 9 at 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott. Jackson will be in town in support of Swift Eagle, a local charitable organization.The Swift Eagle event, titled A Night With Phil Jackson, will feature a dinner and silent auction to raise money for the organization.Vail local Dave Haakenson, a lifelong friend of Jackson, is one of the founding members of Swift Eagle. When the organization was formed by Haakenson and a group of Eagle County residents, Jackson agreed to be honorary chairman.Jackson played 13 years in the National Basketball Association, mostly with the New York Knicks. He coached Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls win six NBA championships, and led the Lakers to three championships.Tickets for the Sept. 9 event are $100 and are available at Paddys Restaurant in Eagle-Vail. For more information, call 926-3846 or go to swifteagle.org.



EAGLE COUNTY Colorado police agencies will participate in a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving this Labor Day weekend. Historically, alcohol-related traffic deaths are highest in the summer months in Colorado and last year half of the Labor Day weekend traffic deaths involved alcohol,” said Tom Norton, director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. With more people expected to be on our highways, enjoying the last weeks of summer vacations and the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers will be working overtime DUI enforcement statewide.During the same enforcement program at the end of last summer, police made 1,188 DUI arrests. During the 2004 Labor Day weekend, eight people lost their lives in traffic crashes on Colorado highways. Four of the deaths were alcohol-related. If you drive impaired, law enforcement officers will be out in full force to make arrests, said Col. Mark Trostel, chief of the Colorado State Patrol.

EAGLE COUNTY Homeland security money has helped purchase a mobile incident command post for Eagle County. The vehicle will help firefighter and police manage emergencies, such as wildfires, and other incidents in remote locations, said Barry Smith, the countys emergency manager. The vehicle is equipped with satellite and geographic information systems, and can be used by all emergency agencies in the county. Crews trained with the truck at the airport on Thursday. For more information, contact Eagle County Emergency Management at 328-8603 or barry.smith@eaglecounty.us.Vail, Colorado


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