National Weather Service – NOAA in the local News this week

by   the fans of Weather Radio WZ2518 – on top of Castle Peak, in Eagle, Colorado

Jim Pringle – of the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Colorado contacted an Eagle County based, ECT contributor this week.

Jim is a ‘Warning Coordination Meteorologist’ based in Grand Junction and was instrumental in installing and testing of Eagle County’s own National Weather Service – Weather Radio – transmitting on 162.450Mhz from the top of Castle Peak in Eagle, Colorado.

Don’t have a Weather Radio?  No problem, you can still listen to that Weather Radio stream – via the Internet (Click Here)

SmartPhone users can also listen to that NOAA Weather Radio -anytime via the FREE “NOAA Radio” app – after downloading and installing just look for the ‘Eagle Weather Radio’ stream when you first configure it!

Of the (many+1) topics covered by Jim Pringle last week – Jim advised is that “since Eagle County is above the 90 degree east marker” – of his NEXRAD Radar (WSR-88D) Eagle County enjoys much more accurate Weather Radar picture of the current ‘Rain/Storm’ cells.  Below (actually >90 degrees east) the Radar doesn’t perform as well as NOAA would like.  1/2 of a degree of ‘skip’ off a few mountain peaks near the Crested Butte, Montrose Region of Colorado – is enough to challenge the performance/quality of the Radar images from that area!

(Screen Shot below from AM, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 – Just before the start of the USA Pro Bicycle Challenge – time trials in Vail, Colorado)

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You can see the current NEXRAD WSR-88D Radar image by (Clicking Here) and scroll down to the bottom of that web page.

Side Note:  This WSR-88D Radar is located on the top of the Grand Mesa (10,000 ft.) in Grand Junction, Colorado.  (Click Here) for the current webcam image from that Radar site!

WSR-88D =  Weather Surveillance Radar, 1988, Doppler

The EagleCountyTimes.com folks are happy to assist Jim and his NWS team in Grand Junction, Colorado on their stated mission of “Building a Weather-Ready Nation”.  For us here at the ECT – is all about improving Public Safety for everyone.

FREE! iPhone 5 Battery! Well maybe…

by  Eric

Dateline:  Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

It’s a well known technology fact – that the Battery Life of Apple’s iPhone 5, Stinks!

Well…Apple themselves has finally admitted to that fact – and has actually done something about that – for a few iPhone 5 owners…

Apple has officially announced some of you iPhone 5 owners may be eligible for a free battery upgrade.  (Click Here)

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All you have to do is put in your iPhone 5 Serial Number and press ‘Submit’.  You can find your iPhone 5 serial number here –   Settings, General, About and just scroll down to the field that says…’Serial Number’.  Simple enough – even an elected official should be able to handle that!   Good Luck!  Our iPhone 5 (with it’s poor battery) didn’t qualify.

Tip of the Week – Vehicle Registration Online

by  Clayton Moore

Time to double-check your (and your significant other’s) Colorado Vehicle Registration!  The always aggressive Cops around here are more than happy to write your Vehicle a ticket if your Registration is not current….you’ll end up with a big fine and still have to pay to register your Vehicle!

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The Easy Way!  The Vehicle Registration usually runs out at the end of the month.  You can renew your Colorado/Eagle County Registration online at –  http://www.colorado.gov/renewplates

It’s fast and easy – and you can save yourself the cost of a 1st Class Stamp – in the process.  Use your Credit Card and rack up a few more of those (frequent flyer miles?) too!  Just (Click On) the graphic above to get started.

Favorite Photo – Red Cliff Studio Tour

by  Jimmy Olsen   photography

Too Funny.  The ECT’s favorite photo from this past weekends “Red Cliff 2014 Studio Tour” is the photo of the sign – instructing Jimmy Olsen of the ECT – not to take any photos!

Special thanks to the Norris – Lamont Gallery in Red Cliff for the outdoor back drop behind their sign.  Perhaps next year the ECT folks will just shoot a Video instead.  No signs about Videos…did we see!  Nor bad grammar, either!

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All Gone on the Gore?  Mid-August 2014 – Our Gore Range waits for its first new Snow of the 2014-2015 Ski Season

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Just a little different than the Gore looked last March – 2014

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How they’re – Cheating Local Taxpayers

by  Clayton Moore

OK – The ECT will explain – just exactly how they intend to do it.

What the current Avon Town Councils wants…

A new “open-air” type Music Pavilion, located near Nottingham Lake in Avon.

For the time being…never mind that there is no reasonable/sufficient public parking (in Avon) for future concert goers…and also please ignore this same Council has wasted Millions of Taxpayer funds – on their lawsuit (just ended) with Avon developer – Traer Creek.

Problem for Avon Town Council:  How to PAY for this proposed new concert Pavilion.

