VAIL — Debi Coleman recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as a broker associate in its Vail office. The announcement was made by Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties.
Coleman has specialized in resort real estate since 1986 and has an extensive background in both residential and commercial transactions.Learn more »
VAIL — Longtime Vail resident and community leader Elaine Kelton has joined the board of directors of Bright by Three (formerly Colorado Bright Beginnings). As a member of the Bright by Three board, Kelton hopes to expand the agency’s presence in Eagle County and other mountain communities, while supporting the nonprofit’s adoption of digital technology for program distribution.
Bright by Three serves 20,000 parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 3 each year across Colorado in a three-year program designed to support healthy cognitive, social and emotional development. The organization was founded in 1995 by former Proctor & Gamble Chairman Brad Butler and former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Free guided Snowshoeing each Wednesday at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. Be ready to go by 10 a.m. Snowshoes are provided. Make sure to wear layered clothing. All levels are welcome. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.Learn more »
Business name: Yellowbelly Natural Chicken, Fresh Sides.
Location: 2161 North Frontage Road, Vail.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — As the Vail Valley Partnership’s 12th annual Success Awards approach, nominations are now open for 13 different categories to honor those businesses that did exemplary work in 2014, not only for themselves, but for the valley as a whole.
Input from professionals throughout the valley is requested for nominations by Feb. 26, as your chance to spotlight the hard work and dedication required to be the best in the Vail Valley.Learn more »
VAIL — J. Cotter Gallery in Vail celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2015. The gallery has been in the same location and has had the same owner since it was established in 1970. It was the first jewelry and art gallery to be opened in Vail Village. The gallery features one-of-a-kind designs created by Jim Cotter as well as pieces by leading artists from the United States and Europe.
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AVON — Lynn Blake, founder and president of Starting Hearts, a Vail Valley-based nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through CPR and automated external defibrillator education and placement, has announced the appointment of Alan Himelfarb as the organization’s new executive director.
“We received an overwhelming response to the job opening and feel fortunate to have had such a rich pool of applicants,” Blake said. “Alan embodies the spirit and drive upon which Starting Hearts was founded and will be a tremendous asset to the organization. We are confident that Alan’s experience, knowledge and integrity are a great match for the work of Starting Hearts. Alan is a visionary leader who brings extensive experience in operational excellence, infrastructure development, systems and procedures, setting and attaining goals, strategic planning and much more.”Learn more »
EDWARDS — Dogma Athletica, a training facility in Edwards, is expanding with the addition of two personal trainers, Nick Franco and Missy McDonald. Franco and McDonald are accepting new clients.
Franco is a Vail Valley native who specializes in total body transformation. He does this by creating customized training programs for clients.Learn more »
AVON — Vail Honeywagon has opened a new recycling center, located on the corner of Nottingham Ranch Road, between Walmart and U.S. Highway 6.
The recycling center will function similar to other county recycling sites in that anyone can take paper, commingled items (glass, plastic, aluminum) and flattened cardboard to the designated bins to be recycled free of charge. What sets this site apart from others in Eagle County is that it has a long-term goal to be a centralized recycling hub where community members can bring various hard-to-recycle materials for a nominal fee.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — For the third consecutive year, The Assembly will present Future and New Realities, a one-day seminar at the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday to serve as a multi-disciplinary planning season for mountain resort destinations as they look to summer and next winter. The Assembly delivers up-to-date tourism research with interpretation to help participants with developing marketing strategies for the coming year.
“The future of mountain tourism is likely to be much different from the past and it will take a broader, more collaborative approach to build a year-round, economic foundation,” said Ralf Garrison, organizer for The Assembly. “The long-term sustainability of mountain resort communities is going to depend on facing a variety of new and constantly changing economic, demographic, technological and climatologic realities and inventing new ways to be successful on a year-round basis without using the old model that depends heavily on the ski resort being primarily responsible for growth,” he added.Learn more »
There are number of medical complications that can wreak havoc on our lives and the capabilities we daily take for granted. Some are simply genetic, other may be due to age and some self-inflicted.
Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma. This not a disease specific to an elder population. Glaucoma is vision-stealing disease and is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States and the world.Learn more »
• Today: Non-medical foot care at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9-11 a.m. No sign up necessary, first come, first served. Please allow at least 30 minutes of possible wait time.Learn more »
Louis William Fenno, 77, of Silt, passed away suddenly on Saturday surrounded by his loving family.
Louie was born to Louis C. and Florene (Heiner) Fenno on Jan. 13, 1938, in Grand Junction.Learn more »
• Today: Caregiver/Memory Loss Support Group at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.Learn more »
VAIL — Lottery applications for ownership of an available three-bedroom housing unit at North Trail Townhomes in West Vail are due to the Town of Vail Community Development Department office by noon Jan. 13. The 1,251-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath townhome is located at 2477 Garmisch Drive, Unit F.
