Announcements

Eagle County senior calendar

August 31, 2015 — 

Upcoming events:

Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle senior center, 1 p.m.

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Bob Ford joins Vail Valley Foundation as CFO

August 28, 2015 — 

VAIL — The Vail Valley Foundation has announced that Bob Ford has taken the role of new chief financial officer for the Avon-based nonprofit, which is in its 34th year of fulfilling its mission to enhance and sustain the spirit of the Vail Valley by providing leadership in athletic, cultural and educational endeavors.

“The Vail Valley Foundation’s brand of excellence comes from the quality of those who work here, and Bob is a great new addition to this strong team,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Bob brings a wealth of experience to the position, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”

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Red Ribbon Project fundraiser set for Sept. 11

August 28, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — On Sept. 11, Red Ribbon Project will host its annual fundraiser, Positive Prevention at e|town in Edwards, from 5-9 p.m. Funds raised will help support the important education programs in schools and its free HIV testing program. Door prizes and great silent auction items include an Epic ski pass, restaurant gift cards, golf at Red Sky Ranch and about 100 more great items! E|town will donate 10 percent of the nightly proceeds. Popular local bluegrass band Hardscrabble will provide entertainment.

It’s the beginning of the school year and the beginning of Red Ribbon Project’s Youth Skills Building classes. Red Ribbon Project works with teachers, counselors and principals for fifth through 12th grades throughout Eagle County with the focus on students’ sexual health and well-being. Although incorporated in 1996 as a nonprofit organization that brought awareness and education around HIV/AIDS, in 2011 its mission expanded to include teen pregnancy prevention, and prevention not only of HIV/AIDS but all sexually transmitted infections. Red Ribbon Project’s tagline is now “ Positive Prevention”.

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Can Do launches online campaign

August 28, 2015 — 

AVON — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a provider of lifestyle empowerment programs for people with multiple sclerosis, has launched an online campaign that encourages people with MS as well as their friends and supporters to take on an activity, attitude or personal mission that they believe they can do. This annual initiative is part of Can Do Day, a campaign that raises awareness for MS and honors Can Do MS’ founder and Olympic medalist skier Jimmie Heuga on his birthday on Sept. 22.

“Always seizing a new challenge, my father faced each day with the can do spirit,” said Blaze Heuga, son of Can Do MS founder Jimmie Heuga. “He lived by the mantra that no matter the path laid out before you, you can climb to the top of the mountain.”

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Can Do Multiple Sclerosis partners with Macy's Saturday

August 27, 2015 — 

AVON — Macy’s and Can Do Multiple Sclerosis invite customers to participate in Macy’s 10th annual national Shop For A Cause charity shopping event Saturday. Macy’s Shop for a Cause is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts. Since 2006, the program has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charities across the country.

“Macy’s is proud to invite our customers to join us in giving back to causes that make a difference both locally and nationally,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “For the last nine years, Macy’s Shop for a Cause program has raised many millions of dollars for thousands of charities across the country. We look forward to offering our customers and associates an easy way to make a positive impact in our communities while enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”

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'The Community Project' airs Friday

August 27, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Episode 14 of The Community Project airs Friday at 2 p.m. on Public Access TV 5 and the Web.

This hip, fun and informative program, hosted by Holly Trickel, will feature “The Haps for September,” “Around Town with Jake Wolf” talking about the new Avon Live! concert series, and the hilarious movie review segment with DJ Scratch ‘N Sniff and Max America. The show will also air a video produced by Trickel when she interviewed Lindsey Vonn and author Rosalind Wiseman about the new Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Live studio guests will be musicians Van Harlowe, “Junkyard Jason” Taylor, Justin Eastling, and Abel Corral of The Fabricators.

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Vail Christian Academy welcomes four new staff members this year

August 27, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Vail Christian Academy recently announced the hiring of four new educators for the 2015-16 school year. Offering kindergarten through eighth grade, the school has added Suzanne Johnson for physical education and the expanding O2 Outdoor Education program; Karla Smith for third grade; Allison Hansen for fourth grade; and Kristen Hubler for fifth grade.

“We are thrilled to welcome this incredible group to our Vail Christian family,” said Beth Raitt, head of school. “Bringing Suzanne on staff to lead O2 Outdoor Education will evolve a program that is incomparable in our community. For our classrooms, Karla, Allison and Kristen bring great teaching experience and energy, along with their love of God and kids. ”

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Trailing spouse project launched for Vail workforce launched

August 26, 2015 — 

AVON — The Vail Valley Partnership and the High Country Human Resource Association recently announced the launch of MyPartner Career Network, a trailing spouse initiative designed to make it easier for local businesses to recruit and retain specialized employees by taking a broader approach to community integration and support.

