Announcements

Sport riders group cleans up along Trail Gulch Road

June 24, 2016 — 

GYPSUM —The Rocky Mountain Sport Riders trails group turned out in force on June 18 to clean up Trail Gulch Road north of the Interstate 70 interchange in Gypsum.

Items illegally dumped in the area included countless old tires, decomposing furniture, waste construction materials and general trash. There was also a substantial amount of target shooting debris.

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Local climbing team adventures to Utah

June 23, 2016 — 

VAIL — The Vail Athletic Club climbing team recently traveled with 13 athletes and parents and four coaches to The Front Climbing Gym in Salt Lake City for the USA Climbing Sport Regional Championships. The local climbers earned a third-place finish as a team, advancing 11 athletes to the divisional championships in Bozeman, Montana, next weekend.

At the heart of the growth of indoor climbing is the popularity of youth competitive climbing. USA Climbing reports that the participation in the Youth Bouldering Regional Championships jumped 23 percent throughout the past year, while USA Climbing membership grew by 13 percent. The Regional Championships were hosted by 16 indoor climbing gyms nationwide last month, and brought together 2,458 youth climbers, aged 7 to 19.

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44th King of the Mountain the biggest yet

June 23, 2016 — 

VAIL — It’s the biggest volleyball event in the town’s history, and this year, it will also be biggest beach doubles tournament in the U.S.

Taking place this weekend at Ford Park and the Vail Athletic Fields, the Vail King of the Mountain Open registered 728 teams of two this year, more than tournament organizer Leon Fell has seen in the 44 years he has run the event.

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Eagle Valley Elementary nets $100,000 playground grant

June 22, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Eagle County Schools’ oldest school building is getting a new playground compliments of a $100,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

Last week the GOCO board awarded a $100,000 School Yard Initiative grant on Monday to the town of Eagle in partnership with Eagle Valley Elementary International Baccalaureate World School. While the Eagle Valley Elementary school community was thrilled to hear the news about the grant, there’s no rush to spend it.

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Eagle reminds residents about lawn watering rules

June 20, 2016 — 

EAGLE — With summer temperatures expected to do nothing but climb during the coming days, the town of Eagle reminds residents that the community has lawn watering restrictions in place.

• Lawn watering is allowed between April 15 and Oct. 15 and is limited to three days per week.

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Group to conduct survey of seniors

June 20, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults is a strategic evaluation tool that seeks input from adults 60 and older to gather information about their community experiences. Data from the survey is useful to communities and organizations to develop and modify programs for an aging population.

The Alpine Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, in collaboration with National Research Center Inc., will begin sending the surveys out today. Recipients will include residents throughout the council of governments’ region, which includes Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin and Summit counties, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Carbondale.

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Eagle County senior calendar

June 20, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Tea & Topics, Health and Wellness topics in June, Gypsum Public Library, 1 p.m.

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Gov. Hickenlooper signs paramedic bill

June 19, 2016 — 

EDWARDS — A new state law gives Colorado’s community paramedics the ability to practice emergency medical procedures during calls. First responders across the state, including those with Eagle County Paramedic Service, are now regulated under legislation signed recently by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Christopher Montera, Interim CEO of Eagle County Paramedic Services, spent the past three years working with the Colorado legislature to ensure that community paramedicine programs protect patients and are staffed with educated and competent paramedics.

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Local firm inks 3-year deal with Canadian ski teams

June 19, 2016 — 

VAIL — SYNC Performance, manufacturers of performance apparel and race-specific products for mountain athletes, has signed a three-year partnership to become an official supplier of Alpine Canada Alpin.

The Canadian Alpine, Para-Alpine and Ski Cross Ski Team athletes will be able to use SYNC Performance’s protective race wear through the 2018-2019 ski season.

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Cars & Coffee to gather at Eagle Habitat ReStore Saturday

June 16, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Kick off the Father’s Day weekend Saturday, June 18 at Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s Cars & Coffee event.

This free, family-friendly event is planned from 9 a.m. to noon at the Habitat ReStore, located at 751 Chambers Avenue in Eagle.

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Local podiatry practice welcomes new doctor

June 16, 2016 — 

AVON — Eagle-Summit Foot & Ankle, which is led by Dr. Brian Maurer, is moving from its current location at 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. to a new office in the Buck Creek Medical Plaza in July. The updated address for the practice is 50 Buck Creek Road, Suite 205.

