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Briefs: Cops, Eagle Valley teens try to curb drinking

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyInstructor Mike Pryor talks to Eagle Valley High School students about alcohol abuse during a mock party.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Eagle Valley High School students have teamed up with Eagle County sheriff’s deputies in an effort to reduce underage drinking in Eagle County.

“The positive interaction we have with students encourages safe and responsible behavior,” Deputy Kyle Hall said.

Underage drinking continues to be a problem, according to the Sheriff’s Office, as students attend many events during the year where there is both alcohol and pressure to drink.

In 2007, the Sheriff’s Office charged 35 minors for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol, down from 64 charged in 2006. Additionally in 2007, one minor was charged with drunken driving in Eagle County.

“Strong action to prevent and address underage drinking parties is needed,” Deputy Tad Degen said. “The stakes are far too high, because lives are at risk when youth drink alcohol.”

AVON, Colorado ” Tucker Cocchiarella was recently awarded the Gore Range Natural Science School’s Founders Stewardship Award.

The award was given the Minturn Middle School seventh grader for a Web site he created called “Conserve and Preserve.” Cocchiarella calls Conserve and Preserve “a citizens’ movement to conserve the world and use it wisely.”

The award is given annually to an Eagle County resident who demonstrates commitment to environmental stewardship. Past winners include Eagle Valley Middle School science teacher Ted James and local watershed advocate, Caroline Bradford.

The award, sponsored by Alpine Bank, was presented to Cocchiarella Feb. 23 at the Natural Science School’s Open That Bottle Night, which was attend by 200 people and raised $156,000 for science education in the valley.

Through his Web site ” ” Cocchiarella encourages people to conserve natural resources and protect animals threatened with extinction. Cocchiarella, who likes to surf and rock climb, got the inspiration for the Web site during a whale watching trip with his family.

The stewardship award came with $100 in cash, a $400 savings bond and recycled glass plaque. Cocchiarella plans to use the money to enhance his Web site and improve his animal relocation service.

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