VAIL — An overview of spring construction projects in Vail will be presented during the town’s annual construction season kick-off meeting from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Donovan Pavilion, 1600 S. Frontage Road. Contractors, architects, merchants, residents and others with an interest in the upcoming construction projects are encouraged to attend.
Several major public and private construction projects will be taking place this spring with impacts to the Vail Village, Lionshead and Ford Park areas, in particular. Project schedules, construction staging parameters, noise allowances and contractor parking information will be discussed by representatives from the Public Works and Fire departments at the meeting. Also, details on the town’s new electronic plan review software, contractor’s registration requirements, inspection schedules and stream tract restrictions will be available as well as other information and announcements from the town’s Community Development Department.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Blood pressure/blood sugar checks by Eagle County Paramedics, 11 a.m.Learn more »
VAIL — “Remember that guy who gave up? No one else does either.”
These are the words on Bill Schane’s Pink Vail fundraising page. He posts similar daily motivators on his website, “Don’t Go It Alone.” Schane is a man of guiding principles. And they’re getting him through some pretty rough patches, including a fight for his life.Learn more »
AVON — Spa Anjali at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa recently announce that it has been honored with a “Top 10 Green Spa Award” for 2015 by Organic Spa Magazine.
Spa highlights include a saline swimming pool and a living wall of succulent plants that adorn the spa entrance, improving air quality and adding to a peaceful, stress-reducing environment. Spa Anjali uses only organic and natural treatment products and sources locally whenever possible. The spa boutique selects companies that align with its sustainable goals, such as Eminence Skincare, which has planted 1,631 trees on behalf of Spa Anjali.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — High school students in Eagle County have an opportunity to learn outdoors while being paid and earning college credit this summer.
With funding from the National Forest Foundation and the Ski Area Conservation Fund supported by Vail Resorts, Walking Mountains Science Center is offering 12 high school students a paid internship to spend eight weeks participating in a field research project with the U.S. Forest Service.Learn more »
AVON — The Eagle River Water and Sanitation District is putting three trucks, a snowmobile and a vending machine up for sale using the Public Surplus online auction service. Bidding closes at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
“We actively manage our fleet by scheduling vehicles and heavy equipment for replacement on a rotating basis,” said director of operations Todd Fessenden. “As a local government, we focus on delivering water and wastewater services at a reasonable cost to our taxpayers and ratepayers.”Learn more »
AVON — The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch at Beaver Creek is offereing a spring break special for Colorado residents. The hotel has launched a 50 percent savings on both available room rates at www.ritzcarlton.com and the valet parking/daily resort fee. To reserve, call Katherine Krempasky, 970-343-1011 and mention the special offer. Participants must show valid Colorado ID or driver’s license upon arrival to receive the special rate.
Through April 5, travelers can try experiences including snowshoeing tours led by Ranger Jackie, the resort Naturalist; no experience is necessary and the hotel provides the gear. For guests who enjoy apres ski, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has options including the outdoor Snow Bar by Spago, which serves champagne, wine and bloody marys. The Bachelors Lounge offers staff-led pairing classes like beer and cheese, the wine of the week and even the art of making craft cocktails. Attendees learn new tips and tricks, and also have the pleasure of mingling with others.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Hill Aevium, an Edwards-based advertising and marketing company, recently announced the addition of account executive Jill Coyle and account coordinator Josh Ruark.
“We are excited to bring Jill and Josh on as they bring an exciting and fresh prospective to the agency,” said Linda Hill, president of Hill Aevium. “We are a creative-based firm, working on integrated marking and advertising campaigns. We work closely with clients to drive brand awareness and it is thrilling to collaborate with these two on projects to bring new concepts and ideas.”Learn more »
This winter, Vail and Beaver Creek hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships for a third time. The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum has opened its ski racing archives to tell stories that connect the dots between today’s spectacular made-for-TV competitions and their humble beginnings. This series will feature many of the significant milestones, instigated here in Colorado by individuals now enshrined in the Hall of Fame, which helped shape skiing and international racing. When you are in Vail Village, stop by the museum for a trip through skiing’s past. For more information, go to www.skimuseum.net.
The World Pro Skiing Tour was instrumental in popularizing the sport of Alpine Skiing in the 1970s and ’80s. Headed by ski aficionado Bob Beattie, WPS was designed to attract a fan following. It featured an easy to understand head-to-head race format, a national telecast, and colorful characters that enraptured America. Beattie was more than successful, and alpine skiing prospered. As America’s eye focused more and more on the popular winter pastime, it also brought increased investment and invention. Skis changed, safety increased and even on-course technology improved. American ingenuity was released on the hill.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Each April, following the end of ski season and as the spring melt gets underway, trash and debris emerges from under the many layers of snow. The Community Pride Highway Cleanup is a project of the Eagle River Watershed Council and is presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise. This fun, community event is our valley’s way of sprucing up for residents and visitors alike.
