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Vail Daily column: Closing the loop with property taxes

March 22, 2017 — In last November's election there were two proposals to raise school property taxes — Issue 3A (programs and salaries) and Issue 3B (buildings and security). After an unprecedented amount of pledged support woven into newspaper and other media, both critically important issues passed — 61 […]

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Vail Daily column: Teaming up for conservation

March 21, 2017 — Eagle County is lucky to have many great organizations working to protect and improve our quality of life. At Eagle Valley Land Trust, we believe all ships rise together and teaming up with other organizations leverages our efforts for the good of the community. We […]

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Vail Daily column: Singing with the Supremes

March 21, 2017 — In college, I rowed varsity crew. I rowed "seat one," the farthest from the Coxswain and the Stroke; the first to cross the finish line. Estes and Jacobson were the stars. Although I was not the star, I learned a thing or two. One was […]

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Vail Daily column: A legacy of wild and scenic rivers

March 21, 2017 — "There is a religious experience in coming over top of a huge rapid and burying your bowman's face down until you maybe can't see him," Claude Terry describes of our 39th president, Jimmy Carter — then Georgia governor — completing the first tandem descent of […]

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Fed interest rate inches up

March 21, 2017 — As expected, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate last week for the first time in 2017 — and for only the third time since the financial crisis of 2008. The major indexes rallied on the news but drifted for the rest of the week […]

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Vail Daily column: The needs of an aging population?

March 20, 2017 — Over the past century, life expectancy has dramatically increased. The impact this will have is going to change our country and communities everywhere. In 2010, the U.S. population over te age of 65 was estimated to be almost 39 million. By 2015, this cohort grew […]

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Vail Daily column: Appreciate the ordinary

March 18, 2017 — Did you know there's a wildlife safari right outside your window? I watched it the other day, marveling at how much I must miss simply by not looking. I had opened my window to let in some of that fresh, spring air and within minutes, […]

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Vail Daily column: Proposed transportation plan a good step

March 16, 2017 — One of Colorado's most vexing issues is fixing the state's roads by finding reliable funding sources for transportation. This is fundamental to accelerate critical transportation projects throughout the state, including the expansion of Interstate 25 and, of special interest to us in the Vail Valley, […]

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Vail Daily column: Mama, let your babies grow up to be cowboys

March 16, 2017 — Well, maybe Willie Nelson said it slightly differently, "Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys; Don't let 'em pick guitars or drive them old trucks; Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such. Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be […]

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Vail Daily column: Creating the right culture for your HOA

March 16, 2017 — Power over our own destinies is inherently circumscribed by the matryoshka dolls of governance that preside over our existence. From the complexities of international diplomacy to our national sociopolitical boondoggle to the more specific doctrines emanating from state houses and county buildings, we are subject […]

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Vail Daily column: Schools’ tech set to improve

March 14, 2017 — In the fall of 2013, a little more than four months into my tenure as Eagle County's Superintendent, we published a vision document called "Unparalleled Altitude: A Globally-Inspired Vision for Eagle County Schools." Now known as simply the Altitude Report, that document laid out a […]

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Vail Law: Let’s enjoy some quiet time

March 14, 2017 — Quiet title and quiet enjoyment. They really have nothing in common. Well, maybe just a bit. The nut, is what does "quiet" mean? At law, it's more than hush. In plain English, "quiet" can mean "making no sound or noise." But it can also mean, […]

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It takes a community to build a resort

March 10, 2017 — Thank goodness for Vail Time! I can be running an errand at the post office, the grocery store or strolling down Bridge Street when moments later I'm greeted by a neighbor or an acquaintance from years ago. Soon, a heartfelt conversation is underway that usually […]

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Is our state’s future stuck in a major traffic jam?

March 9, 2017 — The Vail Valley economy — dependent upon tourism, and dependent upon the Interstate 70 corridor — relies on the state's infrastructure system and needs a highway system that is highly functioning. The state highway system must enable the seamless and safe movement of commerce and […]

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The importance of continued education

March 8, 2017 — It used to be that all you needed to know, you knew at 25. We even had a formula that endorsed it: grow up, do well in school, get into a good university, study hard and get a good job. It might be odd to […]

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Updates from Treasurer’s Office

March 8, 2017 — It was an exciting day on Nov. 22 when I took the oath of office to become Eagle County's Treasurer and Public Trustee. As you may know, the treasurer is responsible for issuing, receiving, tracking and distributing property taxes and county revenues. As public trustee […]

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Swearing to tell the whole truth

March 7, 2017 — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has got himself in a bit of a Southern fried pickle. When he was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation as attorney general, he … oops … forgot that he had met with the big-as-a-Russian-bear Evil Empire's ambassador […]

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How does my long-term insurance work for me?

March 7, 2017 — Over the past few years, I have written about long-term care insurance several times. However, it has been a while and I have been asked with greater frequency about how this insurance works, what it covers, costs, and when would be the best time to […]

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Free college — no longer a pipe dream

March 7, 2017 — This week's column was co-authored by Kathryn S. Regjo, Ed.D., Vice President and Campus Dean of Colorado Mountain College-Edwards Campus and Philip Qualman, Assistant Superintendent with Eagle County Schools. Springtime is here! And, if you have a high school senior under your roof, or you […]

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Vail Daily column: It all depends on your perspective

March 6, 2017 — While driving on the highways that wind their way through the mountains, you may have noticed that the hills on the right side of the car often look very different than the hills out your left-side window. Perhaps you noticed that the hills on one […]

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