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Brad Odekirk/Summit DailyColorado Division of Wildlife district manager Tom Kroenig looks for dead or affected fish on April 17 in a section of the Blue River between Main Street Station and The Village at Breckenridge.
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EDWARDS A day-care and community center is now open at Miller Ranch, the affordable housing complex in Edwards. The facility has space for 74 children.A grand opening celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the center, located on the corner of Miller Ranch Road and Mill Loft Road in Edwards. Those who attend will be able to tour the center.

AVON There is $2.4 million to spend restoring stretches of the Eagle River damaged by mine pollution. To get feedback from residents on proposed restoration projects, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will host a meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Avon Library.Local watchdog group The Eagle River Watershed Council has applied for funding and will present its ideas. For more information on the public meeting, contact Eagle River Watershed Council project manager Maria Pastore at pastore@eagleriverwatershedcouncil.org.

VAIL – This summer the Vail Recreation District will run an ice skating program geared toward performance. The program, “ShowTime Skating,” includes rehearsal time, costume design, music selection, choreography and a public performance during the Fourth of July weekend. Registration is underway and classes begin June 12.Dobson Ice Arena skating coach Dawn Ristow said the program is geared toward ages four to 18, but all skill levels and interested adult skaters are encouraged to attend. “The ShowTime Skating program will give our local skaters an opportunity to skate in a show. It’s similar to a dance recital format where skaters can have fun without thinking about scores,” Ristow said. The cost for ShowTime Skating is $90 for one performance or $130 for two performances and includes ice time, instruction, costumes and skate rentals.For more information, call Ristow at 476-6826.



MINTURN – Minturn officials are searching for applicants to the town Planning and Zoning Commission after three people vacated their positions on the board.”Given the level of activity in Minturn, the commission member will definitely be kept busy,” Minturn Town Manager Ann Capela said.Duties include reviewing building plans and submitting recommendations on how to proceed to the town council. Members also serve on the design and review board.Applicants for the three positions must be a registered voter who has lived in town for at least a year. Applications are available online at http://www.minturn.org or by obtaining a form from town offices at 302 Pine Street.

The deadline to apply is May 22. The earliest applicants might be appointed by the town council is June 7.The three members leaving are Bill Fisk, Rob Davis and Karen Briggs. Remaining on the board are Kristy Bloodworth and Robert Martinez.- J.K. Perry



BRECKENRIDGE – Early reviews of water samples from the Blue River taken during a surge of run-off from an abandoned mine site April 17 show highly elevated levels of toxic heavy metals.The tests show that, along with the iron that turned the water orange, other metals were also carried down into the normally clean waters of the Blue River.”There was some pretty bad stuff that went through,” said Breckenridge Sanitation District director Andy Carlberg.Iron settles out of the water and can kill the river’s small bugs, a main food source for fish, said Summit County water quality expert Lane Wyatt. The results also showed elevated levels of zinc, another metal that can be toxic to trout at certain concentrations. Wyatt said there’s no significant human health risk associated with the event. Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists counted about 30 dead fish in the days following the spill.- Bob BerwynVail, Colorado


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