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The Vail Town Council is beating up Peter Knobel with a process that is unfair. One Councilman stated that they’re essentially saying to him: We’re thinking of a number between one and a thousand, if you guess the right one, we’ll approve your project – which is ridiculous. This after the planning commission unanimously approved all the revisions he made to get the Crossroads redevelopment project this far (if you’re going to ignore them, why even have a planning commission?).

The four voting against this project kept saying “We’re close” which, it was pointed out, is what they said the last time this issue came up. In other words Peter, go back to your drawing board and maybe we’ll know what we want if we see it. He was practically begging for some specifics. His frustration and exasperation were hard to watch and completely understandable.

Councilpersons Logan, Cleveland, Donovan and Slifer voted against approving this (remember this at election time). If I were Peter Knobel, I’d pack up my toys and my $232 million and go somewhere else.

The public commentary on this was clear cut: It’s ageist and elitist. Everyone speaking against this project is over 65 (save for Jonathan Stauffer who has no ideas at all – only criticism. Who is this guy?). All the Stauffers were vocal in their opposition. The other common thread is that none of the opposition offered anything by way of guiding Peter Knobel as to what to change other than vague comments about “it’s too high” or “It’s not alpine enough.” None of them offered solutions or ideas. None of them offered a dime to create something different. They were mostly Vail’s rich, old guard, all of whom declared how long they’ve lived in Vail (so what?). It was comical. As Councilman Moffet plainly put it: “I’ve lived in Vail long enough to be a registered voter.” What does longevity in a community confer? It doesn’t make you a Kennedy, and this isn’t Hyannisport.

My read is that the other big landlords in Vail are scared to death to have another big landlord join them at the table. The attitude of entitlement by the so-called Vail royalty for “making Vail what it is today” was on full display. Anne Bishop, speaking against the project, purportedly representing others, when pressed as to who she spoke for, didn’t really have much of an answer. She took her seat wiping egg off her face. And, finally, the people opposed to this project either live directly in the Village or live in adjacent properties to Crossroads. The self-interest was spectacular.

In the scheme of things, this isn’t many people. These people are in the way of Vail’s progress.

The only moment of levity and clarity the entire evening was voiced by a young kid, probably, 11 or 12, named Jean-Paul who possessed more cool than the entire assembled room, when he walked up the microphone and simply said “there’s nothing to do in Vail.”

Diana Donovan is enslaved by and in love with outdated rules and regulations. That’s where she hid.

Kent Logan, after voting it down, declared the definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over while hoping for a different result.

Are you listening to yourself Kent?

Dick Cleveland put us all to sleep parsing statistical minutiae as to why he’s voting against it.

Rod Slifer muttered about “we’re close but there’s more we’d like to see” which was most disappointing.

Greg Moffet was furious and disgusted with his fellow councilmen and said so.

Farrow Hitt made a lot of sense. It’ll block a lot of noise from the highway, and people need an alternative, indoor activity besides Adventure Ridge, which doesn’t generate any money for the town, among other points.

At the risk of paraphrasing Ronald Reagan: If not this developer, who? If not now, when?

I hope Peter Knobel hangs in there. The Council should be embarrassed.

Christopher Bickham


I am very disappointed that the Vail town council has yet again voted down the new Crossroads development. It seems that those members who voted against the latest compromise have completely lost touch with their constituancy.

I urge those town council members to check out the Vail demographics. There are increasing numbers of families with teens and young children who are full-time Vail residents. It’s great that we have a free bus system for transportation to and from Vail.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing to do when we get there on a weekend evening. Also great is the convenience of the Middle Creek housing … for work only. No affordable, accessible entertainment for the under-21 crowd.

I hope that all of the parents of teens in Vail will remember who voted for or against Crossroads during the next town council elections.

Lily Grisafi


Porchlight Players, the Eagle Valley’s newest community theater company, recently had its debut show at Gypsum Daze, performing “The Trial of Goldilocks” to a standing-room-only crowd!

OK, not really, but we did have a nice crowd of very supportive theater lovers, and we have a few thank-you’s to pass out to the individuals and businesses that made our theater company and its first show possible.

First, we would like to thank our sponsors: the Town of Gypsum for donating not only financially to Porchlight Players but also letting us be the first-ever act to perform at the awesome new Lundgren Outdoor Theater; American National Bank; Vail Valley Jet Center; Steve Oakson, DDS; and the Olin family.

We would also like to thank the businesses that supported us through generous in-kind donations: Copy Plus, Vail Valley Graphic Design Studio, and Dink Lilly for set construction.

Ann Olin


Hey Michael Cacioppo, I’m thrilled to see your stuff coming back in the paper, even if you are slightly right of Atilla the Hun. By the by, your quote, aka Samuel Clemens (he gets credit for almost everything) should rightly be accredited to Mr. Groucho Marx, on the occasion of his invitation to join the Friar’s Club. Eventually, he did join.

Alan Aarons


I don’t get it: your position on Eaton Ranch! It seems to me you should be complimenting the County Commissioners for eliminating the unsightly gravel pit and creating a public park at the bargain price $6 million. In your criticism you overlook the fact that the Commissioners facilitated a gift of $6 million to the county. The Vail Valley Foundation funded the gift by fundraising from county citizens.

So who is the loser? Not the citizens who voted with their donations. Not the public who will benefit from a greensward. Not the Foundation that made a tax-deductable conservation gift. But just possibly it could be the developers who are left with wetlands overlooking a trailer park.

It seems to me that Messrs. Menconi and Runyon were pretty smart to partner-up with that savy foundation chairman, Harry Frampton.

I wouldn’t underestimate the outcome.

George A. Wiegers


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