EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council has announced that RiverFest 2014, presented by Oldcastle Materials Southwest Group, will return Aug. 9. The theme of this annual float is “Discover Your Rivers” and the event is a way for river users of all ages to connect to their local waterways as well as other river enthusiasts.
Eagle County has made much progress in the past few years acquiring and constructing new access points along the Upper Colorado River. The RiverFest float will launch at Red Dirt Creek and take out at the Horse Creek boat ramp at Colorado River Ranch.Learn more »
MINTURN — If you’re a Minturn resident planning on attending school at a college, university or a technical/trade school, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Minturn Education Fund.
The application deadline is July 31. Application materials can be found at minturn.org.Learn more »
VAIL — Margaret McIntyre has been helping people become better skiers for years, and the longtime ski instructor will be bringing her special form of training back to Vail and Beaver Creek this coming winter.
Her program, Dynamic Skiing, features on-snow instruction as well as a mind-body system that aims to directly enhance ski performance and confidence. McIntyre teaches the Feldenkrais Method, a simple form of sensory motor learning. Through indoor exercises, the method uses awareness to stimulate the sensory system in the brain with new information, and new actions are created. As participants understand their own pattern movements and unlearn debilitating habits in the way they move and ski, new and more efficient patterns emerge. Then, participants take their newfound learning onto the slopes with a group of hand-picked instructors.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Blood Pressure and blood sugar checks by Eagle County Paramedics. 11 Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center.Learn more »
VAIL — Longtime local luxury homebuilder and real estate consultant Eric Wagenknecht has joined Vail Real Estate Group in Cordillera.
A longtime resident of the Vail Valley, Wagenknecht specializes in luxury properties and new projects.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Hospice of the Valley will host comprehensive training sessions for volunteers in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties on Monday, Wednesday, July 28 and July 30 at Good Shepherd Church, 1630 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.
The four required evening sessions, to occur on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m., are offered to participants who would like to be of comfort to those with a terminal illness.Learn more »
VAIL — The town of Vail’s 15th annual neighborhood picnic series has two events this year. The first is Tuesday at Bighorn Park in East Vail. The second is Aug. 12 at Donovan Pavilion. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnics provide residents an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about community issues.
The picnic Tuesday at Bighorn Park will be hosted by the Vail Town Council and representatives from the public works department. Picnickers will hear information on the upcoming USA Pro Challenge Time Trial stage to be held in Vail Aug. 23 and “Love Vail,” the town’s public awareness campaign in support of the new recycling ordinance.Learn more »
BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts was awarded Best Overall Use of Social Media by an Attraction in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel and Tourism (SMITTY) Awards. The award recognizes the company’s Epic Race to Ski the World and the engagement that the program drove across several of Vail Resorts’ social media channels.
Each year, the Travel + Leisure SMITTY awards recognize companies in the travel and tourism industry that use social media in the best and most innovative ways. A jury of digital insiders and travel professionals reviewed hundreds of submissions and named winners and runners-up in 30 categories.Learn more »
• Tuesday: No 11 a.m. exercise class today. Class will resume as normal next Tuesday.Learn more »
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AVON — NAI Mountain Commercial has announced that Jeff Sage joined the firm as a development specialist and broker. In this role, he will bring his expertise in development and construction.
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PARK CITY, Utah — The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation has named two new members to its board of trustees.
Joining the board are Daniel Leever, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Vail, and Lynn D. Bleil, of Park City, Utah. The announcement was made by Foundation President Greg Boester, an Olympic ski jumper who took over board leadership last summer.Learn more »
VAIL — Do you think you have what it takes to be on the show “Survivor”? If so, then register for the Vail “Survivor” open call on Aug. 16. Camera crews will capture each potential contestant’s best 60 seconds on video.
Guarantee a spot for the casting call by registering at http://denver.cbslocal.com/sign-up-for-the-survivor-casting-call/. All registrants will have an opportunity to participate in the open call and further information will be sent on or around Aug. 1.Learn more »
MINTURN — Win a national business ethics award and your photo lights up Times Square, which is good.
That means you’ve been recognized for business excellence by the national Better Business Bureau, which is better.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Glenn Davis was recently elected to the executive committee of the Eagle County Republican Central Committee. Davis, chief retail officer of Alpine Bank, graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in history and has been with the bank since 1988.
Davis devotes much of his time serving local and statewide nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as the president of the board of trustees of Colorado Mountain College,and is chairman of the board of directors for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.Learn more »
BEAVER CREEK — Rally4 has joined forces with Xterra to raise funds and awareness for The Cycle Effect, whose mission is to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking, at this year’s Xterra Mountain Championship on July 19 and 20 at Beaver Creek.
The organizations will showcase the positive impact The Cycle Effect is having on Eagle and Summit County youth to the like-minded crowd at Xterra with one-on-one and group meetings at the event expo, and will be fully integrated into the race atmosphere by manning aid stations, volunteering, helping with the kids races and sharing their success stories.Learn more »
VAIL — Bruce Smith, an NFL Hall of Fame member, will be a special guest to honor Dr. Richard Steadman at Rock the Research on Monday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
This year’s event, featuring Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker, will benefit the research and educational programs of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Two instances of community members and pets coming into contact with bats have been reported to Eagle County officials in the past week and both bats have tested positive for rabies. The bats were found in Beaver Creek and Eagle and are the first laboratory-confirmed cases of animal rabies in the county this year. All known individuals with possible contact have been notified.
