Briefs: Students take over local radio |

Briefs: Students take over local radio

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

Students from Eagle County Charter Academy will be hosting a radio show Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Radio Free Minturn, 107.9 FM.

The seventh and eight graders produced the show themselves as part of a school project on the media. They put together news reports, wrote scripts and compiled song lists. Students received mentoring from Alex Markels, the founder of Radio Free Minturn and a National Public Radio correspondent as well as Austin Richardson from the Vail Daily, and Paul Sanders.

EAGLE COUNTY ” The Helmut Fricker Music Scholarship Fund is offering $2,500 to high school graduates pursuing music careers or students aged 10 to 17 who need help paying for musical lessons or instruments.

Applicants must live in Eagle County and the deadline to apply is June 15. To apply, contact Sonja Craythorne at or Erin Boortz of the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999, 748-5949 or

The scholarship was established in 2006 in honor local musician Helmut Fricker on his 70th birthday.

VAIL ” Beginning May 23, the town will inspect homes and other properties for noxious weeds.

Vail Landscape Architect Gregg Barrie said noxious weeds spread quickly and can harm other plants and animals, and decrease property values.

The town will give homeowners tips on removing the weeds by hand, mowing or herbicides

Removal of noxious weeds is required by law. The Colorado Noxious Weed Act (1990) and the Town of Vail Noxious Weed Ordinance (2004), which require all property owners, both public and private, to remove undesirable plants from their property.

Noxious weeds are listed on the Colorado Noxious Weed List. The list can be found online at A list of Vail’s most common noxious weeds can be found at

Barrie says people are often surprised to learn that many plants that look like a wildflower are actually noxious weeds and can threaten Vail’s natural environment.

As part of its Integrated Weed Management Program, this spring the town also will begin an aggressive program to combat weeds on over 250 acres of open space, along 32 miles of residential roadways, 11 miles of frontage road areas, 12 miles of recreation paths and in natural areas of Vail’s parks.

Work on these town-owned lands will begin in early May. Signs will be placed where herbicide has been used.

Additionally, during late summer or early fall the town will hold a community Thistle Clipping and Bagging Day.

To schedule a free noxious weed consultation ” which will take place Wednesdays throughout the summer ” call Greg Barrie at 479-2158

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