First Frost? It’s still Summer

First Frost?  Saturday, September 19th 2015 –  Technically it’s still Summer.

The First Frost is good news for folks who deal with allergies in the late summer and early fall.  A few hard frosts usually does the trick to alleviate having to take allergy medicine as of late.  One more point of Astronomical interest.  Fall officially starts this week on Wednesday, September 23rd 2015.  Which proves (at least in this part of Colorado) that we have FROSTS in all (4) seasons of the year.  The last recorded Frost (in this neighborhood) was during May 2015.  No doubt…a fact that believers in “man made global warming” would prefer you not acknowledge.

Kaiser Permanente answers the ECT’s questions

by     Amy L. Whited – Manager of Public Relations and Digital Media
Kaiser Permanente, Colorado

The ECT would like to thank Ms. Whited for answering the ECT’s questions from last week.  Here are Ms. Whited’s answers – Verbatim.

Re:  Kaiser Permanente’s new ~6,000 sq/ft office in Edwards, Colorado – opening January 2016.

ECT:   EXACTLY, what Medical Imaging will KP be offering in Edwards starting Jan. 2016?

KP:  Kaiser Permanente members who visit our Edwards location will experience convenient care with most services all under one roof.  This includes routine medical imaging such as X-rays.

ECT:  Since KP will be on (2) floors at their new Edwards location… Will there be an elevator?  ADA compliant?  Stairs only?

KP:  We share the building with several other tenants.  The new facility will be ADA compliant complete with an elevator in the building for our members to use in addition to an elevator in the actual medical office.

ECT:  WHO?  Should a (small/large) Eagle County business contact at KP – to learn more about (signing up?) to join the KP medical program for themselves and their businesses?  Phone and EMails, please.

KP:  For anyone interested in signing up for coverage with Kaiser Permanente, they can visit     for more information – or just  (Click Here).

ECT:  Are you all currently (at liberty?) to discuss KP’s future building plans in Eagle County? If yes, what can you share on the record?

KP:  Right now we are focused on our expansion into Summit and Eagle counties, with new medical office buildings in Edwards and Frisco.

ECT:  Will KP’s (big medical office building?) be in Summit County…as opposed to a new (Centura Heath) like MOB (~50,000sq/ft) currently under construction in Avon?

KP:  Our medical offices offer many services patients might seek in a visit including medical imaging, primary car and lab all under one roof.

Avon’s Continuing – Financial Mismanagement

by     Be Glad you’re not an Avon Property Owner

Considering the Town of Avon’s – admission that their new music stage was $2 Million Dollars OVER BUDGET…that debt now attached to Avon Property Owners…(Click Here)

You might think Avon’s Town Council would be much more Fiscally Conservative for some time.

You would be wrong if you thought that.

This coming Tuesday (22SEPT2015) at their Town Council’s scheduled meeting…the Town of Avon has “blocked out” no less than 3 HOURS of their time to listen to Financial Appeals (for free grant money) from no less than (27) local/Eagle County “non-profits”.  This seemingly “conga line” of “give me free money” types has been allotted (5) minutes each in front of Avon’s Council to make their pitch.  5:20PM to 8:20PM  (Click Here)

Here is an abbreviated list of the “give me free Avon money” non-profits.  To see the complete list – just click on the graphic below…


HUH?  Recommended Grant 2016?   That number is a combination of what the non-profit has asked the Avon Taxpayer for, and also includes the efforts of Avon Town Manager Virginia Egger and her staff – that begins the “review process” of these submitted non-profit “give me free money” applications.

Mind you – this is the same Avon Town Staff that was (somehow?) M.I.A. during the construction of their new Music Stage – the one with the $2Million dollar cost overrun.

A reasonable question:  Just “who” is looking out for the Interests of the Avon Taxpayer and Property Owner?

Answer:  Certainly not the elected Avon Town Council – nor the Town Manager, nor her staff.

Another reasonable question:  Just “when” did it become (the obligation?) of the Avon Taxpayer to hand over $179,650.00 (read: One Hundred and Seventy Nine Thousand, Six hundred and Fifty dollars) of their hard earned Avon Tax Money to these local non-profits?  What about the $2 Million Dollar cost overrun?  Well Avon Mayor Fancher? 

One more important point:  For their part the Fishwrap folks (will never) report to our Community (to the effected Taxpayers) these documented Fiscal Facts.

Why Not?

Answer:  Because many of these organizations buy “paid print advertising” at the Fishwrap.  The Fishwrap has ZERO interest in exposing where (some) of this free/grant money ends up.  To the ECT folks this fact is just another example of the Fishwrap’s addiction to “harlot journalism” – where the Fishwrap chooses what to (and not to) report to effected local Taxpayers.

