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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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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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