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Antlers owners vote out right of first refusal

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Special to the DailyAntlers owners voted to boot their right of first refusal, which could block some prospective condo buyers from buying in.

VAIL “At last weekend’s meeting of the Antlers at Vail lodge homeowners, they voted to become Colorado’s first lodge to eliminate the right of first refusal of prospective buyers.

The right of first refusal gives current owners in a condo/hotel, like the Antlers, the option of buying any condo that comes on the market before that condo is purchased by someone outside. The practice is beginning to spur lawsuits against homeowners associations by spurned prospective buyers.

The Antlers homeowners association saw 65 of its 94 owners, 67 percent, opt to become the state’s first to drop the provision from its bylaws. The change required a two-thirds vote, said Antlers at Vail general manager Rob LeVine.

VAIL ” The Vail Symposium’s Hot Topics Series will feature Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, Dean of Denver University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, to present Vail Valley residents with possible future technologies and scientific discoveries. After a brief review of the top 20 technologies of the last century and discussing some of the challenges of this century, Shoureshi will focus on potential technological advances that scientists may realize in the 21st century in such areas as sustainability, smart structures and buildings, bionics and assistive technologies, information technology, space exploration, and bio- and nano-technologies.

Director of the Bioscience School of Denver University, Shoureshi, is helping his school stay abreast of the international competition to produce scientific leaders. In 1998, he led a successful campaign to bring the bioscience center to Colorado, a thrust which generated lasting impact.

The discussion is scheduled for Chaparral at Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards, near Singletree. Admission is $20 for Vail Symposium supporters and $25 for all others. There are light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by Shoureshi’s presentation from 6-7:15 p.m.

An optional buffet dinner is offered for $37 following the presentation. For reservations or for more information, contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or visit

GYPSUM ” US Airways will resume direct air service this winter from its Philadelphia and Charlotte hubs to Vail.

This winter, US Airways will resume Saturday-only seasonal service, utilizing 193-seat Boeing 757 aircraft. The flights are now available for booking.

“Colorado’s rich winter sport destinations are an exciting offering for US Airways. We’re excited to recommence seasonal service to Eagle/Vail and boost the choice of outstanding winter destinations for our Philadelphia customers,” said Andrew Nocella, senior vice president, scheduling, planning and alliances.

The flights will begin Dec. 16.

Passengers flying through Eagle County Regional Airport increased 11percent over 2004, totaling 215,464. Also up over 2004, total aircraft traffic climbed 7.6 percent to reach a total of 41,540 operations. The airport is served by American, Continental, Delta, Northwest and United/United Express in addition to the new flights from US Airways.

US Airways and America West’s recent merger creates the fifth largest domestic airline employing nearly 35,000 people. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,800 flights per day that serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

ASPEN ” Apollo Real Estate Advisors’ Real Estate Fund V, L.P. and Austin Lawrence Partners have acquired a 124-acre parcel in Aspen for $48.5 million.

It’s the largest real estate transaction in Pitkin County history. Located in the Roaring Fork Valley, the property, currently operated as the Bar/X cattle ranch, is approved for 13 single-family-home lots.

Recent regulations introduced in the city of Aspen and Pitkin County have severely limited single-family-home opportunities, decreasing the number of permits issued and the allowable size of homes to be developed, according to Apollo.

“Given that residential development is limited, this parcel offers an excellent opportunity. The partnership already has taken reservations for several of the lots at attractive prices,” said Richard Mack, Apollo’s managing partner.

Close behind, at least in terms of price, is a 949-acre ranch south of Carbondale that sold for $47 million, one of the largest and most expensive land deals in Pitkin County history.

The deal took roughly eight years to complete and includes hundreds of acres of open space, according to local real estate agent Joshua Saslove, who represented the sellers, Richard and Debbie Jelinek.

The Crystal Island Ranch is bordered by the Crystal River, Prince Creek and Thomas Creek, Saslove said, and sits near the base of Mount Sopris. The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management administer much of the land nearby.

The complex deal involved the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program, the Conservation Fund, the Jelineks and the Aspen Valley Land Trust. The ranch once encompassed roughly 1,700 acres, but the land has been divided several ways, with some pieces sold to conservation organizations and others preserved with conservation easements. Overall, some 1,400 contiguous acres have been protected.

The marketing materials for the Crystal Island Ranch described it as “the epitome of an idyllic mountain escape,” with a private lake, boat docks, a horse barn, party pavilion, lake cabins, riding arena and 10 miles of trails. The property includes a 12,000-square-foot home. For the $47 million purchase price, the new owner will also be able to build four more homes on the property.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” LASIK eye surgery is available at 20/20 EyeCare in Glenwood Springs.

20/20 EyeCare and Dr. Lawrence Spivack have created Western Slope Laser. Beginning this summer, Dr. Spivack will travel to Glenwood Springs each month to perform LASIK at the 20/20 EyeCare office.

LASIK (laser in situ-keratomileusis,) uses a laser to change the curvature of the cornea and results in vision correction with a quick recovery time and fewer side effects and complications than other vision correction methods.

20/20 EyeCare is the only eye care center in Glenwood Springs to offer LASIK surgery.

Dr. Spivack founded the Spivack Vision Center in Denver in 1980. He is a pioneer in the laser surgery field and has personally performed nearly 40,000 laser procedures. He is one of the few doctors who is certified to train other surgeons in laser procedures.

20/20 EyeCare is located in Glenwood Springs at 3122 Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs’ Roaring Fork Marketplace near Wal-Mart. Call 945-2020 or visit

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