ENGLEWOOD — Destination Hotels, the largest operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in North America, will assume management of the Christiania Lodge and its vacation rental portfolio.
Purchased in 1976 by Paul and Sally Johnston, the Christiania Lodge is an authentic Bavarian-styled property and features 22 rooms and suites, as well as 37 privately-owned condominium residences.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Fire and Emergency Services is inviting community members to stop by the West Vail Fire Station for an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The family-friendly event will include station tours, equipment displays, a rappelling demonstration and a kids’ obstacle course in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. Activities also include fire safety information on smoke alarms, exit drills and carbon monoxide alarms presented by the Fire Prevention Division. Free hot dogs and chips will be served as well.
About National Fire Prevention WeekLearn more »
VAIL — The Vail Valley Athlete Commission Program is now accepting applications for winter.
The Vail Valley has a long tradition of supporting athletes who compete on the international level, and the Vail Valley Athlete Commission Program awards as many as 15 grants each year to deserving athletes.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 p.m. No sign up necessary. All are welcome to join.Learn more »
DENVER — The American Red Cross of Colorado and Starting Hearts have entered into a strategic partnership in an effort to expand the availability of lifesaving training in Colorado.
Starting Hearts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving more lives by increasing awareness of sudden cardiac arrest through CPR and automated external defibrillator training and access programs, as well as deploying AEDs throughout the public domain. The American Red Cross is a leader in training people on lifesaving techniques such as CPR and on AEDs. The partnership authorizes Starting Hearts to provide Red Cross CPR and AED training as a licensed training provider throughout Colorado. Starting Hearts will conduct certification classes utilizing Red Cross content and, through its community outreach programs, will increase its offerings for CPR and AED training across the state.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Two long-time Slifer Designs employees were recently promoted to senior designers. They bring almost 20 years of combined experience with them in their new roles.
Kellye O’Kelly, who has been with Slifer Designs for a decade, was promoted to senior designer last month.Learn more »
Business name: Goscha Law.
Location: 27 Main Street, No. 103, Edwards.Learn more »
Wednesday: “Know the 10 signs.” A free presentation at the Avon Public Library by the Alzheimer’s Association from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 970-328-8831. Resources will also be available.Learn more »
• Friday: Book Lover’s Coffee Klatch at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. Coffee and food provided.Learn more »
GLENWOOD CANYON— The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced there will be intermittent closures of Interstate 70 between Grizzly Creek, Mile Marker 121, and the Hanging Lake Tunnel, on Wednesday and Sept. 29 for helicopter operations in Glenwood Canyon.
Transportation officials anticipate between five and seven stops per day, each lasting less than 20 minutes. These stops will occur approximately every hour beginning shortly after 8 a.m. Stops will include pedestrian stops along the Glenwood Canyon bike path.Learn more »
VAIL — For the first time, the Vail Vitality Center is offering instructor certification for the Barre Rhythm method, designed by strength and Pilates expert Angela Muzic, Saturday and Sunday
Barre Rhythm is a fusion of Pilates, yoga, weight training and ballet. The classes are set to fun, pumping music with a focus on teaching basic ballet form for proper alignment of the skeletal structure, creating the best environment to train the muscles.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.Learn more »
EDWARDS — New millennium kids are faced with a plethora of issues that range from smart phone with social media distractions, bullying, exposure to illegal substances, sexual identity questions, relationships and high stress levels. As parents look to support their kids with even just one of these topics, or in some cases, several of these topics, look no further than the new parenting workshop Eat! Chat! Parent! Series presented by the Eagle River Youth Coalition.
Formerly called Dinner & Dialogue, Eagle River Youth Coalition Program Director Jason Peck re-branded the series to keep pace with the ever-changing issues facing our youth and to stay current with the times.Learn more »
VAIL — Triumph Mountain Properties is giving guests a chance to spread out a week’s worth of Vail Valley overnights over a season of visits.
“We understand that fall can be a hectic time for everyone with children going back to school and work schedules becoming more hectic, so we wanted to offer people a break from their regularly scheduled fall programming,” said Lois Mueller with Triumph Mountain Properties.Learn more »
AVON — Robert Howe, president of Title Company of the Rockies, has been elected as the President of the Land Title Association of Colorado by the Association’s membership during its 95th annual convention and meeting held recently in Vail.
