Announcements

4-H youth support Shaw Cancer Center

July 20, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Two local 4-H members will sell their livestock to the highest bidder in the rodeo arena as part of Friday’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo. All proceeds will benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

A lamb is being donated by 9-year-old Sean Keefe and 11-year-old Logan Trujillo is donating his pig. Both are members of the Sweetwater Bandits 4-H Club in Gypsum

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Vail's Arrabelle at Vail Square earns magazine travel award

July 20, 2016 — 

VAIL — The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead Village has been declared the Best Mountain Resort in the West by Sunset magazine. The Arrabelle is one of 20 winners of the 2016 Sunset Travel Awards, which honor the West’s top destinations in lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure, attractions and more. The property is featured in the August issue of Sunset and on Sunset.com. A full list of winners can be found online at www.sun set.com/travelawards.

“We’re proud to be recognized by such an iconic and well-respected publication for offering the quintessential mountain resort experience,” said Jonathan Brownlee, general manager of The Arrabelle. “We’ve set the standard for premium mountain accommodations and are committed to providing the experience of a lifetime for our guests each and every day.”

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Battle Mountain scores funds for Chinese language program

July 19, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Battle Mountain is the only Colorado school to land funding for a Mandarin Chinese program.

Battle Mountain High School was selected for the 2016-17 Teachers of Critical Languages Program. The program, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will bring a teacher from China to teach Mandarin at Battle Mountain for the 2016-17 academic year.

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Deal struck to protect native trout in county

July 19, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Trout Unlimited, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Buckhorn Valley Metropolitan District No. 1 have announced plans for an ambitious restoration project on Abrams Creek to preserve a rare population of cutthroat trout threatened in part by reduced flows during irrigation season.

The small population of native Colorado River cutthroat trout in Abrams Creek is genetically unique and the only native trout population in the Eagle River watershed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has called the population the “highest priority” for cutthroat conservation efforts in western Colorado.

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Open house set for bridge replacement

July 19, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle County Engineering Department will host an open house to review the construction schedule for the upcoming replacement of the Red Dirt Bridge. The meeting is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. on July 20 at the county’s Northwest District Road & Bridge Facility, located at 30261 Colorado River Road in Burns. All interested community members are encouraged to attend.

The project is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Dotsero on the Colorado River Road. Construction is anticipated to begin on Aug. 1 with completion by March 15, 2017.

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Invasive weed presentation, free Lionshead lunch event

July 19, 2016 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail will sponsor the third in a series of lunch and learn symposiums at noon Wednesday, July 20 at the Grandview on the third floor of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Attendees will enjoy a free lunch while listening to Gregg Barrie, the town’s senior landscape architect, give a presentation on Colorado invasive weeds and what property owners can do to combat them.

Experts from Walking Mountains Science Center, the Eagle River Watershed Council and the town will be on hand to answer questions about what residents can do to “bring a little wild” back into their landscaping. There will also be native seed mixes, stickers, informational brochures and re-usable grocery bags given away to attendees.

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Water district honors employees

July 18, 2016 — 

VAIL — The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District recently honored several employees. Nine individuals were recognized for extraordinary commitment to the district’s organizational values:

Accountability: Joe Casselberry.

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Eagle County senior calendar

July 18, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesday: Free haircuts at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1-3 p.m. Must call for an appointment: 970-328-8896.

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Title company grows local team

July 17, 2016 — 

AVON — Title Company of the Rockies, an independent title agency in the Colorado High Country, recently announced that Sheilah Gordon, Tex Asanti and Carl Barela have joined its Eagle County operations.

“We are pleased to announce that Sheilah, Tex, and Carl are bringing their vast title insurance experience and tremendous energy to Title Company of the Rockies,” agency president Robert Howe said. “We are excited to be working with these talented title insurance professionals and capturing the synergy this combination of teams will bring to our customers and the entire Eagle County real estate family.”

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Businesses raise money for non-profits

July 17, 2016 — 

AVON — Our Community Foundation recently distributed $9,113 to 42 nonprofit organizations that participated in the Eagle County Gives coalition. This donation was made possible due to a number of local businesses that contributed to an incentive fund to help nonprofit organizations build awareness and capacity though Eagle County Gives.

Support for Eagle County Gives provides more than 40 local organizations the means to provide basic human needs, protect the mountains, and develop and protect the next generation.

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Alpine Bank announces recent officer promotions

July 13, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Alpine Banks in the Vail Valley have recently promoted the following employees:

• Brian Nestor has been promoted to senior vice president and manager, Avon. Nestor grew up in the small town of Hugo, Colorado. After attending the University of Denver and graduating from the Daniels College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in finance and economics, Nestor completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has served on the board of the United Way of Eagle River Valley and currently holds board positions on the Literacy Project and Small Champions.

