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EAGLE COUNTY AIRPORT EXPANSION

A 19-month construction project, scheduled for completion in November 2019, at a cost of $33 million, is almost done and will add a second floor to the commercial terminal with expanded retail and dining space, more aircraft gates and new jetways. A Federal Aviation Administration grant is financing the majority of the construction, with Eagle County’s match coming from airport revenues, not tax dollars. The jet-loading bridges will be one of the biggest and best changes for passengers who will no longer face an outdoor walk from the plane to the terminal. Rather, the bridges will take them to a new gate area, located at the top of the terminal. They will then be able to take an escalator or elevator to the ground floor and out to the baggage claim area. As well, large windows on the north side of the terminal will overlook the magnificent vistas of Eagle […]

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A Walk To End Alzheimer’s

The annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on September 28 at the Brush Creek Park and Pavilion, in Eagle. An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease which includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. The disease is irreversible and destroys brain cells, causing thinking and memory to deteriorate. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. While there is no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and to raise awareness. It provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goals. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcoming ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The two-mile walk will begin at 10:00 a.m.

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EPIC PROMISE: Where Giving Back Is Part Of Everyday

Two of Vail Resorts’ core values are ‘serving others’ and ‘do good.’ It’s more than lip service with the EpicPromise program. EpicPromise is a broad goal for the company and its employees: it runs the gamut from volunteering to an environmental promise, educational assistance to emergency funding in the communities where it operates, from Vail to Michigan, California to the East Coast. Volunteering can come in the form of one gigantic day of giving back as hundreds did on September 15 at Maloit Park in Minturn. Employees and their families spruced up the school. There’s EpicPromise Week, perhaps a weeklong build day at Habitat for Humanity when departments take over the volunteer schedule and build homes. EpicPromise Connect has volunteers working at all sorts of community programs in Eagle County. “There were 2,100 employees last year, we’re on track this year to have 2,500. It’s a huge impact, and we […]

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A CHAMPION CHAMPIONS

A few years ago, Lindsey Vonn was celebrated in a People magazine article titled “25 Women Changing the World.” And rightly so. At the time, Vonn, the winner of Olympic Gold and more World Cup titles than any skier in history, was getting ready to change the world with the introduction of her nascent Lindsey Vonn Foundation (LVD). As Vonn told the magazine, she was nine years old when she met Olympic ski racer Picabo Street at an autograph signing in a ski shop in Minneapolis. “It was like meeting a superhero in real life,” she relates. “Those two minutes changed my perspective and made me want to be an Olympian. I think little things can make a big impact and help change a life.” So Vonn created her foundation to do just that: make a big impact and help change a life. “I want to empower young girls and […]

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THE BLUE STARLITE’S MOVIE REVIVAL

For years locals frequented the Cascade Theatre in Vail. Nobody minded that the seats were getting soft or that the sound system needed help. It, essentially, was the neighborhood theatre. And then, 10 years ago, it closed. However, when the Talisa Hotel opened in Cascade Village, this year, new life appeared in the old movie house’s space. It’s name? The Blue Starlite. Two years ago, The Blue Starlite High Rockies opened in Minturn as a summer drive-in event, showing movies that, as was advertised, “that were popular when YOU were.” The new indoor Blue’s concept is a cross between an Art/Revival house movie theatre and a supper club. Its schedule is a mixture of cult movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Big Leboski as well as Oscar nominees and winners including The Florida Project, The Shape of Water and Frozen. The array of films covers the gamut. […]

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EAGLE COUNTY FAIR & RODEO SADDLE UP

For 79 years the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo (ECFR) has celebrated our Western heritage with an event complete with Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Rodeo, concerts, exhibits and the 4H livestock auction. It’s a great event for the whole family. It’s also an event that gives back to the community. For the past ten years, the ECFR has partnered with Wrangler’s nationwide program, “Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” Each Friday during the rodeo, all the contestants wear pink. As well, attendees are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. The money, raised through a donation of 50 cents per ticket sold as well as cash collected in a boot that is passed through the crowd, is donated to the Shaw Cancer Center. And for the past two years, 4H kids have donated one pig and one sheep to be auctioned off at the rodeo, with proceeds […]

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE EAGLE RIVER PARK HAS BEGUN

The Town of Eagle has begun the first phase of the Eagle River Park, a 4.3-acre park including two main components; the in-stream and construction of a new world-class whitewater park and the Upland Park parcel on the north side of the Colorado river. The Eagle River project wraps along the Eagle River near the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo Grounds and Chambers Park. Established in 2015, the River Park is part of the Eagle River Corridor Plan. The Project will build upon the Town of Eagle’s already outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities by creating a whitewater park that will not only server the community but will provide a venue for whitewater compatitions, events and more. Construction includes four in-stream features of the whitewater park and pedestrial/maintenance path along the riverbank. The whitewater park will feature waves, eddies, chutes, and drops that are fun to tube and float during low-water times, […]

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Dr.Tom Steinberg Vail’s First Physician And Dedicated Citizen Dies

One of Vail’s oldest and dearest residents–and Vail’s first physician – Dr. Tom Steinberg, 93, passed away of complications from pneumonia on September 25. “He was at Vail Health Medical Center when he died,” his son Erik told the Vail Daily. “When he died,” Erik said, ‘You know your way out of the building, Dad.’ ” Steinberg was a World War II veteran who participated in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp for which he received a Bronze Star for bravery. Aft er seeing an ad that detailed the need for a physician in a new ski area, Steinberg arrived in Vail in 1965, with his wife, Florence, and their children, Erik and Kristina. In the beginning, Steinberg’s offi ce was in the basement of The Red Lion. If the doctor was busy when ski patrol brought down an injured skier, the patient had to wait on a bench […]

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Eagle Valley Land Trust Makes Top 10

The national Land Trust Alliance, founded in 1982, works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. “We all depend on the land to live. What we do with the land – build on it, take resources from it, save it – affects the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink. The land affects where we live and how we live. Even though we walk on it every day, sometimes we forget it’s even there and can take the land for granted,” states the Land Trust Alliance’s website. In our area, the Eagle Valley Land trust (EVLT) conserves our precious land. Its mission statement is to “preserve the character of our community, one acre at a time and to protect, forever, our scenic vistas, open spaces, historic lands waterways and wildlife habitat”. Recently a two-minute video, titled “Land is My […]

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Art in public places celebrates winter

The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places lantern walk and exhibits consistently bring joy to locals and visitors, as well. And this year’s projects continue to celebrate our glorious winters. To share in the holiday spirit, Vail’s Paper Lantern Project invites residents and guests to make paper lanterns. The first workshop, presented by the Alpine Arts Center, will be held on December 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lionshead Welcome Center. A fee of $10 includes complimentary light snacks, wine and beer available for purchase and a festive ambiance while creating your unique lantern. The Vail Public Library’s free workshop, on December 22, with local paper artist Helen Hiebert takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. preceding the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk. “We wanted to create a hands-on and interactive art event which would gather both guests and residents to celebrate the holidays,” says Molly […]