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August 20, 2014
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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to editor@vaildaily.com to be included.

HIT: To the annual Eagle Valley Community Fund Rummage Sale, now in its 50th year. The rummage sale is as iconic for the valley community as much as anything you can think of. Our children have worked it, through their various service group participation. We’ve shopped it, contributed to it and are ennobled by it.

HIT: To Vi and Byron Brown, heart and soul of the rummage sale since 1968.

MISS: To excavators in Vail causing gas leaks at least twice now. Not too slick.

HIT/MISS: This depends on whether you are a parent shouting “Finally!” or child screaming “Nooooooo!” School time is back.

HIT: To Heidi Kloser, six months into recovery from her horrible crash at the Olympics and ACL reconstruction surgery as she works her way back toward competitive conditioning.

HIT: To craft beer, and Gore Range Brewery, Crazy Mountain Brewery, Bonfire Brewery and 7 Hermits Brewery working hard to meet our thirst for great beer.

HIT: To the USA Pro Challenge returning to Vail on Saturday for the Vail Time Trial portion of the annual cycle racing tour. Arguably, of course, the Vail sprint to the top of the pass is the most exciting of the stages through Colorado.

HIT: To each bit of school funding beginning to return to our schools as the recession slowly evolves into recovery. The schools can use more, but at least they are easing out of having to cut and cut and cut while demands rise for better, better, better.

HIT: To the Rotary clubs in the valley. Professionals and retired professionals get great opportunities they might not otherwise have to network while doing things that help the community for all of us. The one shrill note, however, may lie in the singing that some are prone to break out in. But this is a small thing, very small, for all the good they do.

HIT: To test results of Eagle County Schools showing again and again that while unsurprisingly kids who are not proficient in their own first language struggle mastering English, the kids who are native English speakers rank with the top students in the state and nation. This is consistent, and testament to the work of the teachers despite all challenges — and there have been many — thrown in their way.

HIT/MISS: To last weekend’s events piled atop events, all vying for attention. Perhaps paradise if you have ADD, it might also have been altogether too much packed into one valley.

HIT: To the Wilderness Act, signed into law 50 years ago. We’re fortunate that we can get into some the finest wilderness areas in the world within a relatively few minutes up and down our valley.

MISS: To misconceptions about what the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will bring to the valley in February. While we’ll have crowds, surely, they are unlikely to be all that crazy. Folks with homes or condos to rent will not strike gold through price gouging. There’s no need to flee if not fired up for these championships with great chances for the Americans to shine, especially on the women’s side. And there’s every reason to take part and have some fun.

MISS: To drought and all the messy considerations of too little water to quite go around across the West. Throw in global warming predictions, particularly for the Southwest, and this could get very … interesting in the century to come, quicker than a fingersnap in geologic time if seemingly forever to us now.

HIT: To a little more in the way of downpayment assistance for first-time home buyers in our still very expensive valley.

HIT: To Benjamin Solomon, the Vail Resorts plant of an informed outsider seeing what summer in the Vail area is all about. He left behind a long series of thoughts about his time here in classic “Hit & Miss,” form. While the Vail Daily didn’t make his cut for Hit or Miss, we figure he had to have been reading at least. You can read his parting thoughts in the Monday, Aug. 18, edition or online at vaildaily.com.

HIT: To Vail’s discussion about making Red Sandstone more serviceable for the community. Going by student numbers and where a good deal of those students are coming from, the district would have been fully justified closing the school a few years ago. Only an outcry, and the town owning the land at the school, stopped the district from executing common sense. Looking at the school as a K-8 makes sense, too, even with assertions that such a school would need more land (hardly) and renovations for larger students (sure). For a school to be a “community’s,” though, shouldn’t more than just about half come from the community in question?


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The VailDaily Updated Aug 20, 2014 08:23PM Published Aug 20, 2014 07:08PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.