Saints win Round 3 vs. Soroco; head to regionals

By Chris Freud

CEDAREDGE — OK, the bad news for Vail Christian boys basketball is that Paonia pounded the Saints, 70-41, on Friday night at the 2A District 5 Tournament. But the good news is that loss let Vail Christian play archrival, Soroco, again on Saturday.The bad news is that the Saints nearly gave their coach and their fans a collective heart attack during said game. Yet, the really good news is that Vail Christian’s Cooper Gould sank two free throws with three seconds left to down the Rams, 42-41, and the boys are moving onto regionals next weekend.“That’s nothing to shake a …

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On the Hill: Powder and a USASA slopestyle comp at Vail

By John LaConte

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Vail Daily on-snow correspondent John LaConte reports the USASA Slopestyle competition at Golden Peak after taking a powdery route to get there from Roger’s Run. VAIL OFFICIAL REPORT: 18″ in the last 72 hours as of 4:16 a.m. CONDITIONS: Mostly cloudy SNOWCAST: It should continue to snow the next few days, reports the National Weather Service. …

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Vail Trail may receive big re-do this year

By scott miller

VAIL — For years, the Vail Trail has run along the hills on the south side of the Gore Creek Valley between, roughly, Vail Village and East Vail. That trail may get the first part of a significant re-do this year, and might provide a good first alternative for getting off the town’s paved paths.Town of Vail Senior Landscape Architect Gregg Barrie these days is working on a plan to turn the somewhat rough-and-tumble singletrack into a more user-friendly trail. Most of the town’s existing unpaved trails tend to be pretty steep, which can be discouraging to those who prefer …

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Vail Trail may receive upgrade this year

By scott miller

VAIL — For years, the Vail Trail has run along the hills on the south side of the Gore Creek Valley between, roughly, Vail Village and East Vail. That trail may get the first part of a significant re-do this year, and might provide a good first alternative for getting off the town’s paved paths.Town of Vail Senior Landscape Architect Gregg Barrie these days is working on a plan to turn the somewhat rough-and-tumble singletrack into a more user-friendly trail. Most of the town’s existing unpaved trails tend to be pretty steep, which can be discouraging to those who prefer …

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Vail Trail may get re-do this year

By scott miller

VAIL — For years, the Vail Trail has run along the hills on the south side of the Gore Creek Valley between, roughly, Vail Village and East Vail. That trail may get the first part of a significant re-do this year, and might provide a good first alternative for getting off the town’s paved paths.Town of Vail Senior Landscape Architect Gregg Barrie these days is working on a plan to turn the somewhat rough-and-tumble singletrack into a more user-friendly trail. Most of the town’s existing unpaved trails tend to be pretty steep, which can be discouraging to those who prefer …

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Vail Daily column: Bird songs bring added dimension to winter landscape

By Edward Stoner

There are many beautiful aspects of winter. Some love the blanket of white strewn across the mountains. Others enjoy recreation that celebrates the unique qualities of snow. I think the part I enjoy most is the noise dampening value of snow. To be immersed in silent, white woods is a wondrous thing. As we run into March, however, that silence will be broken by an equally beautiful phenomenon: bird song. Thus far this winter we have been restricted to the guttural caw of the raven, the ratcheting of the magpie and the occasional “chick-a-dee-dee” of the chickadee. Soon the hills …

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Local organization hosts wounded warriors for skiing and snowboarding this week

By Edward Stoner

VAIL — Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins was in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C., when two men from the Wounded Warrior Project came in to deliver him an invitation of hope. Months before, on November 10, 2004, an improvised explosive device had detonated beneath a vehicle Nevins was on as an infantry squad leader in Iraq. Nevins’ helmet was split in half and he was ejected from the vehicle. The incident left Nevins with a traumatic brain injury, and resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee; his right leg, after more than …

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Cordillera announces new general manager

By scott miller

EDWARDS — Judy McBride, board president of the Cordillera Metro District, recently announced that Rachel Oys has been named general manager of Cordillera. In this position, Oys will direct both the Cordillera Metro District and the Cordillera Property Owners Association. Oys is currently the interim county manager of Eagle County.“Rachel has excellent qualifications, bringing to Cordillera broad management and financial experience as well as marketing and communication skills,” McBride said. “Cordillera is a great place to live and Rachel’s considerable skills will enhance our community, broaden the awareness of our service and amenity levels and bring leadership to Cordillera as …

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Will tire law be able to help traffic flow?

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Most of us know that Colorado has a chain law for trucks, and passenger cars, but what does that mean? Diane Mitsch Bush hopes a bill she’s co-sponsoring can help clear up that confusion.Mitsch Bush, a Democrat who represents Eagle and Routt counties in the Colorado Legislature, along with Republican Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale, are sponsoring a bill that would help clarify just what the chain law means for motorists. The bill has already passed two of its three necessary steps to clear the state’s House of Representatives. If passed there, the bill would go to …

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