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EAGLE – County offices, including the Avon and El Jebel satellite offices, the county landfill and other facilities will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will resume regular schedules Friday.

Emergency services are always available by calling 911. Call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office – 970-328-8500 for non-emergencies. ECO buses will run their normal schedules, but the ECO Transit office will be closed. The Eagle County Road and Bridge Department is always on call at 970-479-2200 in the event of an emergency.

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County School District has outlined school closure and late start procedures for the upcoming winter season.

• The superintendent is empowered to close schools or dismiss schools early in an event of weather or other emergencies that threaten the safety of students or staff members. School closures, early dismissals and delayed starts will be determined after consultation with the appropriate authorities.

• In the event of a school closure, early dismissal or late start, information will be made available to the public on the Eagle County Schools website,, Eagle County radio stations, Eagle County Alert, TV8 and Denver-area television stations.

• The delayed start times for elementary and secondary schools are one hour, with elementary schools starting at 9 a.m. and middle and high schools starting at 9:30 a.m. It is possible that only certain schools will be affected by a delayed start schedule.

• If a child’s bus is 30 minutes past the scheduled pick-up time, the student is eligible for an excused absence. Parents must notify the school in order for the student to receive an excused absence.

• Cancellations for all after-school activities will be decided by 1 p.m. that day. Schools will be notified on an individual basis and information will be posted on the district’s website.

• Up-to-the-minute text messages can be sent to your phone through Eagle County Alert. You may sign up to receive these text messages at

VAIL -The Town of Vail is moving to its winter snow removal operations.

There will be no on-street parking available within the town Nov. 15 through April 24.

Throughout the winter season, the Public Works Department is prepared to maintain Vail’s frontage roads and residential streets in a timely manner during and following each snowstorm. However, for efficient snow removal operations on Vail’s streets, residents and homeowners are asked to follow the town’s

• Homeowners and residents are responsible for maintaining their own driveways, parking areas and sidewalks following a snowstorm.

• By town ordinance, hired snowplow drivers are required to obtain a Town of Vail snowplow license from the town’s Public Works Department, 1309 Elkhorn Dr.

• By town ordinance, snowplows and snow shovelers are not allowed to push or plow snow into public roadways, including snow-melted surfaces in Vail Village or Lionshead.

• For pedestrian safety, the town does not allow any on-street or shoulder parking. This includes construction vehicles. Automobiles may be ticketed and/or towed if left on town streets or shoulders during snow removal operations.

Following a snowstorm, roads that service the hospital, schools, commercial areas and the ski area are plowed by 8 a.m., with other residential streets plowed by 9:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Charlie Turnbull in the town’s Public Works Department, at 970-477-3425 or 970-390-3008.

Restrooms servicing Vail’s neighborhood parks are also being readied for winter and will close Nov. 14. This follows an earlier closure of the Ford Park playground restrooms in October. The restroom at the Donovan Park playground is the only facility that remains open year-round.

VAIL – Vail Valley Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Doris Kirchner announced the 2010 nominees and winners for Physician of the Year Award, Rising Star Award and the 2010 Clinical Excellence Award. The awards were presented at a ceremony on Oct. 13 at the 9 Iron Grill at the Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards.

This year’s Physician of the Year, Dr. Larry Brooks, has been president and chief executive officer of Vail Valley Emergency Physicians for nearly 30 years and has been an active member of the community for 33 years. He is also the medical director of Vail Valley Medical Center’s recently added urgent and emergent care facility in Gypsum.

“Dr. Brooks has built a career around excellence in patient care, community involvement and continuous learning and teaching,” Kirchner said.

Nominees for the 2010 Physician of the Year award included Larry Brooks, MD; Paul Corcoran, DDS; Amy Miller, MD; William Sterett, MD; Jeff Brown, MD; Jonathan Feeney, MD; Kent Petrie, MD and Jamie Gray, MD.

The Rising Star Award is for physicians that embody all of the qualities of Physician of the Year but have been on staff at Vail Valley Medical Center for fewer than five years, said Barb Steele, Director of Medical Staff Services at VVMC.

The Clinical Excellence Award is for a physician who has contributed to cutting edge techniques or research, she said.

The Rising Star Award recipient for 2010 is Dr. Tracee Metcalfe, medical director of the Vail Valley Medical Center’s Adult Hospitalist Program.

Nominees for the award included David Barclay, MD; Pamela Bock, MD; Joy Guth, MD; Tracee Metcalfe, MD; Greg Miranda, MD and Connie Wolf, MD.

The 2010 Clinical Excellence Award was awarded to Dr. Richard Cunningham of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. Dr. Cunningham, along with other area surgeons, initiated and supports the total joint program at the hospital, including the creation of a booklet and DVD to prepare patients for surgery.

Nominees and winners of each award are chosen by their peers, physician leadership and hospital administration.

