Announcements

Vail cops host free safety training Tuesday in Vail

July 25, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail Police Department, in partnership with the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, a nonprofit institute, is sponsoring another free public safety training Tuesday to help law enforcement enhance community safety in preparation for the 2015 Vail-Beaver Creek FIS Alpine World Ski Championships being held Feb. 2-15.

The “Securing the Slopes” workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Vail Public Library Community Room. The session follows an earlier workshop held in April that quickly reached capacity. The workshop is limited to the first 45 participants.

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Top knee surgeons gather for Vail conference

July 25, 2014 — 

VAIL — Nearly 100 medical professionals from around the world came to the Vail Valley last week to attend one of the world’s first conferences based solely on complex knee surgeries. The first annual Vail International Complex Knee Symposium, sponsored by Smith and Nephew and hosted by The Steadman Clinic, Steadman Philippon Research Institute and Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, was held July 17-18 at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

The symposium was unique in that, in addition to lectures regarding complex knee issues, expert surgeons performed several live surgical demonstrations to aid in the learning process. The faculty included 25 of the top complex knee surgeons from every continent.

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Annual RiverFest returns Aug. 9

July 23, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council has announced that RiverFest 2014, presented by Oldcastle Materials Southwest Group, will return Aug. 9. The theme of this annual float is “Discover Your Rivers” and the event is a way for river users of all ages to connect to their local waterways as well as other river enthusiasts.

Eagle County has made much progress in the past few years acquiring and constructing new access points along the Upper Colorado River. The RiverFest float will launch at Red Dirt Creek and take out at the Horse Creek boat ramp at Colorado River Ranch.

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The deadline for Minturn scholarships approaching

July 23, 2014 — 

MINTURN — If you’re a Minturn resident planning on attending school at a college, university or a technical/trade school, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Minturn Education Fund.

The application deadline is July 31. Application materials can be found at minturn.org.

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Dynamic Skiing clinics return this winter season

July 22, 2014 — 

VAIL — Margaret McIntyre has been helping people become better skiers for years, and the longtime ski instructor will be bringing her special form of training back to Vail and Beaver Creek this coming winter.

Her program, Dynamic Skiing, features on-snow instruction as well as a mind-body system that aims to directly enhance ski performance and confidence. McIntyre teaches the Feldenkrais Method, a simple form of sensory motor learning. Through indoor exercises, the method uses awareness to stimulate the sensory system in the brain with new information, and new actions are created. As participants understand their own pattern movements and unlearn debilitating habits in the way they move and ski, new and more efficient patterns emerge. Then, participants take their newfound learning onto the slopes with a group of hand-picked instructors.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

July 21, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Blood Pressure and blood sugar checks by Eagle County Paramedics. 11 Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center.

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Wagenknecht joins team at Vail Real Estate Group

July 18, 2014 — 

VAIL — Longtime local luxury homebuilder and real estate consultant Eric Wagenknecht has joined Vail Real Estate Group in Cordillera.

A longtime resident of the Vail Valley, Wagenknecht specializes in luxury properties and new projects.

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Hospice volunteer training to be held in Glenwood Springs

July 16, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Hospice of the Valley will host comprehensive training sessions for volunteers in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties on Monday, Wednesday, July 28 and July 30 at Good Shepherd Church, 1630 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.

The four required evening sessions, to occur on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m., are offered to participants who would like to be of comfort to those with a terminal illness.

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Vail neighborhood picnics begin July 22

July 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail’s 15th annual neighborhood picnic series has two events this year. The first is Tuesday at Bighorn Park in East Vail. The second is Aug. 12 at Donovan Pavilion. Each picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free food and drink provided by the town on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnics provide residents an opportunity to offer comments and suggestions about community issues.

The picnic Tuesday at Bighorn Park will be hosted by the Vail Town Council and representatives from the public works department. Picnickers will hear information on the upcoming USA Pro Challenge Time Trial stage to be held in Vail Aug. 23 and “Love Vail,” the town’s public awareness campaign in support of the new recycling ordinance.

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Vail Resorts wins award for Epic Race

July 16, 2014 — 

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts was awarded Best Overall Use of Social Media by an Attraction in the 2014 Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel and Tourism (SMITTY) Awards. The award recognizes the company’s Epic Race to Ski the World and the engagement that the program drove across several of Vail Resorts’ social media channels.

Each year, the Travel + Leisure SMITTY awards recognize companies in the travel and tourism industry that use social media in the best and most innovative ways. A jury of digital insiders and travel professionals reviewed hundreds of submissions and named winners and runners-up in 30 categories.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

July 14, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesday: No 11 a.m. exercise class today. Class will resume as normal next Tuesday.

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Vail Daily column: What is your passion?

