Eagle County news in brief
May 28, 2011
Strong river flows to increase hazards
The National Weather Service is urging everyone to use caution around rivers, streams, and creeks.
Spring snowmelt has caused high flows on many rivers and creeks in western Colorado and eastern Utah. Cooler weather this spring has delayed the snow melt and kept copious amounts of snow at higher elevations, especially in northwest and west central Colorado, as well as in northeast Utah. Therefore, river flows have not yet peaked, the weather service reported.
At higher flows, river banks can quickly become saturated and unstable. Caution is urged near waterways, as river banks can erode or collapse unexpectedly. Do not let children play near high flowing rivers, creeks, and canals.
River rafters and kayakers should use caution on rivers with high flows that contain strong currents, river debris, and cold water temperatures.
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State Rep. Millie Hamner and state Sen. Jean White will discuss legislative developments at the Capitol and issues concerning the Western Slope at a town hall meeting today at the Colorado Mountain College campus, 150 Miller Ranch Rd., in Edwards. The event begins at 10 a.m.
ASPEN – Aspen Mountain will reopen for skiing this weekend with a better base depth of snow on Memorial Day than it had on New Year’s Day.
The base depth has hovered around 70 inches at the mountaintop since the Aspen Skiing Co. announced last week it will extend the skiing season. The base was 38 inches on Jan. 1.
The ample amount of snow convinced the Skico to fire the chairlifts back up on Aspen Mountain for the long holiday weekend and for future weekends as long as conditions hold up. There will be 25 trails and roughly 136 acres of mostly intermediate terrain open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28-30. All the open terrain will be served by the Ajax Express lift from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Silver Queen Gondola will run for rides up and down the mountain. There will be no top-to-bottom skiing.
Skiers and riders should be prepared for variable conditions.
AVON – The Avon Police Department will join in the nationwide May Mobilization “Click it or Ticket” campaign, May 23 through June 5.
Colorado law requires all drivers and front seat passengers to wear seat belts. The minimum fine is $65 per violation. The driver is also responsible for properly restraining young passengers in the front and back seats. The minimum fine for violating the state’s child passenger safety law is $82.
VAIL – The Vail Golf Club will open 18 holes of golf today and continue to offer some of the best rates in Eagle and Summit Counties with play available for $64 for 18 holes and $42 for nine holes, including cart. Lessons are available by appointment. The course and driving range are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.