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Humane Society asked to leave

We regret to inform the Eagle Valley community that the Eagle Valley Humane Society has been asked to leave the Eagle County Animal Shelter by Eagle County commissioners Arn Menconi, Peter Runyon, Sara Fisher and the county administrator Bruce Baumgartner.

After more than 20 years of working in conjunction with the Eagle County government, the commissioners are putting an end to this collaboration. Differences over standards in animal welfare created a rift which the commissioners concluded could only be resolved by removing our volunteer organization from the premises.

In the last 10 years the cooperation between the two entities enabled the shelter to achieve a unique no-kill status. We believe the actions taken by the county seriously affect the ability of the county shelter to maintain this designation.

The Eagle Valley Humane Society will continue our strong stance for animal welfare and helping animals in the county. Most of our programs will remain the same, but this change will undoubtedly lead to a need for new ones. Our foster homes network will continue to take in and adopt out homeless animals, our dog training program for adopted animals will continue, and our spay and neuter and medical assistance programs will continue as usual. Over the last two to three years we have felt it necessary to take on more care for animals than the county shelter was willing to accept.

We anticipate there will be a greater need for this service and will be seeking more foster homes and donations to provide for these endeavors. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. We can surely use all of your input and help.

Our office will temporarily be located at Wags and Whiskers in Edwards. Our phone numbers and mailing address will remain the same. Phone: 328-7387. Cell: 280-5738. E-mail: Address: Eagle Valley Humane Society, Box 4105, Eagle, CO 81631.

Our 34-year tradition of helping animals will continue, thanks to the ongoing help of the community.

The Board of Directors, Eagle Valley Humane Society

William Loper, President, Ann Loper, Marie Shipley, Helen McIntyre, Joe Stearns, Linda Stearns, Sally Jackle, Diana Johnson, Stephanie Samuelson, Vicky Calhoun,

Char Quinn, Executive Director

What will it take for us to park our cars for commuting and take the bus? How about $4 per gallon gas. Do you feel the pain yet?

I have lived in the valley for more than 17 years and (embarrassingly) had never used our county bus system until recently (I feel the pain). I travel from Eagle to Avon seven days per week and I figure each roundtrip in my 25-mile per gallon Subaru costs me more than $8 per day in fuel costs alone ” or around $3,000 per year and that’s not including depreciation, maintenance and a set of snow tires every two years.

I figured out that if I can take the bus 60 percent of the time, it would realistically save me $1,800 per year. Note, I proudly take advantage of county’s free bus pass for seniors, so I ride for free. The regular monthly pass for unlimited travel is $60 per month and many of the valley’s employers will pay for or contribute to your pass purchase.

I thought that because the bus doesn’t stop close to where I work that it would be a hassle, so I leave an old junk bike at the bus stop and enjoy the short two-mile ride to my office (the buses can also accommodate up to two bikes so you might be able to bring yours along for the ride).

I know everyone has concerns about needing a vehicle during the day to run errands, etc., but I guess my point is you can work through those objections when you feel the pain.

The buses are clean, run on schedule, and the drivers and staff at ECO Transit are courteous and very helpful in answering your questions. I strongly recommend you research how you can make it work for you.

Also, for all you drivers out there traveling I-70 at 75 mph and over: quit complaining about the price of gas and slow down to 65. On such relatively short trips from Eagle or Gypsum, you are not saving any time and it really is costing you money.

Are you feeling the pain yet?

Bob Moroney

I was contacted by a Vail area customer recently who was dismayed to learn that the beetle-killed trees that Vail is cutting down this year to create defensible space are going to be burned this fall. He strongly encouraged me to write and put forth some ideas that we had discussed previously.

When I searched your paper’s site online, I found 1,371 stories on affordable housing issues. Some of the very people mentioned as having problems in finding affordable/attainable housing appear to be the firefighters who will be cutting and burning these trees!

Wouldn’t it make more sense to provide these trees to a small local sawmill that can efficiently cut D-Logs so they can be stacked to build homes at low labor and construction costs in general? There are some opportunities to make lemonade out of the lemons we have received from this beetle epidemic. You eliminate the high costs of framing, siding, insulation and drywall ” all relatively high cost and skilled trades. The firefighters themselves, in a Habitat for Humanity-style, could stack these logs, drop a SIP (structural insulated panel) roof down for expediency and R-value, and have homes built more affordably than almost any other method, right?

It was only 75-plus years ago when our communities helped their neighbors build homes and barns, and they knew their neighbors would be there to help them build when they were needed. Wouldn’t this be a potentially viable way to help address the affordable housing concerns?

Think of the positive impact in our communities and on our service sectors, not to mention the positive media attention that our mountain communities could get by being a role model in finding solutions and opportunities to build and strengthen our communities in the face of these problems!

Burning these trees creates other problems ” as reported in your own articles ” by increasing carbon loads in the face of a massive loss of carbon removal, for dying vegetation does not remove carbon. And lots of smoke is probably not going to help the tourist industry much, either.

Can the true and total cost of shipping logs to a mill for building products really be that much greater than the cost to supervise burning and in the cost to our environment and tourism industries?

My organization would be happy to help explore the options with the Vail area residents, builders, and housing committees. I encourage anyone interested to contact me at to discuss the utilization of our local timber. We have almost 300 different “blue pine” wood products that we are manufacturing from our local trees and would love to help in being a part of the Vail Valley’s housing and beetle-kill tree solutions.

Sincerely and with faith in our American ingenuity,

Randy Piper, Granby

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