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Resign nowThe Eagle Valley Land Trust Board members on the Open Space Advisory Committee should resign immediately because they have a blatant conflict of interest.This committee is charged with fairly evaluating open space possibilities in the county and then deciding how to spend taxpayer money on conservation easements.The EVLT board’s by now stubbornly ego-driven obsession to obtain Bair Ranch, the boondoggle that wouldn’t die, disqualifies them from impartial service on this committee. The EVLT presence there is like electing active lobbyists to the Senate to represent the people’s interests. It shouldn’t have been allowed to happen in the first place.This committee is now being time-pressured with the EVLT’s agenda, just like last fall when a fake deadline panic was used to stampede the county commissioners into voting the original $2 million.The committee must purge itself of these hysterical lobbyists and calmly turn its attention to what it needs to do:1. Conduct a countywide inventory of properties available for conservation.2. Establish parameters and criteria for choosing properties worthy of conservation.3. Go about a fair and impartial evaluation and ranking of those properties and decide which to recommend to the county commissioners.They would be wise to study the rational process by which Great Outdoors Colorado has for years been awarding its grants. In establishing its criteria, the committee must also listen to the voice of the people, the majority of whom seem to think it’s unreasonable for us to spend our millions to conserve land on which we are not allowed to set foot, or to hike or enjoy with our families.There are many ways to write conservation easements, including allowing some access. Total lack of access is only one of many reasons why Bair Ranch is a ridiculous misuse of taxpayer open space funds.If the EVLT wants to give Craig Bair $2 million, let them raise the money themselves.Joy OverbeckEdwardsOh, baloneyThis is a reply to Otto Wiest’s safer ski propaganda. Skis and bindings have come a long way since Otto blew out his ACL 15 years ago.The current trend of shorter skis will definitely make it easier on the knees. The most popular lengths now are 155 to 170 cm for women and 170 to 180 cm for men. This means the tails have become much shorter in relation to the boot. Bindings have also come a long way in reducing knee injuries from backwards pressure by having an upwards release. Which was not the case 15 years ago. Of course the bindings need to be properly adjusted by a certified ski technician to obtain optimum safety.And Otto, you can’t take the answer from one person who works for SKI magazine and say that the ski industry does not care about safety. I know for a fact that Rossignol, Salomon, Look, Tyrolia and Marker are constantly looking for ways to reduce friction and build better-releasing bindings. I have sold these bindings for over 40 years and have seen the evolution in safety.Otto, I don’t believe that a spacecraft engineer has created the perfect ski, either. I have skied the ski with no tail and I would have to say I would be hesitant to even put a beginner on them. They don’t hold in a turn and are actually scary to ski above 10 mph.I have seen many fads come and go in my 40 years in the ski business and I can assure you that skis without tails will never make the grade.You say that you once gave a guy some bad advice about buying a pair of skis. I would never advise anyone to buy a ski without giving them the chance to demo several skis. Your advice could even be worse about the no-tail ski because you say almost everyone should be on skis with no tails. I don’t know what line of work you are into but you are obviously not in the ski business and should be careful of giving advise to the masses about ski equipment.It was very nice of you to plug the Gorsuch Ski Shop. But I can assure you that there are several ski shops in Vail that have very knowledgeable sales people selling top equipment. Employees who ski every day and test all the new equipment.I will leave you with these thoughts: These skis with no tails you are so high about do not outperform and never will outperform a full-length ski. All active sports have some inherent danger, and I would rather not ski than ski on a ski with no performance.And one more thing: You say almost everyone who has spent time skiing in this valley has blown their ACL. Well, that’s a crock.Buzz SchleperBuzz’s Ski ShopVailHighlight of yearOn behalf of the 115 members of our Rotary Club, I want to thank Bill Jensen for hosting Rotary Ski Day on Vail Mountain, and the wonderful breakfast at Eagle’s Nest. It goes without saying that this has become the highlight of the Rotary year, as the membership looks forward to the event with great excitement.As we all made for the slopes or the ride down, there were many comments shared with me regarding Jensen’s presentation. Many were not aware of the magnitude of environmental efforts that are not only supported, but implemented and managed by VRI. While we expect our businesses, neighbors, and ourselves to be stewards of Mother Earth, VRI is setting a tremendous example for us all.Finally, we must take the time to thank all of the staff that we came in contact with today. The power of their encouraging attitude, as well as their infectious smiles, should never be underestimated.Steve MillerPresidentVail-Eagle Valley Rotary ClubFor everyoneEvery season that I get to live in this section of paradise, I become more attached. Whether it’s meeting friends for apres or exploring new terrain, riding here is usually a joy.Like many people who flock to their own haunts, I have become familiar with parts of the mountain that are “secret stashes” or more conveniently, meeting places for those of us who like to avoid crowds.The “hut” is beautiful because it is a place to meet friends or take a breather, and in between two runs of oblivious snowsliders going by, close enough to hear their carves yet to remain hidden among nature.The hut I speak of has been host to several post-BB&B gatherings, as well as many others, and judging by the tracks I see it is visited on a daily basis. That’s why I can’t believe that over the last few weeks, people have been removing wood from the roof of the hut to burn for firewood. Obviously these are people who have never built something in their lives, or they would know what it felt like to see something of theirs torn apart.This place is for everyone to enjoy, and it is incredibly selfish behavior to take and destroy something that others have worked for. If you’re conscientious enough to bring trash bags, and someone’s strong enough to carry an 18 pack, then bring your own wood.It’s obviously not a single person doing this, so if you are around and see this destruction, stand up and say something. Let some kind of sense be heard. By the way, I’m not claiming to have built the hut, just standing up for it.Eli CarisVail


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