Announcements

Coldwell Banker names business development head

October 22, 2014 — 

GRAND JUNCTION — Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties, in affiliation with Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, recently announced Michael Taylor has joined the firm as the director of business development for its offices serving the Steamboat Springs and Vail markets.

Taylor has been active in the real estate industry as a contractor, a developer, a consultant and a broker for more than 25 years.

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Flu shots offered in Eagle County

October 22, 2014 — 

EAGLE — Eagle County Public Health is encouraging all community members to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible to protect themselves from seasonal influenza. The vaccine is available from local health care providers, clinics and pharmacies throughout the county and most health insurance plans cover the cost of a flu shot. To locate the nearest flu vaccine, visit www.flushot.healthmap.org.

Eagle County Public Health is offering $14 flu shots to uninsured children, as well as to those covered by Medicaid or an insurance that does not cover the cost of flu vaccine. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Eagle County Public Health is also an in-network provider for Rocky Mountain Health Plans and CHP+ and will bill insurance for all covered persons.

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Vail Daily obituary: Kathy Reynolds, 1954-2014

October 22, 2014 — 

Kathy Reynolds passed away peacefully on Oct. 4 surrounded by her family. Kathy was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on March 8, 1954.

Shortly after graduating from Dover Plains High School, she married the love of her life, Clarence (Butch) Reynolds. They lived in New York State, where their first child, Emile was born.

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Vail Golf Club to close for season Sunday

October 21, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail Golf Club will close Sunday for the season to allow golf maintenance crews to prepare the course for winter and ready the greens, fairways and tee boxes for next season. The Vail Coal Bucket Classic will return in November, weather permitting.

Once the Vail Golf Club closes the Vail Nordic Center will ramp up its operations for the 2014-15 Nordic season. The Nordic Center retail shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday beginning Nov. 7 and will be selling both season passes and Nordic clothing, accessories and equipment. Once there is enough snow to open for the season, typically 8 inches, the Nordic Center will then operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily throughout the season. Mia Stockdale, who co-owns and operates the Nordic Center with Shane Sluder, says they’re excited for the snow to fall and get Nordic activities up and running. Stockdale says when the retail shop opens, customers will enjoy new equipment at great prices, a new fleet of children’s seasonal rentals, as well as discounted season pass prices through Saturday, Nov. 30. Pass prices are $80 for adults and $40 for students.

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Vail Christian in the running for cash, concert

October 21, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — Vail Christian High School is shooting for a share in millions of dollars, and maybe a private concert by Grammy nominated The Band Perry.

VCHS is the only high school in the county participating in Celebrate My Drive, designed to reduce car crashes, the No. 1 killer of teens. A teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous, according to data from State Farm Insurance.

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Community leaders to examine issues facing kids

October 21, 2014 — 

EAGLE — The Eagle County Schools Board of Education and Eagle County Board of Commissioners will examine health and education issues facing local children in a joint meeting Wednesday in Eagle. The Colorado Children’s Campaign will present statewide and county-specific data on child well-being from its 2014 Kids Count in Colorado! report.

The annual Kids Count report provides statewide and county-by-county data on a range of factors impacting child health, education and overall well-being. The goal of the Kids Count report is to provide a clearer picture of how kids across Colorado — and locally — are faring and to provide local leaders and those interested in improving the lives of kids with the county-specific data and analysis they need to better serve children.

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Avon Rec Center to close for several days

October 21, 2014 — 

AVON — The Avon Recreation Center will be closing from Nov. 3-6 for annual maintenance and cleaning. The aquatics and locker room area will remain closed for a remodel until Nov. 21. The upstairs fitness area will be open for use Nov. 7. Classes will resume as normal at this time. All active monthly and annual passes will be extended 18 days.

“We are really excited to be upgrading our locker rooms with state of the art amenities,” said Jamie Taylor, guest services coordinator.

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Vail Resorts introduces online platform for lift tickets

October 21, 2014 — 

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts on Tuesday introduced EpicDay Lift Tickets, an online and mobile platform to purchase daily lift tickets at the guaranteed lowest price for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone and other VR resorts across the country.

EpicDay Lift Tickets encompass all advanced purchase lift ticket transactions, providing the lowest guaranteed price on lift tickets at the time of purchase. Lift tickets purchased at least seven days in advance can be discounted as much as 25 percent from the window price.

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Tait joins Literacy Project staff

October 21, 2014 — 

AVON — Dwaine Tait has joined The Literacy Project staff and will coordinate efforts to provide literacy education to Eagle County adults and youth. Literacy Project Board Member and Eagle Valley Library District Collection Development Librarian, Amy Gornikiewicz said, “Dwaine is a natural fit for The Literacy Project, where his skills in education and counseling will ensure each individual receives the personal attention he or she requires. Dwaine demonstrates a desire to positively affect the lives of others. I know he will be an asset to The Literacy Project as well as the community at large.”

