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Andy Romero

You really blew it this time.After an exciting night of Huskies basketball the Saturday before last, I was really looking forward to seeing the cover of your paper and reading the article declaring the Huskies 4A Western Slope Champions.As I got to the paper stand, I was very disappointed to see a picture of a wrestler in defeat (and not a very good picture at that) on the cover instead of a picture of the victorious Huskies.With all due respect to Brendan Best (the wrestler) and Eagle Valley High, this is not a Battle Mountain vs. Eagle Valley thing. But we the Huskies fans have wasted many years (25 plus for me) for a great season, and when it finally happens (and at home) we get little coverage.But we should be used to it by now. After the talented class of 2002 left us, so did your sports staff, opting instead to jump on the hockey bandwagon with basketball articles far and few between during the previous three seasons.After so many losing and frustrating seasons for Battle Mountain and its fans, I feel you really blew a huge chance to feature something great that happened to an awesome grove of kids. Those of us who were there know what a great feeling it was, what a beautiful sight it was to see all the hard work by the players and coaches finally pay off. It would have been nice to share with those who weren’t there.We need more positive pictures on the cover of our papers and more positive stories about our people – especially kids.What is that I hear? It’s the Huskies basketball bandwagon making its final steps for the season. Are you on or off? Go Huskies!Andy RomeroEditor’s note: The wrestlers were competing in the state championships for their sport. We all hope that Battle Mountain’s basketball team makes it all the way, too. SurvivalThe Daily’s poignant photos in its Tuesday issue of an exhausted bull elk (George) gave me pause, and made me question the relationship between wildlife and the human incursions into its historical winter habitat. Heavy winter snows have always brought the elk and deer populations down from the high country, and have always wrecked hardship for want of forage and sustenance, especially upon the female of the species what with two mouths to feed, rather than just one. This wildlife now, of necessity, must share the winter valleys with those of us who are fortunate to live therein; not because an elk wants to be close to us for domestic reasons, but they are simply forced to set aside their natural fears and aversions of the human predator for the sake of survival. Ergo, it befalls us newcomers to this domain to provide a symbiotic relationship with wildlife for its continued survival, and for our enjoyment of being that close to the “wild.”This would entail: constraining our domestic pets, sportsmen, kids and the like from causing further encroachments into wildlife habitat during these critical winter months; delimiting hunting from the early winter months, and if palatable to the “great white hunters” out there, “beat our firearms into cameras.” Why not have a photograph of that majestic elk on the wall, rather than its head? At least both species would have walked away to enjoy another day in the wild.Fredric ButlerToo tallRe: The Roost Redevelopment: My wife and I recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation by the developers, Timberline, of their plans for redevelopment of the aforementioned property.I am amazed that Vail’s PEC and DRB have allowed them to proceed with a six-story section of this property when height restrictions are 48 feet. By their own admission, the building proposed will be in excess of 70 feet.If this variance goes through, I can assure you that the owners of the adjacent property to the east will move to build additional 70 feet structures to the post office. This will create a density and that will create congestion on the North Frontage Road and increased noise to the south as a result of the sound board created by these structures.Additionally, there has been little if any consideration to landscaping on the back or north side of the structures. This will be the view of existing residential buildings after the new structures have eliminated some of the view to Donovan and Matterhorn areas.I assume that the gentlemen of the Vail Town Council will not be deceived by the explanations of how a 70 feet structure falls within 48 feet height restrictions. Six stories, is not four.Bill and Kass WeissVailWhiteoutThe BMHS Boy’s Basketball Team and myself would like to thank the Battle Mountain student body and the Vail Valley community for the tremendous support at our playoff game this past Saturday when we played Montrose. Your support has been awesome. Please continue the support and follow us to Grand Junction for our next playoff game on Thursday, March 2.Philip TronsrueBattle Mountain basketball coachKeeping me goingI just became aware that you did an article on CADS. I would like to share my story with you about them. With degeneratively bad knees, I had all but given up on skiing. My husband then said there was an invention called CADS which I should try. We called Walter and he came over, fitted me with my CADS and the results were immediate. Today I am still skiing with CADS. As of last year I use a combination of CADS and an unloader brace until I get my knee replacement in the near future. CADS have made the difference for me now that my “good” knee is also failing. If CADS are able to help me, other women (and men) would benefit from them if you are having knee problems. Thank you to Jenny and Walter for creating something that allows me to ski and also spend time with my family on the slopes!D.D. GerdinSnowmassVail, Colorado


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