This year, the 15th annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup will take place April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 950 volunteers will join in on this annual rite of spring to pick up litter from more than 140 miles of Eagle County roadways (Interstate 70 and U.S. Highways 6, 24 and 131). Local businesses, organizations, families and friends form teams, each responsible for cleaning up a 1- or 2-mile stretch of road.Learn more »
• Today: Non-medical foot care at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9-11 a.m. First come, first served. No pre sign-up necessary. Call 970-328-8896 with questions.Learn more »
BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek Ski Patrol is seeking ambitious expert skiers and telemark skiers to participate in the annual ski test, being held March 22 and March 28. The team is comprised of experienced skiers who like to help people in an active outdoor work environment, and the ski test provides interested participants with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role.
As a member of Beaver Creek Ski Patrol, individuals gain emergency outdoor care certification, personal development and leadership skills, and training for toboggan handling, high angle rescues, avalanche mitigation and certification for explosives, community outreach and lift evacuations. On average, patrollers ski 120 days a year, interacting with resort guests and fellow employees.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Local attorney T.J. Voboril will host “Get Paid,” a seminar Friday at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards for contractors and business owners. The seminar will be held at the college’s lecture hall beginning at 9 a.m. The seminar is sponsored by SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning.
Topics of discussion include mechanic’s liens, small claims court, pre-litigation mediation and other legal issues businesses sometimes have with vendors and customers.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat who represents Eagle and Routt counties in the Colorado House of Representatives, will host a pair of public meetings March 15.
The first will be held at Yeti’s Grind, located at 331 Broadway in Eagle, from 10 a.m. to noon. The second will be at the Basalt Regional Library, located at 141 Midland Ave., from 3 to 4:30 p.m.Learn more »
VAIL — On Saturday, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley will celebrate 20 years of building during its annual Carpenters’ Ball event at Larkspur Restaurant in Vail at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature wine and beer tastings, Larkspur food pairings from six, uniquely themed stations, live music and silent and live auctions. All funds raised are reinvested into Habitat’s work — creating affordable homeownership opportunities for families in Eagle County.
“We’re excited to celebrate the affiliate’s 20th year with the return of the Carpenters’ Ball, which is a huge success each year,” said Elyse Howard, development director for Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley. “We are grateful to the local businesses, individuals and volunteers who continue to support Habitat’s efforts.”Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Valley will be in full fashion on March 27, as the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation hosts the Girl PowHER Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa in Vail.
Presented by Amanda Precourt and Nex Gen Hyperbaric, the event starts at 11 a.m. with mingling and a silent auction before moving on to lunch and the fashion show at noon. The event, showcasing fashions from Vail and Denver retailers, will benefit the Youth Foundation’s Girl PowHER program, a gender-specific initiative serving hundreds of adolescent girls, grades six-12, throughout Eagle County.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The Family Learning Center has announced that it has received $18,000 from the Caring for Colorado Foundation to support their new Parent Empowerment Program.
The Parent Empowerment Program will enhance the home and school connection by providing home visits for all families. The program will also include monthly parenting workshops led by consultants from Early Childhood Partners. These early childhood experts will engage parents in their child’s education and development while providing positive parenting strategies, parental support and a connection to additional resources.Learn more »
VAIL — The Chabad Jewish Center will welcome author and Holocaust survivor Leon Malmed for a special presentation and accompanying book signing of his memoir “We Survived ... At Last I Speak”
Malmed will present a special guest lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chabad Jewish Center, located at 1000 LionsRidge Loop in the Vail Run Resort. There is no charge and the event is open to the public.Learn more »
• Today: Memory care Caregiver support group meeting at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon, 4:30-6 p.m. Support for those supporting someone with memory issues or dementia. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County’s annual State of the County presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Eagle County Room of the Eagle County Building, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. All community members are invited to attend.
The event will include an update from Commissioners Kathy Chandler-Henry and Jill Ryan on the progress made during the last year toward furthering the board’s strategic priorities: quality services, social investment, economic vitality, sustainable communities and environmental stewardship. Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney will provide a look ahead toward future county initiatives.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — CSU Extension and Eagle County 4-H Club volunteers are hosting the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed 4-H Benefit on March 14 in the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a live and silent auction. The Caleb Dean Band will be performing until 11 p.m. A cash bar will be open all evening.
