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EAGLE COUNTY ” Alpine Bank has set up a relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The bank is also matching donations up to $10,000. All donations will be given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

“Alpine Bank and its employees wish to extend our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the many individuals and families who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina,” Alpine Banks Vice Chairman H. David Scruby said. “We again need to pull together and offer our support to those who have lost everything.”

For more information, call Sonya Foster, (970) 254-2019.



WOLCOTT ” Phil Jackson, the coach of the L.A. Lakers, is set to speak Sept. 9 at 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott. Jackson will be in town in support of Swift Eagle, a local charitable organization.

The Swift Eagle event, titled “A Night With Phil Jackson,” will feature a dinner and silent auction to raise money for the organization.



Vail local Dave Haakenson, a lifelong friend of Jackson, is one of the founding members of Swift Eagle. When the organization was formed by Haakenson and a group of Eagle County residents, Jackson agreed to be honorary chairman.

Jackson’ played 13 years in the National Basketball Association, mostly with the New York Knicks. He coached Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls win six NBA championships, and led the Lakers to three championships.

Tickets for the Sept. 9 event are $100 and are available at Paddy’s Restaurant in Eagle-Vail. For more information, call 926-3846 or go to swifteagle.org.



VAIL ” United Airlines will fly between San Francisco and Eagle County airport this ski season. The evening flights begin Dec. 17 and run through April 1.

“We’re thrilled to be working with United Airlines to provide nonstop 757 service from San Francisco to Vail this winter,” said Chris Jarnot, vice president of marketing and sales for Vail Resorts.

“The Bay Area is teeming with skiers and snowboarders, many of whom have season passes to our Heavenly Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe which provide them three free days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge.”

Vail Resorts offers all Heavenly Mountain Resort season pass holders three days of complimentary skiing at all four of its Colorado resorts ” Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone.

EAGLE ” Karen Romeo has been promoted to assistant district attorney, making her ‘second-in-command’ to D.A. Mark Hurlbert.

Romeo, who will continue to head Hurlbert’s Summit County Office, is the first woman to be appointed to the job, which includes prosecuting felonies and assisting the D.A. in personal and budget matters.

Hurlbert’s jurisdiction is the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.

Romeo is a native of Littleton and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich.

Romeo first worked for the Fifth Judicial District in 1997 and became head of the Clear Creek County Office in 2001. She joined a private practice in 2003, but returned to the judicial district’s Eagle office in 2004.

Romeo will be sworn in at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday in Courtroom 3 at the Summit County Justice Center in Breckenridge.

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