Eagle Valley pops Vista Peak in opener, 41-21

By Randy Wyrick

GYPSUM — It’s an election year and nothing is as it appears, like Vista Peak coming into Eagle Valley’s Hot Stuff Stadium ranked ahead of the Devils … They left ranked in some other order as Eagle Valley defeated the Bisons, 41-21. For the first four minutes, the Bisons and Devils beat on each other like it was a demolition derby and they had targets on their tailpipes. The Devils opened with a 52-yard drive but came up with nothing when they fumbled it away on the Vista Peak four yard line. Bison quarterback Noah Butler dodged a safety on …

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Huskies open season with a bang; snap skid

By Chris Freud

EDWARDS — Anyone remember the last time Battle Mountain football had a pick-six? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? And so the Huskies’ Noah Shamis streaked down the east sideline 92 yards for a touchdown after picking off Middle Park quarterback Dalton Tucker, starting Battle Mountain on its way to a 58-0 win over the Panthers. And with that the Huskies snapped a 21-game losing streak, dating back to Week 10 of the 2011 season. And there was much rejoicing. It was Battle Mountain’s first shutout since that same game in 2011. And there was much rejoicing. It was also a successful debut …

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Vail Daily column: Land conservation, partnerships, and you

By Edward Stoner

A community is made stronger by its members’ ability to work together in partnerships. As the new director of Eagle Valley Land Trust, one of the things that attracted me to Eagle County was the amount of collaboration that takes place here. Whether it is a group of real estate developers partnering to make their vision for a well-planned community amenity become reality or Eagle Valley Land Trust partnering with landowners to conserve their private property, this community understands the value of coming together. COMMUNITY VALUES Did you know that you are already a key partner in land conservation? Because …

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Huskies XC sweeps at Delta

By Chris Freud

DELTA — Not that anyone would be looking ahead, but Friday’s Delta Invitational cross-country meet was held on the regional course come October. So, again, not looking ahead, but based on Friday’s results, regionals might be really fun for Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley. The Huskies swamped the team competition for both the boys and girls, while the Devils girls were fifth out of 19 teams and the boys sixth. Eagle Valley also had the top-performing individuals in Carly Volkmer (third) and Gino Giovagnoli (sixth). Huskies Battle Mountain had a little strategy going into this race, a traditional Rob Parish …

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Vail Daily column: A principled rejection of principles

By Edward Stoner

The mere mention of his name causes anger and frustration to flood the brain. Rationality is trying its best to break the surface, but is summarily drowned by the tidal wave of emotion. The mouth, usually a fount of reason, expels ridiculous statements like, “I’d rather pay my lawyer a million dollars than settle this matter with him for four thousand,” or “I know that I am spending my retirement money, but I don’t care about the cost, all I care about are my principles.” Variations on this theme haunt my working life. Principles have become code for all manner …

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Vail Veterans Program hosts wounded warriors for golf and general fun-having

By Randy Wyrick

VAIL — Smash factor; it’s the ultimate guy statistic. The Vail Veterans Program is back in town this week for some golf, and they’re all about the smash factor – which might be one of the great names for a rock band, but is actually an awesome golf statistic. Pat Martinez has the week’s biggest smash factor. Basically, it measures how hard a golfer hits the ball off the tee. Martinez’ smash factor is around 150, which means his tee shots carry about 320 yards – usually straight, which just isn’t fair. The good karma crew This week’s dozen or …

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Top Christian artist Jeremy Camp performs in Vail Sunday

By caramie schnell

Last year, as Jeremy Camp’s record contract was coming to an end, he was at a crossroads about whether he should continue his career as a musician, pursue mission work or do something entirely different. He left it up to God. “I was at a place in my life where I was going, ‘OK God, do you want me to keep doing this?’ I was willing to do whatever. I started talking with some people, sharing my heart, and God really just confirmed and clarified this next season,” Camp said during a phone interview this week. And so Camp re-signed …

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Vail Resorts, snowmobilers weigh in on wilderness bill announcement

By Alli Langley

EAGLE COUNTY — When U.S. Rep. Jared Polis announced his new wilderness expansion bill in Breckenridge on Sunday with a handful of local partners, some interested parties were not present, including a Vail Resorts representative and a member of the motorized sports community. Polis’ bill would designate about 40,000 acres of new wilderness in Summit and Eagle counties and more than 10,000 acres of recreation management areas in Summit, mostly along the Tenmile Range near Breckenridge and Frisco as well as the Porcupine Gulch area near Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Advocates say the plan would provide much-needed protections to mid-elevation …

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Vail Daily column: What’s the different between deeds?

By Edward Stoner

Dear Joan, My real estate agent wrote an offer on a property for me and she told me we should ask for a “general warranty” deed. The seller of the property countered my offer on price and several other items, including changing the deed to a “special warranty” deed. My agent attempted to explain why the seller requested a different type of deed, but I have to admit it makes me nervous and I am still not quite sure what the difference is in a “special” and a “general” warranty deed. Can you please help me understand the difference and …

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Vail Daily column: Increasing market values may open refi opportunities

By Edward Stoner

Since about 2008, many people have had trouble refinancing due to declining market values, even if they were otherwise qualified. While there are loan programs out there for refinances that will go to 125 percent loan to value, they are restricted in many ways and have not been available to all. However, many areas of the valley have seen double digit increases in value the last few years, and in the meantime many homeowners have dutifully kept on paying their loans off and have made substantial reductions in the amount they owe. I keep hearing rumors out there that there …

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