The lottery is open to qualified individuals interested in purchasing the deed restricted unit for a maximum sale price of $298,861.59, which is approximately 50 percent lower than market rate. The town of Vail facilitated the construction of the North Trail Townhomes in 2001. To maintain affordability, the resale price of each of the six units has been capped at 3 percent annual appreciation.Learn more »
VAIL — The Dillon and Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Districts are proposing to increase the fee at the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area to cover the costs of operation. The fee would be increased to $9 per day and $100 for a season pass. The current fees to use the area are $6 per person per day and $40 for a season pass.
The current fee has been in place for over 10 years, and throughout time the cost to operate the area has increased with no commensurate increase in revenue, the Forest Service said. The authority to charge a special recreation permit fee is authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.Learn more »
BEAVER CREEK — Snowshoe diehards, enthusiasts and first-timers will flock to Beaver Creek Resort Sunday to test their determination in the Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition presented by Aquafina.
The event features three races: The Atlas Snowshoe 10-K, the East West Resorts 5-K and the Nature Valley 1-K for kids.Learn more »
VAIL — Beginning Tuesday, an additional parking option will be available to pink and green pass holders along the North Frontage Road across from the Middle Creek Village Apartments. The 35 spaces will be used to help offset the temporary closure of the soccer field which will be unavailable for permit parking from Friday through March 22 to accommodate the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in February and the Burton U.S. Snowboarding Championships in March.
Vehicles must display the appropriate placard to access the permit-only Frontage Road parking, which will be available daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The passes are sold to employees of Vail business license holders working a minimum of 30 hours per week.Learn more »
AVON— Timed with the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, the town of Avon has invested in improvements to enhance safety, energy efficiency and streetscape elements on Avon Road, its main roadway and thoroughfare to Beaver Creek Resort.
Signalized pedestrian crossings were installed at three major crosswalks and all roadway streetlights were upgraded to LED-lighting, which consumes less electrical energy and is more cost efficient to maintain. The project included replacement of 32 150-watt induction streetlights light poles and the permanent removal of an additional 14 poles with 75-watt LED lights. The result is an energy savings of 15,111 kilowatt hours per year.Learn more »
• Thursday: No lunch at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Happy New Year’s!Learn more »
VAIL — On the heels of a successful and fun Holiday Soiree, where much merriment was had and money was raised for the Bright Future Foundation and local scholarships, the Vail Valley Business Women is reflecting on 2014 and readying for 2015. The soiree provided a time to mix, mingle, network and give back to the community in a very real and tangible way.
“We’ve found that women want to be engaged, but sometimes it’s hard to take the first steps. The Holiday Soiree was the perfect launching point for new members and for current members to reconnect,” said Clare Hefferren, president. “Vail Valley Business Women, working together, can provide a much larger community impact that we can individually.”Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The Christmas story of the birth of Jesus has been celebrated for centuries. And nearly every year, ministers strive to make the old story relevant to contemporary listeners.
There are four biblical gospels — the cornerstones of the New Testament. Many churches focus on three of the gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke — and rotate their readings and study of those books, since all tell the story of Jesus’ life in different ways.Learn more »
VAIL — With peak season parking restrictions in place through Jan. 4 for Blue and Green parking passes, as well as peak rate pricing for Value cards, the town of Vail offers the following tips and reminders when it comes to getting to your Vail destination:
• Leave your car at home and ride the bus. Vail has added additional outlying morning buses and additional outlying evening buses to supplement the scheduled routes. ECO regional transit is running its winter schedule as well.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY —Free curbside collection of discarded Christmas trees will take place in Vail through Jan. 31. Trees must be free of lights, tinsel, ornaments, stands and plastic wrapping. Also, trees should be left whole; do not cut trees into sections. Trees should be placed at the side of the road so as not to block the roadway.
Public Works crews will make regular sweeps through town to collect the trees. If your tree isn’t picked up within a few days, then please notify the Public Works Department at 970-479-2158. Trees also may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Works shops on Elkhorn Drive north of the Vail Golf Club. The trees are chipped and turned into mulch for the town’s summer landscaping program.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Reynolds, Kalamaya and Voboril LLC has announce that it recently hired Georgina Melbye as the firm’s first associate.
Melbye was born in Nantucket and grew up in Boulder. After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in industrial and labor relations, Melbye returned to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado Law School. She graduated in the top quarter of her class. Melbye has experience in a variety of legal fields including divorce and child custody, criminal law, civil litigation and employment law. She has taken three criminal jury trials to verdict and argued numerous motions at hearings.Learn more »
DENVER — Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, who represents Eagle and Routt counties in the Colorado House, has been appointed vice-chairwoman of the House Transportation & Energy Committee by Speaker-Designate Dickey Lee Hullinghorst. Mitsch Bush will also serve as a member of the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee and the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee.
“Colorado’s transportation system has long been underfunded, with demands on it dramatically increasing,” Mitsch Bush said. “Having a robust, multimodal transportation system is critical to continuing our economic recovery.”Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — ECO Transit will once again offer free late night bus service outbound from Vail between midnight and 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 to accommodate New Year’s Eve celebrations. The regular winter schedule has the last bus departing Vail at 1 a.m.
