Announcements

One week left for Park Hyatt scavenger hunt

December 19, 2014 — 

BEAVER CREEK — The Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this month with 25 Random Acts of Hospitality. Daily clues have been announced for a village/mountain-wide scavenger hunt. Anyone can follow the clues to receive a special envelope that they can bring to the concierge desk of The Park Hyatt to receive a prize.

Winners so far include: Raina Gerard on Dec. 2, John Halloran on Dec. 3, Bari Hahn on Dec. 4, Birger Ericksen on Dec. 5, John Steiert on Dec. 6, Susan Roberts on Dec. 7, Riley, Abbery and Finley MacDonald on Dec. 9, Leslie Bacigalipi on Dec. 10, Simone Schmid on Dec. 12, Katrina Hamrick on Dec. 17 and Ben Henson on Dec. 18.

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Advent event is Wednesday in Edwards

December 16, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration invites community members to attend a special Advent event called “Adoring Hymns and Singing Angels” from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.

The event takes place at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel, beginning with champagne and wassail, followed by a potluck supper of festive foods of the season.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

December 15, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Blood pressure checks at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. No sign up necessary.

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Sonnenalp Club partners with management firm ClubCorp

December 14, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — The Sonnenalp Club in Edwards has reached a partnership agreement with ClubCorp, the largest owner-operator of private golf and country clubs, business, sports and alumni clubs in the world. This agreement will offer current and future Sonnenalp Club members access to ClubCorp’s facilities.

The plan allows full members of the Sonnenalp Club to golf at hundreds of golf and country clubs. It also grants full and sports members access to business clubs, sports clubs and alumni clubs in the U.S. as well as in Mexico and China.

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Avalanche awareness series begins Monday

December 14, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Patrols will kick off the third annual Eagle County Avalanche Awareness Series on Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Vail Cascade Resort in a continued effort to educate the community about snow and avalanche safety.

The Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Patrols collaborate to deliver relevant, meaningful and current information and expert advice about backcountry and avalanche awareness at this season’s series. The first night will focus on an introduction to avalanche basics, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and other available resources, human factors and “heuristic traps,” and opportunities for professional training.

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New brokers join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

December 13, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Crystal Jay and Renee Stracka have recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as broker associates. Jay is working in the company’s Beaver Creek office, while Stracka is working at Eagle Ranch. The announcement was made by Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties.

Jay grew up in a real estate family in Panama City, Florida, and graduated from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, where she holds a degree in hospitality, recreation and resort management. In 2006, she began her career in the Vail Valley as the Summit Clubhouse manager for the Club at Cordillera and later helped open the Vail Mountain Club. Most recently, Jay was a broker with Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail.

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Kurlander joins NAI team

December 13, 2014 — 

AVON — Bob Kurlander has joined the NAI Mountain team, bringing a background of land acquisition, site location and retail development.

Kurlander brings extensive experience with big box and national retailers to the NAI team. Also, the addition to the team will help drive lead generation by allowing NAI to offer more comprehensive demographic analysis to accurately depict the valley.

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Vail bus service transitions to winter schedule on Monday

December 13, 2014 — 

VAIL — Town of Vail buses will transition to the full winter schedule beginning Monday. The new schedule, which will run through April 19, will provide 30-minute service on most outlying routes during peak times and 30-minute to one-hour service on most outlying routes during non-peak times. The in-town shuttle, which services Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead, will run every five to 10 minutes. A complete bus schedule is available online at vailgov.com or by calling 970-477-3456.

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United Way offers prescription card

December 12, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Help is here to lower the cost of medicine, thanks to a free drug prescription savings card provided by the United Way of Eagle River Valley.

“No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions. That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription savings cards to everyone in the Eagle River Valley,” said John Genova, United Way board president.

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Xssentials hires head of business development for luxury division

December 9, 2014 — 

DENVER — Technology services company Xssentials has hired Rachelle Folsom as head of business development for its luxury division. Previously, Folsom spent over six years at the respected design and interiors magazine Luxe, eventually becoming publisher and regional director of the Colorado edition.

“As publisher of Luxe in Colorado, I have watched Xssentials emerge as the clear industry leader in luxury home technology,” Folsom said. “I am thrilled to be aligned with such a strong, well-rounded company as I return to the design services side of this industry.”

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Menorah workshop to take place on Sunday in Avon

December 8, 2014 — 

AVON — What child doesn’t love the holiday of Hanukkah? Lighting the menorah candelabra, eating lots of chocolate gelt and playing endless games of dreidel are just some of everyones favorite Hanukkah activities. This year, Chabad Jewish Center of Vail will partner with Home Depot to offer a pre-Hanukkah menorah workshop at Home Depot in Avon on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Participants will receive a free worker’s apron and craft their own unique menorah from supplies available at Home Depot. There will also be holiday music and refreshments. Parents must accompany children younger than 4, and the event is free.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

December 8, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Avon Caregiver and Memory Loss Support Group, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon. Call 970-328-8831.

