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Copper critter roosts on Broadway

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily A prototype of the eagle that will roost on top of Broadway's monument in downtown Eagle.
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EAGLE – The town of Eagle’s $3 million Broadway renovation got a touch of art this week, with the installation of a copper eagle atop a 15-foot-high monument at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Streets.

Actually, the eagle, which will stand about 30 inches tall, with a 30-inch wing span, is one of two such monuments that will be installed on Broadway plan. The second monument will be installed at the intersection of Broadway and Highway 6 when work on that section of Eagle’s main street is completed this spring.For lack of a better word, the town staff refers to the pedestal the eagle will be perched on as a “monument.” The word “Broadway” is spelled out in back-lit, aluminum letters down the length of the pedestal. At the top of the pedestal, the copper eagle will be perched on an internally-lighted, translucent plastic dome.The eagle statue, which has the look of spreading wings, is made of treated copper, that is sealed so it will remain copper-colored. The monument tower itself has been acid-washed to accelerate the patina process, and has been sealed to hold that green-toned color.So, how safe will the middle-of-the-street monuments be from errant motorists?”We have an engineer’s rule of thumb: Anything you put in the middle of a road will eventually get hit,” Town Engineer Tom Gosiorowski. Still, he points out that the “pretty substantial” stone base for the monument has been in place since last summer, and it hasn’t been hit, yet.- Kathy Heicher

AVON – The Avon Police Department will present several department awards at Tuesday’s town council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Chief Brian Kozak will present awards in the following categories: chief’s community partnership award, commendation, citizen’s meritorious service, and chief’s certificate of appreciation.Community partnership award: Officer Mike Lundblade obtained a $1,200 grant from Wal-Mart to assist two families battling cancer; he also helped them buy Christmas presents. Officer Dave Wineman organized the community meetings in Wildridge and West Avon. He also worked with Hispanic community leaders to assure that their demonstrations in May 1 were lawful.Commendation: Officer Mike Lundblade pursued leads which resulted in the arrest of four felony suspects for numerous car break-ins.Citizen’s Meritorious Service: Citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, helped Officer Mike Lundblade identify a suspect in several felonies.Chief’s Certificate of Appreciation: Ada Ewing, a Wal-Mart employee who helped Officer Mike Lundblade get a grant to assist needy families.

VAIL – Volunteers are at work on Vail Pass to in an effort to reduce conflicts between cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, hikers and others. This monitoring program will operate throughout the winter. The volunteer “ambassadors” will attempt to make sure the various users of Vail Pass are sticking to designated areas. They also will try to keep track of how many people are using Vail pass.Volunteers must attend a training seminar and will receive a free season pass for the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area. The next training session is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 27. For more information, contact the Backcountry Snowsports Alliance at vail@backcountryalliance.org or (303)494-5266.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – For sustainable energy consultant Ken Regelson, Colorado is at a crossroads. t can continue wringing its energy from coal-fired power plants and its transportation from fossil fuel-powered automobiles, and continue to contribute to the ever-worsening problem of global warming. Then again, by committing to sustainable energy systems using renewable energy sources, Colorado can buck the trend.Regelson spoke to about 50 people in Glenwood Springs Thursday evening at a meeting of the Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club.The best defense against climate change brought about by global warming, Regelson said, is a switch to an economy based on sustainable energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

“I believe it’s achievable,” he said – in 15 to 50 years. “There’s a lot we can do to make it 15.”Greenhouse gases, which trap the sun’s heat within Earth’s atmosphere, are released by the production of electricity in coal-fired power plants, by heating homes and businesses, and by cars. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to an acceptable level, Regelson said six or eight out of every 10 coal-fired plants would have to close. That change can only be brought about through grassroots action. Regelson noted that rural electrific companies – like Holy Cross Energy based in Glenwood Springs, which provide power to homes in much of western Colorado – have boards that are made up of citizens. Political pressure to move to renewable energy can also be brought to bear on city, town and county governments.”Show up at a couple of city council meetings,” Regelson said. “Question them on efficiency and renewables.”In fact, the local Sierra Club group did just that. It presented the club’s Cool Communities program to Glenwood Springs city council, which adopted the plan in December. The energy and climate protection plan will increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases in city buildings and vehicles.- Donna Gray


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