DENVER — The American Red Cross of Colorado and Starting Hearts have entered into a strategic partnership in an effort to expand the availability of lifesaving training in Colorado.
Starting Hearts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving more lives by increasing awareness of sudden cardiac arrest through CPR and automated external defibrillator training and access programs, as well as deploying AEDs throughout the public domain. The American Red Cross is a leader in training people on lifesaving techniques such as CPR and on AEDs. The partnership authorizes Starting Hearts to provide Red Cross CPR and AED training as a licensed training provider throughout Colorado. Starting Hearts will conduct certification classes utilizing Red Cross content, and, through its community outreach programs, will increase its offerings for CPR and AED training across the state.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Two long-time Slifer Designs employees were recently promoted to senior designers. They bring almost 20 years of combined experience with them in their new roles.
Kellye O’Kelly, who has been with Slifer Designs for a decade, was promoted to senior designer last month.Learn more »
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Location: 27 Main Street, No. 103, Edwards.Learn more »
Wednesday: “Know the 10 signs.” A free presentation at the Avon Public Library by the Alzheimer’s Association from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 970-328-8831. Resources will also be available.Learn more »
• Friday: Book Lover’s Coffee Klatch at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. Coffee and food provided.Learn more »
GLENWOOD CANYON— The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced there will be intermittent closures of Interstate 70 between Grizzly Creek, Mile Marker 121, and the Hanging Lake Tunnel, on Wednesday and Sept. 29 for helicopter operations in Glenwood Canyon.
Transportation officials anticipate between five and seven stops per day, each lasting less than 20 minutes. These stops will occur approximately every hour beginning shortly after 8 a.m. Stops will include pedestrian stops along the Glenwood Canyon bike path.Learn more »
VAIL — For the first time, the Vail Vitality Center is offering instructor certification for the Barre Rhythm method, designed by strength and Pilates expert Angela Muzic, Saturday and Sunday
Barre Rhythm is a fusion of Pilates, yoga, weight training and ballet. The classes are set to fun, pumping music with a focus on teaching basic ballet form for proper alignment of the skeletal structure, creating the best environment to train the muscles.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.Learn more »
EDWARDS — New millennium kids are faced with a plethora of issues that range from smart phone with social media distractions, bullying, exposure to illegal substances, sexual identity questions, relationships and high stress levels. As parents look to support their kids with even just one of these topics, or in some cases, several of these topics, look no further than the new parenting workshop Eat! Chat! Parent! Series presented by the Eagle River Youth Coalition.
Formerly called Dinner & Dialogue, Eagle River Youth Coalition Program Director Jason Peck re-branded the series to keep pace with the ever-changing issues facing our youth and to stay current with the times.Learn more »
VAIL — Triumph Mountain Properties is giving guests a chance to spread out a week’s worth of Vail Valley overnights over a season of visits.
“We understand that fall can be a hectic time for everyone with children going back to school and work schedules becoming more hectic, so we wanted to offer people a break from their regularly scheduled fall programming,” said Lois Mueller with Triumph Mountain Properties.Learn more »
AVON — Robert Howe, president of Title Company of the Rockies, has been elected as the President of the Land Title Association of Colorado by the Association’s membership during its 95th annual convention and meeting held recently in Vail.
The Land Title Association of Colorado is a non-profit trade organization designed to promote and advance title insurance issues in Colorado. Its members come together to protect Colorado consumers in their real estate transactions. The organization also provides education to its members, direct outreach to consumers and insight to legislators and regulators about the Colorado title insurance industry.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Cara Turner, of Turner & Associates Inc. in Edwards, recently announced that Michelle Winstead, CPA, has joined the firm’s expanding tax practice.
Winstead has 12 years of tax preparation, IRS representation and consulting experience with small business, multi-state and individual clients. Winstead grew up in Eagle County and is a 2003 Colorado State University graduate with a master’s of taxation degree.Learn more »
WOLCOTT — Col. David R. Mott, son of Dave and Sue Mott, of Wolcott, recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving more than 23 years.
Mott’s career included assignments in North Carolina, New Jersey, the Netherlands, Rhode Island and California. Along with these assignments, he also completed a number of deployments to southwest Asia. His final assignment was the 60th Operations Group Commander, Travis AFB, leading nearly 1,000 personnel operating 27 KC-10 aerial refueling aircraft, 18 C-5 and 13 C-17 airlift aircraft, along with the daily operations of the installation’s airfield and air traffic control.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Non-medical foot care, Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 9:30 a.m. Must RSVP. Call 970-328-8831.Learn more »
• Thursday: Breakfast with Hiene, meet at Ella’s for Turntable Breakfast Burritos and coffee, 9 a.m. Must call for reservations. 970-328-8831.Learn more »
VAIL — Representatives from the town of Vail and the Colorado Department of Transportation will hosting a open house Thursday to present the final design of the Interstate 70 Vail underpass project and the construction schedule. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Grand View meeting room on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Community members interested in the project are invited to stop by to discuss the work with representatives from the town of department of transportation, as well as the current general contractor Kraemer North America.
