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AVON – A batch of new radios bought with a $280,000 Homeland Security grant should make it easier for the county’s fire and ambulance crews to speak to each other. The ultimate goal is a regional communications system that will connect 10 surrounding counties, said Paul Smith, communications manager for the Vail Public Safety Communications Center. The 100 new two-way radios replace seven-year-old equipment that has become obsolete, said John Willson, a division chief with the Eagle River Fire Protection District. “We’ve had compatibility issues with our communications equipment in the past where our agencies had been unable to send or receive information from the field,” he said.”This grant is a major breakthrough for our responders in that we have the ability to update this critical communications tool to improve our incident and emergency management response,” Willson said. The radios will be used by Eagle River fire, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Vail Fire Department, Eagle County Airport Fire Rescue, and the ambulance agencies.The county’s fire and emergency medical crews cover 1,694 square miles and 46,927 full-time residents.

EAGLE – The world’s mineral and mineral fuel resources are being strained to supply China and India’s exploding economies, therefore, the price of nearly every natural resource commodity has dramatically escalated since 2001. From cement to petroleum to precious metals, the scramble for a piece of the worldwide pie is in a state the world has never known.Dr. Vince Matthews, the Colorado state geologist, talk about these dilemmas from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.Colorado is likely to feel particular pressure because it is rich in natural resources such as natural gas and oil shale.Matthews also is director of the Colorado Geological Survey, where he formerly was responsible for geologic mapping and earthquake hazards. During a 20-year career in the petroleum industry, Matthews worked for Amoco, Lear, Union Pacific, and Penn Virginia, exploring in virtually every basin in the U.S., including Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Matthews has taught geology at the University of California, University of Northern Colorado, Arizona State University, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Admission to is free. For more information contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org.

EAGLE – Mark Chapin, a former Eagle County deputy assessor, is running as a Democrat for county assessor in the November election. Chapin, who worked for the Eagle County assessor for 14 years, owns Chapin Valuation Consultants in Eagle. He has lived in the county for 15 years and said he has 28 years of experience in appraisals.”I feel it is time to bring my experience and leadership ability to the County Assessor’s Office,” Chapin said. “I’ve worked in all facets of the business but I really enjoy public service work the best.”In the assessor’s office Chapin was a commercial appraiser, chief appraiser and, from 1998 to 2004, a deputy assessor. Before coming to Eagle County, Chapin worked for 12 years in the La Plata County Assessor’s office. Vail, Colorado


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