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Briefs: Nordic center closed for season

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

VAIL Warm weather and resulting marginal course conditions forced the Vail Nordic Center Monday to close for the season.The means crews will begin preparing the golf course for a May 11 opening. The Nordic Center Pro Shop will be open limited hours this week and close for the season Saturday. Cross-country skiers should ski out of East Vail for best conditions, said Mike Ortiz of the Vail Recreation District.

MINTURN A man who contended he paid $1,000 for a portion of the Ginn Companys property on Battle Mountain has lost the same court case six times, said Sarah Baker, attorney for Ginn. A Colorado Court of Appeals judge Thursday denied that Jeff Tucker owned some of the Ginn Development Co.s property. Tucker contended he bought $1,000 in Battle Mountain Corporation stock in 1994 and therefore owned a sizable portion of the same property Ginn owns, Baker said.This is the sixth time that a Colorado court has denied that Tucker owns the property, she said. Ginn purchased the property from Turkey Creek LLC for $32.75 million in Dec. 2004, Baker said. The decision reaffirms that Ginn owns that property, though Tucker could appeal the decision to the Colorado Supreme Court, she said. Ginn wants to build a private ski resort and 1,700 homes and condominiums south of Minturn. Steve Lynn

VAIL Plans for a recreation center and future park improvements will be presented by the Vail Recreation District to the Vail Town Council Tuesday. The Vail Parks and Recreation Master Plan also will include improvements to the golf course, Dobson ice arena, the Youth Services center and tennis center. Also mentioned in the plan in a 2008 ballot question to raise money for the recreation district, which is separate from the town government. This plan will be used to align the town and (the rec districts) efforts to provide world class recreation programming and facilities for our residents and visitors, said Pam Brandmeyer, Vails assistant town manager. The plan is on the rec districts Web site http://www.vailrec.com and the towns http://www.vailgov.com/subpage.asp?page_id=775. The plan will presented a meeting beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday. Residents can contact the rec districts board of directors at allvrdboard@vailrec.com or the Vail Town Council at towncouncil@vailgov.com. This is the first parks and recreation needsFor more information, contact rec district Executive Director Mike Ortiz at 479-2461 or Assistant Vail Town Manager Pam Brandmeyer at 479-2113.

VAIL The annual Mountains of Hope benefit, a dinner and auction which raises money for the Vail Valley Foundations programs, is at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Vail Marriot Mountain Resort & Spa. A total of $150,000 was raised at the 2006 Mountains of Hope dinner for the foundations Magic Bus, a mobile education center for pre-kindergarteners.The dinner includes a Southwestern buffet as well as live and silent auctions. Mountains of Hope evening is part of the 2007 American Ski Classic, which begins Wednesday on Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak. Not only does it raise needed funds for deserving programs, but it is a great opportunity to mingle with some of the skiing legends and celebrities that are here for the event, said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. It is a terrific evening that helps fund a great many wonderful projects throughout our community.A limited number of tickets are available and priced at $150 per person. For more information, contact Holly Bishop at the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999.

EDWARDS A disco-funk night fundraiser for Avons Stone Creek charter school will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday at the Rumpus Room in Edwards. There will be a $500 cash prize for the best 70s costume. Admission is $75 ($50 for all teachers), which includes beer and wine, live music and dancing.

AVON More than $117,000 in grants have been award to 12 nonprofits by the North Central Council of El Pomar Foundation.Local grant recipients have included Resource Center of Eagle Count, Samaritan Center of the Rockies, Shaw Outreach Team, the Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Snowboard Outreach Society and The Youth FoundationThe Colorado Springs-based foundation held a luncheon Friday at the Beaver Creek Lodge and Spa. The council is composed of eight community leaders, representing Eagle, Lake, Pitkin and Summit Counties. Lately, the organization has been focused on immigration and economic development in Leadville. El Pomar Foundation is empowering community leaders to make a difference across our region and to address important issues in our communities. It is a matter of local leaders making local decisions, said North Central Regional Council member Elaine Kelton, longtime resident and business owner in Vail. For more information on El Pomar, visit http://www.elpomar.org or contact Alan H. Frosh, north central regional coordinator, at (719)232-7425.


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