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EAGLE COUNTY – Local athletes looking for funding from the Vail Valley Athlete Commission must turn in applications by Sept. 30. The Athlete Commission financially supports international competitors. Eligible athletes must participate in international competition and have been a resident of the Vail Valley for at least three years. Teams cannot apply. “We all get excited when a local athlete does well in international competition,” said Terry Brady, vice president of operations and sales for the Vail Valley Foundation, “but sometimes, we forget what it takes to get to that point.”Established in 1997, the Vail Valley Athlete Commission has funded such local athletes as Chad Fleischer, Sarah Schleper, Stacia Hookum, Toby Dawson, Chris Doyle and Mike Kloser. Winter Athlete Commission applications can be picked up at the Vail Valley Foundation offices in Avon and should be submitted to the Foundation at P.O. Box 309, Vail, Co. 81658, to the attention of Erin Vega. For additional information, contact the Foundation at 949-1999.The Athlete Commission was the idea of longtime local resident Pepi Gramshammer and is supported by the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and the Beaver Creek Resort Company.

KEYSTONE For the third consecutive year, Keystone Resort is selling discounted ski passes to active U.S. military personnel and their family members.The Liberty Pass is $129 for adults, $79 for children for unlimited skiing at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin from the date of purchase through Keystones closing date, tentatively set for April 16. Vail Resorts also is selling a $45 single-day lift ticket for active U.S. military and immediate family members at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone.The Liberty Pass is on sale at the Keystone Resort season pass office in River Run Village, in several Front Range retail shops (REI in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs and the Colorado Ski and Golf store in Colorado Springs), at several military bases and at a select number of military special events throughout the state (Buckley AFB, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, F.E. Warrne AFB, Fort Carson and the Airforce Academy). Active U.S. military personnel (active duty and reserve military personnel, as well as active National Guard) must present their military-issued identification card in person to purchase their pass for themselves and for their immediate family members. The children’s Liberty Pass is available for children 12 and under.For more information about the Liberty Pass or the Rocky Mountain Blue program, call (800)322-9498 or visit

EAGLE COUNTY Alpine Bank is waiving ATM fees for victims of Hurricane Katrina who have relocated to western Colorado. Qualifying ATM, debit, credit, and Red Cross/FEMA card holders can access their accounts without paying a transaction fee at the banks ATMs. Fees will be waived until Aug. 1.For more information, contact Andrea Glass at 748-5704.Vail, Colorado

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