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2009, the year that was A look back at some of last year’s most mockable moments It’s that special time of year when we look back and realize that some of last year’s golden moments were actually Road dark brown. Scholar Because life its ownself qualifies as a chronic condition, you’re free to visit your very caring caregiver in his new medical marijuana dispensary. It’s so new that it still have that new bong smell. Randy What he will provide is not free and it’s not Wyrick brown. It’s green and purple, and it’s legal. And so, we strap on our gold-colored glasses and take a look back at 2009. It was one for the ages.

Reefer retailers and the regs that tame them It’s getting so you can’t crank up a grow light without attracting humans who need relief from various chronic conditions, such as a chronic lack of really good dope. Because Colorado’s Body Politic loves you and wants what’s best for you, they declared that while you may suffer from any number of afflictions that afflict the human condition, a chronic lack of really good dope ought not be one of them. Medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, and reefer retailers popped up like … well, the horticultural products these altruistic agriculturists provide at $450 an ounce. But they just want to help people. Hordes headed to the head shops, which leads us to cultural conclusion that a horticulturalist can lead a horde to culture, but he can’t make them think.

THE UPDATE $10.7M in DIA credits called into question

Among your upstanding local reefer retailers is a guy who spent five years in the federal system for hiring a narc to fly 850 pounds of dope from Jamaica to Georgia, and a disbarred attorney from North Miami, Fla. Our Official Public Officials were both shocked and appalled – that’s their idea of multi-tasking – that such a business could thrive in our Happy Valley, which is apparently much happier now that the reefer retailers are helping stamp out chronic conditions, such as a chronic lack of really good dope. Mostly, Our Officials Public Officials have their knickers in a twist because they can’t make much sales tax money from it. So they passed Reefer Regs that prohibit reefer retailers from retailing reefer to little kids attending Sunday School. That’ll show ‘em. So far, the reefer retailers seem to be

behaving themselves, and taking most of this in stride. As for the local Body Politic, they’re split between those who don’t think it’s a really big deal, and those who proclaim with missionary zeal that it should not only be legal, it should be required in most regions of the Middle East, and that they’re assisting the infirmed overcome chronic conditions, such as a chronic lack of really good dope. And speaking of people who could stand to mellow out a little, that leads us to … Hidden Gems exposed! Is it just us, or are many of the same people for Hidden Gems also against Eagle River Station? Hidden Gems lovers want an area roughly the size of a sun spot to be de[See THE YEAR, page 23]

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Denver auditor Dennis Gallagher is asking Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for a legal opinion on whether Denver International Airport broke state law by giving airlines $10.7 million in credits last year that airlines could use to pay airport costs, including landing fees. The money comes from state fuel tax revenue given to the airport, which is owned and operated by the city. Suthers has not indicated when he might issue an opinion on the dispute. State law says fuel tax money can be used to benefit the “state aviation system,” such as through paying for runway construction or safety equipment. Subsidizing airlines is prohibited, unless it is to market air service. Airport managers and Assistant City Attorney Helen Raabe say the credits don’t qualify as subsidies.

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‘Categorically opposed to any and all plans’ As a voter and tax payer in Eagle, I would like to say that I am categorically opposed to any and all plans by any developer to construct what amounts to “another town” (along with an interchange) in the pasture in East Eagle, which is adjacent to beautiful Red Canyon. Trinity/Red Development is the out of state developer proposing ERS. As Yogi Berra once said, “is this deja vu all over again?” Does the name Merv Lapin mean anything to you? Hopefully, the end result of this public vote will be what Merv got with his Red Mountain Ranch proposal. A big, fat NO. Unfortunately, this time during 3 years of hearings, the majority of Trustees voted yes. I just don’t understand why. It all started with the urban renewal authority where the first year, they called the property “blighted.” The last time I looked, the word urban had nothing to do with meadows and pastures. It was used to refer to a