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Fire district to host open house

July 13, 2016 — 

AVON — Eagle River Fire Protection District will host an open house at Station 7 in Avon on Saturday. The event, which will feature fun for the whole family — including interactive displays, games and information, as well as hot dogs straight off the grill — is free and open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The station is located at 351 Benchmark Road in Avon.

Kids can try their hand at squirting a fire hose at a “burning” building, learn about fire apparatus and how firefighters use thermal imaging cameras to locate people in low visibility situations. Adults can learn about ways to be prepared for an emergency and important tips for creating “defensible space” around their homes.

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Local marketing firm grows

July 13, 2016 — 

VAIL — Mobloggy, a Vail-based marketing agency that specializes in fusing data-driven marketing strategy with digital expertise, welcomes Emily Cleghorn as the company’s new director of brand strategy.

Cleghorn’s responsibilities will include working with clients to develop strategic brand positioning based on industry and insights, leading her team through creative ideation to bring brands to life and seamlessly integrating online and offline brand presence to ensure clients are communicating with customers.

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Sign up for some friendly competition at the fair

July 13, 2016 — 

EAGLE — The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo is set for July 20-23, and the Colorado State University Extension Office is offering ways for all community members to join in the fun.

From handcrafted quilts and knitted items to gardening and baked goods, the Open Class competition offers something for everyone. Several friendly competitions are also scheduled during the fair.

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Course uses stories about character

July 11, 2016 — 

VAIL — How do we beat burnout, gain perspective when our judgment is clouded and make progress on the goals most important to us? The newest course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute offers an interesting twist to dealing with these common challenges — an approach that examines the stories and characters of kings and prophets.

Beginning today at 10 a.m., followed by an evening course at 7:15 p.m., Rabbi Dovid Mintz, of the Chabad Jewish Center, will conduct the six sessions of the course Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets.

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July 11, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesdays: Power Punch Parkinson’s boxing program will hold sessions on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in addition to the Saturday morning sessions at 9 a.m. Sessions are held at Trinity Church in Edwards. Call 720-320-1122 for more information.

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Eagle County senior calendar

July 11, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesdays beginning today: Power Punch Parkinson’s boxing program will hold sessions on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in addition to the Saturday sessions at 9 a.m. Sessions are held at Trinity Church in Edwards. Call 720-320-1122 for more information.

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Sign up for some friendly competition at the fair

July 10, 2016 — 

EAGLE — The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo is set for July 20-23, and the Colorado State University Extension Office is offering ways for all community members to join in the fun.

From handcrafted quilts and knitted items to gardening and baked goods, the Open Class competition offers something for everyone. Several friendly competitions are also scheduled during the fair.

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Vail transportation plan update meeting is Monday

July 10, 2016 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail is inviting community members to share their thoughts about the town’s transit and transportation system as part of an update to the Vail Transportation Master Plan. An introductory open house will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Grand View room on the third floor of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Community members are invited to attend and learn more about the update process and to specifically provide input about the Vail transit network. For example, what do you love about the transit system? What would you like to see changed? What is your vision for the future?

The Vail Transportation Master Plan was originally adopted in 1993 and was most recently updated in 2009. The plan is used to guide transportation improvements within Vail for the next 20 years. For example, the Interstate 70 Vail underpass, which is now under construction, was originally identified in the 1993 master plan and then again identified within the 2009 update.

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Local firm has remote rentals

July 7, 2016 — 

Business name: Wild Skies Cabin Rentals and Property Management.

Location: We have two locations — one near Craig, near Sand Wash Basin, where the wild horses can be viewed; and another surrounded on three sides by the Routt National Forest in the middle of the Flat Tops Scenic Byway between two mountain passes, Ripple Creek and Dunckley Passes, two miles from the Flat Tops Wilderness.

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Vail Resorts boss earns an entrepreneur award

July 7, 2016 — 

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts Chairman and CEO Rob Katz recently received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Transformational category, Mountain Desert Region.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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Night detour starts Monday on Glenwood Springs bridge work

July 7, 2016 — 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced a coming traffic detour and Colorado River recreational use restrictions required for the placement of the steel girders for the new pedestrian bridge over the river. These detours and use restrictions are necessary to ensure the safety of interstate and river users during crane operations required to place the girders over Interstate 70 and the Colorado River.

On Monday at 8 p.m., all I-70 traffic will be detoured onto east Sixth Street. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will merge into a one-lane configuration and will be detoured through Sixth Street in Glenwood Springs via a break in the construction barrier on I-70 near Yampah Vapor Caves. The I-70 night detour will be in place for three nights: Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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Cascade management team exhibits new faces

July 7, 2016 — 

VAIL — Three new professionals have joined the team at Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. Gretchen Walker, Ivie Parker and Kevan Kozlowski have been hired as director of sales and marketing, director of marketing and sales assistant and systems analyst, respectively.

