• Tuesday: Blood pressure and blood sugar checks at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. No sign up necessary.Learn more »
EAGLE — Originally, the Brush Creek Elementary School YouthPower365’s Sowing Seeds annual garden plant sale promised such overwhelming bounty that it was advertised as a four-day event.
That was before some enterprising ground squirrels and some late season cool temperatures messed with the plan.Learn more »
Mari M. Plain passed away on May 16. Born Marie Louise Marshall on June 20, 1933, to Verne and Clementine Marshall, she grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with four loving sisters and a brother. After graduating from McKinley High School, Mari attended Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
She was known for her compassionate heart, and Mari attracted many lifelong friends, including her husband of 56 years, George Plain, who died in 2011. They met in college and went cross-country skiing for their first date. They were thus destined for a life full of adventure. During this time, Mari also became acquainted with her family’s foreign exchange student, Wolfgang Wuehrer, who became a part of Mari’s Austrian family.Learn more »
Business name: Valley Vacuums.
Location: Edwards Northstar Center (across the street from Wendy’s).Learn more »
• Wednesday: New program. Tea & Topics, 1 p.m., Gypsum Public Library. Call 970-328-8831.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Shaun Evans, director of health and fitness at the Sonnenalp Club, announced today that Suzanne Oliver has joined the team as the mind and body supervisor. Oliver, who has been teaching yoga in the Vail Valley for more than 10 years, specializes in an alignment-based practice stemming from the Anusara method of hatha yoga with teaching anchored around the biomechanics of the body.
“I am thrilled to be a part of such high caliber organization and facility,” Oliver said. “The views alone are over the top and I feel that if you are taking a spin class, yoga class or working out, this facility was created to capture the essence of the valley.”Learn more »
EDWARDS — Area marketing and advertising firm Hill Aevium recently received recognition from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International organization.
Selected from a field of more than 1,300 entries, Hill Aevium was named a 2015 Silver Adrian Award winner in the Direct Mail category for its successful work on the “Grand Junction — Spice Up Your Next Meeting” campaign. Account executive Jill Coyle said the goal of the campaign was to invite Colorado meeting planners to an event showcasing the many amenities and activities offered in Grand Junction.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Rotary Club will sponsor its 18th annual Rubber Duck Race on Labor Day weekend to raise funds for the club’s service projects. Vail Rotary each year partners with nonprofit organizations whose members sell Duck Race tickets. Last year, the Vail Rotary Club gave out more than $17,000 to those nonprofit partners.
This year, Vail Rotary wants to increase the number of nonprofit partners to share in the proceeds from this event. Each partner is paid 60 percent of the funds it raises. The more ducks sold, the more funds each organization can raise. Members of the organizations also participate on race day, helping the hundreds of volunteers who make this event a success.Learn more »
Business name: TurnKey Vacation Rentals.
Location: The company headquarters is in Austin, Texas. The Vail office is located at 2121 N. Frontage Road.Learn more »
VAIL — Martin Haeberle, the town’s chief building official in the Vail Community Development Department, has resigned to take a similar building job with Interwest Consulting Group in Wildomar, California. His last day in Vail is today.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Haeberle was hired by the town in 2007 and has served as the chief building official for the past eight years. During Haeberle’s tenure, he has helped shape numerous developments and implemented many customer service improvements within the department. Examples include the over-the-counter building permit application approval process, special inspection services and the adoption of the most recent International Building Codes.Learn more »
VAIL — Following the response to its 2015 event the Antlers at Vail is hosting its second Pay It Backward event Friday through Sunday.
In the first year of the weekend celebrating nonprofit groups, representatives of 33 Front Range nonprofits accepted the hotel’s offer of two free nights’ lodging and a Saturday night reception with wine and appetizers prepared by Vail catering chef Barry Robinson. That first event was such a success that invitations have been sent out for this year’s weekend — with the list of Colorado nonprofit invitees expanded to 41.Learn more »
Business name: Wellness Collaborative.
Location: Eagle-Vail.Learn more »
• Friday: Zumba Gold, 10:30 a.m., Golden Eagle Senior Center. No sign up necessary. Call 970-328-8896.Learn more »
AVON — There is no question about McCoy resident John Comer’s commitment to preserving local history. Comer, 84, has restored the landmark waterwheel on his ranch three times since 1976, with the most recent restoration last year. If spring run-off on the Colorado River cooperates, the waterwheel, undoubtedly one of the county’s most prominent historic landmarks, should be around for a while longer.
The Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society will honor Comer with the Nimon-Walker Award on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. The award, established in 2001, recognizes individuals and families who have helped preserve the history of Eagle County.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Beer goggles are not a wardrobe accessory, and nothing good can happen if you’re wearing them behind the wheel.
Battle Mountain High School’s third annual Teen Safe Driving Event returned the Thursday before Saturday’s prom.Learn more »
• Wednesday: New program. Tea & Topics, 1 p.m., Gypsum Public Library. Local author Shirley Welch will talk about the Doll family.Learn more »
EAGLE — After a nationwide search, Chad Brue, Frost Creek owner, has announced that Mike Gibbs has been chosen as president and general manager of Frost Creek, located three miles outside of Eagle.
Gibbs is charged with the general management of Frost Creek and all of its operations, including member services, golf, food and beverage, retail, concierge and hospitality.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — April 30 is the deadline for full payment of 2015 property taxes due this year to the Eagle County Treasurer’s Office. However, as the deadline falls on a weekend day, payments received by May 2 or payments delivered with a U.S. Postal Service postmark of May 2 or earlier will be considered on time.
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EAGLE COUNTY — Qualifying households can still apply for a variety of programs to aid with reducing energy bills, home energy upgrades and furnace repairs. Supported by Eagle County Government, Energy Outreach Colorado and the federal government, local organizations are able to provide low-cost or free assistance to county residents who meet predetermined household income thresholds.
• The Low-income Energy Assistance Program is an annual financial assistance program, which runs from November through April, designed to aid in reducing household energy bills by paying a portion of the cost of home heating for qualifying, limited-income households.Learn more »
• Today: Prescription drug take-back event, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 970-328-8896.Learn more »
EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Golf Club will launch a pair summer junior golf programs, announced Ben Welsh, director of the Eagle-Vail Golf Club.
The PGA Junior League and First Tee Junior Golf Camps programs and practices begin May 31, with costs ranging from $20 to $130.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Augustana Care welcomes new campus administrator Dan Shields, who joined Castle Peak in March. Shields will oversee the day-to-day aspects of life at Castle Peak. He will also provide vision and leadership to the community while preparing to welcome the first residents.
Shields brings 26 years of experience to his new position. He earned his certification in nursing home administration and is a fellow at the American College of Health Care Administrators, which is the highest status voting members can attain. Fellowship status is distinguished by professional achievements and service standards well above the ordinary demands of one’s position, according to association guidelines.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The West Avon Preserve opened for biking and hiking on Friday with the caveat that a muddy trail is a closed trail. But trails were far from the only things closing Friday, thanks to a strong storm that brought rain and snow to the valley throughout the day.
After opening in the morning, the West Avon Preserve closed on Friday afternoon.Learn more »
BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announced that its subsidiary, RockResorts, will no longer manage Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The owners of the property (Half Moon Bay Ltd.) and RockResorts have mutually agreed that based on ownership’s goals for the property and RockResorts’ focus on its mountain lodging properties, this is the right direction for both parties.
In connection with this agreement, Half Moon will repay Vail Resorts the amortized key money investment of approximately $4.5 million and will pay Vail Resorts a termination fee of approximately $3.5 million. Vail Resorts owns or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResort brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.Learn more »
EAGLE-VAIL — The Colorado PGA Section, West Chapter announced its annual awards for 2015 in late March, naming Ben Welsh, director of golf for the Eagle-Vail Golf Club, Golf Professional of the Year and Merchandiser of the Year in the Public Facilities category. Welsh currently serves as the secretary of the Colorado Section PGA.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen by my fellow professionals. The West Chapter is made up of great people who are all wonderful golf professionals and I am proud to represent them,” Welsh said.Learn more »
VAIL — The town of Vail is seeking community members to fill two vacancies on the Vail Local Licensing Authority. Applications are due to the town by 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. Applicants will be interviewed by the Town Council at its May 17 afternoon meeting, with appointments to follow at the evening meeting.
The five-member Vail Local Licensing Authority meets the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 10 a.m. in the Vail Town Council chambers. This volunteer board reviews all town of Vail liquor license applications. The two vacancies are for two-year terms ending June 1, 2018.Learn more »
A memorial will be held for Jennifer Erin Pinkus at Donovan Pavilion on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m.
