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Don Rogers: Vail pioneer’s daughter takes torch

Don Rogers
Vail, CO Colorado

Vail’s Donovan dynasty has moved to the next generation, and there’s something pretty cool about that.

John Donovan served on the Town Council from 1966 to 1980, after arriving in time to help start the new resort and community in ’62. That makes him one of the pioneers.

Wife Diana served on the council from 1999 to 2005 after decades on the town planning commission.

And now their daughter Kerry Donovan just won a seat on the council, the first of Vail’s born-and-raised generation to do so. That just seems appropriate.

We didn’t endorse her, although some of us advocated for her, opting others with a little more seasoning. She’ll do great, though.

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Another we didn’t endorse, incumbent Kevin Foley, got the most votes of all the candidates in this election. The councilman who takes great pride in representing the working stiff did it again. He’ll need a pavilion or such named after him when he matches John Donovan’s 14 years of service on the council.

We honored his wishes on the Fourth of July that we not even consider issuing that kiss of death, an endorsement, and he won again. Congratulations.

We did endorse a couple of winners: Susie Tjossem, who hands down did the work preparing to serve on the council these past two years, and incumbent Kim Newbury, who puts her soul into the job.

Eagle-Vail’s voters bit – again – on a 5A tax increase, and maybe this one will indeed be the one that gets the new pool built, the golf course fixed up and all that. We didn’t buy the plan before and don’t buy it now. But we’ll happily be proven wrong. The community improving is common ground for everyone.

In any case, Jeff Layman of Eagle-Vail’s Property Owners Association Board, made sure to call and savor the moment. He definitely sees this 5A as the domino tipping Eagle-Vail onto the right path.

Can we at least take credit for 1A, the energy-efficient loan progam, passing?

Nah. It’s pretty clear that newspaper endorsements maybe be fodder for discussion, and some more thought, but they aren’t really levers that tip any but the closest elections.

Which is the way it should be. The alternative would be a constituency of sheep. And among everything else that makes our community from Dotsero to Vail great, it’s that the voters are anything but sheep.

The last time there were sheep running around in town, John Donovan was serving on the Vail Council, and they outnumbered the people.

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