EDWARDS — Kaiser Permanente Colorado today announced that Jeannine Benson, M.D., and Patricia Dietzgen, D.O., will be the first physicians to join the company in its mountain service area, serving residents of Eagle and Summit counties starting in early January 2016.
Benson, an internal medicine physician, will see Kaiser Permanente members at the new Edwards Medical Offices building while Dietzgen, a family medicine physician, will see members at the new Frisco Medical Offices building.Learn more »
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Christmas tree permits are available from the White River National Forest.
The cost per permit is $10 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at office locations. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. Permits will be sold through Dec. 23 at the U.S. Forest Service office locations listed below.Learn more »
EAGLE — As a welcome storm system deposited a blanket of snow on the Vail Valley this week, residents and visitors are shifting from a focus on fall to a yearning for winter.
While the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek are calling, there’s also a freezing shift under way at Sylvan Lake State Park.Learn more »
• Today: Free haircuts at the Golden Eagle Senior Center for anyone 60 or better. Appointments start at 1:00, please call 328-8896 to sign upLearn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — By awarding $255,150 to local charities, United Way of Eagle River Valley has impacted three key areas of needed support — income stability, health and education.
The grants, made to some 35 agencies, were sought earlier this year to benefit their important work at the core of charitable activities in the Eagle Valley.Learn more »
VAIL — The seasonal closure of the Gore Valley Recreation Trail through Dowd Junction took place at 6 a.m. on Nov. 11, as recent snows have triggered deer and elk migration through the Mud Springs wildlife underpass which crosses under the trail. The winter closure allows for the migration of deer and elk and was a condition of the recreation trail’s approval. Additionally, plowing operations on Interstate 70 create a significant safety concern, which also contributed to the closure.
Gates are in place to indicate the trail’s closure as well as signs explaining the requirement. The trail will reopen in the spring on or around April 15, as weather conditions allow.Learn more »
AVON — Town officials have announced upcoming trail closures in the West Avon Preserve to protect wildlife winter habitat. Closures will be in effect from Dec. 15 through April 15 at the earliest and apply to all multi-use trails except the Our Backyard and PB&J trails.
Leading up to the posted closure period, the town advises trail users to not ride the trails if they are muddy, especially considering the recent moisture and freeze thaw cycles.Learn more »
• Business name: Borne Law.
• Location: 0105 Edwards Village Blvd C209 Edwards.Learn more »
VAIL — Due to early-season work on the mountain, uphill travel on Vail Mountain is limited to Simba on the west end of the mountain, which can be accessed from Lionshead, throughout Thursday.
Once the mountain opens Friday, uphill travel will continue to be limited to Simba and is not permitted between the operating hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those climbing up the mountain should expect to encounter snowcats, including winch cats, snowmobiles, snowmaking equipment and other traffic both day and night.Learn more »
• Today: “Long Term Care 101” Join us for a seminar and panel of experts in this field, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Call 970-328-8831.Learn more »
VAIL — The Town of Vail is transitioning to its winter snow removal operations this week. As such, no on-street parking will be available within the town through April 12, 2016.
Throughout the winter season, the Vail Public Works Department is prepared to maintain Vail’s frontage roads and residential streets in a timely manner during and following each snowstorm. However, for efficient snow removal operations on Vail’s streets, residents and homeowners are asked to follow the town’s snow removal policies, listed below. For more information, contact Charlie Turnbull at 970-477-3425.Learn more »
EAGLE — If Eagle has a signature dish, such as Boston’s baked beans or Kansas City’s barbecued ribs, it is arguably the Methodist ladies’ homemade chicken noodle soup.
For more than three decades, the women of the Eagle Community United Methodist Church have been mixing, rolling and drying their famed noodles and stewing scads of chickens to prepare the lunchtime offering for their annual Christmas bazaar. The have been at it this week in preparation for Saturday’s event.Learn more »
EDWARDS — The Art Director’s Club of Denver recently honored Avid Design by nominating one of the local firm’s pieces for Best Illustration in the club’s 2015 annual award show.
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EAGLE — The town of Eagle’s Marketing & Events Advisory Committee is accepting proposals for 2016 special event funding through Nov. 20.
