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Recreation and wellness to define town’s summer branding identity By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Boomers are willing to spend money on fitness, and Vail is working on ways to get them to spend it here during summers. “Last year was the consumer meltdown year,” said James Chung of Reach Advisors. “In only one category did consumer spend

more – outdoors and fitness.” Boomers are defining wellness as fitness and they’re spending time and money on the kinds of activities that Vail offers. Boomers are remaining more active, and are spending money on their activities. The object is to give more those people more reasons to spend more days in Vail, Chung said.



Chung calls the report “Vail 360: Designing the Next Chapter of the Vail Economy.” Vail paid him $65,000 for the work. Vail hired Chung to help give a little direction to helping Vail expand its economy beyond skiing and real estate. Fitness, the financial future If you’re Vail, you’re trying

Political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to a rout in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary yesterday night, jolting the GOP establishment and providing fresh evidence of voter discontent in a turbulent midterm election season. Paul had 59 percent of the vote with [See THE UPDATE, pages 10-11]

Karen Ghent, who was recognized in 2009 as USSA’s Domestic Coach of the year and the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Development Coach of the Year, is retiring after 16 seasons with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. She leaves behind an impressive legacy. See story inside.

Usually when Dr. Richard Steadman brings the big name celebrities to town, we don’t hear about it until after they’re long gone. But this summer, Steadman is bringing country music star Darius Rucker to Vail, and he wants the whole valley to


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Swift Gulch Road speeders beware Fines double starting Monday You better slow down on Swift Gulch. The Avon Police Department announced yesterday that they will be enacting double fines for speeding on Swift Gulch Road beginning next week. The move is an attempt to curb speeding on the road, according to a statement from the town of Avon. “The police department cares about the safety of the community and encourages drivers to slow down on this road and throughout town,” according to the [See SWIFT GULCH, page 5]

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A runner participates in the Vail Rec District’s “10K @ 10,000” running race atop Vail Mountain last August. Events like the Rec District’s summer running and biking series helped the area see increased spending in the outdoor/fitness category -- the only area consumers spent more. In a plan entitled “Vail 360: Designing the Next Chapter of the Vail Economy,” Vail will try to target more of the activity-seeking baby boomers to the valley for the summer. Scott McClarrinon photo.

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If all the stars aligned, construction could start on Vail’s wood-burning energy plant next May, and it could open in 2012. Andrew King of Hayden Cary & King Co., wants to develop a 20,000-square foot biomass burner that would generate 28 megawatts of electricity, jobs for the forestry industry and rids the world of beetle-infested trees. In this case, biomass is wood, although the plant could also burn natural gas. The Forest Service and Department of Energy say they like it. It’s one of three proposals they plucked out of a pile of 80 projects for “further consideration.� “Yes, we support the concept of these types of projects,� said David Neely with the Holy Cross Ranger District. “Broad scale, we’re interested in expanding markets.� The pricetag is $52 million. The Vail project is in the running for a $26 million grant. The rest would come from private investors and federally-guaranteed loans. The town’s share could come to around $6 million for infrastructure. They might be able to roll all that into the federal funding. The Department of Energy wants to prove that such a facility could be built, and that it would create air quality standards better than California’s, King said. If it’s built, King says he could bring other potential customers to Vail for a look. He says it could be an ecotourism stop. He also says it would generate energy that costs about half what the town is paying for natural gas through Holy Cross. Vail is paying $5.25 per decatherm right now, and this would cost $2.86, King said. Gasification The plant is based on technology in Austria and Sweden. Basically, it’s gasification of woody-biomass. That’s

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a tree less than six inches in diameter. Those trees are chipped and gasified, creating steam that is condensed into hot water for domestic hot water and snowmelt. King said there is plenty of fuel buildup on the ground from beetle-infested trees. If it burned in the forest instead of his biomass plant, it would be a “catastrophe,� King said. Neely called the pine beetle an epidemic infestation that spreads all the way to Canada. Similar plants are already working in Boulder and Gilpin counties, said Susan Ford with the Forest Service. The Vail plant would need eight log trucks per day to feed it. Those trucks could roll through town in the dead of night, King said. King said the storage yard would be located west of town. Earlier this year, he told Eagle County officials that he needs 50 acres to store logs and machinery. He has asked the county for 50 acres at the county’s landfill site above Wolcott to store logs. Some of the logs would be chipped into material to be burned in Vail’s heating plant. The site could function as a central sorting yard for several similar plants in the region. Anything bigger than that, loggers will continue to sell to a lumber mill in Montrose that saws it into building products. The terrain where some of those beetle-infested trees are located is a consideration. Some of it’s steep, and some of it is in roadless areas. It does not dovetail well with the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal, King said. Neely said the Forest Service should be harvesting some green trees as part of its forest management. Tom Talbot with the Vail fire department said beetleinfested trees create a fire hazard close to the town. There are 50,000 acres infested in the area right now. More than 3,900 private properties worth more than $2 billion are potentially at risk, Talbot said.

