Experts: Resort party culture promotes drug, alcohol use

By Lauren Glendenning

This is the third part in a four-part series looking at suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental health resources in the mountains. Licensed clinical psychologist Jill Squyres moved to Eagle from Texas two years ago. She thought that suicide rates and depression would be low in the beautiful mountains of western Colorado, but has quickly learned differently. “It’s very much a party culture,” Squyres said. “A lot of people here live like they’re in their 20s. Not like there’s anything wrong with that, except drugs and alcohol tend to be a part of that.” Kim Baillargeon, of Aspen, lost …

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Freedom to read

By Melanie Wong

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and the Harry Potter series — all classic childhood favorites, right? They’re also among some of the most historically challenged and banned books in the United States — proof that one person’s idea of a masterpiece might be offensive and vulgar to another reader. National Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday, celebrates the freedom to read books such as these. Throughout the week, libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. Check out The Bookworm …

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Working-age men at highest risk for suicide

By Lauren Glendenning

Editor’s note: This is the second part in a four-part series looking at suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental health resources in the mountains. Read tomorrow’s paper for part three in this series focusing on drug and alcohol use in the mountains. All seven of Eagle County’s 2013 suicides were white, working males between the ages of 25 to 54, the No. 1 demographic in the state at risk for committing suicide. Seven is the number the county’s suicide prevention coalition Speak Up Reach Out has on file, but anecdotal accounts point toward more than that. At the peak …

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Vail Daily column: The power of focused attention

By Edward Stoner

Have you ever heard the phrase “We become what we think about”? Or, “People who think more positively are typically more successful”? I’ve heard both and yet wondered in the past how, if most of our thought is unconscious, do successful people purposefully think more positively? Though it may seem contrary, the answer actually can be found in questions. Yes, the questions we ask ourselves, our team, our families and organizations actually discover answers as they help focus our attention and thought. Focused Mode Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and author of “Mayo Clinic Guide …

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Avon candidate forum is Oct. 8

By Edward Stoner

AVON — Public Access TV 5 and KZYR are hosting a public forum Oct. 8 featuring candidates for this fall Avon Town Council election. The campaign season is expected to be lively with 10 candidates on the ballot to fill four slots. The event offers an opportunity for the Avon electorate to evaluate candidates in a side-by-side forum. Each candidate will have equal time to answer questions on a variety of topics, which will be presented by moderator Rohn Robbins. A live radio broadcast of the event will be available on KZYR (97.7 FM). PATV5’s live television coverage is available …

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Vail Daily column: Pronghorns: Speedsters of the Colorado high plains

By Edward Stoner

Colorado is home to one of America’s fastest land mammals, Antilocapra Americana, better known as the Pronghorn. Pronghorns are often referred to as pronghorn antelope, which is misleading as a pronghorn is not related to the antelope family (much like our state bird, the lark bunting, which is actually a sparrow). Pronghorn are a unique family of ungulates endemic (native) to North America. These majestic bullets of the plains are identified by their tan bodies, white throat bands and white rump. The giveaway is obviously their unique horns, which harbor a prong-like branch partway up the horn on bucks. Females …

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Suicide in the mountains: Communities work to reduce the stigma

By Lauren Glendenning

This is the first part in a four-part series looking at suicide, drug and alcohol addiction and mental health resources in the mountains. Molly Fiore thought she wanted to kill herself — she had the thought many times throughout the course of 20 years. When she couldn’t seem to make herself do it, she would sink even deeper into her depression. “I would think, ‘I’m a coward, I can’t even kill myself,’” she said. One night at home in Vail about five years ago, she made the decision. She didn’t know how she would kill herself, but she knew she …

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Vail Daily travel feature: A center of Piemonte gastronomy

By caramie schnell

Whoever concocted the Italian proverb — Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare (eat to live and not live to eat) — obviously never dined at Ristorante il Centro in Priocca d’Alba, Italy. Had that survivalist visited the decades-old temple to Piemontese cuisine, they definitely would have wanted “to live to eat” at chef and co-owner Elide Cordero’s table! Elide and Enrico Cordero’s restaurant is in the heart of Piemonte, the large, agriculturally rich region in northwest Italy. Priocca lies north of the Tanaro River in Roero, approximately 20 minutes east of Alba. From Alba, adventurous diners can enjoy …

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Josiah Middaugh second at nationals

By Chris Freud

OGDEN, Utah — Local endurance athlete Josiah Middaugh finished second in Saturday’s Xterra USA Championship triathlon in Ogden, Utah, and wrapped up the American season points total for second year in a row. However, Middaugh wasn’t exactly bubbling. “I feel really good about my performance,” he said. “But I’m definitely somewhere in between.” This is Middaugh’s evolution, particularly as an off-road triathlete. He won the USA Championship in 2012. Barring something drastic, he pretty much had the series title wrapped up, going into Saturday’s race, with three wins in four outings in American races. (Middaugh’s “worst” finish stateside was third …

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Vail Christian topples R.M. Lutheran, 42-16

By Chris Freud

LONGMONT — Welcome home, Vail Christian football. In a novel concept, the Saints actually have two homes game in a row — a veritable bounty — after starting the season with three road games in four weeks. Vail Christian is returning to Eagle County fresh off a 42-16 win over Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Saturday in clash of two undefeated teams in the Central League. Max Schramm broke the seal on the game with a 3-yard scoring run. The second quarter was all about Mike Lange. The senior had a pick-six for 48 yards. This is part of a nice …

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