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Eagle police chief resignsThe Town of Eagle announces the resignation of its police chief, Rick Sliger, effective May 1. Sliger has served as chief of police since September 2, 2003. He has accepted a position as chief of police of Lonoke, Arkansas.”Rick came to Eagle with the challenge of improving, professionalizing and growing the Eagle Police department,” said Town Manager William Powell. “He has successfully accomplished those goals and we will miss his dedication and leadership.” During Sliger’s tenure, the town has grown tremendously in size, and the department has had to respond to the challenges of growth, Powell said. “It has been both a privilege and an honor to serve as the chief of police for the Town of Eagle,” Sliger said. “The friendships and relationships established here have been one of the most valuable experiences of my career and for that, I’m truly grateful to the citizens of Eagle.” -Daily Staff ReportFireworks show gets new sponsor, new nameAVON — American National Bank will throw in $30,000 as the title sponsor of the Avon Forth of July fireworks – the largest in the Colorado Rockies. The funding from the Colorado-based bank will enable the 20th year of the pyrotechnic celebration, which will now be called “American National Bank’s Salute to the USA,” instead of just “Salute to the USA.” Western Enterprises Inc., the fireworks production company that has designed and choreographed the show since its inception, will soon begin production on the 2006 display. Jim Funk, who is regarded as one of the top firework technicians in the United States, along with Gary Caimano, a fireworks producer from Western Enterprises, will combine their expertise to include a series of new special effects in this year’s show. The fireworks show will be held on Monday evening, July 3, in the Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon. For more information call 748-4016 or visit http://www.avon.org.-Nicole Frey Avon’s Christie Lodge awardedAVON — The Christie Lodge in Avon was recently designated an RCI Silver Crown Resort for its superior quality and service. Joanne Rhudy, of RCI, an international timeshare dealer, presented the award to The Christie Lodge General Manager, Lisa Siegert-Free. The Christie Lodge is the largest independent time share property in North America with over 15,000 intervals.”RCI’s Resort Recognition program ensures that affiliate resorts adhere to the highest standards of product quality and service delivery. To honor those who have attained this designation is indeed a pleasure,” said Dave Pontius, president and chief executive officer of RCI North America.The Christie Lodge has received this distinction two other times in 2004 & 2005 when the award was called the Resort of International Distinction. Today, RCI has over 3,700 affiliated resorts around the world, with over three million members.-Nicole Frey Avon seeks public input on East Avon redevelopmentDevelopment it’s happening all over Avon. Riverfront Village is advertising “direct flights to Beaver Creek” on its incoming gondola. The Village at Avon is finishing up another retail building and gearing up to build more homes and businesses. Well, the town of Avon is now ready to tackle redevelopment and wants public input. The Avon Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission will hold an open work session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at town hall, 400 Benchmark Road. The session will be the first in a series of public meetings to discuss what should happen to East Avon the area east of Avon Road between the railroad tracks, the Village at Avon and Interstate 70. Under Avon’s recently approved comprehensive plan, East Avon could see redevelopment of several older properties, more development, beautification and road alignments to make the area more pedestrian friendly. For more information, contact Matt Pielsticker in the Community Development Department at 748-4030.-Nicole Frey Glenwood Canyon I-70 repairs start April 17GLENWOOD CANYON – Starting April 17, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor G. A. Western will be replacing modular bridge expansion joints on westbound I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. The work will take place on westbound lanes only, between mile markers 121.5-119, west of Hanging Lake Tunnel.The project will continue through June 15. Only one westbound lane will be closed at any time throughout the project’s duration. The lane closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, due to the complexity of the work. There will also be a 14-foot width restriction on westbound lanes, 24/7, until the work is complete. The speed limit through the work zone is reduced from 50 mph to 40 mph, for worker and traffic safety.-Daily Staff Report


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