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Race, ethnicity surveyed at a school near you ... Feds say they’re responding to increased diversity By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Hispanics and Asians could see their student counts change in local schools because of the way they’re being counted, under new federal guidelines. The Department of Education is requiring school districts across the country to count Hispanics as a race, and not an ethnic group, according to a survey sent home to parents in the Eagle County school district. “The federal government has developed a new way to report ethnicity and race that includes new categories,” wrote Dr. Sandra Smyser, superintendent of Eagle County schools. The federal government is requiring the change in response to increased diversity within the United States, Smyser said. The two-part survey asks: “No, not Hispanic/Latino” and “Yes, Hispanic/Latino,” then defines it as someone of “Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.” If you answer, yes, you are Hispanic/Latino, you’ll be counted as Hispanic under the new federal guidelines.

The new federal survey outlines 64 possible racial/ ethnic combinations. If you’re not Hispanic and you mark more than one race, you will be reported as “Two or More Races.” Of course, if you mark one race, that’s the one you get. If you don’t want to answer the survey, a school district staffer will look at your kid and choose a race for you. They’re under orders from the U.S. Department of Education. Federal officials say the new racial categories are to analyze needs and obtain funding. They say it will not be used to discriminate against anyone; determine immigration status or penalize students, parents or staff. The local school district is required to collect the information, said Brooke Skjonsby, school district communications director. The federal government has said it wants to a more accurate picture of the nation’s ethnic and racial diversity. In the past, guidelines allowed individuals to be identified in only one racial category. They’ll use the new racial data just like they did the old data, Smyser said. The federal and state governments use racial and ethnic data to analyze results of such standardized test scores as the Colorado State Assessment Program (CSAP), and data like graduation and dropout rates.

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Brush Creek area open space proposal floated 85 acres at the entrance to Sylvan Lake State Park By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer Open space is back on the county’s radar with a ranch south of Eagle. Sleepy Hollow Ranch is 85 acres along Brush Creek, up the Brush Creek Valley. The owners are asking $3 million. The ranch appraised at $4.3 million in 2006. The commissioners say they like, but aren’t certain how they’d pay for it or what they’d do with it. The ranch is at the entrance to Sylvan Lake State Park and is surrounded on two sides by federal Forest Service land. It’s been with a single owner since 1961, it has water rights and the creek is described as “pristine,” because the public has had no access. Tawlys and Trynis Tonso are the second generation to own the family ranch. They’d like to sell it quickly, but quick is not among the local open space criteria. “It may be the perfect open space purchase, if the right partnership with the state park service or the Forest Service can be reached,” Fisher said. But the county doesn’t have the money right now, Fisher said. It’s almost like a land bank until the next purchaser comes along who wants to put it under a conservation easement. State parks officials would like to add it to Sylvan Lake State Park, but don’t have any money to spend on it, Tawlys said. Still, the ranch would open up countless new trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. State parks officials say it could create a trail linking Sylvan Lake State Park to the rest of the county’s trail system.

That trail access might be a key to funding. “I feel this property could be an important piece in the county’s open space acquisitions.” said Rachel Gerlach. “It’s the headwaters of Brush Creek and it’s important wildlife habitat, especially winter range. It also opens access to areas we have not been able to get to before. Open space purchases in the past have not really allowed for public access.” ECO Trails might have some money, said County Commissioner Jon Stavney, brainstorming possible funding partners. “The town of Eagle has some open space dollars they might be willing to invest, since it’s right above their intake for the town’s water supply,” Stavney said. The county’s Open Space Advisory Council was talking about funding about half the asking price. “Some other partners would need to come on to bridge that gap,” Stavney said. Up the road is the Pohland property. They own the Minnesota Twins and the Mall of America. That property has been on the market. Local Realtor Scott Schlosser supports buying it for access, saying the piece would finalize access to Sylvan Lake Sate Park. The issue is scheduled to return on June 8.

