Vail Resorts has all Front Door permits |

Vail Resorts has all Front Door permits

Special to the DailyDr. Gene Bammel will share his views on the debate between evolutionists and creationists at a Vail Symposium lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Cordillera Valley Club's Chaparral restaurant.

VAIL- Vail Resorts Development Company has all of the building permits it needs from the town of Vail for the “Front Door” redesign the base of Vail Mountain, the company said Wednesday.The Front Door project includes 13 Lodge at Vail Chalets, a skier service building, a public plaza and the “Avanyu Spa” and outdoor pool for the Lodge at Vail. The proposed Vail Mountain Club, serving approximately 500 members, also is part of the project.Excavation has been under way since early summer.”The building permits were some of the last pieces of the puzzle,” said Jack Hunn, executive vice president of the development company. Ten of the 13 residences already have been reserved, at prices of about $2,400 per square foot. The Front Door project is supposed to be completed in late 2008.The removal earlier this summer of old Chairlift 1 was part of the project.

EDWARDS – Dr. Gene Bammel will share his views on the great debate between evolutionists and creationists at a Vail Symposium lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Cordillera Valley Club’s Chaparral restaurant. Bammel says the two sides can peacefully co-exist. From the publication of “The Origin of Species “in 1859, controversy has swirled around Charles Darwin’s notion of evolution, Bammel says. “Fairly quickly, the vision emerged that science and religion were locked in mortal combat,” he says. “If you had a scientific outlook, how could you possibly be religious? And if you were a religious believer, it seemed you had a pious duty to reject what the scientists were saying”Bammel, a historian of philosophy, says he got interested in evolution and intelligent design when asked to teach a course on the conflicts between science and religion” at the University of Arizona. His most recent book, “Everyday Philosophy,” was published in 2005.Admission is $20 for Vail Symposium supporters and $25 for all others. Eagle County teachers and students can attend the lecture for half price. A buffet dinner is offered for $37 following the presentation. Reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations or for more information, contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or visit

AVON – The bike path along the Eagle River between Avon Road and West Beaver Creek Boulevard will be closed from Tuesday until the completion of widening and lighting work for the Westin Riverfront Project. The path will open for special events as required. If you have any question contact B&B Excavating at 926-3311.

EDWARDS – Students can sign up now for fall Colorado Mountain College classes, most of which begin Aug. 28.A new class at the Edwards community college campus this fall is “Leadership: The Art and Practice” taught by Robert Vanourek of the Vail Leadership Institute. Also on the fall curriculum are classes in developmental education, citizenship and GED preparation. A program called Intensive Academic Language Skills, which also begins this fall, is a course for English as a Second Language students to begin taking other classes in English. Students can also take Chinese ink painting, real estate, rock climbing and a myriad of computer courses.A list of classes is available online at Only returning students can register on the Web site.New students and students who have not taken classes within the past 10 months must register for classes at the campus’s front desk, 150 Miller Ranch Rd., Edwards. The desk is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through-Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

GYPSUM – Red Hill Elementary will host “Meet & Greet” from 2:30 to 4 p.m., on Aug. 29, The school’s address is 100 Grundel Way in Gypsum.Parents, students and the community can meet new principal Anthony Barela and check out the school. Students also can drop off their school supplies and meet their teachers.Vail, Colorado

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