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Par for the course

Don Rogers

Fairly or unfairly, the new bloc has been tagged as a golfing-first bunch with Vail Recreation District business. More to the point, maybe, they would tell you that fiscal prudence was more their plank, and the golf course is merely the goose that must be well-tended. Bubbles, on the other hand, can go, and presumably those downvalley kids and their hockey pucks. Vail should be just for Vail, right?

In any case, with the dawning of election day last May, the board progressed from a position of confidence in its veteran executive director to a tilt of distrust. He was no longer their guy, at least as far as the new majority was concerned, and that didn’t make for a long-lasting relationship.

And so the district, which grew under his tutelage from a $2 million to $6 million operation over seven years, heads to brave new ground. Is a retreat from a fuller service district, as some observers see, on order now? Shall we just go ahead and rename the outfit the Vail Golf District, as critics have coined it?

The one thing that is clear is that this is that new bloc’s district now. This is where the good voters of Vail begin to learn whether they did the right thing electing a unit instead of individuals to oversee the district.

Good luck to Pieters in his next adventures, and good luck to the district in its new era.

KOA in Minturn?

Minturn’s got a pretty good idea working for a KOA in town. Some folks apparently fear it won’t get enough use. Are they kidding? It could well be the most popular RV park and campground in the franchise, given the price of lodging around these parts.

If the Town Council has the nerve, the operation will open as early as next fall at what’s now that old 6-acre gravel quarry. The park would provide a niche not seen in the upvalley since about the time Vail was being built.

Declaring that a KOA is “recession-proof,” as the representative has told the townsfolk, might be a stretch. But the logic goes that the chain of RV campgrounds saw its business increase during this current downturn as people avoided pricier lodging and more often opted to drive instead of fly during trips.

On thing that’s unlikely to happen is the campground going empty, or 70 percent empty.

Minturn, around the corner from Vail and on the way to Leadville, looks like a good location for such a campground. Still, all ventures carry an element of risk, and so does doing nothing. This looks like a timely step forward. And it would fill a need.



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