The Land Title Association of Colorado is a non-profit trade organization designed to promote and advance title insurance issues in Colorado. Its members come together to protect Colorado consumers in their real estate transactions. The organization also provides education to its members, direct outreach to consumers and insight to legislators and regulators about the Colorado title insurance industry.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Cara Turner, of Turner & Associates Inc. in Edwards, recently announced that Michelle Winstead, CPA, has joined the firm’s expanding tax practice.
Winstead has 12 years of tax preparation, IRS representation and consulting experience with small business, multi-state and individual clients. Winstead grew up in Eagle County and is a 2003 Colorado State University graduate with a master’s of taxation degree.Learn more »
WOLCOTT — Col. David R. Mott, son of Dave and Sue Mott, of Wolcott, recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving more than 23 years.
Mott’s career included assignments in North Carolina, New Jersey, the Netherlands, Rhode Island and California. Along with these assignments, he also completed a number of deployments to southwest Asia. His final assignment was the 60th Operations Group Commander, Travis AFB, leading nearly 1,000 personnel operating 27 KC-10 aerial refueling aircraft, 18 C-5 and 13 C-17 airlift aircraft, along with the daily operations of the installation’s airfield and air traffic control.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Non-medical foot care, Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 9:30 a.m. Must RSVP. Call 970-328-8831.Learn more »
• Thursday: Breakfast with Hiene, meet at Ella’s for Turntable Breakfast Burritos and coffee, 9 a.m. Must call for reservations. 970-328-8831.Learn more »
VAIL — Representatives from the town of Vail and the Colorado Department of Transportation will hosting a open house Thursday to present the final design of the Interstate 70 Vail underpass project and the construction schedule. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Grand View meeting room on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Community members interested in the project are invited to stop by to discuss the work with representatives from the town of department of transportation, as well as the current general contractor Kraemer North America.
The underpass will be built beneath I-70 between the West Vail and main Vail exits. The connection is situated between the Savoy Villas and Simba Run condominiums on the north side and a few hundred yards east of the Cascade Village entrance on the south side. A landscaping plan will provide a buffer for adjacent properties and a public art component will be used to enhance the project and provide headlight glare screens. Noise walls have been eliminated from the project after a survey of impacted properties showed a lack of support for the barriers.Learn more »
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation is turning up the heat on drunk drivers with the statewide Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period. Working with the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies, the department of transportation’s The Heat Is On campaign will continue until Oct. 26.
The enforcement effort arrives on the heels of the Labor Day enforcement period, during which 74 law enforcement agencies arrested 939 people between Aug. 21 and Sept. 8, according to preliminary data. Most arrests came from the Colorado State Patrol (214), Denver (154), Aurora (113) and Colorado Springs (93). The 2014 Labor Day DUI enforcement resulted in 1,102 statewide arrests from 95 participating law enforcement agencies.Learn more »
VAIL — On Sept. 1, the California-based High Fives Foundation hosted a charity golf tournament on the fairways at Vail Golf Club. Thirty teams of four competed for prizes. Between registration fees, silent auctions and open donations, over $34,000 was raised toward the mission of the High Fives Foundation. The nationally recognized nonprofit supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes with life-altering injuries through board-approved grant funding toward their recovery goals. To date, the foundation has given support to 89 athletes from 20 states.
Five High Fives athletes were in attendance at the welcoming ceremony for the golfers: Megan Wemmer, Tim Burr, Bond Camp, Sally Franklyn and Steve Wallace.Learn more »
AVON — On Wednesday, ski instructor, author and motivational speaker Bernard “Chalky” White will be giving a presentation at the Avon Public Library titled “How to Say Nay to Your Naysayers ... and Have the Last Laugh.” The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Overcoming ObstaclesLearn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council’s the 21st annual Eagle River Cleanup, presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise, will take place Saturday.
