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Vail Daily column: Powerful words

April 23, 2014 — 

Reading is one of the things I enjoy so very much in life. And as an avid reader I have accumulated a vast and diverse book collection.

Some are worn around the edges, some are dog-eared, sticky notes protrude from the tops of several, and many are filled with highlights and underscored words with my notes written in the margin. In my line of business I find myself going back to some of my favorites for ideas and reminders on how to improve in some way or handle a situation.

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Eagle County highway cleanup set for this weekend

April 22, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: This column submitted by Vail Resorts showcases the nonprofits that the company supports through its Vail Resorts Echo program.

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Vail Daily column: Defending ‘affirmative defense’?

April 22, 2014 — 

An “affirmative defense” seems almost oxymoronic, doesn’t it? A defense is, well, defensive — something that puts you back on your heels. And something “affirmative” favors a little forward motion, something tilting, assertive and aggressive. Something with its chin out. And yet the two — “affirmative” and “defense” — knit together in the law like “bitter” and “sweet” do in the making of dark chocolate.

What, then, is an affirmative defense? Well, to understand it, you have to have a little context and you have to understand what comes before.

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Vail Daily column: Take steps to prevent elder abuse

April 21, 2014 — 

The best way to eliminate elder abuse is to prevent it from ever happening. Yet when it does occur, the cycle can be difficult to break as the elderly are often silent in their suffering. They may be physically unable to respond to abuse or afraid of the consequences if they speak up, and our society often turns a deaf ear to such cries for help. Thus, preventing abuse and neglect becomes even more difficult but no less imperative. Below are steps the public can take to prevent elder abuse.

Unfortunately, more prevalent than financial elder abuse is elder neglect. Many studies on the subject convey that elders often feel that they live in the shadows whether at home or at a medical institution. Often elder neglect is hard to identify. Such neglect can be the active or passive failure to provide basic physical, medical, mental and emotional needs.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

April 21, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

April 23: Lunch canceled today at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center.

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‘Restore the Gore’ campaign kicks off April 25

April 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — An awareness campaign to help improve the health of Gore Creek is being introduced this spring with a focus on best practices for landscapers and gardeners. The “Restore the Gore” kick off takes place April 25 with a free Moe’s BBQ lunch and learn session from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Donovan Pavilion. Landscape contractors, gardeners, commercial applicators and lodging managers, in particular, are encouraged to attend. Lunch service will begin at 11:45 a.m. with presentations taking place from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Sponsored by the Town of Vail and the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, the program will include short presentations on the causes of Gore Creek’s decline and the everyday actions that can be implemented to help make a difference when it comes to water use, special irrigation permits, invasive plants and pesticides.

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Rotary Club seeks partners for Duck Race

April 20, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail Rotary Club will sponsor its 16th annual Rubber Duck Race on Labor Day weekend to raise funds for the club’s service projects. Each year Vail Rotary partners with nonprofit organizations whose members sell Duck Race tickets. Last year the Vail Rotary Club gave out over $12,500 to those nonprofit partners!

This year Vail Rotary wants to increase the number of nonprofit partners to share in the proceeds from this event. Each nonprofit partner retains 50 percent of the funds it raises. The more ducks sold, the more funds each organization can raise. Members of the organizations also participate on race day, helping the hundreds of volunteers who make this event a huge success.

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Vail Daily column: Passes provide great value

April 20, 2014 — 

There have been some questions expressed recently as to the value and benefits of the Epic Pass via letters to the editor in the Vail Daily. What is being left out of the conversation has been mention of the Merchant Pass, which I think should not be overlooked.

Let’s go back to when Vail Valley residents had the choice of getting a Merchant Pass or a full ski pass. In order to qualify for a Merchant Pass, you had to work for a qualifying business and attend a customer-service class.

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Vail Daily column: The unpleasant smell of spring

April 19, 2014 — 

Strangely, one of the surest signs of spring in the Rocky Mountains is not the chirping of chicks from their nests or the fresh scent of blooming flowers, but the potent smell of skunks in the air.

