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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 editor@vaildaily.com to be included.

MISS: From reader Marian McDonough to “everyone who brought their dog to the first ShowDown Town in Eagle last Thursday, even though you were asked to leave your pets at home. This includes the town mayor. … You of all people should set a better example.”

HIT: From the same reader “to the band and Moe’s Original BBQ. They were awesome!”



HIT: From the town of Vail “to Cameron Chaney, the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy student who saw potential in using the vacant space between the parking decks in Lionshead as the perfect spot for a permanent skate park. And he didn’t stop there. He enlisted fellow skaters to help design it!”

MISS: To the errant fireworks at Avon’s big Independence Day celebration that caused minor injuries and could have been worse.

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HIT: To Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer, this year’s grand marshals at Vail’s Fourth of July Parade, which more than one observer declared attracted the largest crowds yet.

HIT: To Christie Hill, a Vail resident who opened Vail’s first ski shop among other firsts, who lived in town until she died June 25 at 100.

HIT: To Gallegos Corp. celebrating 45 years.



MISS: To the town of Vail going away from mail-in ballot elections, which the county and municipalities have found increases voter participation. That should be reconsidered.

MISS: To the Flight for Life helicopter crash a week ago in Frisco, killing the pilot, causing a fire and destroying several automobiles in a parking lot next to St. Anthony Medical Center. This is sure to rekindle discussion of where Vail Valley Medical Center places its helipad in the future.

HIT: To U.S. Rep. Jared Polis sticking with his drive to win further wilderness area designation even if the amount of land shrinks and shrinks with each new bid. From the sweeping “Hidden Gems,” the enduring effort now is too puny for a name. Maybe that will slip through to fruition at long last.

HIT: To a hardy day of hiking and dining on Beaver Creek Mountain last Sunday with Trek to Table, a thigh-burning fundraiser for the Vail Valley Foundation.

HIT: To bald eagles this time of year, especially to ones flying our skies — on to John Dakin who shoots such fine photographs of this symbol of America.

MISS: To the Confederate flag, from Day 1 a symbol of divisiveness. Where else but the South does the loser of a war wave its flag proudly? What’s there to be proud of, really? Supporting slavery and now a rallying beacon for ignorant racial supremacists? That thing should have been taken down and buried long ago. It’s the flag of losers, literally.

HIT: To Dr. Susan Love, who will speak Friday at the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group’s Celebration of Life, not letting fighting cancer herself stop her from her life’s mission to eradicate breast cancer.

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