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Vail Daily column: These ‘bird brains’ are anything but

October 1, 2016 — A local high-mountain dweller has evolved an ingenious way to beat the empty belly blues during long Colorado winters. It’s the Clark’s Nutcracker: a tiny-brained individual bird in the jay family (Corvids) with big data potential when it comes to memory for maps. This nutcracker […]

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Vail Daily column: Were we better than that?

September 28, 2016 — So a couple of weeks ago the column I wrote was titled, “We Are Better Than That.” The concept was that regardless of the position in which we find ourselves, we can rise to the occasion and be better than whatever circumstance we face. We […]

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Vail Daily column: Use by right

September 27, 2016 — Personally, I don’t like this whole rehab center on the summit thing. Yes, yes, I get it; it will bring high-end employment opportunities to Happy Valley and I mean no disrespect at all for those earnestly trying to piece their lives back together. I just […]

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A sure thing in investing?

September 26, 2016 — Investors like a sure thing, so they should mark this on their calendar (okay, in pencil, just in case): On Dec. 14, the Federal Reserve will raise its benchmark rate for the first time this year and only the second time since 2006. That was […]

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Vail Daily column: Planning for the inevitable

September 25, 2016 — I am going to die. Hopefully not by the time you read this and hopefully not until I finally get to ride in an autonomous flying car, watch my great-grandkids graduate from space college and witness the inauguration of the first robot President. Still, one […]

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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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