Yes, this is the time of year that skunks become active; not just actively hunting, but actively mating and giving birth to young. And do I mean active! A male skunk will mate with as many females as possible, with an average of 10 females per season, a much luckier rate than the inauspicious Pepe Le Pew.

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Vail Daily column: Will golf course homes retain value?

April 18, 2014 — 

Dear Joan,

My wife is putting on the pressure again that we sell our home and buy in a local golf course community. She knows I like to golf and even though she has never played, she said she just likes the homes and the neighborhood. I know that several months ago you spoke of pricing and value in our golf course communities, but I am worried about all of the economic problems golf courses in our valley (and nationwide, for that matter) have had in the past several years. Do you think I have a legitimate reason to worry?

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Interest-only loans are back for some borrowers

April 18, 2014 — 

For the past several years, it seems every month brought fewer and fewer choices for borrowers. This made my job both easier and more difficult. The easy part was the client had fewer options to consider so the conversation about comparing options was much simpler. The harder part was when the clients situation did not quite fit the one size fits all loan programs that were the stuff of Barney Frank’s dreams and desires.

One of the tenants of the Dodd-Frank Act was to save consumers from themselves at all costs, and interest only loans were deemed a significant threat to the public’s well-being. Interest-only loans are mortgage loans that the borrower only pays monthly interest payments on and never is required to make a principal payment, at least in the first several years.

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Construction begins Monday on Lionshead Parking Structure

April 17, 2014 — 

VAIL — Beginning Monday, the main entry to the Lionshead parking structure will be closed to all vehicles as construction of a new entry will be taking place throughout the spring and fall. All vehicular access to and from the Lionshead parking structure will be accessible from the lower entry off of East Lionshead Circle. Detour signs will be in place to reroute vehicles.

The project will include replacement of the existing parking booths and construction of an overhead gateway to create a more welcoming arrival. The work will also include operational and circulation efficiencies, with an expanded ticketing plaza, new equipment, a one-way loop configuration in the lower level drop-off and an express pass-holders-only exit at the lowest level.

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Henninger, Bonta honored for community collaboration

April 17, 2014 — 

VAIL — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has congratulated Vail Police Department Chief Dwight Henninger and Catholic Charities Regional Coordinator Megan McGee Bonta on being named recipients of the 2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services gives the award annually to honor creative, successful and forward-thinking collaborations between local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

Henninger and Bonta are being recognized for their efforts to advance the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigration Advisory Initiative. The two worked to bring together stakeholders to form the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigration Advisory Committee, which has helped reduce the rate of crime against the immigrant community and increased police-immigrant community trust.

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Vail Mountain to host three Easter Sunday services

April 17, 2014 — 

VAIL — Vail Mountain will host its annual interdenominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 6 a.m. inside at Eagle’s Nest. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open to the public at 5:30 a.m. to transport guests from Lionshead. Free baked goods and beverages will be provided. In addition, there will be two afternoon Easter services outside at Eagle’s Nest: One scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Simonton Deck also known as the Holy Cross observation deck, and one at 2:30 p.m. on the Marketplace deck.

For those planning to attend the Easter sunrise service, the town of Vail is offering free parking for vehicles that enter the Lionshead parking structure after 5 a.m. and depart prior to 10 a.m. Upon departure, attendees should inform the booth attendants they were at the service.

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Beaver Creek hosts Easter egg hunt Saturday, sunrise service Sunday

April 17, 2014 — 

BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek Resort’s traditional Easter events take place this weekend on April 19 and 20, including the 22nd annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday followed by the interdenominational sunrise service on Sunday.

The Easter Bunny will be hosting Beaver Creek’s 22nd annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday. The festivities start at 10:30 a.m. in Creekside Park. The Egg Hunt includes 4,000 eggs followed by a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. There will be another opportunity for photos with the Easter Bunny from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday in Beaver Creek Village. Parents should bring a camera and an Easter basket, or use one of the bags provided. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Easter Egg Hunt in waves according to age group.