Bats consume thousands of tons of night-flying insects annually and are beneficial to a healthy ecosystem. However, Eagle County Public Health Director Jennifer Ludwig says bats may carry diseases that can spread to people and pets, so it’s important to avoid contact with them. While most bats do not carry rabies, grounded or easily handled bats or other wild animals are most likely sick or injured and should be avoided by untrained people.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Do you want to volunteer for a nonprofit but not sure where to find one that matches your interests and skills? Have you thought of using Craig’s List? Monica White found The Listen Foundation, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides therapy for the deaf and hearing impaired, in just that way. And luckily she found Red Ribbon Project soon after she and her husband, Dan, moved from Denver to Eagle County.
White has recently been elected president of the board of Red Ribbon Project, after serving as treasurer since 2012. White replaced Kendra Cowles, who served as president for four years and as a board member for three years. For both nonprofits, The Listen Foundation and Red Ribbon Project, White brings a unique skill set of accounting and a desire to participate in a nonprofit that fulfills a need, serving kids and the community.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Carrie Benway has accepted the position of program development specialist at The Family Learning Center of Edwards.
The Family Learning Center provides a year-round, high-quality preschool (8 weeks-6 years old) program that builds a solid foundation of the skills and experiences that are the most predictive of future success in school and in life. Benway will focus on adding enrichment programs to the current curriculum through local partnerships and program design, development and increasing awareness of the high quality programs at The Family Learning Center.Learn more »
AVON — Hope Flores, a victim advocate at Bright Future Foundation in Avon, has been awarded the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Victim Advocate.
She accepted the award at the Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference in Vail in June. The conference is a joint effort of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.Learn more »
• Today: Tina Wells from Alzheimer’s Association will speak on “Long Distance Caregiving” at the monthly Caregiver Support Group meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.Learn more »
AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain recently announced that it has hired Jayden Callahan to serve at the director of food and beverage at the resort.
Callahan will oversee all operations at Maya, The Westin Riverfront’s modern Mexican kitchen and tequileria, the Lift, which serves breakfast and lunch daily, the Lobby Bar and a new full-service Starbucks opening in August. In addition, she will oversee all food and beverage offerings in the resort’s more than 7,500 square feet of banquet and meeting space, including the 4,000 square foot Riverside Ballroom, and the 2,000 square foot outdoor banquet terrace.Learn more »
VAIL — Ron Byrne and Associates has announced the addition of Sara Divya to its sales team.
Divya grew up in the Vail Valley and brings more than 17 years experience in luxury real estate sales, including over 100 transactions and several years ranked as a top-producing broker at previous agencies. Divya was raised in a real estate environment, as her father was a founding managing real estate broker for Vail Associates. Later he managed his own brokerage where he mentored Sara early in her career.Learn more »
VAIL — Israel’s national lacrosse team makes its Vail debut Thursday in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout.
On Friday, Chabad Jewish Center will host a Community Shabbat Dinner to welcome the special visitors from Israel at the Antlers at Vail.Learn more »
BOND — On Saturday, Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke on Copper Spur Road in Bond.
Upon arrival, Chief Brita Horn and Rock Creek volunteers along with community members began suppressing the fire with water and hand tools while other agencies were dispatched. Due to the increase in winds, the main fire caused six spot fires. Other agencies arrived on scene and began to extinguish the fire in fir trees, cottonwood trees and pinyon and juniper which was thick with live and dead timber. The fire was also burning in a drainage with steep terrain that was challenging to access.Learn more »
VAIL — Most town of Vail municipal offices will be closed Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. However, the Police Records Office in the Municipal Building will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Independence Day. The office is available for front counter service and is open Monday through Saturday each week; closed Sundays.
Regular office hours for all remaining town services will resume Monday. Transit services will operate uninterrupted throughout the holiday. Call 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies.Learn more »
Wednesday: Free lunch at the Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11:30 a.m. Call 970-328-8831 to make a reservation.Learn more »
BEAVER CREEK — This year, the annual Rider Cup charity fundraising event will be held July 12 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. This dinner and dance event will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Items available in the auction include two 2015 Masters golf badges, a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle, a Golden Bear mama bear necklace and a weekend stay in a Boston North End condominium.
Entertainment will be provided by Duck Soup, “the unofficial band of the PGA Tour” — a popular eight-piece band that performs throughout the United States and internationally.Learn more »
Watershed council adds staffJune 29, 2014 —
EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle River Watershed Council has announced the selection of Doug Serrill as projects and events coordinator, a new position at the Watershed Council.
Serrill comes to the Watershed Council from the San Francisco Bay Area. There he managed native plant nurseries and coordinated community-based restoration projects for Save The Bay, a regional conservation and advocacy organization.
“We are very excited to grow the organization and to have Doug on board,” said Executive Director Holly Loff. She added “he has already jumped right into the fray and is working to expand our signature events. With his background, we have no doubt that he will also be a great asset for our restoration projects. The community can expect more volunteer opportunities with ERWC, and Doug’s personality will make these opportunities educational while also a lot of fun.”
Serrill joins Loff as well as Kate Burchenal, who serves as the watershed council’s education and outreach coordinator.
Eagle River Watershed Council encourages the community to come out and discover our rivers on Aug. 9 at the fifth annual RiverFest presented by Oldcastle SW Group. The event provides an opportunity to float the Upper Colorado River, explore new Eagle County Open Space access points and meet the Watershed Council board and staff, including Serrill. Following the float, there will be a family-friendly party at Colorado River Ranch with live music, local beer and wine, dinner by Moe’s Original Bar B Que, dancing, a bouncy castle and more. Tickets are available online.
Learn more about the Watershed Council or if you’re interested in buying RiverFest tickets, visit www.erwc.org. Serrill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-827-5406.
The Eagle River Watershed Council has a mission to advocate for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education and projects. The council strives to protect and enhance the high-quality natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers and tributaries provide to the citizens, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County.