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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to editor@vaildaily.com to be included.

HIT: To Vail Valley Medical Center and the town of Vail working together to improve parking for the hospital. Another structure off the frontage road by Town Hall makes sense, and certainly would be a big improvement over the traffic and crowded conditions at the entrance to the hospital.

MISS: To a summer of too much tragedy already with another auto accident claiming another precious young life, this time Eagle Valley High School teacher and coach Garrette LaForce. He died in a single-car rollover near Telluride. Enough already.

HIT: To our wildfires, so far, staying very small.

HIT: To yoga in the valley, seemingly everywhere now. You can even do this on the water now, on your stand-up paddleboard.

HIT/MISS? We’ll see with the combo gondola and six-pack chairlift that will rise out of Beaver Creek where the workhorse Centennial lift has long labored to get folks on the mountain. Maybe the mix of options will turn out like roundabouts for cars — at first questioned and then happily accepted everywhere there used to be a stoplight.

HIT: To high quality water, no question about that.

HIT: To Eagle County School District Superintendent Jason Glass for making many efforts to stay in touch with the community he serves — which incidentally is all of us, whether or not we currently have children in the district. Not the least of this work is a well-read and well-written column in the paper each week.

HIT: To The Westin in Avon, among the newest hotels built here, being proactive with renovation to stay current, fresh and appealing.

HIT: To the town of Vail, speaking of working to keep up and ahead of the curve, visiting Breckenridge recently to see what lessons a sister community has to offer about housing, specifically more affordable housing. This old challenge will be back on a burner soon enough and indeed has never quite left, even in recessions.

HIT: To Peggy Curry, who just retired from leading the Vail branch of Colorado Mountain College these past dozen years. She did a fabulous job through a period of great growth in all ways for the college, from building and adding to a new campus to helping steer the institution toward providing bachelor’s degree programs.

HIT: To all the places we can bring our best friends, the canines in our lives. Trails, parks, sometimes to work. Just be sure to keep them on their best behavior when in public.

HIT: To the real estate market showing stronger signs of recovery, and construction beginning to return from the dead. The close-the-gates-behind-me crowd soon will be chirping again, no doubt, but this is a vast improvement over the depths of the Great Recession on the valley and record numbers of people in deep need. It’s a fine line between good growth and too much or too little. A little more puts the valley more firmly in the Goldilocks zone.

MISS: To news of rabid bats in Eagle County. Bad for the bats, whose numbers seem down from the past, and worse for humans and especially their pets.

MISS: To more bronze statues in Avon. Really? The town needs more than it has already? There’s a reason the other towns have passed on that particular “opportunity.”

MISS: To small-town police chiefs turning up fired. Thanks to executive sessions and “personnel matters” as cloaks, we can’t know beyond hints here and there how much is for cause and how much is good ol’ politics in the pejorative, but there you go. The work of a police chief is a high calling, and it’s fair to expect them to live up to the best standards. The politicians, of course, have high callings, too.

HIT: To Mikaela Shiffrin’s appearance on NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” show, filmed in front of a sold-out Red Rocks audience. From local reports, she was as gold as on the ski slopes.

HIT: To local business operators taking an interest in Colorado water issues and taking advantage of a Vail Chamber and Business Association opportunity to hear about and weigh in on the state’s water plan that’s under construction. And a HIT to the chamber for putting the event together.


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The VailDaily Updated Jul 16, 2014 08:59PM Published Jul 16, 2014 08:43PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.