Vail Daily 30th anniversary look back: 2004 |

Vail Daily 30th anniversary look back: 2004

NWS Kobe Update BH 8-30

EAGLE – L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s sex assault case moved its way toward trial in Eagle as 2004 progressed. When Cirque de Kobe came to town, we had all kinds of questions:

• Why did it take so long for the Vail Daily to use the term “subpoena envy” in a headline?

• Was it because publisher/editor/adult supervision Don Rogers hardly ever takes vacations?

• A kid being arraigned on a dope charge during a Kobe Comes to Court Day tried to walk through the courthouse metal detector with a one-hitter pipe in his pocket. He wasn’t on a break from his Mensa meeting, was he?

• Young Mr. Bryant did not let the Lakers or coach Phil Jackson know where he was. Yet Jackson was less than five miles away from Cordillera, visiting a friend in Edwards. Question: How fast could Jackson’s motorcycle have made the jaunt up the hill to Cordillera to save Young Mr. Bryant from himself?

• Would Zen Master Jackson have boxed Bryant’s ears with his dominant or non-dominant hand?

• Speaking of hands, does Bryant’s wife still have that seven-karat purple diamond ring he bought her after he returned to El Lay?

None of our questions were answered. Bryant’s accuser decided, the day before the trial, that she could not go on. She refused to testify.

Prosecutors did not subpoena her, so she didn’t have to.

The whole thing ended about 7 p.m.

By 7:22 p.m., Cirque de Kobe had broken camp and beat feet for the Michael Jackson trial.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

Jan. 3, 2004: In its second year, the Honda Session could have been renamed the Shaun White session. After claiming the rail and slopestyle crowns in 2003, White did the same in 2004 with ease.

Dec. 1, 2004: The men’s U.S. Ski Team decided it was time to dominate on the home turf in Beaver Creek. In the year after Daron Rahlves won a rescheduled downhill, the Americans came back to earn spots on three podiums at the Birds of Prey. Bode Miller led the way, claiming victory in the downhill, with Rahlves in second and Bryon Friedman in sixth. Miller also was second in the super-G.

Nov. 2, 2004: County commissioner Arn Menconi won re-election, topping former sheriff A.J. Johnson and former Avon mayor Buz Reynolds, who split their side of the vote. Not long afterward, Menconi and commissioner Tom Stone promised to play nice. Meanwhile, Minturn voters nixed a proposed RV park.

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