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Editorial: If Amazon comes to Denver, it could be a double-edged opportunity

September 12, 2017 — News broke recently that Amazon, the online retail giant, is looking for a second headquarters to augment its current home in Seattle. The company sent out an eight-page list of requirements as part of the announcement, in what appears to be a not-so-veiled attempt at […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Thanks to Butch Mazzuca for 15 years of commentary

September 5, 2017 — Regular readers (thank you) may have noticed that Butch Mazzuca's Monday column will be his last for the foreseeable future. He'll be missed, and his contributions to the Vail Daily's commentary pages were sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes provocative and always highly readable. You may or may […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Pot use, population growth factors in road danger

August 29, 2017 — As of Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports that 378 people have died on state roads so far this year. That isn't good, but we're on track to have a somewhat less deadly year than 2016, when 608 people died in traffic accidents. Still, […]

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Vail Daily column: Can women be physical, lethal fighters on the battlefield?

August 16, 2017 — Two years ago, the administration directed the Defense Department to rescind the Direct Combat Exclusion Rule, thus forcing the armed forces to integrate women into previously restricted occupations and units. In response to the administration's edict, the U.S. Marine Corps formed the Ground Combat Element […]

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Vail Daily column: Ski safer, ski better

August 16, 2017 — On-mountain safety is an issue near and dear to my heart. Every year I write a commentary about skiing safely and offer a few technical ski tips to make your day on Vail Mountain more enjoyable. With spring break upon us, the mountain is becoming […]

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Vail Daily column: The Obama legacy

August 16, 2017 — On Tuesday, in Chicago, President Obama will deliver his farewell address, at which time he'll certainly talk about his legacy. But history, not the outgoing president will assess his legacy. So just how might future historians judge the Obama years? President Obama will leave office […]

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Vail Daily editorial: We can disagree, but as neighbors, not enemies

August 8, 2017 — Town council meetings can be scrappy affairs. Ask anyone who has attended a debate about Eagle River Station or the Roost Lodge in Vail or the Ginn property in Minturn. People who comprise a community naturally have strong opinions about its future. They are invested, […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Dowd Junction parcel’s future is slowly developing

August 1, 2017 — The town of Minturn for the past couple of years has been working on still-in-pencil plans for the future of property in Dowd Junction. Only time will tell if that work pays off. Roughly 14 acres at Dowd Junction is owned by the U.S. Forest […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Avon events scene moving in the right direction

July 25, 2017 — With Nottingham Park and its new-ish, expensive stage, the town of Avon seems primed to take a more prominent role in the Vail Valley's events scene. But the town's history with events has been mixed, to put it charitably. That's why it's good to see […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Please, slow down, merge properly in construction zones

July 18, 2017 — As readers who commute from downvalley are well aware, the Colorado Department of Transportation is fully involved in this summer's project on that part of Interstate 70. The project, expected to last into November, involves bridge repairs, culvert replacement and other work on the highway […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Please, folks, stop using your phones while driving

July 5, 2017 — The young man was headed west out of Gypsum on the frontage road, doggedly driving a good bit slower than the posted speed limit. When finally passed by a loud motorcycle, the young man, startled, looked up from his phone and then quickly back down […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Proposed smartphone ban is extreme nanny-ism

June 21, 2017 — Most people are usually half-joking when they see a problem and say, "There ought to be a law!" Denver-area dad Tim Farnum sees things a bit differently. Farnum has done the legwork to get a ballot proposal ready for a signature drive. The idea is […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Congressman’s shooting raises difficult questions

June 14, 2017 — By now, anyone interested in the topic has seen, heard and read plenty of news and opinion about Wednesday's shooting of U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four other people by a gunman who was then fatally shot by police. As this is written, […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Ready for summer?

June 6, 2017 — You'd better be, because summer begins in a big way this week with the return of the GoPro Mountain Games, set for Thursday through Sunday. This year's action spans the valley, from Homestake Creek to Vail Village, Lionshead Village, Eagle and Minturn. As of late […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Please, don’t be a jerk

May 30, 2017 — We live in tense times, friends. Most of us get along fine most of the time, but it seems shouting too often substitutes for conversation in what passes these days for public discourse, and it's not only on TV news or Twitter, either. The Vail […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Memorial Day is a quiet-ish holiday in Vail

May 23, 2017 — For some time now, holidays in the Vail Valley have been jam-packed with events. It's hard to imagine the Fourth of July, Labor Day, or even the Christmas and New Year holidays without more stuff to do than there is time to do it all. […]

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Vail Daily editorial: You can help stop rumor-spreading

May 16, 2017 — There's a long tradition of "barstool tips" in the news business. As the name implies, a barstool tip is often an alcohol-fueled flight of fancy, like giant, mutant marmots living in the bowels of the Eagle Mine between Minturn and Red Cliff. A barstool tip […]

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Vail Daily editorial: Patience is a virtue when hiring top positions

May 9, 2017 — This editorial has been corrected to more accurately reflect how former Eagle Town Manager Jon Stavney left that job. Word came late last week that the Vail Town Council is essentially starting over in its search for a new town manager. Similarly, members of the […]

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Our View: Chamonix neighborhood lottery a milestone for town of Vail

May 3, 2017 — This is a big week for the town of Vail. This evening, the town will hold a drawing to pick the first buyers of 32 townhomes in the new Chamonix neighborhood in West Vail. Lottery night has been a long time coming. The town bought […]

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Summit County reporter: Clearing the air on Colorado ski deaths (column)

April 27, 2017 — On Feb. 29, 2016, an email arrived to my inbox. It was polite, articulate and exceptionally vulnerable. It requested a response at my earliest convenience, but had the pointed approach of basically asking, "Why haven't you already written a story about my dead son?" I'd […]

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