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To the north, an Ouray-based group has called for a large swath that encompasses Red Mountain Pass to be similarly protected from motors.

Efforts mounting to aid victims

SNOWMASS, Colo. — Although more subdued than the tsunami and hurricane relief efforts, mountain residents have belatedly been shipping supplies to earthquake victims in Pakistan and Kashmir.

In addition to an effort out of Vail and the Eagle Valley, there is also work in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Aspen Daily News reports that Sallie Shatz is working with others to help organize a clothing drive. A member of Aspen Mountain Rescue, she says that she sees the work in Pakistan being an extension of the work she does in Aspen.

"There are people in the mountains, and they're in trouble," she said.

In November, 4.4 tons of clothing went out from the Roaring Fork Valley, including 65 boxes sent by Obermeyer, the clothing manufacturer, plus contributions from the Aspen Skiing Co. and a mammoth clothing drive by a local private school, Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

"We went into their (Obermeyer's) warehouse and they were just taking clothes off the racks and dumping them into boxes," Shatz told the Daily News.

The latest supplies were rounded up by students at Basalt High School. Other schools throughout the valley are also becoming involved. Shatz said fund-raisers have brought in some $80,000.

Clock ticking for smokers

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — The clock is ticking for smoking on lifts as well as in most lift lines and other public places in unincorporated Eagle County.

As per the wishes of 72 per cent of voters last November, Eagle County is banning smoking effective March. That includes Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek, although not within Vail and other towns. The new law bans smoking from within 25 feet of restaurant patios, skate parks, and other such areas, explains the Vail Daily. However, 10 per cent of hotel rooms are exempted.

Avon has followed the county’s lead, although Eagle will not. Vail has not indicated which way it will go.

Sheriff Joy Hoy said enforcement will be a low priority, but the experience in adjacent Summit County, which took the same action two years ago, is that the law is largely self-enforcing. "Most of the enforcement is done by patrons of bars and restaurants, not the authorities," said Don Parsons of Smoke Free Summit County.