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Investment course for women slated

Denise Reid of Vectra Bank's investment services department in Steamboat Springs will host a four-week course on investing beginning March 6.

The course is intended for women only.

The classes will be held every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The cost of $25 will include refreshments and course materials.

Entitled "Investing 101: The Basics of the Capital Markets," the course will cover the stock and bond markets, annuities, mutual funds, retirement plans, basic estate planning and the tax implications of investing.

$400 million facelift set in Vail

VAIL (AP) The 30-year-old Lionshead village at the base of the Vail ski mountain will get a $400 million facelift that will include a five-star hotel, new condominiums and a European-style pedestrian mall.

Vail Resorts called the plan, unveiled last week, one of the resort's three most important developments in the past 15 years.

''Over the past five years, Vail Resorts has invested a lot of money to make the Vail ski mountain a better place, including the addition of the Blue Sky Basin,'' said Adam Aron, Vail Resorts chairman and chief executive officer.

''But if we are honest with ourselves, Lionshead is not the most beautiful place,'' Aron added.

The planned renovation for the village features a new skier-service portal, a 52-unit condominium complex, as well as 50,000 square feet of retail space on a 2.5-acre site where the Old Gondola Building and the Sunbird Lodge sit. The gondola and lodge will be demolished.

Other features are 160 moderately priced time-share and vacation rental units, 16 higher-priced townhomes and 100 units of employee housing. A 20,000-square-foot conference center is also planned.

The renovations should be completed by the 2005-06 ski season.

''It's a great day for Vail,'' Mayor Ludwig Kurz said. ''This will give Vail's renaissance a much-needed shot in the arm.''

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