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The Avon Town Council recently approved a new ordinance updating Avon’s weed control laws. The legislation is consistent with Colorado Noxious Weed Act and requires the removal of noxious weeds from properties within the Town of Avon. In addition to the plants listed by the State, Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis) was included on the town’s list. The new ordinance adopts the State’s A, B, and C List of Noxious Weeds and adds yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis). Avon’s list will automatically update as new species are added to the state list. The legislation includes a Noxious Weed Management Plan that outlines strategies for combating the weeds, and it assigns responsibility for weed management to property owners and the Town for town-owned and maintained land. Yellow Sweet Clover was added to the Town list because it is a non-native plant, it is pervasive in disturbed sites throughout Avon outcompeting native vegetation for nutrients and sunlight, and it is detrimental to most animals if ingested. It is currently listed as an “invasive weed” in 26 states including Colorado. For more information and for a list of noxious weeds, please call Avon Public Works at 970-748-4100 or visit



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Ghent stepping down SSCV Alpine Program Director leaves impressive legacy By Peter Alexander Special to the Mountaineer After 16 years as a coach, and serving as a member of the Management Team of the club for the past eight years, Alpine Program Director and Head J4 Coach Karen Ghent has resigned from SSCV to spend more time with her family. Ghent has been an integral part of the leadership of both Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and the Alpine Program. Under her leadership, the Alpine Program has grown in size, professionalism, and accomplishment, resulting in this year’s recognition of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail by USSA as the Alpine Club of the Year. This follows Ghent’s recognition in 2009 as USSA’s Domestic Coach of the year and the US Olympic Committee’s Development Coach of the Year. Karen was also selected as SSCV’s Coach of the Year in 2009, and was the first PTA President of Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. “My 16 years of coaching for SSCV have been so


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Fair set for late July Rodeo runs July 28-31, local events lead up to it By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer The county fair’s first weekend will showcase locals and their projects, the fair board has decided. The past few years, the fair board and the county have tried to draw crowds with various large events, which did not include a proposed monster truck rally but should have. The fair board won’t attempt any major events during this year’s opening weekend, July 24-25. They’ve tried a few things over the last couple years and have lost money. “We haven’t found anyone who doesn’t want us to pay them to come,” said County Commissioner Sara Fisher said, who sits on the fair board. “If the community has some ideas, we’ll be happy to listen.” The rodeo part of the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo runs July 28-31 this year. The carnival runs the same day. The weekend before will be the same sorts of Norman Rockwell-inspired stuff that has always made it special. A beer and a bronc Fair organizers yesterday limited their beer sales to those four rodeo days. They won’t be selling beer until then. The idea for beer sales idea during family week was floated for 4-H and other leaders’ opinions, and was shot down faster than a blimp flashing a “Rush Limbaugh for King” sign while floating over Liberal Land. There is no beer drinking merit badge. The same stuff that makes the first week special are still around. The 4-H members will be exhibiting projects, both live animals and things they’ve made and achieved. Then there are the open divisions in which anyone can compete. Beer sales will be limited to the days in which you can watch cowboys being tossed tail over teakettle, which is fun as long as the cowboys don’t end up in more than three or four pieces that can be reassembled. “We’re focusing on the four days of the rodeo, with the target of remaining the best rodeo on the circuit,” said Laurie Asmussen, fair and rodeo coordinator.

