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VAIL ” Birdhouses painted by artists from Eagle and Summit counties will be for sale Saturday to benefit a program that helps abused and neglected children.

The birdhouses will be sold from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday at the Vail Arts Festival, which takes place next to the Lionshead parking garage.

The sale benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates, also known as CASA. The group’s volunteers are appointed by judges to represent children.

In the past year, 46 children living in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties have been assisted by a CASA volunteer.

Sixty artists agreed to redesign that wooden birdhouses. Dan Allard, who works at The Golden Bear, made a miniature home of stone, bark and copper, reminiscent of homes in Beaver Creek.

Chris Eklund of Painting by Design has made several birdhouses for CASA over the years.

This year’s creation, which was painted with vinegar, features European-inspired hearts, bluebirds and flowers.

Barbie Christopher, herself a CASA volunteer, contributed an red-white-and-blue, starred-and-striped birdhouse with a dangling folk art Uncle Sam.

For more information or to contribute a birdhouse for a future event, call Debby Webster at 476-4500.

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 county’s 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

Vail, Colorado

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