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Vail Daily column: Climate change is water change

January 19, 2017 — This past year will likely break 2015’s mark of being the hottest year on record. Colorado has seen a similar trend, with a 2 degrees Fahrenheit bump statewide in the last 30 years. Colorado, like much of the Southwest, has also seen drought for the […]

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Vail Daily column: What’s next for health care?

January 19, 2017 — Health care, namely affordable health care, is a pain point for many across the county. This rings true in the Vail Valley as well, notably for those on the individual market. As new federal leadership has committed to bringing substantial change to our national health […]

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Vail Daily column: What should you know about taking withdrawals?

January 19, 2017 — As we get older, the end of another year takes on greater meaning, in many ways, than it did when we were young. And if you’re a certain age, December 31 has a very specific meaning in terms of your finances, because it’s the deadline […]

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Geriatricians needed in mountain communities

January 16, 2017 — Choosing a primary care physician can be challenging for people of any age. However, if you are a senior living in our mountain communities, then choices are even more challenging as providers that specialize in caring for this population are limited. In Eagle County and […]

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Vail Daily column: Experiential mediation

January 14, 2017 — Today’s Open Bar column is my hundredth. It is a mark that has troubled me of late. I am impatient and had many moments of delusion in which I envisioned that my simple words to a limited audience could create widespread change in the legal […]

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Vail Daily column: Realtor is wasting my time

January 13, 2017 — Dear Joan, I am getting frustrated with the Realtor I am using because he is not sending me anything that fits my parameters for the second home we want. We live on the West Coast and come to Vail/Beaver Creek often, but we have to […]

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Vail Daily column: Increased loan limits and property values help reverse mortgage options

January 13, 2017 — As Eagle Counties population ages, more people are looking at a reverse mortgage as part of their retirement financial planning. While not for everyone, a reverse mortgage can be a valuable tool for many. The way a reverse mortgage works is that, first, you must […]

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Slackliner Mickey Wilson, in his owns words, reflects on Arapahoe Basin Ski Area rescue

January 12, 2017 — I have had a lot on my mind since the incident last Wednesday. I had climbed a ski lift tower and traversed the cable to help my friend who was being strangled by his backpack strap after it snagged on the Lenawee chairlift at Arapahoe […]

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Vail Daily column: Community engagement opportunities abound

January 12, 2017 — Popular New Year’s resolutions include improving physical and/or mental well-being (eat healthy, lose weight, think positively), improving financial and/or career goals (save money, get a better job) and many other ideas and thoughts around self-improvement. Good luck on achieving whatever resolution you have chosen. Consider […]

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Vail Daily column: Investment tips for Millennials

January 12, 2017 — If you are a millennial — a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s — then you’re still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end […]

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Vail Daily column: Law is stories

January 10, 2017 — A young friend of mine is attending law school in New England. I saw him twice over the holidays. I asked him how things were going. “Law school is stressful,” he said. I asked, “How so?” It’s been more than thirty years since I graduated […]

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Vail Daily column: What are your goals for 2017?

January 8, 2017 — As yet another year comes to a close and a new year begins, I find myself reflecting on what occurred during the past year and contemplating what lies ahead in 2017. And with that, of course, on come the New Year’s resolutions. It is pretty […]

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Vail Daily column: Every purchase is a leap of faith

January 6, 2017 — Dear Joan, I am super nervous to buy property right now with the big changes coming politically, that will of course have financial manifestations. I think the economy could get a lot better … or a lot worse. I realize we are all in the […]

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Vail Daily column: To rent or to buy?

January 6, 2017 — I have all sorts of useful and neat features in my loan origination software. I can run an amortization schedule while factoring in one additional mortgage payment made per year; I can analyze various interest rate scenarios with and without origination points side by side […]

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Vail Daily column: What to watch for in 2017

January 5, 2017 — One of the biggest fictions among small business owners might be a job description, but here’s an even bigger myth in mountain resort communities: a holiday. Business owners and managers in our tourism economy often don’t have time to take time off during the peak […]

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Vail Daily column: What do the secretaries do?

January 3, 2017 — Following this season of electile dysfunction, we will have a new president on January 20th. Rightfully, there has been much talk and consternation about President-elect Trump’s various Secretary picks. Should a climate change denier lead the Environmental Protection Agency? Should the labor secretary-elect rail against […]

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Vail Daily column: The triple bottom line

January 3, 2017 — It’s a new year today, in so many ways, as we face this brave new world. And what the new year brings, in some ways, is up to us. Where will we focus our energy? How will we spend our time? The answers to these […]

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Vail Daily column: Oral care and general health

January 2, 2017 — When people think of oral care, most don’t associate it with diabetes and coronary heart disease. This is not meant to be a sensational statement; it is fact. However, if it did capture your attention, you may be interested to know that your oral hygiene […]

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Vail Daily column: Scrapping your best-laid plans

January 1, 2017 — The source of that echoing, knocking, pulsating sound is difficult to triangulate. If overindulgence was the theme of your year-end bacchanal, then it is probably your hangover kindly reminding you, for the second day in a row, that is imprudent to chase champagne with a […]

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Vail Daily column: Self-employed might consider deferring tax deductions to help qualify for a mortgage

December 30, 2016 — Several times a year I have to tell a self-employed individual that they can’t qualify for a mortgage because their taxable income is just a little bit low to accomplish their goal of getting a mortgage. Under the Dodd Frank financial reform bill, lenders must […]

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