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Donkey Chug big with bartenders, baristas Locals love free annual summer party with five kegs of beer, three music acts By Joshua C. Robinson Special to the Mountaineer Symbolically named after the hardworking burro, this Saturday’s 6th-annual Donkey Chug will feature five free kegs worth of tasty microbrews, three outstanding musical acts and valuepriced BBQ. The Loaded Joe’s staff will be working their tails off so that you can chug that beer like a donkey drinking water, but just because they will exert themselves doesn’t mean they won’t have a great time along with you. With great acts like 35Stone, Boxcar Daisies, and DJ T-Bone playing a free show from 3 p.m. until close, sunny weather (fingers crossed), and a lively atmosphere from locals and new customers, everybody is sure to have a great time, like in year’s past. “I love the relaxed atmosphere,” says Austin Kurt, bartender and barista at Loaded Joe’s. “It doesn’t feel like a work day, even though a lot of people are getting done with a long shift. It feels like a vacation for me, even though I’m behind the bar pouring drinks.” Austin has worked for Loaded Joe’s for, “Oh so many years,” he says. And he always speaks highly off the Donkey Chug. The event, the people, and the acts make the day “the most fun day that I can possibly remember every year,” he said. “It’s always been big,” said Mason Miller, Partner and General Manager. “It’s always been a great turnout.” Kent Beidel, founder, partner, general manager and guy who came up with the Donkey Chug name, is excited for the sixth year of the Donkey Chug in the fifth year of Loaded Joe’s existence, (don’t question it; there’s free beer) and he emphasized the locals’ appreciation nature of the party. If you had to sum up the Donkey Chug with one word, that word would be fun. “It’s fun, there’s always a lot going on, and I’m always running around doing a

Mason Miller, Partner and General Manager of Loaded Joe’s, pours a tasty microbrew at the 2007 Donkey Chug. He might be pouring it for a customer, but judging by the hooded sweatshirt and dark glasses, he might also be running a covert pint sneaking operation for himself during a break. Either way, he’s displaying excellent form. You will be too on Saturday; the party starts at 2 p.m.

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returns counted from slightly more than half of the precincts, compared to 36 percent for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had been recruited to the race by the state’s dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In a Democratic primary that commanded far less national attention, Attorney General Jack Conway led Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, 48 percent to 40 percent.

Misplaced words misplaced Senator in Vietnam

Trying to defuse a crisis that could give the GOP a powerful opening, Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal said yesterday that he “misspoke� in claiming more than once that he served in Vietnam, and he dismissed the furor as a matter of “a few misplaced words.� At a news conference where he surrounded himself with veterans, the Connecticut attorney general and far-and-away front-runner to replace retiring Democrat Christopher Dodd said he meant to say he served “during� Vietnam instead of “in� Vietnam. He said the statements were “totally unintentional� errors that occurred only a few times out of hundreds of public appearances. Democrats in Connecticut and Washington stood by Blumenthal, and neither party said the incident was enough to instantly sink his candidacy. But the controversy raised Republican hopes of taking a seemingly safe seat away from the Democrats and reducing their Senate majority.

Some Dems worried about Kagan position on abortion

A senior House Democrat says senators should fully question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to make sure she supports abortion rights. New York Rep. Louis Slaughter leads the House ProChoice Caucus. Slaughter views as “troubling� — her word — a 1997 memo Kagan wrote urging then- President Bill Clinton to back a ban on late-term abortions. Slaughter wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and the panel’s ranking Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, yesterday. She said the lack of a judicial record for Kagan, who has never been a judge, makes it imperative that the committee scrutinizes her abortion views.

Bad news for sushi fans

The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 unless fishing fleets are slashed and stocks allowed to recover, UN experts warned in an Agency French Press report. “If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish,� Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program’s green economy initiative, reportedly told journalists in New York. A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP

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and outside experts cited the AFP argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected zones -- ultimately resulting in a thriving industry. The report cited by the AFP, which was opened to preview Monday, also assesses how surging global demand in other key areas including energy and fresh water can be met while preventing ecological destruction around the planet.

Gingrich looking at 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gives President Barack Obama only a 20 percent chance of being reelected — and says in a Politico report that he might be the one to give Obama the boot. Gingrich, who this week published a book called “To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine,� reportedly said he thinks Obama has “about one chance in five of getting reelected.� and called him in the book “the closest thing to Jimmy Carter I’ve seen.� “Because he’s so radical, you’re now going to have, I think, the most consequential campaign since 1932,� when Franklin D. Roosevelt clobbered President Herbert Hoover, Gingrich said in the report. Giving predictions for November’s midterms in Politico’s report, Gingrich House Republicans will pick up “somewhere between 40 and 65 or 70 seats� — enough to gain control of the House.

Al-Qaeda planned to attack cartoonists’ soccer teams

An alleged al-Qaida militant detained in Iraq said yesterday he had talked to friends about attacking Danish and Dutch teams at the World Cup in South Africa next month to avenge insults against the Prophet Muhammad. Iraqi security forces holding Saudi citizen identified as Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani arranged for The Associated Press to interview him at an unidentified government building in Baghdad. He said he initially came to Iraq in 2004 to fight Americans and was recruited by al-Qaida. An Iraqi security official with knowledge of the investigation said al-Qahtani was arrested after a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation in April that killed the two top al-Qaida in Iraq figures — Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. The official asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss details of the case. Documents found in the house where they were killed, including a note written by al-Qahtani detailing a plan to launch attacks at the World Cup, led to his arrest on May 3. Iraqi authorities made it public on Monday.

