EDWARDS — Colorado Mountain College has partnered with Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute, a nationally recognized training program for the wedding and event planning industry, to offer a wedding and event planning certification course.
Classes will be held on Mondays from Sept. 29 through Dec. 8 at the college’s Edwards campus and taught by Hollie Johnson Hawkins, an event professional in the Vail Valley for 17 years. Hawkins also has a private business, Events by Hollie, which oversees weddings and events nationwide.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Edwards Station has launched a major renovation of its automatic car wash, with a new high-tech, attended tunnel-style car wash set to open in December.
The nearly $2 million project was designed to meet the increased service demands at Edwards Station, which originally opened in 1999, with the new car wash using the latest technology to clean up to 50 cars per hour, up from eight cars per hour. The quality of each wash will also be elevated, with a focus on removing magnesium chloride in the winter and insects in the summer. The new wash will offer a superior clean with the use of soft foam brushes and rollers, reformulated, green soaps and computer aided controls.Learn more »
AVON — Can Do Day is an annual campaign honoring Can Do MS founder and Olympic medalist skier Jimmie Heuga on his birthday, Monday, Sept. 22. On this day, Can Do MS supporters focus on what they can do, and then do it to inspire others and help raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. In conjunction with Heuga’s birthday, local restaurants are teaming up with Can Do MS to support A Can Do Day of Giving on Saturday.
For the second year, a variety of local restaurants will show what they can do by donating a percentage of their profits to Can Do MS to support its lifestyle empowerment programs. Restaurant owners hope the program will bring in new customers and give their regulars another reason to dine out while supporting a good cause. Restaurants donating 20 percent of their sales include Juniper, Old Forge Pizza and Yama Sushi. Restaurants donating 10 percent of their sales include, e|Town, Main St. Grill and Ticino.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller has announced the hiring of Paul Cada to fill the newly created position of wildland program administrator. Cada will be overseeing the operations of the wildland fire crew as well as assisting community members with wildland fire mitigation activities. Cada comes to Vail from the Colorado State Forest Service where he spent the past eight years as an assistant district forester for the Granby district covering Grand, Summit and Eagle counties. Miller says Cada brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in fire mitigation and general forestry and is a great addition to the town staff.
Cada’s community outreach activities currently include promotion of two free services offered by the wildland fire crew. The free curbside chipping service is available until Oct. 31 to coincide with the last day for Vail’s seasonal wildland fire crew. The chipping service is available Monday through Friday for trunks, limbs and slash up to 24 inches in diameter. Additionally, property owners are encouraged to contact the wildland crew to schedule a free, no obligation Firewise consultation of their home and property. Firewise consultations are available year-round. To schedule either a curbside slash pickup or Firewise consultation, call 970-477-3509.Learn more »
EDWARDS — The Battle Mountain High School Class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion on Oct. 17 during Battle Mountain’s homecoming football game.
The host committee includes Rhonda Salazar, Julie Rautio, Sasha Moritz and Rusty Buick. Plans so far include:Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County is welcoming Jacci McKenna as its new director of human resources. She will begin her position Monday.
McKenna comes to the county from Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Region in Denver, where she served as senior director of human resources. Prior to that, she was the chief human resource officer for the Adams County School District in Commerce City and the director of employment services for the University of Colorado in Boulder.Learn more »
EAGLE — Candidates on this year’s ballot will gather Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Eagle County Building for a debate.
The debate will see county commissioner candidates Kathy Chandler-Henry (D), Courtney Holm (R), Dick Mayne (R) and Jeanne McQueeney (D) face off for seats from the 2nd and 3rd commissioner districts.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County Open Space will host a guided hike of the historic stone quarry at Horn Ranch from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27. The county’s Open Space Program acquired the rights to lead guided hikes across private land as part of the Horn Ranch Conservation & Recreation Project, which was completed in 2013 to protect 403 acres of land and 1.4 miles of the Eagle River.
The quarry at Horn Ranch produced stones for Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel in the late 1800s. Kathy Heicher, president of the Eagle County Historical Society, will join hikers to provide information about the early days of the ranch.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Pumpkin craft project at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 10 to 11 a.m. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.Learn more »
VAIL — SOS Global has been selected as the official logistics provider for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Founded in 1986, SOS Global is a one-stop freight forwarding and logistics company, with operations teams in place in both the United States and Europe.Learn more »
AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has announced that it has hired Christine Holmberg for the position of sales manager.
