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Vail cops put heat on ‘jam band’ fans

Staff Reports

Vail Police are increasing their presence at Dobson Ice Arena for concerts by popular “jam bands” to crack down on drug use and vandalism experienced at previous shows.Nine arrests were made the night of Saturday, March 1, into the morning of Sunday, March 2, during a Leftover Salmon concert at Dobson.Seven adults and two juveniles were arrested on charges ranging from sale and possession of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms to trespassing, vandalism and resisting arrest.Police say they will also have an increased presence at the String Cheese Incident shows at Dobson March 17-18 to prevent a repeat of last year’s mayhem.Vail Police Detective Sgt. Susan Douglas says concert-goers can have a good time within reason.”We want everyone to have a good time and be safe,” says Douglas. “The police will be there to play a preventive role and control any problems or issues that may arise.”String Cheese shows have drawn a Grateful Dead-style following that travels with the band and trades in recorded music and T-shirts.Anyone seeking to sell concert-related goods during the shows will need a transient vendor permit, which is due at the Vail Town Clerk’s office by 5 p.m., Friday, March 7.Permits are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday at the Vail Municipal Building, 75 South Frontage Road, or by calling the town clerk at 479-2136.County names Brownto head animal controlEagle County’s new animal control manager, Debbie Brown, is more than just familiar with the department’s operations, animal shelter guests and the region. She has worked in county animal control for 10 years and lived in the area since 1989.The county recently promoted Brown to lead animal control services, including the ongoing commitment to operating a “no-kill” animal shelter.”The Humane Society is very excited to continue working with Debbie,” said Eagle Valley Humane Society program director Char Quinn. “We’re looking forward to continued success as the state’s only county-operated ‘no-kill’ shelter. A lot of this success is due to Debbie, her caring approach, and her commitment to the animals of Eagle County.”Eagle County Animal Control serves all unincorporated areas and towns except the Town of Avon.Information about Animal Control services, including pet adoption opportunities, is available on-line at http://www.eagle-county.comAvon to show live I-70 video feedsThe Town of Avon recently added a new government access channel to the local AT&T cable TV lineup. Channel 19 will carry Colorado Department of Transportation I-70 video feeds and real time weather information.The channel includes live video feeds of the follow sections of highway: Hanging Lake Tunnel (Glenwood Canyon); Vail Pass (three different views; two at the summit, one at the rest area); Copper Mountain; Silverthorne; Eisenhower Tunnel (both east and west); Georgetown hill; Georgetown; Highway 40 exit (Winter Park); and Idaho SpringsThe highway feeds are followed by national, regional and local satellite/radar data. Local weather conditions, as well as forecasts, are included. The total loop time for this information is about five minutes.Also on the screen are areas for supporting sponsors and public service messages, and two ticker tape areas for CDOT information and Town of Vail and Avon information. Efforts are also under way to add real time weather conditions and information from the Eagle County Regional Airport.Avon Town Manager Larry Brooks said, “We feel this information is a valuable tool for both our residents and guests. If someone is getting ready to drive over Vail Pass or through Glenwood Canyon, they can first turn on Channel 19 to see live road conditions on I-70 together with up-to-the-minute weather.”The CDOT Information Channel was funded by the Town of Vail, CDOT, Vail Resorts and Alpine Vista Productions. The Town of Vail has allowed Avon to run the feed as well. Continued operation of the service will be funded by community sponsors.The areas served by Avon’s cable lineup include Avon, Eagle-Vail, Edwards, Singletree, Arrowhead, and Cordillera.Subscribers may have to reprogram their televisions to pick up Channel 19 since it was previously without programming. q– Vail Trail staff reports

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