Salazar’s comments on oil spill acknowledge some blame

Grilled by skeptical lawmakers, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities and that may have contributed to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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“There will be tremendous lessons to be learned here,� Salazar told a Senate panel in his first appearance before Congress since the April 20 blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig. His appearances before two of the three Senate panels holding hearings yesterday on the giant oil spill came as federal officials kept a wary eye on the expanding dimensions of the problem. The government increased the area of the Gulf where fishing is shut down to 46,000 square miles, or about 19 percent of federal waters. That’s up from about 7 percent before. Government scientists were anxiously surveying the Gulf to determine if the oil had entered a powerful current that could take it to Florida and eventually up the East Coast. Tar balls that washed up on Florida’s Key West were shipped to a Coast Guard laboratory in Connecticut to determine if they came from the Gulf spill.

Taliban bomb takes 18 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a U.S. convoy yesterday, killing 18 people, including six troops — five Americans and a Canadian — in the deadliest attack on NATO in the Afghan capital in eight months. Two other American service members were killed in separate attacks in the south, making yesterday the deadliest day of the year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The Canadian, Col. Geoff Parker, 42, was the highest-ranking member of the Canadian Forces to die in Afghanistan since the Canadian mission began in 2002, the country’s military said. Twelve Afghan civilians also died — many of them on a public bus in rush-hour traffic along a major thoroughfare that runs by the ruins of a one-time royal palace and government ministries. At least 47 people were wounded, the Interior Ministry said. The blast was the first major attack in the Afghan capital since February and followed a Taliban announcement of a spring offensive even as the U.S. gears up for a major push to restore order in the turbulent south.

Obama calls Republicans the ‘just-say-no crowd’

Lumping Republicans together as the “just say no� crowd, President Barack Obama challenged his critics yesterday to explain why they oppose his steps to fix the economy. Said Obama: “Tell us why doing nothing would be better for America.� In the latest campaign stop for his economic agenda, this one in struggling Ohio, Obama took concerted swipes at what he called the “unified, determined opposition of one party.� He said it’s not too late for bipartisanship, even as he criticized those he said were badmouthing his efforts. “If the just-say-no crowd had won out — if we had done things the way they wanted to go — we’d be in a deeper world of hurt,� Obama said, in the swing state of Ohio. Unemployment there is close to 11 percent, above the already-high nationwide average of nearly 10 percent. The president came to explain and defend economic stimulus spending, and measures like tax credits and extended unemployment benefits he’d championed

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Condominium to swab dogs for DNA

A swanky Baltimore condominium is considering using technology -- usually reserved for cold case murders and revealing paternity -- in a case of whodunit, reports NBC Washington. The culprit is furry, friendly and likely has no idea he’s done anything wrong. The crime? According to NBC, pooping all over the Scarlett Place condominiums. All dogs in the building would be swabbed for DNA testing, under a proposal by the condo board, according to The Baltimore Sun. Dog owners would pay $50 per pup, covering the costs of tests and supplies, and an additional $10 per month for the cost of having building staff scoop the poop, reports NBC. The staff would then send the samples to a Tennesseebased company called BioPet Vet Lab; using all the dog swabs, NBC reports that BioPet would create a doggie database of sorts for the complex. It would compare all those samples to the mysterious doggie-doo. According to NBC, when BioPet identifies the guilty pooch, the owner would pay a $500 fine.

Berkeley to swab students for DNA

UC Berkeley is adding something a little different this year in its welcome package -- cotton swabs for a DNA sample, reports KTVU. In the past, incoming freshman and transfer students have received a rather typical welcome book from the College of Letters and Science’s “On the Same Page” program, according to the report, but this year the students will be asked for more. The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. The cotton swabs will come with two bar code labels. One label will be put on the DNA sample and the other is kept for the students’ own records, reports KTVU. The confidential process is being overseen by Jasper Rine, a campus professor of Genetics and Development Biology, who reportedly says the test results will help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle.

