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Our View: Vail Mountain doesn’t open early very often, so let’s enjoy the gift (editorial)

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.

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Our View: Please, folks, engage your brains when driving in winter conditions (editorial)

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.

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Our View: Candidates Chico Thuon, Adrienne Perer, Russell Andrade and Tamra Nottingham Underwood are right for Avon

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

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Our View: Yes to Minturn, CMC requests; no to proposed Avon tobacco tax (editorial)

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

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Our View: Voters should approve tax questions for Eagle, Gypsum fire districts (editorial)

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,

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Our View: Support Eagle County’s request for an open space tax extension (editorial)

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

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Our View: Jeanne McQueeney the best choice for Eagle County Commissioner (editorial)

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,

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Our View: The Vail Daily endorses some candidates, some ballot issues. Here’s why (editorial)

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

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Our View: State report offers tips to keep region’s tourism fresh (editorial)

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

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Our View: It’s time to fix the Colorado Constitution’s trickiest amendments (editorial)

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

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Our view: Restrictions may be lifted, but it’s still dry in the backcountry (editorial)

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

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Our View: We have some rules for reader submissions this election season (editorial)

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

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Our View: If you squint just right, the Vail Valley’s drought has a couple of positives (editorial)

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

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Our View: When it comes to wages and housing, Eagle County is falling behind (editorial)

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,

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Our View: Hayman Fire provides cautionary tale for anyone who sparks a wildfire (editorial)

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

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Our View: Egregious use of irrigation water is simply irresponsible (editorial)

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

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Our View: Sonnenalp Resort setting a great example with employee housing (editorial)

July 31, 2018 — Kudos are due to the Faessler family and Sonnenalp for persisting in the effort to build the new, and much larger, Solar Vail apartments in Vail. The family this week kicked off an effort that took more than a decade — demolishing the existing 1976-vintage,

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Our View: Gypsum wildfire a stark reminder of the need to prepare (editorial)

July 24, 2018 — Hazy skies have become an unwelcome fixture in the Vail Valley, thanks in large part to the Lake Christine fire near Basalt. But our smoke source in the western valley was much closer to home the evening of Sunday, July 22. That night, a pair

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Our View: Regulators should OK multiple-employer insurance plans (editorial)

July 17, 2018 — The Vail Valley Partnership seems intent on being more than a tourism-promotion group. The group these days is working to make health insurance more affordable for small employers. Partnership CEO Chris Romer is pushing to create something called a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement. Those arrangements

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Our View: Gun range closures are welcome, but they came too late (editorial)

July 10, 2018 — Word came last week that due to the high fire danger in the region, all of the gun ranges on public land in the county are closed until further notice. Better late than never. But make no mistake, closing those ranges came late. In fact,

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