Nazi hunter to speak at event in Vail Thursday |

Nazi hunter to speak at event in Vail Thursday

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VAIL — Chabad Jewish Center of the Vail Valley will present a lecture by Efraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sebastian Hotel, 16 Vail Road in Vail.

Zuroff, director of the Wiesenthal Center in Jeruselem, is an American-born Israeli historian who has played an important role in the efforts to bring Nazi war criminals to justice during the past 28 years. Zuroff will discuss his role in “Operation: Last Chance,” which he launched in 2002. Zuroff spearheaded a vast public campaign to locate and bring to justice as many of the worst suspected Nazi criminals as possible, before ill health or death spared them from standing trial.

Zuroff describes himself as “one third detective, one third historian and one third political lobbyist.” In 1978 he was invited to be the first director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where he played a leading role in establishing the center’s library and archives and was historical advisor for the Academy award-winning documentary “Genocide.”

He began his career as a Nazi-hunter in 1980 when he was hired by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations to be their sole researcher in Israel. During his six years in that capacity, his efforts assisted in the preparation of cases against numerous Nazi war criminals living in the United States.

In 1986 his research uncovered the postwar escape of hundreds of Nazi war criminals to Australia, Canada, Great Britain and other countries, and he rejoined the Wiesenthal Center to coordinate its international efforts to bring Holocaust perpetrators to justice. So far, Operation Last Chance has yielded the names of 530 hereto-unknown suspects, one hundred of which have been submitted to local prosecutors.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call 970-476-7887. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door.

After the lecture, Zuroff will be signing copies of his new book, “Operation Last Chance: One Man’s Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice” and copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Logging to begin along Red Sandstone and Lost Lake roads

Logging operations along Red Sandstone and Lost Lake Roads started Monday and will continue throughout the summer. The work will be carried out by a timber purchaser whose crew will be hauling logs off Red Sandstone Road, Lost Lake Road and Muddy Pass Road. Heavy log truck traffic is expected at times, and the public should expect delays when traveling these roads.

This project has been designed to promote forest health and reduce hazardous fuels in the area north of Vail on 2,391 acres.

“The Indian Creek sale, like this past summer’s operation on West Grouse as well as the previous summers operation on Tigiwon, is serving to bring our forests back to a natural range of variation while helping local economies and supporting Colorado industries” said District Ranger Dave Neely.

Workers will perform logging activities, including tree felling and log hauling, every day this summer. For the safety of the public, Lost Lake Road will be closed from 8 a.m. Mondays to noon on Fridays until work is completed in that area. Call the Eagle/ Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715 with questions.


Construction project to cause delays on State Highway 131

The Colorado Department of Transportation has started on a drainage and culvert improvement project on State Highway 131. It will span from mile post 3 in Eagle County to mile post 37.7 in Routt County. Altogether, seven culverts will be repaired or replaced.

“The new culverts will greatly help improve drainage on the highway and throughout the surrounding area. Altogether, we’ll improve two culverts in Eagle County … and five in Routt County,” said John Kronholm, project engineer.

Work will take place Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The highway will be reduced to a single lane of alternating traffic, which will be directed by flaggers. The speed limit will be reduced in the work zone to 35 mph. Motorists are urged to allow an extra 10 minutes of travel time.

The project is contracted to Johnson Construction, Inc. for $1 million, and is scheduled for completion in September.


Vail interchange study to hold open house on Monday

Representatives from the town of Vail and the Colorado Department of Transportation are hosting an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center to discuss the Vail I-70 Interchange and Crossing Study.

The study is being used to establish a vision for improving the main Vail and West Vail interchanges along with improving connectivity and the ability to cross I-70. Past planning efforts have identified possible interchange improvements as well as a new additional crossing of I-70 between main Vail and West Vail near the Simba Run condominiums to improve connectivity for vehicles, pedestrians and transit.

The open house on Monday will present an update on the Planning Environmental Linkage study which will be used as a basis for future design and construction if funding becomes available. The open house will be a drop-in format where participants can discuss the study with town staff, CDOT staff and the project consultant.

For more information, contact Tom Kassmel in the town of Vail Public Works Department at 970-479-2235, or visit the town’s website at


Senator Udall presents wildfire legislation

In an effort to reduce the risk wildfires pose to communities, Colorado Senator Mark Udall and Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe have introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to work with states and localities on wildfire mitigation projects. The bill, which places wildfires on par with other natural disasters including hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, would make Colorado, Oklahoma and other states eligible to receive an additional 15 percent of the total funds FEMA allocates for fire suppression to support wildfire-mitigation efforts.

“Colorado communities and public lands managers know that the cheapest fire to fight is one that never burns. This bipartisan, common-sense and deficit-neutral bill would allow Colorado to proactively work to prevent wildfires before they even begin,” Udall said. “Wildfires are a natural phenomenon, but we can — and must — reduce their impact so that we can avoid catastrophic wildfires. Taking action now is fiscally responsible, because thinning forests and reducing hazardous fuels will help save lives, homes and infrastructure. Studies show that every dollar spent on hazard mitigation saves an average of four dollars.”

“Last summer, wildfires across Oklahoma destroyed homes, killed our ranchers’ livestock and destroyed our farmers’ crops. Proper mitigation efforts would have reduced or even prevented the devastation that many Oklahomans experienced,” Inhofe said. “I am pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation with Senator Udall that will allow FEMA to be more proactive in preventing and combating these types of natural disasters.”


Can Do Multiple Sclerosis partners with Shop for a Cause

Macy’s will partner with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis through its eighth annual national Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event at stores nationwide on Aug. 24.

Customers can purchase shopping passes from Can Do MS now.

Macy’s Shop For A Cause is a one-day-only shopping event created to support charity fundraising efforts, and has helped raised more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006.

“Over the past eight years, Macy’s annual Shop For A Cause has raised more than $46 million for local and national charities, providing our associates and customers an opportunity to give back to those organizations that touch their hearts each and every day,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer.

By purchasing a shopping pass from Can Do MS, customers support lifestyle empowerment programs for people living with MS and their support partners while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

Macy’s has provided Can Do MS with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Can Do MS will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more Can Do MS sells, the more money it will raise.

“We are proud to join Macy’s Shop For A Cause campaign this year. Your donations will help provide lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners with information and tools they need to live a better quality of life. Whether it’s helping someone establish a lifestyle plan, creating individualized goals, addressing support partner issues or receiving personalized care, Can Do MS is here to help people learn what is possible while living with MS,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, Can Do MS president and CEO.

For more information about Can Do MS’s partnership with Macy’s Shop For A Cause or to purchase a shopping pass online, visit

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