city. ERS is 550,000 sq ft with big box stores and 581 multi-family condos in excess of 60 foot heights. This would make a travesty of the word “urban renewal.” What would really happen is “rural destruction.” I’m not sure that all the promises of increased revenue from sales taxes are real. As a matter of fact, I don’t care. I would gladly accept an increase in property tax if a NO vote would send the folks from Trinity/RED back home to Kansas City in their leer jets or SUV’s. It’s regrettable that matters such as Eagle River Station can’t be considered in a different way, other than 3 years of long hearings. It’s also too bad the referendum didn’t happen sooner. Now, that is going to a public vote on January 5th, I urge all my fellow resident voters and taxpayers to vote NO. John Hannon, Eagle

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Colorado State Parks to raise fees starting today Fees at Colorado state parks for camping, reservations and boat registrations will increase today. But daily entry fees and the cost of annual passes will stay the same. Camping fees will rise by $2 per night and reservation fees will go up $2. Boat registration fees will rise by $10 to $25, depending on the size of the boat. The Colorado State Parks Board approved the increases to help cover a $3 million funding shortfall. The parks will rely more on fees to finance operations. State Parks Director Dean Winstanley says the fees have stayed the same for at least three years. He says Colorado’s fees will be comparable to or lower than other states’ fees even after the increases. Colorado’s 42 state parks draw nearly 12 million visitors each year

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Arapahoe loses effort to ban medical marijuana dispensaries A marijuana shop in the Denver suburb of Centennial will be allowed to reopen despite a local effort to shut it down. An Arapahoe County judge sided with CannaMart and ruled Wednesday that it can reopen while challenging the city’s ban. The dispensary was open for several weeks this fall before Centennial ordered it closed, saying the dispensary violated federal drug laws. The city shut down the dispensary last fall after only a few weeks in business. CannaMart sued, saying it was a legal business and that cities can’t ban all marijuana dispensaries. The lawsuit has dragged on for two weeks, and the judge said last week he’d need more time to consider the case. Several cities across Colorado had been watching to see whether it’s permissible for them to ban all marijuana shops, or whether the state constitution means cities have to allow at least some dispensaries. Even though Colorado is one of 14 states to allow medical marijuana, Centennial said it could ban dispensaries because they violate federal drug laws. Judge Christopher Cross disagreed, saying cities cannot try to enforce federal law by banning all dispensaries. DA takes aim at pot violators Meanwhile, the Arapahoe County district attorney says she plans to revoke the probation of anyone who

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smokes medical marijuana. Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers made her comments in an e-mail Dec. 14 to Chief Probation officer Robin Leaf. A voter-approved Colorado law allows the use of small amounts of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions, as long as the user is registered with the state. The drug is still illegal under federal law. Chambers said in her e-mail that people who use medical marijuana while on probation are violating federal law and must have probation revoked.

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rest or the recovery. “We did a thorough evaluation and can’t find anything that explains why this happened,” she said. Mike Hermanstorfer credits “the hand of God.” “We are both believers ... but this right here, even a nonbeliever — you explain to me how this happened. There is no other explanation,” he said. Asked about divine intervention, Martin said, “Wherever I can get the help, I’ll take it.

