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NWS Smoking Ban DT 01-10
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EAGLE COUNTY – The first of two public meetings Avon and Eagle County will hold to explain the smoking bans that take effect March 11 is Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Avon Town Hall. The bans cover Avon and unincorporated parts of Eagle County such as Edwards, Beaver Creek and Eagle-Vail. The laws prohibit smoking in all public places, including bars and restaurants, offices, and chairlifts and liftlinesIn November, 72 percent of voters said the Eagle County Board of Commissioners should pass a smoking ban. Based on the results, Avon followed with its own ban. Neither Vail nor Eagle have considered a ban, but a law that would prohibit smoking in most public places statewide is moving through the state Legislature.

EDWARDS – Someone apparently took more than $650 worth of alcohol from Balata, the restaurant in the clubhouse of the Sonnenalp Golf Course on Berry Creek Road in Singletree.Sheriff’s deputies found half of the alcohol buried in a snowbank up the hill from the restaurant at the top of June Creek Road. Eagle County Crime Stoppers is searching for information in the case. Callers can remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 at 328-7007 or 1-800-962-TIPS.

EAGLE COUNTY – ECO Transit’s summer bus schedules begin April 17, but can be reviewed now at http://www.eaglecounty.us/eco_transit. Views also can comment online. Summer bus schedules focus on routes that are most important to year-round residents, such as Highway 6, Dotsero to Vail, Minturn, and Leadville. The Vail-Beaver Creek Loop, used primarily by skiers, will be terminated until next winter season, said David Johnson of ECO Transit.Copies of the schedules also can be found at the Vail Transportation Center, Eagle Pharmacy, City Market in Avon, Carniceria Tepic, Lake Creek Village Apartments, and the Edwards Thrifty Shoppe.People can meet directly with ECO Transit staff at public meetings on Tuesday at noon in the Avon Library; and March 1 at 7 p.m. at ECO Transit in Gypsum. All comments must be received by March 15.People unable to attend the public meeting can submit comments to ECO Transit, Box 1070, Gypsum, CO, 81637-1070. For more information, contact David Johnson at 328-3524 or david.johnson@eaglecounty.us.



VAIL – Vail Mountain will host a telemark clinic begins on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Vail Nordic Ski School workshop is for beginners, intermediates and experts. The workshop starts at Golden Peak and costs $72 for season pass holders or $130 for the lesson and lift ticket. Skiers should be at the Vail Nordic Ski School in Golden Peak by 8:45 a.m.For more information call the Vail Nordic Ski School at 479-3210. Vail, Colorado


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