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Briefs: Raccoon blamed for blackout

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” A raccoon got into an energy station and caused a power outage in Avon between 10:45 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. Monday night.

The raccoon got into some electrical equipment, leading to a loss of energy in a transformer, said Rick Arnhold, district manager for Holy Cross Energy. The outage spread to some parts of Eagle-Vail and Minturn, he said.

Crews worked to restore the power, but the raccoon died, he said.

“It’s unfortunate for the little raccoon,” Arnhold said.

A fence surrounds the station, but Arnhold said the raccoon got under the gate.

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GYPSUM ” Construction to align Spring Creek and Eldon Wilson roads at the Eagle County Airport will begin this summer.

The Eagle County Air Terminal Corporation paid Norm and Yvonne Nunn $790,000 for their property to make way for the road improvements, said Brian Treu, County Attorney and Eagle County Air Terminal Corp. board member.

A large portion of the existing yard will be developed into the roadway, but the Nunn’s have been given the option to stay in the home for two years for $10 per year, Treu said.

After two years, the home may be demolished and the property converted into parking or another airport related facility, he said.

GRAND JUNCTION ” Powderhorn Ski Resort ended its ski season Monday with the last lift ride at 4 p.m.

The slopes were set to close this weekend, but “consistent warm temperatures” forced an early decision to end the season at the resort east of Grand Junction, said Sarah Allen, Powderhorn marketing and sales director.

With the early closure, folks at Powderhorn plan to get an early jump on building new mountain biking trails and other improvements for summer season.

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