Holmberg joins The Westin Riverfront sales team from The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, where she served as a group sales manager. She previously held sales positions at Manor Vail Lodge and the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.Learn more »
DENVER — David Jacobson has joined Xssentials, a technology services company with an office in the Vail Valley, as chief financial officer.
Jacobson brings 25 years of experience in corporate strategy, management, finance, accounting and investment banking.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Ptarmigan Sports recently earned a spot on Outdoor USA Magazine’s list of Top 100 outdoor specialty retailers in the United States. The Top 100 Retailers initiative recognizes the leading independent, outdoor specialty retail businesses for their outstanding work and entrepreneurial drive.
“The independent specialty retail channel is essential to building engaged outdoor and active lifestyle communities,” said Raimondo Forlin, publisher of Outdoor USA Magazine. “Specialty retailers also play a key role in fostering product innovation and brand authenticity because in this channel is where new products, new brands and technologies earn credibility with the consumer. We are happy to honor the stores that are setting the bar for success.”Learn more »
AVON — Local Lone Star Security & Safety Services and its newly launched division, The 5D Shield, has announced the 2015 Vail-Beaver Creek Security & Safety Preparedness Conference. The conference will be held on Nov. 13 at the Four Seasons Resort Vail.
The one-day conference will host more than 12 panelists and speakers representing law enforcement agencies, hospitality businesses, training and consulting experts, community organizations and security and safety organizations. Keynote speakers include Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger and Joe O’Keefe, protective security adviser, Denver District, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.Learn more »
EDWARDS — The Total Health Alliance invites community members to a forum on Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards to provide greater understanding and knowledge about marijuana to all community members.
The Total Health Alliance has joined forces with several community partners, including Eagle River Youth Coalition and Vail Valley Medical Center, to bring professionals to speak on various aspects of marijuana. Presenters will help improve understanding of marijuana and its related effects; raise awareness on the laws and consequences from violating those laws; speak to impacts on physical health, mental health and the brain; and provide relevant information including data and trends to empower community members to make informed decisions. Information will be shared on local trends; medical inclinations; addictive behaviors and age of onset; youth development; ethics behind the laws; consumption mechanisms and amounts; and products such as edibles, hash and THC. Finally, education on resources available in the community will be available.Learn more »
VAIL — The Antlers at Vail hotel and Ski Butlers have joined forces to offer complimentary ski valet at the hotel. This ski season, guests will be offered free ski valet with Ski Butlers bringing their skis back and forth to the ski lifts for them, as well as rental ski equipment from Ski Butlers, which will have an on-site location.
“We are excited to be a part of this service oriented partnership,” said Ski Butlers CEO Bryn Carey. “No Vail hotel offers on-site full service valet of this level. From room fittings to courier service, the only time a guest touches a ski is at the slopes. ”Learn more »
VAIL — The town of Vail Commission on Special Events is currently accepting funding requests from special event producers for 2015 events occurring in Vail. The guidelines and accompanying information are available online at www.vailgov.com or at the Vail Municipal Building, located at 75 S. Frontage Road.
The commission, utilizing research results provided by the Vail Local Marketing District, has developed special event rating criteria that will be used to evaluate all proposals based on how they align with the strategies to provide a diverse calendar of events that are well matched to the Vail brand. Primary consideration will be given to events that drive incremental destination visitation.Learn more »
EAGLE — The Forest Service announced that a Final Decision Notice was signed by District Ranger Dave Neely last week for the Piney 2012 Project on the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest.
The project is designed to create favorable growing conditions for forest regeneration following the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The project will also reduce the accumulation and continuity of future heavy fuel loading and provide commercial forest products and/or biomass to local industries. The Environmental Assessment, Final Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact may be viewed online at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=38657.Learn more »
EAGLE — Candidates on this year’s ballot will gather Thursday and next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Eagle County Building.
