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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will mark its 10th anniversary this weekend with a “Tribute to Trails” fund-raising gathering at T-Lazy 7 Ranch.Set for 7 p.m. Saturday, the event will include dinner, drinks, a cash bar, gifts and prizes, and music and dancing. The general public is invited to take part in what has traditionally been a small event to thank the volunteers who have worked on various trails projects over the year.”This is a celebration of our 10 years of work,” said Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Director David Hamilton, noting that the T-Lazy 7 dining hall seats 200 and that tickets still were available as of Wednesday.Tickets are $25 per person in advance for members, or $50 for nonmembers (the ticket includes the cost of a new membership).Space is limited, so organizers urged interested patrons to sign up as early as possible. For more information or to make a reservation, visit rfov.org or call 927-8241.
BRECKENRIDGE – A federal judge on Wednesday approved the town’s $9 million purchase of B&B Mines for use as open space.U.S. District Court Judge Edward W. Nottingham gave the go-ahead on a consent decree, which was required in the purchase of the 1,840-acre mining land because of potential liability issues.The decree limits the amount of liability that the town and Summit County, which was also involved in the purchase, will assume. The agreement also mandates that the town and county set up a water treatment plant to remove zinc and cadmium from the area to reduce levels in the Blue River.The Breckenridge and Summit County negotiated for four years to buy the property, which is a part of the larger Golden Horseshoe area. Some of the Horseshoe land is protected as part of the White River National Forest, but the town and county have slowly been acquiring that land to preserve as open space.”We are glad the acquisition is finally done,” said County Commissioner Tom Long. “We can now move ahead to effectively manage the resources of the Golden Horseshoe and its array of recreational uses.” (From the Summit Daily News)
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A management plan for the Marolt Open Space guides the city to largely leave it alone, although a feasibility study will be done for a potential bike park on the south side of the property.