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The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will reduce the amount of water released from Ruedi Reservoir this week to begin storage for the summer.Releases were scheduled to be reduced Wednesday from 133 to 48 cubic feet per second from the Ruedi dam, according to the bureau. Runoff from Rocky Fork, a creek right below the dam, will boost flows in the Fryingpan River to around 90 cfs, the bureau said in a statement.

ASPEN Peter Frommer, who is charged with 29 counts of check fraud and felony theft, was able to pay a raised bail in order to stay out of jail Tuesday.Assistant District Attorney Gail Nichols requested the higher bail after adding 18 new felony charges to an existing 11 charges. She noted that her request to increase bail from $27,500 to $50,000 was well under the required bond schedule for the charges.Frommer’s attorney, public defender Garth McCarty, said Frommer had appeared at all court hearings and was not a flight risk. Ninth District Judge James Boyd chose a middle ground and raised Frommer’s bail to $40,000.According to the Pitkin County Jail, Frommer posted bond before noon Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in court next for an arraignment hearing on May 21; the delay is due to the large amount of discovery in the case.

EAGLE COUNTY As the weather begins to warm, Eagle County commissioners want to protect residents from bears on the hunt for food.The commissioners are considering adopting a law that would ban feeding wildlife and also require residents living in unincorporated Eagle County to buy bear-resistant trash cans. The board on Tuesday put off a vote on the issue until the board can get more input from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, residents and businesses affected by the move.Residents and businesses in a portion of the Roaring Fork Valley would be affected Eagle County extends into the midvalley, encompassing part of Basalt, along with El Jebel and the Missouri Heights area.Requiring all residents to have a bear-resistant container, whether they have had a bear problem or not, is overly restrictive and a financial burden for trash haulers, said Matt Donovan, owner of Vail Honeywagon. “The containers will slow our routes and they are expensive,” Donovan said. “They cost about $200 and there’s only one company that makes them so the prices could go up. Unfortunately we have to pass that cost to our customers, too.”Employees of Vail Honeywagon will have to take off their gloves and unlock the containers before they can be unloaded into the truck, slowing route times, Donovan said. Plus, other trash companies in Eagle and Gypsum will not be able to use their automated trash-truck systems. Commissioner Peter Runyon said he was concerned about the price and extra time it will take to collect trash, but he added it is not a good enough reason to not pass the law.”The automakers said for years that seat belts weren’t needed and that people who are thrown from the car when it crashes survive sometimes, but now seat belts are widely embraced and accepted,” Runyon said. It is all part of the price you pay to live in a mountain community, he said. “The reality is that we live in bear country and this is the cost of living here,” Runyon said. “There is a cost to the bears, too, when they are caught in these neighborhoods.” (Vail Daily)


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