Prior to re-joining the team at the Vail Cascade as director of sales and marketing in May — she worked as director of sales at the resort from 1989 to 1996 — Walker was vice president at Hannah Marketing Group in Greenwood Village from 2001 to 2016. There, she specialized in sales and marketing opportunity assessments and task force work. Her experience includes working with ski, golf, beach and city properties. Walker worked on the task force for Destination Hotels from January of this year until she accepted the role as director of sales and marketing in June.

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Annual LG Tri at Eagle Saturday

July 7, 2016 — 

EAGLE — The eighth annual LG Tri Sprint Triathlon will be held at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. The fourth annual LG Kids’ Tri will take place at the same location at 10 a.m. For more information or to register online go to www.lgtri.com.

The triathlon includes a 500-yard swim, which is equivalent to 10 laps in the Eagle Pool, a 12-mile bike loop along Brush Creek Road and a 5K run in Eagle Ranch. Participants can sign up as individuals or members of a team. An award ceremony with prizes from many local companies and silent auction, including items such as a Vail Resorts kid’s ski lesson, hotel stays, dining gift certificates, Colorado Rockies tickets and more, will follow the race. Everyone who participates should go home with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and, of course, an event goodie bag.

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Eagle cops on the lookout for people doing the right thing

July 6, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Eagle Police Chief Joe Staufer figures he has written thousands of tickets during his law enforcement career.

All of those citations had one thing in common — they were issued because someone was doing something wrong. But a new initiative from the Eagle Police Department will involve giving citizens a written citation for their good behavior.

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Golf tourney benefits breast center

July 6, 2016 — 

VAIL — The Sonnenalp Foundation of Vail will host its 18th annual Scramble Against Cancer Golf Tournament” on Monday, followed by a dinner of fine seafood, meats, salads, breads and spirits, all to benefit Sonnenalp Breast Center.

A summer tradition, the Scramble Against Cancer is the Sonnenalp Foundation’s largest event. Fifty teams will compete at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree with shotgun start times of 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Entries are $400 per player or $1,600 for a four-person team, and sponsorship opportunities range from $2,500 to $25,000.

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Local firm will pack for you

July 6, 2016 — 

Business name: Relax, it’s Packed.

Date opened: Fall 2015.

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Vail community picnics scheduled

July 6, 2016 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail’s 17th Celebrating Community annual neighborhood picnic series returns Tuesday to Bighorn Park in East Vail and Aug. 9 to Donovan Pavilion in West Vail. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnics provide community members with an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about various topics and to meet members of the Vail Town Council and town staff.

Hosting the picnic at Bighorn Park on Tuesday will be members of the Town Council and representatives from the police, fire and finance departments. During the event, picnickers will be encouraged to explore displays on how best to develop a family evacuation plan. Also at the picnic, information on wildfire readiness will be available as well as the Restore the Gore environmental campaign.

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Vail ponders having lighted crosswalks

June 30, 2016 — 

VAIL — A recommendation to install lighted pedestrian crossing devices along Vail’s frontage roads will be the topic of a public input session during the Vail Town Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday. The devices are being recommended to improve safety at the intersections. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers.

In response to requests by community members, guests and the Town Council to improve pedestrian safety along the frontage roads, staff has recommended installation of the flashing crosswalk signs at five major pedestrian crossings as well as enhanced lighting at these crossings as part of a multi-pronged approach. The use of flashing signs would be a shift in direction from past approaches by the town.

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Kirwan sworn in as chief deputy DA for the Fifth Judicial District

June 30, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Joe Kirwan was appointed and sworn in as the chief deputy district attorney for Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District.

The event was presided over by Judge Frederick Gannett, and attended by more than a dozen local law enforcement officers.

Kirwan becomes the first attorney to hold the chief deputy title, which is the third highest prosecuting position within the District Attorney’s Office.

“Joe exemplifies all of the qualities of a top prosecutor,” said District Attorney Bruce Brown. “His tremendous work ethic, sound judgment and wealth of legal knowledge throughout his tenure are heavily relied upon. Joe’s leadership makes this appointment as chief deputy a true honor, and I look forward to working with him every day.”

He joined the staff of the Office of the District Attorney in 2013, and was assigned to Eagle County as a deputy district attorney.

Kirwan has been lead counsel on several landmark cases, most recently Lossie Thomas, who was sentenced recently on a charge of child abuse causing death. He is the lead prosecutor in the Williams Amaya case, the first double homicide in the Fifth Judicial District in 40 years. That trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 8 in Eagle County District Court.

About Kirwan

Kirwan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville and then his law degree from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law in 1978. He was first licensed as an attorney in 1979 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has practiced in Colorado continuously since 2006. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1982-1991, earning the rank of captain.

He is married to Nita, an Eagle County middle school guidance counselor. They make their home in Eagle County. During the winter, Joe works with mountain safety at Vail.

The Fifth Judicial District is comprised of Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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