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Briefs: Vail may approve housing rules

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” The Vail Town Council will consider final approval of new, stricter employee housing rules Tuesday night.

The new laws would require that 10 percent of new-home projects be affordable housing. They would also require developers to provide housing for 20 percent of the jobs they create through new stores and restaurants.

The laws would only apply in dense areas such as Vail Village, Lionshead and the West Vail mall area.

Town Council members say they want to keep 30 percent of workers living in Vail and that the new laws would help achieve that goal.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Vail Municipal Building, and the housing votes are 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th on the agenda.

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AVON ” The water level in Nottingham Lake will fluctuate over the course of the next three weeks.

The town will begin lowering the lake Tuesday for work on Benchmark Dam required by the State of Colorado Division of Water Resources. This agency conducts biannual dam inspections on every dam throughout the state, and ordered the large cottonwood tree near the overflow spillway removed for safety reasons.

The tree was removed last spring and the town now has to remove its roots.

The lake will begin refilling on April 16 and returned to normal around April 23, 2007. Any fish lost into the Eagle River while emptying the lake will be restocked in May by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

For additional information, call Avon’s engineering department at 748-4100.

DENVER ” The state House on Monday approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would invest more than $3 million per year in business incentives for job creation through recycling.

Lawmakers said each Coloradan generates an average of 1.7 tons of trash a year, giving the state the 12th-worst recycling rate in the country.

The bill creates the Sustainable Resource Economic Opportunity Commission to promote recycling and economic development.

“The potential for economic growth in recycling is being ignored,” said state Rep. Judy Solano, D-Thornton. “We’re going to couple the economy with the environment to provide new jobs for Colorado that help keep our state clean.”

Solano said the commission will establish fees for disposal of garbage, set recycling goals and develop incentives for local governments to meet those goals.

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MINTURN ” Fees and trail grooming at the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area will end Sunday. Rangers will continue to make motor vehicles such as snowmobiles stay in designated areas.

People are asked to avoid traveling in muddy areas where they may damage trails.

The 50,000-acre Vail Pass Winter Recreation Fee Area extends from Copper Mountain on the east, Vail Mountain on the west, Camp Hale on the south and I-70 on the north.

The U.S. Forest Service charges visitors 13 and older $6 per day.

For more information, contact Mike Bartholow, Vail Pass trail crew leader, at 827-5181.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Illegal dumping on some federal lands has increased as the weather in western Colorado has warmed up.

Piles of yard waste, household trash, used appliances, wooden pallets and abandoned vehicles have been found on Bureau of Land Management lands, the agency says.

“BLM lands provide important recreation and open space areas,” said Jamie Connell, Glenwood Springs field manager. “Unfortunately, their proximity to town also make them popular illegal dumping sites.”

Dumping yard waste such as grass and hedge clippings ” even though it is biodegradable ” can increase the risk of wildfire and spread harmful weeds, Connell said.

“And we know from experience that dumping anything ” including yard waste ” increases additional dumping in the same area,” Connell said.

Illegal dumping can be reported to the Bureau of Land Management at (970)947-2800 or to the local sheriff’s office. Unwanted appliances and cars should be taken to a salvage yard.

Federal lands can be adopted for cleanup by calling the Bureau of Land Management.

DENVER ” A bill that would fund the fight against pine beetles for a year was approved last week by a state House committee.

The bill, sponsored by Eagle County state Rep. Dan Gibbs, will give grants to towns’ projects to combat the pine beetle that is killing trees in Rocky Mountain forests. It passed the Appropriations Committee 5-1.

“Our communities, our lands and our water supplies won a huge victory today,” Rep. Gibbs said.

Gibbs’ chain-law bill has also moved forward. House Bill 1229 would up the fines for commercial truck drivers who disobey the chain law passed out of the Appropriations Committee and the House floor.

” Nicole Formosa

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