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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

the Vail Daily Editorial Board

Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to editor@vaildaily.com to be included.

MISS: From reader Reid Griebling to the Vail Daily “for the April 1 ‘Gaper Day’ front page photo and the resulting #vaillive with all of the gaping going on. Gaper is a poor way for residents to describe our guests. Here’s a hint: Unless you grew up in a ski town with a mountain view from your second-grade desk, you’re a gaper. This means 95 percent of you who reside in this county are gapers. Think about that next time you use said name for our guests. Poor form Vail Daily, poor form.”

MISS: From a reader who acknowledges a HIT to “keeping the mountain open later, but closing the Back Bowls at the regular time?!”

HIT: From a reader to Matt Stern, who was “spot on with his ‘There is no poop fairy’ article. Coloradans are known for our love of the land, safe and clean energy, and for being responsible. How then do some of us fail to comprehend that being a responsible dog owner includes picking up the poop? As Matt said … dog poop doesn’t biodegrade in the same way wild animal waste does, and it creates a health hazard. So pick up your poop.”

MISS: From a reader to the “town of Vail taking away Dobson Ice Arena March 26-April 1 in favor of a Volvo event. Local hockey and figure skating had the ice reserved first. WECMRD, please build us a year-round rink! Kudos to Eagle’s ice rink for at least saving one hockey tournament!”

HIT: To Vail’s Tom Barnett, current king of the burger franchise, who converted a Corvette and Rolex watches his franchise won into bonuses for his employees who made it all happen in Phoenix.

HIT: To our favorite extreme skier, film star, teacher and writer, Chris Anthony, who last week brought us in a print atop peaks few of us have the skill or nerve to take on.

MISS: To the baloney suggested in a study showing beetle-killed forests are no more likely to burn than healthy ones. The study misses the point, which is that when those dead trees fall, they only create fuel such as the blow-down at Trapper’s Lake, which burned hotter than hot in 2002.

HIT: To the Vail Film Festival becoming a standout institution for spring in Vail, this year giving film-goers 74 selections last weekend.

HIT: To Fred Kummer making his exit after four decades of trying to build in the Brush Creek Valley south of Eagle, selling Adam’s Mountain — built at just the wrong time. Through the course of ski resorts, giant subdivisions and no end of community combat over his plans, it’s finally over. Onward to other developers and other plans for the valley.

HIT: To Karen Lupis making her “one and only” marathon one for the memory banks in Antarctica.

HIT: To Epic (there’s that word again) Discovery finally getting off the ground to make summers bigger for visitors and the local economy. It might be a little much to hope for balance between summer and winter business, currently tipped 70 percent to winter. But as many who live here know, summers are awfully pleasant up here, and there’s room to share.

HIT: To spring with warm days, still fun skiing, events everywhere and more time on the mountain.

HIT: To Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s up-and-comers.

MISS: To the pendulum swinging too far onto the side of assessment testing of students in the grand quest to improve American education. Policymakers forgot that the goal is actual education. Not to worry, we’ll get it wrong the other way soon enough.

HIT: To rebellious parents across Colorado deciding enough is enough.

MISS: To messes anywhere other than where a child watercolors, but especially on public land. Clean up your act, you folks using the target ranges.

HIT: To the event of summer, Star Dancing Gala, which raises funds for The Youth Foundation. Tickets for the July 16 event in a hangar at the Jet Center are on sale.

MISS/HIT: To roadwork season. The biggest pain in the … looks like Eisenhower Tunnel, but motorists in the county will feel their patience tested, too.

HIT: To spring powder days. As the early season bounty melts away, spring storms keep skier interest perked just a bit more. Perhaps more importantly, snow and rain will now help bring down the chances of large wildfires later.


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