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Bode Miller is in the middle of a holiday break from the ski circuit, resting his sprained ankle, working on his conditioning and spending time with his daughter. When he returns Jan. 6 for a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, the two-time overall World Cup winner will have a month of racing to secure his starting spots for the U.S. team at the Vancouver Olympics. At this point, Miller seems secure only for downhill, super-G and super-combi at the Feb. 12-28 games. Having skipped summer training as he considered retirement, the New Hampshire native hasn’t posted a single result in giant slalom or slalom. “Right now, qualification is still wide open. We’ve got a lot of slaloms left, (two) downhills, one super-G. A lot can happen,” U.S. coach Sasha Rearick said at this week’s downhill in Bormio, which Miller skipped. While he still hasn’t cracked the podium, Miller has registered five top-10 finishes this month, including one fourth- and two fifth-place showings. But in giant slalom and slalom, he hasn’t qualified for a second run yet. “Step-by-step he’s going in the right direction,” Rearick said. “I still think his fitness has got a ways to go. It’s going to be good having this conditioning block. Being home at Christmas with his daughter is important for him and I totally support that. It’s a good move for him to take care of his family, too.” Rearick said Miller has been a “positive” teammate, pointing out his interaction with the younger technical skiers. The former renegade has even ditched the personal motor home he has used to travel the circuit in Europe for the past several seasons. “In Val d’Isere, he tried his own bus and he was going to go with the bus for the winter but it didn’t work the way he wanted it to, so he’s back in the hotels,” Rearick said. Miller’s relative success in the speed events is impressive considering he had only one day of downhill training and one day of super-G practice before he began racing this season. Steven Nyman also didn’t train on snow this summer after undergoing surgery on both knees. A former downhill winner in Val Gardena, Nyman finished 16th in Bormio for his best finish of the season. The result was all the more impressive since Nyman had never cracked the top 20 on the bump-filled Stelvio course, which is considered the most physically demanding on the circuit. The resident of Sundance, Utah, collapsed in exhaustion upon crossing the finish line and had to stuff snow under his racing suit to keep his knees from swelling. “I’m glad I’m standing on my feet right now. It was a good prep and confidence-builder for Wengen,” Nyman

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said, referring to the next downhill in Switzerland, on the famed Lauberhorn course — the circuit’s longest. While the rest of the downhill squad is heading home for a break before the Wengen races in mid-January, Nyman has chosen to remain in Europe and compete in some lower-tier Europa Cup races. The move is partly because he needs more training and partly because he doesn’t want to put his knees through more trans-Atlantic flights than necessary. With Miller likely to claim the top spot on the Olympic downhill squad, Nyman, Marco Sullivan, Andrew Weibrecht, Erik Fisher and Scott Macartney are fighting for the remaining positions. The U.S. Ski Team gets four starting spots in each discipline at the Olympics. “We’re looking at it every race,” Rearick said. “I’ve got a list right now.” The downhill squad took a hit when TJ Lanning had a season-ending crash in the opening race in November at Lake Louise, Alberta. None of the Americans beside Miller has posted a top-10 result in downhill this season. That’s a big change from a year ago, when a record five Americans finished in the top 10 in a single race — Val Gardena. Rearick addressed the situation at a team meeting in Bormio. “One of the guys needs to step up as a leader,” Rearick said, adding that Lanning’s loss has affected the team’s morale. “TJ brings a spark. He’s not a vocal leader, but he’s a competitive guy who’s not satisfied (easily). I wouldn’t say that these guys are satisfied, but we need that little, ‘Hey, we can do better as a group. We can challenge each other better.’” Only two more downhills remain before Vancouver — the classic races in Wengen and Kitzbuehel, Austria.

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Keller Williams Mountain Properties brokers rally behind “Keller Williams Cares”, their annual sponsored charity, by filling shoe boxes with clothing and toys to benefit children. Gift boxes and cash donations were distributed through both our local Salvation Army and Operation Christmas Child. A very important part of the “Keller Williams Cares” mission is providing for families who are experiencing desperate times. Pictured here left to right front isRose Essy, Bev Trout, left to right back is Joe Johns, Leslie Grooters, Tom Henderson, Andy Berger, Rod Powell, Michael Routh, Mac McDonald, Bart Peaslee and Jim Mallas.


