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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.

HIT: To the Fourth of July, of course, a great celebration of America without guilt. For the high country, the real kickoff to a short, busy summer.

MISS: To taking too much from a mild winter on Interstate 70 as something the state or drivers did so different last winter compared to the previous one. Storms weren't as big was all.

HIT: To at least seeing the possibility of completing that dream of a paved path between Aspen and Vail Pass. The big gaps run in places between Dotsero and Edwards.

HIT: Speaking of dreams, to Red Cliff winning grants toward upgrading Internet service and eventually maybe even closing cell phone reception holes.

HIT: To further signs of improvement in the local economy through unemployment rates dropping, number of employed increasing and businesses growing.

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MISS: To signs of the return of perhaps the biggest issue for the valley workforce — major frustration trying to find affordable places to live.

MISS: To a somewhat artificial mission to the town of Eagle's freeway-rest-stop "information" center to become self-reliant as a retail store. While it's a good thing for the information center to pay some of its own way, the idea was supposed to have the center as a means of bringing visitors into town itself, and help the business community. Is this an information center or business competitor?

HIT: To Crazy Mountain Brewery's recognition recently as a Colorado Company to Watch (in a good way).

HIT: To Bravo! Vail. Back again.

HIT: To local and state tourism efforts meshing to the benefit of our valley as well as the state as a whole. Keep that going.

MISS: To I-70 congestion snarling traffic more than necessary for repair and construction season. Maybe a little less crowing about how great things went in winter and more attention to keeping cars and trucks moving through the various projects is in order.

HIT: To Vail Valley Cares and its remarkably successful thrift stores leading to the ability to help 10 more students with scholarships to Colorado Mountain College. That in addition to being one of the bigger funders of fellow charitable organizations.

HIT: To Lindsey Vonn kicking off her new foundation with a recent event at the Donovan Pavilion, where the author of the book that inspired the movie "Mean Girls" gave a talk meant to help girls and their parents better negotiate adolescence.

HIT: To the 9 Ball rafting race team that won the national championship about a week ago, and to the gym workouts they credit for putting them over the top.