Jennifer “Jen” Pinkus was born on May 9, 1974, to loving and very excited parents, Ralph and Cheryl Pinkus. Born in Washington, D.C., Jen was an adventurous child, climbing play structures and light posts for her first six years before moving to Philadelphia in 1980 with her parents and younger sister, Lauren.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Full body exercise class at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9 a.m. $2 suggested donation. Come try this more challenging class that works on strength, balance, coordination and more. Call 970-328-8896.Learn more »
VAIL — With the resort measuring a 76-inch base on Saturday morning, Vail Mountain is seeing some of its best Easter conditions ever.
On Saturday, as the Easter Bunny hopped around Lionshead Village, holiday celebrations combined with an already celebratory atmosphere — the early morning powder day buzz. Six-year-old Fletcher Taylor wore a GoPro to capture the action of the Lionshead Easter Egg hunt, which saw roughly 300 kids turn out. Some of the 7,300 eggs hidden that morning needed nothing more than the fresh layer of powder that had fallen the night before to be fully hidden from the scores of excited children.Learn more »
Season extension will inconvenience someApril 11, 2016 —
VAIL — There’s no business like snow business — unless you’re a farmer. That means there are times when advance planning goes in the trash in order to react to what nature brings.
This happened at Vail during the past week. Business owners and employees had lunch on March 29 knowing that Vail Mountain would close April 10. Those people had breakfast the next day knowing that the mountain would be open another week, thanks to abundant recent snowfall.
“The snow kept getting better and getting better,” Vail Mountain Executive Vice President and CEO Chris Jarnot said. “We wanted to give our pass holders a chance to enjoy it.”
As of April 1, Vail Mountain reported a 77-inch mid-mountain base. Early last week, the mountain had received more than two feet of snow since March 22, and the snow gauges were reporting another seven inches of new snow since March 30.
“This is one of those great Marches,” Jarnot said. “These don’t come around very often.”
News of the extra week of skiing was welcomed in Vail, but it’s going to take some doing to keep both the town and mountain humming for those extra days.
“It resulted in some changed plans for us,” town of Vail Transit and Parking Manager Mike Rose said. “We’re not going to be fully staffed by any means.”
Still, Rose said, the booths at the town’s Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures will remain staffed 24 hours a day during the extra week, and there may be some adjustments made to bus schedules.
Making the adjustments “wasn’t bad,” Rose said. “But it took us three or four days to figure everything out. We’re going to have to spend some overtime to do it.”
That’s because a number of seasonal employees have already made plans to go on vacation as of April 11. And plane tickets or hotel reservations can be hard to change.
Making An Extra Effort
Local lodges are also putting some extra effort into attracting new visitors for the week.
“They need to be very targeted (in their marketing) — I wouldn’t put a lot of resources into it,” Vail Valley Partnership CEO Chris Romer said. The Partnership, the valley-wide chamber of commerce and a major reservations service, had seen several, but not a lot of, new reservations a few days since the season-extension announcement was made.
That’s been the case at the Antlers Lodge in Lionshead. There, general manager Rob LeVine said that lodge has joined a handful of other properties in town in putting out email blasts to prospective guests.
“When it was first announced, our collective mentality was, ‘Let’s ignore this,’” LeVine said of the extra week. “We stay open anyway.”
But, LeVine said, a bit of a marketing push could bring some new guests to the lodge for the week.
There are some businesses that had planned to close that will stay closed. At Blue Moose Pizza in Lionshead Village, a construction project will start April 11 that will keep the restaurant closed.
We couldn’t open anyway,” said Sarah Franke, director of marketing for Group 970 Restaurants, which owns the Blue Moose locations in Vail and Beaver Creek.
While news of the extra week of skiing was broadly welcomed, some wondered why the announcement couldn’t have come a couple of weeks sooner than it did.
“It’s a great thing for locals and guests, but the timing was kind of questionable,” Vail Mayor and Vendetta’s Restaurant co-owner Dave Chapin said. “It’s a real win-win for the whole valley, but it puts a stress on Vail Village and Lionshead businesses as far as staffing goes.”
Jarnot said the announcement of the extra week was made entirely in response to the snow that kept coming.
“We weren’t planning to extend — we planned to close April 10,” Jarnot said. “But the snow just got so much better.
“There’s lift projects we’d like to start, roads we need to plow and work on Epic Discovery (summer programs) — we’re inconveniencing ourselves, too,” Jarnot said. “But we’re a ski resort — skiing is what we do here.”