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What kind of name is VPAC?

VPAC? VPAC?? Does this stand for Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing? Or VPAC the Luphar Database? Or is it VPAC, the Valley Performance for Arts Center in the San Fernando Valley? Or worse, is VPAC a packaging company selling bubblewrap, Styrofoam containers, stretch film, tapes and corrugated boxes?

No, none of the above. Sadly, VPAC is the new, slick, trendy name for the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek! What a disappointment for us to return to Beaver Creek for the winter season to discover this new misnomer for one of the most treasured artistic centers in the U.S.



What was the marketing group thinking when they chose this name? I am sure it cost much money to design and change all of the printed brochures, stationery, etc., with this new logo.

What is wrong with calling a venue what it is, The Vilar Performing Arts Center? Why must we shorten, make smaller, make easier to read, make easier to say, make easier to print a name and, worse, design a name that connotes something other than what it is?



And the oval surrounding the name, VPAC, reminds me of an advertisement that belongs on a dog food can.

I say, and vote for, a return to the original name, The Vilar Performing Arts Center, or maybe The Beaver Creek Performing Arts Center. Let’s call our great venue what it is!

Let’s go back. Let’s not succumb to the pressure of snappy, with-it, so-called modern change just for the sake of change. If you agree with me, let’s hear it!



Marlene Hughes

Beaver Creek

Global warming ideologues

First, the term global warming is overly simplistic. The correct term is climate change. Hence, the onion needs to be peeled further. The concept includes:

n Wetter where it is not wanted; drier where it is not wanted.

o Windier where it is not wanted; windless where it is not wanted.

o Warmer where it is not wanted; colder where it is not wanted.

o Gradual planet warming and more carbon (carbon dioxide) in the air.

Second, the reasons for climate change (global warming) are debated –natural cyclic or human caused.

Many believe the balance of the scientific community says it is human activity caused, and not worth the risk to civilization to fail to get this right.

Others say this has not been proven, expressing sincere skepticism or political rhetoric, believing that immediate or very short-term economic issues trump everything else.

Third, babbling ideologues at their best. We have those who believe the worldwide recordings of temperature-carbon dioxide levels are being fudged and photographs of shrinking of mountain glaciers are being “doctored” — all part of a great conspiracy.

The Ken Burns subtitle from his recent documentary, “Prohibition: How can a nation that does things so right, go so wrong?” will surely be repeated in the future if this sort of belief takes over.

Fourth, peeling the onion even further: Skip this if you have had enough and go to the fifth point. An additional scientific aspect should be considered, called global dimming. Here we consider all the large, sometimes dust-like particles we are putting into the air from burning forests, automobile exhaust, coal power plants, factories, small cooking operations in the undeveloped world, jet contrails, etc.

This variety of pollution keeps a considerable amount of sunshine from hitting the Earth and hence dampening the further heating up of the planet.

This belief was proven by scientists who recorded significant amounts of additional sunshine hitting the Earth during the worldwide no-fly period after 9/11.

Fifth, how do we discuss all this stuff, given this additional information? The name of the game is climate change. Debate for the reason behind it can be called climate change causation, or “C-cubed.” Then we have C-cubed “cyclics,” for those who believe it is all part of a natural occurrence, and C-cubed “It’s Us” for those who believe it is human activity caused. Take your pick.

Paul Rondeau

Vail Rec District’s outlook bright

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am wishing everyone a happy new year and looking forward to the year ahead. Over the past year, the Vail Recreation District has offered Vail Valley residents and guests countless activities via the Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Tennis Center, Vail Gymnastics Center and at Dobson Ice Arena; through its mountain biking and trail running races, plus events on Vail’s athletic fields; and through its youth day camp, summer programming and special events.

Given the current economy, we’re pleased to see these programs continue to grow and foster while we met the Vail Recreation District’s mission to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests.

As we look back on 2011, we’re thrilled at the many successes that occurred that will ultimately lead the Vail Recreation District in the future. Such successes could not be accomplished without the Vail Recreation District’s diverse staff, partner organizations and the countless volunteers who dedicate their time with the Vail Recreation District.

Highlights include:

n Overwhelming approval by town of Vail voters for reallocation of the town’s $9.4 million conference center fund for recreational and facility improvements, including expansion and remodel of the Vail golf course clubhouse and Nordic Center, and field and restroom renovation at the Ford Park sports complex.

n Accolades from Colorado Runner magazine, which named the Vail HillClimb Trail Running Race as the best non-ultra race in 2011.

n 100 percent increase in participation during the second annual KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race, what we feel is the coolest kid’s race on the planet.

n Adding a variety of new programs to the Vail Recreation District’s activity lineup, including a girls hockey program, the Spring MTB Short Track Race Series, the Boneyard Boogie trail running race in Eagle, a new cyclocross camp taught by the long-time local Jake Wells and more.

n Completion of several improvements to the Vail golf course, including the renovation of the tee box on hole 7, two new bridges on holes 11 and 17, and new weather shelters on holes 11 and 3.

The Vail Golf Club also was recognized by readers of Colorado Avid Golf magazine as one of the top spots to play golf in the Vail Valley and Western Slope.

Looking forward to 2012, the Vail Recreation District is committed to maintaining its strong financial footing as we head into declining property tax revenue year.

The Eagle County assessor has revalued all properties based on sales data from January 2009 to June 2012, and due to the decline in property valuations, the taxes the Vail Recreation District will collect in 2012 are expected to decrease approximately $495,000.

The Vail Recreation District has been well aware of this decline and has implemented strategies to ensure budgets remain balanced in 2012 and beyond without sacrificing the important community services and programs it provides.

As an example, the Vail Recreation District will continue to invest in much-needed capital projects, including a $1.15 million investment into the remodel and expansion of the Vail Golf Club and Nordic Center.

We’re also thrilled to announce that the Imagination Station will reopen this year and offer new exhibits and hands-on science and art projects for children, as well as the addition of a new community programming space that will offer adult and youth programs including yoga, art, ceramics and more as part of the new Lionshead welcome center.

As you plan how to pursue your recreational passions, look for opportunities for your children to learn and grow and seek options for yourself to experience new activities in 2012, we invite you to join us.

Whether it’s a round of golf at the Vail Golf Club, tumbling at the Vail Gymnastics Center, skating at Dobson Ice Arena, raising your heart rate during a mountain bike or trail running race, playing tennis on some of the best clay courts in Colorado, learning and exploring with the Vail Nature Center, expanding your mind with Youth Services, enjoying a skate ski at the Vail Nordic Center or participating in any of the other activities the Vail Recreation District offers, we’re excited to serve you, your family and your friends in 2012.

Joe Hanlon

Chair, Vail Recreation District Board of Directors

Let’s fight cancer together

I would very much like to do something like the Relay for Life, but instead of laps it will be inches.

I am planning on donating 13 inches, more or less, of my hair to Locks of Love. I think it would be very fun and interesting to get people to donate a certain amount of money to a cancer foundation of their choice for every inch of my hair that gets cut off.

I am planning on doing this on St. Patrick’s Day, when the fire department shaves heads for cancer. I will not shave my head, but I have tons of hair to spare.

If there are others interested, I would love to have them join me. Afterward, I am putting pink streaks in my hair and would love to get others who have either had breast cancer, have someone close who has had the devastating disease or even just support it to come and jazz up their locks with me.

I have recently lost an uncle to bladder cancer, and I have two close, brave beautiful women in my family fight breast cancer. I have mostly been an advocate since I was a little girl, when I lost my best friend to leukemia.

Please help me try to make this happen.

K.C. McWhirt

Avon


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