Announcements

Drug Take Back set for Saturday

September 25, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. The collection takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Vail Municipal Building parking lot, 75 S. Frontage Rd. This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets of all unwanted, expired or unused medications and have them disposed of safely. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The collected items will be incinerated in an environmentally friendly manner by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

September 22, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

Friday: Ninth annual Senior Health Fair at Eagle County Ambulance building in Edwards from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Come early for FREE health screenings.

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College to offer wedding and event planner course

September 19, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — Colorado Mountain College has partnered with Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute, a nationally recognized training program for the wedding and event planning industry, to offer a wedding and event planning certification course.

Classes will be held on Mondays from Sept. 29 through Dec. 8 at the college’s Edwards campus and taught by Hollie Johnson Hawkins, an event professional in the Vail Valley for 17 years. Hawkins also has a private business, Events by Hollie, which oversees weddings and events nationwide.

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Edwards Station to renovate car wash

September 19, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — Edwards Station has launched a major renovation of its automatic car wash, with a new high-tech, attended tunnel-style car wash set to open in December.

The nearly $2 million project was designed to meet the increased service demands at Edwards Station, which originally opened in 1999, with the new car wash using the latest technology to clean up to 50 cars per hour, up from eight cars per hour. The quality of each wash will also be elevated, with a focus on removing magnesium chloride in the winter and insects in the summer. The new wash will offer a superior clean with the use of soft foam brushes and rollers, reformulated, green soaps and computer aided controls.

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Multiple sclerosis fundraiser set for Saturday

September 18, 2014 — 

AVON — Can Do Day is an annual campaign honoring Can Do MS founder and Olympic medalist skier Jimmie Heuga on his birthday, Monday, Sept. 22. On this day, Can Do MS supporters focus on what they can do, and then do it to inspire others and help raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. In conjunction with Heuga’s birthday, local restaurants are teaming up with Can Do MS to support A Can Do Day of Giving on Saturday.

For the second year, a variety of local restaurants will show what they can do by donating a percentage of their profits to Can Do MS to support its lifestyle empowerment programs. Restaurant owners hope the program will bring in new customers and give their regulars another reason to dine out while supporting a good cause. Restaurants donating 20 percent of their sales include Juniper, Old Forge Pizza and Yama Sushi. Restaurants donating 10 percent of their sales include, e|Town, Main St. Grill and Ticino.

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Vail hires wildland program administrator

September 17, 2014 — 

VAIL — Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller has announced the hiring of Paul Cada to fill the newly created position of wildland program administrator. Cada will be overseeing the operations of the wildland fire crew as well as assisting community members with wildland fire mitigation activities. Cada comes to Vail from the Colorado State Forest Service where he spent the past eight years as an assistant district forester for the Granby district covering Grand, Summit and Eagle counties. Miller says Cada brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in fire mitigation and general forestry and is a great addition to the town staff.

Cada’s community outreach activities currently include promotion of two free services offered by the wildland fire crew. The free curbside chipping service is available until Oct. 31 to coincide with the last day for Vail’s seasonal wildland fire crew. The chipping service is available Monday through Friday for trunks, limbs and slash up to 24 inches in diameter. Additionally, property owners are encouraged to contact the wildland crew to schedule a free, no obligation Firewise consultation of their home and property. Firewise consultations are available year-round. To schedule either a curbside slash pickup or Firewise consultation, call 970-477-3509.

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Battle Mountain Class of 1984 is planning reunion

September 16, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — The Battle Mountain High School Class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion on Oct. 17 during Battle Mountain’s homecoming football game.

The host committee includes Rhonda Salazar, Julie Rautio, Sasha Moritz and Rusty Buick. Plans so far include:

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Eagle County welcomes new human resources director

September 16, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County is welcoming Jacci McKenna as its new director of human resources. She will begin her position Monday.

