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Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle Valley, Colorado News

  1. FARMER’S KORNER — Battle Mountain girls lacrosse started the post-spring break stretch drive in fine style, thrashing Summit County, 16-5.Marti Schmidt scored six goals, so she didn’t have to walk home over the pass. Chloe Doctor had five, so she got to ride the bus home.Haley Frischholz, Berit Kirchner, Julia Heid and Quinn Hilgartner also scored.Tatum Huffman and Natalie Spear each played a half in net, and combined for 17 saves.“It was nice to be back at full strength as a team and be able to see what we can produce when we’re playing at a high level,” Battle Mountain …

  2. EDWARDS — Just when one thinks one has a handle on the 4A Slope soccer race, one is slapped upside the head.The wild ride took another turn on Wednesday night as Glenwood Springs knocked off Battle Mountain, 2-0, as the Demons took a huge step toward qualifying for the state playoffs, while the Huskies’ postseason chances took a hit.“Full credit to Glenwood. They came out and played well,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “I hate this April break. That’s tough, coming off the break. I didn’t think we played badly. I can’t fault anyone’s effort. Ironically, we had two great …

  3. DENVER — You know State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush’s bill to help high country residents pay our outsized health insurance premiums?The one she said was pushed into the Senate committee most likely to kill it?They killed it.The Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted, 3-2, along party lines to kill Mitsch Bush’s H.B. 17-1235 — three Republicans against, two from rural districts, and two Democrats in favor.“I was surprised they voted against it. They know it would help the constituents in their districts,” Mitsch Bush said.The bill aimed to hold health insurance costs to no more than 15 percent …

  4. AVON — The Town Council appointed two new people to the planning and zoning commission Tuesday, and refreshed the terms of two existing members.The town describes the seven-member commission as a design review board, which helps shape policy and land use decisions and ensures architectural and landscape designs conform to the standards identified in the town’s development code.Commissioners Jared Barnes and Lindsay Hardy were reappointed to two-year terms, and newcomers William Glaner and Steven Nusbaum will fill vacancies created by the departure of commissioners Jim Clancy and Tab Bonidy.Glaner is currently a construction manager with Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa.“I …

  5. AVON — Nestled in the heart of town is the Vail Valley Escape Room, an immersive, interactive experience for friends, family and coworkers.The adventure puts a group of two to eight people in Henry Beaver’s old ski shop with 60 minutes to solve the mystery and escape from the room. No special knowledge is needed, and the game is designed for intense cooperation and teamwork for people of all ages.“We wanted to do something where we were giving some type of entertainment or activity to the local population up here,” said co-owner Zach Brandiff, who opened Vail Valley Escape Room …

  6. Supporting the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association is a means to support the maintenance and construction of new soft surface trails in Eagle County. Whether you are hiking, mountain biking, trail running or horseback riding, we want to increase your access to trails and improve your experience in our beautiful home of Eagle County. So please, help us help you. There are so many ways that you, as a trail user, can support the trails you are able to enjoy.The first and most effective way you can help is to get your hands dirty by picking up a McLeod, pick …

  7. EAGLE — A little more than a year ago, John Schneiger began work as Eagle town manager. On Sunday, he will begin a two-week suspension from the job.After a lengthy executive session Tuesday, members of the Eagle Town Board voted 5-2, with members Andy Jessen and Kevin Brubeck dissenting, to place Schneiger on leave, with pay, beginning Sunday. During that two-week period, town board members will select an independent, outside consultant to conduct his one-year performance review. The review will include interviews with staff and board members. When the review is completed, the board will reconvene to decide future actions. …

  8. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — State lawmakers who co-sponsored a bill that could have injected billions of dollars into transportation shared their frustrations after the bill failed to pass committee on Tuesday.“As you can imagine, I was very disappointed,” said State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Democrat. “All of us had hoped … that at least one (Republican) member of the Senate Finance Committee could vote ‘yes’ and move it onto the floor.”The two Democratic committee members voted in favor of the bill. The three Republican members were fundamentally against raising taxes.Highway work If House Bill 1242 had made it through committee, …

  9. EAGLE — Eagle Valley Middle School welcomes you to the imagination of the one and only Dr. Seuss as seen through young Jojo and his world of unthinkable thinks.“Seussical Jr.” is a collection of some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters and stories, all narrated by the mischievous Cat in the Hat.Featured characters include Horton the Elephant, struggling to save the tiny dust speck planet of Who; Gertrude McFuzz, Horton’s kind-hearted next-door neighbor who does everything she can to catch Horton’s eye; Sour Kangaroo, who would like nothing more than to see Horton in an insane asylum; Mayzie LaBird, the …

  10. This weekend promises some high-rolling action when the Melee in the Mountains roller derby event returns to town.The fun actually begins Friday when the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls host a free community open skate at Dobson Ice Arena from 5 to 7 p.m. Novice skaters can learn how to jam, shoot the duck, nollie, ollie or heel-flip-it. Eventgoers can bring their own wheels: quad or inline skates, skateboards, scooters, strollers or striders. The free session is a chance to meet the local derby competitors and members of the visiting tournament teams. Music and door prizes are planned.Following the community skate …

