Briefs: Chair 10 to get farewell
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL ” Skiers and snowboarders Sunday can take a final ride on the dinosaur of Vail chairlifts, the Highline Lift, also known as Chair 10.
The last ride takes place at 2 p.m. The lift will be replaced this summer with a high-speed, four-seat lift. Anyone who wants to take home one of the old two-seat chairs can sign up from noon to 2 p.m. with members of the Yellow Jacket safety squad at the top or bottom of the lift.
Chairs can also be reserved by e-mailing name, e-mail address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chairs will be given out this spring when Chair 10 is dismantled. Those picking up the chairs are responsible for hauling them away. Chairs not picked up and other parts of the lift will be recycled.
The lift was installed in 1973 and provides access to a batch of double-diamond runs, including the well-known mogul run, Highline. The new lift will cut the 14-minute ride in half, Vail Resorts says.
AVON ” Land for a fire station near Interstate 70 in eastern Avon has been donated by Traer Creek LLC, the developer of The Village of Avon that contains Wal-Mart and The Home Depot.
The .6-acre piece of land is about a half-mile northwest of the interchange and will be near a new ambulance station on land that also will be donated by Traer Creek.
“The donation of this land is very important to us,” said Charles Moore, fire district general manager. “We are in a position to better serve the town and Traer Creek.”
DENVER ” A bill that would create a grant program for Colorado cities and towns dealing with bark beetle outbreaks has passed the state House of Representatives.
The Healthy Forest bill sponsored by Eagle County’s Democrat state representative Dan Gibbs passed on 64-1 vote. Stemming the bark beetle outbreak is seen as one way to reduce the risk of major forest fires in the mountains.
Gibbs says he has secured $1 million for the program for a year from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Funding for future years is still undetermined.
“This bill is a great preventative move for the state because wildfires represent such a huge threat to our state’s residents, watersheds, wildlife, and our budget,” Gibbs said.
The bill now goes to the Senate for further debate.
” Nicole Formosa