Vail Daily travel feature: Pints and pools in Pagosa Springs

By caramie schnell

“On your marks … get set … go!” The race announcer yelled through his hand-held megaphone as we stood in Town Park, Pagosa Springs. It was an anticlimactic moment. Around me, racers wearing elephant ears and tutus, superhero costumes and some decidedly creepy zombie makeup sauntered over to their cruiser bikes. I looked at my friend and teammate; we both shrugged and ambled toward our own bikes that were leaning on their kickstands just a few yards away. This was no ordinary triathlon. The Cruise-A-Thong, billed as a race for “the Average Joe,” is the antithesis of triathlons seen in …

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Eagle Valley volleyball places second at Regis tournament

By Chris Freud

DENVER — Hey, Eagle Valley volleyball, you wanna pick on somebody your own size? The Devils jumped into the deep end this weekend in the silver division of the Regis Jesuit Jam Tournament and went 3-1, finishing second. In the process, the Devils beat 3A Kent Denver in four games, and then both 5A Mountain Range in three and 5A Poudre in four. The only blemish on the weekend was a tight loss to 5A Monarch in five, 19-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-11. “It really builds the character of your team,” Devils coach Lindsey Myers said of playing bigger competition. …

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Vail Christian football smacks Plateau Valley, 38-8

By Chris Freud

COLBRAN — There really is no need to block a punt if you can just tackle the guy instead. Vail Christian’s Alex Davis had the big play on special teams early and the Saints rolled to a 38-8 season opening win on Saturday afternoon in Colbran. Vail Christian’s defense pushed the Cowboys back on their first possession and Plateau Valley attempted to punt. Davis wrecked that nicely, giving the Saints the ball on the Cowboys’ 4. It was all blue, silver and white from there. “It’s always great to see,” Saints senior Sug Ellsworth said. “Our guys practice hard and …

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Battle Mountain sparks, downs Delta, 6-0

By Chris Freud

EDWARDS — Need a jump-start? Battle Mountain soccer’s Edgardo Rodriguez came off the bench on Saturday, and assisted the first two goals and scored another as the Huskies bounced Delta, 6-0, in Edwards to start the season 2-0. “Coach told me that he wanted me to come onto the field and score or do something good,” Rodriguez said. In the 31st minute, his pass down the left side to David Ortiz was a thing of beauty. Ortiz slammed it into the right panel. Three minutes later, Rodriguez fed Francisco Serna for a 2-0 halftime lead. “We said to Edgar, ‘Just …

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Devils blank Demons

By Chris Freud

GYPSUM — Eagle Valley soccer capped what turned into a very good week by blanking Glenwood Springs, 3-0, in its 4A Slope opener on Saturday at Hot Stuff Stadium. Aaron Ledezma got pulled down in the box for a penalty kick to start things. He slotted his shot to the left side for the goal. The highlight real tally was goal No. 2. Defender Jackson Sandell started a counter attack with a beautiful pass to Noel Ruiz, who beat two defenders and flicked it to Ledezma for the finish. Not to be left out, Aldo Palacios rounded it out with …

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Vail Daily column: Joining the discussion on mountain health care

By Melanie Wong

Next month, one of my direct reports at Kaiser Permanente, Maureen McDonald, will head to Vail to participate in the Vail Living Well Forum for Optimum Health. This Forum comes at an exciting time for Kaiser Permanente. Last May, we announced our intention to bring our care delivery and coverage model to Colorado mountain communities by 2016, initially focusing along the Interstate 70 corridor area, including the Vail Valley. Kaiser Permanente has served Colorado residents, primarily along the Front Range, for more than 40 years. You may have heard of us, but you may not be aware that we are …

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Vail Daily column: The sunflower: A common summer sight

By Edward Stoner

As we enjoy the final few weeks of summer here in the Vail Valley, let’s take the time to pay homage to what is unequivocally a primary image of the season — the sunflower. You can probably picture this familiar plant now — a tall stalk topped with a ray of bright yellow petals and a thick cluster of brown bristles centered at its core. The common sunflower, formally classified as Helianthus annuus, not only flourishes in dry to moist conditions, open sites in meadows and alongside roads that weave throughout the Southern Rockies; the sunflower can also be found …

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No fault in ski collision case

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE — A ski instructor was injured in a collision on Beaver Creek mountain, but the jury said the defendant in a civil trial was not liable for those injuries. Dan Sheffield, a retired Denver attorney and Beaver Creek ski instructor, sued a Mexico City family for injuries he said he suffered in a collision with their 13-year-old son. However, during testimony in their civil trial last week, the teen claimed that Sheffield hit him. “He was barely moving, if he was moving at all,” said Dave Helmer, Sheffield’s attorney. “Getting hit by someone is not an inherent risk of …

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Fight in Vail bar puts man back behind bars

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — Matthew Knetzer admitted in court to breaking into vehicles and stealing things. Four days later, he was back in jail after he allegedly got in a bar fight and spit on a Vail police officer and a firefighter. That alleged act is a felony, and Knetzer remains a guest in the Eagle County Crossbar Hotel. Last May, Vail police watched as Knetzer and his roommate, Chris Wiens, were caught on security video breaking into vehicles in Vail’s Middle Creek apartment complex. The two were arrested and charged with theft, among other things. Knetzer, 21, pleaded guilty early …

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Adventure on two wheels: A 100-miler in tropical heat

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY — Those of us who have congregated in the Colorado Rocky Mountains tend to share qualities such as a deep passion for the great outdoors, a sense of adventure and contentment in a mild climate. Our valley is full of athletic ability that thrives in mild to moderate temperatures. So what happens when you pluck a deceivingly delicate mountain flower and send her to the tropics of Latin America to compete in extreme conditions? Have a seat, grab some coffee and keep reading if you are curious. My name is Karen Jarchow, a Vail Valley transplant since 2007. …

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