  11. EDWARDS — In tandem with an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, noted author Adam Grant will give a talk and sign books June 29 at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Save the date to attend The Browning Event, part of the college’s Women in Philanthropy Distinguished Lecture Series. Grant has been featured on the “Today Show,” and given keynote addresses at TED talks, the Smithsonian Institute and the United Nations, among dozens of other venues. He’s been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and one of “Fortune” magazine’s “40 under 40.” Grant is a …

  12. BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts Wednesday reported certain ski season metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through April 23, 2017, and for the prior year period through April 24, 2016. The reported ski season metrics are for the company’s North American resorts, adjusted as if Whistler Blackcomb was owned in both periods using comparable exchange rates in each applicable period. The metrics exclude results from Perisher and Vail Resorts’ urban ski areas in both periods. The data is interim period data and subject to fiscal quarter-end review and adjustments.Season-to-date total lift ticket revenue at the …

  13. Editor’s note: This column has traditionally run in the Vail Daily on Wednesdays but is now moving to its new home on Thursdays.A December 2016 Colorado legislative report on the number of teacher candidates completing programs in Colorado showed a precipitous 24.4 percent drop between 2010 and 2016. This means, according to the Denver Post, the state is falling some 3,000 teachers short of filling existing teaching slots.The problem is being felt across our state’s entire educational system, but particularly so in rural parts of Colorado where positions are sometimes posted for weeks or months without a single applicant.A bill …

  14. VAIL — Imagine Carl Sagan strolling through Vail Mountain School gym exclaiming “Billions and billions,” and you’ll have some idea how much wonderful stuff is available for Vail Mountain School’s 25th annual garage sale.The annual event is one of the largest garage sales in the valley. During the past 24 years, it has become a much-anticipated tradition for folks on the quest for great stuff at low prices.Speaking of great stuff at low prices, fill-a-bag-for-$20 starts at noon Saturday.“We’ve had an incredible outpouring of support from the community through donations. There’s furniture, tons of clothing, appliances, toys, electronics, tools, baby …

  15. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Much of the Yampa Valley woke up to a dusting of snow Tuesday, but it was a different story at higher elevations.According to the Tower weather monitoring station at 10,500 feet on Buffalo Pass, 12 inches of snow had fallen by Tuesday morning.The weather station on Rabbit Ears Pass at 9,400 measured 8 inches of new snow. The town of Yampa had 5 inches of snow, while Clark had 2 inches. Ski areas still operating benefited with Winter Park receiving 7 inches of snow. Loveland Ski Area saw 5 inches.The current snow depth on Buffalo Pass is …

  16. They could have just left when they were asked to and not come back. Instead, prosecutors say, 23-year-old Dylan Haas and a group of his friends returned with a posse to the birthday party they were asked to leave near Silverthorne on the night of Nov. 14, 2015, kicked in the door and started a brawl with the occupants. On Monday, April 24, Haas was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the fracas, during which he is said to have slashed the apartment’s owner with a kitchen knife, causing a 6-inch laceration across his chest and …

  17. A 44-year-old man from Olathe, Kansas, who died after skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in February was recently confirmed as the state’s sixth ski fatality this winter as part of the 13 to occur during the 2016-17 season.Jim Bell, a 16-year veteran firefighter of northeast Kansas’s Consolidated Fire District No. 2, was involved in an accident on Feb. 13, later dying from severe head injuries on Feb. 17, despite wearing a helmet. Due to the way in which the state’s ski-related deaths often go unreported, a Colorado news outlet had not previously been able to identify Bell. The Kansas …

  18. Carbondale’s Dandelion Market appears to be teetering on the brink, as the board has been forced to let general manager Katrina Byars go and is weighing further downsizing.Alongside its financial deterioration, Dandelion Market has also been on the hunt for a new home since it found out that its lease won’t be renewed. Its move-out date is July 1, but the co-op’s financial struggles are so severe that the board is assessing whether the doors need to be closed in the coming weeks.Leading up to her dismissal, Byars had been working for about five weeks without pay.“It’s been clear that …

  19. Christina Brusig, the former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts executive director, pleaded guilty Monday to felony check fraud in Eagle County District Court in exchange for a deferred sentence.She was charged with check fraud in January after her landlords, an Eagle couple, reported that she had written them about $18,000 in bad checks after going about nine months without paying rent.Per the deferred sentence, if she successfully completes two years’ probation and pays restitution in that time, her guilty plea will be withdrawn and the case dismissed, prosecutors said.Brusig resigned earlier this month from the art center, whose finances …

  20. A trial run to determine if Glenwood Springs should require paid parking downtown could answer a question about the value of making people pay to park in the commercial core.A community meeting Monday night at City Hall allowed the public to weigh in on the idea, leading to disagreement over whether paid parking helps or hinders downtown businesses.Some of the business owners in attendance believe paid parking would discourage employees and nearby residents from hogging convenient on-street parking spaces all day. That would free them up for customers on a regular rotating basis.Others countered that paid parking might be a …

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