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Asher Maslan Realtor of the Year

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Vail Board of Realtors recognizes Forbes Sotheby’s pro Asher Maslan with Forbes Sotheby’s International Realty was recently honored by the Vail Board of REALTORS® with the prestigious Realtor® of the Year award for 2009/10. The award is presented to those who have displayed outstanding performance and support to the real estate community and have also been active participants in their community. MASLAN Asher, a member of the real estate community since 1994, has an impressive line of service to the real estate community having served as Chairman of the Vail Board of Realtors, Managing Broker of Forbes Sotheby’s International Realty’s Beaver Creek office, and currently serves as MLS Director of the VBR. He has earned advanced accreditations as

Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), e-Pro; Master of Real Estate (MRE); and Resort and Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS). “I feel humbled and honored to be selected Realtor of the Year and joining those others who I admire and who have given back so much to the community,” says Asher. “I always employ the highest level of ethical standards in the best interests of the public and the valued members of the Vail Board of Realtors. It is going to be a great year that will see many beneficial improvements in the real estate industry. Again, I am very honored.” Contact Asher Maslan, GRI, e-pro, RSPS; Forbes Sotheby’s International Realty; designated Broker, Beaver Creek office; 970.331.3473 mobile; 970.845.0400 x107 office;

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Happy New Year Experience that counts...Expertise to make it happen

Ski-In & Ski-Out Open House 1:00-4:00 pm Saturday & Sunday January 2nd & 3rd

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The art of buying and selling Minturn real estate group showcases local artistry By Dawn Witlin Special to the Mountaineer Gateway Land and Development allows prospective homebuyers to feel they have already arrived. The full service real estate company has combined forces with Gallery 151 to spotlight local artists, creating an unmatched hometown appeal where buyer and seller alike will find what they’re looking for. “What we wanted to create is a interactive environment, where people can feel like they’re sitting in a living room, relax and have a glass of wine during the day and feel comfortable,” said Lael Engstrom, a Minturn resident and broker. “In our market it’s all about connecting with the buyer.” Engstrom grew up in Minturn, where she attended middle and junior high school. After venturing out into the world, she found herself right back in her hometown. Engstrom and Gateway Land and Trust owner Suzi Apple’s vision for the company has been realized as a full service real estate company to the community, where “anybody can come in and talk about listing and buying.” For the seller, Gateway Land and Development can lend their name and scope of advertising. “Suzi has a large commercial reach to really help the community of Minturn to bring better exposure for their sale,” said Engstrom. “Gateway has offices throughout the valley, from Bachelor Gulch to Red Sky Ranch all the way to Minturn.” Engstrom is a resource for the homebuyer because she is a local, who also serves on the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission. “We’re into the community and what’s going on, what’s for sale, what’s being developed and what’s not,” said Engstrom. “When you’re buying a home, you want to know what’s happening with the house next door, and if you’re a realtor just driving through, you don’t know what’s going to happen here.” The gallery aspect, gleaned from Gallery 151, provides a space for artist receptions. “The goal is to get people introduced to art and art-

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Michelle Horak, managing broker for Gateway Land & Development stands with Lael Engstrom at right, broker for their Minturn Office. Gateway Land and Trust in Minturn offers full service realty needs with a personal touch, while showcasing the sork of local artists, in hopes clients feel at home in the community.

ists on affordable level and working with the talent that we have here locally is a great way to get to know the community,” said Engstrom. Gateway Land and Trust has of late been a nurturing place of local artist Brianne Janes specializes in capturing vintage automobiles in a specific setting, or one she has chosen for her commissioner. Gateway Land and Trust is located at 105 Willams St., bookended by Minturn Wine Cellar and The Yarn Studio. For more information, call 827-4080.

the yarn studio A unique boutique of beautiful yarns, needlepoint, canvases and threads. M-F 10am-6pm • Sat 9am-5pm 103 Williams Street • Minturn • 949-7089

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ATHLETIC STUFF After getting a sponsors exemption, John Daly will be making his 2010 PGA Tour debut at the season’s second event, The Sony Open. AP Photo.

