VAIL — The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International has selected Vail Valley Partnership President and chief executive officer Chris Romer and Kristin Yantis, principal of Malen Yantis Pubic Relations, as two of The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Top 25: Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, Revenue Optimization for 2015.
The 13th annual list recognizes the best of the best in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. Recipients will be honored during a private ceremony co-sponsored by the association and Questex Hospitality + Travel, preceding the Adrian Awards Gala Feb. 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis and will be recognized at the Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala that follows.Learn more »
GYPSUM — Most of the time, when someone opens a business that happens to also be the topic of a reality television show, the owners are quick to note that life doesn’t really imitate art.
But according to Rob Faddick, of Vail Valley Pawn and Gun Shop, the popular History Channel show “Pawn Stars” is a pretty accurate portrayal of his business.Learn more »
EAGLE — The Eagle Marketing and Events Committee is looking for five new members.
The nine-member Marketing and Events Advisory Committee is appointed by the Eagle Town Board to make recommendations about event support and funding. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Eagle Town Hall for approximately 90 minutes. The committee is supported by Eagle’s marking and event coordinator and one member of the town board is appointed to participate in the committee. Committee meetings are a round-table format and the public is encouraged to attend and provide input.Learn more »
• Today: Vintage Vail at the Avon Recreation Center. Join the Avon Afternoon Club following the joint relief water class for a weekly gathering of card and board games, socializing, coffee and soup. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Call 970-748-4060 for more information.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Symposium Board Chair Rohn Robbins recently announced the hiring of Julie Norberg as the organization’s new executive director. Norberg, most recently the director of Education Foundation of Eagle County, takes over from Tracey Flower, who in November accepted the executive director position with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Norberg’s hiring comes in the middle of the Vail Symposium’s largest season to date, featuring more than 32 speakers leading 24 programs in the winter 2016 season. The winter season builds on the success of the summer 2015 season, which saw a 31 percent growth in attendance when compared to the same season the previous year.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Police Department has equipped each marked patrol car, including code enforcement officer vehicles, with an automatic external defibrillator. In the event of sudden cardiac arrest, there is a small amount of time to save victim — typically 10 minutes or less. Because law enforcement personnel are often the first on scene, Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger strongly felt it was a necessity for each marked patrol vehicle to be equipped with an automated defibrillator to better serve the community. The Vail Town Council funded the recently-purchased devices this year’s budget. Although the devices are new, Vail police and code enforcement officers have been trained on their use for more than five years.
About the devicesLearn more »
VAIL — The town of Vail is inviting prospective home buyers to an open house that will be used to help shape decisions about the Chamonix housing development in West Vail. The listening session will be held Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Grand View Room, on the third level of the Lionshead Village parking structure. Free two-hour parking is available and members of the public are welcome to drop in any time to learn more about Vail’s newest neighborhood and to develop a home buyer profile. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
Ideas about affordability, square footage, storage, amenities, parking, outdoor areas and other desired components of the development will be collected during the open house. The information will be used by the Vail Town Council to help determine homes types, home sizes and the range of affordability of the homes. Density discussions for the 3.6-acre parcel have ranged from approximately 40 to 50 new homes on the site.Learn more »
• Today: Vintage Vail, Avon Recreation Center, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Join the Avon Afternoon Club following the joint relief water class for a weekly gathering of card and board games, socializing, coffee and soup. Exercise the body, then the brain. Call 970-748-4060 for more information.Learn more »
GYPSUM — John Ramunno and Randy Rohweder impacted many lives during their time at Eagle Valley High School.
Now the duo is being inducted into the Eagle Valley High School Foundation’s Hall of Fame.Learn more »
VAIL — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Eagle River Watershed Council will present an evening with John Fielder on Thursday at the Alpine Gardens Education Center. Fielder, widely regarded as the quintessential Colorado nature photographer, will be sharing photographs and stories from his new book, “Colorado’s Yampa River.”
The Yampa River of northwest Colorado is considered the last major, free-flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River Basin. It cascades for 249 miles from high in the Rocky Mountains near Steamboat Springs and descends over 6,000 feet from alpine tundra to parched desert. Bisecting local, state and national parks, and at times enclosed in a 2,500-foot-deep canyon, it morphs from a cold trout stream to a warm water haven for endangered fish, evolving from placid meanders into famous whitewater rapids.Learn more »
AVON — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit and provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that help people living with multiple sclerosis as well as their support partners, has announced that Lisa Mattis, principal at Catalyst Philanthropy, will serve as the organization’s interim CEO.
The Can Do MS board began the search for an interim CEO after former president and CEO Heidi A. Heltzel announced her departure from the organization in December. Mattis, a seasoned executive with 25 years of nonprofit and management experience, will continue in her position until the board appoints a permanent CEO.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Johannes Faessler, owner of the Sonnenalp Club, recently announced that Shaun Evans has joined the club’s executive team as the director of health and fitness. Evans, who has more than 30 years of experience in resort and fitness management, is overseeing the construction of the new 10,000-square-foot health and fitness facility and will be managing the new facility upon its completion in the summer of 2016.
“I’m very excited to be working with the Sonnenalp Club and am thrilled to be a part of this project,” Evans said. “We’re already in the thick of things in regards to building the structure. So far, we’re on schedule to complete and open June 1.”Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle County commissioners are inviting the public to participate in a series of Community Conversations this winter on three topics: housing, climate change and early childhood development.
