Vail Daily 30th anniversary look back: 2010 |

Vail Daily 30th anniversary look back: 2010

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Author P.J. O’Rourke said it best: “This was not an election on Nov. 2. This was a restraining order.”

Our local Body Politic was in just such a mood.

The Eagle County commissioners asked the Body Politic, pretty please, if voters would abolish their term limits, so they could be like the county’s other elected officials.

The Body Politic considered the $38 million Justice Center and the new jail that now sits empty, Stratton Flats, the Nanny Tax and any number of other sins against financial sanity, and firmly but politely said “not a chance.”

The county commissioners remain limited to as much damage as they can do in eight years.

On the other hand, the Body Politic figured it needed a little something to mellow it out after the Silly Season, and gave the green light to ganjapreneurs who sell medical marijuana in those parts of Eagle County that are not in an actual town. A ballot measure passed handily ordering The Powers That Be to stop stepping on their business buzz.

Wolcott was sold. The Jouflas clan, one of the valley’s original ranching families, sold the ranch to Rick Hermes and his partners as a planned community.

It’ll take 20 years and cost $1 billion, and needs county commissioner approval before they can start.

While we’re building big stuff, three major projects were completed in Vail’s Billion Dollar Renewal – Solaris, the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons.

Speaking of developments, Eagle voters sent Eagle River Station packing. It was to be a 550,000 square foot retail/residential project that would pour more than $60 million in Eagle’s coffers. But the Eagle Egalitarians decided they liked the spot just the way it is, a patch of grass shoehorned right between I-70 and U.S. Highway 6 with railroad tracks running through it.

And isn’t it interesting that the people who tend to be against Eagle River Station also tend to be for Hidden Gems?

In September, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat, introduced a proposal to Congress that would designate nearly 170,000 acres of public land in Eagle and Summit counties as new wilderness.

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

August 2010: Gerald Gallegos died. He was a lifelong Eagle County resident and successful businessman. He started The Gallegos Corporation, in 1970. He helped support organizations from the Vail Valley Foundation to the Youth Foundation to the Minturn Community Fund and Roundup River Ranch.

July 2010: Andrew Claymon, 16, of Edwards, died. He fought a courageous 18-month battle with a rare form of cancer. More than 700 people packed a memorial gathering at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, where he was a student.

July 2010: Colorado Mountain College started a project to double the size of its Edwards building. Just in time, too. The college is adding four-year bachelor’s degrees.

December 2010: Eagle County’s new Taj Ma Jail was closed because there aren’t enough prisoners. The tanking economy sent the jail’s clientele to other places looking for jobs and other accommodations.

July 3, 2010: Martin Erzinger drove his new Mercedes off the right side of Highway 6 in Edwards, and over the back of Dr. Steven Milo, a New York City anesthesiologist.

Erzinger rolled through the side ditch for about 100 yards and his a concrete drainage culvert.

A week later he was diagnosed with sleep apnea. He says he fell asleep at the wheel, and didn’t know what happened.

Milo suffered bleeding in his brain and spinal cord injuries.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and assistant DA Mark Brostrom took all kinds of heat for letting Erzinger plea bargain down from a felony to two misdemeanors.

September 2010: The new Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center was dedicated, culminating 16 years of work, fundraising and dreaming.

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