Briefs: How to join the Yellow Jackets |

Briefs: How to join the Yellow Jackets

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Skiers and snowboarders interested in joining the Yellow Jackets can ski with the Vail Mountain Safety Squad on Friday.

Skiers and snowboarders will meet members of the Yellow Jackets at 9 a.m. at the Vista Banh. Those who do not have a season pass will get a lift ticket.

The Yellow Jackets main responsibility is to patrol slow zones and congested parts of the mountain to make sure skiers and snowboarders are behaving safely. Yellow Jackets also answer questions of visitors on the mountain.

Those who join the Yellow Jackets get a season ski pass.

For more information, call 754-4668.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

EAGLE ” A series of important blood screenings is available at the 9 Health Fair, which returns to Eagle on April 21.

The fair will be held at Eagle Valley Middle School, 747 East Third Street in Eagle, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

A 32-component blood test screens for diabetes, cardiac risk, kidney function, liver function, thyroid function and other health problems. Those planning to get a blood test (with the exception of diabetics) should fast for 12 hours prior to the fair. A colon cancer screening kit will be available, as well as a test to detect prostate cancer in men.

“Cancer and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death in Eagle County,” said Jill Hunsaker, the county’s public health manager. “Catching these diseases early can make all the difference in living a longer and healthier life”

The blood and cancer screens are available at a low cost. Other tests such as hearing, body mass index, breast exams, blood pressure, and podiatry are free. A limited number of vouchers are available for people without health insurance who can’t afford to pay.

For more information, call 949-7026.

AVON ” Driving laws, immigration policies, visa issues and police procedures were among the topics discussed Thursday at a meeting Avon police held for Colorado Mountain College English-language students.

The purpose of the session, held at Avon Elementary School, was to clear up the misunderstandings some newcomers have about American law.

“I want the citizens out here, living in the community, not to be afraid to call the police when they need help,” Avon Police Chief Brian Kozak said. “You can call the police any time you see a crime, any time you need help.

“We will help and we will not ask if you are a citizen or not,” he said. “Our main job is to take that bad person who committed a crime off the street.”

Also at the meeting were Avon police officer Aurion Hassinger; Jennifer Thampan, an immigration attorney for Lutheran Family Services; James Horan, director of refugee and and domestic relief programs; and Josue Rubio, pastor from Centro Cristiano Vida Nuevo.

Kozak said letting residents know that the police care about them was his No. 1 concern.

“Those who are not legally in this country who are arrested by the police for committing a crime will be reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as required by Colorado law,” he said.

Support Local Journalism