Honor hiking etiquette on the trails

By Ross Leonhart

EAGLE COUNTY — With three wilderness areas surrounding the Vail Valley, there’s plenty of hikes to explore the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and also plenty of people hitting the trails. Knowing proper hiking etiquette enhances the experience for everyone out wandering.“The big message is leave no trace,” said Nate Goldberg, director of the Beaver Creek Hiking Center, which offers guided hikes within an 80-mile radius. “Leave it like when you leave a campground — try to leave it better than when you found it.”Leave No Trace is a nonprofit organization in Boulder that encourages responsible recreation outdoors. Hikers are asked …

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VIDEO: Talking with longtime Burton man John Damiano at the Blizzard Sale

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 catches up with John Damiano, a longtime Burton employee, and talks fashion and function at the annual Blizzard Sale in Vail Village, which runs through Aug. 7 at the base of Gondola One. 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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Vail International Dance Festival company-in-residence BalletX performs July 31

By Krista Driscoll

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Vail Dance.VAIL — For more than a decade, BalletX has stretched ballet beyond traditional boundaries, into a new movement language that fuses classical and contemporary ballet with everything from jazz to hip-hop.The 10 dancers of BalletX all possess a rare combination of impeccable traditional ballet training and technique, intense athleticism, passionate expression and a hunger to perfect ever-changing varieties of guest choreographers’ visions.“We really challenge the body to move in new and different ways,” said Christine Cox, BalletX artistic director. Now, after three years of surprising, delighting and emotionally stirring audiences at the …

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Timothy Standring to speak about 19th century artist Edgar Degas at Vail Symposium

By Krista Driscoll

VAIL — Being neither a Realist nor an Impressionist, but a hybrid of sorts, Edgar Degas worked fearlessly, passionately and determinedly in a vast array of media, from etchings and monotypes to pastels and oils, sculpture and even photography. Visiting Vail to make an introduction to the French artist is Timothy J. Standring, Ph.D. Gates Foundation curator of painting and sculpture at the Denver Art Museum. This is Standring’s second lecture in Vail. His lecture in 2015 discussing artists Andrew and Jamie Wyeth sold out.“You could say we brought Dr. Standring back by popular demand,” said Dale Mosier, chairman of …

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20-acre wildfire near Carbondale prompts evacuations

By RANDY ESSEX

A wildfire that grew to 20 acres Friday afternoon in the lower Crystal River Valley prompted the evacuation of a housing area and campground and closed Colorado 133.At about 9:30 p.m. the crews concluded fire fighting efforts for the night, leaving an engine, crew and a Pitkin County deputy to patrol the area. At the end of the day fire crews had the blaze about 25 percent contained.Officials said shortly before 7 p.m. that the highway would be closed for at least two hours. And a Pitkin County alert about an hour later said the highway would be open to …

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Bank robbed on Glenwood’s bustling Grand Avenue

By RANDY ESSEX

As tourists and downtown workers crowded Glenwood Springs sidewalks at 5:30 p.m. Friday, a man robbed a bank at the town’s busiest intersection and fled on foot down Grand Avenue.Police Chief Terry Wilson said a white man “wearing a really odd straw bucket hat and big sunglasses, so he was very concealed,” walked in the front entrance of Vectra Bank at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. One of his hands was concealed, Wilson said, and “he implied he had a weapon.”No one was injured and the man ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash, heading south on Grand.Glenwood police …

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Cause of Red Table Fire cannot be determined

By Pam Boyd

EAGLE — The cause of the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake cannot be definitively determined, according to acting Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Aaron Mayville.The Red Table Fire consumed 26 acres after it was first reported July 13. The blaze was fully contained five days later after response from local, state and national resources.Mayville said following the blaze, fire investigators examined the scene but could not determine the exact point of origin. He noted the site was obliterated during the aggressive response to the fire, which included aerial assault teams hitting the blaze within a couple of hours of the …

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Report recommends no Metcalf Drainage trails

By John LaConte

AVON — When the idea for more hiking and mountain biking trails in town was proposed on June 15, the community reacted with concern for wildlife.Local resident Dave Petrowski said the Metcalf drainage area, above the hairpin turn on Metcalf Road, is a common area for deer to give birth.“I love the trails, I mountain bike,” he said. “But what mountain biker wants to go through an area with a bunch of houses?”Petrowski said homeowners in the area, like himself, have pushed the deer out of their natural habitat and into their yards by developing the area. The new trails …

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Cause of Red Table Fire can’t be determined

By Pam Boyd

EAGLE — The cause of the Red Table Fire near Sylvan Lake cannot be definitively determined, according to acting Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Aaron Mayville.The Red Table Fire consumed 26 acres after it was first reported July 13. The blaze was fully contained five days later after response from local, state and national resources.Mayville said following the blaze, fire investigators examined the scene but could not determine the exact point of origin. He noted the site was obliterated during the aggressive response to the fire, which included aerial assault teams hitting the blaze within a couple of hours of the …

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Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Cruising with the Vail Valley Vixens

By Ross Leonhart

It’s only their second season, but the Vail Valley Vixens membership is climbing to new heights. This all-female group catering to road and mountain bikers alike welcomes women of all ages and abilities and teaches them something along the way. Recently, the Vail Vixens hosted their biggest group yet during their morning ride with over 20 riders taking part on a route that took them up Bachelor Gulch from their meeting point at The Bookworm of Edwards. The group is led by Nadine Davis and Celynn McClarrinon, two expert riders, but they don’t make you feel intimidated. Davis and McClarrinon …

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