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Briefs: Creek cleanup meeting Friday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS ” The Black Gore Creek Steering Committee will meet Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Eagle County Health Service District Building in Edwards to receive public comments on a proposed plan for keep sand and other sediment of Black Gore Creek on Vail Pass.

Black Gore Creek is considered an “impaired” stream because of the sand that has spilled into it. The steering committee includes local, state and federal agencies.

A summary of public comments will be submitted to the state Water Quality Control Division.

The latest report on pollution in Black Gore Creek can be read at the Eagle County Building, Vail Town Hall and the Vail library.

For more information or to RSVP to the meeting, contact Maria Pastore at 827-5406 or Pastore@EagleRiverWatershedCouncil.org.

BEAVER CREEK ” Beaver Creek will host its final telemark workshop of the season Saturday at the resort.

The workshop provides lessons for telemarkers of all abilities, from beginners with no experience to experts.

Participants should meet at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center, near the base of the Strawberry Park lift, at 9 a.m. Lessons last until around 3 p.m.

The cost is $75 for the lesson only or $135 for the lesson and a lift ticket. Discounted rentals are available.

SUMMIT COUNTY ” If the number of cars passing through the Eisenhower Tunnel is any indication of how busy the High Country was last weekend, it could have been a record-setting few days for visitors.

Between 12:01 a.m. on Friday and midnight on Sunday, 139,668 vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower/Johnson memorial tunnels, marking the second highest three-day weekend count in the tunnel’s 34-year history, according to numbers released this week by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The highest three-day count of 140,367 occurred between Aug. 3 and 5, 2001. The busiest three-day weekends at the tunnel historically occur in either March or August ” the top 10 list consists of sets of days that all fall in those two months.

The top 10 highest winter weekend counts all fall in March, except for one weekend last month and another in December 2002.

On March 3, 47,661 vehicles passed through the Eisenhower Tunnel, which was the ninth highest count in a 24-hour period. The single-day record was set on Aug. 5, 2001 with 50,113 vehicles.

” Nicole Formosa


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