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Taxpayers vs. Certificates of Participation

The Fair Approach:  If the current Avon Town Council were “playing fair” the Council members would respect TABOR and put the question of Financing a new Town of Avon Bond on the November 2014, Ballot – in order to pay for this proposed new Pavilion.  They’re not doing that.

The Cheating Approach:  The current Avon Council instead wants to use a “financing vehicle” called “Certificates of Participation” that is expressly designed to “side-step” and remove the restrictions of TABOR – TABOR of course requiring a VOTE from the Taxpayers who will be forced to pay for the new Bond that finances the proposed multi-million dollar Pavilion.

C.o.P. Financing:  In short, is a series of “one year loans” that is required to pay the debt service on the new Bond that pays for this Pavilion.  Each year the Avon Council is required to approve that year(s) payment during their annual budget approval process.  Note:  This current Avon Council is requiring (read: legally obligating) future Town Councils – to approve payment into this debt – until the Bond is retired.Rogers-Comments-Avon-12AUG2014-16MAY2014  If future Avon Councils don’t – their Bond will default.

From Town of Avon Finance Manager (and assistant Town Manger) – Scott Wright.  W 970.748.4055 – SWright@Avon-dot-org

Currently Proposed C.o.P. terms (subject to change from this date – 17AUG2014)

C.o.P Term:  ~10-15 years

C.o.P. Bond Secured by:  Avon’s current RETT (Real Estate Transfer Tax – 2% in Avon today)

Total Loan amount:  ~$2,000,00.00 at ~3% Interest

The Politics of it? –  Recall (4) Avon Town Council Seats are up this November 2014.  (2) of those 4 seats are being vacated by – Term Limited Avon Council members.

A reasonable question:  Why won’t these Avon Council members put the question of financing the proposed Music Pavilion on the November 2014 Ballot so Avon Taxpayers can vote on it?

Interesting Note:    That small paragraph/insert above?   Written by none other than “Editor half the story” – Don Rogers – in his paper – May 15th 2014.  Point is, while responsibility to be informed rests with the individual Taxpayer – it is also the job of the local media – to inform the Taxpayers of the Public Record information that effects “their daily lives”.  This just one more example of the disdain the ECT has for the so called “reporting” in Roger’s – Daily Fishwrap newspaper.  He and his reporters simply won’t tell folks what is really happening in their own Town(s) –yet is happy to insult them, just the same.  Go ahead Don – just click on the insert paragraph above.

It’s Over! Finally!

by  Clayton Moore

Finally some positive news to report out of Avon!

Their lawsuit with Avon Developer Traer Creek is over and done!

On hand for a small celebration and light refreshments last week – at Castle Peak Grille in Avon was…

Below   L-R     Dan “I like red wine” Leary – local architect Harvey Robertson, Magnus Lindholm and Debbie “I prefer white wine” Buckley.  Tangible proof the ECT claims – that if you’re having your FAC drink at Castle Peak in Avon – you’re no doubt smiling….sometimes in the company of a Happy Swede too!

Insiders know that Castle Peak Restaurant (located just west of the Avon Wal~Mart) has a new Chef and a new MENU.  Check out the Prime Rib!  You’ll be glad you did!

Also in a Festive Mood this week – A short Video from Minturn’s own “Meadow Mountain String Band” performing at the Farmer’s Market in Vail, Colorado – Sunday, August 10th 2014.

Grand Valley Surgery Center – It COSTS less!

by  Clayton Moore

Your Medical Costs and Insurance in Eagle and Pitken Counties in Colorado?

GVSCHere’s how to lower your Medical costs – in particular for the “Outpatient” class of Surgery – you may need.  This is obviously for medical care (Surgery among other services) that can be scheduled and does not require a lengthy in hospital stay.

The new (Western Slope) Grand Valley Surgery Center (970.298.7800) wants to talk to you.

Ask for Ms. Betsy Radca or Ms. Christina Pike for more information on the Medical Services (GVSC) can provide you, a family member or a friend today.  They are actively looking for new medical patients from both Eagle and Pitken Counties – and they know we pay the highest Medical Insurance costs in the nation – because our local Hospitals HAVE NO COMPETITION.  The nice folks at Grand Valley Surgery Center want to talk with you about how they can provide top flight Medical Services at a competitive and reasonable market price.

GVSC will quote rates over the phone…and can help provide information for (Hotel stays $59.00-$110.00/nite) if you and a family member may need a brief stay over nite in Grand Junction, Colorado.  As them about their knee and hip replacement procedures.  It’s time for YOU to take control of your and your families Medical costs.

Make that call today.  GVSC  970.298.7800  You can visit their web site by (Clicking Here)  Tell them the EagleCountyTimes.com  asked you to call.

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