Mountain Town Roundup
EDWARDS – A former employee of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Edwards has been arrested for allegedly stealing money donated during church services.The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office charged Kevin Wall, 59, of Vail, with felony theft of $20,000 or more.In 2009, St. Clare of Assisi uncovered irregularities involving cash deposits made by Wall, police said. A two-year investigation determined that Wall was stealing monetary contributions made to the church collected during services, according to the sheriff’s office. Administrators from the Archdiocese of Denver and St. Clare Parish have cooperated fully with the investigation, police said in a press release.Wall turned himself in on Friday and is out on a $10,000 cash bond. He faces a total maximum sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment and fines of up to $750,000, if convicted. – Vail Daily staff report
BEAVER CREEK – As fall foliage nears its peak, Beaver Creek Resort is announcing a new annual fall event called the Beaver Creek Luxe Fest, which this year previews with a small exotic car show and new auto demos by Cadillac on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the plaza in Beaver Creek Village. During the event, Beaver Creek real estate teams will be presenting a collection of Beaver Creek luxury homes. Guests will be taken by bus in small groups for home tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events on Saturday will be free and open to the public. Attendees also will be able to vote for the people’s choice award for the cars being shown. “Luxury is the embodiment of design, exclusivity and culture, and the Beaver Creek Luxe Fest will be a celebration of these attributes,” said Tim Baker, executive director of Beaver Creek Resort Company. “We are very excited to add this unique festival to our annual line-up and offer a preview of things to come this fall. Beaver Creek is the perfect setting to host a high-end luxury car event, the 2012 Concours d’Elegance, as well as a festival celebrating all things luxury. It is our brand promise after all.”In addition to the 2012 Concours d’Elegance, new cars and dealers will be on hand next year to show the latest in luxury automobiles. Also look for the home tours to continue as well as fashion shows, art shows and cooking demonstrations. Most events will be free and open to the public. To register a car or learn more about the event, call (970) 845-5873 or email email@example.com. – Vail Daily staff report
VAIL – The USA Pro Cycling Challenge was a full-fledged hit when it rolled through the Vail Valley last month. That’s no guarantee the races will return, but it won’t be for lack of effort from local residents.The Vail Valley Foundation last year put together the valley’s bid for a pair of stages – a time trial from Vail Village much of the way up Vail Pass and the start of the stage from Avon to Steamboat Springs. Getting the bid, then pulling off a great event, took a lot of time, effort and money.”I know I was getting emails at 3 a.m. about it,” said Jamie Gunion, of the Vail Recreation District. Adam Lueck (of the Vail Valley Foundation) put in some crazy hours to make it work.”Foundation vice president of communications John Dakin said a proven record with the event will be an important part of selecting stage stops for next year’s event.”Other communities will say, ‘We can do a good job,’ but we can say we’ve done a good job,” Dakin said. Hosting successful events, combined with Vail’s relatively central location in the mountains, would seem to make the valley a logical spot for the tour for years to come. But, Dakin said, there are no guarantees.”We’ve got the tour saying they want to take the race to different parts of Colorado,” Dakin said. “There were some cities that were major parts of the old Coors Classic that weren’t part of the Pro Cycling Challenge this year.”Both Front Range and Western Slope cities and towns that hosted the old Coors Classic races, last run in 1988, will surely ask to be part of future events. Grand Junction used to host a Coors Classic stage that featured the road around the Colorado National Monument. So what does the foundation need to do to present the best bid possible?”We mostly have to show we’re capable of hosting a great event,” Dakin said. – Scott N. Miller/Vail Daily
The La Plata County Search and Rescue team spent roughly seven hours Thursday night and early Friday morning working to find a lost mountain biker.The 42-year-old man from the Denver area took a wrong turn on his trek from Dry Fork to Junction Creek on the Colorado Trail, said Butch Knowlton, director of emergency preparedness for La Plata County.The man started at roughly 2 p.m. and was in contact with companions until about 4 p.m. His friends became alarmed around 6 and called search and rescue.Search teams set out at roughly 7 p.m. and didn’t end until around 2 a.m. Friday.”We had upwards of a dozen people that went on two various trail systems and located him on the Colorado Trail and were able to bring him out,” Knowlton said.The man was not injured.- Jordyn Dahl/Durango Herald
CARBONDALE – The body of a young man was found lying on Highway 133 in Carbondale shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to Carbondale police chief Gene Schilling.Police were called at 2:58 a.m. to the scene, which was on Hwy. 133 between Weant Boulevard and Eighth Street.Schilling described the man as a Latino in his mid-20s.The man was not identified, and the case is under investigation to determine the cause of death.The Carbondale Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff, Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Carbondale Fire Department. – Post Independent staff report
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Wet, damp and cool, Thursday wasn’t a good day to ride a bike to school. It was, however, a fine day for reflecting on Steamboat Springs’ promotion in the Bicycle Friendly Community world.The city earned Bicycle Friendly Community silver status in 2007 and last week got the bump up, joining 13 other cities with gold status.”To be recognized as gold really makes us in a very elite group,” Routt County Riders Boardmember Robin Craigen said. “It’s a tremendous boost for this town.”The jump in designation comes after a large local push to shore up holes in the biking infrastructure. An application process pointed out those improvements and landed Steamboat its gold status.The progress touted by local organizers led by Janet Hruby didn’t just revolve around downhill trail construction and big bike races. Instead, it focused on making cycling in and around the city easier and safer for riders of all ages and ability levels.- Joel Reichenberger/Steamboat Pilot
Jackson Hole Airport received $8.9 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants recently to fund safety and environmental upgrades. The projects – a glycol recovery system and centerline runway lights – are expected to be finished next summer. The glycol recovery system is a device that collects the fluid used to deice airplanes, and the centerline runway lights are a safety improvement meant to help pilots see the runway better when landing at night. The airport’s share of the cost for the two projects comes to about $450,000.The airport had hoped to get the FAA funds earlier this year so construction on both the projects could begin in the spring, but feuding in Washington put the money on hold. “We’re very fortunate to get the money,” said Jackson Hole Airport Board chair Clay James. Airport director of operations Craig Logan agreed.”We’d like to have pulled the trigger on this in June, but we’ll take the money however we can get it,” he said. James said the improvements will make the airport “better, safer and more environmentally friendly.”- Corey Hatch/Jackson Hole News & Guide
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