The Community Conversations are intended to engage residents and business owners in discussions with elected officials, expert panelists and each other on topics critical to the region. The format for the evenings will include dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by panel presentations and a group discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. facilitated by one of the county commissioners. All events are free, however, RSVPs are requested.Learn more »
• Today: Vintage Vail at the Avon Recreation Center. Join the Avon Afternoon Club following Joint Relief Water class for a weekly gathering of games, socializing and coffee. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Call 970-748-4060.Learn more »
• Today: Vintage Vail at the Avon Recreation Center. Join the Avon Afternoon Club for a weekly gathering of games, socializing and coffee from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Call 970-748-4060.Learn more »
• Today: Vintage Vail at the Avon Recreation Center. Join the Avon Afternoon Club for games, socializing and coffee. 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Call 970-748-4060.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Police Department, in conjunction with the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, will be hosting a new session of the Community Awareness Program from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. This free community training is the same course as earlier sessions held last year in preparation for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
The Thursday training will take place in The Grandview on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center, where parking is free upon entry after 3 p.m. Employees, business owners and other members of the community are encouraged to attend. Call the police records office at 970-479-2208 to RSVP as space is limited.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Several opportunities exist for Eagle County residents to recycle Christmas trees or put them to good use after the holidays. The towns of Vail and Avon will provide curbside collection of trees to town residents. Gypsum residents can dispose of trees by delivering them to the Gypsum Sports Complex parking lot. The town of Eagle will host a Twelfth Night celebration on Sunday with a Christmas tree bonfire at the Eagle Town Park. The town of Minturn will host a Christmas tree bonfire on Tuesday at Little Beach Park.
Eagle Valley residents may drop off their trees at the fire station in Eagle-Vail or at the recycle site located at the Edwards rest area. Residents may also bring Christmas trees to the Eagle County Landfill at no charge until Feb. 15. Roaring Fork Valley residents may bring their trees to the Pitkin County Landfill at no charge until Feb. 16.Learn more »
GYPSUM — Just because they can’t stay awake until midnight is no reason the younger set has to miss out on New Year’s Eve festivities.
Make that Noon Year’s Eve festivities.Learn more »
• Today: Free haircuts for anyone 60 or older at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Appointments begin at 1 p.m. Please call 970-328-8896 to sign up for a spot.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — As a company grows, sometimes the firm’s name needs to change with the time. East West Resorts has hit that point.
The company started 30 years ago as East West Hospitality, an offshoot of — and separate entity from — East West Partners, a real estate development company. The development company’s name will remain, but the hospitality firm is now called East West Destination Hospitality.Learn more »
Business name: Valet Wine & Spirits.
Date opened: December 2014.Learn more »
VAIL — Free curbside collection of discarded Christmas trees will take place in Vail on Saturday through Jan. 31.
Trees must be free of lights, tinsel, ornaments, stands and plastic wrapping. Also, trees should be left whole; do not cut trees into sections. Trees should be placed at the side of the road so as not to block the roadway.Learn more »
AVON — The town of Avon will offer curbside Christmas tree pickup for town residents from Saturday through Feb. 1. All trees must have their lights and ornaments removed. The town will only pick up cut trees; artificial or flocked trees, wreaths or seasonal debris will not be collected.
The Avon Public Works Department will check for trees that are placed curbside on a frequent basis, but if residents would like to schedule a pickup, then they may call the department with their address and phone number. For more information, or to schedule a pickup, call Avon Public Works Director Gary Padilla at 970-748-4118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Public Library has earned the honor of being selected as just one of 13 libraries in Colorado to participate in Common Cents for Colorado, a financial literacy initiative made possible through a national grant program. Common Cents for Colorado consists of a five-part workshop series, with topics covering everything you need to know to manage your own money.
Seminars will begin in January. Here’s the schedule:Learn more »
EAGLE — A seminar on advance directives and pre-planning to support end of life requests will be held at the Eagle Public Library, 600 Broadway St., on Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The free presentation, Conversations before the Crisis: Intersection of Family, Faith & Policy in Advance Care Planning, will be provided by HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley of Eagle County. Light refreshments will be provided.
Topics to be reviewed include: advanced directive information and objectives, a participatory exercise to begin such a directive through the Five Wishes form, how to approach difficult discussion about the end-of-life process and an introduction to bereavement.Learn more »
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Kaiser Permanente recently announced it has signed an agreement with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs as part of the health plan’s expansion into Colorado’s mountain communities.
This agreement will provide Kaiser Permanente members with access to emergency, primary and specialty care services. Valley View provides care in Eagle and Garfield counties, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Willits and Eagle. Its team of 65 physicians and 33 physician extenders are committed to the care and wellbeing of their patients.Learn more »
EAGLE — Anyone concerned about the performance of his or her fourth-quarter stock portfolio may want to call a Brush Creek Elementary School fifth-grader for some tips.
The numbers speak for themselves. When given a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks, mutual funds, bonds and commodities, a Brush Creek team pocked a cool — but unfortunately still virtual — 19.36 percent gain. Not bad for kids who still spend part of their day at recess.Learn more »
• Today: Free haircuts for anyone 60 or older at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Appointments begin at 1 p.m. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up for a spot.Learn more »
Vail makes appointments to town's volunteer boardsDecember 20, 2015 —
VAIL — The Vail Town Council recently made several appointments to two of its volunteer boards.
The town had three seats available on the Commission on Special Events, which reviews new and existing event proposals, and provides town funding to help those events.
New commission members are Kim Newbury Rediker, Mark Christie and Sheena Richardson. Richardson was reappointed to a position on the board.
The council also appointed former Vail Town Council member Ludwig Kurz to a seat on the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission. That board reviews and approves development applications submitted in town. That post runs until March 2016. If Kurz wants a full term, he must reapply.
For more information about town commissions and boards, go to www.vailgov.com/boards-and-commissions.