December 11, 2018 — Colorado's heart belongs to the Denver Broncos, and running back Phillip Lindsay has been a shining light in a mediocre-to-dreary season. Lindsay was raised in Aurora, went to school at the University of Colorado and now, as an undrafted rookie, has given a much-needed spark
December 4, 2018 — The Eagle County Classifieds page on Facebook can be highly educational for a lot of reasons. People are buying and selling, of course, but there are also some lively discussions. Some of the most lively involve housing, particularly when someone posts a unit for rent.
November 27, 2018 — The Vail Valley this week welcomes the annual Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS World Cup men's ski races from Thursday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 2. It promises to be quite the party. When people talk about Vail and Beaver Creek as "world class"
November 20, 2018 — Workforce housing has always been in short supply in the Vail Valley. But where should that housing be built? A number of residents of Eagle-Vail and East Vail in the past couple of years have said, firmly: Not here. The latest dust-up in the valley's
November 13, 2018 — The good news came first from the sky and then from the Vail Resorts corporate office in Broomfield. Thanks to generous early-season snowfall — a total of 52 inches so far — Vail Mountain is set to open early this season on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
November 6, 2018 — We've had a good start to winter this fall, with Vail Mountain receiving just more than 3 feet of snow in the past week. That's encouraging. On the other hand, big storms, especially those early in the season, often bring big problems on the roads.
October 28, 2018 — Every once in a while, voters have a chance to start fresh — or at least significantly so — with local government. Avon voters have that opportunity this fall. There are four seats up for election this year — a majority on the seven-member Avon
October 27, 2018 — It can be hard to keep track of fall ballot issues, thanks mostly to our state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, amendment. That amendment, passed in 1992, has a lot of fine print, but mostly it limits spending and taxation for every taxing agency
October 26, 2018 — The Colorado Constitution is an odd document. Thanks to the citizen initiative process and dozens of amendments over the years, we have a sometimes-conflicting constitutional mish-mash. Ballot measures 6A and 7E — for the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and the Gypsum Fire Protection District,
October 25, 2018 — Eagle County's open space tax was hotly debated when it was first proposed in 2002. The tax, a 1.5 mill countywide property tax, passed but narrowly — by fewer than 50 votes. But as the program was established, and especially after funds began being allocated
October 24, 2018 — There's only one contested race at the county level this year, for the District 3 seat on the Eagle County Board of Commissioners. This year, we're recommending incumbent commissioner Jeanne McQueeney, with some reservations. Let's address the reservations first. While all three commissioners dispute this,
October 16, 2018 — Ballots for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election were mailed this week to registered voters across the state. It's a busy ballot. While Eagle County has only one contested race — for county commissioner in District 3 — there are plenty of other important state
October 2, 2018 — Anyone who has been on Interstate 70 between Vail and Denver on a weekend knows we live in a popular place. The Colorado Tourism Office recently released its "Regional Branding Initiative" for eight regions of the state. Those regions cover the state from the plains
September 25, 2018 — Colorado's constitution holds a number of conundrums, thanks to the ease with which it can be amended. Perhaps the biggest of these self-contradictions regards how state and local governments collect and spend revenue. The first part of the knot is the Gallagher Amendment, which dates
September 18, 2018 — After spending much of the summer in very tight Stage 2 fire restrictions, Eagle County officials on Friday, Sept. 7, dropped all local fire restrictions. That was, and is, good news. It's especially good news as we near hunting season, when hundreds of hunters take
September 11, 2018 — It's the time of year when our readers start to send us their thoughts about the coming election. Most years, we nearly receive more letters than we can publish. That's a good thing, and a reason to be grateful to our readers. Again, though, the
September 4, 2018 — We can all agree there's been little good news from this year's drought. The haze from the wildfires burning across the Rocky Mountain West is the most obvious effect. But in a season of reduced water supplies and general anxiety over virtually every spark, there
August 29, 2018 — You may have read this week that pay in Eagle County is lagging behind statewide wages, as well as wages in the region. In the 10 counties that belong to the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Eagle County was fifth in the average annual wage,
August 21, 2018 — Several people have asked over the past few weeks what's going to happen to Richard Miller and Allison Marcus, the people suspected of sparking the Lake Christine fire near Basalt. The short answer, at this point, is that the cases against Miller and Marcus still
August 15, 2018 — … Is the only word to describe the actions of several hundred water-wasting customers of the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. That district on Monday, Aug. 13, sent mandatory use-reduction letters to customers using more than 10,000 gallons of water every week in the