Jeremiah Wright is ‘toxic’

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that he is “toxic” to the Obama administration and that the president “threw me under the bus.” In his strongest language to date about the administration’s 2-year-old rift with the Chicago pastor, Wright told a group raising money for African relief that his pleas to release frozen funds for use in earthquake-ravaged Haiti would likely be ignored. “No one in the Obama administration will respond to me, listen to me, talk to me or read anything that I write to them. I am ‘toxic’ in terms of the Obama administration,” Wright wrote the president of Africa 6000 International earlier this year. “I am ‘radioactive,’ Sir. When Obama threw me under the bus, he threw me under the bus literally!” he

wrote. “Any advice that I offer is going to be taken as something to be avoided. Please understand that!”

For two 40s you can have her

Police say a Northampton Massachusetts man tried to swap his 3-month-old daughter for beer or drugs. A maintenance man at a gas station in Chicopee claims 24-year-old Matthew Brace offered him his baby girl Monday, reports WBZ, CBS. “He said, ‘For two 40’s you can have her,’” Chicopee Police Chief John Ferraro, Jr. told CBS reporters at a morning news conference yesterday. “It’s my understanding 40’s are those large oversize beers,” he reportedly added. “He was trying to trade the baby for beer.” However, hours after the news conference, police told CBS that “40” is also slang for crack cocaine. Now investigators are not sure whether Brace meant beer or crack.

Would you trust your baby elephants with this guy?

The British conservation group Born Free has joined the outcry against a plan by Zimbabwe to ship a “Noah’s Ark” of wildlife, including two young elephants, to North Korea, reports CNN. News reports last week said the animals, reportedly two of every species in Zimbabwe’s 14,600 square kilometer Hwange National Park, are to be a gift from Zimbawean President Robert Mugabe to his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Il. “We can see no conservation benefit to these plans, and are concerned about the substantial threat to the welfare of the individual animals involved,” Born Free said in a statement on its website cited by CNN. The group said on the site the 18-month-old elephants are unlikely to fare well during the approximate 7,000-mile trip and afterward when they get to North Korea.

Would you trust your warship near this guy?

South Korea will formally blame North Korea on Thursday for launching a torpedo at one of its warships in March, causing an explosion that killed 46 sailors and heightened tensions in one of the world’s most perilous regions, U.S. and East Asian officials said to the Washington Post. South Korea reached its con- North Korean leadclusion that North Korea was er Kim Jong Il. responsible for the attack after investigators from Australia, Britain, Sweden and the United States reportedly pieced together portions of the ship at the port of Pyongtaek, 40 miles southwest of Seoul. The Cheonan sank on March 26, following an explosion that rocked the vessel as it sailed in the Yellow Sea off South Korea’s west coast, the report states.

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Souder should have watched his own video

Rep. Mark Souder, an Indiana Republican known for his support of traditional family values, announced yesterday that he will leave office, reports the Washington Post, ending a tense week in which a key staffer confronted him with rumors about his alleged extramarital affair with a part-time aide. In his announcement, Souder reportedly acknowledged a “mutual relationship” without naming the staffer involved. He said in the report he was “ashamed” that he had “sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff.” But he blamed the “poisonous environment of Washington” for his decision to resign, effective Friday, according to the Washington Post. The staffer with whom he had the affair, Tracy Jackson, had a position on his staff where she interviewed Souder about his positions on abortion and other traditional family issues to be rebroadcast on video. She also repeatedly acknowledged Souder on Facebook with “high-fives” and “likes” on his profile.

LiLo is dating again

Lindsay Lohan has a new, cougar lesbian lover -- stunning photographer and reality-show star Indrani, reports the New York Post. Lohan, 23, who previously dated deejay Samantha Ronson, has been secretly seeing Indrani, 36 -- half of the respected lens duo of Markus Klinko and Indrani -- according to the report, since the women worked together on a photo shoot last fall. Post sources say Lohan and Indrani, also known as Julia I. Pal-Chaudhuri, have been on a series of dates in LA and recently spent the night at Lohan’s hotel. Indrani told The Post, “We have been spending a lot of time together. I have never had a relationship with a woman before, but Lindsay is just somebody who I find fascinating, gorgeous and extremely smart, as well as super-hot. “Lindsay gets a lot of bad press, but she’s a really strong, creative woman and is trying really hard to get her life in a good, positive place.”

