Announcements

Cohen Construction Inc. earns ‘aging-in-place’ designation

February 27, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Jeff Cohen, of Cohen Construction Inc., is now one of a group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place designation, identifying him as a building professional with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.

The National Association of Homebuilders, in partnership with the AARP and the Home Innovation Research Labs, created the program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging-in-place.

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Young professionals group elects new president, officers

February 27, 2015 — 

VAIL — After two years establishing a presence in the community, the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association recently elected new officers.

Travis Coggin was elected president, succeeding Dan Reynolds. Patti Liermann was elected vice president, taking over for Michael Holton. Miki Barros remains secretary and Sara Fahrney retained the position of treasurer.

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Comments sought about Colorado River permits

February 27, 2015 — 

KREMMLING — The Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is seeking public comment regarding 10 new commercial special recreation permit applications and five permit modifications for the Upper Colorado River Corridor and surrounding areas within Grand, Eagle and Summit counties.

The bureau accepted permit applications for specific niches from June 1 to Dec. 31. The bureau ranks permit applications using specific criteria, including type and quality of customer service, experience, business plan and overall quality of the application. New permit applications under consideration are:

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Keller Williams honors agent Michael Routh

February 26, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — During the recent Keller Williams annual Family Reunion Convention held in Orlando, Florida, many achievement awards were distributed, particularly to the Keller Williams Mountain Properties office in the Vail Valley. Local real estate agent Michael Routh was awarded the No. 2 spot in the Colorado Region for Gross Commission Income.

Other Gross Commission Income top performers from Keller Williams Mountain Properties are:

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Coldwell Banker honors top producers

February 26, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Two longtime Coldwell Banker brokers in the Vail Valley were honored Feb. 21 at the annual Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage awards banquet held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Out of 1,100 agents statewide, Diana Meehan was honored as the 10th best producer (by gross commission income) while Kathy Cole was awarded as the No. 3 real estate broker overall for 2014.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has been the top real estate company in Colorado for the past 16 years. Cole and Meehan are part of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Devonshire luxury brand, Coldwell Banker Devonshire in Vail.

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Eagle River Fire chief honored

February 26, 2015 — 

AVON — In a recent ceremony during the monthly meeting of the Eagle River Fire Protection District board of directors, Chief Karl Bauer was presented the Patriot Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for supporting employees participating in the National Guard and Reserve.

The award was presented by retired U.S. Army Col. Lou Brackett, who thanked Bauer on behalf of the United States Department of Defense and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for “contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participating in America’s National Guard and Reserve force.”

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Vail Valley businesses sought for career fair

February 24, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle County Schools, Vail Valley Rotary Clubs and the Vail Valley Partnership are seeking businesses to participate in the Eagle County Career Fair for students and business. They are looking for 100 companies to be part of this event. Exhibitor space is limited. The fair will take place April 7.

This year, a number of changes are being implemented that will increase total student attendance and involvement.

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County one of 27 to get healthcare grant

February 24, 2015 — 

DENVER — The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced it has granted $135,000 to 27 organizations statewide to participate in the 2015 Health Equity Learning Series. The funds will allow grantees to host events in their own communities to live-stream health equity presentations simultaneously taking place in Denver.

‘Increase Awareness of Health Equity’

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Eagle County senior community calendar

February 23, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Medical foot care with podiatrist Dr. Brian Maurer, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 2:15 p.m. This is charged just like an office visit, so bring your Medicare or insurance card. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up.

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Vertical Express event returns to Vail this weekend

February 19, 2015 — 

VAIL — Can Do MS’s annual skiing extravaganza known as Vertical Express is returning to Vail this weekend. Skiers and riders can join together and participate in a variety of family-friendly, on-snow events to support Can Do MS’s lifestyle empowerment programs. The Vertical Express Vail event will take place on Vail Mountain on Saturday. The Vail event is just one of five Vertical Express events being hosted at ski resorts across North America this season.

Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to explore the entire mountain, participate in on-snow challenges and ski racing fans can test their speed at the Epic Mix Race Course. The event raises funds for Can Do MS, a locally based nonprofit and innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that help families living with MS. Since its inception in 1985, Vertical Express for Can Do MS has raised more than $11 million and Can Do MS hopes to raise $50,000 at this year’s Vail event.

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Vail Valley Bizwatch: Intercept Insight offers marketing research insights

February 18, 2015 — 

Business name: Intercept Insight, LLC.

Location: Avon.

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Edwards Station opens new car wash expansion

February 18, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Edwards Station has completed a $2 million expansion, including the installation of the new high-tech Diamond Shine Express Wash. According to a release, the car wash has tripled its volume while delivering superior results.  

