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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

the Vail Daily Editorial Board

Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to to be included.

HIT: To the short, sweet leaf season. And then, and then, the season that attracted so many to begin with …

MISS: To the whole Guinness World Record thing, other than as a sly, enduring marketing move. It was nice that the new record holder for bowling between your legs is a local and fun to write the story. But really?

HIT: To the real estate market perking up. The ripple effect through the valley’s economy is substantial and much preferred to the opposite not many years ago and from which it is still very much recovering.

MISS: To the kind of sloppy work that leads to gas leaks. Vail had a couple in a week, and then some painters apparently knocked a gas meter tree with their lift. This is dangerous stuff.

MISS: To too many perfectly fine roads in the national forest now closed.

HIT: To Vail Rotary’s annual rubber duck Labor Day weekend fundraiser on Gore Creek, now 13,000 ducks strong.

HIT: To starting down the road toward building another roundabout in Edwards, this one at the busy intersection of the Edwards Spur Road and U.S. Highway 6. Nearby businesses aren’t typically fond of the construction period, and that’s understandable. But the longterm benefits in safety, not waiting forever for traffic lights to change and easing congestion are obvious by now.

HIT: To community support for longtime ranchers the Scott family, who lost 162 cattle to bad hay that killed them and wiped out the family’s fortunes, which were invested in the cattle. The Scotts have been ranching in the Burns area since the 1890s.

HIT: To Jeff Kovacik standing. He was paralyzed from the neck down in a hit-and-run encounter with a snowboarder at Beaver Creek this winter. More than 70 neighbors, friends and other well-wishers welcomed him home with a big barbecue. The young man who hit him hasn’t been found yet. The Sheriff’s Office hasn’t quit looking.

HIT: A very mild one to Jared Polis’ latest bid to add some designated wilderness to the national forest land in Summit and Eagle counties. This time, it’s for 40,000 acres, earning a “meh.” Far cry from the 250,000 or acres previously put up as “Hidden Gems” and disregarded.

HIT: To the Wheels & Wings event last weekend at the airport, the best yet. The pairing of autos and airplanes was a great way to carry summer past the traditional Labor Day ending.

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