I was part of a focus group several years ago overlooking a master plan for what is now in development. It scared me then and it terrifies me more now. I never thought anything like this could happen. I stood in belief that my community leaders had stronger morals and better foresight. It is my fault for assuming this.
What is happening in our small valley? Quality of life seems to be so easily put on the back burner for the way of greed – most of the greed coming from absentee influential people with deep pockets.
Ironically all this mass development is happening in the midst of one of Colorado’s worst droughts, in which the water is literally disappearing. Yet the developing continues without a hesitation.
What is the true carrying capacity of our small valley? Has anyone thought about this or are we so self-involved we just care about our generation and not the next?
Strangely enough, I moved here 24 years ago to enjoy the environment and space, like so many others. Yet the first thing most people do now when they move here is to fence themselves in and ignore the freedom of this environment.
As I kayak down the river behind Sunridge, portions of it are scattered with waste. I wonder if this will eventually look like the Platte River in Denver where scavenger fish lie belly up on bad pollution days.
When I ask locals with a similar love for the environment what they think about what is happening in Avon, they really don’t understand the grand scheme of how big
this development is.
I think we really need to take an inward look at who we are, why we are here, and start taking caring a little deeper for the fragile resources around us before it is too late. The direction we are headed now is not healthy for the long run. What can we do? What can I do?
Let’s try to hold on to some integrity.
Nothing to this
I am very disappointed in the tone of the article regarding the Vail Chamber and the departure of their director.
I do not believe I was accurately quoted. I, even as a citizen, have long supported a Vail Chamber. It is thanks to Kaye Ferry especially, and a handful of others, that the Chamber finally got off the ground. Steve Connolly worked hard to bring parties together.
The business relationship between the chamber and Connolly was severed. No more, no less! The readers of the Daily deserve informational, educational articles. There is no point in sensationalizing something that is totally mundane.
The Daily has some good writers who should not be forced to write sensational articles in order to get printed. The Daily holds an important position in the community, and the personal agendas of “senior management” should not dictate what the “news” will be.
Editor’s note: Donovan writes as a citizen and not in her capacity as a Vail town councilwoman.
Sad to hear about Arvin’s passing
We where saddened to hear about Arvin’s losing his long battle with his heart problems.
He was our longtime friend, neighbor and business partner.
He was one of those people that made Vail an “INTERESTING” place to live and enjoy.
Skip and Elaine Holland
(Student body of University of Vail 74/83)
Vail closed all of the challenging trails on the mountain due to erosion worries.
How can this be when they left the old World Cup course open? The old course is the most damaged course on the mountain.
There has got to be a way of rebuilding trails or rotating them on a yearly basis. Most riders on Saturday’s opening where disappointed to spend money on two or three easy trails with no challenging stuff left.
Most are vowing not to return. Others feel all of VR’s resorts are soon to follow.
National Web sites have already been claiming Vail is dead to the lift-serviced mountain bike experience. The money lost to those people and the amount of wear and tear that will occur due to funneling 60 percent of mountain traffic onto the remaining trails will be a loss for all. There has got to be a compromise somewhere. Please help by voicing you opinions and offer to volunteer if they will let us rebuild the existing trails.
Revving up bike;
deal with it
It’s a good thing that the Vail Daily has the Tipsline, so the weak and timid of the valley can vent without fear of retribution.
This letter is directed toward the individual that chose to live near a busy highway and now wants all motorcyclists killed by way of cement truck.
I, too, have a rather loud bike, and in the early mornings I try as best I can to minimize the noise for my neighbors’ sake.
Does it still upset some of them? Sure, but I couldn’t care less because I have better things to worry about. Don’t you?
Although your area is not on my way to work in the morning, I will soon be taking a detour, and watching out for all cement trucks.
Rumbling through a neighborhood near you …