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Eagle County P&Z needs youEagle County is seeking a resident of the midvalley to serve on the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission.Robert Adams of Sopris Village recently resigned his post on the commission because he moved. Eagle County is seeking applicants for the vacancy.The commission advises the county commissioners on land use issues for the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County. It reviews development projects and helps create and adjust Eagle County’s land use regulations.The board has five regular members and three associates. Associates participate in the debates and often serve in voting roles.The commission meets up to two times per month, on the second and fourth Thursdays. However, meetings often are canceled due to lack of projects to review.Applicants must live in the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County, which includes the El Jebel area, most of Basalt, part of the Frying Pan Valley and a portion of Missouri Heights. Applicants also must be registered to vote.Applications are due Oct. 6. They are available online at http://www.eaglecounty.us/commdev or by calling 970-328-8746.Suspected ‘Internet predator’ arrestedA man suspected of “sexually explicit chatting” and committing sexual acts on a Web cam while talking on the Internet to an undercover officer was arrested Thursday, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.Kyle Wynkoop, 33, who used the name “koopdaddy411,” was arrested at his home near Grand Junction and his computer was seized, the sheriff’s office said in a press release that announced the arrest of an “Internet predator.” Mesa County authorities assisted.Wynkoop admitted to having child pornography and to chatting with underage girls on the Internet, according to the sheriff’s office. An arrest warrant charges him with five counts of felony Internet sexual exploitation of a child. He is being held in an Eagle County detention facility.Wynkoop first contacted an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy posing as a 13-year-girl in August, the sheriff’s office said.Anyone who has been contacted, or whose children have been contacted by “koopdaddy411,” is asked to contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 328-8500. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is part of the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children task force. Eagle County encompasses a sliver of the Roaring Fork Valley, including El Jebel and part of Basalt.
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