Briefs: Avon urban renewal |

Briefs: Avon urban renewal

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” The town is holding a public meeting Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the council chambers to update the community and property owners on the creation of an urban renewal authority.

Redevelopment plans for the Town Center West district, the area between Nottingham Park and Avon Road, also will be presented.

Presentations will be given by Matrix Design Group and Design Workshop, the town’s consultants. Discussion topics will include the elements of an urban renewal plan and the duties of an urban renewal authority. Mechanisms such as tax increment financing will be outlined and the role of the owners and developers will be discussed.

Urban renewal allows tax increment financing, which is a vehicle through which sales and property taxes may be leveraged to help finance redevelopment and associated public improvements.

The Town Center West design guidelines can be viewed at

EAGLE ” The Sylvan Lake State Park will host a slide show presentation on the wildlife of The McNeil River Game Sanctuary in Alaska at 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Visitor Center.

Tom Griffin, a seasonal wildlife technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will show photos from his seven years working in sanctuary and three years working at a wildlife observatory.

The sanctuary protects about 200 square miles of wildlife habitat. Visitor often see up to 100 wild brown bears and can photograph a group of 40 or more bears at one time.

The sanctuary also is home to red fox, arctic ground squirrels, harbor seals, bald eagles, moose, caribou, wolves, wolverine, ducks and sea birds.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Three men and six women form the new executive committee of the Eagle County Democratic Party.

The chairpersons are New New Wallace of Edwards and Harvie Branscomb, who lives in the Roaring Fork Valley. Vice-chairs are Carole Onderdonk and Fred Schmidt from Eagle and Gerry Terwilliger, from the Roaring Fork Valley.

The state party will elect new officers on March 3 in Denver. The officers listed above, along with Jim Nolan of Gypsum and Dave Parker of El Jebel will represent Eagle County.

The county Democrats Thursday also passed a resolution asking Congress to remove U.S. troops from Iraq, saying “non-binding resolutions are a waste of time.”

EDWARDS ” The Gifted Education Team of Eagle County presents, “Parenting Gifted Kids” with Dr. Jim Delisle from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 20, in the community classroom of Eagle County Ambulance District building, behind the Edwards post office.

Delisle talk about how parents and teachers of gifted students can help kids better understand their advanced abilities. He also will talk about coping with the emotional needs of gifted children.

Delisle is a professor of education at Kent State University in Ohio, where he directs the undergraduate and graduate programs in gifted education. Delisle has written more than 200 articles and 11 books, including “The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook” (with Judy Galbraith) and “When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs.”

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