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Vail Valley Partnership’s annual meeting is Dec. 17

December 7, 2014 — 

AVON — The Vail Valley Partnership, the Vail Valley’s regional chamber of commerce, will hold its annual meeting Dec. 17 at Manor Vail from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Prominent leaders throughout the Vail Valley will be present to discuss an overview of 2014 with an eye toward 2015. Mike Brumbaugh, Vail Valley Partnership board chair and owner of Venture Sports, will discuss the organizational overview of the Partnership.

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‘Vail on Sale’ website improved

December 6, 2014 — 

AVON — VailOnSale.com, the Vail Valley’s clearinghouse for lodging deals and discounts, just got a facelift. While the site still remains the only place that can provide users a quick and comprehensive overview of available rooms throughout the entire Vail Valley, it is now easier to find the best deals.

VailOnSale.com, run and managed by the Vail Valley Partnership, has been a long-time local secret for great lodging markdowns in the valley. As the site has grown in popularity, Front Range guests have tapped into this resource, and more and more destination travelers are finding their way to VailOnSale.com as well. While there are many big-name booking engines available, VailOnSale.com has found its own niche as the place to look for last-minute, discounted lodging.

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Local firm adds director of sales

December 5, 2014 — 

VAIL — Destination Services Corporation, an event management firm that masterminds corporate events, team building programs and local tour experiences for meeting and incentive travelers, recently bolstered its team with the addition of Scott Bierman as director of sales mountain resorts.

Bierman has spent his career developing programs designed to deliver remarkable experiences in mountain resorts in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

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Tennessee Pass snowshoe race returns on Saturday

December 4, 2014 — 

VAIL — The second race of the Pedal Power Winter Race Series will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. The center is located at Ski Cooper on U.S. Highway 6 and 24 between Minturn and Leadville.

The Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest races in the series, now in its 17th year. Racers should be prepared for a generous mix of challenging uphills and gentle downhills that wend their way along interconnected Nordic and biking trails through the pine forests and meadows that blanket this scenic pass straddling the Continental Divide.

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Vail Daily column: Retail campaign benefits charitable fund

December 2, 2014 — 

VAIL — For more than a decade, Vail Resorts Retail has raised over $500,000 in donations along with Vail Resorts Epic Promise matching funds support. Epic Promise is the charitable giving arm of Vail Resorts that matches 50 cents for every $1 donated up to a $100 during the annual holiday giving campaign. This year’s Eagle County recipient is the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, whose mission is to provide financial assistance to Eagle County locals experiencing a medical crisis.

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Vail, Edwards Rotary supports, hosts exchange students

December 2, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — This year Vail and Edwards Rotary Clubs are sponsoring three Rotary Exchange students who are studying in different countries: Andrea Arroyo in Austria, Sierra Trygg in Chile and Emily Duncan in Thailand. These students live with host families and attend high schools where they study in the local language.

Both Rotary clubs are also hosting an exchange student from Italy — Hismael “Scooter” Pinkerton — who is attending Battle Mountain High School, and also will be hosting Julia Pinho from Brazil starting in January.

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CMC grant pays forward two years worth of tuition

November 29, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Imagine a high school graduate handing his Colorado Mountain College tuition checks to a trustworthy source for safekeeping while he earns his associate degree at CMC. At graduation, that same tuition money is paid forward to a four-year college or university to help the student complete his bachelor’s degree.

That’s essentially what a grant offered by Colorado Mountain College does. Dick Martin was among those who helped to establish the college and served on CMC’s board of trustees for 14 years. When he retired from the board in 1984, his fellow trustees established the Richard C. Martin Grant in his name to encourage local students to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

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Avon mall grand opening slated for Friday evening

November 29, 2014 — 

AVON — The town of Avon will celebrate the opening of the Main Street Mall and Possibility Plaza on Friday from 4-7 p.m. The Grant Farm Band featuring Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone will be on stage for a free outdoor concert. Avon’s first winter market will be open with food, trappings, crafts, drinks, free hot cocoa (while supplies last) and performance art filling out the community gathering.

“I am constantly approached by Avon citizens and residents of the Vail Valley who share with me how impressed and pleased they are with Avon’s recent capital improvements and investments in special events this past year,” said Mayor Jennie Fancher. “Most pronounced is our spectacular new pedestrian mall, which begins in the center of town and connects to the Recreation Center. This dynamic community place has been seven years in the making and to be able to celebrate its completion during the Birds of Prey weekend is both thrilling and rewarding.”

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Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event

November 25, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at www.Colorado Gives.org or schedule your donation in advance.

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Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event

November 25, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at www.Colorado Gives.org or schedule your donation in advance.

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ECO Transit Passenger Appreciation Day is Wednesday

November 25, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — ECO Transit is the recent recipient of several statewide recognitions and will be sharing its success with riders during Passenger Appreciation Day, set for Wednesday. Staff members will be at the Chambers Park & Ride in Eagle, Avon Station in Avon and the Vail Transportation Center in Vail from 6 to 9 a.m. to provide doughnuts, giveaways and a chance to win an annual bus pass.