July 13, 2014 — 

There are many things we think are important in life. I believe the most important, is to find our God-given passion. It is our center and the core of what drives us. We need to make sure that passion is an integral part of our life. I see so many people missing the boat. Why? Don’t miss out; stand strong in who you are! Discover and do what you love. Your life will be more successful, enriched and fulfilled if you do!

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Jeff Sage joins NAI Mountain Commercial team

July 12, 2014 — 

AVON — NAI Mountain Commercial has announced that Jeff Sage joined the firm as a development specialist and broker. In this role, he will bring his expertise in development and construction.

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Vail’s Leever named to board of U.S. Ski Team foundation

July 12, 2014 — 

PARK CITY, Utah — The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation has named two new members to its board of trustees.

Joining the board are Daniel Leever, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Vail, and Lynn D. Bleil, of Park City, Utah. The announcement was made by Foundation President Greg Boester, an Olympic ski jumper who took over board leadership last summer.

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‘Survivor’ auditions will be held in Vail in August

July 11, 2014 — 

VAIL — Do you think you have what it takes to be on the show “Survivor”? If so, then register for the Vail “Survivor” open call on Aug. 16. Camera crews will capture each potential contestant’s best 60 seconds on video.

Guarantee a spot for the casting call by registering at http://denver.cbslocal.com/sign-up-for-the-survivor-casting-call/. All registrants will have an opportunity to participate in the open call and further information will be sent on or around Aug. 1.

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SteamMaster wins national business ethics recognition

July 11, 2014 — 

MINTURN — Win a national business ethics award and your photo lights up Times Square, which is good.

That means you’ve been recognized for business excellence by the national Better Business Bureau, which is better.

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Davis joins Eagle County Republicans’ executive committee

July 10, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Glenn Davis was recently elected to the executive committee of the Eagle County Republican Central Committee. Davis, chief retail officer of Alpine Bank, graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in history and has been with the bank since 1988.

Davis devotes much of his time serving local and statewide nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as the president of the board of trustees of Colorado Mountain College,and is chairman of the board of directors for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

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Vail Valley-based Cycle Effect ‘official cause’ of Xterra event

July 10, 2014 — 

BEAVER CREEK — Rally4 has joined forces with Xterra to raise funds and awareness for The Cycle Effect, whose mission is to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking, at this year’s Xterra Mountain Championship on July 19 and 20 at Beaver Creek.

The organizations will showcase the positive impact The Cycle Effect is having on Eagle and Summit County youth to the like-minded crowd at Xterra with one-on-one and group meetings at the event expo, and will be fully integrated into the race atmosphere by manning aid stations, volunteering, helping with the kids races and sharing their success stories.

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NFL legend Bruce Smith to appear at Vail event

July 10, 2014 — 

VAIL — Bruce Smith, an NFL Hall of Fame member, will be a special guest to honor Dr. Richard Steadman at Rock the Research on Monday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

This year’s event, featuring Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker, will benefit the research and educational programs of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

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Rabid bats found in Eagle County

July 10, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Two instances of community members and pets coming into contact with bats have been reported to Eagle County officials in the past week and both bats have tested positive for rabies. The bats were found in Beaver Creek and Eagle and are the first laboratory-confirmed cases of animal rabies in the county this year. All known individuals with possible contact have been notified.

Bats consume thousands of tons of night-flying insects annually and are beneficial to a healthy ecosystem. However, Eagle County Public Health Director Jennifer Ludwig says bats may carry diseases that can spread to people and pets, so it’s important to avoid contact with them. While most bats do not carry rabies, grounded or easily handled bats or other wild animals are most likely sick or injured and should be avoided by untrained people.

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White elected president of Red Ribbon Foundation

July 9, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Do you want to volunteer for a nonprofit but not sure where to find one that matches your interests and skills? Have you thought of using Craig’s List? Monica White found The Listen Foundation, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides therapy for the deaf and hearing impaired, in just that way. And luckily she found Red Ribbon Project soon after she and her husband, Dan, moved from Denver to Eagle County.

White has recently been elected president of the board of Red Ribbon Project, after serving as treasurer since 2012. White replaced Kendra Cowles, who served as president for four years and as a board member for three years. For both nonprofits, The Listen Foundation and Red Ribbon Project, White brings a unique skill set of accounting and a desire to participate in a nonprofit that fulfills a need, serving kids and the community.

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Benway joins Family Learning Center of Edwards

July 9, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Carrie Benway has accepted the position of program development specialist at The Family Learning Center of Edwards.

The Family Learning Center provides a year-round, high-quality preschool (8 weeks-6 years old) program that builds a solid foundation of the skills and experiences that are the most predictive of future success in school and in life. Benway will focus on adding enrichment programs to the current curriculum through local partnerships and program design, development and increasing awareness of the high quality programs at The Family Learning Center.

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Advocate recognized for work with Eagle County domestic violence victims

July 8, 2014 — 

AVON — Hope Flores, a victim advocate at Bright Future Foundation in Avon, has been awarded the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Victim Advocate.

