Vail Daily Hits and Misses
Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
HIT: To “snow equity” working out for us at the moment with a fabulous start to ski season, following last season’s powdery ending flourish.
HIT: From a reader — “Albeit late, to the Miller Ranch neighborhood for providing the safest, most fun environment for Halloween this side of Sleepy Hollow. Masks off to all of you for opening up your hovel for the rest of the valley!”
MISS: From the same reader to “the Vail Daily editorial board for the snide comments about local drivers not being prepared for the first big storm of the year. News flash! I counted one county plow in the ditch along with one plow who T-boned an Avon police officer near Avon Elementary school; one county sheriff’s deputy sliding sideways on an Edwards incline; and one state trooper stuck on the on-ramp in Avon. No one was prepared for that deluge, including the experts. Maybe some self-editing is in order.”
HIT: To a great sunny opening day for Vail Mountain with enough snow to open a fair number of lifts along the front side of the mountain.
HIT: To Public Access TV 5, always there for the government meeting buffs and providing “The Community Project” for the wealth of artistic talent in our valley.
HIT: To Colorado Gives Day, scheduled for Dec. 9. This is a nice way to get more bang for your donated buck to your favorite community service group.
HIT: To record voter turnout in Eagle County elections for elections when the choice for president is not there. Looks like this mail-in thing is a hit.
MISS: To what we already knew — that local schools would not benefit from taxes on retail marijuana sales.
HIT: To new home construction beginning to pick up with the economy. Look out, though. Those lurking larger developments may be coming closer to being built.
HIT: To ski racers — international as well as home-grown — training at Vail and Copper.
HIT: To Rosie, the remarkably resilient turtle. She survived a couple of weeks recently in the cold, cold, cold outdoors until a neighbor found the adventurer and returned her to 9-year-old Ben Benedict, who could not have been happier with how it all turned out.
HIT/MISS?: To Eagle County coffers beginning to rise again. Property tax revenue, a lagging metric due to the timing of valuations, is looking positive on the horizon. In the meantime, building fees and such will join rising sales tax revenue to give the county confidence in projecting its first overall revenue increase since the Great Recession set in back in 2009.
HIT: To a nice set of early season snowstorms in the one part of the country that welcomes these with great excitement.
HIT: To Cameron Chaney, sophomore at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, for designing a permanent skate park that could make use of some dead space at the Lionshead parking structure. Ingenious!
HIT: To the Vail Valley Partnership’s chief, Chris Romer, for his “Yoda” column last Friday. We missed a headline opportunity for the theme of the piece, which basically boiled down to this: “Do or do not. There is no try.” So true.
HIT: To Avon’s revamped Christy Sports shop. Nicely done!
HIT: To Beaver Creek joining Vail with superb and bountiful opening days.