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Daly to play Sony Open John Daly has received a sponsor’s exemption to play in next month’s Sony Open in Honolulu. It will mark Daly’s fifth appear-

ance in the tournament at Waialae Country Club. The tournament tees off on Jan. 14. This year’s U.S. PGA Tour major

champions—Angel Cabrera, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang—will also be in the field.

Admissions exemptions aid athletes If grades make you a long shot for college, you’re much more likely to get a break if you can play ball. An Associated Press review of admissions data submitted to the NCAA by most of the 120 schools in college football’s top tier shows that athletes enjoy strikingly better odds of having admission requirements bent on their behalf. The notion that college athletes’ talents give them a leg up in the admissions game isn’t a surprise. But in what NCAA officials called the most extensive review

to date, the AP found the practice is widespread and can be found in every major conference. The review identified at least 27 schools where athletes were at least 10 times more likely to benefit from special admission programs than students in the general population. That group includes 2009 Bowl Championship Series teams Oregon, Georgia Tech and Alabama, which is playing Texas for the national title Jan. 7.


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Ochocinco trash talks Darrelle Revis ‘He couldn’t cover me in a brown paper bag on a corner of a Manhattan street . . .’ Chad Ochocinco’s is warming up his trash talking vocals just in time for the playoffs. This time, the chatty Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver took some playful shots at Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in an entertaining conference call with the New York media Wednesday. “Darrelle Revis couldn’t cover me in a brown paper bag on a corner of a Manhattan street inside a phone booth,” Ochocinco said after asking if everyone had their recorders on. “It’s impossible.” Revis, selected as a Pro Bowl starter,

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco looks on during the second half of a recent game against the Detroit Lions in Cincinnati. Ochocinco’s mouth is at it again; this time the target is New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. AP Photo.

was sent home from practice with an illness and was unavailable to respond to Ochocinco’s latest swipes. Coach Rex Ryan was asked if Revis might have Ochocinco fever. “I doubt that,” Ryan said with a grin. “I like him, like the way he plays and all that. Hope he doesn’t play this week, but anytime we play him, he’s always got comments. I think it’s good, good for the game.” Ochocinco and Revis, who consider each other friends, are expected to be matched up during the game Sunday night, but it’s uncertain for how long.

Teams expected to ‘lay down’ to keep Steelers out make the playoffs. The Steelers (8-7) would reach the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons if they beat Miami, the Patriots defeat Houston, and the Bengals beat the New York Jets. There are other combi-

nations that would get them in, but all include either a New England or Cincinnati victory. Pittsburgh’s problem: The Patriots (10-5) and Bengals (10-5) have little at stake other than which team will be

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Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley predicts the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals will “lay down” for their virtually meaningless games Sunday because they don’t want the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers to

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seeded No. 3 in the AFC. With a wildcard playoff game awaiting both teams next week, New England and Cincinnati are expected to rest some starters to avoid possible injuries.


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Beaver Creek Village

• Next to bridge & bus stop • Steps away from the lift • Members receive discounts at Rock Modern Grill and Christy Sports



Camden was hanging at Rootz salon in Avon waiting for his mom to get off work. Call Rootz for any of your styling needs 748-6788.

Looking for a ski home with a view just minutes away from Vail and Beaver Creek at Denver pricing? Call Doug Landin at Slifer, Smith, and Frampton in Eagle 328-2554 or visit for more information.

per person

4 people per locker

376-1542 One bag does it all! Colleen at the Baggage Cheque has the latest and greatest in luggage. The new Briggs & Riley 20” wide body will meet all your international and domestic carry-on needs.

Mark Schedle is not an exceptionally huge guy (he’s about 6 feet tall) but his lockers at the Beaverdam Club are. They’re big enough to hold 4 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards, 4 pair of boots, 4pair of ski poles, 4 helmets, and 4 outfits. Now that’s big! And the best part is that they are cheap. $399.per person for a 4-person locker at the base of Beaver Creek. Call Mark at 376-1542 for more information.