The committee is soliciting qualified and enthusiastic event producers to bring events to town. The groups is looking for unique, creative and vibrant events that appeal to a variety of visitors, position the town favorably as an outdoor recreation and tourism destination and bring increased revenue to hotels, shops, restaurants and businesses, while providing community benefit and increased quality of life to our residents.Learn more »
• Today: Haircuts at the Golden Eagle Senior Center at 1 p.m. Free to anyone 60 years or older. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center was recently awarded the Colorado Nonprofit Project of the Year for Pink Vail at the Colorado Healthcare Communicator’s Gold Leaf Awards in Denver. Pink Vail also won a Gold Leaf Award in the large event category, and the hospital was awarded five Silver Leaf awards, placing at the top of each category.
Evaluated by a panel of statewide judges representing hospitals, nonprofit organizations and marketing and public relations professionals, Pink Vail, the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer, was recognized for its support of Shaw Regional Cancer Center, as well as the reach, creativity and effectiveness of the event.Learn more »
AVON — East West Resorts Beaver Creek, Falcon Point Resort, Poste Montane Lodge and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain were honored recently at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s 2015 Environmental Leadership Awards.
East West Resorts Beaver Creek and Poste Montane Lodge were honored as Gold Leaders and Falcon Point and The Westin Riverfront were honored as Bronze Achievers.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — For the past 36 years, the Vail Board of Realtors has honored real estate leaders in the Vail Valley who exhibit humility, professionalism and dedication to the industry on a local and state level. This year, Julie Retzlaff, the board’s past Realtor of the Year, announced that Doug Landin is the 2015 Realtor of the Year.
“Having been in Doug’s position last year, I know what it feels like to receive such an honor from my peers,” Retzlaff said. “As part of the selection committee, you gain an understanding of how meaningful this award is.”Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — NEXT Vail Valley is a new program of the Vail Valley Partnership designed to support and advance emerging professionals in our community. This program aims to serve professionals who seek to learn from and be inspired by established community leaders in the valley while connecting with other emerging professionals.
NEXT Vail Valley is a six-month program that will run from January through June of 2016. The program will consist of 12 emerging professionals who will meet, talk and engage with a community leader in a group setting. Each month, NEXT participants will meet with a different community leader for two hours to discuss a topic of the group’s choosing.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Hearing loss is a silent disability that affects more than 31.5 million people each year in the U.S. Fortunately, about 95 percent of those suffering from hearing loss can be helped with the use of hearing aids, according to the American Speech Language Association.
To help, Rocky Mountain Audiology and Dr. Daria Stakiw have teamed up to donate a free pair of hearing instruments to one deserving person within the Vail Valley community.Learn more »
CARBONDALE — Colorado-based Timbers Resorts, an independent developer and operator of private boutique resorts and residence clubs, has completed an $8 million refresh of Timbers Bachelor Gulch. The remodel quickly followed the company’s acquisition of the Beaver Creek residence club and marks the next chapter for the property.
“We are thrilled to bring this timeless property to a new level and create an inviting atmosphere that makes owners feel as warmly welcomed in common gathering spaces as their own residences,” said David Burden, founder and executive chairman of Timbers Resorts. “We are excited to now have top-tier interior design that matches the first-class personal service and benefits our owners have come to expect.”Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — This Friday Vail Valley WyldLife will be hosting the world’s first annual Gobble Games. The event is a round-robin style tournament for middle school students featuring a variety of fast-moving games. Some events include knock-out, dodgeball, Nookem, futsal, ultimate four-square, and more.
WyldLife is a weekly gathering for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. The first Friday of each month during the school year, WyldLife holds a special event. These events are planned specifically for middle school-aged students and provide a safe environment for kids to play and have fun. Students are encouraged to bring their friends. Most WyldLifers attend school up-valley, but down-valley students are always welcome.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Rotary Club and The Children’s Garden of Learning, an early childhood center, are working together to build an early childhood education outreach program called The Vail Rotary Learning Initiative.
The partnership, which began in September, creates a pre-school education program that will provide tools for learning to pre-school children who are not enrolled in a traditional school environment. The home caregivers in the inaugural program will receive specific training on how to use the materials provided, and they will also receive coaching and mentoring from a Children’s Garden of Learning teacher.Learn more »
VAIL — Transportation providers doing business in Vail are required to purchase annual permits to provide passenger service within the town. The permit system was established in 2012 to help regulate the town’s management of shuttles, limousines, taxis, buses and other transportation services, including Uber and Lyft.