As in years past, inbound bus service to Vail will be suspended at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31. The last inbound buses to Vail depart from Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum at 8:52 p.m., Chambers Park and Ride in Eagle at 9:02 p.m., Lake Creek in Edwards at 9 p.m. and Avon Station in Avon at 9:47 p.m.Learn more »
VAIL — Season pass restrictions will be in effect at Vail and Beaver Creek during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday period. The following passes are restricted Friday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Dec. 31:
• Epic Local Pass.Learn more »
VAIL — Fire officials say the improper disposal of fireplace ashes appears to be the cause of a structure fire which was reported at 11:14 p.m. Monday at 162 W. Meadow Drive in Vail. Upon arrival, crews discovered flames coming from a trash enclosure on the west side of the residence. Interim Fire Chief Steve Pischke says the fire extended from the enclosure into the adjoining residence which required firefighters to remove portions of the ceiling and interior wall in order to reach the fire. The residence was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries to fire personnel during the response.
The fire was declared under control within 30 minutes and out an hour later. Crews remained on scene until 3 a.m. to complete salvage and overhaul and to begin an investigation into the cause of the fire. The residence received heavy smoke damage estimated at $150,000.Learn more »
Eagle County senior community calendarDecember 22, 2014 —
• Wednesday: Guided snowshoeing at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center at 10 a.m. Snowshoes are provided. Bring ski poles if you have them. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.
• Wednesday: No lunch at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center today. Lunch is relocated to the Turntable Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Please call 970-328-8831 to make a reservation.
• Wednesday: Blood pressure checks at the “Turntable” senior lunch location, 11-11:45 a.m.
• Thursday: No lunch at the Golden Eagle Senior Center.
• Thursday: No Senior Spot.
• Friday: No lunch at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center.
Ongoing weekly activities
• Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 pm. A caring and friendly place for seniors to connect with others and engage in fun, meaningful, and safe activities. Activities stimulate emotional, physical and cognitive functioning. Held at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. For schedule of activities and for more information, go to www.evslife.org or call 970-331-5355.
• Full body fitness exercise class, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle. A full body workout incorporating both seated and standing activities. Variety will be offered with hand weights, resistance tubing/bands, circuit training, balance and coordination challenges, and cardiovascular training. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Senior lunch, noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, $3 suggested donation for diners 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available. Call 970-328-8896 for reservations and information.
• Seated stretch and strengthen exercise class, 11 a.m. to noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. A fully seated class, incorporating general stretching and strengthening for both upper and lower extremities. Hand weights and resistance tubing/bands will be incorporated, as will seated balance activities to help engage the core. There will be some limited cardiovascular work in this class as well. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Afternoon card game, 1 p.m.
• Transportation for errands (bank, post office, etc.). Bus leaves the Golden Eagle at 2 p.m. for this service. Call 970-328-8896.
• Joint Relief Water Class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Avon Recreation Center. $2 per class. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.
• Water aerobics class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. $5 drop in rate. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m. at VSSA/Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. $2 per meal for those 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available, depending on location. Call 970-328-8831 for reservations.
• “Strong People” senior weight-training class at Minturn Fitness Center 10. Call Sarah Ellefson at 970-855-0492 for more information. The cost is $2.
• Chair Yoga at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11 a.m. Free.
• Grocery shopping, bus leaves Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.
• Full body fitness exercise class, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Golden Eagle. A full body workout incorporating both seated and standing activities. Variety will be offered with hand weights, resistance tubing/bands, circuit training, balance and coordination challenges, and cardiovascular training. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Poker game at the Golden Eagle on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m.
• Move to Music, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 pm. 1:30-2:15 pm. Limber up your joints, build strength and endurance, improve your balance and stretch while you move with music and have fun! Suggested donation per class, $2. Held at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-331-5355 for more information.
• Strong People progressive weight training class, 11 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, $2 suggested donation per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 pm. A caring and friendly place for seniors to connect with others and engage in fun, meaningful, and safe activities. Activities stimulate emotional, physical and cognitive functioning. Held at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. For schedule of activities, go to www.evslife.org or call 970-331-5355.
• Senior lunch, noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, $3 suggested donation for people 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available. Call 970-328-8896 for reservations.
• Afternoon card game, 1 p.m.
• Non-medical foot care (toenail trimming and foot soaks) at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Third Thursday of each month from 9-11 a.m. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Senior crochet group, 1 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Come join us as we make blankets for local infants and young children. Open to veteran crochet-ers or those just beginning. Yarn provided.
• Grocery shopping, bus leaves the Golden Eagle at 1 or 2 p.m., depending on shopping location. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Water aerobics class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. $5 drop in rate. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Parkinson Support Group, held the fourth Thursday of every month at Trinity Church in Edwards from 5-6 p.m. This meeting is for Parkinson patients as well as their family and friends who are looking for support and resources in a fun and uplifting atmosphere. Most meetings include some type of educational presentation.
• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m. at VSSA/Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, $2 fee per meal for those 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available, depending on location. Call 970-328-8831 for reservations.
• Fourth Friday of every month: Bingo at the Golden Eagle, 1 p.m.
Golden Eagle Senior Center: 715 Broadway Eagle, 970-328-8896; Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center (VSSA building): 1951 Highway 24 Minturn, 970-328-8831