Valley in Brief: Gypsum residents petitioning for dog park |

Valley in Brief: Gypsum residents petitioning for dog park

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Vail, CO, Colorado

GYPSUM – A Gypsum resident is encouraging local residents to sign a petition at Gypsum Animal Hospital requesting the city to build a dog park.

“Any town that has a ‘Playful City USA’ designation needs a dog park; need I say more?” said Melanie Pfeiffer, a veterinary technician at Gypsum Animal Hospital and a Gypsum resident. Pfeiffer is spearheading the effort.

The dog park would be located near Chatfield Corners and would include two fenced in off-leash areas, one for big dogs and one for small dogs. Well-behaved dogs would be able to exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering people, property or wildlife, Pfeiffer said.

“In creating a dog park we hope to accomplish many goals,” she said. Dog parks are good for both pets and the community as a whole because they can enhance civic pride, bring in visitors to the community, help local businesses and can even increase property values, she said.

“You have to look real hard to find any negative attributes to having a dog park in your community,” she said.

Supporters are urged to stop by the Animal Hospital and sign the petition and get general information. Gypsum Animal Hospital is located on U.S. Highway 6 in Gypsum next to the Big Dog Car Wash. The hospital phone number is 970-524-3647.

MINTURN – Minturn is starting a community garden this year. The raised beds will be located in the empty lot between Pine and Boulder streets on the 200 block. There will be about 30 plots. A 4-by-4-foot plot will lease for $20, while a 4-by-8-foot plot will lease for $30. Minturn residents and people who work in Minturn are eligible.

Plots are leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers will be available to answer questions at the Colorado Fresh seed exchange Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Community Fund office, 291 Main St. To learn more, the Facebook page is Minturn Community Garden, email is or call 970-306-6553.

AVON – The goal of Avon’s noxious weed management program is to keep the community beautiful, preserve the natural flora of the area and minimize health risks to native wildlife, pests and people.

Under the ordinance, Avon property owners are required to remove noxious weeds and/or stop them from spreading. The Avon Public Works Department will be enforcing the weed laws beginning next week and continuing throughout the summer.

The most commonly found weeds in 2011 were toadflax, scentless chamomile, houndstongue, oxeye daisy, whitetop, yellow sweet clover and several species of thistle.

In an effort to educate the public about problem species, town officials will host a May 17 workshop about noxious weed management. To learn more, or to RSVP, call 970-748-4100 or email before May 3.

For help identifying a suspect plant, contact Gary Padilla, Avon Public Works road and bridge superintendent, 970-748-4118 or email at

EDWARDS – The Edwards Rotary Club is again sponsoring the Tire Rack Street Survival driving program to train teens how to drive safely under a variety of challenging conditions. The program costs $75 and trains teens in their own cars. Classes are open to drivers ages 16-21, and will be held May 6 at the Vail Valley Jet Center at the Eagle County Regional Airport.

“Driving while distracted is a serious safety issue for many teens and we want to be sure our teens realize the responsibility of driving,” said Linda Hill, president of Hill Aevium and co-founder of the program. “We need to give our kids the tools they need to understand how to drive safely, especially in our community. We have seen such great success from our program each year that we want to continue the momentum by bringing the program back.”

The program is set up so students use their own cars to gain familiarity with the dynamics of the vehicle they drive most often. They also experience a variety of challenging driving conditions, such as hydroplaning, distractions and skidpad and slalom courses. The ultimate goal is for teens to understand, through hands-on practice, how to be safer drivers.

For more information, go to Click “schedules/registration” and scroll down to the Eagle County Regional Airport link for details and forms. Adults interested in training to become instructors can contact Hill, or Joe Hoy at Instruction is easy and fun with training provided by volunteers and Street Survival instructors.

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