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Two injured when truck’s brake failsTwo downvalley men were hurt Wednesday morning when a truck they were unloading rolled down a driveway at a Red Mountain Ranch home above Aspen, according to the Colorado State Patrol.Armando Cardenas, 45, of Glenwood Springs and Miguel Raudales, 38, of Carbondale were taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries, the state patrol reported.The two men reportedly jumped from the truck, a 2004 International “box truck,” after the hand brake released and it rolled down the steep drive at 840 Hunter Creek Road about 11 a.m. The truck hit a curb several times and a large rock near the end of the driveway before coming to a halt.Cardenas suffered minor injuries to his head and one hand, and was quickly released. Raudales broke his right arm and the femur in his right leg. He had not been released from AVH as of late Wednesday afternoon.

Eagle County residents may vote on smoking banRandy Dietz says it’s time Eagle County banned smoking from his favorite bar. Chances are, the Edwards resident will get the chance to tell county officials exactly how he feels this November. The Board of County Commissioners plans to ask voters in November if the county should ban smoking in bars and restaurants. The county has the authority to ban smokers from lighting up only in businesses in unincorporated parts of Eagle County, such as Eagle-Vail and Edwards. But Commissioner Arn Menconi hopes a countywide ban would prompt the towns to follow suit. That’s fine by Dietz. “I think everybody else is doing it,” said Dietz, who was having a drink at Bob’s Place in Avon. “I get sick when I’m around it.”Summit County voters approved a similar ban in 2003 by a 2-1 ratio. The Summit County commissioners then passed a law forbidding smoking in bars and restaurants. Soon after, town councils throughout Summit County passed their own laws, making the ban countywide. Counties don’t need permission from voters to pass smoking bans, but the issue was so contentious Summit County opted to let residents weigh in first, said Bill Wallace, a Summit County commissioner. (From the Vail Daily)