MyPartner Career Network allows local businesses to collaborate to help find employment, when needed, for spouses or partners of prospective high-value employees hired from outside the region. These specialized employees are often costly and time-consuming to replace, and helping their partners find work is an important part of helping them stay in the Vail Valley.

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Greater Eagle Fire Protection District seeks public comment

August 25, 2015 — 

EAGLE — The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District is re-examining its organizational structure, and on Tuesday residents will have the opportunity to give their opinions regarding the organization.

According to Elizabeth M. Aviles, the district has contracted with Emergency Service Consulting International to conduct a study. She said the work will follow the SWOT — strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats — model.

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County welcomes new transit director

August 24, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County has hired a new ECO Transit & Trails director. Chris Lubbers will join the organization on Aug. 31.

Lubbers has extensive experience in public transportation and infrastructure management, specifically in mountain communities. Most recently, he served as the transportation manager for the Beaver Creek Resort Co., Bachelor Gulch Village Association and Arrowhead Metro District. In that role, he achieved record guest satisfaction scores and an industry-leading safety record.

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Eagle County senior calendar

August 24, 2015 — 

Upcoming events:

• Thursday: Birding Basics 101, 1 p.m., Walking Mountains Science Center. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.

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August 21, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesday: Blood pressure checks by Eagle County Paramedics at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. First come, first served, no sign-up necessary.

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Local marketing firm earns Constant Contact certification

August 17, 2015 — 

MINTURN — Local marketing and consulting firm Mobloggy has become Master Certified by Constant Contact, Inc., a marketing adviser to more than 650,000 small organizations worldwide.

According to a release, Mobloggy has completed a curriculum with five levels of assessment including a Constant Contact knowledge exam, proven customer satisfaction results and an interview and consultation.

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Avon to test off-leash dog park

August 17, 2015 — 

AVON — Local dogs and their owners are invited to check out the new off-leash dog area in Nottingham Park.

The off-leash area is open for a trial period and will run through Nov. 1 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to evaluate the opportunity for dog owners to have some time in the park for off-leash activity. The designated area is located in the northeast section of Nottingham Park between the fishing pier and the sedimentation pond. If dog owners are responsible in returning dogs to full-time leash compliance outside of the test period, then the town will look to make the off-leash hours permanent. Currently, dogs must be on a leash in all areas of the park at all times.

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RockResorts launches 96-hour sale Tuesday

August 17, 2015 — 

BROOMFIELD — For 96 hours beginning Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., Vail Resorts and RockResorts are offering special lodging rates at mountain destinations in Colorado, Lake Tahoe and Utah as well as Grand Teton National Park and even Jamaica with Snow.com’s fall 96-hour sale at www.snow.com/96.

Rates start at $129 per night at The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort and as low as $117 at The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek. The 96-hour sale includes rates up to 60 percent off starting at $229 per night at Half Moon, A RockResort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Vail Board of Realtors' golf tournament raises $28,000

August 17, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — June 8 marked the third annual Vail Board of Realtors Foundation Golf Tournament fundraiser at Frost Creek near Eagle. The event raised $28,191 for the foundation, a 501c3, nonprofit organization that acts independently of the Vail Board of Realtors and supports charitable groups throughout the Vail Valley.

“This organization has an important mission to serve Vail Valley residents in times of need,” foundation chairman Michael Slevin said. “Realtors are a vital part of this valley so we developed a way for them to give back. We strive to assist the community and association members in the event of a catastrophic illness or accident, and to enhance the quality of life through need-based financial assistance, nonprofit support, education, disaster relief and housing-related initiatives while promoting volunteerism.”

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Trail crew leader training is this weekend in Minturn

August 17, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association has arranged for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado to conduct a trail crew leader training class in Minturn on Saturday and Sunday.

The event takes place at the Ski & Snowboard Academy at Maloit Park in Minturn. The cost is $80.

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Alpine president named to state banking board

August 13, 2015 — 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Alpine Bank Vice Chairman and President Glen Jammaron has been appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as a representative for bankers west of the continental divide on the Colorado Banking Board. The Colorado Banking Board is the policy-making and rule-making authority for the Division of Banking.

‘Honored to be selected’

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New dog park open in Gypsum

August 11, 2015 — 

GYPSUM — Gypsum Animal Hospital has opened the town’s first dog park, thanks in part to a business grant from the town of Gypsum.

“We saw a need and we had the land next to the animal hospital,” said Dr. Steve Sheldon, of Gypsum Animal Hospital. “Everyone wanted a park but it became a NIMBY project. We were glad to work with the town and help solve it.”

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Vail Daily obituary: Kimberly Corbitt Henderson, 1964-2015

August 10, 2015 — 

Words cannot describe the collective bereavement caused by the untimely and tragic death of Kimberly Corbitt Henderson, 51, of Golden, on July 23.