She accepted the award at the Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference in Vail in June. The conference is a joint effort of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

July 7, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Tina Wells from Alzheimer’s Association will speak on “Long Distance Caregiving” at the monthly Caregiver Support Group meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.

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Westin names new food and beverage boss

July 2, 2014 — 

AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain recently announced that it has hired Jayden Callahan to serve at the director of food and beverage at the resort.

Callahan will oversee all operations at Maya, The Westin Riverfront’s modern Mexican kitchen and tequileria, the Lift, which serves breakfast and lunch daily, the Lobby Bar and a new full-service Starbucks opening in August. In addition, she will oversee all food and beverage offerings in the resort’s more than 7,500 square feet of banquet and meeting space, including the 4,000 square foot Riverside Ballroom, and the 2,000 square foot outdoor banquet terrace.

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Divya joins Ron Byrne sales team

July 2, 2014 — 

VAIL — Ron Byrne and Associates has announced the addition of Sara Divya to its sales team.

Divya grew up in the Vail Valley and brings more than 17 years experience in luxury real estate sales, including over 100 transactions and several years ranked as a top-producing broker at previous agencies. Divya was raised in a real estate environment, as her father was a founding managing real estate broker for Vail Associates. Later he managed his own brokerage where he mentored Sara early in her career.

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Dinner honors Israel lacrosse team

July 2, 2014 — 

VAIL — Israel’s national lacrosse team makes its Vail debut Thursday in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout.

On Friday, Chabad Jewish Center will host a Community Shabbat Dinner to welcome the special visitors from Israel at the Antlers at Vail.

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Firefighters contain blaze near Bond

July 2, 2014 — 

BOND — On Saturday, Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke on Copper Spur Road in Bond.

Upon arrival, Chief Brita Horn and Rock Creek volunteers along with community members began suppressing the fire with water and hand tools while other agencies were dispatched. Due to the increase in winds, the main fire caused six spot fires. Other agencies arrived on scene and began to extinguish the fire in fir trees, cottonwood trees and pinyon and juniper which was thick with live and dead timber. The fire was also burning in a drainage with steep terrain that was challenging to access.

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Town of Vail holiday schedule announced

July 2, 2014 — 

VAIL — Most town of Vail municipal offices will be closed Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. However, the Police Records Office in the Municipal Building will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Independence Day. The office is available for front counter service and is open Monday through Saturday each week; closed Sundays.

Regular office hours for all remaining town services will resume Monday. Transit services will operate uninterrupted throughout the holiday. Call 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

June 30, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

Wednesday: Free lunch at the Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11:30 a.m. Call 970-328-8831 to make a reservation.

Thursday: Strong People weight training class, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11 a.m. $2 per class.

Friday: Fourth of July barbecue and potluck, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 12 p.m. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up and indicate what you’ll be bringing.

Monday: Shopping trip to Walmart in Avon. Bus will leave the Golden Eagle Senior Center at 10 a.m. and will return approximately around noon or 1. Call 970-328-8896.

July 8: Tina Wells from Alzheimer’s Association will speak on “Long Distance Caregiving.” 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call Pat at 970-328-8831.

Ongoing weekly activities

Mondays

• Senior Spot for engaging activities and socialization, 1 to 4 p.m. Eagle River Presbyterian Church

• Full body fitness class, 9 to 10 a.m., Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle. Call 970-328-8896.

Tuesdays

• Senior lunch, noon, Golden Eagle Senior Center, $3 suggested donation Call 970-328-8896.

• Seated stretch and strengthen exercise class, 11 a.m. to noon, Golden Eagle Senior Center. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896.

• Transportation for errands. Bus leaves Golden Eagle at 2 p.m. Call 970-328-8896.

• Joint Relief Water Class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Avon Recreation Center. $2 per class. Call 970-328-8831.

• Water aerobics class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. $5 drop in rate. Call 970-328-8896.

Wednesdays

• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m., Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. $2 per Call 970-328-8831.

• Nordic Walking at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 10 a.m.

• Chair Yoga at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11 a.m. Free.

• Grocery shopping, bus leaves Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.

• Full body fitness class, 9 to 10 a.m, Golden Eagle. Call 970-328-8896.

• Poker game at the Golden Eagle on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursdays

• Senior Spot for engaging activities and socialization, 1 to 4 p.m., Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 977-0188.

• Senior lunch, noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, Call 970-328-8896.

• Non-medical foot care (toenail trimming and foot soaks) at the Golden Eagle Senior Center – Third Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 970-328-8896.

• Senior crochet group, 1 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center.

• Water aerobics class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. $5. Call 970-328-8896.

Fridays

• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m., Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. Call 970-328-8831.

Locations

Golden Eagle Senior Center: 715 Broadway Eagle, 970-328-8896.

Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center (VSSA building): 1951 Highway 24 Minturn, 970-328-8831.

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