GYPSUM — Mingma Sherpa was a Himalayan mountain guide and summited Mount Everest six times before he moved his family from Nepal to the Vail Valley.
On Saturday, he had his family cut the ribbon to dedicate their new home. They were one of seven families that celebrated getting new homes through Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley.
Gypsum Mayor Steve Carver enthusiastically welcomed the new homeowners with “open arms” to “one of the greatest little towns in America.”
Gypsum has been a big Habitat for Humanity supporter and waived city costs and fees for the homes. Gypsum also is a Playful City USA, which helped it get a $150,000 grant for playground and other things in and around the neighborhood.