News in Brief
September 16, 2005
Vail Resorts looks to hire workers displaced by KatrinaAVON – Vail Resorts is reaching outside the realm of recruiting foreign workers and college students this winter and focusing on thousands of hospitality industry workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Rick Smith, vice president of human resources for the Avon-based ski company, has been in contact with Harrah’s Casino on the Gulf Coast. Vail Resorts is gauging whether any of the 7,000 uprooted Harrah’s employees would be interested in spending the winter in Colorado or California’s Sierra Nevada.Vail Resorts owns Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek and Heavenly at Lake Tahoe. Smith estimated that approximately 5,000 seasonal jobs will be available between the five ski areas.Last week, Smith called Harrah’s vice president of human resources for the southern region to inform him that Vail is ready to hire casino workers.”I’ve told him I’d be more than willing to send a bus of interviewers down there and we would be able to bring some folks back,” Smith said. “We’ll have employee housing for folks, local infrastructure in terms of the Salvation Army – as far as clothing, it looks like they’re ready to go. “The hospital is ready to provide any kind of health-care needs. Spiritual faith-based organizations are ready to provide spiritual, as well as mental health care in the Eagle Valley.” (From the Summit Daily News)Aspenites design ‘Home of the Year’Two Aspenites were part of a team that earned recognition for Mountain Living magazine’s Home of the Year for 2005.David Finholm of Finholm Architects of Aspen and interior designer Karen White of FW Design Group of Aspen were part of a team that worked on a log and stone house in Sedona, Ariz.Finholm was able to design a house that spanned a 100-year flood arroyo in a narrow canyon. His design created a series of four structures connected by three interior bridges that allow the floodwaters to disperse harmlessly between and under them, and into a storm drainage system, according to Mountain Living.Finholm and White also used native materials in the exterior and interior, including stone for a replica kiva. Natural stone and terra-cotta tile in the interior connect the home to its Southwest heritage, according to the magazine.The other members of the winning team were builder Phil W. Morris Co. of Sedona and landscape architect Peter Cure of Arterra Inc. of Phoenix.The home is featured in the October edition of Mountain Living.