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Elderly couple says County frightened them out of home By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Eagle County plans to pave a local couple’s paradise and put up a parking lot. Norman and Jean Nunn, both more than 80 years old, had lived in their two-acre home by the Eagle County airport entrance for decades. The county threatened eminent domain in 2007 to get it, the Nunns said. The plan is to build a parking lot for up 400 cars. The county commissioners at the time – Arn Menconi, Peter Runyon and Sara Fisher – said in a letter that if the Nunns sold it to anyone else, they’d use eminent domain on them too, so the Nunns gave up, said Norman. “My wife and I are well past 80 years old and you don’t have as much fight in you as when you’re 30 or 40 or 50,” said Norman. The county paid $790,000 in 2007 for the property, which the county assessor’s office valued at $474,450, according to county records. The U.S. Supreme Court


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The good news for the Nunns, both well into their 80s, is they received nearly $800,000 in tax-payer money for this property, which was appraised at $474,450 in 2007. The bad news is they didn’t want it, for it came with the hassle and stress of moving from their decades-old home, but they felt threatened by the county. The floral landscaping has already been scraped away in preparation to build long-term parking. Avery Cunliffe photo.

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upheld a government’s right to buy land, whether or not the owners want to sell. The commissioners let the Nunns live there for two years, until work started on the airport runway last month. That runway work will provide the materials from which the new parking lot will be built. After searching the area for something similar, anything similar, the Nunns gave up and left the home they thought they’d live in for the rest of their lives. They packed a lifetime of memories and moved to Palisade. “If we had wanted to move to eastern Colorado we could have bought an entire town,” said Nunn. But they didn’t. They wanted to stay in their hometown; they couldn’t afford it. “We couldn’t find anything comparable to what we had,” said Norman. “We’re both fond of trees and flowers. We wanted something with mature landscaping and a nice home. We wanted to stay in the area where we had lived for so long.” The plan is to level the land, set the house ablaze for fire fighting training and turn the Nunn’s two acres into [See EMINENT DOMAIN THREAT, page 18]

Dick Cleveland one of many planning to protest assessment By Beth Potter Mountaineer Staff Writer

Don’t get mad, get even. That’s the general advice some Vail Realtors have for property owners upset about their property valuations sent out this week. Vail Mayor Dick Cleveland says his property was assessed at $200,000 more than it had been previously. “I think it’s inaccurate,” Cleveland said. “Everybody’s complaining. I assume other people are going to do what I’m going to do, which is protest the valuation.” If you’re feeling like Cleveland is, you can protest your valuation from the Eagle County assessor’s office, which determines how much property tax you’ll pay this year. But to be most successful in getting the amount reduced, it’s best to present information about comparable home sales to the assessor’s office, Realtors say. Betsy Bradley, a Keller Williams Mountain Properties Realtor, has her averages ready for the time period in question from


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Jan. 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. She came up with an average sales price of $361,330 in the Sandstone condo complex where she lives and sent it out to her neighbors. If everyone uses the same numbers, it may be easier to convince the assessor that the values should be lower. “I’ve gotten lots of responses to my e-mail. Everybody seems to indicate that they’re goCLEVELAND ing to appeal,” Bradley said. “My neighbor was assessed at almost $100,000 more than last year. I don’t know where they’re getting their numbers.” Vail gets about 10 percent of the county property tax revenues, said Kathleen Halloran, the town’s budget director. In general, property taxes pay for services such as police and fire, snow removal and the like. Vail’s mill levy, or the amount it assesses in property tax, is the lowest of any town in the county, Cleveland pointed out. It’s about $4.1 million, or about 8 percent of the total Vail budget for 2009, according to Halloran. “When the town started, the town fathers made the conscious decision to let the tourists pay for the town and not burden the taxpayers,” Cleveland said. “We’ve been lucky in Vail to keep [See VALUATIONS CAUSE OUTRAGE, page 3]