Recently relocated to the Vail Valley with his family, Tait has lived in California, Hawaii, New Zealand, Switzerland and most recently Vermont. He earned a masters degree from Argosy University, Honolulu, Hawaii in 2002 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii in 1997. His most recent employer was the Stratton Mountain School, where he served as sports psychology teacher as well as other duties including health and wellness adviser, student council, social studies and media technology teacher.

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New broker joins Berkshire Hathaway office

October 21, 2014 — 

VAIL — Phil Frank recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as a broker associate in its Eagle office. The announcement was made by Michael Slevin, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties.

Phil called the Vail Valley home since 1983 and is well known for his long career as a community banker, recently as Senior Vice President with Community Banks of Colorado. Frank currently serves on several boards, including the Eagle Ranch Housing Corporation, Metcalf Archaeology, and is treasurer of the Eagle Valley Nordic Council.

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Hospital welcomes new foundation president

October 21, 2014 — 

VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Daniel Pennington, who will serve as president of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation.

“Dan brings 25 years of invaluable experience in philanthropy, nonprofit business, and healthcare leadership to VVMC,” said President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “As we embark on building Vail’s hospital of the future, Dan will lead a capital campaign to support this initiative.”

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Xssentials names area presidents

October 21, 2014 — 

VAIL — Technology service company Xssentials has promoted Brad Thiess and Rob Pierangeli to fill the newly created roles of area president. As the company’s first area presidents, Thiess and Pierangeli will run the day-to-day operations and manage growth in their region.

Prior to their promotion, both Thiess and Pierangeli served as senior vice presidents and general managers, overseeing sales teams and monitoring business operations for their respective areas. As area president, Thiess will continue to lead the region of Denver, the Front Range, Wyoming, and Montana; as part of his new assignment, Pierangeli’s area will expand from Vail to include the entire mountain region.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

October 20, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Blood pressure, pulse and blood sugar check by Eagle County Paramedics at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11:30 a.m.

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Habitat ReStore returns to Eagle

October 16, 2014 — 

EAGLE — After operating out of a temporary retail space and two warehouses for the past eight months, the Habitat ReStore will move back to its previous location at 751 Chambers Ave. in Eagle on Saturday at 10 a.m. The ReStore was displaced earlier in the year after a heavy snowfall, which dropped nearly 3 feet of snow in 48 hours, causing the roof to collapse Feb. 1.

“The roof is raised, the outside of the building is all new and the interior is getting a face lift,” said ReStore Director Tom McKay. “We’ve upgraded the flooring, added better lighting and we are in the process of renovating the parking lot and outside space to create a better shopping experience for our customers.”

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Veterans open houses scheduled

October 16, 2014 — 

EAGLE — Eagle County Veteran’s Services Officers Pat Hammon and Tyson Ivie will host two open houses in October to allow veterans and their families to meet them and receive information regarding veterans’ services and benefits.

The first open house will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in room 258 at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. The second will be co-hosted by Joe Carpenter, veteran’s services officer for Garfield and Pitkin counties, from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Mt. Sopris Room of the Eagle County Community Center, located at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel.

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Vail giving away trees Friday

October 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail’s free tree give-away returns Friday with the annual Trees for Vail event. Residents who show proof of Vail residency or home ownership will be eligible to pick up one free tree to be planted within the town. The give-away will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Town of Vail Community Department parking lot while supplies last. The 80 aspen available trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to one tree per household. A brochure will accompany each tree with information on tree planting instructions and the town’s wildfire reduction efforts.

Town Environmental Sustainability Manager Kristen Bertuglia is organizing the effort.

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Vail police officer receives national award

October 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — Vail Police Officer Nicola Erb has been recognized by her peers from across the country for her work at the state and national level to call attention to drug endangered children. She was presented with the Collaborative Leadership Award last week during the annual conference of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

Locally, Erb has helped leverage the police department’s relationships with the Eagle County Department of Human Services, the District Attorney’s Office, the Eagle River Youth Coalition, other local law enforcement officers and victim services in working in cases involving issues that impact youth, children and adults. She is the director of the Gore Range DUI Task Force and a trainer in drug issues, impaired driving and elder abuse, all areas where interagency and interdisciplinary collaboration is critical.

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Chili chefs will face off Sunday

October 16, 2014 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — On Sunday, the Eagle-Vail Community Garden will host the fourth annual Chili Cook-Off at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion from 4-6 p.m. David Courtney, two-time champion of the event, will return this year with his secret recipe. He will face off with Gil Fancher, the first crowned champion from 2010.

Eagle-Vail Community Garden had a bumper crop kind of year. With 60 individual plots and 12 corporate plots, the garden was abundant this summer. Gardeners grew kale, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, strawberries, beans and peas.

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New broker joins Berkshire Hathaway

October 16, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — Austin Maring recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as a broker associate in the company’s Edwards office. The announcement was made by Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties.

Maring grew up in Southwest Iowa and graduated from Missouri State University, where he majored in organizational communication and business.

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Bravo! Vail receives $1 million gift for Soiree Series, concerts

October 15, 2014 — 

VAIL – Bravo! Vail announced Tuesday a $1 million gift from Board Chair Craig J. Foley to underwrite the festival’s long running Soiree Series and free and community engagement concerts.

