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Vail Daily News

Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle Valley, Colorado News
  1. EDWARDS — It’s been a long 10 days for Battle Mountain boys basketball.On Saturday, Jan. 6, the Huskies beat Summit County to move to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the 4A Slope.Ten days later, Battle Mountain lost its fourth in a row, a 50-42 loss to Roaring Fork on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Edwards, which presents the $64,000 question — how do the Huskies turn it around — and quick?“Again, we, we’re getting shots. The first half, we were 2-for-18 from inside around the paint area,” Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue said. “We’re missing conversions. In key situations, we’re missing free …
  2. NEW CASTLE — It’s a good thing Coal Ridge basketball’s in the 3A Slope. The Titans are beating up on the 4A Slope.Coal Ridge boys basketball, No. 8 in the 3A rating-percentage index, took down Eagle Valley, 80-69, on Tuesday, Jan.16. Earlier this season, the Titans toppled Battle Mountain and Rifle.The Devils (4-10) trailed by as much as 20 during the third quarter, before making a run to within one point.Jessan Loera led the Devils with 14, while Raul Rereida had 13.“I’m very proud of our guys with how they bounced back,” Devils coach Chris Walls said.In the girls game, …
  3. EDWARDS — Herb Rubenstein is so all American, he was born on Flag Day.You’ve seen Herb. He rides in the VFW Jeep at the head of Vail’s Fourth of July parade. Herb turned 97 years old on Flag Day, June 14, 2017. He sat down with us for a visit, during which he occasionally paused to ask for chocolate. Like all of us, he’s supposed to drink more water. But like most of us, he prefers chocolate.And what are the water-pushing people going to do to him that hasn’t already been tried? He’s 97 and has survived Nazi attempts to …
  4. EAGLE COUNTY — There are many misconceptions out there regarding what a conservation easement is and what it does.“Landowners think that they lose control of their land, that they no longer own their land or that it is a government conspiracy,” said Jim Daus, executive director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust.Daus noted that landowners and managers sometimes think they have to provide recreational access to their property as part of a conservation easement. They don’t, he said. Each deal is unique and can be negotiated by the property owner.Personal Property RightInstead of these mistaken perceptions, Daus wants landowners to …
  5. ASPEN — A second snowboarder stepped forward Tuesday, Jan. 16, to take blame for a collision last week on Aspen Mountain, saying he, not his friend, was the one who crashed into a tourist.Connor Marx, 26, of Aspen, called The Aspen Times on Tuesday morning and confessed to being the person who hit a 56-year-old skier from Illinois on Thursday afternoon.“I want to set it straight and make sure people know (Michael McKiernan) didn’t do that,” Marx said in a phone call. “I want to come forward so he doesn’t take the fall.”Aspen Police Department officials said Tuesday afternoon they …
  6. EDWARDS — Colorado Mountain College’s board of trustees reaffirmed their support for the college’s DACA students.The board voted to endorse immigration reform and to support CMC students who are in the United States through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.DACA has become a piece of the Capital Hill budget battles between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats.“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military,” Trump tweeted this week.DACA became national policy on June 15, 2012, when the Secretary of Homeland Security in …
  7. CHSAA released its first rating-percentage index of the winter season on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and there are no real shocks.As a refresher, the RPI number is composed of a team’s winning percentage (25 percent), opponents’ winning percentage (also known as OWP, which counts for 50 percent) and a opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage (25 percent). The gist is that RPI rewards winning against quality opponents.As always, this first issuance of RPI is not the be all and end all. There are a bunch of games to play.Boys basketballBattle Mountain (6-6) is in the best shape of the local squads. The Huskies …
  8. Editor’s note: Find links to full text of legislation mentioned in this column at www.vaildaily.com. It is an honor to represent the people of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, and with the second session of the 115th Congress underway, I am focused on continuing to advance legislation to build economic opportunities for hardworking Colorado families, protect our nation’s public lands and guarantee safe and healthy communities.In 2017, my colleagues and I made it our goal to give the American people a tax code that would allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act …
  9. Some readers have recently complained that the Vail Daily’s commentary section is “unbalanced,” mostly meaning there isn’t enough commentary from a conservative perspective.The balance of the commentary section is something that’s always being evaluated by this newspaper’s editorial board. Good civic discourse requires thoughts from several perspectives, whether they’re liberal, conservative, libertarian or … well, it can be hard to tell just what Richard Carnes is on about some weeks (kidding, kidding …). The Vail Daily’s weekly editorials strive to stake out nonpartisan ground whenever possible. Reader submissions — whether in columns or letters to the editor — are welcome …
