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News Briefs: Emergency bear law being considered

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Andy Laugisch/Special to the DailyVail's Town Council will consider an emergency wildlife protection law Tuesday.
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VAIL ” Vail may stiffen punishments for people who leave their trash out too long.

Wildlife officers this summer have killed two bears deemed dangerous because they broke into homes. Because officers suspect the animals were looking for food and may have been lured into neighborhoods in East and West Vail by trash, residents are likely to receive more than just a warning for improperly stored garbage if an emergency wildlife protection law is passed Tuesday night.

Under the emergency law, first-time offenders could be fined $999 and serve 180 days in jail for violating the law that says trash can only be placed outside in garbage cans between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the day trash is picked up.

The Town Council will consider the law at a meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at town hall.

Officials say the emergency ordinance was drafted to create a “zero-tolerance” policy for violation of current regulations until the Town Council can consider a permanent law, which it is expected to do next month.

EAGLE ” The Eagle County Community Development Department offices will be closed for several days this month for staff training. The following schedule may affect customers’ ability to submit building plans and receive inspections:

– Today ” The Community Development office will be closed:

– Inspections will not be performed.

– Building-permit applications will not be accepted.

– Building staff will not be available to answer questions.

– July 27 ” Building Division will be in training:

– Inspections will not be performed.

– Building-permit applications will not be accepted.

– Building staff will not be available to answer questions.

– July 31 ” Planning Division will be in training:

– Planning applications will not be accepted.

– Planners will not be available to answer questions pertaining to either planning or building permit applications.

During these closures, messages for the Community Development Department can be left by calling 328-8730.

EAGLE ” Eagle County Assessor Joyce Mack has been accepted into the Rocky Mountain Program, a management and skills seminar for public officials.

The program is conducted by the Center for Improvement for Public Management at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.

Mack was nominated for the program by Doug Kamery, president of the Colorado Assessor’s Association. Over 1,400 elected and appointed public officials from 38 states and seven foreign countries have completed the program since 1982.

For more information contact Joyce Mack, Eagle County assessor, at 328-8640.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado


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