Kickball Classic raises thousands for charity
AVON The Fifth Annual Evans Chaffee Kickball Classic and Pancake Breakfast raised more than $18,000 for Meet the Wilderness and the Tim Benway Scholarship Fund.This year, 12 kickball teams competed and many more stopped by for the pancakes breakfast. One-fourth of the money raiised will go to equipment for Meet the Wilderness. The goes to the Tim Benway Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to Eagle County youth who cant afford to participate in the Meet the Wilderness programs.The tournament was at the Eagle Vail Pavilion and soccer fields. Breakfast was hosted by Harbert Lumber. Ther Musting Bar and Grill sponsored the barbecue lunch.The Chaffees GJ Blacksmiths and The Encores Ball Busters squared off the finals with the Blacksmiths winning.
SUMMIT COUNTY Intrawest, the Vancouver, B.C.-based owner of Copper Mountain and Winter Park resorts, laid off 200 employees last week, three of whom lost jobs in Colorado, according to Intrawest director of communications Matt Sugar.Sugar declined to release the names of those let go, or how many of the three worked at Copper Mountain and how many worked at Winter Park, but he said they were administrative employees and werent guest-facing.Most of the total job cuts occurred at Intrawests summer golf resorts and within the real estate division. Sugar said that the layoffs were unfortunate, but stressed that the number of cuts was a very small percentage of the companys overall staff – Intrawest employees about 24,000 people company-wide, and approximately 4,000 people between Copper Mountain and Winter Park.The layoffs werent related to the pending sale of Intrawest to Fortress Investment Group LLC – which is expected to be complete any day – and that it was coincidental that they were announced just one day before shareholders approved the sale, he said.You can go back several months when corporately we were looking at ways to better compete and rework some of our business operation and do some restructuring to become more efficient, Sugar said.Sugar said on Wednesday that the deal with Fortress was expected to close by the end of the week, but as of Friday, it was still pending.Naturally, there is some anticipation among employees regarding the sale, but Sugar said theres also an air of excitement about the companys bright future.Fortress does have dollars, Sugar said. They have the money, they have the ability to take us to the next level.At the Ski Area Chief Operating Officer breakfast on Oct. 18, Copper Mountain COO Gary Rodgers said that Fortress wasnt planning to come in and run the resorts, and that the existing management teams would continue executing the business plan.
EDWARDS If you think you might need a passport, apply for it now, said the folks at Overland & Express/Carlson Wagonlit Travel locations in Avon and Edwards.A wave of rulings and advisements has some travel agents saying if their clients are considering international travel, or think they might be, get the passport nailed down.The most recent decision from Congress postpones passport requirements for inbound cruise passengers until June 1, 2009. However, the requirement for air passengers remains January 8, 2007. An important nuance to consider is that cruise passengers who are sailing from Alaska to Vancouver and then flying home will need a passport to re-enter the United States.Were concerned that a large portion of the traveling public, particularly the large number vacationing in Mexico, may now be subject to confusion because of the multiple changes to the passport requirements, said Jan Strauch, president for the two local area Carlson Wagonlit Travel agencies. Because of the fluidity of the situation, anyone considering a cruise or trip that will stop outside the U.S. should apply passport, even though they might not need one right now. By early January, anyone taking an international flight bound for the U.S. will need a passport.By early January, federal law will require everyone to have a valid passport if theyre traveling internationally by air, including to and from destinations where drivers licenses and birth certificates had previously been sufficient. Those destinations include Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Panama and the Caribbean. Passports will be required for all forms of international travel, including over land, beginning on June 1, 2009. For information on passport applications, visit the State Departments Web site at http://www.travel.state.gov, or contact either Overland & Express/ Carlson Wagonlit Travel office in Avons Annex building at 949-1600 or in the Edwards Riverwalk at 926-9206.Vail, Colorado
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