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Briefs: Post office to get Ford’s name

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Vail’s post office will be dedicated to former president and valley resident Gerald Ford at a ceremony at 11 a.m., July 27 at Donovan Pavilion in West Vail.

Ford’s daughter, Susan, will speak, and other family members are expected to attend.

The president and his wife, Betty, are credited with putting Vail and the ski resort on the map. The couple vacationed here while Ford was in the House of Representatives and president, and continued as active members of the community after leaving the White House. The Fords were particularly active in arts and sporting events in the valley.

Ford died Dec. 26. A Ford stamp will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service on Aug. 31.

The ceremony is being held at the pavilion rather than the post office to accommodate the large number of people expected to attend.

VAIL ” Several residential streets in Vail will receive be coated with a substance to make the street last longer and prevent cars from the skidding.

Laying down the slurry seal coat ” a thin layer of asphalt emulsion mixed with hard stone aggregate and sand ” will take about a week, weather permitting.

Work will be done in the following areas:

– Glen Lyon: Westhaven Drive ” south of Gore Creek, Westhaven Circle, Greenhill Court

– Vail Village: East Forest Road

– Golf Course: Eagles Nest Circle, Homestake Circle, Hornsilver Circle, Cabin Circle, Fairway Drive, Fairway Court, Ptarmigan Road, Spring Hill Lane, Sunburst Drive

– East Vail: Spruce Way” Spruce Drive to Columbine Drive, Willow Way, Lupine Drive, Bridge Road

One lane of the streets listed above will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Chad Salli, Town of Vail project engineer, at 479-2169.

EAGLE COUNTY ” A group of volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates was recently sworn in by Judge Russell H. Granger.

The volunteers help children whose families are involved in a court case and make recommendations to judges about whether the child is safest returning home or being put in foster care or up for adoption.

Sophie Berkley, Christi Perkins, Nancy Adam, Mellanee Montgomery, Terri Eaton and Corinna Mills, an advocate manager, were recently sworn in as part of CASA of the Continental Divide, which serves Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.

Before being sworn in, volunteers undergo a background check, interview and training in which they learn about sexual abuse to adolescent behavior, among other subjects.

Each volunteers handles one to two cases at a time and spends more than 100 hours on a case each year.

The next training will be held in September. For more information, call (970)513-9390.

AVON ” To catch speeders in construction zones, the Avon Police Department have received a $5,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The money comes from the state’s Slow for the Cone Zone program.

Avon officers will be looking for speeders between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The grant covers personnel costs. Avon will pay the vehicle used but those costs should be recouped by traffic fines.

Four out of five work zone deaths are motorists, one death occurs in a construction zone in the U.S. every seven hours and someone is injured every 15 minutes, according to the department of transportation.

For more information, contact the Avon Police Department at 748-4040.

AVON ” Justin Hildreth has been appointed Avon’s town engineer for Avon.

Hildreth has over 10 years of professional engineering experience, including several years working as a project engineer for Eagle County and a senior engineer for the Front Range city of Westminster.

Hildreth has experience with large shopping centers in Westminster and worked on the designed for the Edwards Access Road Reconstruction.

“As we move forward in redeveloping Avon’s west and east centers, Justin’s approach to problem-solving will be valuable,” Town Manger Larry Brooks said.

Hildreth replaces Norm Wood, who served as Town Engineer for more than 20 years. He can be reached at 748-4045 or

EAGLE COUNTY ” A national search is on for Colorado Mountain College’s next president. Current President Dr. Bob Spuhler’s contract expires June 30, after which he plans to retire.

“We are putting together a search committee with representation from all of our constituencies,” said Doris Dewton, chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees.

The college is conducting the search itself, and when the finalists are selected in February, staff, faculty and community members will be able to meet with the candidates. The board hopes to make a selection in the spring.

At its June meeting, the board of trustees developed a list of attributes that it will seek in the college’s eighth president. For this list, as well as more information on the presidential selection process and qualifications, go to

The college’s Eagle County campus is in Edwards.

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