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Briefs: Ride bus, help food bank

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Riding an ECO Transit bus could bring a meal to a needy family during Eagle County’s seventh annual Try Transit Week.

From Nov. 12-16, passengers can donate a food item instead of paying the bus fare. All donations go to Food Bank of the Rockies and will be distributed to hunger relief programs in the county.

The goal of the drive is to fill a 40-foot ECO bus with food donations. The bus will be on display at Wal-Mart in Avon.

Updates on the food drive’s progress will be aired on 97.7 FM KZYR. Radio station KTUN will give daily prizes to bus passengers, including a $100 gift certificate to Pazzo’s.

Check the Vail Daily’s Web site for a full calendar of the week’s events.

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.

GYPSUM ” The Eagle County airport’s food and shopping area will get major upgrades over the next few years, airport officials said.

The only food choices in the terminal right now are a bar and a small restaurant, the Eagle Eatery, said terminal manager Chris Anderson.

But new plans for the terminal combine the bar and the Eatery and expand the restaurant to almost four times the current size, Anderson said.

“We’ll offer a much deeper range of menu choices. It will be a nice change for our customers,” he said.

The new restaurant will open in the summer of 2008 or 2009 and will cost an estimated $700,000.

Other improvements to the terminal include a coffee shop, which recently opened, and an expanded news and gift shop, which will open this week. The upgrades are in response to increased traffic in the airport, Anderson said.

A 2006 survey showed customers wanted a coffee shop, better dining options and a bigger gift and news shop.

“This is all in response to what people said they wanted in the survey,” Anderson said.

EAGLE COUNTY ” The valley will help host a 3-day cycling race in 2008 that will draw 180 professional and elite riders to the area.

The race will be held Aug. 21-24 and will feature a longer road race, a shorter event on a closed course and a time trial. The road race will begin in Breckenridge, go through Leadville and Minturn and end in Beaver Creek.

The shorter race, called a criterium, will be held in Vail on a course that will include the Frontage Road to West Vail and Intermountain. The time trial will go up Vail Pass.

Residents can expect some road closures during the races, said Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy.

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