Vail Daily Hits and Misses
Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
HIT: From a reader to “Mark Kogan for his response to Rev. Dr. Jack Van Ens’ columns. Kogan’s points are refreshing, honest and real world.”
HIT: From a reader: “Big Hit for Terry Quinn’s letter Feb. 13 about ‘each bit of good news about the economy now.’ Whoever did the Daily’s Hits and Misses section on Feb. 4 whiffed on that Miss.”
HIT: Of course, to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which finished Sunday with a nice snowstorm to close things off just right, and to the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts, Vail and Beaver Creek and Avon, the 2,200 volunteers, the security, the vendors, the organizations and teams and athletes, the musicians, everyone who worked their butts off those two weeks, the fans who came from near and afar, and to the weather.
HIT: To the real estate part of the economy edging closer and closer to a full recovery, with total sales in 2014 reaching the highest point since 2007. The three legs of the valley’s economy are tourism, real estate and development. Two out of the three seem to be back on the path.
HIT: To the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission looking into a trip a couple of members of the Eagle Town Board took to visit the owner of the 660-acre Haymeadow property, which is approved for development. This will lift the issue from a debate about right and wrong according to state constitutional law governing local politicians to a finding, possibly with fines. The commission has the power to compel testimony and scrutinize relevant documents. Also of concern was the town board members having essentially secret meetings with other individuals on the board in violation of state open meetings laws.
MISS: To the developer who flew the Eagle Town Board members out to his Florida ranch calling all this petty, frivolous and not worth anyone but a busybody’s time. Apparently he thinks the public has no real right to see how business is conducted on their behalf.
HIT: To being serious about transparency and accountability to the public that elected you. Errors and mistakes in judgment happen to the best of us. Alas, that is part of being human. What really counts, though, is showing an understanding that the public really does have a right to know and even the appearance of accepting expensive favors from developers and others seeking to sway decisions their way is not a good thing for anyone trusted to serve their constituents.
HIT: To Vail fighting extravagant prices in efforts to keep young families living in a town dominated by second homes. Yes, we should develop the Chamonix property to provide a few more opportunities for deserving local families. Just understand that this alone won’t stem the downvalley tide, which has caused the community’s center to migrated.
HIT: To the apprenticeship program started by Gallegos Corp. to home grow their own skilled tradesmen.
HIT: To spring break, which boosts the local economy in ways that even the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships could not.