Announcements

Manor Vail names new sales manager

June 30, 2015 — 

VAIL — Manor Vail Lodge recently announced the appointment of Lesley Norton as its new sales manager. Norton will be responsible for bringing groups to Manor Vail Lodge throughout the year. She will support corporate groups and associations of Colorado, Texas and West Coast in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, social, military, educational, religious, and fraternal groups.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lesley to the Manor Vail Lodge team. She is a great asset with her experience and knowledge of the Vail Valley and top notch sales acumen,” Manor Vail General Manager Bob McCleary said.

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Vail Resorts closes Perisher deal

June 30, 2015 — 

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announced that the company has closed on the acquisition of its first international mountain resort, Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales, Australia, for total cash consideration of $134.8 million.

Perisher is the largest and most visited ski resort in Australia and is relatively close to the country’s largest cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane. The acquisition includes the resort areas known as Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega, along with ski school, lodging, food and beverage, retail and rental, and transportation operations, which together comprise Perisher.

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Can Do MS announces new director of programs

June 30, 2015 — 

AVON — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit providing lifestyle empowerment programs for people with multiple sclerosis and their support partners, has announced that Anne Gilbert has been promoted to director of programs. Gilbert joined the Can Do MS programs department in 2013.

As director, Gilbert will oversee all aspects of programming, including program management and development of online and in-person programs. She will also serve as the chair of the programs committee. She has over 10 years of experience in education and program management, working as a senior education manager at the American College of Cardiology in Washington and as the director of education at the California Pharmacists Association in Sacramento, California.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

June 29, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: “Juicing the Brain” and “Coming to Your Senses,” topics on the BRAIN by Helen Beckwith, RN, 11:30 at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center

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Crazy Mountain Brewing earns award

June 28, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. announced recently that it is a 2015 recipient of the “Colorado Companies to Watch” award being presented by State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and Colorado Workforce Development Council. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second-stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout the state.

This awards program spotlights Colorado-based businesses that have excelled in growth, economic stimulation and professional successes.

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ColoradoBiz Magazine honors Alpine Bank

June 28, 2015 — 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Alpine Bank was voted Best Bank and Best Mortgage Broker by readers of ColoradoBiz Magazine as part of the publication’s inaugural Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards.

 To determine the Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards, an online voting process was set up and ran several months to identify winners and runners-up in 62 categories. Participants were asked to vote for the companies they’d trust to take care of their colleagues and friends and were required to vote in at least 10 categories. In another measure to minimize purely self-interested ballots, participants were allowed to vote for their own company once, but were also required to vote for at least two other companies in that category. The result was a truly community-generated list.

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New video features $4 million local river restoration project

June 26, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Public Access TV 5 and the Eagle River Watershed Council collaborated on a 10-minute video that highlights the $4 million project to restore the Eagle River through Edwards. PATV5 has collected footage during the past seven years documenting the endeavor to narrow, deepen and cool this stretch of the river.

The video aired this week for the first time as part of PATV5’s television program “The Community Project.” The video is available to watch online at publicaccess5.org and erwc.org.

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Vail Valley Bizwatch: Creativity specialist offers coaching

June 23, 2015 — 

Business name: Coach Kristen Green — Creativity Coaching.

 Location: Eagle.

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DogFest Walk 'n Roll to help service dog nonprofit

June 22, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Vail Valley in Edwards, the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence. The community is invited to grab a leash and join the nonprofit on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Freedom Park in Edwards for lots of fun and family-friendly activities as Canine Companions for Independence raises money to provide highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

Canine Companions for Independence provides assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities — such as spinal cord injuries, autism, amputations and deafness — completely free of charge. The canine companions also serve professionals in facilities that assist children, adults and veterans in their recovery.

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Eagle County Fair & Rodeo seeks royalty applications

June 22, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Applications for those interested in serving as royalty for the 2016 Eagle County Fair & Rodeo are now available online at www.eaglecounty.us/FairRodeo/Royalty or by calling 970-328-3646. Completed forms are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday and can be submitted via email to fairrodeo@eaglecounty.us, hand delivered to 500 Broadway in Eagle or mailed to P.O. Box 850, Eagle, CO 81631.

Next week, all contestants will be emailed the speech topic, interview questions and horsemanship pattern.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

June 22, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Blood pressure, blood sugar, and pulse checks by Eagle County Paramedics, 10:30 a.m.

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Slifer Designs announces two promotions

June 19, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Two longtime Slifer Designs employees were recently promoted. Eric Pence was promoted to warehouse manager, overseeing all warehouse, receiving and delivery services. To assist Pence, Garrett Oleson was promoted to warehouse assistant manager.

