Briefs: Fireworks discouraged in Vail
VAIL Vail Fire Chief John Gulick is urging residents not to use illegal fireworks including bottle rockets, firecrackers, cherry bombs, Roman candles and M-80s because of the risk of wildfires. Weve had problems in the past with illegal fireworks that have ignited fires or caused injuries, Gulick said. Our guests and residents should remember, if it flies into the air or explodes, its illegal. Eagle County law enforcement agencies will implement a zero tolerance policy on illegal fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday, Gulick said. Vails professional fireworks remains scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call the Vail Fire Department at 479-2250.
EAGLE COUNTY A program meant to prevent drivers from backing over children has begun in Eagle County following the death of a small boy last year in Edwards. Drivers should take a few seconds to walk around their vehicle to check for children before getting in their vehicle and backing up, said Rosie Moreno, coordinator of the program. Those few seconds could save a childs life, Moreno said. Most backovers occur in family driveways and in parking lots. Not only do drivers need to be vigilant, parents also need to assure that children play and ride bikes away from parking lots and parked cars.The most visible aspect of the Spot the Tot campaign will be car-window stickers that will be given out at local government offices, libraries, child care centers and other agencies. Volunteers will also give out stickers and events this summer at various community events. For more information, call Rosie Moreno at 569-3184, ext. 228.
MINTURN Several trails in the are have reopened now that snow has melted at the highest elevations. The Two Elk Trail in the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin is now open as are Paulies Plunge, Paulies Sister and Eastern Hillside near Beaver Creek. Whiskey Creek, which can be reached from Minturn and Eagle-Vail, is also open. The second bridge on the Two Elk Trail is closed after being damaged by a falling rock. The bridge will be replaced next summer and the U.S. Forest says hikers should not try to cross Two Elk Creek when the water is high. The Trail Action Group is looking for volunteers to help repair stretches of the Cougar Ridge Trail this Saturday. For information, contact Dawes Wilson at 476-1914.For more information on all other trails, contact Trail Crew Leader Mike Bartholow at 827-5181.
VAIL Construction on Vails streets is over until Labor Day, though private projects will continue. Town buses have returned to their normal routes. Over the past nine weeks, crews have installed snowmelt lines and cobblestones on East Meadow Drive, on the south side of the Vail parking garage. They also prepared Willow Bridge Road north of the International Bridge for work that will be completed in the fall. The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District replaced the most of the water main beneath West Meadow Drive between Vail Road and Vail Valley Medical Center. Vail Resorts installed snowmelt lines and cobblestones near the Arrabelle at Vail Square project in Lionshead. Work will resume on Sept. 4 and continue through November. The water district will continue upgrading lines west of the hospital and begin work near the Vail Chapel. Snowmelt lines and other utility work will be one in Lionshead. Streetscape work is timed by the town of Vail to coincide with private construction. The town of Vail produces a weekly construction update available via fax or e-mail. Call 479-2118 or visit http://www.vailgov.com/vail-mail to subscribe.
DENVER Americans are likely to set a travel record this Fourth of July despite the holiday happening in the middle of the week. AAA estimates that a record 41.1 million Americans will leave home between now and Sunday, which is an .08 percent increase over last year.The recent retreat of gasoline prices could be one of the factors that influences many Coloradans to travel, says Sandra Barnes, AAA Colorados director of travel. The average gasoline price in Colorado has dropped 20 cents since hitting the all-time record of $3.34 per gallon for regular unleaded on May 24. But compared to last year, the average regular unleaded gasoline price is up 28 cents. AAA says hotel fares and rental care rates are up around the country, while air fares have dropped.