• Today: Blood pressure checks, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11:30 a.m. No sign-up necessary.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — With the early thaw this year, our roadways and medians are already snow-free. This means that the trash and debris that’s been accumulating for months is now front and center, an eye-sore throughout the county. The annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup is a project of the Eagle River Watershed Council and is presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise. This fun community event is the Vail Valley’s way of sprucing up for residents and visitors alike.
This year, the 15th annual event will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 950 volunteers will participate in this annual rite of spring to pick up litter from over 140 miles of Eagle County roadways (Interstate 70 and Highways 6, 24 and 131). Last year, volunteers removed more than 12 tons of trash from roadways.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Public Access TV 5 invites you to participate in an online survey to help the station understand how it might better serve the community.
Public Access TV 5 is a grassroots, nonprofit community access television station carried by the Comcast cable system on channel 5.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Local Rotary clubs are helping provide telemedicine for rural health clinics in Kosovo and received a $10,000 grant to help them fund the project.
The grant is part of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation’s $1 million program to more than 100 charitable organizations around the world.Learn more »
VAIL — Street sweeping operations will be getting underway 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 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 — Eagle County will celebrate the formal grand opening of the Duck Pond Open Space at 3 p.m. on April 22. While Duck Pond has been available for public use since 2011, recently completed improvements include a new boat ramp, parking area, driveway, picnic area and restroom. In addition, a portion of the Eagle Valley Trail has been constructed through the property.
Located on the Eagle River between Gypsum and Dotsero, the 55-acre Duck Pond serves mainly as a takeout for boaters and anglers coming from upstream launch points. A designated area will be available for duck hunting; call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-947-2920 for information on hunting and fishing licenses. The Eagle Valley Land Trust holds a conservation easement, permanently protecting the parcel.Learn more »
VAIL — Town of Vail buses will transition to the spring schedule on Monday as the 2014-15 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.
Vail’s spring bus schedule, Monday-May 24:Learn more »
• Today and Wednesday: No 9, 10 or 11 a.m. exercise classes at the Golden Eagle Senior Center due to instructor vacation. Normal schedule resumes Monday. Call 970-328-8896.Learn more »
VAIL — For the sixth year, the Vail Public Library is offering a “fine free period” that will kick off during National Library Week, taking place Sunday through Saturday, April 18.
To remove at least one of the barriers to returning overdue library materials, Vail Public Library borrowers are encouraged to return their overdue library materials, without penalty or fine, starting Sunday through April 30. Materials returned to either the library or the book drop must be in good condition, but no questions will be asked nor fines assessed.Learn more »
VAIL — The B’nai Vail Congregation Sabbath service and ceremony Remembering Victims of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution on Friday will feature a large display of European remnants of the Holocaust and concentration camps, including ancient scrolls and a Torah.
Peter Vavra will play Yiddish music on the accordion from 5 to 6 p.m. during the display viewing time in the lower level of the Vail Interfaith Chapel. The service commemorating The Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust will begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of six memorial candles in recognition of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and will also include Yiddish songs performed by Maxine Graboyes and Peter Vavra.Learn more »
VAIL — The Gore Valley Trail through Dowd Junction will be reopened for the season by Saturday if weather conditions allow.
In addition to sweeping, cleaning and other repairs, reopening the trail requires the installation of a fabric screen near the Mud Springs Gulch wildlife underpass. The screen hides trail users from migrating deer and elk, and allows the trail to remain open during the spring migration season. After 12 seasons of wear and tear, a new artistic screen is being installed this spring. Working with Art in Public Places, the new screen, designed by local artist Elaine Kuntz, depicts aspen trees through the four seasons.Learn more »
• Friday: Book Lover’s Coffee Klatch at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. This group is for book lovers of all varieties to come together to talk about books, make recommendations and learn about different genres. Coffee and snacks provided.Learn more »
BEAVER CREEK — For the final week of winter operations, Beaver Creek is planning to offer 799 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain on the main mountain, including Rose Bowl and trails accessed from Birds of Prey Lift (No. 9). Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy spring skiing on terrain for all ability levels through closing day Sunday.