Specter of party switching haunts Specter

Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter lost his bid for a sixth term in the Pennsylvania senate primary yesterday night, a party-switching veteran sent down to defeat by voters rejecting experience and clamoring for change. Two-term Rep. Joe Sestak was winning 53 percent of the vote. Sestak’s campaign calling card was a television commercial that showed former President George W. Bush saying he could count on Specter, then a Republican, and then had Specter saying he had switched parties so he could win re-election. —Update stories, unless otherwise cited, appear courtesy The Associated Press

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American Farrar wins stage-10 of Giro d’Italia Alexandre Vinokourov hangs onto overall lead American sprinter Tyler Farrar won his second stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, while Alexandre Vinokourov held onto the overall leader’s pink jersey. Farrar, who also won the second stage, covered a rolling 143-mile route from Avellino to Bitonto in 5 hours, 49 minutes, 14 seconds. Fabio Sabatini of the Liquigas team finished second in the sprint finish to end the 10th stage and Farrar’s Garmin teammate Julian Dean was third. “My team is incredible,” Farrar said. “I can’t say more.”

Vinokourov maintained a lead of 1 minute, 12 seconds over world champion Cadel Evans. Three riders—Hubert Dupont of France, Charles Wegelius of Britain and Dario Cataldo of Italy—broke away from the pack five miles into the stage and led by as much as eight minutes, but were caught by the main pack with 10 miles to go. Wednesday’s 11th stage is the race’s longest—163 miles from Lucera to L’Aquila, the site of an earthquake that killed 308 people last year.

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“The final climb was long and hard,” said Zabriskie, who has twice finished second overall in the four previous races but never won a stage. “We were just trying to hold off the chase group.” Three-time defending race champ Levi Leipheimer was third, also in the same time as the top two finishers. He’s 6 seconds behind Zabriskie. The top three finishers all began the third stage in a group of 20, trailing Australian Brett Lancaster

by 10 seconds. “I screwed up the finish,” said Leipheimer, the third-place finisher in the 2007 Tour de France. “I knew about the final corner, but Dave got the jump on us. I closed the gap to Mick (Rogers), but it was just too short to the finish to do anything.” Lancaster fell to 36th place overall after finishing 51st in the stage. The fourth stage of the eight-day race will be a 121.5-mile (195.5-kilometer) road race Wednesday from San Jose to Modesto.

Tiger to play British Open Tiger Woods has added the British Open to his summer schedule. Woods has a chance to become the first player in the 150-year history of the British Open to win three times at St. Andrews, where golf’s oldest championship will be held July 15-18. He added the British Open to the schedule on his



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Woods, Rodriguez doctor charged Accused of injecting NFL player with illegal drug A Canadian doctor whose high-profile clients have included Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez was charged Tuesday with bringing unapproved drugs into the United States and unlawfully treating pro athletes. Dr. Anthony Galea of Toronto, whose high-profile clients have included Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez, is accused of injecting at least one current National Football League player with Actovegin, a calf’s blood derivative which is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and providing a retired player with human growth hormone after his playing days had ended. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo charges Galea with smuggling, unlawful distribution of human growth hormone, introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce, conspiring to lie to federal agents and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Galea, who uses a blood-spinning technique to help athletes speed recovery from injuries, is accused of repeatedly entering the country from 2007 to 2009 to treat

Doctor Anthony Galea, who is known for helping athletes recover by administering a blood spinning technique, treats a patient at his facility in Canada. Galea was charged Tuesday with bringing unapproved drugs into the United States and unlawfully treating pro athletes. AP Photo.

professional athletes from Major League Baseball, the NFL and Professional Golfers’ Association, U.S. Attor-

ney William Hochul said. During that time, he billed three football players about $200,000, Hochul said. “Today’s complaint reveals that those responsible for the flow of illegal drugs into our country can come from all walks of life,” Hochul said. No athletes are identified by name in the government’s criminal complaint or supporting affidavit, which describes the 50-year-old Galea traveling to various U.S. cities to meet with athletes in hotel rooms and their homes. Galea became the focus of Canadian and U.S. authorities’ attention last September when his assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, was stopped at the border in Buffalo with a small quantity of human growth hormone, Actovegin, and vials of “foreign homeopathic drugs.” Catalano, who is referred to in court documents only as a cooperating witness, initially told border agents she was on her way to the Buffalo airport to fly to Washington, D.C., to meet Galea for a medical conference. Tiger Woods first addressed Galea treating him during the apology he gave following the swirling infidelity reports. Woods admittedly denied ever being given any illegal drug from Galea or anyone else.

