Vail Daily’s Hits & Misses
Send your Hit or Miss to Don Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-748-2920.HIT: To firefighters up and down the valley raising tens of thousands of dollars on Labor Day during the Fill the Boot fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They had some help, too, including for members of the Eagle Valley High School dance team, who added some spark to the pitch. The 23rd Eagle Firemen’s Barbecue and Barn Dance is happening from 6 to 11 tonight, by the way. Just follow the crowd at the fire station on Third Street.MISS: To that wildfire near Boulder that destroyed at least 169 homes, the most ever by a fire in Colorado. As of this writing, high winds were expected overnight and neighborhoods were being evacuated. Vail Town Manager Stan Zemler’s Boulder-area house was among those destroyed, so this fire has hit a little closer to home than the wariness and need for prudent preparation that we in the wildlands all share. Summer’s rain, while aggravating at times, is a great comfort for the moment. But a dry fall, and look out. We’re not out of the woods this fire season. HIT: To Magda Herzberger, 84 years strong, surviving the Holocaust in not one but three Nazi death camps and living to bear witness and also write 10 books so far. You can’t help but be horrified by humanity’s dark side and at the same time lifted by this woman’s spirit while reading her story in three parts this week. Her books are available at the Bookworm, and Plum TV is airing interviews with her.HIT: To former Vail Town Councilman and current economic adviser Kent Logan, along with a group of other wise elders, nudging the council to consider a number of smaller projects with that $9.3 million collected for a conference center that the voters – much like Sen. Kerry – voted to fund before they voted against the whole thing. Logan, you may or may not remember, was the first leader locally to explain the storm that was coming and help Vail weather it better than almost any other municipality in the country. On Tuesday he spoke to the council about this idea, which just may nudge Vail to prudently invest this money at long last, and while construction costs are down, workers need jobs, and the projects can serve as catalysts for the community’s future success.