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HIT: To Mike Brown, first of the “Vail kids” to make the U.S. Ski Team, joining the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.
HIT: To Colorado for the numbers that show the state’s record year for skier visits, 12.6 million total. In part, this was California’s loss as their drought continued while we had a solid snow season from start to finish.
MISS: To some supporters and critics of the candidates for sheriff in the Republican primary getting a little carried away with things that just don’t matter to the job. Remember that your criticism says less about them and more about you.
HIT: To volleyball, lacrosse and soccer tournaments getting rolling (not to mention, ahem, the cycling treks passing through), Vail and Beaver Creek mountains opening, and the various festivals coming with summer. Enjoy it all. It passes very quickly.
HIT: To Jon Kedrowski, super climber, skier and basketball player. He’s conquered all of Colorado 14ers, Everest and recently bagged 20 West Coast volcanoes for print, film and speaking engagements. Now can he survive all the crazy kids at the basketball camp that he operates with fellow Eagle Valley alum Bob Pietrack?
HIT: To Michael Cacioppo, our favorite gadfly although he hates the word. The term in this sense goes back to Socrates raising uncomfortable questions for the establishment. Love, hate, be humored by Michael’s input, we wish him the best in recovery from heart surgery and return of his Business Briefs monthly paper when he’s ready.
MISS: To another spate of horrifying car accidents that have killed or injured friends and loved ones in recent days.
MISS: To messing with moose, young or old. Just give them room.
HIT: To April’s real estate sales report showing the best numbers since July 2008, just before boom turned to bust. Realtors report prices climbing, too, as this key part of the Vail Valley economy continues to gain strength, bit by bit. No one expects boomtime surges, but nice to see recovery taking better hold.