MIKE AND KEITH AT THE WECMRD FIELD HOUSE IN EDWARDS are open for recreation and exercise. Stop by and preview the 25,000+ sq.ft. that has a turf field, climbing wall and multi sports area. The Field House is located in Miller Ranch across from the Battle Mountain High School.

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MIKE MONACO AND BILLY RUSSELL are ready to toast in the 2010 New Year. Mike’s 2010 New Years resolution is to take one vacation per month. BRAD AND ELIZABETH HASLEY WITH DOUBLE DIAMOND MANAGEMENT are excited that the holidays are almost over. They are looking forward to a prosperous 2010.

CSU ALUMNI GRADS DENISE RANDALL AND CHERYL GOLDBERG share a laugh from their college hay days. Denise and her husband, Jim recently become second homeowners in the Valley and are very pleased with their new place.

DASA CHOBOTOVA AND CARLA LEWIS FROM CHARM SCHOOL BOUTIQUE, “Where fantasy and reality meet.” Give Carla a call at 476-0050 for more info.


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High Design at High Discount

Henny just created a new breakfast menu at the Fusion café in Eagle. It is now a FULL breakfast menu that includes, pancakes, omelets, eggs benedict and more!

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Keep your hair held high with Paul Mitchell extra body. Stop into High Altitude Spa and schedule a new ‘do for the new year. High Altitude Spa is located in Eagle.

offering discounted, model home furnishings & design center samples at its 3,000 sq. ft. “stage” in Edwards Village Center. 970.926.5301 Above the Post Office in Edwards

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Find healthy food made fast at Subway in Eagle. Stop in if you are passing through or on your way home from a long day at work and pick up a sub. Adela is one of the great sandwich makers stop in and say hi!

Smiling Wendy at Ritzy Recalls in EagleVail, along with Gail (not pictured), would like to wish each and every one of us a Happy New Year and don’t forget, Ritzy Recalls is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If we missed your shop, we apologize. Call us at 926-6602 and we’ll get you in next time.

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JOCELYN AND CRIAG BILLINGTON OF DENVER drove through a snowstorm to attend the Vail Realty holiday party at the Colorado Ski Museum. Craig says the drive was “well worth it to catch up with Bart and Andrew.”

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Sagebrush Sally Austen, who we all know as a staple in the Riverwalk community has recently opened a second set of doors just down the street. Austen is the reincarnation of Sagebrush where ideas go from design to fashion right before your eyes. Be sure and pay a visit to the newest centerpiece of Riverwalk. And while there, stop by Sally’s original masterpiece Sagebrush.

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Even mortgage guys need to celebrate once in a while. William Desportes, co-owner of Desportes, Selig and Associates(a professional mortgage business) was looking to let off a bit of steam recently and dragged his lovely wife Kathy out for a night on the town. The two of them were spotted by the roaming paparazzi outside of a local hot spot here in the valley.




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THEYEARTHATWAS–––––––––––---------------------------------------------------------------[Frompage1] clared wilderness, and enjoyed only by True Believers whose idea of multiple use is hiking and snowshoeing. The idea is really, really hated by the Internal Combustion Commandoes, who believe no wilderness experience is complete if it does not feature the internal combustion engine. The two sides have decided that the only way to settle this is through mutual loathing. The Hidden Gems True Believers are writing their very own federal bill for all this, even as we speak. They want to do this in the extremely near future. That has a certain attraction, because it’s being written by people whose kids play kid league football with the Internal Combustion Commandoes’ kids, making it the best excuse for vicarious violence that exists in our spiral arm of the universe. They’ve all vowed to fight it out on Capital Hill, where the Charge of the Enlightened Brigade is certain to collide headlong with the Internal Combustion Commandoes. Maybe the 100 acres or so in Eagle where Eagle River Station is slated could be declared wilderness, or at least a player to be named later, and that leads us to …

