VAIL — Beginning Monday, the main entry to the Lionshead parking structure will be closed to all vehicles as construction of a new entry will be taking place throughout the spring and fall. All vehicular access to and from the Lionshead parking structure will be accessible from the lower entry off of East Lionshead Circle. Detour signs will be in place to reroute vehicles.
The project will include replacement of the existing parking booths and construction of an overhead gateway to create a more welcoming arrival. The work will also include operational and circulation efficiencies, with an expanded ticketing plaza, new equipment, a one-way loop configuration in the lower level drop-off and an express pass-holders-only exit at the lowest level.Learn more »
VAIL — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has congratulated Vail Police Department Chief Dwight Henninger and Catholic Charities Regional Coordinator Megan McGee Bonta on being named recipients of the 2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services gives the award annually to honor creative, successful and forward-thinking collaborations between local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
Henninger and Bonta are being recognized for their efforts to advance the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigration Advisory Initiative. The two worked to bring together stakeholders to form the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigration Advisory Committee, which has helped reduce the rate of crime against the immigrant community and increased police-immigrant community trust.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Mountain will host its annual interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 6 a.m. inside at Eagle’s Nest. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open to the public at 5:30 a.m. to transport guests from Lionshead. Free baked goods and beverages will be provided. In addition, there will be two afternoon Easter services outside at Eagle’s Nest: One scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Simonton Deck also known as the Holy Cross observation deck, and one at 2:30 p.m. on the Marketplace deck.
For those planning to attend the Easter sunrise service, the town of Vail is offering free parking for vehicles that enter the Lionshead parking structure after 5 a.m. and depart prior to 10 a.m. Upon departure, attendees should inform the booth attendants they were at the service.Learn more »
BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek Resort’s traditional Easter events take place this weekend on April 19 and 20, including the 22nd annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday followed by the interdenominational sunrise service on Sunday.
The Easter Bunny will be hosting Beaver Creek’s 22nd annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday. The festivities start at 10:30 a.m. in Creekside Park. The Egg Hunt includes 4,000 eggs followed by a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. There will be another opportunity for photos with the Easter Bunny from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday in Beaver Creek Village. Parents should bring a camera and an Easter basket, or use one of the bags provided. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Easter Egg Hunt in waves according to age group.Learn more »
VAIL — Daniel Ritsch, a 15-year Vail Valley resident and Realtor, recently joined Slifer Smith & Frampton. Ritsch will focus on the communities of Eagle and Gypsum.
Born in Aspen, Ritsch graduated from Colorado State University in 1993 with a degree in construction management and a real estate license in the state of Colorado. After working as a superintendent for Village Homes of Colorado and a brief stint as a warranty manager in north Florida, Ritsch returned to Village Homes of Colorado as a purchasing agent in 1996. He moved to the Vail Valley in 1998 and began building and managing real estate portfolios for investors with his company, Creekside Mountain Properties, in Gypsum.Learn more »
On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’re probably also interested in improving your investment environment.
So here are a few suggestions:Learn more »
During the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many within, and outside of our community about what the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships will mean to this sport and this valley, and share with them the vision we have for these championships.
Now, with under 300 days to go until our Opening Ceremonies, it’s so gratifying to see that many of those ideas and concepts that we imagined to be part of our championships are coming to fruition ... and that so many in our community have been a part of helping us to realize that reality!Learn more »
There have been a few letters to the editor recently regarding the Epic Passes, specifically the price of the Epic Pass and “pricing out locals.”
I opine that the Epic Pass is not only a great value, but also a huge boon to business, a massive benefit to visitors and yes, a great thing for locals. I’m an unabashed supporter of the Epic Pass for all these reasons and more.Learn more »
VAIL — Spring Back to Vail concerts are supposed to be fun, a way to draw people to the mountain during the final days of the season. Crowds are usually pretty well-behaved. But the April 12 show by Sound Tribe Sector 9 was an exception to that rule.
