Kate Rau’s hugs and high-fives get students on the right track

By Edward Stoner EAGLE — Hundreds of teenagers are swarming the race course, their weary faces smeared with sweat and dust as they pedal across the finish line. Kate Rau is right there. She knows each rider’s name. She embraces nearly every kid, from the ecstatic winners to the back-of-the-pack stragglers, praising their achievement. “You […]

Vail Daily science column: Glass is all around us

By caramie schnell In the spirit of Halloween, Denver’s Botanic Gardens is in full costume. Seuss-like silica spikes, crazy crystalline citadels and psychedelic petals ooze from the landscape. Rather than being tropical plants gone wild, these features are made of glass. Glass is all around us, although typically less conspicuously than in the Gardens’ Chihuly […]

Devils finish 7-3; eye playoffs

By Chris Freud GRAND JUNCTION — They are battered. They are bruised. But they’re still standing. Eagle Valley football hung on late at Grand Junction Central, 21-20, on Thursday night, turning back a Warriors’ 2-point conversion attempt with 6:26 left in the game. The Devils have finished the regular season at 7-3 overall and 4-4 […]

Devils, Huskies spikers ready for regionals

By Chris Freud It could happen. Eagle Valley-Battle Mountain volleyball or Huskies-Devils, depending on one’s partisanship, the third round, could happen. Both local 4A volleyball teams are two wins away from state — a huge accomplishment — regardless of if there is a third meeting between the two rivals at the Denver Coliseum. The Huskies […]

Eagle County to celebrate new solar energy system at fairgrounds

By Edward Stoner EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County will celebrate completion of the largest photovoltaic solar energy system in the Eagle Valley at a “switch flipping” ceremony set for noon Monday. The system has been installed atop the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. PayS for Itself Cost of the project after rebates […]

New development underway in east Avon

By John LaConte AVON — By now, you may have noticed a good bit of development underway north of Interstate 70 at Post Boulevard in east Avon. Finally free of the litigation that stalled efforts there for a decade, Traer Creek LLC has begun efforts to bring a mix of commercial and residential properties to […]

Menconi says goodbye to SOS Outreach group

By Randy Wyrick EAGLE COUNTY — Arn Menconi will always stand in the SOS Outreach Circle of Love. Menconi, SOS Outreach founder and leader for two decades, is leaving the organization, SOS announced. Seth Ehrlich, SOS vice president of operations, is the interim executive director. Through those 20 years, 40,000 kids have stood in SOS […]

Vail Daily column: High bar for local politics

By Edward Stoner You have missed something important if you lump the locals with the lower leagues of politics. This lesson rises up every year right about now. The money slides toward the low ballers running for national office and alas seems calibrated to disgust us. Still, we all hate Congress, yet always vote for […]

Yes, the Giants won and your sports editor is happy

By Chris Freud OK, we’ll keep this brief. A glorious day dawned on Thursday as the San Francisco Giants are the World Series champions again. I am bedecked in orange and black, Halloween coming a day early. Did the best team in baseball win? No. The Nats or the Angels were probably the best teams […]