Chamber comes through |

Chamber comes through

Don Rogers

Saving up to 20 percent on health insurance is great news for Vail Valley businesses that take advantage of the Chamber and Tourism Bureau’s new initiative.Basically, by pooling member businesses together, the VVCTB over the course of nearly three years has found a way to take some of the bite out of those soaring health insurance costs.Colorado PacifiCare is the insurer of the group. The plan is scheduled to begin New Year’s Day.It will help on the premium front that Eagle County’s residents tend to be a lot healthier than the nation as a whole.The rise in health insurance costs – especially in the High Country – has been one of the most difficult challenges of the new century. Maybe the most difficult.The people who made it happen deserve as much praise as can be heaped upon them. This is a big step forward for small businesses in Eagle County.Several public presentations are scheduled to explain the new plan:n Dec. 4 at the Vail Daily Building in Eagle-Vail, at 2:30 p.m.n Dec. 4 at the Inn & Suites at Riverwalk, at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor.n Dec. 5 at Lionsquare Lodge in Lionshead, at 8 a.m.Call Robin Litt at 477-4025.A winChalk up a working conservation easement for the Eagle Valley Land Trust.Marjorie Westermann agreed to protect her 62 acres straddling Highway 24 near the Eagle River headwaters. The bulk of the $281,750 to purchase the right to keep development at bay came from the owners of the Eagle Mine, a gift toward beauty after 1980s’ discharge killed everything along a seven-mile stretch of the river. GOCO and the local Eagle River Watershed Council contributed the rest of the share.The parcel contains wetlands and remnants of Taylor City, the 1880s silver mining camp.This is the first closing in three years for the Land Trust. Nice to have a straightforward partner for this deal at the top of the Eagle River. Would the one at the other end of the valley go half as well.BlessingsSnow, the economy, no new wars, real estate rebound, Wall Street rebound, snow, family time, lots of visitors (welcome Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston), snow, tree lightings, new ice rink, snow, bell ringers, blessings counted, bright hopes. Did we mention the snow?

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