McKenna comes to the county from Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Region in Denver, where she served as senior director of human resources. Prior to that, she was the chief human resource officer for the Adams County School District in Commerce City and the director of employment services for the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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Eagle County candidates will debate Tuesday

September 15, 2014 — 

EAGLE — Candidates on this year’s ballot will gather Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Eagle County Building for a debate.

The debate will see county commissioner candidates Kathy Chandler-Henry (D), Courtney Holm (R), Dick Mayne (R) and Jeanne McQueeney (D) face off for seats from the 2nd and 3rd commissioner districts.

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Horn Ranch stone quarry hike takes place Sept. 27

September 15, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County Open Space will host a guided hike of the historic stone quarry at Horn Ranch from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27. The county’s Open Space Program acquired the rights to lead guided hikes across private land as part of the Horn Ranch Conservation & Recreation Project, which was completed in 2013 to protect 403 acres of land and 1.4 miles of the Eagle River.

The quarry at Horn Ranch produced stones for Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel in the late 1800s. Kathy Heicher, president of the Eagle County Historical Society, will join hikers to provide information about the early days of the ranch.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

September 15, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Pumpkin craft project at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 10 to 11 a.m. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.

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SOS Global chosen as logistics provider for championships

September 15, 2014 — 

VAIL — SOS Global has been selected as the official logistics provider for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Founded in 1986, SOS Global is a one-stop freight forwarding and logistics company, with operations teams in place in both the United States and Europe.

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Westin names Christine Holmberg sales manager

September 15, 2014 — 

AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has announced that it has hired Christine Holmberg for the position of sales manager.

Holmberg joins The Westin Riverfront sales team from The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, where she served as a group sales manager. She previously held sales positions at Manor Vail Lodge and the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.

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Xssentials adds financial officer

September 15, 2014 — 

DENVER — David Jacobson has joined Xssentials, a technology services company with an office in the Vail Valley, as chief financial officer.

Jacobson brings 25 years of experience in corporate strategy, management, finance, accounting and investment banking.

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Magazine list includes firm in Edwards

September 15, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — Ptarmigan Sports recently earned a spot on Outdoor USA Magazine’s list of Top 100 outdoor specialty retailers in the United States. The Top 100 Retailers initiative recognizes the leading independent, outdoor specialty retail businesses for their outstanding work and entrepreneurial drive.

“The independent specialty retail channel is essential to building engaged outdoor and active lifestyle communities,” said Raimondo Forlin, publisher of Outdoor USA Magazine. “Specialty retailers also play a key role in fostering product innovation and brand authenticity because in this channel is where new products, new brands and technologies earn credibility with the consumer. We are happy to honor the stores that are setting the bar for success.”

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Vail conference to examine security issues

September 15, 2014 — 

AVON — Local Lone Star Security & Safety Services and its newly launched division, The 5D Shield, has announced the 2015 Vail-Beaver Creek Security & Safety Preparedness Conference. The conference will be held on Nov. 13 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail.

The one-day conference will host more than 12 panelists and speakers representing law enforcement agencies, hospitality businesses, training and consulting experts, community organizations and security and safety organizations. Keynote speakers include Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger and Joe O’Keefe, protective security adviser, Denver District, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Marijuana forum is Wednesday in Edwards

September 14, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — The Total Health Alliance invites community members to a forum on Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards to provide greater understanding and knowledge about marijuana to all community members.

The Total Health Alliance has joined forces with several community partners, including Eagle River Youth Coalition and Vail Valley Medical Center, to bring professionals to speak on various aspects of marijuana. Presenters will help improve understanding of marijuana and its related effects; raise awareness on the laws and consequences from violating those laws; speak to impacts on physical health, mental health and the brain; and provide relevant information including data and trends to empower community members to make informed decisions. Information will be shared on local trends; medical inclinations; addictive behaviors and age of onset; youth development; ethics behind the laws; consumption mechanisms and amounts; and products such as edibles, hash and THC. Finally, education on resources available in the community will be available.

