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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 a reader “to the Vail Daily for stopping delivery of the Vail Daily to Buzzard Park, where many of the towns seasonal and permanent bus drivers reside. We do like to keep up date with the local news first thing in the morning.” (OK, we heard and will try again. We stopped because too few papers were moving at the location at the end of summer.)

HIT: To split boards, full boards, alpine skis, Nordic skis, ski skis, fat skis. And to fat tire bikes, snowshoes, springs on running shoes, skates. Anything that gets you out and riding, basically.

HIT: To resolutions — even if we don’t keep them. Even better if we can keep ’em, but nuthin’ wrong with a little planning this time of year.

HIT: To great New Year’s day traditions … like paddling the Colorado River. That’s saying something — especially in 14-degree weather outside.

HIT: To the return of the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival this weekend.

HIT: To TEDxVail, which will run from 2 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday. The theme of the day is “naturally,” with a mix of 16 speakers.

HIT: To the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue’s big score: $1 million from the Shaw Foundation. The group is working to raise $2 million by 2017 for a horse property for its good work.

HIT: To 2015 and welcome to 2016. Let’s get back to it with the holiday season behind us.

HIT: To Vail Village and Lionshead, long free of the mob scenes bordering on riot a good decade ago, when underage kids somehow had the idea it was a good-behavior free zone. The town imposed barricades, curfews and extra cops for a few years to end the nonsense.

MISS: To the big old problems of the Vail Valley rising higher in the new year: Housing costs, child-care costs and transportation.

HIT: To prospects for our local economy this year through skiing, real estate and increasingly, summer activities in 2016.

MISS: To municipalities going heavy on executive sessions. As Gypsum’s longtime Town Manager Jeff Shroll put it: “Everyone wonders what you are up to when you go into executive session.” So Gypsum works to stay out of that mode.

MISS/HIT? To forecasts that the population growth in the Vail Valley may nearly double in the next 25 years. These things are done holding up a rear-view mirror and can’t be taken as gospel. Projections are based on economic recovery, with population growth trailing not so far behind.

HIT: To moving skating off Nottingham Lake, before more than just a Zamboni falls through the ice, to the town rec center. Prudent, if not necessarily popular. It’s the right call.

HIT: To birds, somewhat overlooked as one of nature’s plus factors. A few birdwatchers celebrated National Bird Day this week. Coming up: the Great Backyard Bird Count in mid-February.

MISS: To cats in the backyard. They’ve taken quite a toll on bird populations over the years.

HIT: A sad one to the memorial ski down at Vail Mountain on Friday to honor Tony Seibert on the second anniversary of his death in an avalanche in the East Vail Chutes. The grandson of founder Pete Seibert starred in Warren Miller films, coached skiers and was known for his incredible zest.


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