Crime of the month – Signs smeared in Eagle |

Crime of the month – Signs smeared in Eagle

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EAGLE – About two dozen signs along Fourth of July Road were splattered with dark brown paint some time over the weekend. The vandalism, which authorities believed occurred between Friday and Monday, is considered the Eagle County Crime Stoppers’ crime of the month. Eagle Open Space Officer Bill Heicher Monday noticed that 22 town regulatory signs located past Fourth of July Road and down into Third Gulch in Eagle had been painted over in dark brown paint. An Eagle Ranch employee said the signs were in good shape on Friday. The total damage is approximately $400. Eagle County Crime Stoppers is searching for information that will lead to the arrest and or indictment of a suspect or suspects involved in this case. Callers can remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 by calling 328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS.Forest Service asks for comments on new liftVAIL – Before Vail Resorts can build a new high-speed chairlift out of Lionshead, the U.S. Forest Service wants to know what the public thinks.The Forest Service is asking for public comments on the lift plan by Aug. 5 as part of an environmental review of the proposed lift.The new lift would be just west of the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. Vail Resorts intends to build 108 luxury condominiums near the lift base. The lift would also connect with the Pride Lift on Safari Trail.Before construction can begin, the resort company needs approvals from both the town of Vail and the Forest Service. Before signing off on the project, the Forest Service wants public comments as part of its review process.Comments about the lift can be sent to: Cal Wettstein, District Ranger, Holy Cross Ranger District, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, 81645. Comments can also be faxed to 827-9343.To learn more about the proposal, call or e-mail Dave Ozawa at the ranger district, at 827-5167, or e-mail, or to learn SpanishSUMMIT COUNTY – Eagle County state Representative Gary Lindstrom is traveling to Mexico for four weeks to learn how to speak Spanish.”Issues relating to the large number of foreign workers in Colorado increase the importance of elected officials to have a strong grasp of their language and their culture,” said Lindstrom, who lives in Summit County.The Democrat will be attending a Spanish immersion program from July 24 to Aug. 20 in San Miguel de Allende, about 200 miles northwest of Mexico City. Lindstrom said he took two years of Spanish in college and can read the language fairly well.”But my ability to speak Spanish without people breaking into laughter is a concern to me,” he said.Lindstrom said he’s treating his linguistic sojourn as a vacation, his first real one since he went to Disneyland in 1989.Vail, Colorado

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