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Briefs: Avon police to host

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” Want to party with Avon police?

Avon residents should lock their doors, turn on their porch lights, bring their lawn chairs and come to the Aspens Community Park or the O’Neil Spur Park in Wildridge between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The festivities include free food, drinks and ice cream, an inflatable jumper for kids, live music from The Ride and Antonio the Angel, a raffle with more than $3,400 in prizes including a new pair of K2 skis, McGruff the Dog, an ambulance, fire truck and police.

The party is a National Night Out event and will be the first one held in Avon, said Chief Brian Kozak of the Avon Police Department.

“National Night Out is a great way to generate rapport between the police and citizens and is big in a lot of cities around the country,” Kozak said.

For more information contact the Avon Police Department at 748-4040.

MINTURN ” An engineering study has to be completed before hundreds of tons of contaminated waste rock can be removed from a steep hill, a federal official said.

Those rocks were supposed to have been removed beginning July 1, but officials have to make sure a repository they will build nearby will support the heavy load, said Hays Griswold, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Griswold didn’t know when the rocks would be removed, he said.

“I couldn’t even begin to guess at this point, but we’re trying to speed it up,” he said.

The wooden barriers, or “cribbings,” that hold back the rocks below the abandoned mining town of Gilman are too old to withstand heavy rain, said Mike Holmes, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

If the rocks slid into the Eagle River, zinc released from them would harm the reemerging brown trout population, Holmes said.

The rocks were found to be polluted three years ago, authorities said.

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EAGLE ” A local high school basketball coach and his family need money for travel expenses after three of their relatives died in a car accident.

Sheldon Kuhns of Vail Christian Academy and his wife, Melita, would appreciate donations for them and their family members who are in debt from travel for funerals and hospital visits, he said.

Kuhns’ three nieces, of Lawton, Okla., died in a car accident about three weeks ago near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Kuhns said.

To donate, visit any U.S. Bank and mention the Kuhns/Haase account.

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