Vail police made 11 “custody arrests” from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. “Custody arrests” involve handcuffs, a trip to the police station, fingerprinting and more. The people brought into the station were charged with offenses ranging from public urination to theft to disorderly conduct and trespassing. In one instance, a suspect is accused of kicking out a window on a town bus. Other concert-goers were seen wearing orange traffic cones as hats.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail-Summit Orthopaedics announced this week spine surgeon Dr. Greg Poulter is leaving the practice in June to pursue a new career opportunity with OrthoIndy, a large orthopedic group located in Indianapolis.
Poulter, originally from Utah, joined Vail-Summit in 2008. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery at the University of California in San Francisco.Learn more »
If you can hear it or see it, then flee it or at least take cover. That’s what we are told about lightning, right?
But let’s pretend we saw it and heard it in the distance as we were on a hike in somewhat of a remote wilderness and mountainous area. We saw the collectiveness of darkness in the clouds, saw the brilliant flashes of lightning, felt the wind trailing away from us, and everything seemed like it was OK to continue forward as we were following the storm, not really in its path.Learn more »
VAIL — Town of Vail buses will transition to the spring schedule April 21 as the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season comes to a close. Free parking will also be available in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures to coincide with reductions in bus service.
Here’s a look at the schedule through May 25:Learn more »
VAIL — The town of Vail is sponsoring a neighborhood meeting April 24 to collect suggestions for the renovation of Booth Creek Park. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the nearby Vail Mountain School and kids, parents and other current and future park users are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
Located at 2900 Manns Ranch Road in East Vail, Booth Creek Park is the last of Vail’s six neighborhood parks in line for a major renovation. The town has budgeted $2.4 million over the next four years to improve the quality, character and functionality of the three-acre park to be consistent with the types of recreation facilities available in other neighborhood parks.Learn more »
VAIL — Street sweeping operations will be getting under way in Vail this week and will continue through May 31. Crews will be working eight hours each day, five days a week to complete the sweeping, which includes curbside cinder pick up. Residents are asked to rake the cinders from their yards into the right-of-way and to call the public works department at 970-479-2158 when ready for pick up, then allow a few days for completion.
The cinder pick-up schedule is as follows:Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Here is the worship schedule for Eagle County’s interfaith chapels:
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VAIL — The Dowd Junction recreation trail will reopen for the season by Friday, if weather conditions allow. Opening the trail requires the installation of a wildlife protection screen, which allows for continued use of the trail during the deer migration season.
The recreation trail from Sunburst Drive to East Vail will be plowed open by April 25. Other sections of recreation trails within Vail that are not maintained in winter will reopen as conditions allow, with all paved trails expected to be cleared and open by April 30.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail snowpack levels are at 115 percent of normal, so area property owners are reminded to review their current insurance policies and consider adding flood insurance. According to the town of Vail Public Works Department, spring run-off typically peaks between mid-May and mid-June. A minimum 30-day waiting period may be required before a new flood policy comes into effect.
Floodplain maps are available on the town of Vail website at www.vailgov.com under Vail Information. The maps indicate the approximate floodplain locations in Vail and can be used as a reference for homeowners to determine whether their property is located near a floodplain area. Insurance rates are based on official Flood Insurance Rate Maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Copies of these maps are available for review at the town of Vail Public Works Department, located at 1309 Elkhorn Drive, or may be ordered by calling 1-877-336-2627 or available at msc.fema.gov. The town of Vail is a member of the National Flood Insurance Plan, which allows every property owner in Vail the option to purchase flood insurance, regardless of the property’s location.Learn more »
EAGLE — It was the sheer number of Vail Valley residents traveling east to his Boulder office that indicated to Dr. Matt Ehrlich that Eagle County needed its own full-time eye specialist. While several optometrists provide eye care, eyeglasses and contact lenses, there were no medical doctors in the area specializing in all aspects of eye care, including detection and prevention as well as medical and surgical treatments.
