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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO Colorado

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HIT: To beer, beer and more beer at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, beginning with the Calibration Dinner tonight through Saturday at the Vail Cascade. The height of the tasting is Saturday afternoon with the commercial tasting. Breweries from Alaskan to Wynkoop, the new governor’s brewery, are taking part for the 11th year.

HIT: To the town of Eagle police catching their serial burglary suspect, employing social media as a key part of their net. May the Vail police have similar luck getting their man.

HIT: To some smart use of excess warmth from the Avon wastewater plant now heating the pools at Avon’s recreation center. Two entirely different governments worked together to make this happen. Nice job there. Let’s add, though, that squandering wastewater plant heat on sidewalks would be something less than green.

MISS: To choosing state legislators by appointment rather than election, as intended with these choices of citizen representatives. Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper chose wisely in selecting state Rep. Christine Scanlan as his chief legislative strategist and state Sen. Al White to run the tourismoffice. Both represented Eagle County until plucked for new jobs. Both were replaced by appointees who will do a fine job. Scanlan in her turn was appointed to her state House seat to take over for Dan Gibbs, who went on to become a state senator. Eagle County Republicans are a bit cranky at not being a part of the selection of Al White’s wife, Jean, to take his place. The Democrats were more inclusive of Eagle County before selecting Millie Hamner, the Summit County School District superintendent who also worked in the Eagle County School District for a couple of decades. Scanlan’s opponent last fall, Debra Irvine, asks what’s the point of having an election. It’s a party thing, and a bit incestuous to be sure. But the seats will come up for elections again in their proper terms. Then we’ll see if the winners keep their seats.

HIT: To Sarah Schleper sking better and better on the World Cup circuit, finishing eighth in the slalom, and first among the Americans, on Tuesday.

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