Fourth of July week: ‘It’s like Christmas’

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — We all talk about the Christmas through New Year’s holiday period, Presidents Day weekend, spring break and Easter — all high points on the ski season calendar — as peak times in the Vail Valley. But summer has one of those “full-up” holidays, and it’s the Fourth of July. Looking ahead to about July 3, the date of Avon’s Salute to the USA party, the valley will be booked solid, or nearly so. And really, is Vail Village ever more full than it is for the Fourth of July parade? There’s little doubt that the Fourth of …

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River series: The toll of drought

By Randy Wyrick

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on the future of water in the West and the Colorado River. It’s from the State of the River meeting, presented by the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. Wendy Ryan stood in front of a room packed with water professionals and offered this historical perspective. In the last 1,400 years, the last 14 years were not the driest. But it’s as dry as it has ever been. Ryan is with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. She and her peers were curious about drought and wanted data, …

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The Vail Summer Bluegrass Series debuts Wednesday with a lineup of old pros and burgeoning talent

By caramie schnell

For an afternoon of sultry bluegrass, few venues are better than a wide, sun-drenched patio in the Colorado mountains. Just ask native grass god Drew Emmitt. As the founding mandolin player for Boulder jam legends Leftover Salmon, Emmitt has the chops to weigh in on summer sonic debates. It comes with the territory: For 26 years, the veteran of the Colorado music scene has traveled the globe playing mandolin for his beloved group, not to mention a handful of side projects and thousands of guest appearances. He’s wowed crowds at just about every outdoor fest imaginable — the High Sierra …

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Town of Avon swears in new councilman

By John LaConte

AVON — For Matt Gennett, now is a perfect time to join the town council. The Wildridge resident and former town planner is now an official member of Avon’s government after Judge Buck Allen swore him in on Tuesday. Gennett, who is now a planner for the town of Silverthorne, ran for Avon council in 2012 and was narrowly defeated by a margin of less than 10 votes. He said at that time, his platform was focused on Avon aligning with the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and rebranding itself to fit the image of a year-round recreational hub. …

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Watershed council adds staff member

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle River Watershed Council has announced the selection of Doug Serrill as projects and events coordinator, a new position at the Watershed Council. Serrill comes to the Watershed Council from the San Francisco Bay Area. There he managed native plant nurseries and coordinated community-based restoration projects for Save The Bay, a regional conservation and advocacy organization. “We are very excited to grow the organization and to have Doug on board,” said Executive Director Holly Loff. She added “he has already jumped right into the fray and is working to expand our signature events. With his background, we …

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Rider Cup fundraising event returns on July 12

By Edward Stoner

BEAVER CREEK — This year, the annual Rider Cup charity fundraising event will be held July 12 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. This dinner and dance event will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Items available in the auction include two 2015 Masters golf badges, a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle, a Golden Bear mama bear necklace and a weekend stay in a Boston North End condominium. Entertainment will be provided by Duck Soup, “the unofficial band of the PGA Tour” — a popular eight-piece band that performs throughout the United …

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PR specialists introduce real estate-focused firm

By Melanie Wong

EDWARDS — For public relations specialists Patricia Peeples and Jens Werner, the big realization came while working on The Ascent, a luxury development at the base of Beaver Creek. The development had been a victim of the economic crash, and the brand new residences sat vacant for a few years until a new company bought the property in late 2010. Public relations firm Peeples Ink were tasked with giving what appeared to be a doomed project a second life. The residences sold out in a mere 18 months, said Werner, Peeples Ink vice president. “That property was at best unknown …

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2 Do: Our picks for today in the Vail Valley

By Edward Stoner

1. Watch a lacrosse game — This year’s Vail Lacrosse Shootout is set to be among the best in the tournament’s 42-year history in Vail, as the Australian national team, the Israeli national team and the New Zealand national team will all be in Vail competing. Today’s matches take place at Edwards Freedom Park starting at 9 a.m. and running into the afternoon. For more information visit vaillacrosse.com. 2. Explore the new openings on Vail Mountain — Vail Mountain opened more hiking and biking trails over the weekend. Now open are the following: Berrypicker, Big Mamba, Eagle’s Loop, Fireweed, Fred’s …

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Vail Daily travel feature: Myanmar’s sacred sites

By caramie schnell

Venturing into the unknown is always daunting. When the unknown has been for the past 50 years one of the world’s most brutal military dictatorships and sorely lacking in tourism infrastructure, the level of anxiety rises. With Myanmar, formerly Burma, opening only recently to the world, information changes rapidly. Stories abound of travelers arriving at a destination to find no accommodations. I prefer to wander the road freely and dislike reserving ahead, an imperative for the country’s popular tourism centers. Bangkok is the primary point of embarkation for travelers to Myanmar. You fly either to Yangon in the south or …

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Coulter aside, this is becoming a fun World Cup

By Chris Freud

Oh, I do love Anne Coulter so. “Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay,” the neocon columnist wrote three days ago. Really? Honestly, really? No, seriously … really? ‘The Redneck Riviera’ I watched Thursday’s USA-Germany game in, of all places, an airport bar in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that hotbed of liberalism. Every day, I teed it up on the Grand Strand — 16 days in a row and I still stink — I was asked if everyone in Colorado is stoned because of our Mary Jane ballot initiative. This is not …

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