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New twist in flip flopping

Don Rogers

Note to Rep. Mark Udall: Geez, make your mind, will ya?

He’s thinking about running for Senate. Then he’s not. Then Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell announces he won’t run again and so Udall declares he’s in now. Great. Only, not so fast. Here’s possibly the shortest-running campaign for Senate in history. Next day he’s out again.

So that’s it, right? Not going to swing back into the race by Sunday? We’ll stay tuned, just in case.



Bubble done?

It’s pretty clear that the bubble’s time is up, at least from the vantage of exorbitant expenses.



At nearly $200,000 in set-up and take-down expenses every year, never mind the $50,000 or so loss in running the, ahem, temporary blowup tent over the ice rink at the Vail Golf Course, it’s way over the top now.

The bubble was supposed to last two winters and has gone two more seasons. Meantime, Eagle built an ice rink and the bubble has not been used to capacity. But the expenses have sure inflated.

It’s time to let go. Sell the bubble, return the golf course ice rink to an outside amenity, and save the money where it can be better used.



VR on a roll

Vail Resorts’ ski season revenue is off to a record-setting pace – better even than last year’s record-setting pace.

The best news, of course, is that there’s no run-up to war to kill the season in its tracks this year. So the next quarter will likely post spectacular year-over-year numbers.

Those precious “destination” skiers from out of state have returned in larger numbers, and the Front Rangers have dropped off a little since last year. Still, the in-state skiers bought 9 percent more passes than the previous year. So even if they perhaps aren’t actually skiing quite as often this season, at least they’ve paid up.

That small legion of “Big Gorilla” critics are going to have to work a little harder to find their mud to sling. Seems our skico has managed the store pretty well, and it’s paying off this season.

Ruing Reno’s

The Red Cliff restaurant and bar’s roots go almost back to the first white men to settle in Eagle County, all the way back to the 1870s, when Red Cliff was bustling.

The streak will come to an end April 7, when the place is sold and shuttered. Now that will be a shame.

D.R.


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