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EVHS seniors take one last ride By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Let the record show that when the Sheriff’s drugsniffing dog sniffed backpacks and bags belonging to Eagle Valley High School’s graduating seniors on their way to their Project Graduation events, the dog didn’t find any drugs. So far, so good. Project Graduation is an annual event that gives graduating seniors an all-day and all-night party, alcohol free and drug free. The calm demeanor of the Sheriff’s drug sniffing dog proves they were off to a great start. “The object is to keep them occupied until daylight the day,” said school board president Scott Green. “It’s been going on for years and years.” Because a tired kid is a well-behaved kid, they should comport themselves with dignity at tonight’s awards night at the high school. Eagle Valley’s class of 2009, about 135 strong,

showed up at the school at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to practice for Sunday’s graduation ceremony (it starts at 12:30 p.m. at the school). For their sendoff, they ran through a human tunnel built from underclassmen, were ushered onto school buses and whisked off to points unknown for all manner of good, clean fun. There are lots of good reasons to support Project Graduation, such as: • Alcohol is the No. 1 drug of choice among teens in America. • Alcohol kills more young people than all illicit drugs combined. • A national survey conducted in 2006 showed that 73 percent of high school seniors have tried alcohol. • More than 2,000 youth ages 15-20 were killed in traffic crashes involving alcohol in 2008. • Project Graduation provides a drug and alcohol free environment for our children. It’s not too late to start donating to next year’s event.

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Ginn renegotiating payments to Minturn Town currently receiving $15,000 per month compared to $133,000 per month in 2008 Ginn Development Co. wants to renegotiate the monthly payment it makes to Minturn — again. The ski and golf course developer currently pays Minturn about $15,000 per month for work town employees do related to its development plans, according to Gary Suiter, the town’s interim administrator. That rate is more than $100,000 per month shy of what Ginn paid Minturn in 2008, when its plans for a ski area, a golf course and up to 1,700 homes were going full steam ahead. The developer paid about $1.6 million to the town last year for a variety of services, including annexation documents and lawyer bills for water and environmental issues, said Jay Brunvand, town clerk. That amounts to about $133,000 per month. Ginn officials want to talk to the town in June about a new payment amount, Suiter said on Wednesday. “This is a result of the global economic crisis and the credit crunch,” Suiter said. “We cannot predict the future (but) we’re preparing for various scenarios as we move forward.” When asked about the new pay negotiations, Ginn spokesman Ryan Julison said he would check with company officials working in Minturn. Julison did not reply to the Mountaineer before its afternoon deadline. “It wasn’t fair for us to keep billing them when we weren’t delivering any services,” Suiter said. Residents last May approved a plan to annex the property into town. Ginn employees did tree-clearing

VALUATIONS CAUSE OUTRAGE the mill levy really low.” If it’s any consolation, since property valuations lag the market by law, the next time around they may all be lower again, said Peter Papangelis, an owner of Coldwell


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You can pray any time, especially if you’re about to take an algebra test, but you can pray with a bunch of like-minded people at noon today. Today is the National Day of Prayer and there’s a free interfaith program in Vail Christian High School’s Grace Auditorium. The doors open at 11 a.m., the praying starts at noon and folks will say their final “amen” at 1 p.m. God apparently wants us to stay on schedule. “With the enormous challenges currently facing individuals, families, our nation and our leaders, this year’s timely theme offers the perfect opportunity for people to unite in prayer,” said Dr. Diane Dike, Eagle County’s National Day of Prayer coordinator. “Most churches in the Valley have answered the call to come together for such a time as this and we are so thankful.” Dike said the mission is to mobilize the community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: government, military, media, business, education, church and family. Gov. Bill Ritter has declared today a state day of prayer. Second Chance Band and Saving Grace Quartet will lead the local event in patriotic song and worship. The National Day of Prayer Task Force is a privately funded organization. Today is the 58th annual National Day of Prayer. It’s always on the first Thursday of May. The observance was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Participating clergy include Jeremy Lowe of VCHS, Judd Rumley of Eagle Bible Church, Father Hugh of St. Patrick’s, Craig Smith of The Vail Church, Tommy

