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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

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HIT: To Avon’s new stage booking business and hopefully proving its worth for the long term. The town hardly is the only one around here to vastly overspend on a project that ultimately shows itself to be a bargain.

HIT: To a break from what at least seemed like daily rainstorms since the ski season ended. If that’s an exaggeration, it’s surely not much of one.

HIT: To another great Bravo! Vail season.

HIT: To the Habit for Humanity’s blitz build this week. Eighty or so volunteers expect to have four homes built by Friday. Not bad.

HIT: To Dr. Seuss and Harper Lee coming out with new books. Both wrote their “latest” long, long ago — even before “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Both “new” stories formed a basis for the classic they each wrote later. Word is that the Seuss book is fully up to spec with the others, while “Go Set a Watchman” perhaps was not published for good reason back when.

MISS: To trading Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for their old shortstop and some minor league pitchers. Next up for trade is outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado’s other star of note. The selling point apparently is now the Rockies will suck for less cost to the owners. Not like they exactly have been overachieving all these years with Tulo and Cargo.

HIT: To trading the owners of the Rockies. Maybe the owners of the Nuggets and Avalanche could be a throw in with that one.

MISS: While in the sports arena, to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady taking a silly scandal to the theater of the absurd with news he had his cellphone destroyed after the “Deflategate” investigator asked to check it for evidence. So the NFL held firm with his four-game suspension, and talking heads tittered away a day. And this already was the dumbest scandal ever — over the psi of a football.

HIT: To United Airlines deciding to plug in a direct regular flight on winter weekends from Chicago to the Eagle County Regional Airport. And they didn’t even need a revenue guarantee to get the route started.

HIT: To Dick Bass and the historical role he played in Vail Resorts, from being one of the original investors to serving on the board of directors before founding and owning Snowbird in Utah for four decades. He also was instrumental in showing brother Harry that Vail was way better than Aspen — a common occurrence for which Aspen has yet to forgive us. Dick Bass died Sunday in Dallas at the age of 85.

HIT: Not forgetting that the Vail area’s wildfire cycle runs to the hundreds of years, to fire officials keeping the possibility closer in mind for the day a big fire comes and doing more of what should be done in and around all our communities for safety reasons.

MISS: A small one to builders and authorities connected to the ballyhooed water tank that was constructed to serve the sprawling Traer Creek development in Avon. The tank was accepted by the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority on April 1, which surely was not a great sign. By May 25, it was clear the tank was leaking and then shut down for at least six months for repairs. Somehow it took until late July to let the public know. So much for trust in timely disclosure.

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