The new attended tunnel-style car wash was designed to meet the increased service demands at Edwards Station. The computer-aided wash uses soft foam brushes and rollers, along with reformulated, green soaps to better remove magnesium chloride in the winter and insects in the summer.

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Kip Tingle hired as Vail Rec District’s new race coordinator

February 18, 2015 — 

VAIL — The Vail Recreation District recently announced the hiring of Kip Tingle to the Sports Department. Tingle moved to Vail in 2004 and has worked for the Vail Daily in many capacities for the past 10 years, most recently as sales manager.

As sports coordinator for the Vail Recreation District, Tingle’s responsibilities will include race director for the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Race Series, managing adult recreation leagues and developing skills and promoting sportsmanship in the youth programs.

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Music facility: Good plan, wrong location?

February 18, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Peter and Cathy Halstead believe they’ve found the right place for a small facility dedicated to the love of classical music. Their neighbors aren’t so sure.

The Halsteads have proposed a classical music education and small performance facility called Tippet Rise. The facility would be on a portion of their ranch about 6 miles up Lake Creek Road. Several neighbors turned out Wednesday at a meeting of the Eagle County Planning Commission to question the facility’s impact on the area.

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Local broker launches new initiative for young agents

February 17, 2015 — 

VAIL — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties has announced the formation of a local REthink Council, an initiative that will bring together innovative young brokers, top producing brokers and affiliates across the real estate market.

The council aims to bridge communication gaps with agents, affiliates and consumers of all ages and provide feedback to company leadership. Through regular meetings and events, the council will create opportunities for robust discussion and networking among peers.

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Alpine Bank promotes Gearhart

February 17, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Alpine Bank in the Vail Valley recently promoted Zane Gearhart to the role of banking officer in its Vail branch.

Gearhart grew up in Wheat Ridge, near Denver. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and resource economics and a master’s degree in business management from Colorado State University. Joining the Alpine Bank team in 2013 as a management trainee, Gearhart enjoys meeting new people and finding the best solutions for Alpine Bank customers.

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Vail seeks volunteers for board vacancies

February 17, 2015 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail is seeking community members to fill vacancies on three citizen boards. Openings exist on the Planning and Environmental Commission, Design Review Board and Art in Public Places Board. Applications for all vacancies are due to the town by 5 p.m. Friday, March 6.

The Vail Town Council will conduct interviews during its work session on March 17, with appointments to follow at its evening meeting. The terms become effective April 1 and expire March 31, 2017. Send letters of interest and experience to: Vail Town Council, Attn. Patty McKenny, Town Clerk, 75 S. Frontage Road, Vail, CO 81657, drop them by in person or email them to pmckenny@vailgov.com.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

February 16, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Non-medical foot care at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 9 to 11:30 a.m. First come, first served. Please allow at least 30 minutes of possible wait time. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.

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Vail Resorts Retail stores raise more than $51,000

February 14, 2015 — 

VAIL — The 14 shops affiliated with Vail and Beaver Creek Sports combined to raise a total of $51,196 for local nonprofit Vail Valley Charitable Fund as a part of Vail Resorts Retail’s 17th annual EpicPromise Holiday Giving Campaign. The holiday campaign that ran from Thanksgiving through early January encouraged holiday shoppers to donate to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, an organization that provides assistance to individuals who live and work in Eagle County and are experiencing financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness.

‘Thankful for Everyone who Gave’

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Valley hospice volunteer training set for March 7

February 14, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Hospice of the Valley will host comprehensive training sessions for volunteers in Eagle County on March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again on March 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. The 12 hours of preparation, combined within the Saturday and Sunday sessions, is required to meet compliance standards of the nonprofit organization. The direct-care training is provided to prospective Hospice of the Valley volunteers who would like to be of comfort to those with a terminal illness.

Training topics will include: dispelling hospice myths, how to be a good listener, care and comfort measures, guidelines for spiritual care, family systems and understanding grief and bereavement. Gail Britt, volunteer coordinator and chaplain of Hospice of the Valley Edwards, will facilitate the training.

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Wedding planner earns national honor

February 11, 2015 — 

VAIL — WeddingWire, an online wedding marketplace, named Mountains and Meadows Weddings and Events as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015 for Wedding Planning in the Colorado High Country.

DEMONSTRATING EXCELLENCE

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Local surgeon earns new certification for hands

February 11, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Dr. Erik Dorf, of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, has earned an additional certification known as the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand. This acknowledgment is reserved for board-certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated qualifications in hand surgery beyond those expected of other hand surgeons by virtue of additional training, a diverse and complex practice and ongoing contributions to the field.

