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Vail Daily, Vail Colorado COI-70 game bridgeSomeone needs to remind the Colorado Department of Transport-ation or its design consultant that a large expenditure above and beyond the bridge cost needs to be budgeted for funding a “game education” program, teaching the deer, elk, bears, etc., that they are only allowed to cross the freeway using the overpass. Quite a challenge, that. I for one have seen many deer and elk carcasses randomly scattered in the right-of-way, mute testimony that they refuse to adhere to the “game crossing ahead” warning signs posted by CDOT. Michael J. KoberCastle Rock, Wash.Faster, betterI’ve heard enough about Vail’s Front Door. I’m a back door man. I want to see Chair 5 burned in hell with a new high-speed installed in its wake before any more Front Door improvements take place. Jon Silver Boulder Those billsFor those Xcel Energy natural gas users who didn’t find time to read their December bill insert during the busy holidays, you may have missed the following gem:”Along with this proposed rate increase, the company has proposed to implement a Partial Decoupling Rate Adjustment (“PDRA”) rider to recover costs incurred with non-weather related customer use.” “The PDRA is proposed as a three-year pilot with the first PDRA applied to bills beginning July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2011.” Comments had to be received 10 days prior to the effective date of Jan. 1, 2007.So much for the benefits of conservation! Robert Beckwith Vail Town meeting TuesdayOn behalf of the Vail Town Council, I’d like to invite our many stakeholders to join us for our Annual Vail Town Meeting and Open House beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Donovan Pavilion.This past year has been an eventful time for the community with projects ranging from the new wildlife protection ordinance which requires bear-resistant or bear-proof trash containers beginning April 15, plus important construction milestones, as well as critical planning initiatives to help direct our future. While we’ll have much to share with you, including an update on the state of the town and a special tribute to our municipal employees, we’re also prepared to listen to you, our stakeholders, to learn what’s on your mind. Now that the holidays have passed, we hope you’ll find time to drop by and take part on Jan. 9.Rod SliferMayor of Vail


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