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Briefs: Avon hikers due for new trails

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY Hikers may get more places to park at trails north of I-70 in Avon. Also, about 2 1/2 miles of trails are due to be repaired.Five-space parking lots could be built at trailheads at the west end of Nottingham Road and adjacent to forest lands on Beaver Creek Point Road in Wildridge. Trailheads without parking are proposed for the east side of Winslow Road across from Filly Drive and at the intersection of Saddle Ridge Loop and Long Spur roads in Wildridge. There will still be access to the area on the east side of June Creek Road near the intersection with Chaparral Road.About 2.6 miles of trails in the areas will be rebuilt to prevent erosion. Those trails will be open to hikers and bicyclists and are likely to be closed in the winter. Less then one mile of illegal trails will be closed and revegetated. The U.S. Forest Service will hold public meetings on the proposals from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Wildridge Fire Station, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Singletree Community Center. Written comments should be sent by March 9 to Brian Lloyd, White River National Forest acting district ranger, at P.O. Box 720, Eagle, CO 81631.For additional information, contact Beth Boyst, White River National Forest, 328-6388 or bboyst@fs.fed.us; Matt Pielsticker, town of Avon planner, 748-4413 or mpielsticker@avon.org; or Charles Powers, Singletree Property Owners, at charles.chuckp@gmail.com.

VAIL The two companies competing to rebuild the Lionshead parking garage will present updates of their plans at a Vail Town Council Meeting Tuesday. Developers will also discuss their designs with residents at an open house, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., before the council meeting. Open Hospitality/Hillwood Capital Partnership and East West Partners both plan to replace the 26-year-old garage with more parking, hotels, residences, commercial space and conference rooms.The town will appraise the property to determine the value of the companies concepts. The Town Council also must determine if the proposals meet the approval of Vail Resorts, Inc., which has a deed restriction on the property. The 1,150-space garage was built in 1981 and is in need of major renovation and code upgrades in the near future, town officials say. The town may select a developer as early as Feb. 20, when there will be a public hearing on the concepts. To view the development proposals in detail, including recent modifications, go to http://www.vailgov.com.

EAGLE COUNTY Eagle County Early Head Start will host the first of a three-part series for teen parents on Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eagle County Edwards Annex Building, located at 0201 Lake Creek Village Road. Service organizations who work with parents and any interested citizens are invited to participate in one or all parts of this series. Janet Humphreys, a child development specialist, and Craig Hart, family and community partnership specialist both with Booz Allen Hamilton will conduct the series.The first session is Exploring Challenges of Being a Young Parent and Strategies for Supporting a Young Parent. The second, on March 12, is Discussing the Issues Driving for Clarity. The third, on April 2, is Building Skill Levels: Best Practices & Resources-Building.The sessions are free but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP contact Jennie Wahrer, Eagle County Health & Human Services early childhood manager, at 569-3184.



AVON The bike path adjacent to the Avon Waste Water Treatment Plant located at will be closed until Feb. 9.The stretch is begin closed while maintenance work is done on the Avon Drinking Water Facility. The work will take place at the east end of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation Districts Waste Water Treatment Plant.For more information, please contact district water manager Todd R. Fessenden at 477-5471.

The Whistling Bullets 4-H Club will host a hunter education class this February.Classes are planned from 8 a .m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. The classroom part of the course will take place at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall and the shooting portion of the course will be done at the Gypsum Shooting Sports Club. Successful completion of a hunter education class is required to purchase a hunting license in Colorado. Cost is $10, payable at the class on Feb. 24. To pre-register for the class, contact Dave Hammond at 328-7818. Members of the Whistling Bullets 4-H Shooting Sports Club will sell coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and pastries both mornings and $5 box lunches both days. This course is a fund-raiser for the 4-H club.


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