Mayfield’s suit against NASCAR dismissed A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Jeremy Mayfield’s lawsuit against NASCAR, a ruling that presumably ends the yearlong saga surrounding the first Sprint Cup driver suspended for failing a random drug test. U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen ruled in Charlotte, N.C., that Mayfield had twice waived his rights to pursue any claims against NASCAR when he signed documents both as a driver and as an owner to participate in the stock car series. “Plaintiffs thereby waived their right to pursue their claims for defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and negligence,” Mullen wrote in his decision. “Plaintiffs’

claims are hereby dismissed.” NASCAR was pleased with Mullen’s ruling. “The U.S. District Court’s ruling is a powerful acknowledgment and affirmation of NASCAR’s rulebook and its ability to police the sport,” the sanctioning body said in a statement. “NASCAR has been very clear with its competitors as to its policies and what is expected of them. NASCAR’s comprehensive substance abuse policy, which is among the best and toughest in all of sports, serves the safety of our competitors and fans.” Mayfield’s wife, Shana, said the couple had no comment on the ruling. She said attorney Mark Geragos would speak on their behalf.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vail Mountaineer


able,” said Sheri Wharton, Director of Special Events for Steadman Philippon Research Institute. “In addition to being an amazing performer, Darius is a philanthropic person which is a really wonderful combination.” A few years ago Rucker visited the Steadman Clinic for knee surgery. Following the surgery, he formed a friendship with Dr. Steadman and offered to perform for the foundation (now called the institute). “Darius is one of country music’s hottest stars and we’re so honored that he is taking time from his schedule to help with our fund raising event.” Rucker’s performance is scheduled to run from 6 to Darius Rucker, founder of Hootie and the Blowfish 7:30; following the show and personal friend of Dr. Richard Steadman, is he will continue the eve- scheduled to play a special concert on July 8 at the ning by joining Steadman Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail. for a fundraising dinner at Larkspur Restaurant, where the public will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive live and silent auction packages which will benefit the orthopaedic research and educational programs of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. The band and all of Rucker’s people will be staying at Vail’s Sonnenalp Resort while they’re here. Other sponsors include Össur, a global orthopaedic company, and Alpine Bank, who is helping underwrite part of the cost of the event. “We are truly indebted to Darius for taking part in this event,” said Wharton. “We’re so glad we were finally able to take advantage of his generous offer.” VIP tickets are $225 per person and lawn seating is free of charge. For ticket info, or to donate to the event, contact Wharton at 479-5788.


their own wellness and fitness. Vail is seen as a sophisticated mountain resort, but so are several others. Vail lacks summer brand identity. Still, “Vail has an asset base that most resorts would kill to have,” Chung said. “Health and wellness is not catching on in America, except in the demographic Vail serves,” Chung said. “This is not a strategy to appeal to the mass market. It’s a niche strategy. But skiing appeals to the same demographic.” The plan is to launch around 10 fitnessoriented events this summer. They’ll grow the program there in 2011. If Vail is serious about owning this market, it’ll need to get a little skin in the game. That means pay-to-play partnerships for both the town and event sponsors and organizers. “It creates an opportunity to swipe market share, if Vail establishes itself as the leader before other resorts recognize these fundamental shifts are underway,” Chung said. “Fitness and wellness are

replacing luxury as the new marker of wealth.” Boomers bowing out Sure, the ski industry is coming off a record decade driven by demographics and buying power, but those days are over, Chung said. “We’re going to get through the doldrums we’re in, but we won’t return to where we were before,” Chung said. Boomers are reaching their peak years to exit skiing, Chung said. There are not as many skiers coming in, and their incomes are not as high when adjusted for inflation. “We’ve probably seen the end of a rapidly growing ski market,” Chung said. “Growth can still happen, but it becomes more difficult to squeeze growth out of the industry.” Vail has five years worth of real estate industry to absorb, Chung said. “It’s prudent to cultivate a third leg of the Vail economy,” Chung said.

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Vail Mountaineer

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vail Mountaineer



Vail Mountaineer

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vail Mountaineer



Vail Mountaineer

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


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