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Antlers at Vail offering complimentary ski valet

September 12, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Antlers at Vail hotel and Ski Butlers have joined forces to offer complimentary ski valet at the hotel. This ski season, guests will be offered free ski valet with Ski Butlers bringing their skis back and forth to the ski lifts for them, as well as rental ski equipment from Ski Butlers, which will have an on-site location.

“We are excited to be a part of this service oriented partnership,” said Ski Butlers CEO Bryn Carey. “No Vail hotel offers on-site full service valet of this level. From room fittings to courier service, the only time a guest touches a ski is at the slopes. ”

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Vail considers event funding for 2015 affairs

September 11, 2014 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail Commission on Special Events is currently accepting funding requests from special event producers for 2015 events occurring in Vail. The guidelines and accompanying information are available online at www.vailgov.com or at the Vail Municipal Building, located at 75 S. Frontage Road.

The commission, utilizing research results provided by the Vail Local Marketing District, has developed special event rating criteria that will be used to evaluate all proposals based on how they align with the strategies to provide a diverse calendar of events that are well matched to the Vail brand. Primary consideration will be given to events that drive incremental destination visitation.

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Project for Piney forest approved

September 11, 2014 — 

EAGLE — The Forest Service announced that a Final Decision Notice was signed by District Ranger Dave Neely last week for the Piney 2012 Project on the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest.

The project is designed to create favorable growing conditions for forest regeneration following the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The project will also reduce the accumulation and continuity of future heavy fuel loading and provide commercial forest products and/or biomass to local industries. The Environmental Assessment, Final Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact may be viewed online at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=38657.

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Eagle County debates to be held this week, next week

September 11, 2014 — 

EAGLE — Candidates on this year’s ballot will gather Thursday and next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Eagle County Building.

Thursday, the events will kick off with debates for Senate District 5 between Don Suppes (R) and Kerry Donovan (D) and will be followed by House District 26 with Diane Mitsch Bush (D) and Chuck McConnell (R).

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Vail Valley Business Women to hold open house Wednesday

September 9, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — The Vail Valley Business Women will host its annual open house from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Dish! in Edwards.

The open house is free for all women to attend. Board members will be present to answer questions about membership tiers, rates and prices, and programming. Vessi Vlasseva Photography will be taking head shots for attendees — keep your profiles professional and up to date for the great value of $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Light passed appetizers will be provided by Dish! along with a cash bar.

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ResortApp to give away Epic Pass

September 9, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Andy May and Krystin Sanzone each won a 2014-15 Epic Pass from ResortApp. ResortApp is a Vail Valley vacation guide app for smartphones.

In honor of the Oktoberfest celebrations in the valley, ResortApp is giving away another 2014-15 Epic Pass. To enter, download ResortApp and share on Facebook. The winner will be selected Monday. If you have questions or would like a personal tutorial, visit their booth at Oktoberfest in Vail this weekend. Vail Oktoberfest schedule of events and locations will be listed on ResortApp.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

September 8, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Eagle County Caregiver and Memory Loss Support Group, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 455 Nottingham Ranch Road in Avon. Call Pat at 970-328-8831 for more information.

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Red Ribbon Project to hold fundraiser in Edwards

September 3, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — On Sept. 12, Red Ribbon Project will host its annual fundraiser, Positive Prevention, at e|Town in Edwards from 6 to 10 p.m..

Funds raised will help support the important education programs that Red Ribbon Project provides in local schools. Silent auction items include a Vail Resorts Epic Pass, Golden Bear jewelry, Avon Chiropractic adjustments and restaurant gift cards. E|Town will donate 10 percent of the proceeds raised. Local band Thumper will provide entertainment. Thumper plays rock ’n’ roll from the ’70s through today and is made up of a bunch of valley locals who play venues from Eagle to Vail.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

September 1, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 p.m.

