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Briefs: Avon tightens bus security after attack

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” An attack on a bus driver, as well as verbal abuse and drunkeness, has led Avon to place undercover officers on some bus routes.

In other steps to increase security on its bus system, which includes Beaver Creek resort buses, Avon police officers and Eagle County sheriff’s deputies will check on

drivers at various stops in case unruly passengers have to be removed.

All of the town’s new buses have security cameras. Cameras also will be installed on its older buses.

“We have joined ECO in taking a zero-tolerance policy with respect to unsafe behavior, including open containers of alcohol, disorderly conduct, verbal abuse, or displays of physical aggression,” said Jenny Strehler, Avon’s director of Public Works and Transportation. “Passengers violating these basic requirements and hindering public transportation will not be allowed to board or will be told they must disembark.”

The most violent incident was Feb. 26 when an angry passenger attacked the driver of a Beaver Creek bus while the bus was travelling down U.S. Highway 6.

The passenger slammed the driver’s head into the window, breaking the glass, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

The passenger ran off the bus and has not been found.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Eagle County new state representative, Christine Scanlan, will hold a town hall meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, at Main Street Grill in Riverwalk.

Scanlan, a Democrat who lives in Dillon, was appointed to the seat in December when Dan Gibbs was chosen to fill a vacant seat in the state Senate. Gibbs’ new district does not include Eagle County.

The meeting is open to the public and Scanlan says she wants residents to share their comments, concerns and questions with her.

Representative Christine Scanlan and Senator Gibbs Host Town Hall Meeting

EAGLE, Colorado ” Eagle Lions Club members are preparing for their annual Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction, March 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Valley Elementary School.

Join the Lions for all-you-can-eat spaghetti and enjoy meal and a chance to visit with neighbors and friends.

More than $16,000 worth of items have been donated for the silent auction including:

– 4-Eagle Ranch Party

– Golden Bear necklace

– Golf, medical and dental services

– Sports and recreation offerings

– Health and beauty services

– Restaurant certificates

– Automotive services

– Home and garden services and merchandise

– Four tickets to the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo

Additionally, several businesses have given donations to the Lions, including FirstBank’s $200 donation earmarked for eyeglasses, and American Gypsum’s $200 and Land Title Guarantee’s $100 donations for service projects.

“I am always amazed at the generosity of the Eagle Valley community. We also assure our donors that 100 percent of the proceeds are returned to the community in various service projects, such as the Kidsight Screening, providing eye glasses, and scholarships for high school and college students,” said Lion organizer Judy Clock.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Vendors are needed for the Cinco de Mayo celebration that will be held at Miller Ranch in Edwards, May 3.

The organizer, the Edwards Rotary Club, is looking for peple to seel crafts, food or services, or who want to raise money for a nonprofit organization. Vendors will set up booths frmo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A reservation costs vendors $55 before April 1 and $80 after. Rotary members and nonprofit groups get a $20 discount.

For more information, contact Dick Dangler at 376-6341 or

AVON, Colorado ” Avon police Chief Brian Kozak has been appointed to a national highway safety committee.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police Committee on Highway Safety studies traffic laws, crashes and accident invesitgation, and makes policy recommendations to lawmakers and various government agencies.

Kozak is one of the committee’s two representatives from Colorado. He will attend his first meeting in Branson, Mo., in June, where the committee will talk about federal highway funding and the role drive fatigue plays in accidents.

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