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VAIL – Today, officers from the Vail Police Department will be serving tables at the Ore House in Vail Village as part of a national program called “Tip-A-Cop.” This event is not to increase officer salaries but to raise funds for Colorado Special Olympics. Officers will use the outing to help serve the restaurants’ dining patrons and to solicit voluntary donations to support programs sponsored by the Colorado Special Olympics.In partnering with the Police Department’s Tip-A-Cop program, the Ore House, at 232 Bridge St., will offer entrees for 50 percent off from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Police Chief Dwight Henninger said the restaurants’ contribution is extremely generous. To make reservations, call the Ore House at 970-476-5100.In addition to the Tip-A-Cop program, the department is active in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which is an international series of torch relays in which law enforcement officers carry the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics athletes. In Colorado, the run is over 1,500 miles statewide and culminates at the Summer Games, where officers join the athletes in lighting the cauldron to kick off the Games. The torch will pass through the Vail Valley on May 15.

The Dobson Ice Arena rink will close for scheduled maintenance and upkeep Saturday and will reopen June 4. Scheduled work includes removing the ice surface and installing new ice, thorough cleaning of the dasher boards, glass and all public areas, preventative maintenance for the refrigeration system and major repair to the sub floor heat. A new hot-water system and sky light shades also will be installed as part of a town of Vail energy audit. During the rink closure, Dobson will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will continue to offer its skate-sharpening service, as well as take registration for its summer camps and programs.Upon reopening, Dobson Ice Arena manager Jared Biniecki said the ice arena will resume normal operations and programming, complete with hockey camps, public skating and its adult hockey league.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is offering the National Register-listed Dotsero Bridge over the Colorado River for adoption. Any person or organization willing to relocate the structure may “adopt” it, as plans are under way to replace it later this year.Constructed in 1935, the green Dotsero Bridge is located on the Interstate 70 frontage road in Dotsero. It is one of just a few metal truss bridges on Colorado’s highway system that is still intact; more specifically, it is a steel, rigid-connected Parker through truss that is 150 feet long, 33 feet wide and has a vertical clearance of 13 feet, 2 inches. The bridge may be a good candidate for reuse as a pedestrian or recreational trail bridge. A new deck and abutments would need to be constructed for the bridge in its new location, as the current ones are outdated. To see a photo of the existing bridge, visit http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70greendotserobridge.For those who are interested, the bridge is free to a good home, but the recipient will need to pay for the disassembly, relocation and reassembly of the bridge. Additionally, given the age of the bridge, its paint does contain lead and possibly other constituents that require careful removal and containment. The containment and disposal of the paint during the dismantling process may be an additional cost for the recipient. Preference will be given to plans that agree to maintain the bridge in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Potential recipients must submit a written relocation plan detailing the proposed use and new location of the bridge, as well as resources available to assure future maintenance. Potential recipients also should state their intent to follow all environmental regulations concerning the treatment of lead-based paint on the structural steel components. CDOT may contribute funding up to the amount anticipated for disposal of the bridge.If you are interested in adopting this bridge and would like more information about CDOT’s Adopt-a-Bridge program, contact CDOT Senior Staff Historian Lisa Schoch at 303-512-4258 or lisa.schoch@dot.state.co.us.


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