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Vail Daily column: Thank you to the Class of 2017

May 23, 2017 — What if you were told you were being given front-row seats and VIP passes for the greatest show on Earth? I'm not talking about the circus here. I'm talking about the honor and privilege of being a part of the lives of this year's graduating […]

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Vail Daily column: Keeping focus on forest management and water rights

May 23, 2017 — Recent hearings in the House Natural Resources Committee have focused on healthy forest management and the protection of privately held water rights — two critical Colorado issues. During an oversight hearing in the Subcommittee on Federal Lands, I had the opportunity to discuss solutions for […]

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Vail Daily column: Celebrating National Forests on Colorado Public Lands Day

May 22, 2017 — Sometimes referred to as "Colorful Colorado," our state is well known for its beautiful landscapes, high-elevation peaks and outdoor lifestyle. To formally recognize these irreplaceable scenic values, Colorado is the first state to have officially established a day celebrating the importance of public lands. Colorado […]

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Vail Daily column: One final word(s) for graduates

May 22, 2017 — "Our youngest is about to begin his school career at the fully private Vail Mountain School. A challenge, to say the least, for both child and parents, but one that we are willing to try. The idea of the little guy being at the exact […]

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Vail Daily column: Celsius or Fahrenheit?

May 21, 2017 — The Celsius temperature scale was created in the mid-18th century and is part of the metric system. It's also the planet's "official" form of temperature measurement and has been adopted by the majority of countries around the world. Who among us doesn't recall learning how […]

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Vail Daily column: Plug in to poetry’s power

May 20, 2017 — If a seminary invited me to train preachers, what would I emphasize? Effective communication occurs when a speaker is dedicated to reading and memorizing poetry. Spoken words can captivate or bore us. Without mastering poetry, preachers succumb to dull thinking that's blandly expressed. Then listeners […]

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Vail Daily column: Sportsmen embrace Public Lands Day

May 19, 2017 — Colorado Public Lands Day today, is significant for many reasons, and particularly important for anyone who hunts, fishes, hikes, camps or otherwise recreates on our great public lands estate. For starters, it's the first official Public Lands Day in Colorado (or any other state) and […]

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Vail Daily column: Earnings season was a good one

May 19, 2017 — Another earnings season is in the books and it was a good one. With more than 90 percent of S&P 500 companies having reported first quarter 2017 results, S&P 500 earnings are tracking to a solid year-over-year increase of more than 14 percent (Thomson Reuters […]

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Vail Daily column: Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day

May 19, 2017 — Today, our state will celebrate the first Colorado Public Lands Day. State Sen. Kerry Donovan introduced this bill in 2016 and it quickly garnered bipartisan support. Like Donovan, Coloradans understand the value of our backyard playground — our public lands. This special day is intended […]

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Vail Daily column: Parking matters in Vail

May 19, 2017 — Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is […]

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Vail Daily column: Questions for the executive director

May 18, 2017 — Eagle Valley Land Trust's annual Legacy Festival took place this past weekend, and many locals came out to celebrate the land we love and all the efforts that go into protecting it. Eagle Valley Land Trust Executive Director Jim Daus addressed some of the most […]

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Vail Daily column: First Amendment and the commentary page

May 18, 2017 — After reading a column titled "Setting the record straight," written by Pat Mitchell and published in the Saturday, May 13, edition of the Vail Daily, a concerned community member emailed me, calling into question my decision to allow Mitchell to use the newspaper as a […]

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Vail Daily column: Annual unsolicited advice to graduates

May 18, 2017 — Congratulations to our local high school and Colorado Mountain College graduates. Special kudos to those who graduate from CMC with an associate's degree prior to receiving their high school diploma (and many thanks to Eagle County Schools and CMC for the dual-enrollment program). There is […]

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Vail Daily column: Think about college savings on ‘529 Day’

May 18, 2017 — You probably won't see it on your calendar, but May 29 is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people's awareness of the need to save and invest […]

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Vail Daily news: Thanks from a grateful board president

May 17, 2017 — It is long overdue that I use this forum to express my deepest thanks to this community. I have had the honor of serving on the Eagle County Schools Board of Education for seven years and am now well into my second year in the […]

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Vail Daily column: The boon of diversity in western Colorado

May 16, 2017 — Editor's note: Nicky Toor's essay, following the theme "Broadening the conversation: How diversity shapes our lives in western Colorado," was one of seven winning entries in Colorado Mountain College's 50th anniversary essay contest, sponsored in conjunction with Colorado Mountain News Media. Each winning essay earned […]

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Make it Count: Five common fitness mistakes

May 16, 2017 — Much of what we learn in fitness occurs through research, testing and application. We strive to develop healthy habits in the most precise manner possible. Unfortunately, information overload can lead to obsessive behavior over fad diets and exercises. People buy unnecessary supplements, program hop, and […]

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Vail Daily column: What led you here?

May 15, 2017 — Editor's note: Ilse Amateco's essay, following the theme "Broadening the conversation: How diversity shapes our lives in Western Colorado," was one of seven winning entries in Colorado Mountain College's 50th anniversary essay contest, sponsored in conjunction with Colorado Mountain News Media. Each winning essay earned […]

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Vail Daily column: More confusing by the day

May 15, 2017 — Little Donny has a secret. The details of the secret are unknown to all others — as far as we know — but the secret appears to be so important that Little Donny is willing to sacrifice an entire nation to prevent the secret from […]

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Vail Daily column: Vail’s exactly where I want to be

May 14, 2017 — It's great to be back in the Vail Valley after an eight-year detour that took me away from the place I've dreamed of ending up since childhood after family ski vacations from the eastern part of Colorado where I grew up. I distinctly remember feeling […]

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