Announcements

Resident to be honored for McCoy waterwheel restoration

April 27, 2016 — 

AVON — There is no question about McCoy resident John Comer’s commitment to preserving local history. Comer, 84, has restored the landmark waterwheel on his ranch three times since 1976, with the most recent restoration last year. If spring run-off on the Colorado River cooperates, the waterwheel, undoubtedly one of the county’s most prominent historic landmarks, should be around for a while longer.

The Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society will honor Comer with the Nimon-Walker Award on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. The award, established in 2001, recognizes individuals and families who have helped preserve the history of Eagle County.

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Why beer goggles mean bad driving

April 26, 2016 — 

EDWARDS — Beer goggles are not a wardrobe accessory, and nothing good can happen if you’re wearing them behind the wheel.

Battle Mountain High School’s third annual Teen Safe Driving Event returned the Thursday before Saturday’s prom.

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Eagle County senior calendar

April 25, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: New program. Tea & Topics, 1 p.m., Gypsum Public Library. Local author Shirley Welch will talk about the Doll family.

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Frost Creek club names new executive

April 22, 2016 — 

EAGLE — After a nationwide search, Chad Brue, Frost Creek owner, has announced that Mike Gibbs has been chosen as president and general manager of Frost Creek, located three miles outside of Eagle.

Gibbs is charged with the general management of Frost Creek and all of its operations, including member services, golf, food and beverage, retail, concierge and hospitality.

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County property taxes due April 30

April 21, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — April 30 is the deadline for full payment of 2015 property taxes due this year to the Eagle County Treasurer’s Office. However, as the deadline falls on a weekend day, payments received by May 2 or payments delivered with a U.S. Postal Service postmark of May 2 or earlier will be considered on time.

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Energy assistance programs still available

April 18, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Qualifying households can still apply for a variety of programs to aid with reducing energy bills, home energy upgrades and furnace repairs. Supported by Eagle County Government, Energy Outreach Colorado and the federal government, local organizations are able to provide low-cost or free assistance to county residents who meet predetermined household income thresholds.

• The Low-income Energy Assistance Program is an annual financial assistance program, which runs from November through April, designed to aid in reducing household energy bills by paying a portion of the cost of home heating for qualifying, limited-income households.

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Eagle County senior calendar

April 18, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Prescription drug take-back event, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 970-328-8896.

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Eagle-Vail Golf Club to host summer programs for youth

April 18, 2016 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Golf Club will launch a pair summer junior golf programs, announced Ben Welsh, director of the Eagle-Vail Golf Club.

The PGA Junior League and First Tee Junior Golf Camps programs and practices begin May 31, with costs ranging from $20 to $130.

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New administrator joins Augustana Care in Eagle

April 18, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Augustana Care welcomes new campus administrator Dan Shields, who joined Castle Peak in March. Shields will oversee the day-to-day aspects of life at Castle Peak. He will also provide vision and leadership to the community while preparing to welcome the first residents.

Shields brings 26 years of experience to his new position. He earned his certification in nursing home administration and is a fellow at the American College of Health Care Administrators, which is the highest status voting members can attain. Fellowship status is distinguished by professional achievements and service standards well above the ordinary demands of one’s position, according to association guidelines.

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Weather causes closures around county

April 18, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The West Avon Preserve opened for biking and hiking on Friday with the caveat that a muddy trail is a closed trail. But trails were far from the only things closing Friday, thanks to a strong storm that brought rain and snow to the valley throughout the day.

After opening in the morning, the West Avon Preserve closed on Friday afternoon.

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RockResorts to terminate agreement with Half Moon

April 18, 2016 — 

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announced that its subsidiary, RockResorts, will no longer manage Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The owners of the property (Half Moon Bay Ltd.) and RockResorts have mutually agreed that based on ownership’s goals for the property and RockResorts’ focus on its mountain lodging properties, this is the right direction for both parties.

In connection with this agreement, Half Moon will repay Vail Resorts the amortized key money investment of approximately $4.5 million and will pay Vail Resorts a termination fee of approximately $3.5 million. Vail Resorts owns or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResort brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Eagle-Vail golf director earns awards

April 17, 2016 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — The Colorado PGA Section, West Chapter announced its annual awards for 2015 in late March, naming Ben Welsh, director of golf for the Eagle-Vail Golf Club, Golf Professional of the Year and Merchandiser of the Year in the Public Facilities category. Welsh currently serves as the secretary of the Colorado Section PGA.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen by my fellow professionals. The West Chapter is made up of great people who are all wonderful golf professionals and I am proud to represent them,” Welsh said.

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Town seeking volunteers for Vail Local Licensing board

April 17, 2016 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail is seeking community members to fill two vacancies on the Vail Local Licensing Authority. Applications are due to the town by 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. Applicants will be interviewed by the Town Council at its May 17 afternoon meeting, with appointments to follow at the evening meeting.