“We want to assure our patients that we might be moving our Avon office to a new home, but we will continue to provide the same level of personalized service you have consistently come to expect from us,” Maurer said. “Your health has always been, and will always be, our primary concern here at Eagle-Summit Foot & Ankle, no matter where we are located.”

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Vigil for Orlando victims is Friday in Eagle

June 15, 2016 — 

EAGLE — A vigil for the victims of the terrorist and hate massacre in Orlando, Florida, will be held at the United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley this Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Our gathering will be a time to come together in a place of prayer to mourn the loss of life and seek God’s grace and solace,” the church said in a press release. “The attack affected us all and challenges us to find places of faith and dignity in solidarity with these victims of violence and all victims of mindless cruelty, hatred and bigotry around the world.”

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Scheduled charter flights to begin later this month

June 15, 2016 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Wildcat Touring, operated by Meregrass Inc. has announced it will run a 30-seat scheduled charter aircraft from Dallas and Houston to Vail and Aspen. The regularly scheduled flights operate out of private terminals at the cities’ airports, but the company claims to offer pricing that is competitive with commercial airlines.

“This is a first for the Aspen and Vail communities on two fronts. First, there has never been scheduled service to and from Aspen and Vail from Dallas Love Field and Houston Hobby. Second, there has never been ‘scheduled charter’ service into either market from any destination,” Wildcat Touring owner and CEO Stephen Smith said.

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Eagle Valley Elementary nets $100,000 playground grant

June 15, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Eagle County Schools’ oldest school building is getting a new playground compliments of a $100,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

On Monday, the board awarded a $100,000 School Yard Initiative grant on Monday to the town of Eagle in partnership with Eagle Valley Elementary International Baccalaureate World School. While the Eagle Valley Elementary school community was thrilled to hear the news about the grant, there’s no rush to spend it.

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Vail clinic and Texas hospital inking deal

June 14, 2016 — 

HOUSTON — If you are an adult in the United States, there is approximately a one-in-two chance you will be affected by arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis or some other type of musculoskeletal condition. You may even need surgery.

Researchers working on innovative treatments for these conditions at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail recently signed a collaboration agreement. Research is focused on boosting the body’s natural healing powers and is being conducted collaboratively by scientists in the UTHealth Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

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New guide company begins in Vail Valley

June 14, 2016 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — The Vail Valley’s newest backcountry guide organization, Vail Mountain Guides, is now open as a cooperative with a number of long-time local guides, including company partners Ben Markhart and Nils Peterson, as well as assistant director, Kathleen Saum.

Vail Mountain Guides is already working with local organizations for future programming, and creating opportunities for locals and visitors to access adventure with both fun and safety in mind.

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Rare cameras found at auction

June 13, 2016 — 

EDWARDS — Raymond Bleesz, of Edwards, a fine art photographer, historian and a founding member of the local Vail Valley Art Guild’s photographers group, went to a country auction by chance in Eagle County last week and due to curiosity discovered and purchased three turn-of-the-century (1890s) cameras. Since the purchase, he has been doing restoration work on the cameras, the leather camera satchels and conducting research on the histories of the cameras.

About the Cameras

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Eagle County senior calendar

June 13, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesday: Haircuts at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Appointments start at 1 and are free to anyone 60 or over. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up for an appointment.

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Be aware of your speed in Vail underpass area on I-70

June 12, 2016 — 

VAIL — In anticipation of high volumes of summer travel, the Vail Police Department is announcing a partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Kraemer North America to assist with speed enforcement as part of the Interstate 70 Vail underpass project.

A speed study was recently completed for the east- and westbound lanes of I-70 at the construction site. According to Vail Police Officer Mike Bindle, the average speed was approximately 50.2 mph. Approximately 15 percent of the vehicles were going 15 mph over the posted 45 mph speed limit signs.

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West Vail roundabout to see construction Sunday

June 11, 2016 — 

VAIL — There will be a partial closure of the West Vail north roundabout from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday morning for storm sewer installation. Work will occur on the west side of the roundabout between the Interstate 70 westbound on-ramp and the North Frontage Road. Access to all legs of the roundabout will be maintained with traffic control during the work.

This work is associated with the Chamonix housing project. The town of Vail has contracted with United Companies for installation of utilities for the future housing.

