Valley in brief: Vail Mountain partially opens Friday
VAIL — Vail Mountain will operate Gondola One Friday through Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limited offerings at the Mid-Vail area. The resort will begin daily summer operations June 10, and will operate both Gondola One and the Eagle Bahn Gondola.
On-mountain activities will be limited due to snowmelt and conditions. Hiking and mountain-biking trails on Vail Mountain, as well as bike hauls and additional activities, will not be offered opening weekend but will open as soon as conditions permit.
From June 10 through Sept. 4, Gondola One will operate daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead will operate 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from June 10–22. From June 23 through Sept. 4, the Eagle Bahn Gondola will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
For more information about Vail Mountain go to http://www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center or call 970-754-8245.
Vail street overlay project begins Wednesday; expect travel delays
Motorists should expect delays during the overlay project on Chamonix Lane, Buffehr Creek Road and the western half of Lions Ridge Loop beginning Wednesday.
Single-lane traffic will be maintained at all times during prep and overlay work. Paving begins Thursday and will be done by crews hired by the town.
For more information, contact Chad Salli, project engineer for the town of Vail, at 970-376-2389.
County government contracts now online in searchable database
As part of the Open Eagle County website, all county government contracts are in a searchable database online at http://www.EagleCounty.us/OpenEagleCounty.
The database dates back to 1974 and is updated regularly as new contracts happen. Users have the ability to browse contracts by year and search for keywords contained within the documents. Contracts can also be downloaded and printed.
While the information has always been available by request, county officials say providing 24/7 access to information online illustrates the commitment to transparent government.
The contracts database is an addition to existing online transparency options, including access to real-time financial data such as budget and expenses.
The Open Eagle County portal was developed in-house by the county’s Communications, Innovation & Technology in cooperation with the attorney’s office. For more information, contact Kris Friel, communications director, at 970-328-8617.
Wildlife trail closures in effect
Trail closures are in place to protect spring habitat, calving areas and migration corridors for mule deer and elk on several popular trails.
The Whiskey Creek and Eastern Hillside trails have been closed since December to protect deer during the winter and will reopen on June 21.
These trails are also currently closed:
The North Trail: Closed April 15 to June 15.
Son of Middle Creek: Closed April 15 to June 15.
Paulie’s Plunge/Stone Creek: Closed May 15 to June 20.
Two Elk (from west entrance approximately 1 mile up the trail to east end on Vail Bike Path): Closed May 6 to June 30.
Whiskey Creek: Closed Dec. 1 to June 20.
Eastern Hillside: Closed Dec. 1 to June 20.
U.S. Forest Service rangers are asking people to use alternate trails until these seasonal closures are lifted. Hiking, dog walking and mountain biking, as well as other users, are also prohibited during closures.
For more information about Forest Service trails, call 970-827-5715.
Watershed Council announces new education and outreach coordinator
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schoder has been named by the Eagle River Watershed Council as the new education and outreach coordinator.
The Watershed Council’s mission is to advocate for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education and projects.
Schoder, originally from Chicago, is a recent graduate of Colorado College, where she earned an environmental policy degree. She joins Holly Loff, executive director; Brooke Ranney, projects and events coordinator; and Nick Ryska-Filipek, the habitat restoration intern hired to organize volunteer groups for restoration projects this summer.
“Lizzie is a fantastic addition to our team,” Loff said. “Her experience in both radio and print journalism, knowledge of policy including Colorado’s intricate water laws, and her desire to share her love of natural with the community and next generation through innovative curriculum is the perfect complement to her own interests in water recreation.”
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