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Colorado Journalism Week recognizes hard work at local papers (editorial)

April 17, 2018 — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at last weekend's Colorado Press Association convention proclaimed Monday, April 16, to Sunday, April 22, as Colorado Journalism Week. It was a good venue for the proclamation, but it's also a good time to think about the benefits of a free

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Our View: Vail Daily readers benefit when The Denver Post thrives (editorial)

April 12, 2018 — Much fuss has been made over the past week or so about The Denver Post's commentary section on Sunday, April 8. If you missed it, then the section that day was dedicated to essentially pleading for the paper's life. The Post's editorial board took the

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Our View: We all have to work to help protect Vail Valley from fire (editorial)

April 3, 2018 — A pair of fires on Sunday, April 1, have local fire officials looking closely at our dry conditions. We all should do the same. The biggest of the fires was roughly two acres in Edwards that came perilously close to the Brett Trail neighborhood. There

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Our View: Distracted driving nothing new, but made worse by phones (editorial)

March 27, 2018 — Distracted driving is a growing problem. In 2015 alone, nearly 3,500 people were killed in accidents in which distracted driving was a factor.

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Do your duty: When you get a summons for jury duty, answer it (editorial)

March 20, 2018 — A member of this paper's staff was recently summoned for jury duty. The case was a civil matter, so it wasn't really newsworthy, but there were some lessons learned. District Judge Frederick Gannett, the presiding judge on the case, walked potential jurors through the process,

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Could brick-and-mortar stores in Gypsum really compete with online retailers? (editorial)

March 13, 2018 — Is Gypsum a retail hot spot waiting to happen? That was a conclusion of a town-sponsored study, conducted by The Retail Coach, a national research company. According to the study, the Gypsum market suffers from what experts call "leakage" — consumer spending and sales tax

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When it comes to suicide prevention in Eagle County, we need to take care of one another (editorial)

March 6, 2018 — Eagle County’s suicide rate is well ahead of national average. You may have read the Vail Daily story about Lucas Rivera, the Gypsum man who’s planning to run 240 miles in October. Rivera’s running for bigger reasons than just personal achievement. This feat will be a fundraiser for Speak Up, Reach Out, a local nonprofit that provides suicide prevention education and resources for those in need in Eagle County.

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Jared Polis: Bridging the rural-urban divide in health care

February 27, 2018 — There are half as many mental health providers in Colorado's rural areas as in urban ones, and two entire counties in our state lack a single mental health provider. As a result, folks outside the Front Range experiencing a mental health crisis frequently have to

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Do we truly value wildlife? Then it’s time to acknowledge that it’s up to everyone to help (editorial)

February 27, 2018 — One of this young year's developing stories is the decline in area wildlife populations and what we can do about it. At the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Bill Andree told board members about that

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Our View: Monday’s power outage a reminder of how good we have it (editorial)

February 21, 2018 — The power went out in the western Eagle Valley the evening of Monday, Feb. 19. The lights came back on fewer than 90 minutes later. The outage was notable for its scope — lights went out from Eagle to Dotsero. But also notable was that

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Nature does what nature does, and there’s only so much we can do (editorial)

February 14, 2018 — … And God laughs. It's an old cliche, but for all of humanity's plotting, planning and hard work, there aren't many alternatives if nature won't cooperate. Whether we're looking at this season's snowpack, or waiting for the wind to die down in Pyeongchang, South Korea,

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Our View: Vail Resorts’ competition with Alterra promises to be interesting

January 30, 2018 — This editorial has been corrected to better clarify that Alterra Mountain Co.'s Ikon pass is valid beyond company-owned resorts. News last week came that the new Alterra Mountain Co. had brought Eagle-Vail's slalom superstar Mikaela Shiffrin into its fold as an investor and ambassador. The

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Our View: Federal shutdowns more about grandstanding than policy

January 23, 2018 — The latest government shutdown lasted just more than a weekend, although we may run through the same exercise in about three weeks. That's good, but, as always, frustrating. Can you imagine what would happen if you regularly failed to do your job? Over the years,

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Our View: Seeking balance at the Vail Daily is real, but it can be difficult

January 16, 2018 — Some readers have recently complained that the Vail Daily's commentary section is "unbalanced," mostly meaning there isn't enough commentary from a conservative perspective. The balance of the commentary section is something that's always being evaluated by this newspaper's editorial board. Good civic discourse requires thoughts

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Editorial: When it comes to marijuana, it’s time for Congress to act

January 9, 2018 — Over the past year, President Donald Trump has provided a case study in the fleeting nature of presidential executive orders and other administrative mandates. What one administration does can be easily undone by the next. That happened last week, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Editorial: Oh, be joyful! Snow has finally come in earnest to the Vail Valley

December 26, 2017 — Let's get this out of the way: We still need snow, and lots of it. In fact, we could really stand to have one of those systems that settles over the valley for 36 hours or so and makes a huge mess of everything on

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Editorial: Vail Valley fun is better if you can find a ride home after drinking

December 19, 2017 — No matter how deep the snow is, the Vail Valley fills up for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. There's both opportunity and danger coming. The opportunity, of course, is to get local cash registers ringing and, perhaps, a few more people working. The

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Editorial: Wash the car. Do snow dances. Invite North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?

December 12, 2017 — We need snow. And yes, the previous sentence is the most obvious thing you'll read today. Now, it's not unusual for our part of the world to have little snow at the beginning of a ski season. Long-timers remember that in Vail's inaugural season, 1962,

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Editorial: You won’t find your ‘fake news’ in the pages of the Vail Daily

December 5, 2017 — We live in strange times, friends, when public dialog is increasing in both its sensitivity and coarseness. For both, you need look no farther than many college campuses, where some students try to shout down speakers who may offer opposing — usually conservative — views

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Editorial: Vail Valley welcomes back ski racing with annual Birds of Prey event

November 28, 2017 — It's kind of hard to believe, but this week's International Ski Federation (FIS) Birds of Prey World Cup races will be the first time since 2015 that the world's best male ski racers have come to the Vail Valley. While Birds of Prey is well

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