Vail Daily column: A Halloween story from Colorado’s past

By Edward Stoner

In the state of Colorado In the year of seventy-four They crossed the San Juan Mountains Growing hungry to the core. Their guide was Alferd Packer And they trusted him too long: For his character was weak And his appetite was strong. — From “The Ballad of Alferd Packer,” by Phil Ochs. So begins the story of Alferd Packer, a Colorado cannibal and prospector whose attempt to get rich off of Breckenridge gold went horribly wrong. Alferd (rumor has it that the strange spelling of the name Alfred came about because he could not spell his own name correctly) and …

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Bravo! Vail season boosts economy by $17.1M

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Bravo! Vail reported this week that its 2014 season brought a $17.1 million direct economic impact to Eagle County. The economic impact figure reflects more than $689,000 in sales tax revenue for all of the towns and Eagle County, while the balance of the $17.1 million directly affected local businesses. The total economic impact figure includes direct local spending by nearly 42,000 Bravo! Vail ticketed concert attendees, 420 orchestra members and guest soloists. It is of note that the study only focused on paid concert attendees and orchestra players, and therefore represents a conservative estimate; an additional 11,470 …

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Vail Daily obituary: Dan J. Cady

By Edward Stoner

Dan J. Cady, 72, of Centennial, and one of the original professional ski patrolman at Vail for the opening season, passed away Sunday. His wife, Marla, and son, Tanner, were at his side. Born in Longmont but raised in Salida by his parents, Jack and Jerry, he loved the mountains. Dan enjoyed a long 30-year aviation career as a commercial pilot. He was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for golf, snow skiing, hiking and sailing. He is survived by his wife and son and sister, Christine Johnson, with extended family and friends. Memorial service to be held at Horan …

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Calvary Chapel hosts family-friendly SHINE event Friday at Edwards church

By caramie schnell

You get candy, plus there are inflatable bounce houses. That’s how Avon resident Molly Haley looks at Calvary Chapel’s SHINE event, taking place Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Haley has two sons, Hank, 5 and Cannon, 6. “My boys love it because there’s bouncy castles — three or four of them and they have the obstacle course one that they love,” she said. “There’s tons of game and giveaways, and prizes. It’s really upbeat and fun, and they end up with plenty of candy.” This year there are three inflatable bouncers and carnival games and plenty of candy for …

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Take a Halloween stroll among Eagle County’s historic cemeteries

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — They walk among us, or maybe we should walk among them. A couple Eagle County cemeteries are the perfect place for the living to stroll on the Day of the Dead. We caught up with some folks from the Eagle County Historical Society, and while history is alive, most of the people who made history are not. Greenwood Cemetery in Red Cliff Take Red Cliff and Gypsum, for example. Red Cliff is Eagle County’s oldest town and was the county seat from 1883 until 1921. The town’s early residents were mostly miners, but some of the county’s …

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Arn Menconi to leave SOS Outreach

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY — The board of directors of SOS Outreach, the youth development nonprofit, said Thursday that its founder and executive director, Arn Menconi, will leave the organization. Menconi, who founded the organization 21 years ago and oversaw its growth to 31 resorts nationwide, has decided the time is right to move on and pursue new opportunities and passions, the board of directors said in a press release. “Arn Menconi is a unique person. His passionate commitment to SOS over the past 20 years has made SOS the amazing organization it is today. Arn has dedicated his career to making …

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Having a nervous breakdown? I just had one

By Chris Freud

At 4:54 p.m., I bought my carrot sticks from the City Market. I eat carrot sticks or fruit salad for lunch because my father died of a heart attack at the age of 64 in 2006. I’m pretty sure Pop is OK with the fact that he is in the great scotch and cigar lounge in the sky tonight. Despite growing up as the son of immigrants in New York City during the 1950s, the golden age of baseball, he hated the game. Naturally, he married Elsa Doskow, aka Mom. All with Doskow blood are crazy baseball fans, including me. …

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Youth Foundation expands reach among Eagle Valley’s kids

By Melanie Wong

EAGLE COUNTY — It’s a bright, sunny Tuesday morning, and instead of playing outside, a group of 3- to 5-year-olds is learning the sounds of the alphabet on board the Magic School Bus. For many of the children, it’s the first time they’ve had any formal schooling, — even if it is on board a brightly colored classroom on wheels — and for many, a new experience learning English and being with other kids. The novelty is evident, as a small scuffle breaks out, but the teachers quickly get the kids organized into a circle, singing a welcome song to …

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Rough season for Eagle County renters

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — Vail ski instructor Stephen Fusco loves most things about his job — but one part he dreads is the prospect of finding winter housing. “It’s probably my least favorite thing about my job,” said Fusco, who is returning to Vail for his fourth season. “Actually doing my job is the easy and fun part. It’s everything else you have to set up that can be very challenging. Housing is the biggest stress I always have to deal with.” Fusco is among a number of seasonal workers who have been struggling to find affordable housing as the winter nears. …

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Vail parking passes on sale Monday

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Season parking passes will be ready for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building. There are five discount pass types available, plus an incremental rate structure for value cards. Rates are unchanged from the previous season. The town’s parking pass sales office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays throughout the winter. Paid parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures will coincide with the start of Vail Mountain’s 2014-15 ski and snowboard season, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 21. Once …

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