Thursday, the events will kick off with debates for Senate District 5 between Don Suppes (R) and Kerry Donovan (D) and will be followed by House District 26 with Diane Mitsch Bush (D) and Chuck McConnell (R).Learn more »
EDWARDS — The Vail Valley Business Women will host its annual open house from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Dish! in Edwards.
The open house is free for all women to attend. Board members will be present to answer questions about membership tiers, rates and prices, and programming. Vessi Vlasseva Photography will be taking head shots for attendees — keep your profiles professional and up to date for the great value of $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Light passed appetizers will be provided by Dish! along with a cash bar.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Andy May and Krystin Sanzone each won a 2014-15 Epic Pass from ResortApp. ResortApp is a Vail Valley vacation guide app for smartphones.
In honor of the Oktoberfest celebrations in the valley, ResortApp is giving away another 2014-15 Epic Pass. To enter, download ResortApp and share on Facebook. The winner will be selected Monday. If you have questions or would like a personal tutorial, visit their booth at Oktoberfest in Vail this weekend. Vail Oktoberfest schedule of events and locations will be listed on ResortApp.Learn more »
• Today: Eagle County Caregiver and Memory Loss Support Group, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 455 Nottingham Ranch Road in Avon. Call Pat at 970-328-8831 for more information.Learn more »
EDWARDS — On Sept. 12, Red Ribbon Project will host its annual fundraiser, Positive Prevention, at e|Town in Edwards from 6 to 10 p.m..
Funds raised will help support the important education programs that Red Ribbon Project provides in local schools. Silent auction items include a Vail Resorts Epic Pass, Golden Bear jewelry, Avon Chiropractic adjustments and restaurant gift cards. E|Town will donate 10 percent of the proceeds raised. Local band Thumper will provide entertainment. Thumper plays rock ’n’ roll from the ’70s through today and is made up of a bunch of valley locals who play venues from Eagle to Vail.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 p.m.Learn more »
VAIL — Most town of Vail municipal offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Vail Public Library also will be closed. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday. Transit services will operate uninterrupted during the holiday. Also, the police front counter in the municipal building will remain open on Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Residents with curbside trash service are reminded to check with their trash removal company to determine if collection schedules will be affected by the Labor Day holiday. Vail’s wildlife protection regulations prohibit placing trash outside for pickup other than from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the scheduled trash collection day. Residents also are reminded that if they haven’t arranged for recycling pickup to contact their hauler and visit vailgov.com/recycling for information on how to recycle, recycling rebates, building permit fee waivers, low income bin rebates and other helpful tips.Learn more »
VAIL — Ron Byrne & Associates has announced the addition of Tricia Gould to its sales team.
Originally from Kansas City, Gould moved from Massachusetts to the Vail Valley in 2005 with her husband and two sons. Gould grew up spending many spring breaks on the Vail Valley ski slopes and made the trips into a lifestyle. She brings vast expertise of high-end real estate, as she played an integral role in the development of Vail Valley Getaway luxury rental company, managing a portfolio of homes valued over $100 million for the past 10 years.Learn more »
Editor’s note: This column, submitted by Vail Resorts, showcases the nonprofits that the company supports through its Vail Resorts Echo program.
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EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle Valley Land Trust has named Jim Daus as its new executive director.
Daus replaces Kara Heide, who held the position since 2009.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Elizabeth Keay took office in July as the new president of Vail Rotary Club, following Rich Segal.
In 2015, Vail Rotary will celebrate the milestone of its 45th year of community involvement in the Vail Valley. When asked about the challenges for her year-long term as president, Keay said that she wants to increase member involvement in both local and international Rotary projects and to increase membership.Learn more »
Vail Daily obituary: Beth Lenore Alexander, 1957-2014August 22, 2014 —
Beth Alexander, born May 30, 1957, passed away Aug. 13. She was a loving wife and mother and grandmother. Resided in Gypsum. Beth leaves behind a husband, James Alexander; a son, Nicholas Alexander; a daughter, Brianna Alexander; Beth leaves behind her mother, Elenore Winget; two sisters, Iva Briggs and Leah Alexander; two brothers, David Winget and Daniel Winget; one grandson, Jacob Spoon; and two granddaughters, Madison Alexander and Ariel Alexander.
The service will be held Saturday at the Everett Family Funeral Home in Gypsum at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to www.abta.org.