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VAIL A Vail Resorts subsidiary Thursday finalized the sale of Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for $32.5 million to an investment group led by Lodging Capital Partners, a private, Chicago-based hospitality investment firm. The hotel keep will its name and remain a RockResort and will be managed by RockResorts, a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, under a 15-year management contract.

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County Health and Human Services will host a workshop on the new Medicare prescription drug plans on Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Eagle County Building Garden Level Classroom. The workshop is the first in a proposed series of such informational sessions that will take place between now and May 15, the last day of enrollment for those who are eligible for Medicare.The numerous options available to those entitled to Medicare prescription coverage has led to some confusion, particularly among senior citizens in Colorado who must choose one of 44 plans, said Kathleen Forinash, health and human services director.At the workshops, volunteers will try to give one-on-one assistance to people with questions, Forinash said. “As the Medicare prescription plans are researched via the Internet, our computer-trained volunteers will essentially help narrow down the field to three plans for each participant,” Forinash said. “This will hopefully make it easier for the seniors to enroll in a single plan of their choice.”For more information on the Medicare Prescriptions Workshop, call Kathleen Lyons at 328-8841. To schedule an appointment for the workshop, call Pat Nolan at 748-2007.

VAIL – A long-distance runner, an extreme skiers and a photographer are among the speakers who will take part in “Unlimited Adventure Series,” a series of free presentations which begins Thursday at the Donovan Park Pavilion. The first speaker, who will appear Thursday, is Diane Van Deren, an ultra-distance runner who competes in 50- and 100-mile races.On Feb. 2 also at Donovan Park, Vail resident Chris Anthony will talk about extreme skiing and his appearances in Warren Miller films over the last 16 years. Anthony is a veteran of eight World Extreme Skiing Championships and 1996 Alaskan Extreme Skiing Champion.All discussions are from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.. The rest of the schedule: Feb. 9: Matthew Cull – “Full Immersion – “A Bicycle Journey through Asia” at Donovan Park Pavilion.Feb. 23: Susan E.B. Schwartz – “Into the Unknown: The Remarkable Life of Hans Kraus” in the Vail Library Community Room.March 2: Sam Lightner Jr. – “Elevations Unknown – Borneo” at Donovan Park PavilionMarch 9: Jim Cole – “Spirit of the Grizzly” at Donovan Park Pavilion.For more details call 476.2195 or visit info@vaillibrary.com.

VAIL – Meet the Wilderness’ executive director, Joe Schmitt, will leave the nonprofit organization on March 31. Meet the Wilderness takes at-risk youth from Eagle County, Denver and elsewhere on camping trips. Schmitt has worked at Meet the Wilderness for 22 years, starting as a field guide in 1984. He became executive director in 2000. “We’ve taught our students for years that they must have the courage and foresight to make changes in their lives, and now is the time to practice what we’ve been teaching,” Schmitt said. “At this point in my career, I’m ready to do something else.” David Portman, chairman of the Meet the Wilderness’ board of directors, said the organization “has never been stronger in its history.” “Its finances, programs, and number of youth served are at their highest levels ever and reflect Joe’s focused leadership and professionalism,” Portman said. “Joe will leave big shoes to fill, but we wish him well and thank him for his years of dedicated service to our youth who have needed his friendship and direction.”For more information on the search for Schmitt’s replacement visit: http://www.meetthewilderness.org.

EAGLE COUNTY – El Pomar Youth in Community Service, a club at Eagle Valley High School, wants grant $8,000 to nonprofit groups that work with teens. The club focuses on leadership, public service, philanthropy and nonprofit activities. Organizations can apply by Jan. 27 by calling Catherine Nanin or Susan Hicks at 328-8960.Vail, Colorado


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