Vail Trail Pages from the Past
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Police Chief Ted Holmes, a popular figure around town, announced he was leaving to take a job with the International Association of Police Chiefs in Washington. Holmes had been police chief just over two years.
The Sixth Annual Vail School auction and rummage sale, held at the Vail school building, earned the school fund a total of $6,660 – slightly less than last year’s record-breaker.
The Dobson Ice Arena in Vail was hosting its first-ever rock concert in August. Pablo Cruise, a four-member West Coast band, were scheduled to grace the stages Aug. 31.
The Avon Town Council voted to adopt most of Vail’s penal code as its own, with some modifications that would make the code apply to Avon. The second reading on the ordinance was scheduled for Aug. 14.
Four bears had been trapped in the valley so far for the summer, with three of the traps happening this week. Two bears in Eagle-Vail and one bear in the Lionshead Mall were among the hungry bears wandering around.
Construction of the Glenwood Canyon Hanging Lake tunnels on Interstate 70 was scheduled to begin in September. The lowest bidder for the tunnels came in at $67,656,510 – the second largest construction project ever awarded by the highway department. The largest was the second Eisenhower Tunnel, awarded in 1975 for $102.8 million.
A woman who had perched herself in a tree near Vail’s Category III expansion as part of a protest against the project was preparing to sue Vail Resorts and the U.S. Forest Service for mentally terrorizing her, she said. The woman claims that trees were logged as close as five feet from the tree where she was protesting.
A scary mudslide came crashing down a mountainside and onto Interstate 70 near Gypsum. No one was injured, but drivers said they were shaken by the slide.
An Army Corps of Engineers biologist ordered two of the logging roads for Vail’s Category III expansion closed after an inspection determined Vail Resorts had built the temporary logging roads across wetlands without proper permits. The Environmental Protection Agency also did a surprise inspection on the area that was expected to end up in fines against Vail Resorts.