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Daniel Ritsch is joining Slifer Smith & Frampton

April 17, 2014 — 

VAIL — Daniel Ritsch, a 15-year Vail Valley resident and Realtor, recently joined Slifer Smith & Frampton. Ritsch will focus on the communities of Eagle and Gypsum.

Born in Aspen, Ritsch graduated from Colorado State University in 1993 with a degree in construction management and a real estate license in the state of Colorado. After working as a superintendent for Village Homes of Colorado and a brief stint as a warranty manager in the northern part of Florida, Ritsch returned to Village Homes of Colorado as a purchasing agent in 1996.

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Vail Daily column: Improve your own ‘investment environment’

April 17, 2014 — 

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’re probably also interested in improving your investment environment.

So here are a few suggestions:

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Vail Daily column: Be part of the 2015 team

April 17, 2014 — 

During the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many within, and outside of our community about what the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships will mean to this sport and this valley, and share with them the vision we have for these championships.

Now, with under 300 days to go until our Opening Ceremonies, it’s so gratifying to see that many of those ideas and concepts that we imagined to be part of our championships are coming to fruition ... and that so many in our community have been a part of helping us to realize that reality!

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Vail Daily column: Epic Pass offers great value

April 17, 2014 — 

There have been a few letters to the editor recently regarding the Epic Passes, specifically the price of the Epic Pass and “pricing out locals.”

I opine that the Epic Pass is not only a great value, but also a huge boon to business, a massive benefit to visitors and yes, a great thing for locals. I’m an unabashed supporter of the Epic Pass for all these reasons and more.

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Spring Back show Saturday was ‘problematic’

April 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — Spring Back to Vail concerts are supposed to be fun, a way to draw people to the mountain during the final days of the season. Crowds are usually pretty well-behaved. But the April 12 show by Sound Tribe Sector 9 was an exception to that rule.

Vail police made 11 “custody arrests” from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. “Custody arrests” involve handcuffs, a trip to the police station, fingerprinting and more. The people brought into the station were charged with offenses ranging from public urination to theft to disorderly conduct and trespassing. In one instance, a suspect is accused of kicking out a window on a town bus. Other concert-goers were seen wearing orange traffic cones as hats.

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Vail-Summit Orthopaedics announces departure of spine surgeon

April 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — Vail-Summit Orthopaedics announced this week spine surgeon Dr. Greg Poulter is leaving the practice in June to pursue a new career opportunity with OrthoIndy, a large orthopedic group located in Indianapolis.

Poulter, originally from Utah, joined Vail-Summit in 2008. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery at the University of California in San Francisco.

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Vail Daily column: When lightning strikes

April 16, 2014 — 

If you can hear it or see it, then flee it or at least take cover. That’s what we are told about lightning, right?

But let’s pretend we saw it and heard it in the distance as we were on a hike in somewhat of a remote wilderness and mountainous area. We saw the collectiveness of darkness in the clouds, saw the brilliant flashes of lightning, felt the wind trailing away from us, and everything seemed like it was OK to continue forward as we were following the storm, not really in its path.

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Vail bus schedule changes Monday

April 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — Town of Vail buses will transition to the spring schedule April 21 as the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season comes to a close. Free parking will also be available in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures to coincide with reductions in bus service.

Here’s a look at the schedule through May 25:

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Town seeks input on Booth Creek Park

April 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail is sponsoring a neighborhood meeting Thursday to collect suggestions for the renovation of Booth Creek Park. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vail Mountain School and kids, parents and other current and future park users are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Located at 2900 Manns Ranch Road in East Vail, Booth Creek Park is the last of Vail’s six neighborhood parks in line for a major renovation.

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Vail street sweeping under way

April 16, 2014 — 

VAIL — Street sweeping operations will be getting under way in Vail this week and will continue through May 31. Crews will be working eight hours each day, five days a week to complete the sweeping, which includes curbside cinder pick up. Residents are asked to rake the cinders from their yards into the right-of-way and to call the public works department at 970-479-2158 when ready for pick up, then allow a few days for completion.