This fall, ECO Transit was named “Medium Transit System of the Year” by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies for its ridership increases and for taking a lead role in partnerships throughout the state. Ridership is up 15 percent for 2014 over 2015 to-date. In addition to the overall award, ECO Transit Director Kelley Collier was recognized as one of “4 under 40” for her leadership and innovation in promoting transit in the community.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

November 24, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Minturn senior lunch is moved to the Turntable Restaurant for today, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Pile burning in Vail planned Monday

November 23, 2014 — 

VAIL — Crews from Vail Fire and Emergency Services have scheduled pile burns for Monday as conditions permit. The operations will take place in the Buffehr Creek area where the Vail wildland fire mitigation crew had been working all summer.

Pile burning is dependent on environmental conditions that allow smoke to rise and disperse rather than settling onto the highway and into residential areas. In most cases, burning will only occur when there is adequate snow cover to minimize risks. Smoke and flames may be visible from various points along Interstate 70 and some smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evening hours.

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Forest Service selling Christmas tree permits

November 21, 2014 — 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Christmas tree permits are on sale in Eagle County. A permit allows the public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on National Forest lands, as authorized on the permit and the accompanying maps.

Persons cutting trees must have a valid permit with them when cutting a tree, and once the tree is cut the permit must be attached to the tree. Forest Service permits are only valid for trees located on National Forest system lands. Permit costs $10 per tree. Permits come with information explaining regulations and also giving helpful tips. The National Forest offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability, travel management requirements and any other restrictions of note. No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, wilderness and/or near lakes, streams or in wetland areas.

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Real estate firm is Turkey Trot title sponsor

November 20, 2014 — 

VAIL — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties is the title sponsor for the Vail Valley Foundation’s 8th Annual Turkey Trot. This annual Thanksgiving Day event in Eagle-Vail draws locals and second homeowners together to support The Youth Foundation.  The Foundation, the educational arm of The Vail Valley Foundation, is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families throughout Eagle County.

“We are proud to support the Youth Foundation as the title sponsor of this year’s Turkey Trot,” said Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties. “The Youth Foundation partners with Eagle County Schools to provide over 3,800 local children with focused early childhood education, after-school, summer, and scholarship programs that support and inspire success. Their concentrated interventions provide each child with over 250 contact hours that produce significant results and equip students to reach their highest potential.”

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Vail offers reminders on snow clearing

November 19, 2014 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail is reminding residents that clearing snow from driveways, parking areas and sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. Private snowplow operators are prohibited from pushing or plowing snow into Vail’s streets and roads and from impeding access to fire hydrants. To operate a hydrant, fire crews need 7 feet to each side and a minimum of 4 feet to the back and 10 feet to the front of all fire hydrants. It is the responsibility of the contractor to store snow on private property or haul snow away. Private operators found pushing snow onto the public right of way will be subject to fines and other sanctions. Snow removed from the roofs of buildings in Vail Village and Lionshead also must be hauled away and not left on snow melted surfaces.

Also, extra care should be taken when driving through Vail’s neighborhoods, watching for hidden driveway entrances. In addition, the town’s snowplow drivers have already encountered several snow cave hazards in the neighborhoods and are asking for the community’s help in removing them from the public right of way. The town recommends keeping snow caves and other building activities at least 100 feet from the roadways.

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Crews to begin burning slash piles in Eagle-Vail, Wolcott

November 19, 2014 — 

VAIL — Smoke may be visible in Eagle-Vail and on Bellyache Ridge near Wolcott this week and next as crews from Eagle County and Eagle River Fire Protection District begin burning slash piles generated from wildfire mitigation projects completed last summer. Firefighters from both agencies will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable for lifting smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent the spread of fire. Burning could begin as early as today and potentially continue through early December.

“We need adequate snow on the ground before we ignite slash piles,” said Eric Lovgren, wildfire mitigation manager for Eagle County. “We have between 60 to 70 piles to burn.”

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Paid parking begins Friday in Vail

November 19, 2014 — 

VAIL — Paid parking in Vail’s parking structures and outlying lots begins Friday to coincide with the start of Vail Mountain’s 2014-15 ski and snowboard season. Parking passes are available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the season on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. Bring proof of eligibility as restrictions apply.

The town is offering five parking pass options which provide significant discounts over the standard daily rates. Value card holders from previous seasons are being asked to stop by the Municipal Building to activate new cards. Please bring proof of employment, residency or property ownership to meet qualifications.

Also beginning Friday, Vail Transit will be adding service across all routes to supplement the early winter season, Nov. 21 to Dec.14. Additional frequency will be added to routes with the start of the regular winter schedule which runs Dec. 15 to April 19.

For information on pass sales and descriptions, call the parking hotline at 970-479-2104. For information on bus schedules, call 970-479-2178. For comprehensive information on all of Vail’s parking and transit programs, visit vailgov.com.

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