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Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle Valley, Colorado News
  1. VAIL — Vail is prescribing a do-over for workforce housing units in the village.The town said it did not properly notify neighborhood property owners about the proposed Vail Mountain View Residences.The item was removed from Tuesday’s town council agenda and has to go back to the town’s Planning and Environmental Commission.Ron Byrne hopes to develop the project over a parking structure he built a decade ago, east of the Vail Village parking structure, but eight condo owners in the neighborhood claimed they were not properly notified about the proposal. They hired attorney Kerry Wallace to represent them.starting overThe planning commission …
  2. AVON — Almost 6,900 little Blessings From Above were back in class Wednesday as the new school year began.“It gets a little lonely around here without the students,” said Dana Harrison, Avon Elementary School’s assistant principal.Around 325 students filled Avon Elementary’s space, amid a few last-minute details that were being wrapped after a summer of frenetic construction.“A school is not a building, it’s kids,” said Dr. Roy Getchell, Avon elementary school principal.Miracle workersBecause Avon Elementary was home to summer YouthPower365 programs and the InteGreat lunch program, workers couldn’t even get in there until after July 4.“It’s a miracle,” Getchell said. …
  3. VAIL — The Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame recently named Board and Hall of Fame member John McMurtry as the organization’s vice president of development. McMurtry began his new role Aug. 2.As the former lead development officer for Vail’s Steadman Philippon Research Institute since 1994, the Denver native managed the planning and execution of the fund development and institutional relations program for the institute. His programs provided a substantial portion of the institute’s operating, capital and endowment revenue.“We are extremely excited to have John joining our team at the museum,” Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame Executive Director Susie …
  4. VAIL — Tiffany McCracken recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as a broker associate. The announcement was made by Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties. McCracken grew up in the world of Vail real estate. Her stepfather, now retired, was an agent with Christiania Realty for 20 years. Her mother, Gail Ferry, is the current vice president and Eagle County manager of Land Title Guarantee Co.“Tiffany is young, ambitious and creative,” Slevin said. “She is a valuable addition to our organization and is already serving clients with her vast knowledge of the area, approachable personality and professionalism.”Born and …
  5. VAIL — Dr. Robert LaPrade, complex knee surgeon at The Steadman Clinic and chief medical officer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, was the recipient of the Cabaud Memorial Award at the 2017 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting for his work, “Use of platelet-rich plasma immediately post-injury to accelerate ligament healing was not successful in an in vivo animal model.” This award, established in 1986 to honor the life and contributions of Dr. Henry Edward Cabaud III, is given annually to the best manuscript submission pertaining to hard or soft-tissue biology, in vitro research, laboratory or “bench-type” …
  6. Throughout the summer, the Slifer Smith and Frampton Foundation will match all donations made through its website to participating local Eagle County charities, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $25,000. Individual organizations can receive a match of as much as $2,500, or donate to the general fund and money will be distributed where it’s most needed.The Slifer Smith and Frampton Foundation gives back to more than 100 local charities, including, among others, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Castle Peak Senior Care Community, Eagle County Historical Society, Education Foundation of Eagle County, Habitat for Humanity, The Literacy Project, Minturn Community …
  7. What do the world’s best-selling novels, blockbuster movies, award-winning television shows and popular video games have in common? Mysteries to be solved and detectives taking us on their complex journeys of discovery and capture of the bad guys. When clues are few but hope is high, we rely on the skills and dedication of those who are on-call 24/7. While living the dream in our self-proclaimed bubble, we barely notice the strength behind that sense of security. Yes, even in Eagle County, we have murders, assaults, child abuse, arson, armed robberies and domestic violence, and unlike fictional adventures, these involve …
  8. Hello, Eagle County. I’m delighted to be serving as Eagle County Schools’ interim superintendent for the 2017-18 school year. This will be my 38th year in education. During those years, I’ve served as a classroom teacher, gifted and talented program teacher and supervisor, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. The majority of my career was spent serving schools in the Colorado Springs community, completing my career as superintendent in Pueblo. I’m honored to be able to step back into the educational arena in a district with so many exciting ventures underway. My introduction to the valley has shown me the dedication …
  9. Just five years ago, officials estimated the Pitkin County Landfill had enough space to last another quarter-century. But with record amounts of waste entering the facility since then — much of it construction debris — county officials have scaled that estimate way down to just eight years, according to a memo written by Cathy Hall, solid waste manager, and Brian Pettet, public works director. “Based on 123,185 cubic yards of incoming buried waste in 2016, and an estimated 3 percent annual increase of incoming waste, the landfill is projected to close in 2025 without an expansion (or in 2031 with …
