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Daily Staff ReportsVail, CO, Colorado

Carol L. Curtis recently took a position as a private mortgage banker the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office in Avon.Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Curtis was a lawyer in the Vail Valley for 10 years and then worked as a mortgage broker with Wright Mortgage Co. in Avon. Carol brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and her abilities complement our team, said Jennifer Byrnes, area manager for Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking, part of the retail network of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. We are excited to have someone of Carols background join our organization.

Vail law firm Wear, Travers & Perkins has joined Sherman & Howard LLC, Denvers oldest and fourth-largest law firm.Wear, Travers & Perkins, in business for nearly 20 years, specializes in real estate development, common interest communities and general real estate law. The move brings a seventh office to Sherman & Howards existing operations in Colorado, Nevada and Arizona. In order to be more competitive in todays environment, it was important that we align ourselves with a full-service organization whose experience extends beyond real estate law, said Jim Wear, founder and president of Wear, Travers & Perkins. Personal service is a hallmark of Wear, Travers & Perkins; Sherman & Howard shares this commitment and will also provide our clients with a depth of resources. We are pleased and excited to welcome the well-established and premier real estate law firm of Wear, Travers & Perkins to our firm, said Steven D. Miller, of Sherman & Howard. This combination reinforces our ability to provide clients with outstanding counsel in highly sophisticated real estate transactions. With this addition, we are able to offer a broader range of services and experience.The firms have shared clients and served as co-counsel over the years, and because of this successful relationship, Sherman & Howard took the opportunity to approach Wear, Travers & Perkins about combining the two firms. Clients of Wear, Travers & Perkins have included East West Partners, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Hines Highlands Limited Partnership, Broadmoor Development Co. and the Telluride Ski and Golf Co. For more information, visit http://www.shermanhoward.com.

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival has nominated the Antlers at Vail for recognition as the Best Company Supporting the Arts in America in honor of its continued support of Bravo!s programs and other programs committed to making the arts more accessible in our community. The Antlers is the official hotel for the Colorado Childrens Chorale as it performs throughout Colorado, including Vail. As a result, the Childrens Chorale often performs at the hotel for guests and residents. The Antlers is also a key sponsor of the Vail Symposium a nonprofit group whose mission is to provide educational programs for the Vail Valley community that is thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. Additionally, the Antlers supports the arts through the display of works throughout the property. The Antlers recently was named Business of the Year at the Vail Valleys first-ever Excellence Awards banquet. The Antlers at Vail is also a sponsor of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. With more than $20,000 in annual in-kind contributions, the Antlers is a source of housing for many of the artists who perform at Bravo!s annual festival. To learn more about the 2008 Bravo! season, go to http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877-812-5700.

The Vail Valley Business Womens regular meeting is Tuesday at the Blue Plate Bistro in Avon. The meeting is set for 5:45 to 8 p.m.The featured speaker is professional organizer Ellen Galbraith, who will talk about Organizing Your Wallets to Your Closets. Her presentation will focus on the fundamental organizing principles that apply to both the workplace and everyday life. Those who attend will learn about useful systems and tips that apply to paper flow, space optimization and time management. Sprinkled throughout the presentation will be a number of statistics that put the value of organization into perspective.The event is free for gold members, $25 for silver members and $30 for nonmembers. Dinner will be served, and a cash bar is available. To R.S.V.P., e-mail rsvp@vvbw.com. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You also can R.S.V.P. by phone at 524-1475 by Monday to reserve your space.

Himmelman Construction is completing the final phase of Vail Christian High School in Edwards. The $6.3 million project, as well as Vails Gracious Savior Church, will open their doors to students soon. Himmelman worked with Davis Partnership Architects of Edwards to complete the 61,239-square-foot project in two phases. The first phase included classrooms and administrative offices, while the second phase includes a gym and fine-arts facility.


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