Breckenridge moves from warnings to citations for trash law violators
Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, the Breckenridge Police Department will start issuing citations for violations of the town’s trash rules aimed to reduce conflicts between bears and humans.
The first violation will result in an infraction and typically a $100 fine, which can be paid by mail or in person at the Breckenridge municipal court. The second and subsequent violations will result in a court summons.
According to Breckenridge law, garbage can be placed at the curbside only on the day of pickup between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and trash must be fully contained in an appropriate receptacle. The lid of the container must be fully closed and securely attached.
All households are required to store garbage cans inside a home, garage, building or shed, unless their can is equipped with some type of latching mechanism that will hold the lid securely to the can.
To report trash violations, call the Breckenridge Police Department at (970) 453-2941, and call the county’s non-emergency dispatch line at (970) 668-8600 to report bears.
For more information about living near bears, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at (970) 725-6200 or visit http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeBears1.aspx.
Summit Huts Association hosts annual Backcountry Ball
Join hut and backcountry enthusiasts for a fun evening at the Summit Huts Association’s annual Backcountry Ball fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 9.
The association operates four backcountry cabins in the county — Francie’s Cabin, Janet’s Cabin, Section House and Ken’s Cabin — and is in the process of building a fifth in Weber Gulch.
Breckenridge Ski Resort has been a supporter of the event since its beginning, often providing the venue, servers and food. This year the event is moving to Ten Mile Room at The Village at Breckenridge.
The event will feature a lasagna dinner from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. with meat and veggie options, sides and dessert. Broken Compass Brewing will donate beer, and two beer or wine tickets are included for use at the bar open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door, and kids tickets cost $10. Tickets are available online until Thursday, Oct. 8.
The event will also feature door prizes and a silent auction with outdoor gear, ski passes and gift certificates to local businesses from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Congressional gridlock stymies conservation funding
Congress did not include the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the legislation it passed to fund the government until December, so the fund expired Thursday, Sept. 30.
The LWCF has funded parks and recreation project as well as secured protection for public lands since its inception in 1965.
The fund is generated by royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling and doesn’t affect the annual federal budget. Instead it helps balance out impacts from oil and gas development by funding conservation and allocates funds for both federal and state spending.
“This is a sad moment for conservation and recreation across the country,” said Will Roush, conservation director at the Wilderness Workshop. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the country’s greatest conservation programs, protecting iconic landscapes and provided recreational opportunities in people’s backyards, all at no cost to the taxpayer.”
The LWCF has never missed a reauthorization of annual funding until now.
Colorado has received about $250 million from the LWCF to fund state initiatives since 1965 that include notable trail systems and recreation infrastructure in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties as well as projects in the state’s national parks and forests.
Lack of Congressional support for the LCWF threatens tourism- and recreation-based economies and ways of life throughout the state.
“It’s heartening to see Senators Bennet and Gardner and Rep. Polis fight hard for this important program,” Roush said. “I only hope that their colleagues in Congress will realize the importance of this program to all Americans and re-authorize the LWCF during the next budgeting process in December.”
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