Red Sandstone Road washed out |

Red Sandstone Road washed out

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — On Thursday, Forest Service personnel discovered a washout on the Red Sandstone Road, Forest Service Road 700, located on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. The washout is located approximately 4.5 miles north of Vail just south of the Fox Farm private parcel. The first 6.5 miles of the road were slated to open for motorized travel on June 1 but due to the wash-out the gate will remain closed to protect both forest visitors and the road infrastructure.

“About 10 feet of road collapsed down the steep bank and there are large cracks remaining on the road surface,” said District Ranger David Neely. “For their own safety, folks need to respect the locked gate while we work to fix the road.”

In addition other popular routes scheduled to open June 1 per the White River National Forest travel management plan are still snow covered. The Forest Service is asking the public to avoid driving on snow covered roadways which will protect the road system from costly maintenance and ensure visitors avoid becoming stranded.

Additional popular routes are also scheduled to open June 1, and based on the most recent road surveys the following road conditions on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District have been reported:

• Resolution Road is open for about the first four miles.

• McAllister Road is open for about the first four miles.

• Coffee Pot Road is open for about 3.5 miles from the National Forest Boundary just past the Deep Creek Overlook.


5-year-old drowning victim identified

Authorities have released the name of a 5-year-old boy who died after he was found in a pond near the line between Routt and Eagle counties.

The Steamboat Springs Pilot & Today reports Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis identified the boy as Colt Neuer, who wandered away from his parents on Thursday near the boundary of Eagle and Routt counties. An autopsy confirmed the boy drowned.

Eagle County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jessie Mosher says the boy was given CPR on the way to Vail Valley Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead. She says Colt, his two brothers and his parents were caretakers at a ranch in the area for the summer.


Volunteers sought for Avon trail

Volunteers are needed to help construct the new Saddle Ridge Trail, which will offer local communities and visitors an additional trail for hiking and mountain biking. Volunteers of Outdoor Colorado will be coordinating a volunteer effort to help build the trail on next Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering in your local community, register online at Click on “Volunteer,” then “Project Calendar,” where you will find the Saddle Ridge project. Contact Tessa Christensen, volunteer and project coordinator at or 970-827-5165 for additional information and questions.

The Saddle Ridge Trail is part of the 478-acre “West Avon Preserve” located between the Avon and Singletree communities. This land, transferred from the Forest Service to the town of Avon through a multiparty, triple government, land exchange is now official open space. In addition, the Eagle Valley Land Trust holds a permanent conservation easement on the land, which will ensure the open space in perpetuity.

The Saddle Ridge Trail system was made possible through partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service, town of Avon, Singletree Community and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association. Working collaboratively they created a trail system enabling hiking and mountain biking just a few steps or pedals from residents’ homes.

Additional information can also be found at The Kind Bikes & Skis in Edwards, 970-926-1260 or by contacting Lee Rimel at or 970-390-4256.


Golf clubhouse appeal hearing is Tuesday

The Vail Town Council will hold an appeal hearing at its Tuesday,meeting to determine the outcome of an approval by the Planning and Environmental Commission related to an application to remodel the Golf Course Clubhouse. The item is listed fifth on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers, 75 S. Frontage Road.

The PEC voted on April 22 to approve, with conditions, a development application submitted on behalf of the town of Vail, for amendments to an existing conditional use permit for the Vail Golf Course, which authorized the remodel. An appeal was filed on May 10 on behalf of a group of property owners from the Golf Course neighborhood.

To view the appeal documents in their entirety, visit the town’s website at


Water work begins Monday in West Vail

Work begins Monday to improve the water main feeding a storage tank north of Garmisch Drive in Vail. Eagle River Water & Sanitation District expects work to finish by July 12.

Work will be confined to the north shoulder of the road, through adjacent private property and within the water tank property. No water service outages are planned.

The project will improve the control of water flow into and out of the West Vail storage tank, which delivers water to area properties and provides emergency fire storage for the Garmisch Drive area.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. At times, the work will restrict one lane on Garmisch Drive, during which traffic control measures will be in place. The construction area will be fenced at all times.

For more information go to or contact Customer Service at 970-477-5451.


Open houses to discuss voting, election changes

The Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s Office will host a series of open houses in June to review upcoming voting and election changes. The changes are the result of new state legislation enacted in May.

All sessions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:

• Tuesday, Eagle County Building, Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 500 Broadway, Eagle

• Thursday, Town of Avon, Council Chambers, One Lake Street, Avon

• June 12, Town of Vail, Council Chambers, 75 S. Frontage Road, Vail

• June 13, El Jebel Community Center, Mt. Sopris Room, 0020 Eagle County Drive, El Jebel

Attendees will receive information on new voter registration deadlines, changes to mail ballot procedures, combined “active” and “inactive” voter status, updates to address tracking methods and more.

Those unable to attend an open house can contact Clerk & Recorder Teak Simonton at 970-328-8728 or visit for information on voting and elections.

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