It has now been five years since Ehrlich opened his Eye Center of the Rockies office in Eagle, making it more convenient for patients, eliminating the need to seek services as far away as Denver and Grand Junction. Demand was so great, that he soon opened a second office in Glenwood Springs.Learn more »
VAIL — Housing lottery applications for the town’s master purchaser list are now available on the town’s website, www.vailgov.com or from the Vail Community Development Department, 75 S. Frontage Road. The list will be in effect for one year and used when any existing town-facilitated housing units, such as Vail Commons, Red Sandstone Creek, North Trail Townhomes and Arosa Drive Duplex become available for resale.
Applicants will be placed into tiers based on the number of years they’ve spent working and living in Eagle County, and resale units will be awarded to the top person on the list. Priority will be given to those living and/or working in Vail. None of the 82 qualifying units are currently available for purchase. Application packets for the housing lottery are due by noon on June 5. A lottery is scheduled for 5 p.m. on July 9 and applicants or an applicant’s representative must be present to be eligible for the drawing. The priority list will then be used for all housing units that are resold from July 10 through July 8, 2015.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation has opened the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path for the season. The path runs alongside Interstate 70 through the canyon between Glenwood Springs at mile marker 116.8 and the east end of the canyon, at mile marker 131.
The Department of Transportation closes the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path each winter, when winter maintenance activities on I-70 above can create unsafe conditions on the path. It may be necessary for CDOT to close the path again for the safety of users, depending upon late spring snow and/or high water. For information on road conditions, log on to www.coloradodot.info or call 511 from anywhere in the state.Learn more »
VAIL — Members of the Vail Town Council and Eagle County Commissioners will host one last gathering on Vail Mountain to connect with community members April 11. Skiers and riders are invited to join the elected officials at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village at 10 a.m.
No RSVPs are needed to take part in the ski and ride day. Participants simply need to meet at the base and assume responsibility for their own equipment, lift ticket and lunch. An intermediate ability level is advised.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Chamber & Business Association will host its 2014 Vail Recreation District Board of Directors Candidate Forum April 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. Candidates will answer a series of pre-determined questions as well as questions from the audience.
There are three board seats available this year, and seven candidates: Kevin Foley, Constance Miller, Kimberley Newbury, Robert Oppenheimer, Brian Rodine, Tom Saalfeld and Penny Turilli.Learn more »
BROOMFIELD — Vail’s most historic hotel, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this past year, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort, has announced it will undergo significant renovations this fall, which will debut for the 2014-15 winter season. The property will remain open for business during the renovations, which start in August and end in December, with all hotel amenities accessible to guests including the spa, restaurants and other public areas.
“The Lodge at Vail is a favorite spot among Vail visitors for its unrivaled Vail Village location just steps from the new Gondola One, as well as its alpine chalet charm and impeccable service,” said James O’Donnell, chief operating officer for Vail Resorts Hospitality. “This transformation will bring the iconic boutique hotel to the forefront of Vail’s evolution, providing guests with modern comfort and chic decor.”Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Ann Smead will succeed Tom Washing as head of the Vail Mountain School board of trustees. Anne-Marie Keane will be named vice chair, the board decided.
The changes are effective July 1.Learn more »
VAIL — The Vail Town Council Tuesday appointed members to several of the town’s advisory boards. Here’s a look at who was appointed:
• Art in Public Places: Cookie Flaum, Julie Hansen, Kathy Langenwalter, William Pierce, Kara Woods, Amanda Zinn.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops are again offering grants for local nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located within Eagle County and adjoining communities that provide benefits to Eagle County residents and workers. Vail Valley Cares grants provide funding for organizations that address basic human needs, protect individuals and families, assist individuals and families in achieving self-sufficiency, and promote growth and healthy lifestyles.
Applications for 2014 grants must be completed online. For instructions please visit the website at www.vailvalley cares.com. For assistance please contact Jennie at email@example.com or 970-471-2922. Completed applications are due by the end of the day on April 15.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Brush Creek Dry Goods, a woman’s and mens clothing store, in the Riverwalk complex in Edwards has been selected by the clothing vendor, Tommy Bahama, as one of the premier retailers nation wide and as such has been selected for the Tommy Bahama “Partners in Paradise” program.