Tickets are available from 4-H Club members or at the door. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and $6 for seniors, who are 65 and older. Children age 5 and under are free. Proceeds from the event go to 4-H Club scholarships and Eagle County Fair Awards. For more information, contact Jenny Leonetti at 970-328-8631 or visit www.eaglecounty.us/csu.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Real Estate Group, a diversified leader in luxury residential real estate as well as the exclusive real estate brokerage company for the Club at Cordillera, recently opened a new office above Charlie’s T-Shirts and Boot Lab, located in Lionshead Village at 500 E. Lionshead Circle. The new office is Vail Real Estate Group’s fifth in the valley.
The new office will be supervised by Eric Wagenknecht, who has been with Vail Real Estate Group since its inception.Learn more »
AVON — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry named Beck Building Co. in Avon, a winner for the West in its annual awards competition in the residential addition category.
“Remodels are a core part of our business and they are rewarding when you see the before and after photos. This particular condo is dramatically different,” said Kevin O’Donnell, president of Beck Building Company.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Robert Podley has joined the team at the Club at Cordillera as clubhouse manager. Podley moved from Florida at the beginning of December and is managing food and beverage at all of the clubhouses at Cordillera, including TimberHearth and the mountain course, The Valley and The Summit.
“I’m very excited,” Podley said. “As a Florida native, if you had asked me in September if I would be living somewhere where it snows, I would have laughed. But, Troon provided me with this opportunity and when I visited in mid-October, I fell in love with the area and the club itself.”Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The Western Association of Chamber Executives announced the newest members of its Emerging Leaders Advisory Council recently at its annual conference in Anaheim, California Among those members is Jill Lammers, of the Vail Valley Partnership.
The council was formed to identify and recognize future leaders (younger than 40) in the regional group and the chamber of commerce industry.Learn more »
VAIL — Chabad of Vail is hosting “Purim in Times Square,” a New York City-themed Purim bash.
Feast on a delicious New York deli dinner, masquerade in New York City costume, Big Apple-style crafts for the kids, dance to DJ Jeff, New York City L’chaim, Hamantaschen, Megillah and lots more city entertainment and fun for adults and children.Learn more »
VAIL — A bill from Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, to cut red tape and help Colorado Mountain College passed the Education Committee Monday with unanimous support.
Under current law, CMC is required to keep two separate operating budgets, one for its two-year programs and one for its four-year programs. HB14-1224 clarifies that CMC may use state money to fund both its two-year and four-year academic programs under one operating budget.Learn more »
• March 4: Grief Recovery Group 10 a.m. at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Jeff Cohen, of Cohen Construction Inc., is now one of a group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place designation, identifying him as a building professional with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.
The National Association of Homebuilders, in partnership with the AARP and the Home Innovation Research Labs, created the program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging-in-place.Learn more »
Young professionals group elects new president, officersFebruary 27, 2015 —
VAIL — After two years establishing a presence in the community, the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association recently elected new officers.
Travis Coggin was elected president, succeeding Dan Reynolds. Patti Liermann was elected vice president, taking over for Michael Holton. Miki Barros remains secretary and Sara Fahrney retained the position of treasurer.
Dan Reynolds, partner at RKV Law, was the first president and founder of the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association.
‘BRING EVERYONE TOGETHER’
“There’s such a talented group of young professionals spread across this valley,” Reynolds said. “We needed an organization to bring everyone together, not only for networking and development, but also to encourage this diverse crowd to establish roots in our community.”
With more than 200 members, the young professionals group has monthly events, including speaker panels, local business tours, volunteer opportunities, networking happy hours and a year-end holiday party.
“This community is changing dramatically and we need to equip our young professionals to be the future of the valley,” Coggin said. “Eagle County has gone from a couple thousand people to over 52,000 in the past 50 years, and that includes spreading out and dividing our workforce. (The association) tries to reconnect and localize our people.”
Coggin went to Vail Mountain School before attending the University of Colorado. After a few years as a Vail ski patroller, Coggin attended the university’s Leeds School of Business. He is currently the director of operations for Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail.
The next event for association members is team participation in Pink Vail on March 21. Pink Vail is the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer, benefiting Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.
Founded in 2013, the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting a young, dynamic, professional community in the Vail Valley by providing opportunities in business development, networking, community awareness and community involvement. Annual membership is $65. Learn more at www.vvypa.com.