AVON – Avon buses and town vehicles will soon be running on biodiesel. As of last month, the town’s fuel supplier started providing an improved biodiesel blend to its customers. The product will be 2 percent biodiesel in the summer and 1 percent in the winter.

“This renewable fuel is another step the town is taking to be environmentally conscientious,” said Jenny Strehler, the town’s director of public works and transportation. “It will improve our emission from our bus fleet and other diesel-powered vehicles.”

The Town of Avon manages a fueling facility for the town’s vehicle and equipment fleet from its Swift Gulch site. The Town purchases gasoline and diesel fuel under contract from Collett Enterprises, Inc. in Gypsum, a local wholesale supplier, who is supplied by Sinclair Oil Company.

In response to federal Environmental Protection Agency standards, which are forcing all suppliers to move to more renewable fuels, Sinclair Oil Company decided to replace their No. 2 diesel fuel with a 2 percent biodiesel blend. Most biodiesels include a blend of natural oils from soybean, canola, palm, rapeseed, and tallow.

In addition to using this fuel, the town will be selling it to other local entities including the Eagle River Fire Protection District, Beaver Creek Metro District Buses, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eco Transit, and the ECO Hazmat Team which already get their fuel from Avon. Avon does not sell fuel to the general public.

Other regional municipalities are already using bio-diesel; both the Summit Stage and the Roaring Fork Transit Authority are currently using biodiesel at various times during the year.

BROOMFIELD – Vail Resorts announced that it is extending its season pass sales for the 2010-2011 ski and snowboard season without raising prices.

Vail Resorts’ season passes include the Epic Pass, Epic 7-Pack, Colorado Pass, Summit Pass and Keystone and Arapahoe Basin Pass. Sales are extended until Nov. 21, 2010.

The Epic Pass, Epic 7-Pack and Colorado Pass now offer pass holders access to three additional California Resorts – Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at Tahoe.

Visit or to renew passes online or to purchase a Summit Pass or Keystone and Arapahoe Basin Pass, Epic Pass and Epic-7 Pack through Nov. 21.

AVON – Condo Capital Solutions, a Louisville, Colo.-based company headed by real estate investors Marcel Arsenault and Peter Wells, has purchased the $40 million loan that had been in default for the Gates Residences, a condo project at the base of Beaver Creek.

The property has 49 luxury condominium units, and was completed in 2008. Condo Capital Solutions, a turnaround company that buys distressed real estate, plans a sales launch in December. Prices are expected to be approximately 50-60 percent of the 2008 pricing, with units for sale from the mid-$300,000’s to just over $1 million. No units were sold after the project was finished in 2008

Renamed “The Ascent,” the property offers full condominium ownership. Amenities include underground heated parking, indoor pool and spa, steam room, exercise facilities, and outdoor fireplace and spa.

For more information about Condo Capital Solutions, go to To learn more about The Ascent, go to

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Ski Resort welcomes the 2010-11 season with a kick-off celebration this Friday when the Colorado SuperChair, 5 Chair and Rip’s Ride lifts start running at 9 a.m., preceded by the BreckConnect Gondola at 8:00 a.m.

Skiers and Riders are invited to come early and celebrate at breakfast, featuring free servings of “BreckBerry French Toast” to the first 1,000 skiers and riders starting at 8:30 a.m., at the NEW Ski Hill Gill at the base of Peak 8.

Friday also marks the grand opening of the Breckenridge Gold Runner Coaster located at the base of Peak 8. Guests can attend the ribbon cutting at noon then rid down 2,500 feet of elevated track of hairpin curves and twists between ski runs. Cost is $15 for a single ride.

MCCOY – The Rock Creek Fire Crew is hosting the Wild Game Dinner and Dance with live music Saturday at the McCoy Community Center.

The fundraiser begins at 6:30, and will include a silent auction for the nonprofit fire department that relies on donations to continue to serve its community.

The 14-member department serves over 244 square miles from Burns to the Grand County line and mile marker 7 on Highway 131 to the Routt County line. Approximately 300 people in Bond, McCoy, parts of Burns, State Bridge, Rancho Del Rio, Sheephorn, Copper Spur and outlining areas live within the department’s boundaries.

The crew responds to all emergencies: Medical, accident, wildland fire, railroad, structure fire, hazardous spill and assists Vail Mountain Rescue.

For more information visit

VAIL – Caroline Fisher, of Vail, was recently named to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Board of Directors. Fisher, president and consultant of the Fisher Consulting Group, will serve a two-year term.

Fisher’s professional life has been spent helping organizations develop their culture, thereby improving their performance and effectiveness. She holds a master’s degree in organizational development and management, and a doctorate in organizational psychology. Fisher is an advisory board member of The dZi Foundation and has served as an advisor with the Vail Leadership Institute.

For more information, visit or call 1-877-404-5708.

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