Eaton Ranch efforts near $11 million mark |

Eaton Ranch efforts near $11 million mark

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EDWARDS – Supporters of the effort to purchase and preserve a 72 acres of land in west Edwards are about $1 million shy of their goal with two months left to raise the cash. The Vail Valley Foundation, which is leading the fund-raising campaign, needs to raise $12 million by Sept. 1 to purchase the land, known as Eaton Ranch, said Ceil Folz, president of the foundation. “We’ve made great progress, but we still have about a million dollars to raise,” Folz said. Eagle County already has pledged $6 million toward the effort. About $3.8 million of that would come out of the county’s open space fund, with the remaining $2.2 million come from the county’s general fund, which is used to pay for everyday expenses and staff salaries. The rest of the money has come from private donations or from other public entities, like the Edwards Metropolitan District, which pledged $750,000. Tamara MillerMemorial set for Dale White A celebration of the life of Edwards resident Dale White will be held Thursday in Dell Rapids, S.D. White was 53 when he died June 18 in Montrose. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kahler Funeral Home Chapel. Betty Ford tribute set for Aug. 7 in VailVAIL – A ceremony honoring former first lady Betty Ford will be held in Vail Aug. 7. First lady Laura Bush along with former first ladies Barbara Bush and Roslyn Carter will lead the event at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. “Betty Ford is one of the most extraordinary first ladies this nation has ever had,” said June Vanourek, an organizer of the event. “She is a breast cancer survivor, a co-founder of a substance abuse center that has helped tens of thousands of people, a founder of the Vail International dance festival, an extraordinary hostess for the annual World Forum, and a genuinely nice neighbor and friend.”A special album containing personal letters and photos will be presented to Ford that evening. Memorabilia is still being accepted for addition into the album. For more information about submittals, call Vanourek at 926-4072.Tickets are available to the gala, which includes a reception and gourmet dinner. For further information, contact Jim Brandmeyer, executive director of the gardens, at 476-0103, ext. 4.E-filing mandatory in some court casesEAGLE – Mandatory e-filing for documents in non-criminal cases in Eagle County courts begins Friday. All pleadings, motions, briefs, exhibits and other documents filed in district court civil, domestic relations and probate cases must be filed electronically. “E-filing provides the courts with a cost-effective tool to help us handle our huge volume of cases and volume of documents filed in those cases,” says Fifth Judicial District Chief Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle. “It allows us to more effectively and efficiently conduct the daily business of the courts.”The system, powered by LexisNexis File and Serve, allows attorneys to file documents with the courts and electronically serve other lawyer in the case from any computer. Once a document has been filed, courts can review, accept or reject, and store the documents online. Notifications are instantaneous.The information contained in the electronic filing is also automatically downloaded into the court’s electronic case management system. This saves data entry on the court side. All documents relating to a single pleading or paper may be filed electronically as a single transaction. For example, a motion, exhibits and related affidavits may be filed under a single transaction.Parties who are not represented by an attorney may continue to file documents in the traditional paper format. Sealed and suppressed cases are exempt from the mandatory filing requirement for district court civil cases. Documents and exhibits submitted to the Court under seal must be filed in paper format. Free walking tours SaturdayBEAVER CREEK – The Beaver Creek Hiking Center is holding free Nordic walking tours Saturday. Nordic walking was adapted from cross-country skiing and incorporates specially designed poles with fitness walking. The poles are slightly modified versions of trekking poles and cross-country poles. They are light in weight and have rubber tips allowing walkers to traverse on and off pavement. The sport was introduced in Finland in 1997 and has been rapidly growing across Europe. There will be two sessions: 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Beaver Creek Hiking Center near the escalators in the village. Reservations are requested. For more information and to sign up for a free Nordic walking tour, call the Beaver Creek Hiking Center at 845-5373. Daily Nordic walking tours are $15 per session. Vail, Colorado

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