Shelby Lynne performs as part of Reds, Whites & Brews American Made Festival in Avon Saturday

By caramie schnell

AVON — Shelby Lynne is grateful. The singer-songwriter’s most recent release — a five-song EP that came out in December 2013 ­— is called “Thanks.” Lynne strives to embody a spirit of gratefulness every day, and she hopes others do the same. “There’s so much to be thankful for,” Lynne said. “We live in the United States of America; we’re very fortunate.” She knows perhaps more than most that life can be pretty horrible — her father killed her mother and then shot himself when she was 17. But she also knows that life, her life, is pretty dang good. …

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Vail Daily fashion column: Fireworks and fashion for the Fourth

By caramie schnell

As we salute the good ‘ol U.S. of A., it’s time to pledge your allegiance to patriotic-inspired looks that will give your Fourth of July soiree a star-spangled panache of its own. Whether you party it up by a mountain lake, sip cocktails on the Solaris terrace or indulge in a festive Bottomless Dinner at Maya, tap into your fashionista wisdom and flaunt your red, white and blue. If you are a fearless couture queen, wave your flag of independence and slip into a jaw-dropping outfit that will set off those fireworks. Wear your heart front and center in the …

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WhatToDo releases online event listing tool

By Melanie Wong

AVON — A free online tool from local events listing company WhatToDo will make it easier for Vail-area event producers to promote their events and streamline their information. The free system allows event producers to list unlimited events on the company’s network of websites using a web portal, then lets them track the effectiveness of their marketing efforts and edit, sort and store content for future event marketing. WhatToDo has been a longtime player in marketing information to vacation visitors with its WhatToDo Magazines and popular website, www.WhatToDo.info. The site receives about 50,000 visitors per month, and it is now …

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Vail Daily column: Homeownership makes financial sense

By Edward Stoner

Dear Joan, My husband and I are just moving to Eagle County because of my job. We have always wanted to live in this area, so we are very excited to start becoming a part of the community. We are, however, concerned about where we should live in this valley. We have decided to try to rent a home for a year before we actually purchase a home. We have owned a home before, but not for several years because we knew we would eventually be moving here. Our financial adviser is pressing for us to buy a home now. …

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Vail Daily column: Rumors and myths about mortgage financing

By Edward Stoner

As a mortgage professional, I spend a lot of time keeping up on my industry. In the past few years, there have been hundreds of changes brought on by dozens of new state and federal laws and regulations. I read online newspapers for my profession, go to webinars, get memos, share gossip with my industry peers and take continuing education and admit it’s still hard to keep straight. I can only suggest to the consumer to not even try and keep up, and if you are wondering about can you get a loan or what type of loan is best …

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Vail Arts Festival celebrates three decades with works from more than 80 artists

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — Over 80 artists have been selected to mark the homecoming of the Vail Arts Festival, taking place today through Sunday. The festival returns to the heart of the valley today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for its 30th anniversary. Displays of art will converge in over 13 different forms of media that are sure to entrance the artist found within us all. Festival­-goers will be able to observe as well as purchase art pieces ranging from metal, ceramics and digital media forms to wood works, glass and print work …

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Water & Sanitation chooses new officers

By Melanie Wong

VAIL – Rick Sackbauer, Debbie Buckley, and Steve Friedman will serve another two years in their Eagle River Water & Sanitation District leadership positions, with Sackbauer as chair and president of the board, Buckley as secretary, and Friedman as treasurer. The seven directors of the publicly elected board unanimously selected the trio at the June 26 board meeting; the officer terms run until the next regular special district election in May 2016. Sackbauer was re-elected to the board in May, along with Tom Allender, Bill Simmons and Paul Testwuide. They joined Friedman and Buckley, who were each elected to four-year …

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Vail Daily’s guide for the Bravo! Vail novices

By caramie schnell

The Bravo! Vail festival is a big one. It spans six weeks and encompasses at least one concert nearly every day of its run. With so many concerts, concertos, solos, soirees, orchestras, octets, clarinets and pianos, it can be hard to know what to see and what to keep your ear out for. If you’re unfamiliar with classical music or have never been to Bravo! Vail before, the breadth and scope of the festival can seem a bit intimidating. But have no fear because the Vail Daily is here to help the newbies learn the language and steer you with …

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On the Hill: Playing fetch along the Colorado River

By John LaConte

On the Hill Summer, brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, brings you a video report about a different High Country adventure every weekday. Today’s activity: Playing fetch along the Colorado River [iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/99290144″ width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border: 0px;”] On the Hill is shot with a GoScope Extreme 2X Telescoping pole mount, get 30% off your order at Go-Scope.com by using the following promo code: goscopevaildaily Report: Vail Daily reporter John LaConte shows viewers the Colorado River near the Pumphouse Put In/Take Out area, just outside of Eagle County in Grand County, along Trough Road, …

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Vail Daily column: Fishing getting better by the day

By Edward Stoner

Summer fly-fishing prospects in the Vail Valley are now reaching optimal conditions for local and visiting anglers. Rivers are dropping and clearing and insect hatches are ramping up. As water temperatures rise, trout are becoming more aggressive and feeding predictably throughout the day. With each passing day, anglers are experiencing the best fly-fishing our part of Colorado has to offer. Here is a quick rundown of fishing conditions on area trout streams: The Eagle River Our home river is finally reaching the ideal situation for excellent fishing for both wade and float anglers. After weeks of higher-than-average flows, the river …

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