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to write it and rewrite is four or five times, and we may not be done yet,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to do it again if revenue projections keep falling.â&#x20AC;? It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all been woe and pain. White managed to keep the Rifle prison open, preserving dozens of jobs in western Garfield County. He kept some marketing money in the budget to drive tourism to the state. That marketing money returns 200 dollars to the state for every dollar WHITE spent, according to economic impact studies. Life and death (penalty) But at the last minute there was that death penalty vote. White was waiting to cast his vote in favor for it, after all speechifying the and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the big gassers have gassed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand,â&#x20AC;? said White. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the biggest liberals in the legislature are for abortion, but oppose the death penalty.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;That means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to enable killing the innocent,â&#x20AC;? said White. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the other hand you have heinous criminals who have committed all sorts outrageous acts. They want to keep those people alive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m damned glad to have it all done,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Snowmobile groups in Wyoming and Washington have challenged a federal plan that designates 39,000 square miles of land in six states as critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx. The groups filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, contending that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed protection for the animal threatened to disrupt their sport. Matt Mead, a spokesman for the Washington association, said the groups were concerned that the designation could curtail snowmobiling on the Continental Divide Trail, which goes through northwestern Wyoming.

ADP reports better job market

The ADP National Employment Report, an unofficial gauge of the labor market, said that private sector employment fell by 491,000 last month, a huge improvement from the 708,000 jobs lost in March. The ADP report said unemployment is likely to rise for several more months, but at a slower rate. The news was a reassuring sign ahead of the Labor Department’s Friday report on job losses, and offered another sign that the economy’s slide could be moderating. Confidence has been increasing on Wall Street amid improving economic data. Investors have been looking past mixed earnings reports, fears about a possible swine flu pandemic and a bankruptcy filing from Chrysler LLC to send the market up more than 30 percent from 12-year lows in early March.

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A feud has erupted between rival modeling agencies over a pretty face who has been dubbed an “All-American beauty” and the “next Cindy Crawford,” the New York Post reports. “Ford Models has sued Next Management and Kendra Spears -- accusing the rival agency of stealing the 20-year-old stunner who had a contract with them after she was a finalist at Ford’s Supermodel of the World competition last year,” according to the report. “Ford claims Spears is one of the shining stars of the catwalk world and that she was ‘signed as a prospect while still a teenager in braces.’”

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Reuters is reporting Afghanistan’s only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to Kabul zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with the virus popularly known as swine flu. “The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, and has been in quarantine since Sunday after visitors expressed alarm it could spread the new flu strain,” according to the report.

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Flanked by the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama expressed deep U.S. regret Wednesday for civilian casualties in a deadly incident this week in western Afghanistan, promising â&#x20AC;&#x153;every effortâ&#x20AC;? to avoid recurrences in the war against a rising Taliban insurgency. Obama had a more upbeat and determined tone as he lauded â&#x20AC;&#x153;unprecedented cooperationâ&#x20AC;? between the two neighbors in fighting Taliban and other extremist threats. But he cautioned that success will not come quickly.

So much for that promised stimulus bill tracker

A government Web site dedicated to tracking the spending of the recently signed $787 billion stimulus bill wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have details on contracts and grants until October and may not be complete until next spring, reports USA today. While President Obama has said citizens will be able to track â&#x20AC;&#x153;every dimeâ&#x20AC;? of the $787 billion stimulus bill, the site wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be completed until halfway through the already-in-place program. â&#x20AC;&#x153; now lists programs being funded by the stimulus money, but provides no details on who received the grants and contracts,â&#x20AC;? according to the report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Agencies wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t report that data until Oct. 10.â&#x20AC;?

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New federal greenhouse gas emission regulation could expose a raft of smaller emitters to litigation, reports the Wall Street Journal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The potential for smaller emitters to be regulated under the Clean Air Act is one reason why business groups warn that EPA regulation of greenhouse gases could create a cascade of legal and regulatory challenges across a much broader array of sectors,â&#x20AC;? according to the report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regina McCarthy, nominated to be EPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Director of Air and Radiation, told lawmakers that even while the government has flexibility in setting the threshold of emitting facilities to be regulated, she acknowledges the risk of lawsuits to challenge those levels for smaller emitters.â&#x20AC;?

For seven years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has paid Matthew Kim a teaching salary of up to $68,000 per year, plus benefits to do absolutely nothing, reports the L.A. Times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every school day, Kimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shift begins at 7:50 a.m., with 30 minutes for lunch, and ends when the bell at his old campus rings at 3:20 p.m. He is to take off all breaks, school vacations and holidays, per a district agreement with the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s union. At no time is he to be given any work by the district or show up at school,â&#x20AC;? according to the report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has never missed a paycheck.â&#x20AC;? The report went on to say that Kim is being â&#x20AC;&#x153;housedâ&#x20AC;? while his fitness to teach is under review after the school board voted to fire him for allegedly harassing teenage students and colleagues in 2002.

