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Briefs: Health clinic lowers fees

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” People will pay less for emergency health care at Avon Urgent Care now that the clinic has lowered its fees.

The clinic used to charge emergency room fees, but since Aug. 1, residents have been charged anywhere from $70 to $400 in fees for emergency care, said Dr. Larry Brooks, the clinic’s medical director.

Those charges are consistent with what you would pay at a doctor’s office, but you don’t need an appointment to get in, he said.

People could normally pay as much as twice the amount in emergency room fees for the same care if they went to the Vail Valley Medical Center’s emergency room.

“It’s really a bonus for the people who live around here,” said Brooks, adding that the clinic will treat anyone.

The clinic treats most ailments, including broken bones, fever, the flu and altitude sickness, Brooks said.

However, the clinic does not treat those transported by ambulance. If you have a serious emergency, like chest pains, go to the emergency room in Vail.

The clinic, at 230 Chapel Place building D, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Call 949-6100 for more information.

” Steve Lynn

STATE BRIDGE ” No ignitable fluids were found at the State Bridge arson, police said.

But that does not mean they weren’t used, said Detective Brandon Beaudette of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the fire that allegedly was set to cover up a burglary.

“We do still have some leads we’re working on,” said Beaudette, who declined to elaborate.

Built in 1890, the main building that burned at State Bridge River Resort in Bond early June 2 contained a bar, office, bedroom, store and stage where concerts were held during the summer.

With some help from State Bridge’s owner, police are still offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or both.

Police want anyone with information to call 328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS.

” Steve Lynn

EAGLE COUNTY ” Fire restrictions are still in place in Eagle County even though they have been lifted for campfires in the national forest, authorities said.

Local fire chiefs help the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office decide whether or not to lift fire restrictions, Sheriff Joe Hoy said.

“Until I get that call from them, it’s going to stay in place,” Hoy said.

Fires may only be set in grated fire pits and charcoal barbecue grills can only be lit on private property. People are also asked to use caution when smoking. There are no restrictions on gas-fueled stoves or grills.

Private fireworks and other explosive devices requiring fuses also are banned.

People who disregard the restrictions and start a fire will have to pay the costs of putting it out, Hoy said.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said there will be no plea bargains for anyone charged with violating the fire ban or using fireworks in unincorporated Eagle County.

Earlier this month, restrictions on campfires in the national forest were lifted.

Campfires could be restricted again this summer if the weather turns hot and dry. Forest managers say hikers and campers should always be cautious when lighting fires in the wilderness.

Fireworks are never allowed on public land.

” Steve Lynn

VAIL ” The group trying the best way for goods and food to be delivered to Vail Village businesses will meet again on Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Vail Transportation Center conference room.

At the meeting, which is open to the public, three different options will be discussed to prepare them to be presented to the Vail Town Council for a final decision.

The three options are:

– Option 1: Front-door delivery available from 4 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Bridge Street, Gore Creek Drive and elsewhere in Vail Village, followed by use of outlying loading docks between s 8:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. the next day.

– Option 2: Front-door delivery from 4 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Bridge Street and Hanson Ranch Road, and from 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Gore Creek Drive, followed by use of outlying loading docks the rest of the day.

– Option 3: Front-door delivery from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Bridge Street, Gore Creek Drive and elsewhere in Vail Village, followed by use of outlying loading docks between 9 a.m. and 7 a.m. the next day.

The overall goal of the group is to keep delivery trucks out of the way of shoppers and others in Vail Village. A series of loading docks is being built at hotels and other new developments on the edge of the village.

For more information, or to sign up for the town’s loading and delivery announcements, contact Suzanne Silverthorn in the Community Information Office at 479-2115 or

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

GYPSUM ” Firefighters are holding a raffle to raise money for the Gypsum Fire Protection District Scholarship Fund.

The prize is a 2007 650 Arctic Cat Hi 4×4, a 2008 400 Arctic Cat 4×4, and a two-place side-load Triton aluminum trailer. Tickets will be available until the raffle drawing Sept. 9t at 6 p.m. at the Sunday Sounds concert at the Lundgren Theater in Gypsum.

Tickets are available at Columbine Market, Boyz Toyz and Sonz, Cotton Ranch Golf Club and various local events. Tickets can also be purchased from the Gypsum firefighters. Tickets cost $50.

The fire department gives scholarships to high school seniors and college students studying emergency services.

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