In addition to continued dedication to the practice of hand surgery, applicants must pass an examination administered by the Joint Committee on Surgery of the Hand that is designed to evaluate the candidate’s cognitive knowledge relevant to this complex field.

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Firm honors top brokers

February 10, 2015 — 

VAIL — At its annual kick-off meeting in January, Mark Weinreich and Laurie Slaughter were named Top Producers for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in 2014. For the second consecutive year Weinreich led the company in sales volume, while Slaughter garnered the top award for unit sales for the sixth time in the past seven years. Both brokers will be recognized during special awards ceremonies at Berkshire Hathaway’s Sales Convention held in Las Vegas in March.

“Mark, Laurie and their teams are dedicated professionals who exemplify the highest level of service and professionalism. They both go to great lengths to meet their clients’ needs and preferences. They are both role models for other sales professionals, not just at our company but in our valley and throughout the entire industry,” said Michael Slevin, President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties.

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Keller Williams names Vail Valley team leader

February 10, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Keller Williams Realty recently announced that Terry Nolan has accepted the position as Team Leader for Keller Williams Mountain Properties in the Vail Valley.

Most recently, Nolan was the market manager for Realtors Property Resource, a subsidiary of the National Association of Realtors. Previously, Nolan was a Managing Broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties in Beaver Creek. He has also been a past Realtor of the Year and is currently Chair-Elect for the Vail Board of Realtors.

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Local businesses add sustainable practices

February 10, 2015 — 

AVON — In preparation for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, businesses in the Vail Valley have positioned themselves as not only a world-class tourism destination, but a destination committed to its sustainability.

To support this effort, the Actively Green 2015 program was launched in 2013, in partnership with Walking Mountains Science Center, the town of Vail, Vail Valley Foundation and global NGO Sustainable Travel International. Since its inception, 100 Vail Valley businesses have been trained in sustainable tourism practices and 35 businesses have completed the eco-certification process.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

February 9, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Dine around senior lunch at Moe’s BBQ in Eagle, 12:30 p.m. Call 970-328-8896 for more information or to sign up.

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Jacobs joins Berkshire Hathaway in Edwards

February 8, 2015 — 

VAIL — Galen Jacobs recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as a broker associate in its Edwards office. The announcement was made by Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado.

VALLEY LOCAL

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Batter Cupcakes opens a brunch Biscuit Bar

February 5, 2015 — 

AVON — Batter, a Vail Valley-based gourmet cupcake company familiar at farmer’s markets and local coffee shops, is busier than usual right now.

In honor of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Batter Cupcakes is featuring a pop-up brunch Biscuit Bar. Through Feb. 15, Batter’s doors are open from 11 a.m. — 8 p.m. daily at the company’s new retail location in the Slifer, Smith and Frampton Center in Avon. The Biscuit Bar menu will also be available at the Batter tent during Apres Avon from 2 to 5:30 p.m. daily.

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Gogi Abroad offers Peru trip for high schoolers this spring

February 5, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Gogi Abroad, a company run by former Vail Valley resident and Battle Mountain High School graduate Liz Jackson, is offering local high schoolers another service-based learning opportunity for high school with a trip to Peru in late April and early May. Home-schooled students and traditionally schooled students are welcome to participate in this opportunity.

Students will be immersed in a small town in the foothills of the Andes just outside the colonial city of Cusco. Participants will work in a Waldorf-inspired school high in the Andes. Oak Meadow-enrolled students will earn community service credit for the experience.

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LIV Sotheby’s will host events at Championships

February 5, 2015 — 

VAIL — As events unfold in the Vail Valley surrounding the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, the LIV Sotheby’s International Realty office, located in the Beaver Creek Lodge, will host daily events, free to the public, including morning coffee and nibbles and apres ski.

“We hope that our guests experience the hospitality and friendliness of our brokers and staff during this event while we introduce them to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and our Vail Valley offices,” said Dan L. Fitchett Jr., managing broker of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in the Vail Valley.

Beginning today, spectators and athletes attending the Championships may use the brokerage’s location at 26 Avondale Lane as a meet-point and jumping off location for the games. Located adjacent to the Covered Bridge, the office is only steps away from the shuttle to the race finish line at Red Tail Camp.

In the Family

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty broker Andrea Mancuso Webber takes a special interest in the outcome of the championships as her daughter Julia Mancuso is a competitor. Mancuso, the most decorated Olympic female American alpine skier, broke into the World Cup racing scene at age 15. “Super-Jules” has an on-snow resume boasting five World Cup wins, four World Championship podium finishes and three Olympic medals, including a gold in the giant slalom at the 2006 games in Turin, Italy.

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