The following lifts will operate during the final week of the season:Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort announced Monday the operating dates for the resorts’ 2015-16 ski and snowboard seasons.
Opening Day at Vail will be Nov. 20 and Opening Day at Beaver Creek will be Nov. 25. Both resorts plan to close two weeks after the Easter holiday, on Sunday, | April 10.Learn more »
SILVERTHORNE — Colorado’s landscape industry association, the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, announced the recipients of its first annual Elevating the Landscape Industry through Excellence awards that honor outstanding achievement within the profession. ELITE awards not only honor quality workmanship, but also a company’s commitment to innovation, environmental stewardship and community service.
Eight landscape companies and two individual landscape professionals received awards at the ELITE ceremony held March 5. Categories include: sustainability, innovation, community stewardship, installation/construction, irrigation management, maintenance, and customer service.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Julia Kozusko, known for bringing parenting to new heights through educational classes, coaching and parent trainings, is the new executive director of Early Childhood Partners. Kozusko has been part of the group for eight years.
“I am really excited about this new role, taking on new challenges and continuing to share the importance of early childhood,” Kozusko said. “Early Childhood Partners works with teachers, child care providers and, of course, parents in helping create the best environment possible for kids to learn, play and ultimately succeed.”Learn more »
AVON — Bright Future Foundation in Avon recently added Holly Kasper-Blank as its new sustainability program manager. Each year, the nonprofit assists more than 600 individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault within Eagle County. Kasper-Blank researches funding opportunities for Bright Future’s prevention, advocacy, crisis intervention and recovery services to help empower those individuals.
“A majority of our financing comes from government and foundation grants, so it is crucial for us to have Holly on staff to research and write grants,” said executive director Sheri Mintz. “We also receive a large amount of funding from individuals, businesses and organizations in our community, and Holly interacts with those contributors.”Learn more »
VAIL — Housing lottery applications for the town of Vail’s master purchaser list are now available on the town’s website at www.vailgov.com or from the community development department, located at 75 South 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 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. Currently none of the 82 qualifying units are available for purchase.Learn more »
VAIL — Vail Mountain has announced the appointment of Mike Jackson to the position of director of mountain planning for Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort. Jackson will assume responsibility for Tom Allender, who has been involved in mountain planning at Vail since 1979 and will officially retire at the end of the year. Jackson began transitioning into the role on March 9 and is responsible for annual operating plans with the U.S. Forest Service, environmental permitting, on-mountain planning and a myriad of other duties associated with the resorts.
“We are excited to have Mike on board as the new director of mountain planning for Vail and Beaver Creek following Tom Allender’s retirement at the end of the year,” said Tim Beck, vice president of mountain development at Vail Resorts. “Tom has had a truly distinguished career at Vail Resorts for more than 35 years and will help to ensure a smooth transition for this important role at the resorts. Given Mike’s familiarity with the company, the Vail Valley, and the local and regional governing bodies, he is the perfect person to take on this role.”Learn more »
VAIL — An overview of spring construction projects in Vail will be presented during the town’s annual construction season kick-off meeting from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Donovan Pavilion, 1600 S. Frontage Road. Contractors, architects, merchants, residents and others with an interest in the upcoming construction projects are encouraged to attend.
Several major public and private construction projects will be taking place this spring with impacts to the Vail Village, Lionshead and Ford Park areas, in particular. Project schedules, construction staging parameters, noise allowances and contractor parking information will be discussed by representatives from the Public Works and Fire departments at the meeting. Also, details on the town’s new electronic plan review software, contractor’s registration requirements, inspection schedules and stream tract restrictions will be available as well as other information and announcements from the town’s Community Development Department.Learn more »
• Wednesday: Blood pressure/blood sugar checks by Eagle County Paramedics, 11 a.m.Learn more »
VAIL — “Remember that guy who gave up? No one else does either.”