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Hanging Lake trail will close Monday, Tuesday

June 10, 2016 — 

GARFIELD COUNTY — The Hanging Lake trail, near Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, will be closed Monday and Tuesday for a second round of maintenance.

Hanging Lake receives nearly 1,000 visitors each day in the summer, and the trail to the lake is in need of repair. The popular site recently closed so crews could move large rocks and replace a handrail foundation.

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Street sealing begins soon

June 10, 2016 — 

VAIL — Crews hired by the town of Vail will begin an annual street maintenance project beginning Monday. The slurry seal work will be taking place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

A slurry seal creates a new wearing surface and seals the asphalt to prevent water intrusion into the pavement. Roads will be treated one lane at a time to allow for single-lane traffic to be maintained at all times; however, motorists should expect delays. Traffic will be allowed to return to the new surface after it dries, typically after two to three hours.

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Edwards interchange open house is June 15

June 10, 2016 — 

EDWARDS — Eagle County and the Colorado Department of Transportation will host a June 15 open house to present the recommended alternative for phase two of the Edwards Interstate 70 interchange upgrade project. The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School. Those interested can attend at any time — there is no formal presentation scheduled.

The project includes roadway improvements along the Edwards Spur Road from Miller Ranch Road to U.S. Highway 6, including the intersection. The recommended alternative proposes a roundabout at Highway 6 and widening the Edwards Spur Road to include four lanes and a pedestrian path.

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Trading the Vail Valley for Navion

June 9, 2016 — 

DENVER — I never would have guessed that four years ago, when we traded our Vail Valley life in for being full-time downtowners in Denver, that a part of that journey would also include 65,000 miles of motorhome travel.

We are now on our second Navion, which is the flagship of Winnebago’s fuel-efficient, compact motorhome line. Apparently, we are not alone in our interest in this great way to travel. I know of several Vail Valley friends and acquaintances who are also happy owners of this great Mercedes Benz-based product. That interest in motorhoming isn’t confined to the petite size of coach that we drive. A couple of weeks ago, we rendezvoused with a some of our former Singletree neighbors in Santa Fe, where they arrived with their ultra-luxurious rigs that are the size of a city buses — including washers and dryers, residential refrigerators and dishwashers.

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Business idea springs from Eagle's river park

June 8, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Eagle’s newest amenity — a riverfront and whitewater park approved by voters last month — is just starting to take shape on paper, but Gypsum resident Ken Hoeve is already seeing business potential at the site.

In a split vote last week, the Eagle Town Board opted to allow a temporary use permit for a Hoeve’s proposal for Eagle Tubing and Photography. The business, as Hoeve envisions it, will rent tubes, wet suits, booties and life vests from a trailer that will be parked at the current Eagle Chambers Park location. As he plans it, the trailer will also rent stand-up paddleboard and disc golf equipment and sell ice cream. It will operate four months of the year.

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Rescue group urges public to use separate number to report lost gear

June 6, 2016 — 

VAIL — Searching for a boat is a lot less urgent than searching for a body. As a public service announcement, Vail Mountain Rescue Group is asking that gear lost in an Eagle County river be reported to the nonemergency dispatch line, 970-479-2201. The number takes callers to a 911 dispatcher, but in a nonemergency fashion.

Give a detailed description of what piece of equipment was lost and where it was last seen. Additionally, equipment should be labeled with a name and phone number. This makes it easier to return lost and stolen equipment.

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Sonnenalp Club has new golf boss

June 6, 2016 — 

EDWARDS — Jim Miller has joined the Sonnenalp Club’s executive team as the director of golf club operations. Miller, who has a background in both golf and resort operations, has previously worked at Castle Pines Golf Club; The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, California; Catamount Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs; and most recently at Timbers Resorts in Carbondale.

“I am thrilled to be part of this exceptional team and honored that Mr. (Johannes) Faessler has given me this unique opportunity to be part of the club’s rebirth in the Vail Valley,” Miller said. “Between the new 10,000-square-foot fitness facility, Kelly Liken’s new Harvest restaurant, the best greens in the valley and the club’s new vertical membership offerings, Sonnenalp is truly an innovator in the new wave of sustainable and successful club models.”

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Eagle County senior calendar

June 6, 2016 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Tea & Topics, Gypsum Public Library, 1 p.m.

