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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Beginning Monday, a project to replace more than 1,000 light fixtures in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking garages with energy-efficient lighting will take place as part of a phased plan to decrease the town’s energy use. The work will take from six to eight weeks and will be completed before the start of the upcoming ski season. Access to the parking garages will be available throughout the project.

The town is undergoing $3.2 million in energy improvements over the next 18 months following an audit of its town facilities which documented current energy consumption and opportunities for future efficiencies.- According to a preliminary audit, the parking structures account for 43 percent of the town’s total electrical energy consumption.

Replacement of the existing light fixtures with new, high-tech LED (light emitting diode) fixtures will cost $1.4 million. Once the work is complete the town will realize annual energy savings of $63,000 and reduce its green house gas emissions by 670 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

LEDs use less than 70 percent of the electricity required for conventional lighting.

The goal is to reduce the town’s energy use and emissions by 20 percent by 2020. To achieve the goal, the town has signed a multi-project contract with Johnson Controls Inc., headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis.

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Once the project is completed in approximately 18 months, the town will save $260,000 annually along with reducing the town’s total energy use and emissions by 12 percent.

Other phases of the improvements include adding insulation and weather stripping to buildings, plus programmable thermostats, new boilers, and water conserving fixtures such as low-flow toilets and faucets.

For additional details, call Kristen Bertuglia at 477-3455.

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail’s summer event parking operations will end on Sunday to coincide with the last day of the Vail Farmers’ Market. Since June, the town has been offering a Frontage Road express bus that services Lionshead, Vail Village and Ford Park, as needed, on special event days to offset Frontage Road parking restrictions. Extensions of the in-town bus service to Ford Park have also been offered on select summer event days.

Implementation of the new summer parking operations were meant to be consistent with Vail’s winter policies which restrict parking on the South Frontage Road until both the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures are full.

To date, more than 29,000 passengers have used the express bus, which has provided nearly 1,600 hours of service during 58 special event days. In addition, the new summer parking operations reduced the number of overflow parking days on the Frontage Road to 10 so far this summer, compared with 34 overflow days last summer prior to implementation of the managed parking operation.

The Town Council will determine if these summer parking operations will be repeated next year during the 2012 budget review in October. To offer a comment about summer parking, e-mail

Winter parking operations will begin Nov. 18 with the start of paid parking to coincide with the opening of Vail Mountain.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says it is cracking down on underage possession and consumption of alcohol with “party patrol” details.

During the “party patrol” detail, deputies will patrol wilderness and residential areas throughout Eagle County to curtail any underage drinking activity.

Law enforcement officers will also be on the lookout for parents who provide alcohol or host drinking parties for their underage teens.

Funding for party patrol is being provided by the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Now is the time to get homes ready for winter, and Energy Smart rebates of up to $400 on energy efficiency measures have been extended until Nov. 30. New this year, there is a source to assist with how to winterize a home – the Eagle County Energy Smart Resource Center.

Since mid-summer, over 150 homeowners in Eagle County have received home energy assessments revealing leaks and insulation needs, combustion problems with furnaces and water heaters and outdated lighting, all things that drive up the energy costs in homes. Homeowners have received complimentary programmable thermostats, pipe wrap, outlet insulation and water heater blankets as part of the Energy Smart retrofit program. On top of that, they have been eligible for rebates on energy efficient work of up to $400.

A home assessment, performed by certified analysts in the Energy Smart program and valued at $500, costs the homeowner just $50 due to incentives from local utility providers and the Energy Smart program. It provides each homeowner with a list of priorities, not only to make their home more efficient but to create a safe and healthy environment for their families.

Once the assessment is completed, the Energy Smart program provides a list of contractors and other resources so that homeowners may get the prescribed work completed in time for the winter season.

The Energy Smart Resource Center is located at the Miller Ranch Community Center, 25 Mill Loft St., Suite 200, in Edwards. Call 970-328-8777 or email for more information.

EDWARDS, Colorado – Michael Cremo will be holding a talk at the Colorado Mountain College in Edwards in Room 230 from 4-6 p.m. today.

Cremo studies science and culture issues. In the course of a few month’s time, he might be found on pilgrimage to sacred sites in India, appearing on a national television show, lecturing at a mainstream science conference, or speaking to an alternative science gathering. He presents to his audiences a case for “negotiating a new consensus on the nature of reality,” organizers of the talk said.

Cremo is a member of the World Archeological Congress and the European Association of Archaeologists as well as an associate member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute specializing in history and philosophy of science.

DENVER, Colorado – The Daniels Fund is now accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded in spring. High school seniors in Colorado should ask their high school counselors for information, or visit The application deadline is Nov. 30.

In establishing the Daniels Fund, cable pioneer Bill Daniels directed the Daniels Scholarship Program to seek out promising students who demonstrate strength of character, leadership potential, academic performance or promise, a well-rounded personality, and the potential to contribute to their community.

Students must also demonstrate financial need. Daniels Scholarships are not full-ride. Instead, they cover the unmet need of the student.

Students must be nominated by a high schools or youth organization.

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado – Police cars will pace traffic on 27 miles of Interstate 70 in the mountains this weekend, the second test of a technique designed to even out fluctuations in traffic speed and reduce congestion and collisions.

The next trial will be Sunday on eastbound I-70 between Silverthorne and Empire Junction, including the Eisenhower Tunnel at the Continental Divide, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

Silverthorne Police and Colorado State Patrol vehicles will serve as pace cars, driving 45 to 55 mph in the center or left lane with their emergency lights on. They will start the trip every five to 10 minutes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The tactic is called “rolling speed harmonization.”

The first test was Aug. 13 on an eight-mile section of I-70 from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower Tunnel. Officials said the pace cars reduced overall traffic speed, which in turn is expected to reduce collisions.

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