The five-member Vail Local Licensing Authority meets the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 10 a.m. in the Vail Town Council chambers. This volunteer board reviews all town of Vail liquor license applications. The two vacancies are for two-year terms ending June 1, 2018.

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Vail Daily obituary: Jennifer Erin Pinkus, 1974-2016

April 12, 2016 — 

A memorial will be held for Jennifer Erin Pinkus at Donovan Pavilion on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m.

Jennifer “Jen” Pinkus was born on May 9, 1974, to loving and very excited parents, Ralph and Cheryl Pinkus. Born in Washington, D.C., Jen was an adventurous child, climbing play structures and light posts for her first six years before moving to Philadelphia in 1980 with her parents and younger sister, Lauren.

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Eagle County senior calendar

April 11, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Full body exercise class at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9 a.m. $2 suggested donation. Come try this more challenging class that works on strength, balance, coordination and more. Call 970-328-8896.

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Impressive 76-inch base on Easter holiday

April 11, 2016 — 

VAIL — With the resort measuring a 76-inch base on Saturday morning, Vail Mountain is seeing some of its best Easter conditions ever.

On Saturday, as the Easter Bunny hopped around Lionshead Village, holiday celebrations combined with an already celebratory atmosphere — the early morning powder day buzz. Six-year-old Fletcher Taylor wore a GoPro to capture the action of the Lionshead Easter Egg hunt, which saw roughly 300 kids turn out. Some of the 7,300 eggs hidden that morning needed nothing more than the fresh layer of powder that had fallen the night before to be fully hidden from the scores of excited children.

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Season extension will inconvenience some

April 11, 2016 — 

VAIL — There’s no business like snow business — unless you’re a farmer. That means there are times when advance planning goes in the trash in order to react to what nature brings.

This happened at Vail during the past week. Business owners and employees had lunch on March 29 knowing that Vail Mountain would close April 10. Those people had breakfast the next day knowing that the mountain would be open another week, thanks to abundant recent snowfall.

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Four towns holding Tuesday elections

April 11, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Most of the county’s towns will elect town councils Tuesday. That will bring a range of changes to those councils and boards.

Here’s a look at which towns are voting and who’s running for seats.

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Ski Museum series: Spring backcountry avalanches

April 11, 2016 — 

The following is part of a series of articles compiled by the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame that will take a closer look at the sport of alpine ski touring. The museum is located atop the Vail Village parking structure and features a treasure trove of ski history and heritage.

Backcountry enthusiasts agree that spring skiing and snowboarding can be some of the best of the season. Good snow coverage, warmer weather and more predictable snow stability, at times, can lead to unmatched conditions.

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Local accountant earns certificate of achievement

April 10, 2016 — 

AVON — Billi Lewis, a certified public accountant with McMahan and Associates, has been awarded the Governmental Certificate of Achievement from the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.

To earn the certificate, participants complete five eight-hour courses covering the latest rules, regulations and pronouncements in governmental accounting. Those who complete the rigorous coursework acquire a deeper understanding of governmental accounting issues, enhance their competence in the field and demonstrate their dedication and commitment as governmental accounting professionals. Lewis is one of five CPAs in Colorado to receive the society’s inaugural certificate.

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Area company hires manager

April 8, 2016 — 

MINTURN — Colorado Crawl Space, a company that specializes in crawl space encapsulation and repairs, recently announced Harrison Ratzlaff been promoted to a management position.

Ratzlaff will oversee all aspects of sales, training, and CleanSpace installation, focusing attention on the company’s advancement and growth.

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Company can help with spring cleaning

April 8, 2016 — 

GYSPUM — As the winter wears on, carpets get dingy and homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning.

One of the newest members of the Gypsum Chamber of Commerce is ready to help.

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Avon Police receive top award

April 8, 2016 — 

AVON — On April 2, the Avon Police Department became the smallest Colorado law enforcement agency and only department on the Western Slope to become nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the gold standard of public safety. In an awards ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, Chief Robert Ticer, Deputy Chief Greg Daly and Accreditation Manager Krista Jaramillo accepted this prestigious award from the commission.

“This accreditation award exemplifies and showcases the excellent and dedicated teamwork by the Avon Police Department and its commitment to positively ‘Make a Difference’ every day in our community,” Ticer said. “The staff and officers at the Avon Police Department take pride in serving our community. On behalf of our community, we are honored to accept this award and accreditation.”

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Grammy award winners to host writers retreat

April 8, 2016 — 

AVON — Partnering with Nashville, Tennessee-based event production company Donahue Entertainment, Avon is bringing the Skylight Creative Writing Retreat to town over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, at Harry A. Nottingham Park and Pavilion. The town of Avon and Donahue Entertainment have worked collaboratively over the past year on the original creative writing concept, to bring this one-of-a-kind event to the Avon Performance Pavilion. The Skylight Creative Writing Retreat will bring together creative writers in the fields of music, movie, television, theater, prose and poetry to give registrants a customized guide to deepening their writing skills and approaches. Anchored by Grammy Award-winning and multiple Tony Award-nominated brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, Skylight will bring leaders from an array of writing fields together to present a weekend of sessions, workshops and creative exercises.  The weekend-long conference will wrap up for registrants on Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday nights will feature live entertainment for registrants, which will be open to the general public.