$17,000,000,000.00 in cuts urged by White House

After a line-by-line scrub of the federal budget, President Barack Obama has signed off on a roster of 121 budget cuts totaling $17 billion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or about one-half of 1 percent of the $3.4 trillion budget Congress has approved for next year. Budget Director Peter Orszag briefed Democratic lawmakers on a partial roster of the cuts Wednesday before a public release on Thursday. Obama also is fleshing out the details of the $1.3 trillion portion of the budget that he requested Congress pass through appropriations bills for the budget year beginning Oct. 1. Some of the cuts are sure to rankle lawmakers, such as the elimination of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which gives money to states to help defray the cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants who commit crimes. President George W. Bush tried and failed to kill the $400 million program several times. A senior White House official said the cuts would total $17 billion, with about half the savings coming from the Pentagon budget, and the other half from domestic programs. Most of the savings, $11.5 billion, would come from appropriated programs. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss the proposal before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made public today.

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Helping out the community is something Village Market employees Carla Rae and Jose Avila both believe in. And together with valley seed donor Kirk Ogle they have found a new way to help the community of Edwards. Rae was working at Village Market, owned by Buxman Enterprises, a natural foods market, on Monday when Ogle came to her with a large trash bag full of vegetable seeds he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anymore. Thinking that the seeds should not go to waste, and wanting to help the community, Rae called and gave the seeds to Avila because of his involvement in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just really touched by the gift that Kirk gave, he could have just thrown the seeds away,â&#x20AC;? Rae said. But now she says that the seeds will go to families who can plant them and benefit from their fruits. Avila plans on giving the seeds back to the community on May 9 at 3 p.m. at a Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day festival where about 500 people are expected to attend. The festival will be held at Saint Claire of Assisi Parish on Highway 6 where Avila is a member and teaches classes. At the festival, Avila will give out the seeds to families so they can plant them and grow their own vegetable garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will help the families and it will teach the children how to plant the seeds,â&#x20AC;? Avila said. Avila says that he thinks people have plenty of time to help each other and he just wants to use his time to give back to the community. The families will also be taught how to plant the seeds and the proper way to care for each type of vegetable to help their crops prosper. Rae said that these particular seeds are made for higher elevations and will grow nicely in the Valley. Also, some of the seeds will be planted at the community garden in the Eagle River Trailer Park and tended by the residents. Rae equates this experience to the saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.â&#x20AC;? She said that giving people the seeds to harvest themselves teaches them how to grow their own food and take pride in feeding their families. A variety of carrots, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, broc-

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Tough times, optimism “This is a really tough one. This is a 15-year-old kid who played hockey and soccer with my kid,” Lewis said. “It’s tough times, but we’re optimistic.” More donations keep rolling in, from ski passes and vacation lodging for the silent auction, to FirstBank of Vail picking up the discounted food tab from sponsor Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Vail. Vail-Eagle Hockey Association also has been heavily involved in helping out with the event. “We just want to show our support. Everybody in the community wants to show their support and that they’re thinking of the family,” Lewis said. “If it helps in some small way, we have accomplished our goal.” The family expects to be at the event, although any planning is hard with such a difficult illness, Mike Claymon said. “We’re planning as little as we’re able to in our life right now,” Claymon said. “It’s going to be a really hopefully fun event, but also an incredible night for us as a family.” For more information, or to volunteer or donate, call Lewis at: 970-471-0146.


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Battle Mountain High School freshman Andrew Claymon, 15, was playing with his compound bow just before a Christmas trip to Nebraska to visit his grandparents — he went to pull back the strings, but he couldn’t. He also was suffering back and neck pain, and no one could figure out why. On New Year’s Eve, the family found out the scary truth when Andrew had an MRI scan— he had a malignant tumor next to his spinal cord and tumors in his lungs, said Mike Claymon, his dad. That CLAYMON caused the nerves in his arms not to work right, causing the lack of strength. And while the family’s life has been turned upside down in the last three months or so by the illness, the entire community has pitched in to help, he said. “It’s been a pretty unbelievable couple of months,” Claymon said. “He’s dealing with it as best he can. The whole Vail Valley and Eagle County has come out in amazing overwhelming support.”

