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Kent Rose of Eagle Ranch, Bill Heicher of Eagle’s Open Space Program and Beverly Rave of the Colorado State Land Board have been selected as 2005 Trails Supporters by the ECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee. Rose and Heicher were selected for work on trails in Eagle Ranch that run through the subdivision and surrounding open space. Trails committee chairman Dick Cleveland said their work would not have been possible without the support of Eagle Ranch management and Eagle’s board of trustees.”But, we do like to acknowledge the people on the ground, too, that make things happen, because they often invest a lot of personal time, energy and devotion above and beyond what is average,” said Dick Cleveland, chairman of the Trails Committee.Rave, until recently the land board’s district manager, was selected because of the agency’s willingness to work with other organizations, Cleveland said. “The state land board was a very important participant in the Dowd Junction trail project and they did a great job in being responsive to our needs and timeline,” he said. “We feel it’s also important to acknowledge government agencies because they often times they don’t get enough recognition for their customer service or efforts to be helpful.” The trails committee created the recognition program in 1999. Previous honorees include the town of Vail, Brett Ranch Development, Berry Creek Metropolitan District, Richard Caples and Tom Friesen, Bill Williams of Eagle II Developers, The Reserve Homeowners Association, Colorado Department of Transportation Engineering staff and Maintenance staff, town of Avon, town of Gypsum, Dick Cleveland, Pedal Power Bike shop owners and staff, Eagle County Board of Commissioners, Edwards Metropolitan District, Anne Martens, The Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation, Tom Ehrenberg, Bureau of Land Management staff, Leslie Kehmeier, John Bailey, Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District and U.S. Forest Service staff. “Building trails is serious business that costs money, takes time and requires commitment from many people, all in the interest of bettering the quality of recreation and transportation infrastructure in our growing communities,” Cleveland said. The 2005 honorees will receive an award plaque at the ECO Board’s meeting on Dec. 15 in Avon. For more information, contact Ellie Caryl of ECO Trails at 328-3523.

VAIL – Vail Road is scheduled to close from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday from the south end of the main Vail roundabout to the Meadow Drive intersection.The closure will allow installation of the remaining steel as well as installation of a second tower crane at the Vail Plaza Hotel and Club construction site.Westbound traffic will be rerouted through Village Center Road and East Meadow Drive. During the Vail Road closure, the in-town shuttle will run one-way westbound from Vail Village to Lionshead along Meadow Drive. The route will go back to the Vail Village from Lionshead via the Frontage Road with stops at the Vail Municipal Building/First Bank Building, Golden Peak and then back to the Covered Bridge in Vail Village.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Along with Democratic Congressman Mark Udall’s proposed pine beetle relief act, Republican Sen. Wayne Allard recently introduced what could be a complementary Senate bill aimed at improving federal responses to catastrophic natural events.The “Forests for Future Generations Act” requires federal agencies to promptly evaluate damage done by wildfire, insect infestations and other problems. The measure also quicker rehabilitation of damaged trees.”The beetle infestation problem continues to worsen in Colorado, threatening the safety of many of our communities, and it is vital that we act before we experience a catastrophic fire,” Allard said. “This legislation represents a direct response to a dangerous situation.”


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