County meetings will focus on Eaton Ranch |

County meetings will focus on Eaton Ranch

Daily Staff Report

EAGLE COUNTY ” Special requests call for special meetings.

Eagle County officials have scheduled two special sessions to discuss and vote on a request to contribute $6 million toward the purchase and preservation of open space in Edwards.

The Vail Valley Foundation, a local charitable organization, is raising funds to purchase the 72-acre parcel, which is part of a property better known as Eaton Ranch. The request made of the county represents half the $12 million purchase price.

On Friday, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners will discuss the legal and financial concerns of contributing money toward the purchase and preservation of Eaton Ranch. That meeting will be at 4 p.m. in the main boardroom in the county’s administrative building, 500 Broadway St. in Eagle.

On Jan. 20, the commissioners will vote on the request during another special meeting. That meeting will be at 6 p.m in the main boardroom.

Both meetings are open to the public.

Vail’s new mascot: Pork Chop the Safety Pig

VAIL ” Vail Mountain has unveiled a new ski safety mascot, Pork Chop the Safety Pig, to coincide with National Safety Awareness Week, which begins Saturday.

Pork Chop will be around the mountain throughout the winter promoting the resort’s safety messages on and off the slopes, spokeswoman Jen Brown said.

Pork Chop will visit with and quiz children’s ski school classes about safe skiing and riding, assist and offer tips to guests, and perfect his tricks safely in the terrain parks, where he is affectionately known as “P. Choppy,” Brown said.

“We’ve really placed a strong emphasis on kids this year and tailored our program to the younger skiers and riders in our community,” said Bobby Cox, supervisor of Vail Mountain’s Yellow Jacket safety squad. “Pork Chop has a lot of information to share with kids, and not only does he provide an element of fun, but his role truly is to educate.”

Pork Chop will appear ” with free hot chocolate ” from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday at the top of Chair 4.

The Eagle hosts tsunami fund-raiser Friday

AVON ” KTUN-FM The Eagle is hosting a fund-raiser for victims of the south Asian tsunami Friday. This is an all-day event at the station, which can be found at 95.3 and 101.7 in Eagle County, 97.5 in Summit County, 96.7 in Leadville, and 98.3 FM in Glenwood Springs.

“Our goal is to raise as much money as we can for the Red Cross relief efforts while making our listeners aware that they can make a contribution through our efforts”, said Brian Wilder, program director.

“We plan to gather products, services, and cash donations from businesses and individuals in order to auction off these valuable packages to generate cash ” the most requested donation by the Red Cross.”

There are many different prize packages for the event, including “Take a Peak at Beaver Creek,” which includes golf, Vilar Center tickets, and four passes to the Winter Culinary Classic.

There are also tickets to see Sting this spring in Denver and Lynyrd Skynyrd at Rock Jam this summer as well as a Coors Mountain Pass, which includes lift passes for all 23 of Colorado’s ski resorts.

The auction will also include a trip for two with airfare and an autographed framed print from artist Steve Winwood. Many local businesses have also contributed to the effort, providing everything from skin care to golf lessons.

Alpine Bank matches tsunami contributions

VAIL VALLEY ” Alpine Bank has opened a tsunami relief fund and will match community contributions up to $20,000.

“Our employees, customers and community members have been calling and asking if they can donate money through Alpine Bank to help those affected by this global emergency,” Alpine Bank Chairman Bob Young said. “In response, we have opened the Southeast Asia Tsunami Relief Fund to collect funds from our employees and community members.

Alpine Bank will match contributions collected through Jan. 31 up to $20,000, Young said.

Donations are being accepted at any Alpine Bank or online at All contributions will benefit UNICEF and its efforts to help children in the tsunami-stricken areas.

For more information, contact Andrea Glass at 748-5704.

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