Local GOP sponsors candidate town hall

By scott miller

EAGLE — Eagle County Republicans will sponsor the first of two town hall meetings Thursday. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Eagle County building.Using a new format for presenting candidates and their positions, the first event will highlight the races for Fifth Judicial District Attorney and Colorado House of Representatives District 26. The evening will be moderated by Randy Wyrick of the Vail Daily staff. It will begin with opening statements from the two candidates, followed a question and answer segment and finally, an open microphone allowing interaction with the community.With several events planned using a forum style, …

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Oceans of fun

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE COUNTY — Dr. Tom Hackett had never felt better.Yeah, he was exhausted from swimming 28.5 miles across the Ka’iwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu, Hawaii, through the pitch black night. And sure, his arms and shoulders are still sore, and the jellyfish stings all over his body are still fresh, as are the welts from swimming into the electric shark shield. And, of course, he was still a little woozy a few days later from exhaustion and ingesting salt water.And let’s not forget that face. It’s a little tired from grinning so much, because he has never felt better.“I …

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Parenting program Thursday

By scott miller

EDWARDS — Parenting is one of the hardest jobs — and it’s unpaid. Every time a parent thinks they have it figured out, their child(ren) enter a new phase which leaves parents scratching their heads. There are solutions, courtesy of the Eagle River Youth Coalition.Coalition executive director Michelle Stecher said there are two programs this year to help parents. Eat Chat Parent is a free, bilingual opportunity taking place once a month throughout the school year. Active Parenting is a paid program under way at Battle Mountain High School.The free Eat Chat Parent program picks an issue to explore each …

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Vail Daily column: Trump’s education policy approach

By Edward Stoner

This summer, I wrote a piece criticizing both major party candidates for the lack of detail on their positions related to Pre-K through grade 12 education policy. As the election draws near and more details emerge, it makes sense to review where both candidates stand. As Eagle County Schools’ superintendent, I’m not able to take a position on either candidate, or anything else on the ballot for that matter. However, I am able to wade into the issues from my perspective and have a responsibility to inform our community.Starting this week with Donald Trump and next week with Hillary Clinton, …

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The Broncos are 2-0, but don’t celebrate yet

By Chris Freud

So I’m at a high school sports event last week and a guy in Broncos jersey says, “So, what happened?”The Broncos had beaten the Panthers in Week 1, and I was clearly a moron for saying in this space before the season started that the Denver would not make the playoffs. And after the Broncos beat the Colts last weekend, there are doubtless more local football fans saying “What’s up, Freud?”People, people, people. They don’t give out Super Bowl rings, much less playoff spots, after two games.In the case of the Broncos, 2-0 is great start. Of course, the defense …

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The Denver Broncos are 2-0, but don’t celebrate quite yet

By Chris Freud

So I’m at a high school sports event last week and a guy in Broncos jersey says, “So, what happened?”The Broncos had beaten the Panthers in Week 1, and I was clearly a moron for saying in this space before the season started that the Denver would not make the playoffs. And after the Broncos beat the Colts last weekend, there are doubtless more local football fans saying “What’s up, Freud?”People, people, people. They don’t give out Super Bowl rings, much less playoff spots, after two games.In the case of the Broncos, 2-0 is great start. Of course, the defense …

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Even Ford supercars can’t outrun radar

By Randy Wyrick

AVON — No matter how fast the Ford GT prototype might be, it still cannot outrun police radar.Three of Ford’s new supercars were clocked at well above the posted speed limit, and found their way into the loving arms of Johnny Law. In fact, they were feeling a bunch of love from a lot of Johnny Laws from the Avon police department, the Eagle County Sheriff’s office and the Colorado State Patrol.The top speed of the new supercar is north of 205 mph, but these cars weren’t going anywhere near that fast. They were actually being pretty normal, police said.The …

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Even Ford supercars can’t outrun the fuzz

By Randy Wyrick

AVON — No matter how fast the Ford GT prototype might be, it still cannot outrun police radar.Three of Ford’s new supercars were clocked at well above the posted speed limit in Glenwood Canyon on Tuesday morning, and found their way into the loving arms of Johnny Law. In fact, they were feeling a bunch of love from a lot of Johnny Laws from the Avon police department, the Eagle County Sheriff’s office and the Colorado State Patrol.The top speed of the new supercar is faster of 205 mph, but these cars weren’t going anywhere near that fast. They were …

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Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Vail Farmers Market & Art Show is Sunday favorite

By Ross Leonhart

If you’ve ever tried to grow tomatoes up at this altitude, then you’re probably familiar with disappointment as the climate offers a short and challenging growing season. Luckily, the Vail Famers Market & Art Show brings in a colorful bounty from regional farms each week. What started out 15 years ago with a few booths has grown to 135 tents and spans over 16 weekends throughout the summer. It has become one of the largest markets in the Rocky Mountains. With more and more people trying to eat healthy and buy more food sourced locally and regionally, farmers markets have …

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Commissioners still want to fund child care program

By scott miller

EAGLE — The Eagle County commissioners want to spend $1.82 million a year on childcare programs, and have started sifting through the budget to find it.“We need to be deliberate about how we do this, and what the county’s role is,” said commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry.A $75,000 study — $50,000 from the county and $25,000 from the school district — called Eagle County’s childcare situation a “crisis.”However, two of the three commissioners — Jeanne McQueeney and Chandler-Henry — rejected a proposal to put a childcare tax on the November ballot, saying voters would not support a $2 million annual subsidy for …

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