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Government offices closed on Monday

August 28, 2014 — 

VAIL — Most town of Vail municipal offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Vail Public Library also will be closed. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday. Transit services will operate uninterrupted during the holiday. Also, the police front counter in the municipal building will remain open on Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Residents with curbside trash service are reminded to check with their trash removal company to determine if collection schedules will be affected by the Labor Day holiday. Vail’s wildlife protection regulations prohibit placing trash outside for pickup other than from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the scheduled trash collection day. Residents also are reminded that if they haven’t arranged for recycling pickup to contact their hauler and visit vailgov.com/recycling for information on how to recycle, recycling rebates, building permit fee waivers, low income bin rebates and other helpful tips.

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Gould joins Ron Byrne & Associates

August 27, 2014 — 

VAIL — Ron Byrne & Associates has announced the addition of Tricia Gould to its sales team.

Originally from Kansas City, Gould moved from Massachusetts to the Vail Valley in 2005 with her husband and two sons. Gould grew up spending many spring breaks on the Vail Valley ski slopes and made the trips into a lifestyle. She brings vast expertise of high-end real estate, as she played an integral role in the development of Vail Valley Getaway luxury rental company, managing a portfolio of homes valued over $100 million for the past 10 years.

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Vail Daily column: Junior livestock auction demonstrates determination

August 26, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: This column, submitted by Vail Resorts, showcases the nonprofits that the company supports through its Vail Resorts Echo program.

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Eagle Valley Land Trust names Daus executive director

August 23, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle Valley Land Trust has named Jim Daus as its new executive director.

Daus replaces Kara Heide, who held the position since 2009.

“Jim is a terrific addition to the Eagle Valley Land Trust team and has extensive experience conserving land,” said Dan Godec, president of EVLT. Daus will manage all aspects of EVLT’s local land conservation and protection mission. “The board is very pleased that we were able to recruit someone of his caliber in land conservation to our organization.”

Daus inherits a strong organization from his predecessor. During Heide’s tenure, the Eagle Valley Land Trust added over 1,300 acres of conservation to its holdings and increased its reserves by 89 percent. EVLT partnered with Vail Resorts Echo the past two years bringing over 400 Vail Resorts volunteers to the Eagle Valley Land Trust conservation projects and the Land Trust was named Small Non-Profit of the Year in 2012 by the Vail Valley Partnership. Kara also implemented the Future Conservationist Program enabling hundreds of local youth the opportunity to learn and appreciate conservation.

Looking Forward

“EVLT owes its recent success and flourishing to Kara and we thank her for her years of productive and loyal service” said Andie Bombard, Eagle Valley Land Trust vice president. “We look forward to the next chapter in EVLT’s growth as we welcome Jim. He has worked on some very complex projects with Boulder County Parks and Open Space and that experience will increase EVLT’s options when we consider new land for conservation.”

Daus earned his bachelor of arts from Vassar College and an MBA in real estate development and finance from the University of Colorado. After working in commercial real estate brokerage and development for 13 years, he decided his true passion was in protecting and preserving land and began working for Boulder County Parks and Open Space in 2006. During his time at Boulder County Parks and Open Space, he protected over 3,500 acres of land and received numerous awards for his achievements including a 2012 recognition for “teamwork, personal commitment, dedication, and performance.” Daus and his wife have been visitors to the valley for many years and are excited to now call Eagle County home.

“I am thrilled to continue the fantastic land conservation work of EVLT and look forward to getting to know and working with the members of this community,” Daus said. “Conservation easements, such as those held by EVLT, are an essential tool for high-level community planning and ensuring the future economic vitality of the community they support. By preserving not only scenic backdrops, wildlife habitat, watersheds and recreational access, but also the extremely important natural buffers between towns, conservation easements help preserve Eagle County’s rural character. With its tourism-based economy, preserving the rural character of the county is good business ­— and I’m excited to continue bringing this message to our community members.”

Eagle Valley Land Trust was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit environmental conservation organization. The Land Trust currently holds 28 parcels and over 7,000 acres of protected lands under conservation easements in Eagle County. These properties stretch from East Vail to the entrance of Glenwood Canyon and from Tennessee Pass near Leadville to Yarmony Mountain near the Routt County border. For more information about the Land Trust, visit www.evlt.org.

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