“Being a visitor to Avon and Beaver Creek for over 20 years, I am intimately aware of the robust creative community which thrives in Avon,” said Donahue Entertainment’s Don Donahue. “Colorado is one of the most inspiring creative places on earth. So, I am very honored to produce a one-of-a-kind event for this one-of-a-kind location.

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Vail man found dead inside home

April 6, 2016 — 

VAIL — Vail Police responded on Monday to a request for a welfare check on a resident of Pitkin Creek Condominiums in East Vail. At 5:28 p.m., police found an 85-year-old male, Boyd Lee “Shawn” Shugart deceased in his residence.

The Eagle County Coroner’s Office and Vail Police are conducting an investigation into the incident. At this time, there is no indication of any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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Water district has vacancy on board

April 6, 2016 — 

VAIL — The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District seeks a community member to fill a vacancy on its board of directors for District 3. Kim Langmaid holds the current seat and her two-year term expires May 3.

Langmaid, who is a Vail Town Council member, is not running for the seat and no other elector filed to be a candidate for director of District 3 in this year’s regular election.

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Beaver Creek to offer 1,200 acres until close

April 6, 2016 — 

BEAVER CREEK — For the final week of winter operations, Beaver Creek Resort is offering 1,196 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain on the mountain, including Rose Bowl and trails accessed from Birds of Prey Lift (No. 9), and Grouse Mountain Express (No. 10). Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy spring skiing on terrain for all ability levels through Sunday.

The following lifts will be operating this week:

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Eagle County senior calendar

April 4, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Full body exercise class, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9 a.m. $2 suggested donation. Call 970-328-8896.

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Taste of Vail fest honored for waste reduction efforts

April 1, 2016 — 

VAIL — Taste of Vail organizers are being recognized this year with the Celebrate Green! award presented by the town of Vail in recognition of the event’s ongoing waste reduction efforts.

Since the inception of the Celebrate Green! program in 2010, the Vail Event Review Committee has developed increasing standards for event producers to go green. In particular, Taste of Vail is being honored for the strides that have made toward elevating the standards for composting and recycling at the annual American Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting.

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Success Awards for valley business finalists released

April 1, 2016 — 

AVON — The Vail Valley Partnership has announced the finalists for the 13th annual Success Awards, which honor businesses that have done an exemplary job in 2015, not only for themselves, but for the Vail Valley as a whole. More than 160 nominations were put forth for this year’s awards from professionals throughout the valley, spotlighting the hard work and dedication required to be the best in the Vail Valley.

The finalists were selected by a committee comprised of last year’s Success Award winners: Frances Barela, town of Gypsum; Ceil Folz; Chris Gallegos, Ski Butlers; Amanda Jessen and Andy Jessen, Bonfire Brewing; Kim Langmaid, Walking Mountains Science Center; Kelli McDonald, town of Vail; Todd Mossa, The Wren; Wendy Rimel, Education Foundation of Eagle County; Marisa Selvy, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company; and John Shipp, Roadhouse Hospitality Group.

After reviewing all submitted applications, the Vail Valley Partnership committee choose the following top three finalists for each category. The winners will be announced in May at the Ritz Carleton Bachelor Gulch.

Business of the Year:

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.

East West Destination Hospitality.

The Gallegos Corporation.

Small Business of the Year:

Alpine Arts Center.

Malen Yantis Public Relations.

Resort Books.

Nonprofit of the Year:

Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley.

MindSprings Health.

SOS Outreach.

Small Nonprofit of the Year:

Eagle River Youth Coalition.

Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center.

Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

Best Place to Work:

Alpine Bank.

Walking Mountains Science Center.

Vail Valley Foundation.

Community Impact Award:

Antlers at Vail.

Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley.

Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

Tourism Professional of the Year:

Amy Cassidy.

Kristen Pryor.

Kristin Yantis.

Young Professional of the Year:

Amy Ben-Horin.

Gretchen Swanson.

Kristen Bertuglia.

Healthy Workplace Award:

East West Destination Hospitality.

Vail Valley Foundation.

Vail Valley Jet Center.

Actively Green Award:

Alpine Bank.

Town of Vail.

West Vail Liquor Mart.

Innovation in Local Government:

Town of Eagle — Singletrack Sidewalks.

Town of Gypsum — Business Grant Program.

Town of Vail — Commission on Special Events.

In addition to the 11 categories above, a Vail Valley Partnership Chairman’s Award and Member of the Year Award will also be presented.

The Vail Valley Partnership will honor the winners at the 13th annual Success Awards at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch on Friday, May 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m. RSVPs can be submitted electronically at VailValleyPartnership.com/annual-success-awards.

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