  10. A would-be thief found the tables turned on him when he unwittingly tried to sell a stolen bike to his victim’s boyfriend on July 30. The bicycle was first reported stolen that morning and was said to have been originally purchased two years ago for $3,600. Shortly after the report, a man went to a shop in Breckenridge and asked if anyone would like to buy the bike for $50. Another man at the store, who turned out to be the victim’s boyfriend, asked the man if the bike was stolen. The thief responded that it wasn’t and that he …
  11. After setting new records in 2016 and 2015 before it, traffic through both directions of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel is once again surpassing all-time highs this summer. Recently released data from the Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed the weekend of Aug. 4-6, as the new titleholder, with more than 157,600 vehicles passing through the main artery of the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.The three-day number shattered the prior high-water mark set just this past summer over July 29-31 by more than 4,000 cars. The same was true in 2016 when the last weekend of July eventually overtook the previous year’s 150,500 …
  12. A pair of local men allegedly pulled off a pair of burglaries late at night on Aug. 1, but police say they were foiled by security camera footage showing them stealing a rifle and more than $450 worth of coins at two locations in the Copper Mountain area. One of the men, 56-year-old Wendell Ray Perkins, had been nabbed for similar charges in a petty burglary just a month before, and one victim in the August break-ins claimed Perkins had a history of opportunistic theft. The other suspect, 45-year-old Derrick Linzie, has been arrested 31 times in Colorado since 1997 …
  13. A large section of the old Grand Avenue bridge in downtown Glenwood Springs, under demolition to make way for a new bridge, unexpectedly collapsed Tuesday night. No one was hurt.Tuesday was the second day of bridge demolition work. Steel girders underpinning the 1953 structure had been stripped of the concrete bed earlier. Demolition crews began stripping the bridge down piece by piece just after midnight Sunday, and the process was supposed to take two weeks. Crews at the south end of the bridge were pulling a girder out of the bridge after 8 p.m. Tuesday when it got hung up …
  14. Sometimes, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do this job.I didn’t go out on a limb saying that Battle Mountain girls cross-country should be good this year. The Huskies are the defending state champs, returning everyone and odds are good that neither Harding sister will get hit by lightning. (We really hope. Knock wood, everyone.)Eagle Valley’s Barrett Jones will likely make the state-golf tournament, unless he turns into me at regionals. Even then, his chances are still pretty good. Young Jones shot at 72 on Monday to win Eagle Valley’s home tournament at Gypsum Creek. He’s probably …
  15. Remember the old Hersey’s Co. advertising jingle: “Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t”? If not exactly part of legal orthodoxy, at the moment, the catchphrase seems to have a bit of Constitutional resonance.Bear with me as I parse through the shredded coconut of law.If you’ve been dusting the cobwebs off your Cold War fallout shelter or returning your ploughshares into swords, then you know that the diminutive dictator of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been recently wagging his projectiles in the face of the United States, as well as aiming an alarming quantum of bombastic …
  16. It’s being called the Great American Eclipse. The big one. The one that astronomy enthusiasts in the United States have been waiting to see for 38 years. It’s been a long eclipse drought.On Monday, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the 48 contiguous states, from coast to coast, putting millions of people within a short drive of one of nature’s most breathtaking celestial events — a total eclipse of the sun.Total eclipses of the sun are not rare. There’s usually one somewhere on the Earth almost every year. The problem is that the area of visibility is exceedingly …
  17. Thank you for your generosityDear community friends: The Family Learning Center is pleased to announce that our major fundraiser was an enormous success. All proceeds from the “Tee-Off” Cocktail Party in Lake Creek and the 15th annual Barbara Treat Memorial Golf Tournament at the Club at Cordillera benefit Family Learning Center’s early-childhood education and child-care programs.Like so many of the amazing organizations in Eagle County’s nonprofit sector, Family Learning Center relies on the generosity of its donors, special events and foundation funding to operate. Family Learning Center is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable early-childhood education programs to all families, regardless …
  18. Editor’s note: Find a cited version of this column at www.vaildaily.com.In a tense exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta, senior White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller accused Acosta of revealing his “cosmopolitan bias,” which brought to mind a line uttered by the lead character Cher in the 1995 hit movie “Clueless,” “You say that like it’s a bad thing.” The two were squabbling about proposed changes in U.S. immigration policy. Acosta’s protest that the new policies disregarded a long-standing tradition of welcoming the world’s most vulnerable was met with Miller’s blithe dismissal of the significance of the Emma Lazarus poem “The …
  19. Eagle Public Works employees tear out the playground equipment at Eagle Town Park on Monday. A new playground will be installed this fall, and over the past few weeks, locals have been bidding a fond farewell to the dinosaur and fire truck climbers in anticipation of their demise. …
  20. DENVER — Horace Greeley admonished Americans to “Go West,” and many of us are using Bustang to do it.Ridership on Bustang’s west route between Denver and Glenwood Springs surged by 77 percent in its second year. It’s up 52 percent statewide.“Bustang has provided thousands of people with the freedom to travel to Denver from the mountain towns along (Interstate 70) and vice versa without driving their car,” said Danny Katz, CoPIRG Foundation’s director. “The huge growth in ridership demonstrates the clear need for even more statewide bus service like Bustang.”Bustang turned 2 years old this week, and staffers with the …
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