Briefs: Heating assistance begins Nov. 1 |

Briefs: Heating assistance begins Nov. 1

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program is available for eligible homes from Nov. 1 until April 30. The program is designed to help low-income households with energy bills. Each home in the program can receive one benefit for the season. Factors such as income, the type of heat being used and number of people in the household are considered before money is given out. Applications may be picked up from Eagle County offices in Avon, Eagle and El Jebel. Forms will also be available for download after Nov. 1 from For more information, please contact Eagle County Department of Human Services, 328-8840, or call Heat Help at 1-866-432-8435 to request an application by mail.

VAIL Vail has narrowed its search for a new fire chief down to five men, including a captain who has been with the department since 1978. Vail fire Capt. James Cooter Overcash also has experience rescue operations in fighting wildfires. He also represents Vail on the Eagle County hazardous materials task force. The other finalists are Chief Scott Alvord, of El Mirage (Ariz.) fire department; Chief Mark A. Miller, of the Hartford (Vt.) fire department and formerly of the Loveland (Colo.) fire department; Deputy Chief Randall S. Osterman of the Hilton Head Island (S.C.) Fire and Rescue Department; and Chief Robert Van Solkema, of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) fire department.

EAGLE A group of Eagle Valley High School will be knocking on doors for a better cause than candy this Halloween night. On Wednesday, members of the schools LEO Community Service Club, will be going to homes in Eagle and Gypsum to collect new or used eyeglasses and sunglasses. The eyewear will repaired and sent to the needy in Third World countries, organizers say.

EAGLE COUNTY Noting the project faced difficulties ranging from rugged terrain to multiple landowners, county officials celebrated the official opening of the Eagle-to-Gypsum bike trail during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.The 2.7-mile stretch includes long straightaways beside U.S. Highway 6, a tunnel under the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, a small bridge over a gulch and a rolling hill section that cuts through private property. A 750-foot section will remain unpaved until next spring, when an acceleration lane is built alongside the B&B Excavating gravel pit property thats about a mile west of Eagle.To access the trail from Eagle, use Violet Lane on the north side of the Sylvan Lake Road roundabout. On the Gypsum end, the trail begins at the intersection of Highway 6 and Cooley Mesa Road.For more information, please call Ellie Caryl of ECO Trails at 328-3523.

EAGLE Eagles newest medical center a $13 million joint venture by two competing hospitals will be up and running by Nov. 1. There is a sneak preview of the new facility Tuesday afternoon.Doctors affiliated with the Vail Valley Medical Center, and Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, will work out of the new, 34,000-square-foot Eagle Healthcare Center on Sylvan Lake Road in Eagle Ranch. The building is the first phase of a medical campus.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

VAIL A surgeon and partner at Vails Steadman Hawkins clinic has been named one of the Best Doctors in America by a Boston-based medical survey. Dr. Peter Millett, who was nominated by his fellow doctors, specializes in disorders of the shoulder, knee and elbow as well as sports-related injuries. Its gratifying to know that so many of my peers recognized me as an expert in the field of orthopedic surgery, Millett said. Millet is also a physician for the U.S. Ski team,For more information, visit or

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