Remembering Kim and grieving her loss are her husband, Paul, and son, Luke, of Golden; her father, Jim Corbitt, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; her mother, Patricia (Patty) Corbitt, of Vail and Broomfield; her brother, Bo Corbitt, of Arvada; her stepmother, Carol Corbitt, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; her stepbrothers, Patrick and Michael; and her sister-in-laws, Elizabeth, Maureen and Hannah; uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and myriad of friends.

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Eagle County senior calendar

August 10, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Non-medical foot care, 9 a.m. to noon. Toenail trimming and foot soaks. First come, first served. Stay tuned — beginning in September, foot care will move to an appointment schedule to cut down on wait times. Call 970-328-8896 with questions.

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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens education center opens

August 10, 2015 — 

VAIL — Susan Ford Bales got a little emotional at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new education center at the alpine gardens that bear the name of her mother, Betty Ford. She wasn’t the only one.

“This is my mother’s dream come true,” Bales said. “She would be amazed at all this.”

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Watershed Council announces new staff member

August 7, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Eagle River Watershed Council has announced that Brooke Ranney is its new projects and events coordinator.

Ranney has lived in the Eagle Valley for four years. She previously managed the photography program for Vail Resorts and helped them to expand the program to Canyons in Utah. Originally from Tennessee, Ranney raft guided on the Arkansas River as well as several rivers on the East Coast over the course of nine years.

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Safety facility open house is Wednesday

August 7, 2015 — 

AVON — The town of Avon and Eagle River Fire Protection District will host a Wednesday public presentation/open house at the Avon Town Council Chambers to present a proposed new public safety facility design to the community.

Members of the public are invited to join town and district officials, Avon Police Chief Robert Ticer and Fire Chief Karl Bauer from 4 to 5:30 p.m. as they discuss initial building design concepts, answer questions and solicit feedback regarding the project, which will be located between Buck Creek Road and Swift Gulch Road. The proposed facility would house Avon’s police department and serve as a regional fire station.

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Vail Valley Bizwatch: TASTE 5 Catering offers attention to detail

August 6, 2015 — 

Business name: TASTE 5 Catering.

Location: Where you need me. We go everywhere.

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Westin adds two to its team

August 4, 2015 — 

AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has announced it has hired Chris Cofelice to serve as the director of sales and marketing and Mark Hughes to serve as the director of rooms at the resort.

ABOUT CHRIS COFELICE

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Leadville bus barn to get solar panels

August 4, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County will begin the installation of a solar photovoltaic array at the ECO Transit Bus Barn Building in Leadville. The project is expected to be completed and operational by the end of October.

Cost of the project will total $43,990, with funding coming from ECO Transit. Active Energies of Minturn was selected to construct the 14-kilowatt project. The new system is expected to generate 100 percent of the electricity needs of the facility and will pay for itself in approximately 11 years.

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Douglas Baird joins Can Do MS team

August 4, 2015 — 

AVON — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis has announced that Douglas C. Baird has joined its leadership team as the director of finance and operations. Baird is a seasoned finance executive with more than 30 years of experience.

“We are very fortunate to welcome Doug to Can Do MS,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, Can Do MS president and CEO. “He is a demonstrated leader in nonprofit and for-profit sectors and brings a wealth of experience in accounting, finance and administration.”

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Vail Town Council will review Booth Creek plan

August 3, 2015 — 

VAIL — The Vail Town Council Tuesday will review the proposed final design concept for renovation of Booth Creek Park at its regular meeting. The item is listed sixth on the meeting agenda. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. There will be an opportunity for public comment.

Council is being asked to review and approve the proposed design concept so the project can move on to the town’s planning and environmental commission and design review board in preparation for construction next spring.

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Bright Future Foundation receives honor

August 3, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Bright Future Foundation, Eagle County’s only community-based domestic violence and sexual assault agency, has received statewide recognition with a Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Domestic Violence Program. The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence selected Bright Future for offering its services within a clinical holistic approach that supports its clients in reaching long-term change and individual self-sufficiency.

“We believe that every client, no matter how great the adversity, has the strength within to live fuller, happier and more productive lives,” Bright Future Foundation Director Sherry Mintz said. “We are honored to be recognized by (the coalition) for our efforts to help our clients make sustainable changes that lead to an enhanced quality of life for themselves and their families.”

Initially, Bright Future focused solely on crisis response and advocacy services and clients were referred to outside organizations for counseling or legal services. The latter two services were added upon determining that clients have better results in reaching long-term recovery by working in-house with a single organization. Bright Future also provides a 24/7 bilingual crisis hotline and Eagle County’s only safe house and emergency shelter. Transitional housing and financial literacy programs ensure long-term success for clients, while mentorship and youth advocacy programs help local youth to develop healthy relationships and have increased confidence in their academic work.

Bright Future received the Purple Ribbon Award at the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference at the Vail Marriot Mountain Resort & Spa. The conference is a joint effort of the coalition and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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