Blackberry streusel pie is simple, straightforward and tasty dessert

By Melanie Wong

High altitude makes cookies spread in the pan, cakes fall, and few baked goods turn out as they do at sea level. This twice-monthly column presents recipes and tips that make baking in the mountains successful. A blue ribbon, gold medal or first place trophy … that’s what I’d like to award this blackberry pie. It’s the best one I’ve ever made in the mountains, and I’ve made quite a few. What makes such a simple, straightforward pie so good? 1. The filling starts with a few minutes on the stovetop to make sure that it will be fully cooked …

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Guitar legend Steve Vai leads camp in Vail, Aug. 2-6

By Krista Driscoll

Next week, guitar legend Steve Vai will bring his second Vai Academy guitar camp — All About the Guitar — to The Arrabelle at Vail Square, with classes, clinics and jams featuring guest instructors from the top echelon of the guitar world. We caught up with Vai to learn more about the camp, as well as his music career and his decades-long love affair with the guitar.VAIL DAILY: What made you originally fall in love with the guitar?STEVE VAI: My immediate visceral, first visceral, response to the instrument was, I was 6 years old, 7 years old, and I walked …

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Chair 2 work flying by

By John LaConte

VAIL — Gondola One and the trails surrounding it reopened to the public July 30 after closing to facilitate helicopter work on Chair 2, Avanti Express. The chairlift is being upgraded to a six-passenger chair. Helicopter work went faster than anticipated, said Sara Lococo with Vail Resorts, and operations on the mountain weren’t impacted much. “We heard it was out here and were hoping to see it,” said part time Vail resident Juliet Nilprabhassorn, who was out hiking the Chair 2 area on Thursday with her husband, Andy Newell, and their 11-year-old son, Declan, and daughter, Fiona, 6. “We were …

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Federal government may be forced to pay money it owes

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — A couple congressional proposals could eliminate federal foot-dragging in paying counties the money they are owed for public land.Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would extend critical funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program.Rep. Scott Tipton, (R-Colo.) made a similar proposal last winter, leading 46 members of Congress to urge federal action to pay counties the PILT money they’re owed.Polis’ PILT and SRS Certainty Act of 2015 would reauthorize each program for the next five fiscal years. It would also make PILT payments mandatory, removing them …

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Feds may be forced to pay money they owe

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — A couple congressional proposals could eliminate federal foot-dragging in paying counties the money they’re owed for public land.Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo) introduced a bill Tuesday that would extend critical funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program.Rep. Scott Tipton, (R-Colo) made a similar proposal last winter, leading 46 members of Congress to urge federal action to pay counties the PILT money they’re owed.Polis’ PILT and SRS Certainty Act of 2015 would reauthorize each program for the next five fiscal years. It would also make PILT payments mandatory, removing them from …

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Low wages in high places: U.S. proposes big pay hike for state sheepherders

By I-News

MEEKER — The anglers and bikers traveling to the mountains slowed their cars to a crawl as hundreds of sheep flocked the country road north of Meeker. Ahead, a sheepherder on horseback surveyed the animals and behind them, the man’s small camper, or “campito,” was hidden by trees. From Moffat to Alamosa counties, Colorado is a big player in the nation’s sheep industry. The animals thrive in the state’s high, dry mountains. Colorado raised the third largest number of sheep in the U.S. this year and ranked third in the value of sales of sheep and goats at $87 million …

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Bookworm of Edwards’ top 10 reads

By Melanie Wong

1. “Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee2. “Vail Hiker” by Mary Gilliland3. *Book Of Lena by Judy Elliott Kirby4. “Boys In The Boat” by Daniel James Brown 5. “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr6. “Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah7. “Secret Garden” by Johanna Basford8. “Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountains” by Vera Stucky Evenson9. “Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck10. “Paper Towns” by John Green …

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Pearl show comes to Karats this weekend

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — It’s hard enough to believe that a clam or oyster could take a tiny piece of sand and create something as strange and beautiful as a pearl. Given that this is in fact the case, it’s not too much of a stretch to buy into the idea that such miracles of nature carry some sort of protective power.Pearl specialist Koji Kawamoto, who hails from Mie Prefecture, the small village in Japan where the process of culturing pearls was first discovered, insists that this is true. “We say that if you are wearing pearls, you are protected,” Kawamoto said. …

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Oil painter comes to Vail

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — Cogswell Gallery presents a solo show with oil painter Darcie Peet, who the gallery has represented for over 10 years. For Peet, it was a love of horses and the West that drew her to Colorado as a child, and again in the early ’60s. For more than 25 years, Peet has called Copper Mountain and Tucson, Arizona, both home. No stranger to adventure and the outdoors, Peet is always willing to go the extra mile to capture the perfect feeling of nature’s serenity in her paintings. “So much of the exhilaration in painting is in the initial …

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Darcie Peet paints at Cogswell

By Melanie Wong

VAIL — Cogswell Gallery presents a solo show with oil painter Darcie Peet, who the gallery has represented for over 10 years. For Peet, it was a love of horses and the West that drew her to Colorado as a child, and again in the early ’60s. For more than 25 years, Peet has called Copper Mountain and Tucson, Arizona, both home. No stranger to adventure and the outdoors, Peet is always willing to go the extra mile to capture the perfect feeling of nature’s serenity in her paintings. “So much of the exhilaration in painting is in the initial …

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