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The Snowboard Outreach Society would like to thank everyone for participating in the fourth annual Colorado Eagle River Ride. What started out as an excuse for me to ride with friends is quickly turning out to be one of the most fun, and attended, citizen rides in the Rockies. In the late 1980s, I worked for a summer in a bike shop in Rome. Road riding in Italy is as much a part of the culture as baseball is in America. When you rode, whether single file or four across, drivers waived honked and shouted “forza, forza” … “strength, strength.” When I visited friends in Amsterdam, I felt I was in cycling heaven, everyone rode everywhere: old people to the stores, moms with two kids to the park, and business men in suits to work. I would wonder why Americans weren’t in love with cycling.For the past month, many have followed a near mythological figure: Lance Armstrong. There is no question that road riding has received major attention in America because of Lance. Cycling has gained tremendous popularity because of him.Sunday, July 24, was like a spiritual gathering: Lance retiring after winning his seventh, and riding with 690 cyclist in Eagle County. The SOS staff and I were jazzed after listening to the stories about your ride and seeing all of your smiling faces at the finish. Some of you accomplished your first century, some your first organized ride. A family of four from Denver. A 73-year-old man who rode all 100 miles. Some of Brett Malin’s family, a cyclist who lost his life two years ago in the Race Across America, came all the way from Michigan to participate in this years ride. Let’s not forget Alexi, the eleven year old who met his dad in Eagle and rode back with him to the finish in Avon. When we plan for the River Ride, we have a goal to be the finest organized ride ever. Everything from the blueberry pancakes, to the aid stations, to the post party food had be thoroughly planned and executed. We wanted you to take home inspirational stories to your family and friends so they, too, may be inspired to get on a bike and start pedaling.Organizing an event that covers 100 miles of road and hours of saddle time can be challenging. Every year we learn something new. Next year’s changes include not running out of bread for peanut butter, ensuring the Dotsero flashing sign says “turn left” instead of right, and having the ice cream truck arrive earlier in Dotsero for all you speed demons! We are truly grateful to have had the opportunity to have organized an event that we hope you loved. We hope to see you back on Sunday, July 23, 2006. Vail Velo Club will continue to send newsletters that will contain information of upcoming bike events and rides in the Vail Valley (www.vailvelo.com).Check out the Snowboard Outreach Society’s Web site so you can see how we are using sports to help kids, who’ve had their share of difficulties, experience healthy and ethical choices for themselves (www.sosoutreach.org). This ride would not be possible without the support from our dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors, especially the Vail Daily, Eagle County, the Beaver Creek Resort Company, KZYR and TV8. They all believe in sharing the beauties of our county to all. Keep riding and finding new goals.Arn MenconiSnowboard Outreach SocietyShort discussion(Steve Pope’s recent) commentary in the paper regarding the Eaton Ranch property was very interesting. The issue of closed door open door conversations with the commissioners does not reveal the extent of what one constitutes as a conversation. The phrasing of the article implies there were extensive conversations, but since it was a closed door conversation of two minutes, 10 minutes, one hour, no knowledge of the length or breath of the conversation is known yet. It reads like a high crime. I would be curious to see how any appraiser would value a trade of very valuable commercial land for what the article implies as unusable wetlands. Wetlands will look like they look if the county owns them or Hermes owns them. There is zero value for that swap regardless of size ratio. The supply-demand economics shows raw land to be an extremely valuable commodity here. One can’t even buy a single family lot in Singletree for $400,000 (4 acres = 15 lots or $6,000,000?). How possibly could 4 acres of commercially viable land be worth only $400,000?I would think in a public forum this would be a very short conversation.Bart PeasleeSponsors soughtJuly 27 our team, the Eagle Valley All-Stars, won the Little League Baseball Senior League State Championship at the state playoffs in Castle Rock. The All-Stars are asking for contributions to help players and families travel to compete in the Senior League Regional Tournament in Brenham, Texas, Aug. 4-10. The team is representing our community and the state of Colorado in this tournament. The regional tournament includes teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. A victory here would mean a trip to the Little League World Series in Bangor, Maine, from Aug. 14 to 20. This is a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity for these players to participate in such a monumental event. They have played hard all season and are very excited to have this chance to compete at the regional level. The team would very much appreciate any and all support from the community. Please make contributions payable to Eagle Valley Little League, and mail c/o Jeff Sweet, P.O. Box 246, Eagle, CO 81631. All contributions are tax deductible, and will be acknowledged in the local papers. If you have any questions, or would like further information, please feel free to contact Steve or Sally Whitehead: Office 524-4444 (7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.); home 524-1966 (after 5:00 p.m.); Steve’s mobile 904-5430; Sally’s mobile 471-0855.Thank you very much for your support! Sally WhiteheadForget itOK, let me get this straight. The Vail Daily thinks it is obscene that the Vail Valley Foundation has offered to pay $166,000 per acre ($12 million/72 acres) for a used gravel pit. But the Vail Daily also thinks it is a good deal for all concerned that the developer get a 40 percent discount and pay $100,000 per acre ($400, 000/four acres) for the privilege of cherry-picking four acres of that used gravel pit for commercial development PLUS getting rid of all his non-developable swamp lands PLUS supposedly getting a free pass through the county’s planning process. This is a land deal in the fine tradition of the Indians selling Manhattan. Perhaps if the offer had another zero in front of the decimal point the VVF should give it careful consideration. Otherwise let’s forget all this last-minute flap and get on with the hard task of raising the final few percent by Sept. 1 to make the deal happen.Jim FerrellEdwardsVail, Colorado


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