DUI checkpoints Friday, Saturday
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on Friday and Saturday.The Summit County Sheriff’s Office regularly uses DUI sobriety checkpoints as an educational tool to inform the motoring public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. They also help reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents in which alcohol or drugs is a contributing factor. Checkpoints aid in the detection, apprehension and deterrence of drivers who are impaired or are under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug. The location of the checkpoint has not yet been established.- Daily News staff reportWeed-eating goats return to SummitSUMMIT COUNTY – The weed-eating goats that gobble noxious weeds will be back along the edges of Dillon Reservoir from July 12-23 as part of the county’s eradication program.The goats will be put to work in the Giberson Bay, Meadow Creek and Blue River Inlet areas, according to Lisa Taylor, the Summit County weed coordinator. They are returning to the area as part of an inter-governmental program among the county and towns to combat noxious weeds which choke out native plant life and harm the environment.The goats belong to “Nip It In The Bud,” a grazing company from Longmont. Local governments have contracted the company to graze 500 goats on about 50 acres of weeds.Goat grazing to reduce noxious weeds was first introduced to the area in 2001 and repeated in 2002. Taylor said the tactic was found to be a successful method for reducing noxious weeds. The goats will be focused on eliminating Canada thistle, a creeping perennial with a large root system that is extremely difficult to kill. The goats graze on it, stressing the plant so that it uses more energy to re-grow. Then when the Canada Thistle is pulling carbohydrates into its root system in the fall season, local weed control technicians treat the “stressed weeds” with an herbicide. The herbicide gets deep into the plant’s root system, killing it. When the goats are at work, residents and visitors are asked to keep their dogs on a leash at all times in the grazing areas.For information about noxious weeds and the goats, call Taylor at (970) 668-4218.- Daily News staff reportUSFS seeks volunteers for trail maintenanceDILLON – The U.S. Forest Service’s Dillon Ranger District received a $23,600 grant from the state Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain forest trails.The money will be used to hire a five-person crew to work on 39 miles of trails around Mount Royal and the Gold Hill, Miner’s Creek, Peaks, Wheeler, Crystal Lake, McCullough Gulch and Spruce Creek trails.All are among the most heavily enjoyed by locals and visitors.The crew, led by Jonathan Hare, will remove overhanging brush, loose rocks and litter and repair water bars and other drainage structures.Additionally, Kathryn Grohusky has been hired as a a temporary trails volunteer coordinator to recruit volunteers to work on the Burro, Lenawee, Baker’s Tank, Chihuahua, Ptarmigan and Tenderfoot trails as well as 12 miles of trails in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.Hare and Grohusky are looking for volunteers. Hare will hold his workdays on Saturdays; those interested should call the Dillon Ranger District at (970) 468-5400 to sign up. Grohusky will encourage school, church, scouting or other groups of 10 to 15 people who would like to help maintain these trails to contact her at the Dillon Office. “Since we have some employees this summer with trail expertise and a supply of tools, we can put to work those who are willing to give a little back to the public lands,” said Ken Waugh, District recreation staff officer. “Volunteer support is extremely valuable and appreciated. By having volunteers work with paid employees, the amount of work accomplished is multiplied many times over.”The district is also seeking input from trail users in its quest to inventory needed summer trail signs. Hikers and ATV, motorcycle, Jeep, mountain bike and horseback riders are asked to note if additional signs are needed at trail junctions, landmarks (such as creek or road crossings) and along roads to trailheads. Trail users have indicated that one of the most important needs on the forest is better signage on trails, to trailheads, roads and at trail junctions. For more information, contact Waugh at (970) 262-3446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.- Jane Stebbins
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