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Vail Daily column: Protecting land to protect rivers

September 24, 2016 — The Eagle and Colorado rivers are the heart of our community — they run through each community, connecting us together. We depend on the Eagle River, the Colorado River and their tributaries for clean drinking water and for the tourism that drives our economy. The […]

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Vail Daily column: The mystery of migration revealed

September 24, 2016 — Fall is in the air, and the animals that take up summer residency in Colorado sense it, understanding the waning daylight and cooler temperatures as a signal that it is time to move. Migration is nearly universal in the animal kingdom, and a vast number […]

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Vail Daily column: Do I save money by skipping Realtor?

September 23, 2016 — Dear Joan, My brother and I ended up selling ​our​ homes at almost the same time this year. He​ ​had a very different experience when he went through the​ sale. My experience was awful and we fought and​ we​ ended up giving up a bunch […]

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Vail Daily column: Election impacts business community

September 22, 2016 — As business leaders dedicated to economic vitality of the Vail Valley, Vail Valley Partnership focuses on issues that impact our trade region, our communities, our businesses and our citizens. As such, Vail Valley Partnership’s board of governors has taken official policy positions in support of […]

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Vail Daily column: Vote for smart investment moves

September 22, 2016 — The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the outcome? Probably not […]

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A tribute to the memory of my father, Jimmie Heuga

September 21, 2016 — When I think of my dad, there are a few memories that come to mind. I remember his hands that were very rough and the way he smacked his lips after enjoying a sip of wine. Most of all, I can picture his laugh. I […]

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Small but mighty

September 19, 2016 — The monsters of the eastern forests are no Sasquatch — instead they are the massive and mighty oaks, growing many feet in diameter and over 100 feet tall. The dozens of oak species native to North America have long been treasured for their majesty, but […]

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Can we speak the truth?

September 19, 2016 — Discussions about race in America have become so highly charged that unless an individual measures every word, he or she runs the risk of being branded a racist. And when people are afraid to speak openly about a problem, it stands little chance of being […]

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Oct. 6 candidate forum a chance to discuss issues

September 15, 2016 — Vail Valley Partnership exists to develop and enhance the economic vitality of the Vail Valley and Eagle County. Our local, regional and state governments are a key stakeholder group in building an environment conducive for business success, and the success of our small business community […]

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Dreaming about that early retirement? Start planning

September 15, 2016 — The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, then you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don’t want to wait until 63 or so? Can you […]

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Vail Daily column: We are better than that

September 14, 2016 — Here’s the scenario — you have been invited to a function or party where you know that there will be a few people in attendance who will be cynical, judgmental and opinionated and who will speak condescendingly to everyone they feel is not quite an […]

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Vail Daily column: Charging domestic violence in Colorado

September 13, 2016 — You think you know what it is. Domestic violence is, well … violence and, domestic implying home and hearth, presumably the violence allegedly committed is “at home.” Well sorta. First, what is “violence?” A plain English dictionary might define it as, “the use of physical […]

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Bridging the generational gap

September 12, 2016 — This past week while meeting with a new client, I witnessed something that took me a while to absorb. Compassion and a richness of life are fostered in households where three generations live under one roof. This new client, a 96-year-old grandma, recently moved in […]

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Vail Daily column: The temptation of certainty

September 11, 2016 — I was waiting in line to have my credentials examined when I heard the bombastic voice of a man too old to understand that he need not scream into his phone. Unconcerned for his privacy, he made me, and perhaps Denver International Airport’s entire security […]

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Mountain goats are nature’s adept, wild mountaineers

September 10, 2016 — If you’ve ever spent time in the mountainous regions of North America, then you may have seen large white animals with curved horns and long scraggly beards scaling the rock faces of steep cliffs. These unique mountain-climbing creatures are highly specialized animals known as mountain […]

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Looking ahead to the 2017 housing market

September 10, 2016 — Dear Joan, I have been pleased that prices in my area in the valley have been continuing to climb at a slow but steady rate. I would like to sell and buy a little larger home, so I had decided to wait until next spring, […]

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Thirty-year second mortgages returning

September 10, 2016 — When it comes to financing residential real estate, no two transaction are the same. For that matter, no two borrowers are the same. This is especially true when it comes to financing properties with less than 20 percent equity or less than 20 percent down […]

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Vail Daily column: Changes could help local homebuyers

September 9, 2016 — While Congress seems unable to agree that the sky is blue or sunsets can be beautiful, they did actually agree on one thing lately, and that is that the Federal Housing Administration has made buying a condominium just too dang hard. Federal Housing Administration loans […]

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Vail Daily column: Is it time to buy a ranch?

September 9, 2016 — Dear Joan, I seem to have an itch I just have not been able to scratch concerning getting a little land of my own in the mountains. I realize land around the edges of the Vail Valley used to be a lot cheaper, but I […]

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Vail Daily column: A deep dive into the Eagle County economy

September 8, 2016 — Eagle County covers approximately 1,700 square miles of mountainous terrain in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Census data indicates a total population of 53,605, which is up 28 percent from the 2000 census and up 3 percent since 2010. Like the rest of the […]

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