Eagle River Stationed Some very nice people bought 100 acres in Eagle and want to build a bunch of retail and residential stuff on it, creating jobs and tax revenue at a time when both are running away like they’re escaping from prison. Some very nice people think Eagle River Station is stupid to a level that even Forrest Gump cannot approach. Apparently, Eagle believes it simply cannot survive without some sort of controversy every decade or so, rendering its good-hearted citizens ready rip out one another’s spleens with vice grips and pour acid in the hole. This time around, that would be ERS. And so it is that Eagle River Station’s fate will be decided on Jan. 5. Eagle’s Body Politic will determine whether ERS is an angel of mercy winging in with financial salvation and a new sewer system, or should be handled by hanging garlic on a crucifix and driving a wooden stake through its heart. And speaking of paving paradise to put up a parking lot, that leads us to …

Runway Redux Nothing will make you feel better than spending $22 million of someone else’s money to upgrade your property. To plant more fannies in airline seats, Eagle County spent a massive pile of federal dollars to repave and extend the runway at the Eagle County Regional Airport. To celebrate, they let regular humans run around and ride bikes on it, which was pretty cool. It would have been more stylin’ if that immense expanse of virgin pavement had been christened with a couple drag race cars in an enormous roar, smoke and screaming tires. This is America, after all, the land that invented the V-8 engine and rock & roll music. But it turned out just dandy. Of course, they had to kick two really old people out of their home to make room for a parking lot. Not long after the airport reopened, the Coast Guard closed it. One of its jets sort of crashed when the nose gear didn’t go down during touch-and-go exercises. On the second time around, it touched way harder than it should have, then didn’t go. Hundreds of other planes have come and gone, but that Coast Guard is still there. The final five Huey helicopters, however, are gone. After years of service ranging from Vietnam to rescues in local mountain ranges, they were sent to other locales to serve other people. So let’s all join hands and assume the lotus position as we repeat the Airport Mantra, “An airport is a hole in the sky through which money falls.” And speaking of money falling, that leads us to … Russian mafia robs local bank Put your left hand on your computer keyboard, raise a deck of playing cards in your right hand and repeat after me: “I will not play online video poker on the company’s computers.” That’s pretty much the whole story about how the Russian mafia managed to stick its electronic fingers into local bank accounts and steal more than $250,000 from a local bank. And the bankers were NOT the ones playing computerized poker, thank you very much. Not only did the computer poker player lose the hand, he had to pay back the $250,000.

The same night the world was learning about Russian mafia and video poker, a love struck Romeo was suffering from a case of unrequited love, so he threatened to blow up Wal-Mart. The object of his affections worked in the Academy Bank, located therein. The FBI took the opportunity to remind Romeo that it’s against the law to threaten to blow up a bank, even one in Wal-Mart. Federal agents also counseled Romeo to find another object for his affections, because Bank Beauty was never going to feel the same way. And speaking of women we love, that leads us to …

Women We Love • The Brilliant, Beautiful and Talented Kerry Donovan was elected to the Vail town council. Kerry was born and raised right in Vail, the beloved offspring of John and Diana Donovan. A political career might be just the career path for Kerry. Among other things, her family operates Vail Honeywagon, so they’re accustomed to helping clean up other people’s messes. • Cheryl Jensen is what angels look like and act like. A few years ago, she rounded up a few dozen coats to give to freezing people in Third World cesspools. Because Cheryl is a Force of Nature, that number hit 130,000 this year. She also helps ride herd on the local Buddy/Mentor program, and all kinds of other good works. • Sarah Schleper is what angels ski like. She’s rolling through early World Cup competition on her way to a spot in the Olympics next month. Sarah was raised in Vail, and when she wasn’t skiing she was napping on a tuning bench in Buzz’s, her dad Buzz Schleper’s ski shop. Her brother Hunter Schleper is following in her ski tracks. He’s also on the U.S. Ski Team. • Lindsey Vonn, you just won the overall World Cup title! What are you gonna do now? “I’m moving to Arrabelle!” If you send fan mail to ski goddess and alpine Aphrodite Lindsey Vonn, it comes to Vail. She was living in less adoring locales, but something about winning the World Cup title snaps one to one’s senses. So she moved to Vail. • Locals Gretta Byrne and Heidi Kloser made U.S. Ski team in 2009, bless their rapidly racing and incredibly courageous hearts. And speaking of humans we love, that leads us to … [See THE YEAR THAT WAS, page 24]

