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Eagle County assessor to speak, answer questions

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON – Mark Chapin, Eagle County assessor, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Eagle County Republican Central Committee. The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. today in the Avon Library, is open to the public.

Chapin, a Democrat, was elected for another term in last November’s county elections. His attendance at this meeting will coincide with the release of the new property tax assessments for Eagle County.

Per state regulations, property values are assessed every two years and they are based on recent sales. After several years of sky-rocketing property taxes, recent assessments were based on property valuations as of June 2010 and are expected to drop approximately 30 percent throughout the valley.

Chapin will be speaking on the process used in assessing values, what they mean for you and how you can protest valuations. He will also be available for questions. The program is free to the public and your participation is encouraged.

VAIL – The Town of Vail Building Division will be offering free coffee, pastries and some useful advice on selected topics each Friday in May to promote national Building Safety Month. The weekly coffee sessions will take place from 7 to 8 a.m. in the town’s Community Development Department offices, 75 S. Frontage Road.

The informal sessions will be hosted by Chief Building Official Martin Haeberle and his staff who will be available to answer questions on a variety of topics.

Weekly themes for the Friday discussions will include energy and green building this Friday; disaster safety on May 13; fire safety and awareness on May 20; and backyard safety on May 27.

For more information, contact Haeberle at 970-479-2142.

VAIL – The Town of Vail will once again combine its community clean up with charitable contributions when the annual event returns on Friday. All participants will be awarded a $25 donation to be distributed to one of many area nonprofits approved by the Vail Town Council.

In addition to the community clean up, the town will offer free curbside pickup for non-hazardous items, such as couches, mattresses and other furniture on May 5. Freezers or refrigerators are not accepted, but can be taken to the Eagle County landfill for recycling provided any Freon is removed.

Also, free dumpsters to dispose of items such as televisions, bed springs and small furniture will be available in three locations May 5-8: The North Trail parking lot in West Vail, the Ford Park parking lot on the south side of Interstate 70 and at the parking lot near the East Vail interchange. Disposal of hazardous materials such as motor oil, paint, anti-freeze or electronic wastes are not permitted, but may be taken to the household hazardous waste facility at the Eagle County landfill near Wolcott.

Volunteers participating in the townwide clean up will meet at the top of the Lionshead parking structure for check in starting at 8:30 a.m. All participating volunteers will be treated to free pizza and beverages donated by Blue Moose Pizza at the Arrabelle at Vail Square beginning at noon.

To pre-register for the event, email bcarlson@vailgov.com and indicate how many volunteers will be coming and the nonprofit recipient. For more details, contact Kristen Bertuglia at 970-477-3455 or Bill Carlson at 970-479-2333.

Registration is underway for summer semester classes at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards and via online learning. Most credit and some noncredit classes start the week of May 16. Most online classes start the week of May 31, and some credit and noncredit classes will start throughout the summer.

Eagle County residents should receive both a credit class schedule and a noncredit lifelong learning schedule in the mail. More information and registration is available online at http://www.coloradomtn.edu/register or by visiting the campus in Edwards at 150 Miller Ranch Road.

To find out more about new bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sustainability studies in the fall, visit coloradomtn.edu/4year.

For more information, call Colorado Mountain College in Edwards at 970-569-2900 or 1-800-621-8559.

The FBI today warns computer users to exercise caution when they receive emails that claim to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden’s recent death. This content could be a virus that could damage your computer. This malicious software or “malware” can embed itself in computers and spread to users’ contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends and family members. These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable information.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) urges computer users to not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages. Even if the sender is familiar, the public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their machines to detect and deflect malicious software.

Should you receive unsolicited messages that feature the FBI’s name, seal or that reference a division or unit within the FBI or an individual employee, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.