Permits are issued on an annual basis and are valid Nov. 1 through Oct. 31. Permit-holders are allowed access to designated staging areas for passenger pick-up and drop-off areas in Vail Village and Lionshead.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Local husband-and-wife team John Mark and Laura Seelig opened their hybrid gym brainchild GOAT in March of this year and have just moved the operation to a new, larger location in Edwards Commercial Park.
The gym incorporates the training aspect of high intensity methods and targeted strength training with functional movements to boost performance of mountain athletes and enthusiasts.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The Low-income Energy Assistance Program will be available for eligible households starting Nov. 1 and will run through April 30. Qualifying households may receive assistance to pay a portion of their home heating bills.
For the 2015-16 heating season, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties have again contracted with Goodwill Industries of Southern and Western Colorado to administer the program. Officials say that by contracting with Goodwill over the past several years, households needing assistance received their benefits faster and at a lower cost to the counties.Learn more »
• Today: Haircuts at the Golden Eagle Senior Center at 1 p.m. Free to anyone 60 years or older. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up.Learn more »
VAIL — Vertical Arts Architecture, a full-service, multi- disciplined architectural firm, has opened a new office in Eagle County. The firm, which currently operates in Steamboat Springs and Denver, has opened a Vail office to better serve its clients. Chandler Diemund, who has worked on projects in Eagle County for more than a decade, will head the Vail office. Diemund has more than 15 years of experience designing and facilitating interior, landscape and architectural projects around the Vail Valley.
“I am delighted that our new office will bring added convenience to our clients in the Vail Valley and the surrounding areas,” said Founding Principal Brandt Vanderbosch. “We look forward to continuing our strategic growth and maintaining our commitment to meet the needs of our clients. Chandler is an outstanding addition to our firm and we look forward to continued growth and success with him in the years to come.”Learn more »
Business name: Be Good to People.
Location: 330 Broadway in downtown Eagle (second floor).Learn more »
Platinum Service Program 2014-15 winners honoredOctober 30, 2015 —
EAGLE COUNTY — The Vail Valley Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, recently announced the top scoring Vail Valley businesses for the 2014-15 Platinum Service Program.
The Platinum Service Program is a signature program of the Partnership, designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding customer service throughout the Vail Valley. The 2014-15 program was run in coordination with Katie Barnes of the Buy Spy, and helps businesses establish customer service expectations, set goals and evaluate customer service through a series of mystery shops. Each business that participates in the program receives detailed feedback on the customer’s experience.
There were 68 member businesses participating in the program and 28 received a top score of 90 percent or above. These businesses have undergone a rigorous program of at least eight mystery shop evaluations.
“Customer service — and exceeding the guest’s expectations — is an increasingly important point of differentiation for our destination,” Chris Romer, President and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership, said. “Our commitment to providing excellent guest service remains paramount. The Partnership congratulates all winners and thanks them for helping the valley stand out as a vacation destination.”
The following businesses have received an average score of 90 percent or higher:
• Allegria Spa.
• Antlers Condominiums.
• Beano’s Cabin — Restaurant Category Winner.
• Charter Sports — Cascade Rental Shop.
• Charter Sports — Cascade Resort Shop.
• Charter Sports — Charter at Beaver Creek.
• Charter Sports — Christie Lodge.
• Charter Sports — Lion Square Lodge.
• Charter Sports — Marriott.
• Charter Sports — Marriott Streamside.
• Lodge Tower.
• Luigi’s Pasta House.
• Manor Vail Lodge — Lodging Category Winner.
• Mountain Haus.
• Premier Sports — Lion Square Lodge North.
• Slifer Designs — Retail Category Winner.
• Ski Butlers — Overall Winner.
• Terra Bistro.
• The Metropolitan.
• The Steadman Clinic.
• Vail Community Hosts.
• Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa.
• Vail Public Library.
• Vail Racquet Club.
• Vail Sports Vail Village.
• Vail Welcome Centers.
For more information or to enroll in the program, contact program manager Haley McNeill at Haley@visitvailvalley.com and 970-477-4027.