Hits & Misses
Send your hit or miss to Opinion Editor Tamara Miller at email@example.com.Hit: To the Battle Mountain High girls soccer team, who won their first 4A Western Slope title Saturday. The team closed out the regular season undefeated, going 14-0-1. Coach David Cope goes two-for-two with Western Slope titles; he picked up his third straight boys trophy this fall. Miss: To the nasty campaigning, mainly by opponents, that clouded the home rule election. Voters are smart, as one of the opponents said. So why the need for personal attacks and exaggerations to convince voters to not approve home rule? Hit: To the voters of Eagle County for their better-than-expected turnout in the home rule mail ballot election. About 43 percent of the ballots that were mailed out were returned. On the flipside, its somewhat sad that this is considered commendable; we need a much higher percentage of voters participating in every election. Miss: To the Ginn Co. for not taking enough care near the Battle Mountain construction site to prevent sediment from spilling into nearby creeks. Sediment has been spilled into Willow and Turkey creeks twice in the last week. The first incident occurred when workers were clearing out beetle-killed pine trees without the proper permits. Hit: To the Vail Valley Foundation for their bid to bring alpine skiings world championships to Vail in 2013. The 1989 and 1999 championships helped boost Vails reputation in the ski world. Bringing the championships back would be a boon for the valley. The decision will be made at the FIS Conference next spring.
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Are we seeing more bears because there are more bears on the valley floor, or because we’re all spending more time at home? It could be a bit of both.