On the Hill: Time to get geared up

By John LaConte

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte visits with Minishred and talks gear at the annual Blizzard Sale, which is located at the bottom of Gondola One and runs through August 9. Vail Daily reporter John LaConte uses a GoScope pole mount, and wears socks and gloves from Colorado company Kind Design. Get 20% off your orders at Go-Scope.com and/or kinddesign.co by using the following promo code: vaildaily20 …

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Second annual Public Safety Awards nominations open

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle County Rotary Clubs of Eagle, Edwards and Vail, in conjunction with the Eagle County Public Safety Council, are pleased to announce the second annual Public Safety Appreciation Awards night to honor Eagle County’s most outstanding first responders. The program was created to provide an opportunity for the men and women in public safety to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities and contributions to their profession. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Sept. 10 at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail.Tickets are $45Tickets to the event are $45 per person or …

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Public Safety Awards nominations open

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle County Rotary Clubs of Eagle, Edwards and Vail, in conjunction with the Eagle County Public Safety Council, are pleased to announce the Second Annual Public Safety Appreciation Awards night to honor Eagle County’s most outstanding first responders. The program was created to provide an opportunity for the men and women in public safety to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities and contributions to their profession. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Sept. 10 at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail.Tickets to the event are $45 per person or $500 for …

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Summer lodging numbers up slightly

By Scott Miller

VAIL — Despite a handful of potential speed bumps, Vail’s summer lodging business has been bustling.The most recent data from DestiMetrics, a Denver-based analysis and consulting firm, show Vail’s summer lodging business growing from 2014. In June, the town’s lodges and condos were running right at 50 percent occupancy, a good number for the summer, and a marginal increase from 2014. More important to bottom lines, though, average daily rate increased by 7 percent across the lodges participating in the survey.Compared to other mountain resorts, Vail’s increase in June reservations is slightly lower, while the daily rate increase is significantly …

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Vail Daily column: Another chapter for historic Camp Hale

By Edward Stoner

Most residents and many visitors to Vail and the Eagle River Valley know of Camp Hale as a former World War II mountain warfare training camp and current recreation mecca. Thousands of visitors flock to the area each year to enjoy camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, ATV riding, snowmobiling and skiing.Fewer visitors, however, know that this area — Eagle Park — was once a pristine, high-elevation wetland complex that contained over 450 acres of wetlands and seven to eight miles of the Eagle River headwater’s meandering stream channels. When the U.S. government constructed Camp Hale to train mountain soldiers in the …

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Local photo guild event features John Fielder show

By Randy Wyrick

GYPSUM — Renowned photographer John Fielder will present the best photos from a competition, “Ten Days on the Colorado.”The Vail Valley Art Guild Photographers participated in the competition that spanned 10 days, July 3-12.Fielder judged the competition, and all the prints will be displayed at the Gypsum Library during August.Along with the competition photos, Fielder will present a slide show with music featuring his new project about the upper Colorado and Yampa rivers.The Yampa is the last free-flowing river in the entire Colorado River basin. It runs for 249 miles from 11,500 feet in the Flattops wilderness area near Steamboat …

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Profile: Western painter Douglas Wodark at Beaver Creek

By Melanie Wong

BEAVER CREEK — Clad in a cowboy hat and homemade leather apron marked by the patina of years in the sun and streaks of vibrant oils, you are sure to find Western artist Douglas Wodark continuing to create new paintings even while at the Beaver Creek Art Festival this weekend. The summer art show has always been one of this Colorado native’s favorite venues to exhibit his work, due to the caliber of artists and good friends he has made through the years. Wodark’s passion for art was once afforded only the time of a treasured hobby. After he took …

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Profile: Watch-inspired artist at Beaver Creek

By Melanie Wong

BEAVER CREEK — “Living in the moment and not by your wristwatch” is artist Annmarie Siegel’s mantra, a daily way of life she shares with those she meets. However, watches are an integral part of her creative existence. She re-purposes old watch parts into unique works of wearable art. Her designs include earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, cuff links and belts. Siegel’s artistic inclination became apparent at a very young age.She was an extremely inquisitive child, taking apart just about everything she could get her hands on — old tape recorders, appliances and even cameras. However, her mother’s old jewelry quickly …

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Flying across cultures with BalletX

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — Globalization has been a political and economic hot topic for decades, and Rosie Langabeer is bringing it to ballet. A New Zealand composer and performer, Langabeer has set U.S. and New Zealand history to music for “Sunset o639,” which will be performed by BalletX at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek on Saturday evening.Hosted by the Vail International Dance Festival, BalletX is a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance troupe. However, the troupe’s performance this year is a classical ballet in which dancers tell an epic and tragic story. This time, their story diverges from the star-crossed lovers common in ballet, …

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Bookinista review: Twists, turns and secrets in ‘Tiny Little Thing’

By Melanie Wong

If a wardrobe includes bike shorts, gimme caps and fly-fishing waders, its owner probably will be properly attired for a Vail Valley summer. But a 1960s season in Cape Cod required pillbox hats and linen skirt suits, plus a few pair of clamdiggers, particularly for Christina “Tiny” Hardcastle, protagonist of “Tiny Little Thing,” by Beatriz Williams.Tiny and Frank Hardcastle are “beautiful people” torn apart by power and politics, infidelity and forgiveness. Frank is an up-and-coming scion from a dynasty looking to score its first senator. A roving eye complicates his future. Tiny is from the prominent Schuyler family, a battalion …

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