The new Festival Recognition Award will be granted yearly by Foley to recipients chosen from staff, volunteers and donors to honor those who have demonstrated passion and commitment in achieving Bravo! Vail’s mission.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

October 13, 2014 — 

Upcoming events:

• Oct 14: Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon

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Vail Rotary Club donates $11K to local nonprofits

October 12, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail Rotary Club held its 16th annual Labor Day Duck Race on Aug. 31 on Gore Creek in Vail. Thousands of yellow rubber ducks racing down Gore Creek helped raise funds that the Vail Rotary will use to support its local and international projects.

Vail Rotary does not do this alone. At their regular meeting on Sept. 17, the Vail Rotary Club distributed a total of $11,362.50 to eight valley organizations that sold ducks to raise money for their own causes, earning 50 percent of their total sales. The following groups were present to receive checks: Edwards Rotary Club, Small Champions, Western Eagle Valley Rotary and Eagle Valley Senior Life.

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Vail Daily column: Ron Piel, 1929-2014

October 10, 2014 — 

Ron Piel passed away in Grand Junction on Aug. 30 due to complications of dementia.

He proudly served his country from 1951-1953 in the Army Big Red One Division. In 1969, Ron built a home north of Dotsero and began a long carpentry career in the valley.

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Avon to dedicate trails Saturday

October 10, 2014 — 

AVON — The town of Avon will commemorate the exciting new trail system in the West Avon Preserve by holding a dedication ceremony Saturday. This event will serve as the official opening of the trails and also commemorate the hard work that went into the new trail system, with appreciation for everyone who was involved in the process.

“Many Avon residents have been immensely excited about the new multi-use trail system, which the Town Council approved back in May,” said Mayor Rich Carroll. “This event will be a great way for everyone to enjoy what many have worked so hard to achieve throughout the summer.”

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Vail Resorts promotes Howard, Rock

October 9, 2014 — 

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts on Thursday announced that it has promoted Beth Howard, vice president of mountain dining and clubs, to be general manager of Northstar California Resort, effective Nov. 1.

Howard began her career with Vail Resorts in 1985 as a college intern at Beaver Creek, which led to a 30-year career with the company. In 2010, Beth was promoted to vice president of mountain dining and clubs, where she has had operational oversight of mountain dining across all of the company’s resorts, including more than 100 restaurants and eight private mountain and golf clubs.

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Valley in Brief: Avon to dedicate trail system Saturday

October 8, 2014 — 

AVON — The town of Avon will commemorate the new trail system in the West Avon Preserve by holding a dedication ceremony on Saturday. This event will not only serve as the official opening of the trails but will also commemorate the hard work that went into the new trail system and show appreciation for everyone who was involved in the process.

“Many Avon residents have been immensely excited about the new multi-use trail system, which the Town Council approved back in May. This event will be a great way for everyone to enjoy what many have worked so hard to achieve throughout the summer,” said Mayor Rich Carroll.

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Senate candidate Cory Gardner to speak in Eagle on Wednesday

October 7, 2014 — 

EAGLE — Cory Gardner, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, will be speaking Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Eagle.

Hosted by the Eagle County Republicans, Gardner will be addressing the various issues driving his campaign as well as answering questions from the audience.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

October 6, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Friday: iPad lessons with Vail Mountain School seventh graders, 10 a.m. at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center.

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Vonn named Youth Olympic games ambassador

October 6, 2014 — 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With 500 days to go to the second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, the International Olympic Committee announced that Vail’s Lindsey Vonn will reprise her role as ambassador for the games, which will take place in February 2016.

Vonn has a wealth of experience to share with the young athletes who will participate in Lillehammer: from winning the Olympic downhill gold at Vancouver 2010 and four overall World Cup titles to the challenges of dealing with injuries and balancing the pressures of international competition. In her role as ambassador, Vonn will not only reach the next generation of elite athletes, but also many other young people around the world to encourage them to get active and enjoy the benefits of sport and the learning experiences integrated throughout the Youth Olympic Games.

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Town council candidates to take part in forum in Avon

October 5, 2014 — 

AVON — Public Access TV 5 and KZYR are hosting a public forum Wednesday featuring candidates for Avon Town Council. The majority of the candidates are planning to participate in the event.

The forum will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Avon Town Council chambers at 1 Lake St.

Ten candidates are seeking to fill four vacant position on the council. Each candidate will have equal time to answer questions on a variety of topics. Rohn Robbins will serve as moderator.

Topics may include the candidates’ visions for Avon’s future, how the town should allocate capital improvement dollars — including the use of certificates of participation — spending of real estate transfer taxes, programming of the new stage and how to address parking problems.

Radio Broadcast

A live radio broadcast of the event will be available on KZYR (97.7 FM). Public Access TV 5’s live television coverage will be available at www.publicaccess5.org. Both begin at 7 p.m.

Robbins practices law in the valley. He is the founder and chairman of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, chairman of the Vail Symposium and writes the weekly Vail Law column for the Vail Daily.

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