These are the words on Bill Schane’s Pink Vail fundraising page. He posts similar daily motivators on his website, “Don’t Go It Alone.” Schane is a man of guiding principles. And they’re getting him through some pretty rough patches, including a fight for his life.Learn more »
AVON — Spa Anjali at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa recently announce that it has been honored with a “Top 10 Green Spa Award” for 2015 by Organic Spa Magazine.
Spa highlights include a saline swimming pool and a living wall of succulent plants that adorn the spa entrance, improving air quality and adding to a peaceful, stress-reducing environment. Spa Anjali uses only organic and natural treatment products and sources locally whenever possible. The spa boutique selects companies that align with its sustainable goals, such as Eminence Skincare, which has planted 1,631 trees on behalf of Spa Anjali.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — High school students in Eagle County have an opportunity to learn outdoors while being paid and earning college credit this summer.
With funding from the National Forest Foundation and the Ski Area Conservation Fund supported by Vail Resorts, Walking Mountains Science Center is offering 12 high school students a paid internship to spend eight weeks participating in a field research project with the U.S. Forest Service.Learn more »
AVON — The Eagle River Water and Sanitation District is putting three trucks, a snowmobile and a vending machine up for sale using the Public Surplus online auction service. Bidding closes at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
“We actively manage our fleet by scheduling vehicles and heavy equipment for replacement on a rotating basis,” said director of operations Todd Fessenden. “As a local government, we focus on delivering water and wastewater services at a reasonable cost to our taxpayers and ratepayers.”Learn more »
AVON — The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch at Beaver Creek is offereing a spring break special for Colorado residents. The hotel has launched a 50 percent savings on both available room rates at www.ritzcarlton.com and the valet parking/daily resort fee. To reserve, call Katherine Krempasky, 970-343-1011 and mention the special offer. Participants must show valid Colorado ID or driver’s license upon arrival to receive the special rate.
Through April 5, travelers can try experiences including snowshoeing tours led by Ranger Jackie, the resort Naturalist; no experience is necessary and the hotel provides the gear. For guests who enjoy apres ski, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has options including the outdoor Snow Bar by Spago, which serves champagne, wine and bloody marys. The Bachelors Lounge offers staff-led pairing classes like beer and cheese, the wine of the week and even the art of making craft cocktails. Attendees learn new tips and tricks, and also have the pleasure of mingling with others.Learn more »
EDWARDS — Hill Aevium, an Edwards-based advertising and marketing company, recently announced the addition of account executive Jill Coyle and account coordinator Josh Ruark.
“We are excited to bring Jill and Josh on as they bring an exciting and fresh prospective to the agency,” said Linda Hill, president of Hill Aevium. “We are a creative-based firm, working on integrated marking and advertising campaigns. We work closely with clients to drive brand awareness and it is thrilling to collaborate with these two on projects to bring new concepts and ideas.”Learn more »
This winter, Vail and Beaver Creek hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships for a third time. The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum has opened its ski racing archives to tell stories that connect the dots between today’s spectacular made-for-TV competitions and their humble beginnings. This series will feature many of the significant milestones, instigated here in Colorado by individuals now enshrined in the Hall of Fame, which helped shape skiing and international racing. When you are in Vail Village, stop by the museum for a trip through skiing’s past. For more information, go to www.skimuseum.net.
The World Pro Skiing Tour was instrumental in popularizing the sport of Alpine Skiing in the 1970s and ’80s. Headed by ski aficionado Bob Beattie, WPS was designed to attract a fan following. It featured an easy to understand head-to-head race format, a national telecast, and colorful characters that enraptured America. Beattie was more than successful, and alpine skiing prospered. As America’s eye focused more and more on the popular winter pastime, it also brought increased investment and invention. Skis changed, safety increased and even on-course technology improved. American ingenuity was released on the hill.Learn more »
EAGLE COUNTY — Each April, following the end of ski season and as the spring melt gets underway, trash and debris emerges from under the many layers of snow. The Community Pride Highway Cleanup is a project of the Eagle River Watershed Council and is presented by Vail Resorts EpicPromise. This fun, community event is our valley’s way of sprucing up for residents and visitors alike.
