From circus to curiosity |

From circus to curiosity

Don Rogers

The Kobe Bryant sexual assualt case may be a big, big story nationwide, but here it has shuffled off to curiosity, an “oh that.”

Vail’s election issues merit more spirited discussion, at least in Vail they do. Bair Ranch’s open-space intrigues have a segment of the county’s population more worked up than they’d ever be over a celebrity sex scandal and possible crime.

Part of it might be that with school starting, the kids of the alleged victim’s age group have returned to their respective colleges, and their college lives. And school starting again here has busied up life in the downvalley – where 80 percent of the households have children – to the point Kobe is an afterthought at most.

People are curious, to be sure. But the interest now is in passing, more a bridge from one topic to another than subject of deep fascination in daily conversations.

Maybe that will change when, if, the case goes to trial. The buzz of summer has long cooled now, though. Even the Tipsline callers have left the topic behind, finding more to vent about in highway construction delays, the Vail Resorts CEO’s bonus, noise on I-70 and whathaveyou. They have been remarkably silent of late about Kobe Bryant et al.

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Funny thing is, the nation that’s so fascinated with the Kobe Bryant story – maybe even more so now that the California governorship follies have played out – has far less of significance at stake than Eagle County does. Remember, this is our justice system at work. The quality of our law enforcement and judiciary is crucial to our lives.

Beyond the titillations of celebrity scandal, there are more serious questions about how the local authorities will handle the challenges of this particular case. They have been and will continue to be tested.

Whatever the outcome of the case, the quality and fairness to all concerned in the handling of it in Eagle County are what’s most important to the community.

It doesn’t matter what the collective bigtime media thinks of these hinterlands. What matters is our confidence in the local judicial and law enforcement agencies when the circus has packed up and left for the last time.

Do us proud.

Another fumble

Never mind wins and losses, the Battle Mountain High School football program must find a way to keep all its ballplayers sober through a season. A start might be a true zero-tolerance stance with that contract kids sign to participate in athletics, along with pointed conversations about what commitment to the team really means. For two years in a row, now, the program has suffered black eyes around Homecoming. Let’s make sure there’s no strike three.

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