Eagle Co community turns out for highway cleanup | VailDaily.com

Eagle Co community turns out for highway cleanup

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado
NWS Highway Cleanup PU 4-26-08

EAGLE COUNTY ” Beaver Creek Ski Patrol member Dave Martin normally would be up on the mountain doing off-season work, but on Saturday he traded his skis for a trash bag and reflective vest.

Martin was one of almost 1,000 valley residents who participated in the Community Pride Highway Cleanup sponsored by the Eagle River Watershed Council.

“Usually we’re up there taking down all the pads and ropes, but we came down to help out today,” Martin said.

Groups from all over the community, including banks, real estate offices, hotels, the towns and the resort filled up the orange trash bags lining the roads. The clean up covered Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 24.

“It’s quite a community effort,” Volunteer Coordinator Sue Mott said. “We’re trying to keep Eagle County clean and green.”

Zach Tibodeau, environmental coordinator for Beaver Creek, led a team of about 15 cleaning I-70 near Dowd Junction.

“The valley’s so beautiful. It’s important that we help keep it clean and picturesque,” Tibodeau said.

Volunteers braved a chilly and blustery morning as they started their rounds.

“It was way warmer last year!” said Vail Christian student Winona Fenimore.

“I’m just glad it’s not snowing,” Tibodeau said.

The pay off is being able drive by a road that is clean, said Nanci Northway of Edwards.

Volunteers ended the morning with a barbecue at Lazy J Ranch in Wolcott provided by Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts dining.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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