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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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Nature does what nature does, and there’s only so much we can do (editorial)

February 14, 2018 — … And God laughs. It's an old cliche, but for all of humanity's plotting, planning and hard work, there aren't many alternatives if nature won't cooperate. Whether we're looking at this season's snowpack, or waiting for the wind to die down in Pyeongchang, South Korea,

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Our View: Vail Resorts’ competition with Alterra promises to be interesting

January 30, 2018 — This editorial has been corrected to better clarify that Alterra Mountain Co.'s Ikon pass is valid beyond company-owned resorts. News last week came that the new Alterra Mountain Co. had brought Eagle-Vail's slalom superstar Mikaela Shiffrin into its fold as an investor and ambassador. The

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Our View: Federal shutdowns more about grandstanding than policy

January 23, 2018 — The latest government shutdown lasted just more than a weekend, although we may run through the same exercise in about three weeks. That's good, but, as always, frustrating. Can you imagine what would happen if you regularly failed to do your job? Over the years,

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Our View: Seeking balance at the Vail Daily is real, but it can be difficult

January 16, 2018 — Some readers have recently complained that the Vail Daily's commentary section is "unbalanced," mostly meaning there isn't enough commentary from a conservative perspective. The balance of the commentary section is something that's always being evaluated by this newspaper's editorial board. Good civic discourse requires thoughts

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Editorial: When it comes to marijuana, it’s time for Congress to act

January 9, 2018 — Over the past year, President Donald Trump has provided a case study in the fleeting nature of presidential executive orders and other administrative mandates. What one administration does can be easily undone by the next. That happened last week, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Editorial: Oh, be joyful! Snow has finally come in earnest to the Vail Valley

December 26, 2017 — Let's get this out of the way: We still need snow, and lots of it. In fact, we could really stand to have one of those systems that settles over the valley for 36 hours or so and makes a huge mess of everything on

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Editorial: Vail Valley fun is better if you can find a ride home after drinking

December 19, 2017 — No matter how deep the snow is, the Vail Valley fills up for the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. There's both opportunity and danger coming. The opportunity, of course, is to get local cash registers ringing and, perhaps, a few more people working. The

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Editorial: Wash the car. Do snow dances. Invite North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?

December 12, 2017 — We need snow. And yes, the previous sentence is the most obvious thing you'll read today. Now, it's not unusual for our part of the world to have little snow at the beginning of a ski season. Long-timers remember that in Vail's inaugural season, 1962,

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Editorial: You won’t find your ‘fake news’ in the pages of the Vail Daily

December 5, 2017 — We live in strange times, friends, when public dialog is increasing in both its sensitivity and coarseness. For both, you need look no farther than many college campuses, where some students try to shout down speakers who may offer opposing — usually conservative — views

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Editorial: Vail Valley welcomes back ski racing with annual Birds of Prey event

November 28, 2017 — It's kind of hard to believe, but this week's International Ski Federation (FIS) Birds of Prey World Cup races will be the first time since 2015 that the world's best male ski racers have come to the Vail Valley. While Birds of Prey is well

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Editorial: Could ‘another Miller Ranch’ be built at Homestake Peak School site?

November 15, 2017 — A story in the Monday, Nov. 13, Vail Daily, "Moving up at Miller Ranch," told the story of three families moving into, and through, the various types of homes available in the neighborhood. That means the project is working as intended. Our valley could use

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Editorial: On Vail Mountain’s delayed opening: Sometimes, Mother Nature just says ‘no’

November 14, 2017 — There's a long-running half-joke in resort country that skiing is too big a business to depend on Mother Nature. Well, sometimes Mom says "no" anyway. That's what happened this week when Vail Resorts announced it would delay Vail Mountain's Opening Day by a week. The

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Editorial: Properly caring for our public lands requires more than fee hikes

November 8, 2017 — You may have seen in the news last week that the National Park Service is considering some steep increases in the prices of park passes. Some of those increases — popular parks on popular days — could go as high as $70 per day. The

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Editorial: For Vail Town Council, best choices in large field include incumbents

November 3, 2017 — This year's Vail Town Council election has been one of the most interesting in a while, primarily due to the size of the candidate field — 10 people. One of the remarkable things about that large group of people is that any one of the

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Editorial: Say ‘yes’ to Vail Recreation District’s modest tax increase request

November 1, 2017 — It's easy to think of the Vail Recreation District as an arm of the town of Vail. That isn't the case. Since the 1990s, the district has been an independent entity that operates town facilities and runs a host of programs. The district also runs

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Editorial: Vote yes on Colorado Mountain College’s property tax issue

October 31, 2017 — Eagle County voters in the past year have agreed to tax themselves for schools and fire protection. Those tax hikes are starting to add up. In this fall's election season, voters across Eagle County — as well as in Pitkin, Summit, Lake, Routt and Chaffee

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Editorial: Eagle County marijuana tax proposal earns a cautious recommendation

October 30, 2017 — Recommending a "yes" vote on Eagle County Ballot Issue 1A is more difficult than supporters would have you believe. The ballot issue proposes imposing a gradually increasing county sales tax of up to 5 percent on retail marijuana sales, with an additional excise tax of

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Editorial: We all need to pay more attention to locking cars, homes

October 24, 2017 — Even by the standards of other small communities, the Vail Valley is a pretty safe place, with relatively low levels of both property and violent crimes. But we aren't immune to dirty deeds — mostly of the nonviolent variety, thankfully. Several car break-ins — and

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Editorial: Winter Weather Awareness Week a reminder that snow is on the horizon

October 18, 2017 — Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the week of Sunday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 21, as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado. No, really. Given our current sunny fall weather, it's easy to giggle a bit thinking about winter weather preparedness, but we all know

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