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Briefs: Eagle County trail supporters honored

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyECO Trails director Elie Caryl (second from left) stands with some of the organization's 2007 honorees: (from left Dick Cleveland of ECO Trails, John Harris and Benny Rivera of Eagle County Road and Bridge, Jim Epperson of ECO Transit and Trails, and Eagle Mayor Jon Stavney.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado The town of Eagle, John Harris of Eagle County Road and Bridge Department, Jim Epperson of ECO Transit and Trails, and Sherrie and Ralph Seago of Eagle have been selected as the Trails Supporters of 2007 by the ECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee. Eagle was a partner with ECO Trails and Eagle County in the recently completed trail between Eagle and Gypsum Trail project. Harris, the Eagle District road supervisor and an 18-year Eagle County Road and Bridge employee, and Epperson, an ECO transit supervisor, were recognized for their work on the trail. The Seagos allowed the trail to cross their land and also provided space for crews building the trail. Also recognized with a certificate of appreciation plaque was Dick Cleveland, who was been chairman of the ECO Trails Committee for 10 years. He stepped down in July and is now the mayor of Vail.

AVON Though skiers and snowboarders have been riding it for about a week, a grand opening ceremony was held in the snow Thursday morning for the Riverfront Express Gondola.

The gondola makes a three-minute trip from Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain at Beaver Creek Landing, where skiers and snowboarders must ride the Beaver Creek Express Lift to get to the slopes of Bachelor Gulch. The resort will open this summer. The overall Riverfront Village project is 19 acres in size. The plaza is the public gateway to 1,700 feet of Eagle River frontage which will be dedicated to the town of Avon as a five-acre river-front park with fly fishing, said Chuck Madison of Beaver Creek-based developer East West Partners. For more information, visit or call the Westin Riverfront sales center at 970-748-5420.

VAIL First Descents, which takes children suffering from cancer kayaking in Eagle County, was named nonprofit of the year by the Vail Valley Partnership chamber of commerce. The overwhelming response for our programs on both the local and national level tells me the organization is filling a huge gap that exists in cancer therapy programs for young adults, said Brad Ludden, a professional kayaker who founded First Descents. The Vail Valley Partnership will announce the rest of its Success Award winners at its Fire and Ice gala at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch on Jan. 25. To purchase tickets or, contact Cameron Lowe at 477-4001 or

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