On July 4, Ron Braden, 54, the former Information Technology director for the Town of Vail, was arrested and charged with multiple crimes including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, embezzlement of public property, theft, official misconduct, forgery and assault on a peace officer. These charges resulted from an 18-month investigation in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Vail Town Council will discuss its preferences regarding use of e-bikes on Vail Pass and bicycle dismount zones in the village pedestrian areas at its afternoon meeting on Tuesday, July 7. The discussions are listed as 3.4 and 3.5, respectively, on the meeting agenda which begins at 1 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with social distancing protocols in place. The meeting will be live streamed at www.highfivemedia.org/live-five.
The Town of Vail is hosting a public meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at Donovan Pavilion to discuss recommended changes to loading and delivery regulations in Vail Village. Business owners, delivery companies, residents and anyone else impacted by the loading and delivery policies are encouraged to attend the discussion. All social distancing guidelines will be in place for those attending in person. For those unable to attend, please email comments to Police Cmdr. Ryan Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Conditions for tonight's 10-minute fireworks show have been cleared by fire authorities barring any weather event.
Vail America Days™ organizers are ready to welcome guests and residents for the modified Fourth of July holiday which includes carefully scripted patriotic exhibits and an abbreviated fireworks display, weather permitting. Those who gather in Vail and throughout the county are being asked to adhere to the new Eagle County public health order emphasizing social distancing, use of face coverings, frequent hand washing, staying home if you’re sick and getting tested if you have symptoms.
East Meadow Drive in Vail Village has been added to the outdoor pubic areas designated for the consumption of alcohol. The Town Manager’s Office has authorized this area at the direction of the Town Council and in response to requests from the business community. The expansion is effective immediately. The stretch of East Meadow Drive joins portions of Bridge Street, Wall Street, Gore Creek Drive and Willow Bridge Road as authorized areas in Vail Village to assist the bar and restaurant community in accommodating social distancing required by public health orders. The pedestrian mall in Lionshead is also a designated area.
With Vail Town Council’s consent at its June 16 meeting and allowances enacted by the state, the Town Manager’s Office has authorized an expansion of outdoor public areas designated for the consumption of alcohol. The authorized areas in Vail Village and Lionshead are intended to assist the bar and restaurant community in accommodating social distancing required by public health orders. The expansion is effective immediately.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, a 2017 black Trek full suspension mountain bike was removed from the back of a vehicle that was parked in Vail Village near the International Bridge. The bike was ridden away by a white male wearing a long sleeve black shirt, blue jeans, and black and white shoes. The bike has a black frame with blue lettering and black DMR pedals and is valued at $3,500.
Environmental sustainability efforts have been identified as Vail’s highest priorities for action according to respondents who took part in the Town of Vail community survey which was circulated during the spring. The survey findings were presented to the Town Council on June 16 by the research firm RRC Associates which also included an overview of department and service ratings as well as comments associated with the public health crisis.
On Thursday, June 11 at 7:48 p.m., the Vail Police Department responded to a report of a male making threats towards his neighbors at 1612 Matterhorn Circle in West Vail. The complainant was in fear because his neighbor, Ryan Mills, was in possession of multiple firearms in his residence. Officers initially made contact with Mills, 38, at his home. Mills was found to be very agitated and exhibited signs of being in a mental health crisis.
The Vail Police Department has identified the two suspects involved in the theft of a vehicle and two high-end mountain bikes at the Fall Ridge Condominiums in April. Arrest warrants have been issued for Kathrine Elizabeth Steele, 29, of Englewood, and David Daniel Boyle, 42, of Westminster.
The Vail Police Department was dispatched to a bicycle theft that occurred at the Vail Transportation Center at approximately 5:45 p.m. on May 29. Stationary security cameras captured the victim parking a Cannondale Synapse road bike. Shortly after, a male subject watches the bike for several minutes before taking the bike and leaving the area. The bike was valued at $2,000.
Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger and other local law enforcement leaders have come together to show solidarity in building community trust and equality for all in an open letter to the Eagle County community.
The Vail Town Manager’s Office, in coordination with several town departments, including the police and fire departments and the Town Clerk’s Office, has authorized two public places to allow for alcohol consumption beginning Saturday, May 30.
Limited public access to the Vail Municipal building, Vail Public Library and other town offices and facilities will be available beginning Monday, June 1 as part of a phased plan to provide restricted in-person services to customers and guests. The transition will require members of the public and employees to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing as well as occupancy requirements when conducting business in the buildings.
Officers from the Vail Police Department are inviting community members to join them for a virtual coffee and conversation from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28 from the comfort of their homes via Zoom and Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/VailPD/.