Red Cliff Studio Tour returns Saturday, Sunday

By caramie schnell RED CLIFF — Photographer Ulf Jauernigg always keeps a camera in his car. A series of stunning photos of snow atop golden aspen trees along U.S. Highway 24 — he’s dubbed them “First Snow 1” and “First Snow 2” — is precisely the reason why. “I was driving into Vail one morning […]

808 Distillery open in Eagle

By Randy Wyrick EAGLE — Jeff Leonardo and Claude Seeman wanted to thrive through the recession and enjoy themselves. So, they opened 808 Distillery in Eagle. Spirits may be one of the only industries that resists economic cycles, Leonardo said. “When the economy is bad, people drink. When the economy is good, people drink,” he […]

Vail Daily column: How to time your real estate move

By Edward Stoner Dear Joan, We are anxious to move, for several reasons, but are afraid to put our house on the market until we have secured the right new home to purchase. We have convinced our broker, reluctantly, to show us properties and we have put in a couple of offers, but no one […]

Saturday’s Ed Fest Craft Beer & Music Festival serves up bigger bands, more brews this year

By caramie schnell For Luther Dickinson, writing about tough times isn’t easy, but it is one way to make great music. Dickinson is the vocalist and guitarist of North Mississippi Allstars, a Southern roots rock group with a long legacy and large fan following. The band will headline Ed Fest, the local craft beer and […]

DeVotchKa brings its worldy Gypsy rock to Vail Saturday

By caramie schnell DeVotchKa’s music is naturally big and sweeping. And then you hear them perform their song “All The Sand in All the Sea” with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the word colossal isn’t hyperbole. Stop reading and look it up on YouTube. Seriously. The Denver-based band played a sold-out show at Red Rocks […]

New Flavors of Colorado fest takes place Saturday, Sunday in Avon

By caramie schnell AVON — The inaugural Flavors of Colorado festival brings together Colorado-based musicians, restaurants, artists, craft beer and spirits to celebrate and discover all things Colorado. The weekend-long festival is Friday through Sunday and free to attend. The musical line-up is filled with top talent from around the state, including some nationally known […]

On the Hill: Climb alongside the East Vail waterfall

By John LaConte On the Hill Summer, brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, brings you a video report about a different High Country adventure every weekday. Today’s activity: Rope climbing next to the East Vail waterfall [iframe src=”″ width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border: 0px;”] On the Hill is shot with […]

Renowned wildlife photographer to lead discussion on what wilderness means to Colorado

By Edward Stoner EAGLE COUNTY — Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, which designated the majestic grounds of uninterrupted wilderness that Coloradans and Americans enjoy today. “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the […]

Students on par with state academic averages

By Randy Wyrick EAGLE — White students blew past the average in statewide academic testing, and Hispanic students are closing the gap. Colorado’s Department of Education on Thursday released standardized test results, the TCAP. Overall, Eagle County’s students were average with the rest of the state. However, breaking the data out by ethnic groups reveals […]

Free hikes set to explore potential new wilderness

By Edward Stoner EAGLE COUNTY — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Wilderness Workshop is hosting free, guided hikes into two proposed additions to Holy Cross and Eagles Nest wilderness areas Saturday and Aug. 23. On Saturday, venture into the No Name area south of Minturn adjacent to the existing Holy […]