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Briefs: County to auction part of fleet Thursday

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE The Eagle County Motor Pool is auctioning off vehicles that were replaced by the new fleet of environment friendly Toyota Priuses in March. The deadline to bid on one of the 19 cars, trucks or sport utility vehicles is 10 a.m., Thursday, when the bids will be opened.The county is not requiring a minimum bid on any of the vehicles, but the county isnt going to just give them away, said Fleet Manager Gusty Kanakis. The county has the right to reject any bid it does not feel is acceptable, Kanakis said. Bidders should be aware the county will probably only accept bids that are 15 percent to 20 percent less than the minimum bid requirements that were set last month when the county first attempted a public auction, Kanakis said.Up for sale are two Jeep Grand Cherokees, three Dodge Durangos, five Dodge Intrepids, five Dodge Dakotas, a Chevy Venture, a Ford Expedition and two heavy-duty trucks. In the last auction, their prices ranged from $4,000 for a 1999 Dodge Intrepid to $18,000 for a 2003 Dodge 2500 PU Quad truck. Three of the vehicles have over 100,000 miles on them, and four have less than 50,000 miles.Those interested in bidding on or inspecting a vehicle can do so at the Fleet Maintenance Building at 3289 Cooley Mesa Road in Gypsum.

MINTURN The Black Lake No. 1 Reservoir, a key water source for the Vail Valley and Vail Mountain, may be enlarged. The expansion would provide more water throughout the year in Gore Creek and the Eagle River, said the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. An environmental study done by the U.S. Forest Service says the surface of the reservoir should be raised four feet, which would increase the capacity to 469 acre-feet of water from 362. The environmental study can be found at, or at the Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 U.S. Highway 24 in Minturn. Public comment will be accepted for the next 30 days. For more information on how to comment, contact Peech Keller at (970)262-3495.

EAGLE Five miles of new trail could be built in Sylvan Lake State Park south of Eagle. The trail is proposed near West Brush Creek between the park’s visitor center and Sylvan Lake.The trail would be open to hikers, horseback riders and cyclists and would be closed during the winter.The purposes of the trail is to make more room for the parks increasing visitors and also prevent hikers and riders from having to use the road to get to the lake. Written comments on the proposal should be sent by June 1 to Brian Lloyd, acting district ranger, at P.O. Box 720, Eagle, CO 81631. For more information, contact Forester Beth Boyst at the White River National Forest at 328-6388 or or Sylvan Lake Park Manager David Meline at 970-328-2021 or

EDWARDS Life Line Screening will be at the Trinity Baptist Church on May 18 to screen residents for their risk of having a stroke. Appointments begin at 9:00 a.m. The four screenings take less than a hour. A complete wellness package, which includes osteoporosis screenings is only $139. An ultrasound machine is used in the screenings to scan for health problems such as blocked and hardened arteries.For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit Pre-registration is required.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management are warning outdoor enthusiasts to avoid disturbing nesting raptors this time of year. Bald eagles, golden eagles, hawks and owls are all native to western Colorado and are increasing in numbers thanks to protection provided by state and federal law.Generally, raptor pairs will build a nest together and occupy the nest during the late winter through early summer. Chicks are typically hatched in early spring and will grow feathers in July. Human activity and other disturbances near the nest during the nesting period can cause adult birds to abandon the nest, which results in the death of the chicks. People floating the river or camping on the river banks should to be especially careful. The cottonwood groves along the river corridor are especially popular nesting sites for bald eagles, which also use the trees as a perch while catching fish to feed their young.Mountain bikers and hikers in the North Fruita Desert should also be aware of nesting raptors. Golden eagles and many species of hawks will build nests on rocky and steep cliff faces. These locations allow a high view of surrounding territory so that the birds can hunt rabbits, prairie dogs and even snakes. The high locations also shield the nest and the birds young from predators. For more information go to,

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