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Briefs: Be an emergency volunteer

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Helping neighbors during local and regional emergencies is a task for which the state needs volunteers.

Colorado is currently recruiting Community Emergency Response Team members for the Western Slope. Through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security program, volunteers will staff Red Cross or Salvation Army with shelters, work in government emergency centers and do other jobs that don’t require firefighters or police officers.

Three training classes are required for volunteers in Eagle, Summit and Mesa counties. The classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 15, 22 and 29 in the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road.

Vail Fire Chief John Gulick and Police Sgt. Dirk Etheridge will teach disaster preparedness, fire safety, and light search and rescue operations.

Though who have already volunteered include retired professionals, government employees, housewives, business owners and employees.

For more information about the program or to RSVP for the training, contact Sgt. Etheridge at 479-2212. Additional details are available at http://www.citizencorps.gov.

EAGLE ” Ducks Unlimited, a conservation organization that tries to protect ducks and other waterfowl and preserve the birds’ habitat, will hold its annual fundraiser next month.

The fundraising banquet and auction at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall is at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, the organization spent 87 percent of its funds on conservation work, committee chairman Tom Mullen said.

“Habitat is being lost at an alarming rate and this habitat is desperately needed by ducks, geese and other wetland dependent wildlife to survive,” Mullen said. “The United States is losing critical wetland habitat at a rate of over 80,000 acres annually.”

Since its inception in 1937, Ducks unlimited has raised over $2 billion and conserved over 11 million acres, Mullen said.

For more information or tickets for the banquet, call Leslie Shands at (850)496-4961 or Tom Mullen at 949-9481.

BEAVER CREEK ” Who are Harry and Milli?

The cartoon characters, who make their debut Saturday, are Beaver Creek Mountain’s new safety mascots. They were created by one of the ski instructor Marc McDonald for National Safety Awareness Week, which begins Saturday and ends next Friday.

Skiers and snowboaders will find the characters on safety tips posted on lift towers throughout ski season.

Safety week starts today with a Family Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the base of the Centennial Express Lift. A snow-skate park will be open next to the lift from 4:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.

For a list of safety events throughout the week, visit http://www.beavercreek.com or call 845-9090.

EAGLE COUNTY ” The county’s RSVP Program is looking for volunteers to help area seniors with their tax preparation. During the months of February and March, volunteers will be matched with seniors who need assistance. Appointments will be scheduled at the in Minturn, Eagle and Basalt.

To volunteer, call Cheryl Thomas, RSVP Program Coordinator, at 328-8818 or e-mail volunteers@eaglecounty.us.


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