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A Breckenridge Ski Resort development information meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Breckenridge Town Council chambers. The meeting is open to the public.A light breakfast will be served starting at 8 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will include a presentation on future Breckenridge development plans by town and ski resort officials, including Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake and Breckenridge Ski Resorts Chief Operating Officer, Lucy Kay. People interested in attending the meeting can R.S.V.P. to Sharon Russell by e-mail at srussell@gobreck.com or 453-5072.

Beaver Creek Resort and Colorado Avid Golfer magazine will host a September golf tournament just for women. The Beaver Creek Womens Invitational presented by Bank of Choice will have golf, apres-golf activities, luxury lodging, and social and networking opportunities for female golfers of all ages and abilities. The tournament will be held at the newly renovated Beaver Creek Golf Club Sept. 14 to 15. The $1,500 entry fee includes golf for two, an apres-golf and dinner party at Beanos Cabin, a night of luxury lodging at The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, breakfast and exclusive gift bags. Participants will be eligible to win $25,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new Lexus, a $25,000 investment account, $20,000 in cash, round-trip tickets on American Airlines and other prizes.

The following businesses joined the Summit County Chamber of Commerce in July: A Coulour of Harmony, James and Lisa Rode, Dillon, 513-0818. CitiFinancial, Brad Groden 321-277-6049, Silverthorne. Creative Cabinetry, David Preaus, Breckenridge, 453-6500. Big Sky Airport Shuttle, Rod Perkins, Summit County, 303-300-2626. National U.S. India Chamber of Commerce, Purnima Voria, Denver, 303-273-9337. The Open Book, Amy Yundt, Frisco, 668-5399. Borders Books, Jennifer Sweeney and Lloyd Boyette, Dillon, 262-1220. Snap Fitness, Brian Dieble and Yvette Sivbu, Silverthorne, 303-396-8745. Summit Garage Door, Melissa Thompson, Breckenridge, 513-8152. The Clawfoot Cabin, Tiffany Wyatt, Frisco, 668-3561. Keller Williams, Amy ORourke, Breckenridge, 453-8978.

Dhruv B. Pateder this week joined the Vail, Breckenridge and Frisco offices of the Steadman Hawkins clinic.Pateder treats all forms of spinal disorders. He has a particular interest in cervical, thoracic and lumbar disorders and their treatment using both traditional and newer techniques that allow patients to return to normal activity as soon as possible. He also has a keen interest and experience with spinal problems in younger, athletic patients.We are pleased to add this well-respected spine surgeon to our growing team of top orthopedic surgeons, clinic founder Dr. Richard Steadman said. Dr. Pateders work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and he regularly presents on different aspects of spinal care at both domestic and international medical conferences. We look forward to the unique aspects that he will bring to our clinic and growing research foundation.For more information, call the Steadman Hawkins clinic, 476-1100.

The Continental Divide Land Trust is seeking nominations for its Friends of Open Space Honors Awards. Local real estate agents and developers can nominate a development project that exemplifies outstanding work to protect open space and natural resources.This award is specific to Summit County projects. The nominated development must be at least 50 percent built-out so that the scale, setbacks, spacing and amenities can be measured.Other nomination categories are: volunteer, philanthropist, community representative, business or corporation and nonprofit organization.Nominations are being accepted online at http://www.cdlt.org/friends. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday.The Friends of Open Space Honors Awards Party takes place Sept. 6 at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Sponsors of the event are Breckenridge Lands, High Country Health Care, South Maryland Creek Ranch, the town of Silverthorne, The Mountain Living Team and the Summit Daily News. For tickets or more information, call the Continental Divide Land Trust at 453-3875 or e-mail info@cdlt.org.

Liz Leeds, of Keller Williams, has come up with a unique and eco-friendly way to identify herself as a leader in the luxury real estate business. Leeds recently purchased a Smart car and hopes that her new ride will help reassure clients she truly cares about the place shes selling: the Vail Valley.I cant go anywhere without people asking about the car, Leeds said. The primary motivators for this purchase were fuel efficiency and environmentalism. Ive lived in the Vail Valley for 16 years; I want my clients to know that this area means something to me. Its not just where I work.Leeds purchased her Smart Car a fortwo model July 1 from a dealer in Montana. The Smart fortwo has not yet officially been sold in the United States, and only a few are on the streets. It will be available for purchase in the U.S. beginning in January.For more information about Liz Leeds, visit http://www.Lizleeds.com or call 476-1600. For information about the Smart Car, visit http://www.smartusa.com.

The Summit County Chamber of Commerce is on a mission to recruit businesses to join its more than 500 current members. Summit Chamber member brochures or business cards are showcased in the Summit Information Center in the Outlets at Silverthorne. Members are featured by business categories with the ability to have a direct link on the groups upgraded website which receives more than 1 million visits per year at http://www.summitchamber.org.Summit Chamber members co-sponsor the popular monthly mixers held throughout the county. Members also can attend quarterly membership breakfasts that focus on special topics affecting Summit Countys communities. Members also participate in the annual economic summit, a close-up look at the mountain economy.Members receive member to member discounts from other member businesses, and may have access to small group health plans through United Healthcare.For more information, call the Summit Chamber, 668-2051.

Paige Prill was recently named vice president of development and communications, at the Vail-based Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation.Prill has extensive background in communications including:public relations, marketing, public affairs and community relations at companies including Microsoft and Turner Broadcasting. We are positioning the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation for major growth in the next 3-5 years, foundation director Mike Egan said. We are excited to have someone with Paiges extensive knowledge of communications to strategically and effectively move toward our goal of growing the foundation.

Gypsum SummerFest is looking for food and other vendors, as well as musical talent to play before to the 5 p.m. main concerts.SummerFest dates are: Aug.19 and 26, as well as Sept. 9 and16.The vendors open and activities start at 2:30 p.m. Booth space is free.For more information, call Cary Hogan, 524-3568.

Vail businessman George Gillett and Ray Evernham, owner of several NASCAR racing teams, recently announced the creation of Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Evernham will remain a substantial owner of the venture and retain the title of Chief Executive Officer. Recognizing that the rate of change off-track has exceeded the change on-track in the past few years, Evernham created a relationship with Gillett, with the intent of changing the way sponsors and NASCAR teams do business. Gillett is the owner of the Montreal Canadiens National Hockey Leagueteam and a co-owner of the Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League. Gilletts other business interests include the Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens and Gillett Entertainment Group, producers of some 700 sporting and entertainment e throughout Canada and the United States. The new venture will benefit from Gilletts existing network of sports and entertainment properties, resorts, auto dealerships and auto franchises.Its very exciting for me to deliver to sponsors and fans the opportunity to align with a worldwide sports leader, said Evernham. With the business acumen of the Gillett family and its sports brands, weve greatly expanded our reach.Gillett, chairman of Booth Creek Management Corporation, said, Racing is in my blood. Its not often you get to partner with a leader with Rays reputation, talent and championship legacy.Evernham, whom motorsports media voted The Greatest Crew Chief of All Time in 2006, spearheaded Dodges re-entry into NASCAR in 2001. Prior to founding Evernham Motorsports, Evernham served as Jeff Gordons crew chief, earning three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championships and 47 wins in just 216 starts.

On Monday, the Bell Policy Center launched Health Blog, a forum for health care experts and the public to discuss health care reform efforts now under way in Colorado.Health Blog will give people all over Colorado access to the debate over how to fix our health care system, said Wade Buchanan, Bell Policy Center president. View the new blog at http://www.thebell.org/blog/208.


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