This year, the 15th annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup will take place April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 950 volunteers will join in on this annual rite of spring to pick up litter from more than 140 miles of Eagle County roadways (Interstate 70 and U.S. Highways 6, 24 and 131). Local businesses, organizations, families and friends form teams, each responsible for cleaning up a 1- or 2-mile stretch of road.Learn more »
Eagle County senior community calendarMarch 16, 2015 —
• Today: Non-medical foot care at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9-11 a.m. First come, first served. No pre sign-up necessary. Call 970-328-8896 with questions.
• Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 p.m.
• Monday: Shopping trip to Glenwood Springs. Bus will leave the Golden Eagle Senior Center at 10 a.m. Please call 328-8896 to sign up — space is limited.
• March 30: 2-4 p.m. Eagle Valley Senior Life and the Alpine Arts Center have teamed up to offer a fun with clay. An instructor will guide you through a step-by-step demonstration of the afternoon’s clay hand-building project. Tea and snacks provided; beer/wine available for purchase. Cost is $25 per person. To register, contact Wendy Miller at 970-977-0188 by March 23. Transportation available.
Ongoing weekly activities
• Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 p.m. A caring and friendly place for seniors to connect with others. Balance exercises, culinary creations, music and more. Drop in for some or all of the time. Held at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. For schedule of activities, go to www.evslife.org or call 970-977-0188.
• Full body fitness exercise class, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle. A full body workout incorporating both seated and standing activities. Variety will be offered with hand weights, resistance tubing/bands, circuit training, balance and coordination challenges, and cardiovascular training. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Senior lunch, noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, $3 suggested donation for diners 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available. Call 970-328-8896 for reservations and information.
• Seated stretch and strengthen exercise class, 11 a.m. to noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. A fully seated class, incorporating general stretching and strengthening for both upper and lower extremities. Hand weights and resistance tubing/bands will be incorporated, as will seated balance activities to help engage the core. There will be some limited cardiovascular work in this class as well. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Non-medical foot care (toenail trimming and foot soaks) at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Third Tuesday of each month from 9-11 a.m. Call 970-328-8896 for more info.
• Transportation for errands (bank, post office, etc.). Bus leaves the Golden Eagle at 2 p.m. for this service. 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 for more information.
• Water aerobics class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. $5 drop in rate. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m. at VSSA/ Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. $2 per meal for those 60 or older. Call 970-328-8831 for reservations.
• 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 exercise class, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Golden Eagle. A full body workout incorporating both seated and standing activities. Variety will be offered with hand weights, resistance tubing/bands, circuit training, balance and coordination challenges, and cardiovascular training. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Snowshoeing each Wednesday. Be ready to go by 10 a.m. Snowshoes are provided. Make sure to have layered clothing to address the weather. All levels are welcome.
• Poker game at the Golden Eagle on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m.
• Strong People progressive weight training class, 11 at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, $2 suggested donation per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 p.m. Held at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. For schedule of activities, go to www.evslife.org or call 970-332-5355.
• Senior lunch, 12 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, $3 suggested donation for people 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available. Call 970-328-8896 for reservations.
• Senior crochet group, 1 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Come join us as we make blankets for local infants and young children. Yarn provided.
• Grocery shopping, bus leaves the Golden Eagle at 1 p.m. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Water aerobics class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. $5 drop in rate. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.
• Parkinson Support Group, held the fourth Thursday of every month at Trinity Church in Edwards from 5-6 p.m. This meeting is for Parkinson patients as well as their family and friends who are looking for support and resources in a fun and uplifting atmosphere. Meetings include some type of educational presentation.
• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m. at VSSA/Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, $2 fee per meal for those 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available, depending on location. Call 970-328-8831 for reservations.
• Book Lovers Coffee Klatch, held the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. This group is for book lovers to come together to talk about books, make recommendations, and learn about different genres. Coffee and snacks provided.
Golden Eagle Senior Center: 715 Broadway Eagle, 970-328-8896.
Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center (VSSA building): 1951 Highway 24 Minturn, 970-328-8831.