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Local inventor shows off innovative grilling system

June 6, 2016 — 

VAIL — Local residents Jan Strauch and his wife, Deborah Worley, are the founders of Charless Grilling Systems LLC, a locally owned company that is bringing to market a new outdoor barbecue grill with patented vertical-grilling technology.

The inventors claims the grill totally eliminates flare-ups common in most other competitive models. The result is much-improved flavors and a significant reduction in unhealthy carcinogenic charring. In preparation for a scheduled launch, Strach and Worley met with a variety of manufacturers, agents, distributors and suppliers at a recent international trade show in New Orleans.

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Business idea springs from Eagle's river park

June 6, 2016 — 

EAGLE — Eagle’s newest amenity — a riverfront and whitewater park approved by voters last month — is just starting to take shape on paper, but Gypsum resident Ken Hoeve is already seeing business potential at the site.

In a split vote last week, the Eagle Town Board opted to allow a temporary use permit for a Hoeve’s proposal for Eagle Tubing and Photography. The business, as Hoeve envisions it, will rent tubes, wet suits, booties and life vests from a trailer that will be parked at the current Eagle Chambers Park location. As he plans it, the trailer will also rent stand-up paddleboard and disc golf equipment and sell ice cream. It will operate four months of the year.

Hoeve said his proposal can lay the groundwork for Eagle’s planned riverfront park, which will be located on county-owned property west of Chambers Park that is currently used as truck parking and contestant parking during the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo. The proposed park will be designed to enhance access and enjoyment of the Eagle River and will include both in-stream and riverbank amenities.

Hoeve said his proposal fits in with the town’s long-term park plan. “This is laying down the groundwork for the river park in Eagle,” he said. “I really want to do this. I think it is my destiny. I believe this business will be hugely successful.”

Larger issue

While the board agreed to the concept of Hoeve’s plan, his approval is conditioned on the successful negotiation of a lease to operate on town-owned property and that notion opened up as discussion that branched off of his specific request.

The issue is basic: Should the town allow free enterprise operations to set up shop in open space, park or other municipally-owned areas? If the answer is yes, how much should the town charge for that privilege?

“I get the idea that people live here and want to flourish,” said town resident Tom Olden. “The concept that really sticks in my throat is using public property for a private business.”

Brian Maloney, speaking on behalf of several business located in the Eagle Crossing Shopping Center, located on the bench above Chambers Park, also expressed objections to the plan, saying Hoeve would be benefiting from a public site with minimal investment. Additionally, he said area businesses are concerned that Hoeve’s overflow parking will negatively impact their limited parking area.

No rules, yet

The five board members who participated in the discussion were split over the issue. Mayor Anne McKibbin was absent and member Matt Solomon stepped down from the discussion because he owns a business located in the Eagle Crossing Shopping Center and is on the record opposing the plan. Additionally, Town Board member Andy Jessen disclosed a previous business partnership with people involved in the Eagle Tubing and Photography proposal, but stated he does not have any ties to the current proposal.

Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Brubeck applauded Hoeve’s pioneering spirit regarding the proposal but said he was struggling with process and fairness issues as he considered the plan.

“Vendors on public property is an issue, and I don’t know if we have addressed it properly,” said Brubeck.

“I love the idea. I love the entrepreneurial spirit of this, “ said board member Paul Witt. He added the idea of private businesses operating in pubic spaces isn’t revolutionary, pointing to the U.S. National Parks system as an example. The difference, Witt noted, is that the federal government has a process to deal with such operations and Eagle does not.

“I want to approve this, but I don’t think the town has done its job to approve this yet,” said board member Doug Seabury.

Kick the tires

Jessen offered an alternate point. “This is temporary. It’s for four months, which I would argue gives us a chance to see if it works before we make the regulations,” he said. What’s more, Jessen noted that the proposal complies with the town’s written goals and policies.

“Andy has a good point — sometimes you have to try something and see if it works,” said Witt.

In the end, the board voted 3-2 with Seabury, Witt and Jessen in favor and Brubeck and member Mikel “Pappy” Kerst opposed, to approve the temporary use permit.

“Congratulations for getting to the point of negotiating a lease that’s acceptable” Witt said

That lease could prove to be the bigger sticking point. Issues of cost, liability, insurance, parking and more all need to be worked out before folks can start renting tubes and buying ice cream at the Eagle River site this summer.

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