And the fall season is off to a flying start

By Chris Freud

We’ve had all of about four days of high school sports and we already have some bubbling issues. To the Batmobile, everyone.Devils soccerFrom a writing standpoint, the one thing about which I smacked my head after I filed the story of Eagle Valley nipping Battle Mountain, 2-1, on Tuesday night was that the Devils won in overtime.If you will recall, Eagle Valley went 12-4 last season and three of those defeats were in overtime — the Glenwood opener, at Steamboat and, yep, vs. Palmer Ridge in the first round of the playoffs. The Devils’ only regulation loss was … at …

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Vail Mountain School unveils new turf field

By Chris Freud

VAIL — Vail Mountain School officially opened the new Bandoni Alumni Field on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the Gore Rangers’ home opener against the Battle Mountain boys soccer team. Head of school Mike Imperi, along with VMS students Colin Glackin, Drew Johnson, Dylan Levine, and Theo Marston, cut a ceremonial orange ribbon. Glackin and Johnson, both lower school students, stepped forward with $10 donations from their allowances when they heard about the fundraising effort to replace the field. Levine and Marston represented their families, who were the first donors to the project. During the summer, the …

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Pro, con statements sought for ballots

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County will ask voters to consider a 0.3 percent sales tax to support affordable housing, as well as the expansion of the open space program to allow for trail construction and bonding authority to complete the Eagle Valley Trail.County officials are now soliciting pro and con statements on the two ballot questions. Per Colorado state law, comments received will be summarized for inclusion in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights ballot issue notice, which will be mailed to all registered voters by Oct. 7. To be included in the summary, comments must address a specific ballot issue …

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Pro, con ballot issues statements sought

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County will ask voters to consider a .3 percent sales tax to support affordable housing, as well as the expansion of the open space program to allow for trail construction and bonding authority to complete the Eagle Valley Trail.County officials are now soliciting pro and con statements on the two ballot questions. Per Colorado state law, comments received will be summarized for inclusion in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) ballot issue notice, which will be mailed to all registered voters by Oct. 7. To be included in the summary, comments must address a specific ballot …

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Harrison Fast’s body coming home after fatal crash last March in Switzerland

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — Harrison Fast lived up to his name, right to the end.Fast, 28, a local parasailer and speed flyer, went missing March 26 when he and some friends were speed flying in Switzerland’s Jungfrau region — pronounced “Young Frau,” a 11,333-foot peak. Speed flying involves flying a small fabric wing down a steep slope at speeds up to 75 mph.When winter storms blew in, not all of Harrison’s friends were able to land in the designated landing zone. Late that afternoon, Swiss rescue helicopters located some of the crew, but not him. A storm blanketed the areas in …

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Can Vail deed-restrict 1,000 units in 10 years?

By scott miller

VAIL — Housing here has always been a problem. Now, Vail’s planning staff and members of the town’s housing authority think they have a way to fundamentally change the town’s approach.The Vail Town Council at its Sept. 6 meeting will get its first in-depth look at a comprehensive housing plan called “Vail Housing 2027.” That plan sets a bold goal: adding 1,000 units of deed-restricted housing to the town’s inventory in the next decade.There’s no way to build that many units. Even if there was land available — and there isn’t — not even a town with Vail’s substantial financial …

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Two more women sue Vail doctor claiming false MS diagnoses

By Edward Stoner

DENVER — Two more women have filed separate federal civil lawsuits against a former Vail doctor, joining a growing number of his former patients claiming he misdiagnosed them with incurable multiple sclerosis and then treated them for years with invasive medications that caused severe side effects.Lawsuits on behalf of Christine Henson and Marie Barajas were filed late Monday night in Denver U.S. District Court against Dr. Gary M. Weiss, a neurologist continuing to practice in Palm Bay, Fla.The lawsuits filed by Denver attorneys James Puga and Alex Wilschke, Hensen and Barajas each seek compensation of more than $75,000 and attorney’s …

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Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Linger on Sundays with brunch at La Tour

By Ross Leonhart

When’s the last time you went to brunch? In a world where we try to fit in as many events and activities in one day, it may seem a bit strange to slow things down a bit and enjoy, even linger, during mealtime. But that’s the beauty of brunch. It’s meant to last. The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch and typically is served between late morning and mid afternoon. Brunch originated in England in the late 19th century and became popular in the United States in the 1930s. According to the 1896 supplement to the Oxford English …

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County commissioners will ask voters two tax questions

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE — Eagle County voters, they’re all yours.At Tuesday’s meeting, the county commissioners put two tax questions on the November ballot:A sales tax projected to generate $5.4 million annually for workforce housing if passed.Voter approval to borrow up to $19.95 million to finish the Eagle County Trail from Vail Pass to Dotsero, repaid with money from the ECO Transit and open space taxes, and extend the sunset on the open space tax from 2025 to 2040.The trails proposal would allow county open space funds to be used to construct and maintain paved and unpaved trails without raising the current property …

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Local Taylor Seaton talks 'The Perfect Hip,' upcoming season preparations

By John LaConte

Avon resident Taylor Seaton will leave for New Zealand this week to begin preparations for the upcoming competition season. The 26-year-old halfpipe skier has been starting his competition seasons in New Zealand for 10 consecutive years now, and he says last season was his best yet, participating in events like X Games, the B&E Invitational and 9 Knights, which we’re seeing here. VD: What on earth is happening in this photo?TS: You’re looking at a feature called “The Perfect Hip” at this year’s Suzuki 9 Knights invitational in Watles, Italy. The event took place in April and only nine skiers …

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