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Briefs: More trees to fall in beetle battle

Daily Staff Report
Associated Press

VAIL ” Another front in the battle against pine beetles opens this week in Vail and the surrounding forest.

Crews will begin remove dead and infested trees in Intermountain and other neighborhoods. Work will be done on 15 acres of land owned by the town and 174 acres of national forest.

The goal is to improve the health of the forest by removing the dead trees and prevent the spread of wildfires by clearing out parts of the forest.



Helicopters will remove trees from the slopes above Stephens Park in Intermountain and from the area above Vermont Court near the water tank. Those trees will be recycled.

Hand crews will work in other areas, including the North Trail adjacent to Davos Trail; along the north side of I-70 between the Son of Middle Creek Trail and North Trail; along the North Trail that begins in the Red Sandstone neighborhood; and an area adjacent to Bighorn Creek.



Some of those trees will be burned this fall or next spring.

Last summer, trees were removed from about 16 acres of land above Westhaven Drive and Greenhill Court, which included flying 2,100 trees out of the area via helicopter.

For more information, contact the Town of Vail’s Pine Beetle Hotline at 477-3509, Eagle County at 328-8742 or the U.S. Forest Service at 328-6388.



VAIL ” A 4 percent tax on construction materials could wind up on a Vail ballot this November.

The tax is meant to generate more revenue from the many construction projects likely to occur in the future. The town says it has missed out on several million dollars it could have collected over the past few years.

The tax could also discourage some development, the town says.

The fee would be 50 percent of a project’s value and would be assessed when developers apply for a building permit. Eagle and Gypsum have similar taxes and one was defeated in Avon in 2002.

The town says it needs money to build a fire station in West Vail, repair streets and other infrastructure, and build housing for workers.

The Town Council, which has given the tax preliminary approval, is scheduled to make a final decision on Tuesday.

VAIL ” A garden that requires less water is being set up at Donovan Park.

The garden will include native and drought-tolerant trees as a way to show how landscaping can be done well without using a lot of water, the town of Vail says.

Most of the plants being used can be bought from nurseries and landscapers, said Gregg Barrie, Vail’s landscape architect.

“The initial planting will include over 30 species of trees and shrubs and 100 species of perennials and ornamental grasses,” said Barrie. “We want to show that ‘waterwise’ doesn’t necessarily mean cactus and gravel.”

The town also will research the health of the plants. Over time, the plants should need less or even no water.

Creating the garden should take about three weeks. People can visit when it’s finished this fall and next spring, when the plants flower. For more information, contact Barrie at 479-2337.

EAGLE COUNTY ” DUI checkpoints will be manned throughout the county Saturday and Sunday by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department and Colorado State Patrol.

The checkpoints are part of “The Heat Is On” campaign, which is funded by Colorado Department of Transportation. Each of the agencies have received grants to try to reduce drunk driving crashes and deaths.

AVON ” Internet bullies, will be the topics of a parenting seminar, “Enlightened Parenting,” held at the Stone Creek School at 6:30 p.m., Monday in Avon.

John Kuglin, director of technology for the Eagle County School District, will talk about how to keep kids from bullying each other over the Internet.

The title of Stone Creek Principal Betsy Hill’s presentation is “Raising Children Who Care.” She will talk about how kids can be taught to think independently but also collaborate with others.

The Stone Creek School is just east of The Home Depot on Yoder Avenue.

For more information, visit http://www.stonecreekschool.org or call 748-4535.

WOLCOTT ” Emmy-award winning journalists Judy Muller and Deanna Lee will take about media trends, fairness and the Internet in a Vail Symposium seminar from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Monday at Red Sky Ranch.

The pair will talk about how newspapers and television networks are using the Internet, cell phones and blogs, and how they are competing with popular Web sets such YouTube and Flickr.

Muller reported for CBS News and most recently for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” “20/20,” and “Nightline.” She is a contributing commentator to NPR’s “Morning Edition,” as well as author of “Now This: Radio, Television — and The Real World.”

Lee was most recently senior producer at “World News Tonight”, responsible for news planning and story development. At ABC she was also “Nightline’s” overseas producer throughout the 1990s.

Cost of admission is $20 for Vail Symposium contributors and $25 for all others, and it includes complimentary hors d’oeurves. For more information, visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 476-0954.


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