Week In Review
Vail Golf lawsuit
A lawsuit attempting to stop construction of a new clubhouse at the Vail Golf Club has gained new life, thanks to the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Opponents of the clubhouse plan were rebuffed in Eagle County District Court last year, when Judge Paul Dunkleman ruled that clubhouse opponents were late in filing a 2013 appeal of a decision. His ruling essentially dismissed the lawsuit against the town and the Vail Recreation District.
Lindsey Vonn put down a near flawless super G run Monday to win her 63rd Audi FIS Ski World Cup and etch her name into the record books as the winningest women’s World Cup racer ever. Skiing at the end of the top seed in the 22nd start position, Vonn took command from the start and posted a .85 second margin over Austria’s Anna Fenninger.
The win—her second straight in two days—boosted her beyond the mark of 62 set by Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell between 1970-80.
“It’s amazing—words can’t describe my feeling,” said Vonn. “63 feels incredible. I’m really proud of what I’ve done and I’m excited about the future.”
Silt weed war
The fight over growing marijuana in Silt has intensified, with a residents’ group that blocked a proposed grow site earlier this week vowing on its Facebook page to stop such an operation anywhere in town and posting that the operator of the business “only cares about herself and her money.”
Meanwhile, a longtime local businessman who had proposed a second grow site also was rejected by the town council. He blamed the vote on “the residuals from the lynch mob.”
A special use permit application by High Q LLC for a marijuana cultivation and manufacturing plant near the Eagle’s View and Stoney Ridge subdivisions was unanimously turned down by trustees after about 200 people showed up to oppose the plan.
Tweaking the Rio Grande Trail
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails wants to know what improvements people want on the Rio Grande Trail — the immensely popular route that connects Aspen to Glenwood Springs. The open space program is working on a management plan for the roughly 20-mile stretch from Aspen to Emma within the boundaries of Pitkin County.
It would be really hard to spark a wildfire anywhere near Vail Mountain or Beaver Creek right now. Still, unattended campfires will always draw attention.