Briefs: Youth leadership program open |

Briefs: Youth leadership program open

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
First Ascent Director Dave Nesline helps middle schooler Kyle Anderson, a 2006 participant in the First Ascent program at Colorado Mountain College, complete a self-assessment.

EAGLE COUNTY – First Ascent Youth Leadership program is accepting applications for the summer session. The deadline is April 20. The free, week-long residential program is offered at Colorado Mountain College’s Timberline campus in Leadville and is open to eighth- and ninth-grade students .

“First Ascent teaches lifelong leadership skills,” said Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl, the program’s creator and director. “Problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, communication and team building are tools for their tool belt.”To apply, students must submit an application form, a letter expressing their interest, and a teacher recommendation.The curriculum includes environmental science, geology and geography. Activities include ropes courses, rock climbing, river rafting and mountain climbing. This year the group will climb Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest mountain. “It makes you more understanding of what leadership is all about. It made me see things from other people’s viewpoints.” said Carson Wilde, 15, a past participant. “It’s a lot of fun. You get to meet new, interesting people from all over.” For more information or to apply, call program director Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl at (970)947-8357. The First Ascent Web site – – has program descriptions and application forms.

VAIL – Denver’s attempts to exercise water rights on Eagle County streams is the topic of the next Waterwise Wednesday session from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 28 at the Vail Library.

Denver has water rights through Eagle County, from Bighorn Creek in East Vail to Wearyman Creek above Red Cliff to the Piney River.Water attorney Glenn Porzak will the strategy local water agencies are using to block Denver from exercising all of its water rights. The following session on April 25 will be about global warming and future water supplies.The Waterwise Wednesdays sessions are organized by the Eagle River Watershed Council, which can be contacted at 827-5406 or

DENVER – The Eagle County landfill’s proposal to accept non-hazardous liquid waste is being review by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Initially, only propylene glycol from airport deicing would be accepted under the proposal. Other liquid wastes would be accepted pending future state health department review and approval.The landfill’s application can be reviewed during regular business hours through April 16: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive S., Room B-215, Denver.Written comments should be sent to Roger Doak at the department’s Denver office by April 16. For further information, call Doak at (303)692-3437.

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