The weaning of the chamber |

The weaning of the chamber

Don Rogers

Here’s progress: The Vail Chamber and Business Association is taking tepid steps toward funding itself through membership dues. Like any good chamber ought to do.

The Vail-only chamber got its start-up money for its first two, now three years from the town, through business license fees dedicated to marketing the community.

It was a good way to get the chamber on its feet. Now it’s time for the chamber to stand or fall on its own.

The weaning has begun, slow as it may be. The Town Council recently provided $200,000 for the next fiscal year in funding, a drop from this past year’s $250,000. A benefit is that the organization now must sell its value to the business community at large, since soon businesses will decide for themselves whether joining is truly worth the expense. Until now, they simply were charged, like it or not.

The dues look economical enough: $100 for a home business; $250 for the storefront kind.

Soon enough, the business organization will have to operate as, well, a business rather than a government entity.

Take it easy

Enjoy Independence Day, but please go easy on the gas pedal and the beer, OK?

This week two frightening accidents happened on I-70 – an SUV flipped at the big Wolcott turn; and two trucks collided in Vail, killing a driver.

Last week, one of Eagle’s young hopes died on a dirt road in Routt County a little after midnight. Alcohol is suspected.

In truth, we’d like our news to have plenty of life, but not death or grave injury. Doesn’t happen that way, true enough, but give this some thought.

And slow down, on each account. We’d rather have you reading than a saddened community reading about you.

No big deal

Now that Vail has arrived at its third Fourth of July of no longer being the mecca for under-age drinkers, the Vail Village special drinking district that bars those under 21 after 10:30 p.m. today is not such a big deal.

It has helped that the operators of the bars open at that time have found that true grownups are more likely to spend time – and dollars – at their establishments without those crowds of minor hooligans the town endured in July Fourths and New Year’s Eves for decades for no good reason. Oh the gnashing of teeth when the curfew and special district first went into effect. You’d a thought there were a constitutional right to underage drunkenness.


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