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Uber car service expands to Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen

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UberX comes to Summit

After a few short years and mounds of big-city controversy, Uber is coming to Summit County.

The wildly popular driver service recently announced that its smartphone app is ready to launch in Colorado mountain towns. The new high-country service includes Summit County, Eagle County (home to Vail and Beaver Creek), and Pitkin County (Aspen and Carbondale).

And now come the drivers. UberX, the company's rideshare service, recently released a slew of Craigslist ads for drivers who want to earn a little extra cash once or twice per week. For newcomers, "ridesharing" is the key to Uber's success (and controversy): The service relies on private drivers with personal cars – not professional taxi drivers – to give rides throughout the day. Drivers works as much or as little as they want, and Denver-based drivers tend to earn upwards of $20 per hour.

Uber's hiring policies are relatively lax, but the service only works with people who own four-door, late-model cars (2005 or newer). A look at the Uber hiring call:

"Does your schedule vary? No problem, just jump online whenever it suits you and drive as little or as much as you want. You can earn from $20 to $30 an hour. Evenings and weekends are the best money."

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To apply, send an email to 654m7-4838595758@job.craigslist.org.

CDOT awards $51.7M for wildlife safety project on SH 9

The Colorado Department of Transportation has awarded the contract for the construction of the SH 9 wildlife safety improvement project to Kirkland Construction Co. from Rye, Colo.

The project, which is slated to begin in the next few months, will use $51.7 million in funds approved by the State Transportation Commission. Those funds come from CDOT's RAMP funding (Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnership Program), with additional funds of more than $9.2 million coming from local sources. Those sources include local municipal entities like Summit County and the Town of Silverthorne. Grand County, Kremmling, and more than 175 private individuals and organizations also contributed to the funds. The local group Citizens for a Safe Highway 9 Committee led the fundraising.

CDOT and Kirkland Construction have not yet released details on when construction will begin. In the next few weeks, CDOT will release additional project information, including anticipated construction scheduling, traffic control plans and public information meetings. For more information, visit the "Projects" section at http://www.cdot.gov.

Frisco takes home two financial reporting accolades

The Town of Frisco has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the 2013 fiscal year. Both awards were received from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The CAFR award is judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting was given for the town's 2013 Community Scorecard. It's a prestigious national award that recognizes conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. The report contents conform to program standards of creativity, presentation, understandability and reader appeal.

This is the sixth year in a row that the Frisco has won the CAFR award and the fifth year for the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financing Reporting.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals, with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Breck accepts proposals for affordable housing on CR 450

The Town of Breckenridge last week invited contractors to bid on an affordable housing project at County Road 450. The property is on the northeast edge of town, across from the Kennington Townhomes and roughly a half-mile outside of downtown Breckenridge.

The invitation is open to all qualified firms, individuals and consortiums. The town and Summit County need a consultant to assist in configuring a housing plan, designing the project, and preparing architectural and construction documents. There is a mandatory site visit for all interested entities on Jan. 23.

Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on Feb. 16. Procedural and technical questions must be submitted in writing to the town's community development manager, Laurie Best, at laurieb@townofbreckenridge.com. Questions must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Due to a strict project timeline, including mandatory site visits and information sessions, the town recommends that all interested parties read the online proposal at http://www.townofbreckenridge.com.

Youth corps earns grant funding for Summit trail work

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded a $31,500 grant to Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge to employ the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Association for trail construction. Grant-funded youth corps crews will build new trails in the Golden Horseshoe this summer, improving recreational access and resource protection for one of the county's most treasured backcountry areas.

The Colorado Youth Corps Association announced that 200 Colorado youth will get jobs this summer working on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects throughout the state. These projects will enhance Colorado's trails, parks, open spaces and wildlife habitat in 14 counties. Great Outdoors Colorado, which receives a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds, awarded funds to the Colorado Youth Corps Association for use by accredited youth corps.

In Summit County, the $31,500 was awarded for five weeks of RMYC work, which will help local open space programs with much-needed trail construction on the Galena Extension Trail, Rich Gulch/Mineral Hill Trail and Wirepatch Trail inside the Golden Horseshoe area.

Both Summit County and Breckenridge have prioritized expanding and maintaining trails throughout the Upper Blue Basin. Within the Golden Horseshoe area alone, the town and county jointly own more than 3,000 acres.

Sotheby's unveils new name for CO offices

Sotheby's, the luxury real estate broker with offices in Summit County and neighboring Eagle County, recently announced a new name: LIV Sotheby's International Realty.

The new name replaces the company's previous moniker, Fuller Sotheby's International Realty, which has been used in Colorado since 1999. According to company representatives, the LIV name is a play on "live" and "lifestyle" – both integral to the international real estate market.

This year, Sotheby's estimates its 10 Colorado offices and 250 brokers will sell $2 billion dollars across the state. And the new name is the first step in a yearlong rebranding campaign. LIV Sotheby's will use the name to introduce a website facelift, a refreshed blog featuring Colorado-centric content and a new magazine, "LIV," formerly known as "Connoisseur."

In Breckenridge on Jan. 9, the local Sotheby's office tapped into rebranding energy with "Festive Fiddles," an evening of music from the National Reparatory Orchestra. The RPO is in town throughout January, performing two free concerts each week during its month-long residency.