January 22, 2019 — The "partial federal shutdown" is now in its fifth week with no end in sight. It's time to end it. As you've probably seen, heard and read, the shutdown — which affects about a quarter of the federal government — is all about politics. Most simply,
January 15, 2019 — As you may have read Monday, Vail this week is hosting the Mountain Community Summit, a multiday get-together to talk about the challenges of — and possible solutions to — providing more workforce housing in mountain resorts. Vail was chosen as the host site in
January 8, 2019 — Hundreds of members of the Eagle and Gypsum community turned out Sunday to honor the all-too-brief life of Megan Lodge, an Eagle Valley High School senior who was killed Dec. 26 in an auto accident. Other communities around the state are also grieving those lost
December 25, 2018 — Whether you're a visitor, a second-homeowner or a local, you have a good idea of what this week's all about — the most wonderful, busiest time of the year. The Fourth of July may be the single busiest day in the town of Vail, and
December 18, 2018 — Monday's Vail Daily reported the depth of opposition to the proposed Berlaimont Estates subdivision north and a bit west of Edwards. At issue is the only aspect of the plan open for public review: a road from the valley floor to the 680-acre parcel. If
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