  10. VAIL — A longtime Vail local was found dead Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, in Gore Creek in Lionshead Village.Maldwyn “Maldy” George Zang, of Vail, turned 60 on Dec. 12. The longtime local is survived by his two sisters and one brother.Zang both worked with and was beloved by Vail’s Bart & Yeti’s crew, staffers there said Tuesday afternoon. He attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in the 1970s.“He was a good man to people, and he was one of the greatest characters we’ve seen in the valley,” said Dennis Foley, Bart and Yeti’s. “We have one of every …
  11. A welder, a teacher and a retired mine worker walk into the woods … or wait, was it a dentist, an IT guy and a brand-new dad? No, this is not the opening to a corny joke, but rather an accurate description of what happens every time Garfield County Search and Rescue deploys.Women and men from a huge variety of professions and experience, who have lived on the Western Slope anywhere from six months to 60 years, volunteer their time, expertise and energy in one of our county’s most essential, but often unsung, resources. With the continued growth of recreation …
  12. AVON — Local halfpipe skier Taylor Seaton is keeping the optimism high heading into the final Olympic qualifier of the season.With only one American having secured a spot on the four-person team thus far, Seaton is clinging on to his one hope of making it — a win.“The competition among Americans is insane,” Seaton said. “But it’s been so fun to be a part of. I’m new to the U.S. Team and I’m just really thankful for all the resources they have provided for such a deep squad of skiers this year.”There’s seven members of the U.S. Pro Halfpipe Ski …
  13. EAGLE — Local Jake Pates received confirmation Saturday, Jan. 13, that he will be named to the Olympic team for U.S. halfpipe snowboarding.Considered a longshot for the team just a few short months ago, Pates said 2017-18 has been a season of dreams so far for him.“This year, already, has exceeded my expectations,” Pates said Sunday. “I’ve definitely taken a second to look back, and there’s plenty of blessings that I never saw coming.”Pates received the news following Saturday’s Olympic qualifying event in Snowmass, where he finished fourth. He led the field for much of the competition with a score …
  14. I am writing this letter in hopes that someone, anyone, at the Colorado Department of Transportation will see these comments and think long and hard about the management of Interstate 70 during storms. On Friday, Jan. 12, all the traffic issues and closures were created by CDOT’s complete mismanagement of the laws created to keep traffic moving. Here are just a few of the failures:1. Chan laws — While the chain laws were in effect, several trucks proceeded up Vail Pass and to the Eisenhower Tunnel without chains. This despite the Vail Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol stationed …
  15. AVON — The sixth annual Starting Hearts All You Need is Heart event will take place at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Friday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event is held in collaboration with Vail Health, which will provide doctors, nurses and equipment to serve attendees, including screening tests and consultations. “Vail Health is proud to support Starting Hearts and the All You Need is Heart event,” said Vail Health President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “Heart health is a priority to all of us, and we send our clinicians to this event to promote awareness and …
  16. The Gypsum Recreation Center Pool closed Monday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. for the health and safety of swimmers due to an accident and will reopen at 3 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 16.The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates pool users’ understanding and cooperation. For questions, contact Gypsum Recreation Center Front Desk at 970-777-8888 or Kacy Carmichael, aquatics manager, at 970-688-7326 or kcarmichael@wecmrd.org. …
  17. VAIL — Vail Health was recently acknowledged as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics by the Women’s Choice Award for the second year in a row. The award signifies that Vail Health is in the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics.“Bringing babies into the world is one of the most joyful things we do at Vail Health,” said Vail Health President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “We take great pride in making the birthing experience meet each family’s unique expectations. This award reaffirms the exceptional care our Family Birth Center provides for women, babies and families in our …
  18. EAGLE — If you’re snowboarding the Minturn Mile, then do not partner with bro-hahs who will abandon you so they can get to the bar more quickly.Vail Mountain Rescue Group was called out to three missions in two days — two snowmobiles and one snowboarder — to reach a total of seven missions in this young year. Vail Mountain Rescue Group did 123 missions last year, a record 127 the year before that, and 120 in 2015.The snowboarder call was sandwiched between two calls for snowmobile rescues, said Dan Smith, with Vail Mountain Rescue Group.“It’s unclear whether the snowboarder broke …
  19. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were able to locate a snowmobiler Sunday morning who had to spend the night in the backcountry after getting stuck.The 51-year-old man is from the New Hampshire area but now lives in Steamboat Springs.“That’s why he wasn’t real familiar with the area and the terrain,” Search and Rescue Incident Commander Kristia Check-Hill said.The man had started snowmobiling from Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass.At about 2 p.m., the man called his nephew and said his sled was stuck on Buffalo Mountain under the power lines.“And that’s the last anybody heard from …
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