‘Best of the Best’

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Steve House set to speak at local GOP event on Wednesday

June 18, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Steve House, chair of Colorado Republican Committee, will be the guest speaker at Eagle County Republicans’ annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Wednesday.

House was elected in March at the bi-annual organization meeting of the Colorado State Central Committee. Before his election, he served as chair of the Adams County Republicans and was a candidate in last year’s primary race for governor. Prior to that, he served as a consultant in the health care industry.

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Avon's West Beaver Creek Blvd. gets bike lanes

June 18, 2015 — 

AVON — The Town of Avon has restriped parts of West Beaver Creek Boulevard between Avon Road and Lake Street. The restriping on the road in front of the Avon Post Office and First Bank creates a new configuration by removing the turn lanes from Sun Road and Lake Street and replacing them with dedicated bicycle lanes. Sharrows — bike symbols — have been marked along the bicycle lanes. In addition, there are more on-street parking spaces that have been striped.

Drivers are asked to be mindful of the changes and pay attention to the new striping configuration. Contact Project Engineer Jim Horsley with any questions at jhorsley @avon.org or 970-748-4134.

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Beck partners with Habitat for building blitz

June 17, 2015 — 

AVON — Beck Building Co. will join nearly 65 Blitz Home Builder volunteers from across the country, along with local community volunteers, to construct two duplexes (four homes) from foundations through exterior completion in eight days in July.

“We all need to do our part to continue to find ways to provide affordable housing in the Vail Valley. We have always supported Habitat for Humanity and this opportunity is a build on steroids,” said Beck Building Co. President Kevin O’Donnell. “As builders, we know firsthand how much a home changes lives.”

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Eagle County senior community calendar

June 15, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesday: Non-medical foot care at the Golden Eagle, 9–11:30 a.m. First come, first served. Foot soaks and toenail trimming available. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.

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Walking Mountain locations open for summer

June 14, 2015 — 

AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center’s three facilities opened for the summer Saturday.

In addition to its summer science camps for children, Walking Mountains will also be offering a variety of adult programming, guided hikes and family programs at three locations all summer long. New this year, the majority of programs will be available for online registration at www.walking mountains.org/sp.

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Kaiser Permanente slated to open medical office in Frisco

June 12, 2015 — 

DENVER — Kaiser Permanente Colorado this week announced the location of its first medical office building in Colorado’s mountain communities. The new Kaiser Permanente Frisco medical offices will be located in the Basecamp retail center at 226 Lusher Court, off Interstate 70 and Route 9.

Construction has begun on the new facility, which will open to Kaiser Permanente members in January. The Frisco medical offices will offer primary care, laboratory and routine medical imaging.

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Teacher training offered July 22-23 in Eagle

June 11, 2015 — 

EAGLE — The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT in collaboration with WGBH and Eagle School District is offering intensive one-day Transformative Teachers workshops on July 22-23 to middle and high school teachers, providing a supportive community of teachers with the tools and methods for fostering resilient and ethical young leaders.

These interactive workshops engage teachers in discussion, introspection and experimentation, and train them to integrate the development of cognitive skills, social-emotional understanding and ethical purpose to make a profound and lasting affect on their students. The workshops provide a forum for teachers to explore the influence of core values and vision on teaching practice and on leadership development for their students. Hands-on activities for cultivating empathy, self-awareness, emotional understanding and clarity of values inside and outside the classroom will be demonstrated.

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Annual celebration of rivers returns Saturday

June 9, 2015 — 

WOLCOTT — The Eagle River Watershed Council has announced that Riverfest will return Saturday.

Riverfest is an annual celebration of rivers and a fundraiser for Eagle River Watershed Council. This year, following the theme of “discover your rivers,” the Watershed Council welcomes the community to join them in kicking off summer by rafting an iconic section of the Colorado River and continuing the festivities into the evening with a celebration in Wolcott.

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Avon receives financial reporting award

June 9, 2015 — 

AVON — The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the town of Avon by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2013.

SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT

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Eagle County senior community calendar

June 8, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesday: Computer safety and security talk at the Golden Eagle, 12:15 p.m. Come learn about Internet, email, and overall computer safety from Eagle County’s IT Department.

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Free curbside chipping service begins in Vail

June 6, 2015 — 

VAIL — Vail Fire and Emergency Services will again provide a free curbside chipping service to assist property owners with defensible space on private property. The service began Tuesday and includes chipping for branches, logs and small trees up to 15 inches in diameter.

