Briefs: Vail forest work winding down |

Briefs: Vail forest work winding down

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyLogger Justin Cecil drags cut logs down from above Matterhorn Thursday while logging debris burns in the background. Parts of the forest in West Vail area is being cleared to create a fire line between the trees and homes.

VAIL ” Trees carried out of the forest and piled in West Vail are being hauled away and cleanup of the drop site will continue through next week.

The town and the U.S. Forest Service are creating a buffer zone between home and the forest, where a majority of trees have been killed by or infested with pine beetles. Those trees are more likely to burn in a wildfire.

The helicopter carried about 6,5000 trees ” 75 an hour ” that will be taken to Kremmling and turned into wood pellets that will provide energy for about 1,000 homes this winter.

Areas of West Vail where heavy equipment was used will be revegated. Trees not hauled away will be stacked and burnt in the spring.

This is the fourth project in the last three years the town and Forest Service have completed, and the first with Eagle County as a partner, Town Manager Stan Zemler said.

Last summer, crews completed work on approximately 16 acres of land above Westhaven Drive and Greenhill Court, which included flying 2,100 trees out of the area via helicopter. Similar work occurred on the upper bench of Donovan Park in 2005 and, in 2003, in East Vail’s Bighorn neighborhood and Vail Falls Condominiums and in West Vail’s Chamonix area in 2003.

Next year, work is planned for a stretch of 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 areas adjacent to Potato Patch neighborhood.

For more information, contact Eagle County Wildland Mitigation Specialist Eric Lovgren at 328-8742 or Vail Fire Department Wildland Coordinator Tom Talbot at 401-4202.

EAGLE ” Red Canyon High School is holding it’s annual Chili Cook-Off Nov. 10 at Brush Creek Pavilion from 12 to 4 p.m.

Admission will be $5 at the door, or $4 with a canned food donation.

All proceeds will benefit Red Canyon High School.

You’ll have a chance to taste all sorts of chili, bid on a variety of products and services in a silent auction, and watch a “Pumpkin Chunkin” contest with a catapult built by students in the science classes.

The school is still looking for more chili cookers. You can enter your red or green chili with a $10 entry fee, and there’s a professional and amateur division. You’ll have a chance to win a cash prize.

To download an entry, see Web extras at right.

Call 328-2850 for more information.

VAIL ” There will 60 spaces worth of free parking this winter in West Vail after the old Wendy’s building is demolished next week.

About 90 percent of the building will be recycled, the town says.

The town later this month will begin planning what to build on the land and the nearby Chamonix property, which it also owns. So far, the town has discussed building affordable housing and a fire station.

For more information on the demolition, contact John Gallegos with the town’s Public Works Department at 479-2170. For information on the recycling efforts, contact the town’s environmental director, Bill Carlson, at 479-2333.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A free training session for locals seeking licenses to run day-care services in their homes is Nov. 9 and 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The sessions, which will cover the licensing process, regulations and costs of providing child care, will be held in the Glenwood Springs home of Dana Damm, family child care licensing specialist for Garfield County.

“As a licensed provider, people can enjoy running their own business and earning an income while being able to stay at home with their children,” said Meegan Moore, Eagle County Family Child Care Licensing Specialist.

According to Moore, there are many benefits to becoming a family child care provider; and licensed home providers may also qualify for significant income tax deductions, meal reimbursements, start up grants and discounted ski passes.

Contact Dana Damm at (970)945-9191, ext. 3066 by Thursday to register for the workshop. For additional information, call Meegan Moore, 471-0492.

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