The cinder pick-up schedule is as follows:

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Eagle County interfaith chapels Easter service schedule

April 16, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Here is the worship schedule for Eagle County’s interfaith chapels:

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Dowd recreation trail set to open for season by Friday

April 14, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Dowd Junction recreation trail will reopen for the season by Friday, if weather conditions allow. Opening the trail requires the installation of a wildlife protection screen, which allows for continued use of the trail during the deer migration season.

The recreation trail from Sunburst Drive to East Vail will be plowed open by April 25. Other sections of recreation trails within Vail that are not maintained in winter will reopen as conditions allow, with all paved trails expected to be cleared and open by April 30.

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Is the flood insurance at your home current?

April 11, 2014 — 

VAIL — Vail snowpack levels are at 115 percent of normal, so area property owners are reminded to review their current insurance policies and consider adding flood insurance. According to the town of Vail Public Works Department, spring run-off typically peaks between mid-May and mid-June. A minimum 30-day waiting period may be required before a new flood policy comes into effect.

Floodplain maps are available on the town of Vail website at www.vailgov.com under Vail Information. The maps indicate the approximate floodplain locations in Vail and can be used as a reference for homeowners to determine whether their property is located near a floodplain area. Insurance rates are based on official Flood Insurance Rate Maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Copies of these maps are available for review at the town of Vail Public Works Department, located at 1309 Elkhorn Drive, or may be ordered by calling 1-877-336-2627 or available at msc.fema.gov. The town of Vail is a member of the National Flood Insurance Plan, which allows every property owner in Vail the option to purchase flood insurance, regardless of the property’s location.

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Eye Center celebrates fifth anniversary in Eagle County

April 11, 2014 — 

EAGLE — It was the sheer number of Vail Valley residents traveling east to his Boulder office that indicated to Dr. Matt Ehrlich that Eagle County needed its own full-time eye specialist. While several optometrists provide eye care, eyeglasses and contact lenses, there were no medical doctors in the area specializing in all aspects of eye care, including detection and prevention as well as medical and surgical treatments.

It has now been five years since Ehrlich opened his Eye Center of the Rockies office in Eagle, making it more convenient for patients, eliminating the need to seek services as far away as Denver and Grand Junction. Demand was so great, that he soon opened a second office in Glenwood Springs.

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Vail housing lottery applications available

April 8, 2014 — 

VAIL — Housing lottery applications for the town’s master purchaser list are now available on the town’s website, www.vailgov.com or from the Vail Community Development Department, 75 S. Frontage Road. The list will be in effect for one year and used when any existing town-facilitated housing units, such as Vail Commons, Red Sandstone Creek, North Trail Townhomes and Arosa Drive Duplex become available for resale.

 Applicants will be placed into tiers based on the number of years they’ve spent working and living in Eagle County, and resale units will be awarded to the top person on the list. Priority will be given to those living and/or working in Vail. None of the 82 qualifying units are currently available for purchase. Application packets for the housing lottery are due by noon on June 5. A lottery is scheduled for 5 p.m. on July 9 and applicants or an applicant’s representative must be present to be eligible for the drawing. The priority list will then be used for all housing units that are resold from July 10 through July 8, 2015. 

Lottery applicants must meet the following basic eligibility requirements to qualify:

• Applicants must currently own no other residential real estate in Eagle County, or it must be a price-appreciation capped employee housing unit;

• The residence must be used as an owner-occupied primary home;

• Applicants must be employed at an Eagle County business and must work a minimum of 30 hours each week over the course of a year and continue working that same amount until the sale of the property or retirement;

• 75 percent of the applicant’s total income must be earned by working at an Eagle County business; and

• Applicants must agree to a resale cap of 3 percent annual appreciation.

• This is the 12th year for the master purchaser list, which was created to streamline purchases. The 2013-14 list includes nine potential purchasers, all of whom were given an opportunity to purchase a unit. Of the nine, two chose to purchase what they were offered. Those on the 2013-14 list must reapply to be placed on the 2014-15 list.

 For more information, call Vail Housing Coordinator Nina Timm, 970-479-2144.

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