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MISS: From a reader to the Vail Post Office. So the tiles in the floor loosen up and need to be reset. We understand these things happen, but for nearly a month the tile flooring has been in a pile of rubble surrounded by cones and caution tape. Grounds are filled with weeds, 2-foot-tall thistle growing right outside of the front door. Does anyone really care? Not a nice reflection on Vail.
HIT: To summer, officially here now with Vail’s Fourth of July parade and the 30,000 or so who come to see it. Short and sweet, this is the no-longer-so-secret season that makes longtime locals out of ski bumming plans for a season before heading to real life.
HIT: To Colorado’s school district superintendents meeting in Edwards to bond in purpose to improve learning for kids and help educate the state’s politicians about more effective legislation that leads to better schools.
HIT: To rodeos in the valley. They seem to be blooming like farmers markets were a few years back with the addition of a weekly rodeo Wednesday evenings at 4 Eagle Ranch. This joins Beaver Creek’s Thursday evening rodeos and the big one, the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo at the end of July.
HIT: To the Cascade in Vail hosting former President Jimmy Carter last week.
MISS: To the long-tiresome nuisance litigation at Vail’s Gateway that has failed to dislodge orthopedic supplier Arthrex from an office there. The lawyer with a condo and obviously too much free time ought to be the one who does the moving. No one else seems even to be bothered, and there are plenty of other fine places in Vail where he can move.
HIT: To Bravo! Vail, back again to pack the month of July calendar, with a little overlap into the first weekend of August.
HIT/MISS: To improved wireless in Vail, thanks apparently to the prod that is the fast upcoming 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships and still a miss to taking so, so long to doing this.
HIT: To Mikaela Shiffrin’s ESPY nominations for top female athlete and top U.S. female Olympian. How can anyone vote against this whiz skier with a genuine aw-shucks personality that can’t help but endear a nation to her? The winner will be chosen by us, the public. Go to www.espn.go.com/espys/2014.
HIT: To the Crazy Wagon Food Truck, which made its way to the Vail Daily offices recently and served up some awesome tacos. You can generally find it at Crazy Mountain Brewery.
MISS: To Vail’s community survey with a 6 percentage point drop largely attributed to complaints and litigation over plans to rebuild the Vail Golf Course Clubhouse. That’s a rather larger decrease compared to the handful of folks twisted in knots over what voters approved in 2011 with 87 percent in favor. Still, presidents going back, well, forever would be giddy with a 64 percent approval mark. Just that the bar is a little higher in Vail.
HIT: To Habitat for Humanity, plugging away at one of the valley’s greatest needs, inexpensive housing, with five more dedications at Stratton Flats with families who put in plenty of sweat equity to help build those homes.
MISS: To drought, by some measures running 14 years now in our region.