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.
MISS: From a reader to the town of Eagle “to the Town of Eagle requesting ‘reconsideration of a revenue sharing deal.’ You turned down Costco. You informed the town of Gypsum (aka the taxpayers) that you would not be revenue-sharing any of your Eagle River Station profits. Gypsum residents and the town of Gypsum say “no” to gifting you almost a half million dollars a year. Generate your own tax revenue, Eagle.”
MISS: To the town of Avon manager pushing the Town Council to simply disregard the voters who rejected purchasing the Skier Building nine months ago and use a loophole to keep the voters out of the decision this time. Maybe that will work. At least a couple of council members think it’s a great idea. It’s also a statement about what town government thinks about its citizens.
HIT: To the Sherpa Foundation’s efforts to provide aid to Himalayan communities hit hard by the earthquakes last spring.
HIT: To local super skier Chris Anthony and his work with youngsters.
HIT: To efforts to preserve the historic Horn Ranch, home of sandstone blocks at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, as county open space.
HIT: To the often rival towns Eagle and Gypsum working together to the benefit of both towns’ residents.
MISS: To pickleball vs. tennis. Can’t we all just get along?
HIT: To the Underground Sound Series, a nice economical way to enjoy the Vilar Performing Arts Center during the offseason.
HIT: To those great offseason restaurant deals, speaking of this time of year.
HIT: To the Broncos finding a way each week. Somehow. Every game a nail-biter. Manning just needs the offensive line to come together and more receivers to fill in the gaps left by Welker and Julius Jones. Sanders and Thomas can’t do it all. Meantime, yeah, go D.
HIT: To a classy halftime reunion and ceremony honoring Scott Ward at Battle Mountain High School and before that at Freedom Park.
MISS: To the town of Avon redefining what it once called a “use” tax on construction materials bought outside the town and used in town. Town leaders in 2002 went to the voters on a use tax of 4 percent, which was rejected. But that was then and this is now. Town leaders recently sent a letter to contractors declaring that what they once called a use tax really is “sales” tax, and so they’ll be expecting their tax payment to the tune of 4 percent, thank you very much. Seems the voters really get in the way of everything in Avon.
MISS: To the problem with pickleball: No one plays tennis.
MISS: To silly folks who move into places next to tennis courts, counting on everything staying nice and quiet. Then along come some rowdy seniors who have fun playing pickleball. The horror. This is like moving to a golf course and whining when a ball comes in the yard. Or moving into Vail Village and yelling at the nightlife.
HIT: To the Vail Mountain boys soccer team winning its first league title since 1990.
MISS: To the state of Colorado making moves to close one of the few low-cost health insurance options available in a region where prices are the highest in the nation — for no good reason.
HIT: To snow, now and through April, the more the better.