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Briefs: Families wanted for Habitat homes

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for home ownership from people who live or work in Eagle County. Applications will be accepted until the end of May.

Four to six families will be selected to live in Edwards’ Fox Hollow Habitat community based their need for adequate housing, ability to pay for a Habitat home and willingness to devote 250 hours on the construction of their home.

A final decision on who has been accepted will be made mid-September, said Elyse Howard of Habitat for Humanity. An average of 10 people apply for every available home, she said.

“It is a lengthy and thorough application process,” Howard said. “We know your credit may not be perfect, but we do quite a bit of due diligence. I would say it’s a mix between a job application and a credit application.”

Applicants must be legal residents or U.S. citizens.

“We want to have people that are involved in the community and want to help them stay here so they can work,” Howard said.

An meeting will be held at the Avon Public Library on May 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Spanish speaking applicants.

EAGLE “Colorado Connections Academy Schools, an online kindergarten-through-ninth grade school, will hold an information session for parents from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday at the Eagle Public Library, 600 Broadway.

Parents can meet families whose children attend the schools, view the curriculum and see a demonstration of the program. Students learn at home typically under the guidance of a teacher who works with parents or guardians.

“These information sessions will give interested parents the chance to talk one-on-one with our teachers about the curriculum and technology used in our school,” said Sarah Ault, principal of Connections Academy. “Our program is designed to provide individualized education for every student at a pace that’s right for them.”

Connections Academy provides each family in its full-time program with a computer, subsidized Internet and technical support. Students meet other kids in Connections Academy through field trips.

Because this is a public school program, there is no tuition or fee to enroll.

For more information: (800)382-6010 or

BEAVER CREEK ” Greg Johnson has won a national award for his work preparing Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey course for the annual world cup races.

Johnson, Beaver Creek’s race manager, has received the 2007 United States Ski Association’s John J. Clair Jr. Award which recognizes service beneficial to the U.S. ski and snowboard teams. .

“Our entire team has certainly worked very hard for many years to run great events in Beaver Creek, and it’s been a lot of fun for us to see the American athletes do so well at their own arena,” Johnson said.

Johnson is one of six American technical delegates for the International Ski Federation.

For more information on the award, visit

AVON ” Climate change’s impact on reservoirs and dams in Colorado is the subject of this month’s Waterwise Wednesdays session, from 5 to 7 p.m.,Wednesday at the Avon Library.

Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District, will talk about how climate change has affected how the water supplies in the Colorado River will be managed.

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