Vail Derby Party returns for third year

By Randy Wyrick

Saturday’s weather will be spectacular because God, the King of Kings, loves the Sport of Kings — and Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day.The Vail Kentucky Derby Party happens to be Saturday, which is not a coincidence. It’s a benefit for the Children’s Garden of Learning’s outreach program, the Learning Initiative. This serves home-based day care providers with needed tools and training to improve their services. As for the Derby Party, it’s the third annual event, but this year will be the first time it’s held at the Sonnenalp golf club.“That gives us lots and lots of lawn for lawn games,” …

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Devils conquer Gypsum Creek, eye regionals

By Chris Freud

GYPSUM — So if you want to go to Carbondale, the way’s through Montrose.That’s what the resurgent Eagle Valley girls golf team hopes to do after winning their home tournament at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course on Tuesday in their final regular-season competition.Next stop is Montrose’s Cobble Creek for the regional tournament on Tuesday. The top-two teams and 13 individuals from that round make the 4A state meet at River Valley Ranch on May 18-19.Taylor Sandoval fired an 85 for individual medalist honors, followed by Allyson Ludewig (99) and freshman Nicole Matthews (102). The Devils’ team score of 286 put …

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Vail Christian girls soccer wins regular-season finale

By Chris Freud

RANGELY — Vail Christian girls soccer is going to practice today.The Saints finished the season with an emphatic 6-0 win at Rangely on Wednesday afternoon.A team with a 4-7 record may not seem to have a playoff future, but the Saints are ranked No. 15 in the current maxpreps.com rankings and 12 schools will qualify for the first 2A state tournament.‘BE PREPARED’“We’re practicing tomorrow,” Saints coach Lauren Mutter said. “We’re going to be prepared just in case. I don’t want them to sit for four days and then have one day to prepare for a possible playoff game. We’re going …

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Saints win regular-season finale

By Chris Freud

RANGELY — Vail Christian girls soccer is going to practice today.The Saints finished the season with an emphatic 6-0 win at Rangely on Wednesday afternoon.A team with a 4-7 record may not seem to have a playoff future, but the Saints are ranked No. 15 in the current maxpreps.com rankings and 12 schools will qualify for the first 2A state tournament.“We’re practicing tomorrow,” Saints coach Lauren Mutter said. “We’re going to be prepared just in case. I don’t want them to sit for four days, and then have one day to prepare for a possible playoff game. We’re going to …

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Huskies lacrosse finally beats Steamboat

By Chris Freud

EDWARDS — And the rematch is set.For the first time since the schools started playing each other in 2009, Battle Mountain boys lacrosse beat Steamboat Springs, 13-9, on Wednesday night in Edwards to win the Eastern Division of the Mountain Conference and advance to play at Aspen on Friday for the league title.“Of course, everyone in our league is a rival. Beating Steamboat meant a lot simply because I hold their program in such high regard,” Huskies head coach Jerry Nichols said. “That’s the God’s honest truth. … It also shows how far our program has come.”Steamboat (9-6) is on …

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Hash oil explosion injures one in Eagle-Vail

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE-VAIL — Colorado’s marijuana industry has taken off with a bang — literally.An Eagle-Vail man said a malfunctioning valve in his legal hash oil cooking system caused an explosion Wednesday afternoon.About two hours after the explosion, Ryan Wilhelm, 24, called the Vail Daily from the local hospital to tell his side of the story.Wilhelm said he was outside on the back porch of his Eagle-Vail townhome when a valve failed on his closed-loop hash oil system. They’re designed to keep highly flammable butane gas from escaping.“The valve popped, and I jumped back,” Wilhelm said. “When I did, the static electricity …

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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

By Edward Stoner

Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to editor@vaildaily.com to be included.HIT: To news more people flew into the Eagle County Regional Airport this winter than last.HIT: To ski season ending with a powder day, what else? Bands, pond skimming and nice snow up high capped off a great season.MISS: To the Avon Town Council missing the whole reason they need to improve their ethics code in the wake of a perception that members of previous councils found service on the body a very good, ahem, business decision, however coincidentally. Council …

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Part 2: Vail’s Tom Steinberg describes liberation of Dachau

By Randy Wyrick

This is the second in a series commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, near the end of World War II. Tom Steinberg, who became Vail’s first full-time physician, was a private in the Army’s 42nd Division that liberated Dachau.VAIL — As World War II wound down, Nazis troops abandoned most of their death camps, some killed prisoners as they fled, until they ran out of ammunition.Allied troops had to fight their way into Dachau.Dachau’s south gate had been opened by U.S. Army’s 42nd Division, the north gate by the 45th Division.To be accurate, those gates …

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Vail Mountain School does ‘Avenue Q’

By Randy Wyrick

Take a stroll down Avenue Q and you’ll hear all the hilarious things you want to say, but, along with clean underwear and combed hair, your mama made sure your internal filter was securely in place.Vail Mountain School is presenting the school edition of “Avenue Q,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway show — only funnier.“Not only have they made it not an adult show, they made it better. It’s actually funnier,” said Greg Jones, head of Vail Mountain School’s theater department.The show runs next weekend at VMS. “When we started rehearsing, the cast and I were on the floor laughing. I …

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Vail Mountain School presents ‘Avenue Q’

By Randy Wyrick

VAIL — Take a stroll down Avenue Q and you’ll hear all the hilarious things you want to say, but, along with clean underwear and combed hair, your mama made sure your internal filter was securely in place.Vail Mountain School is presenting the school edition of “Avenue Q,” the Tony Award winning Broadway show — only funnier.“Not only have they made it not an adult show, they made it better. It’s actually funnier,” said Greg Jones, head of Vail Mountain School’s theater department.The show runs next weekend at VMS. “When we started rehearsing, the cast and I were on the …

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