Seibert lionized in the Congressional Record |

Seibert lionized in the Congressional Record

Don Rogers

The congressman said, in part, for the Record July 23: “It was not greed but passion that inspired him to create a place where millions of people have been able to experience the beauty of that mountain through the years. Our great state and skiers around the world owe a debt to Pete Seibert. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten. …”

It’s a nice gesture, tucked among odes to democracy and similar tributes that, alas, won’t make C-SPAN.

Don’t forget a considerably more proximate and significant tribute, from the Vail Valley community’s standpoint, comes at noon Monday at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Even if you never met this guy, and you missed something if you didn’t, he had a profound effect on your life.

By the way, our editorial Friday had a digit wrong in the phone number for more information about donations in Seibert’s name to the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards. It’s 569-7484.

Torrent of ire

With what some are calling the 500-year drought drying up river flows, the upvalley water authorities are getting tougher and calling for less lawn watering.

Fines accompany the fresh edict this week. Get caught with the sprinklers on when it’s not one of your two days to water and you can expect at $25 bill for a first offense, then $100 for strikes two and three, and finally disconnection from the water system.

Further, the only time you are allowed to turn on the sprinklers is between the low-evaporation times of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on your designated day.

Addresses that end in 0-30 can water on Tuesdays and Fridays; 31-65 can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays; 66-99 on Thursdays and Sundays. This is for properties from Wolcott to Vail (excluding Minturn) that are served by the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, and the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority.

All this starts Tuesday.

As you might imagine, this will leave more than a few folks resentful at the golf courses, which with their acquired senior water rights remain free to drown their grass green as can be. Already we’re hearing from people angry at seeing so much watering on the courses while the drought gets worse and worse.

Nope, no legal recourse. Only their sense of civic responsibility can entice the courses to do the right thing and cut back.


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