Copper Mountain sneaking up |

Copper Mountain sneaking up

Don Rogers

The point isn’t the Sunbird, but the efforts of Vail Resorts’ archrival (no, not Aspen, an anachronism these days) to make sure the worker bee has a place to live while making Copper the almost-town as well as resort a more vibrant place, where workers are sought out to live and play in their nearly completed village.

Clearly, the resort just a little closer to Denver has not been still these past couple of years. The $500 million renovation of the base village is further along than comfortable old Vail’s. Intrawest has added Winter Park to its strategic quiver if not outright ownership and is busily setting itself up in general as a more worthy competitor to the jewel of Colorado ski hills and towns.

So what is Vail doing fighting itself over an affordable housing project that so obviously ought to be built, and soon?

Can the town really afford to bleed workers eastward a half-hour’s drive as well as downvalley? Seems a strange time to be quite so sanguine about a rather large weakness in ski country’s greatest town – greatest town for now, anyway.

Facts of life

We can’t help but notice the sad spate of deaths in the past week or so to breast cancer.

Jane Smiley, Barbara Feeney and Judith Nicholls – all gone too soon from us. Each left a legacy of love for life and family, courage under the worst of circumstances and happy memories we hope their close friends and families hold onto even though they themselves have passed on.

This is the scary, tough stuff of a world in which cancer continues to ravage in a seemingly random, cruel harvest of our best.

Advancements in care can’t come soon enough. The cancer center in Edwards, and attendant doctors, sadly in most ways, have paradoxically improved the quality of life in the Vail Valley overall. These three benefited from the services of the center, as well as future patients will without having to suffer the difficulties of having to move to Denver or Grand Junction for such high-quality treatment. Cancer is a fact of life. Even so strong and vibrant a person as Vail founder Pete Seibert could not escape this disease. While we are decrying progress – and the onslaught of civilization that has also delivered such silver linings as improved medical care to the valley – we might also pray for more advancement and soon to end cancer’s ability to kill our loved ones all too soon. Another unpleasant reality: It’s time to consider a proper cemetery in the upvalley, as well. This too is a part of life. D.R.

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