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Rossignol to cut skier pay By Dean Blazier Special to the Mountaineer French ski maker Rossignol announced yesterday it will significantly cut the money it pays professional skiers. Rossignolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current contracts include womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Cup overall champion and former Vail local Lindsey Vonn, and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety. The two will be included in the 50 percent decrease of fixed salary that Rossi has asked them to accept. This is another bold move by a company that was hit hard by the current recession. In April, Rossignol announced that they will cut 400 jobs worldwide, an amount totaling 30 percent of its entire workforce. Knight in shining Under Armour Another one of Lindsey Vonnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsors, Under Armour Inc., is now poised to supplement the losses Vonn is taking from Rossignol. Under Armour reported a first quarter revenue increase of 27.1 percent to $200 million driven by the introduction of running footwear. Revenues in Under Armourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparel line alone rose 2.4 percent. The Rossignol Group, which also owns Dynastar, Lange and Look brands, has been involved in restructuring since it was sold last August by debt-laden Quik-

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The Vail Valley Foundation on Wednesday announced a multi-year agreement through 2011 with Medina, Ohio-based DockDogs, the leading canine competition organizer in the U.S. Established in 1999-2000, DockDogs is the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock jumping performance sport for dogs, charged with responsibilities including establishing rules and standards, records and tracks, along with promoting the growth of the sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are extremely excited about our partnership with DockDogs,â&#x20AC;? explained Michael Imhof, Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This alignment ensures not only continued and significant growth for the Eukanuba DockDogs competition, presented by Cabelaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Teva Mountain Games, but it also provides incremental exposure for the Mountain Games throughout all of DockDogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; events in this country. This relationship represents a solid brand fit for the event, its athletes and its spectators. It is a true win-win situation.â&#x20AC;? In addition to presiding over the Eukanuba DockDogs competition, pre-

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Craig Capan is a Realtor at Prudential Colorado Properties, focusing on Eagle properties with wife Missy.

Angelica Aceves at Avon Bakery and Deli is so busy and so friendly that we had a hard time getting her to stop working for one second so we could take her picture! We recommend the two-for-one cookies in the basket in front of her cash register because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re such a deal, but we really LOVE the fresh cranberry bagels at the bakery.

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Fifth-graders from Vail Mountain School went on a recent hut trip in the 10th Mountain Division Huts on Shrine Mountain Pass. Here they are hanging out at the hut after trekking through the snow for the more than three-mile trip to the hut.

Moses Gonzalez, a Town of Vail code enforcement worker, and Bob Matarese were hanging out together before the weekly Vail construction meeting at the Vail Library. You can join them at 9 a.m. any Tuesday to find out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on.

All Eagle Clean-Up Day Saturday, May 9th 8:30 am to 12 noon Meet at Eagle Ranch Fitness Club

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Marty Stewart, owner or Sunland Silver, is moving into the Alaskan Fur Gallery space in Vail for the summer. Sybill Navas, is Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commission on Special Events coordinator.

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DENNIS, Husband to Kimberly of KIMBERLYS FINE JEWELRY in Edwards Corner in Edwards is having a sale and it just so happens to coincide with Mothers Day. They are offering 30-50 percent OFF every item in the store until May 10. Kimberlys, your down valley fine jewelry specialists. 926-8802

Lynette Horan, a human resources consultant at HR Services Co. in Eagle, has been mighty busy lately. Without HR, where would be be? Call her at 328-2331

BIG BEAR BISTRO Owner VIDETTE was moving so fast around the kitchen the other day you would have thought that she was from Tasmania. Excuse us for the blurry shot, but it was an action shot cause Vidette was so busy she couldn’t stop.

FROM 3 TO 103! All ages participated Saturday picking up trash around the valley as a part of the 14th Annual Eagle Valley Watershed Council highway cleanup. The smaller children had a blast. It was like an Easter egg hunt only with wrappers and cans replacing the eggs. Fischer, sales guru Mark and Piper Sassi worked a few of the local roads in Singletree. Thanks guys!

