Briefs: Emergency alerts available |

Briefs: Emergency alerts available

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Kathy Heicher/EnterpriseThis land south of Eagle where herds of elk graze is closed until April.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Residents can now get immediate emergency information wherever they are from the county’s new Roam Secure Alert Network.

During emergencies, the system delivers alerts and updates to residents’ mobile devices , including cell phones, pagers, Smartphones PDAs and e-mail.

Residents can sign up to receive information for the entire county or just for specific neighborhoods or towns.

“Roam Secure gives us one more tool to provide essential information to our citizens and fills a void that is created when people do not have a hard line phone at their business or residence,” said Eagle County Emergency Manager Barry Smith.

Registering for the Roam Secure Alert Network is free at Text message charges from cell phone carriers may apply, and will not be reimbursed by the county or towns.

BEAVER CREEK ” Beaver Creek will host a telemark workshop Saturday at its Nordic center at Strawberry Park.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s geared toward all types of telemark skiers, from first-timers to avid bump skiers.

The event costs $75 for the lesson only, or $135 for the lesson and a lift ticket.

An equipment discount of 20 percent will be offered.

EAGLE ” Mid-December through mid-April are critical survival times for elk and deer.

That’s the reason behind the closure from Friday to April 15 of Eagle’s open space along the southern portions of Eagle Ranch. All human activity is prohibited during that period.

The sagebrush covered hills are important deer and elk winter range.

Craig Wescoatt, District Wildlife Manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, says deer in particular are stressed by low temperatures and winter conditions.

“They are essentially on a starvation during winter months, and have to use all of their energy just to survive,” said Wescoatt.

Violations of the closure are subject to prosecution, with possible fines of up to $1,000. For more information, visit the town of Eagle’s Web site at or call the town Open Space Department at 328-9654.

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