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THEYEARTHATWAS–––––––––––---------------------------------------------------------------[Frompage23] Men We Love • Local Chris Anthony was among a crew that located a 3,000 year old Mongolian ski village, right there in Mongolia of all places. They documented a Warren Miller movie. It was previously believed skiing was invented in Norway around that same time, but thanks to Chris we’re not so sure about that any longer. You’ve seen Chris ski. He’s that guy who skis to the edge of a cliff, jumps off, lands it, and grins at the camera while groupies chase him all over the globe. Most of us who aren’t Chris Anthony want to be Chris Anthony, or at least ski like him. • Mike Kloser’s little apple didn’t fall far from the tree. While beloved daughter Heidi was on her way to making the U.S. Ski Team, Kloser’s adventure racing team, Nike/Beaver Creek, finished second at the Adventure Racing World Championships in Portugal. Adventure racing is one of those terms that describes people whose idea of fun is to sprint up the side of K2 and telemark ski down on their hands. They are not among life’s spectators. And speaking of self inflicted pain, that leads us to … Every Budget Must Get Stoned Governments aren’t going through anything the rest of us aren’t also facing, it’s just that newspapers don’t write about your testy relationship with credit card companies. Eagle County laid off 32 people, ECO Transit in-

Doug Hill is the one face down on the ground, between Sheriff’s deputies Brad Rosenbauer, left, and David Proctor, right. Earlier this year a jury found Hill not guilty of resisting arrest in connection with this incident.

creased fares and reduced service, every town held the line on spending, the school district is staring down the double-barreled reality of a $4 million budget cut and reductions in state funding, and state officials are practically giddy that their budget shortfall isn’t any bigger than $200 million – yet. Still, Gypsum is doing something right. The airport was closed all summer, and that’s huge revenue hit, but they didn’t have to lay off anyone. Then Gypsum managed to scrape up $2.5 million to buy Cotton Ranch because they wanted a municipal golf course, and there it was! It’s not reasonable to ex-

pect them to resist such a bargain. At the other end of the valley, a house in Vail made front page news when it sold for $2.5 million. And speaking of lawyers guns and money, that leads is to … You’ll never take me, or maybe you will Assault with a deadly backhoe: Backhoe Boy was grading his private road on his private property when his neighbor called 911, using much the same reasoning people use when they call 911 when their kids won’t eat their vegetables. Backhoe Boy was rolling at 1 mph when a cop fell in behind him, lights flashing and siren wailing. Backhoe Boy was reluctant to stop, and the cop took it as a personal affront, charging him with two misdemeanors, fleeing and resisting. The jury gave him one. Backhoe Boy is appealing and has also filed a civil suit. Guilty to His Guts: Alberto Vilar was convicted by same prosecutor who popped Bernie Madoff. To help Vilar make his bills, his Beaver Creek homeowners association auctioned off his two parking spaces for more than $100,000. Vilar is currently convalescing in a federal crossbar hotel. Some stuff isn’t funny: Prosecutors have videotape of long-time local Rossi Moreau shooting four people in the Sandbar in West Vail. One of them is Dr. Gary Kitching, a Carbondale doctor who had stopped by on his way home to watch the USC-Oregon State college football game. Kitching was a USC grad. So there you have it. The Mountaineer is doing just fine, thanks for asking. We’ll keep enjoying our front row seat at the freak parade.

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