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Cycling greats set to hit Vail’s streets

August 15, 2018 — It's true, Vail will probably never find another cycling event like the Coors Classic. But the Colorado Classic, which Vail has signed a three-year deal with, is the town's best shot. The event arrives on Thursday, Aug. 16, and will shut down a large part

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U.S. House of Representatives candidate Joe Neguse wants to pick up where his predecessor leaves off

August 13, 2018 — Editor's note: The Vail Daily will introduce readers to candidates for statewide political office as they campaign in the region. This is Democrat Joe Neguse, running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District. VAIL — Hiking Vail's North

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With 1,080 children competing, 2018 Kids Adventure Games was the biggest yet

August 12, 2018 — VAIL — Just how big can the Kids Adventure Games get? Not big enough, says founder Helene Mattison. What started as a spin-off of a birthday party backyard obstacle course has blossomed into a national event, soon to go international, with stops in great places

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Avon to consider raising minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21

August 11, 2018 — AVON — The Avon Town Council will consider raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The issue is part of the Tobacco 21 Initiative, a nationwide effort aimed at making it more difficult for adults ages

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VIDEO: Hiking up the Minturn Mile via the Game Creek Trail

August 10, 2018 — VIDEO: Join Vail Daily reporter John LaConte for a hike up the Game Creek Trail, otherwise known as the Minturn Mile, between the town Minturn and the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain. Check out his water bottle at hydawaybottle.com On the Hill is brought

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Vail Trail Extension to be removed from town’s open lands plan

August 8, 2018 — VAIL — The proposed Vail Trail Extension will be removed from the town's open lands plan after council members heard concerns from the community on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The new trail was to be cut through the town-owned Katsos Ranch Open Space in East Vail

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Vail native Broby Leeds transforming from ski ninja to real estate ninja

August 6, 2018 — ASPEN — The middle of a halfpipe run at X Games may seem like an unlikely place to decide it's time to find a new career. But as music mogul Steve Rifkind once said, "You reach your dream, and you gotta start dreaming about something

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In an Olympic preview, Major League Triathlon event hits Nottingham Park

August 5, 2018 — AVON — In a sneak preview of the next summer Olympics, a super sprint mixed relay triathlon race took place in Notthingham Park on Saturday, Aug. 4. It was quite a show. The Avon event was Major League Triathlon's second contest of the 2018 season,

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Youth Power 365’s Copa soccer tournament: 10 years, 740 participants and hundreds of other supporters

August 5, 2018 — EAGLE COUNTY — In 2008, a soccer practice took place at Freedom Park in Edwards with help from the Youth Foundation. A decade later, that practice has blossomed into an eight-week tournament with more than 700 kids participating. The Youth Foundation, now known as YouthPower365,

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Flows on Colorado River increase dramatically as reservoirs release water

August 3, 2018 — Recreation conditions have been steadily improving on the Colorado River in recent weeks as flows have doubled since early July. While the parts of the state surrounding the river are experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions, the reservoirs above the river have been releasing more

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VIDEO: Colorado River conditions improving

August 2, 2018 — VIDEO: Join Vail Daily reporter John LaConte and Vail Daily editor Krista Driscoll for a trip through Grand County on the Colorado River, where conditions have improved dramatically in recent weeks as water is being released from reservoirs upstream. On the Hill is brought to

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Boat Building bottom floor deemed safe; Blue Plate Bistro to re-open for dinner Wednesday, Aug. 1

July 31, 2018 — AVON — Blue Plate Bistro will re-open for dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The restaurant was forced to close after a car crashed into a support pillar outside the Benchmark Plaza building on Friday, July 27. Blue Plate Bistro occupies the bottom floor of the

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New trail will connect Eagle-Vail to Minturn on Forest Service land, volunteers needed

July 31, 2018 — Local volunteers have formed productive relationships and learned a lot about trail construction and team management in the past few years. And if they're going to finish the new Everkrisp trail by the time the snow flies, then they're going to need all of the

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Vail local John O’Neill set to retire following August 4 Major League Triathlon race in Avon

July 30, 2018 — John O'Neill, a professional triathlete and Eagle County native, announced this week that the Saturday, August 4 Major League Triathlon race in Nottingham Park will be the last of his career. Saturday's event will be the second stop on the Major League Triathlon circuit for 2018; O'Neill is

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VIDEO: Snowboarding in July at Copper Mountain

July 23, 2018 — VIDEO: Vail Daily reporter John LaConte visits nearby Copper Mountain for the Woodward at Copper on-snow camp currently underway at Pipeline Park, a lift-served terrain park which Copper Mountain is able to keep maintained throughout the summer. On the Hill is brought to you by

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We can all learn something from 80-year-old Marlin Smickley’s outlook on life

July 15, 2018 — EAGLE COUNTY — When Marlin Smickley runs the Camp Hale Half Marathon on Saturday, July 21, it will be his first race as an 80-year-old. Smickley takes part in all of the Vail Recreation District's running races as part of his commitment to stay active,

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Commercial fishing now available on Piney River in Eagle County

July 13, 2018 — WOLCOTT — For most anglers, access to a half-mile stretch of private water would be a dream come true. With Sage Outdoor Adventures, you can now fish 7 miles of private water at the Piney Valley Ranch, a 30,000-acre area that surrounds the Piney River

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JP Walker in town for July snowboarding at Woodward Copper summer camp

July 12, 2018 — COPPER MOUNTAIN — Twenty years ago, if you said professional snowboarder J.P. Walker would visit Copper Mountain in July 2018 to spend a week on snow, few would have believed the statement. The first detail that is hard to process is the fact that Copper

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JP Walker in town for July snowboarding at Woodward Copper summer camp

July 12, 2018 — COPPER MOUNTAIN — Twenty years ago, if you said professional snowboarder J.P. Walker would visit Copper Mountain in July 2018 to spend a week on snow, few would have believed the statement. The first detail that is hard to process is the fact that Copper

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Vail baker a 2018 winner in The Knot’s Best of Weddings

July 10, 2018 — A woman leaves her job at the post office to become a mom and a cake maker. It could be a story out of 1950s America, but it's also a 2018 tale featuring Vail native Sarah Bevard. Of course, Bevard does have the digital age

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