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Vail set to open more lifts, terrain

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – Vail Mountain will open additional terrain and lifts today offering 1,245 acres with 93 runs accessed by 18 lifts. The Bwana Terrain Park above Lionshead also will open for the season with rails and tabletops.Lifts opening today at 9 a.m. are Game Creek Express (Chair 7), Minnie’s Lift (Chair 9), Gopher Hill Lift (Chair 12), Cascade Village Lift (Chair 20), Pride Express Lift (Chair 26) and two beginner surface lifts at Golden Peak. Lifts close at 3:30 p.m.Also today, the Golden Peak Marketplace opens for the season. The Terrace Level at Mid-Vail and the Pavilion atop Wildwood Express (Chair 3) will be open for the holiday weekend. Chaos Canyon Kids Café will be open Friday and Saturday.Vail Mountain has lifted season pass restrictions for the Thanksgiving holiday. Season pass restrictions will remain in place for Beaver Creek on Friday and Saturday.- Edward StonerVail, ColoradoPaid parking begins in VailVAIL – Paid parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking garages begins today for the ski season. There is free entry after 3 p.m. in both garages, and free parking for the first 90 minutes.Parking rates range from as low as $6 per day for value card holders to $16 for the day for visitors. The town will continue to set aside spaces for short-term parking in both garages. The cost will be $3 for up to two hours, or $5 for up to three hours of parking. – Edward StonerChristmas tree permits available MINTURN – Christmas-tree cutting permits will be available starting Friday from the Eagle and Holy Cross ranger districts of the White River National Forest. Permits can be purchased Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 24747 US Highway 24 in Minturn or at 125 W. 5th Street in Eagle. The Holy Cross office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 10, and Dec. 17. Permits cost $10 per tree with a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees must be less than 15 feet tall and 6 inches or less in stump diameter. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold.Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the forest with the following exceptions: Wilderness areas, commercial timber sales, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas, Glenwood Canyon, No Name area near Camp Hale and areas adjacent to main roads. Maps are available at the district offices.For additional information, call the Eagle Ranger District at 328-6388 or the Holy Cross Ranger District at 827-5715.- Daily Staff ReportLeake named acting Avon police chiefAVON – With former Avon police chief Jeff Layman becoming Eagle County’s undersheriff, Avon Town Manager Larry Brooks has appointed Sgt. Mike Leake to fill in as chief until a permanent replacement is hired.”Mike has a deep level of commitment to Avon’s citizens and to the town of Avon,” Brooks said. “He’ll do a great job.”Leake began working as a patrolmen for the Avon Police Department in 1998 and was promoted to detective in 2000, said Avon spokeswoman Jacquie Halburnt. Leake earned a distinguished service medal in 2005 for his part in disarming a suicidal person who had been wielding a gun. After 5 1/2 years as detective, Leake was promoted to acting sergeant and then to sergeant in October, Halburnt said. For more information, contact the Avon Police Department at 748-4040. – Nicole Frey

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