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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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Our View: Reporting on suicide is tough; here’s what we’re doing (editorial)

June 19, 2018 — Reporting on suicide is one of the toughest jobs for a small-town newspaper. There's a real need to balance sensitivity to those who grieve with providing information to readers. There's also the danger that reporting on suicide — especially when a young person is involved

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Our View: Please, don’t be stupid with sparks or fire in our dry valley (editorial)

June 12, 2018 — This story has been corrected regarding the spelling of the Bocco fire. Let's start with this: It doesn't matter how long you've lived here or how much time you've spent in the backcountry. You're not the exception to the rule. Since Saturday, June 9, a

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Bullying is a problem in local schools; we need to work with children to help create better adults (editorial)

May 22, 2018 — The Facebook group called Eagle County Classifieds is mostly a place to buy and sell items. But it's also a place where some pretty broad-ranging discussions take place. One of those discussions was started recently by a local mom who told the story of pulling

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May lodging occupancy numbers in Vail could use at least a little boost (editorial)

May 15, 2018 — This story has been corrected. Sales tax, not lodging tax, is the biggest single source of town revenue in Vail. Spring is an easier time in the Vail Valley. Whether you've headed out of town for a while this spring, or just used our slow

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Our View: Word nerds flock like flies to new double-spacing study (editorial)

May 8, 2018 — As you might imagine, people who work in the newspaper business can be pretty nerdy about grammar, spelling and spacing. That's why a recent story in the Washington Post has been shared a good bit in the world of word nerds. The gist of the

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Despite some raised eyebrows, mixed martial arts event could be a winner (editorial)

May 1, 2018 — News of this weekend's Legacy Fighting Alliance event in Vail was first greeted with some raised eyebrows. After all, what does mixed martial arts fighting have to do with Vail's brand as a family-friendly resort? Still, the Vail Commission on Special Events last year approved

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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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