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Briefs: Seven vie for Avon council seats

Nicole Frey

AVON — Seven candidates have thrown their names into the Avon Town Council race. Of the seven, Avon voters will choose four to serve.

Mayor Ron Wolfe and Councilman Brian Sipes will campaign to keep their seats on council, while former councilman Peter Buckley will try to get back behind the dais. Also in the running are Richard Carroll, Dave Dantes, Christopher Green and Karri Willemssen.

Candidates had to collect 10 signatures from Avon voters to be eligible to run for council. The next step in the race will be the candidates name drawing 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Avon Town Hall, 400 Benchmark Road. The drawing will determine the placement of names on the official ballot in November.

AVON ” The Gore Range Natural Science School will host an Elk Invitational at Rocky Mountain National Park for adults. The two-day adventure from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20 will offer a hands-on way of exploring elk breeding season. Elk start bugling in September and continue for a month as elk look for a mate.

The program will also delve into life above the park’s tree line and include a trip on Trail Ridge Road ” the country’s highest continuous highway ” a guided tundra walk and elk and gopher viewing. There will also be free-time in Estes Park, a geology talk and hiking.

Participants will stay at the historic Rapids Lodge near Grand Lake. The program costs $675 and includes lodging, meals, activities and a $250 tax-deductible donation to the Gore Range Natural Science School.

For more information, contact Beth Wiseman at 827-9725, ext. 10.

AVON ” Eric Heidemann was recently named Avon’s new community development director after Tambi Katieb vacated the position a few weeks ago.

“Heidemann brings a nice set of skills to the demands of this position, and I feel comfortable he will apply them to the best interests of the town of Avon,” said Town Manager Larry Brooks, who offered Heidemann the position.

Heidemann has worked as Avon’s senior planner for the last two years after moving to the Vail Valley from Arizona, where he also worked as a senior planner. He most recently oversaw the revision of Avon’s comprehensive plan.

Heidemann lives in Gypsum with his wife, Christine, son Ashton, 8, and daughters Madison, 5 and MaKena, 1.

DILLON ” Kathy Reed was appointed as new executive director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children’s Continental Divide branch. Starting her job Sept. 1, Reed replaced Tiffany Grosjean. Reed will oversee the recruitment and training of the groups volunteers who act as courts advocates for children who have been abused or neglected.

Reed is a licensed clinical social worked who has worked for Eagle County Health and Human Services in Eagle for the past 15 years. She most recently trained, recruited and supervised foster parents. She also worked at Bristlecone Hospice in Frisco leading grief and loss groups. The adoptive mother of an 8-year-old girl, Reed is also trained in family mediation and has volunteered for youth groups around the community.

Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or

Vail, Colorado

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