Over its 15 years in business in Riverwalk, Brush Creek Dry Goods has been a consistent top retailer of Tommy Bahama items. As a “Partner in Paradise” the store can take advantage of programs including having a site on the Tommy Bahama website’s store locator feature and an “Island Investigator Service” which will search to fill special requests and other offerings.Learn more »
EDWARDS — All Mountain Technologies of Edwards was recently honored as the top “managed service provider” with 10 or fewer employees by MSPmentor, which compiled a list of the nation’s top 100 companies in that business.
According to a release from the company, 2014 looks to be a banner year for All Mountain Technologies. “This is a great honor for AMT and it shows the hard work and dedication that our staff displays everyday. The future is bright here at AMT,” said Rob Bruce, CEO and owner of All Mountain Technologies.Learn more »
BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announced that the Epic Pass is now on sale for the 2014-15 season at epicpass.com. The pass provides unlimited and unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota; and Mt. Brighton in Michigan for the 2014-15 winter season. New this year, the Epic Pass also offers five free consecutive ski days at Niseko United in Japan.
The Epic Pass is $729 for adults and $379 for children (ages 5-12). People can pay $49 by April 13 to lock in the guaranteed lowest price. The remaining amount will be due in mid-September. Purchasers will receive six “Buddy Tickets” this spring and scenic chairlift access at Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe resorts during the summer months.Learn more »
‘Tow plow’ comes to I-70March 11, 2014 —
EAGLE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation will start using cutting-edge technology from its Eastern Plains region on the Interstate 70 corridor in Eagle and potentially Summit counties, perhaps as soon as this week. State crews from Logan County have loaned the mountain corridor a relatively new piece of snow removal equipment called a “tow plow” to help maintenance crews clear snow and ice from the interstate. A tow plow is a trailer that swings out to the side and can plow snow and apply de-icer. It can be pulled by a normal plow truck.
“Our tow plows are able to plow and/or de-ice 24 feet or two lanes of the interstate with one snow plow truck and one employee with a second truck clearing the shoulders,” said Tim Miles, department maintenance superintendent. “By using fewer trucks to plow the same amount of space, we are hoping to use the extra truck for other highways in the area, ultimately increasing our coverage and improving safety during this testing period.”
Give Them Room To Work
When the tow plow is in use, both lanes of I-70 will be blocked and the snow plow will be traveling at 35 mph. Both the snow plow and tow plow will be equipped with flashing lights, and motorists should be prepared for slower travel speeds. Motorists should also stay far back from the plow as it is the safest spot with a clear roadway and increased traction.
“Since this will be the first time I-70 drivers will see this type of equipment, we want to remind them to give the plow extra room to work since it is roughly twice the size of a normal plow,” Miles added.
The first tow plows used in the state were on the eastern plains beginning in the late fall of 2011. After years of increased efficiency and success, the department is now exploring options to use the plows in other areas. The optimal use for a tow plow is on a multi-lane divided highway where traffic is free-flowing. The state has four tow plows based out of Boulder, Morgan, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties.
Department officials remind motorists to be prepared for winter weather when driving in the mountains by visiting www.co trip.org or by calling 511 anywhere in Colorado before heading out. Current road and weather conditions are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also sign up for email and text message alerts by visiting www.coloradodot.info and clicking on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner under the search function. You can then subscribe to any of the lists free of charge (standard text message rates do apply).
Here are a few winter driving tips to remember:
• Be sure to carry plenty of windshield wiper fluid as liquid de-icers may stick to your windshield.
• Let the snowplow drivers do their jobs by giving them extra room and don’t pass on the right.
• Slow down. Even roads that have been treated with liquid de-icers may be slippery.
• Be prepared. Have a scraper, snow brush, coat, hat, gloves, blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, tire chains, matches and nonperishable food in your car.
• Make sure your tires have good tread.