The underpass will be built beneath I-70 between the West Vail and main Vail exits. The connection is situated between the Savoy Villas and Simba Run condominiums on the north side and a few hundred yards east of the Cascade Village entrance on the south side. A landscaping plan will provide a buffer for adjacent properties and a public art component will be used to enhance the project and provide headlight glare screens. Noise walls have been eliminated from the project after a survey of impacted properties showed a lack of support for the barriers.Learn more »
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation is turning up the heat on drunk drivers with the statewide Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period. Working with the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies, the department of transportation’s The Heat Is On campaign will continue until Oct. 26.
The enforcement effort arrives on the heels of the Labor Day enforcement period, during which 74 law enforcement agencies arrested 939 people between Aug. 21 and Sept. 8, according to preliminary data. Most arrests came from the Colorado State Patrol (214), Denver (154), Aurora (113) and Colorado Springs (93). The 2014 Labor Day DUI enforcement resulted in 1,102 statewide arrests from 95 participating law enforcement agencies.Learn more »
VAIL — On Sept. 1, the California-based High Fives Foundation hosted a charity golf tournament on the fairways at Vail Golf Club. Thirty teams of four competed for prizes. Between registration fees, silent auctions and open donations, over $34,000 was raised toward the mission of the High Fives Foundation. The nationally recognized nonprofit supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes with life-altering injuries through board-approved grant funding toward their recovery goals. To date, the foundation has given support to 89 athletes from 20 states.
Five High Fives athletes were in attendance at the welcoming ceremony for the golfers: Megan Wemmer, Tim Burr, Bond Camp, Sally Franklyn and Steve Wallace.Learn more »
AVON — On Wednesday, ski instructor, author and motivational speaker Bernard “Chalky” White will be giving a presentation at the Avon Public Library titled “How to Say Nay to Your Naysayers ... and Have the Last Laugh.” The presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
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EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council’s the 21st annual Eagle River Cleanup, presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise, will take place Saturday.
The Eagle Valley has long been characterized as an environmentally minded community with citizens who love to get out and make a difference. Each year, as soon as the summer heat begins to cool and the waters begin to calm, the community comes together with a common goal of cleaning the beloved waterways. This year is no exception as the Eagle River Watershed Council is proud to host the 21st annual Eagle River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon.Learn more »
MINTURN — On Oct. 3-4, the statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, in partnership with the Forest Service Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, is seeking about 100 volunteers to help provide improvements to the Minturn Mile trail.
The Minturn Mile leads from Vail to the town of Minturn and has become an increasingly popular trail for locals and visitors. Hundreds of snow sport enthusiasts utilize the Minturn Mile during the winter months. In the summer, the trail is a mountain biking, hiking and equestrian route.Learn more »
VAIL — The board of directors for the Vail Valley Business Women are currently preparing for their Membership Open House. The event will take place at The Remedy Bar at The Four Seasons in Vail on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend.
The open house is designed to provide business women who are curious about joining the organization an opportunity to learn about the benefits that members receive. Stations will be provided throughout the room, covering topics such as membership benefits, programming and scholarships, development and membership enrollment. Longtime members will have the opportunity to share their experiences by giving testimonials to potential members, as well as discussing what they have gained both professionally and personally from becoming a member.Learn more »
Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle senior center, 1 p.m.Learn more »
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.”Learn more »
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”.Learn more »
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.”Learn more »
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.”Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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. ”Learn more »
Trailing spouse project launched for Vail workforce launchedAugust 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.
Appropriate talent for many specialized positions often doesn’t exist within the local labor market, forcing many Eagle County firms to recruit and hire from outside the region. Doing so carries a number of risks, such as increased timelines to fill open positions and potentially significant employee relocation costs. According to Worldwide ERC, a global relocation trade association, U.S. corporate relocation expenses currently exceed $12 billion annually.
Out-of-area hiring also introduces a number of variables that often work against long-term employee retention. Chief among these risks is the fact that many professionals new to the area often bring along a trailing spouse — a husband, wife or partner who is thrilled to move to the mountains but is left without a career.
Prospective employees may be hesitant to relocate to Eagle County because their partner may struggle to find suitable employment in the valley’s relatively small trade area. Helping trailing partners find a satisfying job is often the key to ensuring that both partners feel connected to the community.
MyPartner Career Network uses a collaborative model to allow participating businesses to share the resume of a partner or spouse of a newly-hired employee who will be relocating to Eagle County across a network of other local businesses.
All Copper level members and above with the Vail Valley Partnership and all High Country Human Resource Association members are eligible to participate in this new program. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-477-4012.