Slash must be stacked neatly in piles no larger than 5-feet-by-5-feet-by-5-feet per pile. Property owners are not limited in the number of piles that they can have chipped. Slash pick up will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.

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Electronics recycling comes to Vail on June 12

June 6, 2015 — 

VAIL — It’s time to rid your home of those unwanted computers and other electronics. The town of Vail is hosting its annual electronics recycling event in Vail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Paper shredding is also available for residents who wish to shred their confidential documents in an environmentally friendly manner.

The annual Get the Lead Out event takes place at the town of Vail Community Recycling Drop Off Center located behind the Community Development Department, 75 South Frontage Road. Paper shredding at the same location will also take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Eagle Baptist celebrates 40th anniversary

June 5, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Eagle Baptist Church will mark an important milestone Sunday, when the congregation gathers to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

On June 8, 1975 Pastor Bruce Dunsdon and his wife, Katie, held the first service for the church. A small band of believers gathered together for the occasion. Since that time, services have been held every Sunday morning, as well as Sunday school and Wednesday evening services.

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Vail Valley Partnership named as finalist for Chamber of Year award

June 3, 2015 — 

AVON — The Vail Valley Partnership has been selected as a finalist for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ 2015 Chamber of the Year competition, sponsored by WebLink International.

The finalists are:

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Vail Daily obituary: Brendan Olson

June 3, 2015 — 

For Brendan Olson, life brought him mountains to climb. Brendan died on Saturday after a fall from a rock climb in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. He was 47. Mountains brought Brendan a greater force in life. They posed profound questions for him and induced a spirit of adventure.

Brendan leaves behind his daughter, 15-year-old Camille, his son, 11-year-old Nicholas, wife Virginia Olson, of Minturn; parents Judy and Larry Olson, of Avon; as well as numerous friends in his extended Colorado family. Brendan also leaves behind his many loving relatives, including sister Heather and husband Tim Leonard, nieces Kayleigh, Hannah and Madeline, and nephew Joshua, of Franksville, Wisconsin; his uncle and aunt, Dick and Marti Corso, cousins Jennifer Terrell and Jason Corso, all from Illinois; his uncle, Ron Olson of Nevada; and brother-in-law, John Koenig, of New York; and nieces Jasmine and Justina, of Winchester, Virgina.

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Gypsum wants residents to share vision for town's future

June 2, 2015 — 

GYPSUM — Leaders in Gypsum want to know what residents’ vision for the community looks like.

That’s why they have launched a process called Vision for Gypsum’s Future. In addition to seeking general opinions about community attributes, the effort will also solicit focused input about a future potential downtown area in the community.

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Malen Yantis Public Relations earns industry awards

June 2, 2015 — 

VAIL — Kristin Yantis, principal of Malen Yantis Public Relations, announced that the firm recently was awarded three prestigious awards for its work on the Vail summer account. Yantis also took home an individual accolade from the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

The firm earned three gold awards in the annual Hermes Creative Awards for its work on behalf of the Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council. MYPR was recognized for its work on “America’s Best Summer Job” in the Website Element/Games, Contests, Presentation category; the “One Perfect Day in Vail” media placement in Sunset magazine in the Magazine Placement category; and “The 7 Best Hikes in Vail” media placement on Yahoo! Travel in the Online Placement category.

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Beaver Creek Hyatt honored with team award

June 2, 2015 — 

BEAVER CREEK — Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa has been awarded Hyatt’s Donald N. Pritzker Award for Hotel Team of the Year.

Criteria for winning this award include overall achievement in the financial success of the property, outstanding guest service, creation of a positive work environment and overall display of leadership qualities that are valued by Hyatt, including creativity, initiative, high-energy, business acumen, positive owner relations and communications skills.

Each year, Hyatt awards this honor to the top hotel teams in its global organization. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is Hyatt’s 2015 Americas region recipient.

“People are at the heart of everything we do at Hyatt. It’s people who make our company great, and through our awards, we’re able to collectively as a company recognize and celebrate our colleagues’ accomplishments, including those of Park Hyatt Beaver Creek,” said Marc Ellin, senior vice president of Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“The Donald N. Pritzker Award for Top Hotel Team acknowledges that Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is a top luxury destination resort among Hyatt properties globally. This award is a testament to our hotel associates’ dedication, creativity and innovation, while at the same time it acknowledges the family of returning and new guests we welcome every day. It is with great honor to celebrate this award with our community, guests and hotel team,” Park Hyatt Beaver Creek General Manager Robert Purdy said.

For more information, go to www.beaver creek.hyatt.com.

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