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VAIL – The Vail Town Council will continue its review of the town’s Comcast cable franchise renewal at its regular evening meeting on Tuesday. The discussion is the first public discusssion since results of a town audit revealed the cable provider hasn’t been living up to its end of the cable service agreement.

The discussion is listed fifth on the meeting agenda and public comments are encouraged. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers, 75 S. Frontage Rd.

The current franchise expired Jan. 4, 2010, however there are provisions that have provided for continuation of service on a month-to-month basis until a new agreement is reached. –



The topic was previously discussed on Oct. 19 when the town council authorized an independent audit of the cable system to determine compliance with the current franchise agreement as required by law. The audit was conducted the week of Nov. 1 by a telecommunications consultant based in Los Angeles.

Results of the audit, which show Comcast’s cable service in Vail to be well below standards set within the previous contract, will be presented during Tuesday’s discussion. Vail Town Attorney Matt Mire said Comcast representatives were invited to the meeting to address some of the concerns.



The current franchise agreement has been in place since 1995 when TCI Cablevision was the operator. –

Public comments in advance of the meeting may be sent to towncouncil@vailgov.com or by calling the Town Council’s voice mail at 970-479-1860, ext. 8. Additional background regarding the franchise discussion, including the complete audit report, may be found on the town’s website at http://www.vailgov.com.

VAIL -The Vail Town Council will review a request for cash and in-kind services to support the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships at its evening meeting Tuesday.



The discussion is listed fourth on the meeting agenda and public comments will be encouraged. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers, 75 S. Frontage Rd.

In its role as the event’s organizer, the Vail Valley Foundation has asked the town of Vail for financial support of $1.25 million to be paid out over a five-year period beginning in February with annual payments of $250,000. The foundation is also requesting in-kind assistance valued at $150,000 for town of Vail police and public works services during the event.

Since municipal governments in Colorado are restricted from making multi-year appropriations, the current town council is able to appropriate only the 2011 contribution. Contributions requested for subsequent years are subject to approval and appropriation by future councils in the year of the contribution.

In the foundation’s written funding request to the town, Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz has noted the championships will be “a single celebration of skiing conducted in two of the world’s finest resorts.”

The plan is to host all of the men’s world championships medal races in Beaver Creek on the existing Birds of Prey course; to build a new women’s speed course in Beaver Creek; and to place the women’s giant slalom and slalom races on a new cut on Raven Ridge in Beaver Creek.

Vail would host the men’s giant slalom and slalom qualification competitions, along with the opening ceremonies and all medal ceremonies and nightly festivities, including concerts, street parties, snowboard and freestyle demonstrations and national hospitality houses.

The Vail Valley Foundation has set an operations budget of $45 million for the championships and will be asking for support from other partners including the Avon Town Council, Beaver Creek Merchants Association, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Denver Sports Commission, Eagle County Commissioners, Eagle Town Council, Lodging Community, Minturn Town Council, Ski Country USA, State of Colorado, U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the Vail Valley Partnership.

According to the foundation, the event will attract more than 800 athletes, coaches and officials, 2,000 members of the media, 2,000 volunteers and large international sponsors, and television feeds to more than 60 countries representing one billion worldwide viewers.

Public comments in advance of the meeting may be sent to towncouncil@vailgov.com or by calling the Town Council’s voice mail at 970-479-1860, ext. 8. Additional background regarding the foundation’s request, including a recap of the economic results from the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships, may be found on the town’s website at http://www.vailgov.com.

EAGLE COUNTY – Two local youth nonprofits with Vail roots were recognized among hundreds of other organizations by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).

First Descents, a nonprofit group dedicated to giving young cancer survivors a taste of outdoor adventure, was one of four winners of the OIA Outdoor Inspiration Awards presented by Adidas Outdoor. SOS Outreach, an Avon-based nonprofit dedicated to building character in youth through outdoor sports, was one of nine finalists.

Hundreds of organizations, individuals and groups were nominated for the awards and winners and finalists were chosen by a panel of business and community leaders, said LaRae Marsik of the Outdoor Industry Association.

The winners will be recognized this week at the Outdoor Industry Association tradeshow in Salt Lake City.

Town of Avon Municipal offices will be closed Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, January 18. Transit services will operate uninterrupted. Call 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies.

Women of all ages are invited to the inaugural event of the Christian Women’s Network of the Vail Valley on Tuesday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Trinity Church, 90 Lariat Loop, Edwards.

The evening will include praise and worship, fellowship, dessert and a short study in the Word.

With the goal of promoting unity among Christian women in Eagle County, Olga Griffin and a committee of inter-denominational representatives have been meeting to establish the mission and vision of this group.

“Christian women are all united by our beliefs and our foundation in God’s word,” Ms. Griffin said. “No matter where you worship, it is important that we as Christian women reach out to each other and grow together in our spiritual life, reaching beyond our places of worship to reach out to our community, serving with love.”

For additional information or if you are interested in joining the executive committee of the Christian Women’s Network of the Vail Valley, contact Olga Griffin at 970-331-6276.


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