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Vail Daily’s Hits and Misses

Vail Daily Staff
Vail, CO, Colorado

Send your Hit or Miss to Don Rogers at or call 970-748-2920.

HIT: To the Habitat for Humanity reaching into the top 10 nationally for building homes. The Eagle County chapter has certainly been doing its part these past couple of years at Fox Hollow in Edwards. Of course, this also is a reflection of the housing bust as the top commercial companies have seen business plummet. Still, good for Habitat plugging along, doing good.

MISS: To the jobs picture darkening as the national economy struggles to rebound from the Great Recession. Top national signs to watch with interest for our local economy: The stock markets, consumer confidence indicators, and employment. Employment might be most important of all. The markets, consumer confidence and now employment all dipped in June. It’s all better than a year ago at this time, even in this wrong turn downward. Visitation and home purchases are definitely up in our valley, and that’s good. Still, we need a nation confidently employed and feeling good about the future to make our resort economy zoom again. The national recovery progresses, only slowly and bumpily.

HIT: To the car plane, scheduled to be unveiled for sale in 2011. The company Terrafugia, based in Massachusetts, has developed the Transition, a car with fold-out wings that can take off and fly and also be parked in the garage. This cross of Jetsons and Transformers is made to drive on roads and fly out of airports. The price? Around $200,000. Bad weather for flying? No problem. We’ll drive instead. Nice to have a choice.

HIT: For Lakers fans everywhere, including lifelong friend Dave Haakenson, to Phil Jackson signing on for one more year of coaching the NBA championship team of the past two years. He’ll go for an incredible three-peat for the fourth time, an embarrassment of riches for coach who has won more championships than anyone. Haakenson and his wife, the singer Pat Hamilton, are among the founders of the charitable group Swift Eagle, which just hosted a successful bocce tournament recently. The group helps locals in need. Jackson called Haakenson and Hamilton last week to tell them the news before it was announced.

HIT: Speaking of legendary basketball coaches, a hit to a John Wooden line for that annoying guy who can’t help but let you know he’s the smartest person in the room: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

HIT: To the rise of farmers markets in recent years. Our favorites remain the Minturn Market and the Vail Farmers Market. Nuthin’ against the others. Minturn is where it started, and Vail is where it really took off.

HIT: To the Claymon family, dealing with the worst of all parents’ nightmares and then some. Know that an awful lot of prayers are with you right now.

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