Tim Satterly, owner of Fish Window Cleaning in Frisco, was in Avon Tuesday for a Leads Group meeting at the Vail Valley Partnership. He was talking to Krista Behr, owner of Send Out Cards in Eagle, an online greeting card service. Look for her site at: www.

Support your local community. Bring canned goods into Seasonal Thymes (to be donated to Salvation Army), until Mother’s Day and receive 20% off your total purchase.

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Jesse Wiens, left, and Jim Fahrenholtz, seated, welcomed ADAM TUCKER to their law firm recently. The triumvirate specializes in criminal defense. They have offices in Avon and Breckenridge, which covers most of the trouble you can get into.

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Linda Sneath is the silver-haired one, third from left, and she’s important because she’s living proof that you can lose weight and get healthy. She lost 162 pounds by changing her diet and exercising – the only tried and true methods. She did it with the help of the Vail Valley Medical Center’s cardiac rehab crew. From left are, nurse Jen Manley, Cardiac Queen Jeanne Stough, one of their success stories Linda Sneath, and exercise physiologist Sarah Giovagnoli.

Recycling has never looked better. Elida Rosales, left, and Lupita Velazco were helping students from the New America School put a prettier face on the Gypsum recycling center behind Columbine Market. Things are looking better at the New America School. Enrollment is climbing and they’re headed into the 2009-2010 school year in good financial shape.

Brianna Cook was hooping it up. The Eagle Valley High School student won Columbine Market’s promotion for March Madness. She’s the beloved offspring of Judy and Randy Cook. Our buddies, J.R. and Howard with Columbine Market, remind everyone to shop local.


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For decades, Norman and Jean Nunn lived in this home by the Eagle County airport entrance, which they owned. When the county commissioners threatened to take it through eminent domain in 2007, the couple, both more than 80 years old, gave up and sold out — for nearly $800,000 in taxpayer money that they didn’t want. Their lease was up last month and they left their home to move to Palisade. The floral landscaping has already been scraped away in preparation to build long-term parking. Avery Cunliffe photo.

as many as 400 long-term parking spaces at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The FAA is spending millions this summer to repave and improve the runway this summer. With all those millings coming off the runway and all that heavy equipment to move them, the timing was right to build the new parking lot where the Nunns used to live. Last winter was the third straight year the airport ran out of long-term parking spaces, said assistant airport manager Chris Anderson. Right now, there are 600 spaces in the 7-day lot, said Anderson. Timing is everything The county came up with $6 million by refinancing the airport terminal a few years ago, said Eagle County Attorney Bryan Treu. Service fees paid by airline passengers make the payments. The money funded the airport’s aircraft de-icing facilities and helped pay to expand Cooley Mesa Road. There was enough left to buy the Nunn property. The commissioners set the wheels in motion with a letter to the couple, saying that the county was ready to buy their place, but at a price Norman said was much less than it was worth. “Their offer was considerably less than other land in this area that was bare sagebrush land,” he said. “We came back with an offer that was considerably higher, and they rejected it. We had made considerable im-

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provements with trees and flowers, and a nice home.” That’s when the commissioners told the Nunns that if they didn’t sell, they’d use eminent domain, Norman said. They settled on $790,000 for two acres. The two-year lease the Nunns had from the County after selling expired in April, and so did their time in Eagle County. The county has had an agreement with Gypsum since the 1980s to align the airport entrance with Spring Creek Road, said Treu. At the heart of that crossroad is the Nunn’s house. It was just a few months between the time the Nunns received their first letter, telling them the county was buying their home whether they liked it or not, and the letter saying they couldn’t sell it to anyone else either, that no matter who owned that land the county was going to end up with it, Norman said. “We found ourselves fenced in so the airport was the only possible buyer,” said Norman. “They told us any other prospective buyers we might have would have it taken by eminent domain. In retrospect, someone with the time and resources might have been able to take them on.” “We decided we would either have to go to court and fight, or take their offer,” said Norman. “Jean, it’s been hard for her. A woman makes a nest somewhere for 30 years and then is forced to leave it. This has been very, very difficult for her.”

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