The Eagle Valley has long been characterized as an environmentally minded community with citizens who love to get out and make a difference. Each year, as soon as the summer heat begins to cool and the waters begin to calm, the community comes together with a common goal of cleaning the beloved waterways. This year is no exception as the Eagle River Watershed Council is proud to host the 21st annual Eagle River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon.Learn more »
MINTURN — On Oct. 3-4, the statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, in partnership with the Forest Service Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, is seeking about 100 volunteers to help provide improvements to the Minturn Mile trail.
The Minturn Mile leads from Vail to the town of Minturn and has become an increasingly popular trail for locals and visitors. Hundreds of snow sport enthusiasts utilize the Minturn Mile during the winter months. In the summer, the trail is a mountain biking, hiking and equestrian route.Learn more »
VAIL — The board of directors for the Vail Valley Business Women are currently preparing for their Membership Open House. The event will take place at The Remedy Bar at The Four Seasons in Vail on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend.
The open house is designed to provide business women who are curious about joining the organization an opportunity to learn about the benefits that members receive. Stations will be provided throughout the room, covering topics such as membership benefits, programming and scholarships, development and membership enrollment. Longtime members will have the opportunity to share their experiences by giving testimonials to potential members, as well as discussing what they have gained both professionally and personally from becoming a member.Learn more »
Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle senior center, 1 p.m.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Valley Foundation has announced that Bob Ford has taken the role of new chief financial officer for the Avon-based nonprofit, which is in its 34th year of fulfilling its mission to enhance and sustain the spirit of the Vail Valley by providing leadership in athletic, cultural and educational endeavors.
“The Vail Valley Foundation’s brand of excellence comes from the quality of those who work here, and Bob is a great new addition to this strong team,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Bob brings a wealth of experience to the position, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”Learn more »
EDWARDS — On Sept. 11, Red Ribbon Project will host its annual fundraiser, Positive Prevention at e|town in Edwards, from 5-9 p.m. Funds raised will help support the important education programs in schools and its free HIV testing program. Door prizes and great silent auction items include an Epic ski pass, restaurant gift cards, golf at Red Sky Ranch and about 100 more great items! E|town will donate 10 percent of the nightly proceeds. Popular local bluegrass band Hardscrabble will provide entertainment.
It’s the beginning of the school year and the beginning of Red Ribbon Project’s Youth Skills Building classes. Red Ribbon Project works with teachers, counselors and principals for fifth through 12th grades throughout Eagle County with the focus on students’ sexual health and well-being. Although incorporated in 1996 as a nonprofit organization that brought awareness and education around HIV/AIDS, in 2011 its mission expanded to include teen pregnancy prevention, and prevention not only of HIV/AIDS but all sexually transmitted infections. Red Ribbon Project’s tagline is now “ Positive Prevention”.Learn more »
Can Do launches online campaignAugust 28, 2015 —
AVON — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a provider of lifestyle empowerment programs for people with multiple sclerosis, has launched an online campaign that encourages people with MS as well as their friends and supporters to take on an activity, attitude or personal mission that they believe they can do. This annual initiative is part of Can Do Day, a campaign that raises awareness for MS and honors Can Do MS’ founder and Olympic medalist skier Jimmie Heuga on his birthday on Sept. 22.
“Always seizing a new challenge, my father faced each day with the can do spirit,” said Blaze Heuga, son of Can Do MS founder Jimmie Heuga. “He lived by the mantra that no matter the path laid out before you, you can climb to the top of the mountain.”
Campaign participants can visit Can Do MS’ interactive photo pledge wall and post a photo pledge committing to take on a goal that they know they can do. Goals can vary from taking an athletic activity to new heights or simply hanging out with friends. Once a photo pledge is posted, participants are encouraged to share their photo on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CanDoDay to gain votes for their pledge and inspire others to participate.
Vote for Photo Pledges
On Can Do Day, Sept. 22, the person with the most votes for their photo pledge will win a $50 gift certificate from Trek Light Gear, an Olympic ski poster autographed by Jimmie Heuga, Billy Kidd and Pepi Stiegler, a Can Do MS apparel fleece vest, messenger bag and water bottle. If a participant’s photo pledge receives at least 300 votes, then he or she will also be entered to win a Mountainsmith Approach backpack.
Get involved today by sharing your Can Do Day photo pledge on Can Do MS’ website or Facebook page at www.mscando.org/candoday.