Yes, something to keep in mind…when the Fishwrap folks start endorsing the new Vail Town Council candidates this Fall 2015…




Hangin’ Red Iron – Centura Health style

by  the fans of genuine Market Based Competition for Eagle County’s Medical Insurance costs

If you’re in the construction business it’s called – “Hangin’ Red Iron”.

This is the mid-valley construction site for Centura Health’s new ~50,000 sq/ft Medical Office building.  This and the $11 Million Dollars Centura Health is investing in Eagle County, (Click Here) means the Vail Hospital is going  to have to compete for Medical Services in the months and year(s) to come.


The ECT folks are 100% supporting the efforts of both Centura Health and (now) Kaiser Permanente (new Edwards office) in bringing Market Based Competition to Eagle County’s Healthcare Insurance market.  Centura’s new Medical Office building is scheduled to to be online and operational in the June/July time frame, 2016.

Stay tuned.


This Colorado Mule Deer found a shady, yet Patriotic place to rest and enjoy Sunday’s beautiful Fall like weather.  Sunny, Blue Sky, light breezes and our Aspen’s well underway to their peak colors at the end of this month.  Semper Fi!


Duck Dame – McQueeney

by  Clayton Moore

Local Rotarians know that next Sunday – September 6th 2015 is Duck Race Day on Gore Creek in Vail, Colorado.

You don’t have much time left to buy your Race Day Duck from the folks at the Vail Rotary.  Thanks to the efforts of the ECT and Vail Rotary – there is still time to buy your Duck online (Click Here) and tell Vail Rotarian [Larry Agneberg] that the ECT sent you!  Larry is this year’s Duck Race Chairperson.

The Vail Duck Race supports our local Rotarian’s Scholarship Fund for our students here at home.  Who better to buy your Race Duck from – than the former President of our Public School District Board – than Jeanne “Duck Dame” McQueeney.  You may know her today as current Eagle County Commissioner – Jeanne McQueeney.  The ECT folks know her as the lady that sold us 5 Race Ducks because she wouldn’t sell us 4!

Ownership and Race Day credit for the 5th our of 4 Ducks is still under discussion between the Duck Dame and the ECT.  Stay Tuned…


Fishwrap Misleads their Readers – AGAIN!

  by    the Inventors of “Click Here” Journalism – that’s the ECT

The Fishwrap was “at it again” last week.

It is very annoying to the ECT folks – when Fishwrap “reporters” don’t show up for Public Meetings – then report on them anyway.

It’s no surprise to the ECT folks that their information is WRONG and MISLEADING.

Fishwrap Headline from last week (24-29AUG2015):  Avon Council says ‘no’ to GoPro Games event.”

The FACT IS:    It was the organized efforts of the Property Owners of Avon’s – WildRidge Neighborhood – that provoked that “no” vote by the Avon Town Council.  The ATC meeting was packed on Tuesday, August 25th 2015.  With (Many+1) WildRidge Homeowners who SPOKE OUT AGAINST having this (mega-mountain biking event) in their neighborhood.  That FACT was the reason Avon’s Council – voted – no thank you – to the Vail Valley Foundation’s event proposal.

The Interesting Part that wasn’t reported:  The Citizens of Avon “weren’t notified” by their Town Government and Staff until 5 days before the scheduled approval (by Town Council) of this proposed (65,000+ Audience) 4-day, Mountain Biking event!


ONLY FIVE DAYS NOTICE!!!  For a proposed June 2016 Avon Event – targeting 65,000+ visitors and competitors over 4 days!!!!

Where was this “notice” discovered by Avon Citizens?

Answer:  Buried on page 21 of the 485 page Avon Town Council “packet”!

(Click Here) to download the entire 485 page – ATC packet.

Obviously, Avon Citizens and WildRidge Homeowners called/emailed each other to notify themselves on what their current Town Council and Town Staff – would prefer to bury in the Council Packet – rather than formally notify citizens of this HUGE proposed – Vail Valley Foundation event – targeting the new Mountain Bike Trails in their WildRidge neighborhood!


Reasonable Question:  Can Avon’s Government and Town Staff, be trusted?

Consider:  Avon’s single biggest annual Event (by far) is their 4th of July Fireworks Show.  That’s essentially one evening of guest/visitor impact out of 365 days.  Recently Proposed by the Vail Valley Foundation – to the Town of Avon – a new 4-day guest/visitor impact hoping to attract 65,000+ visitors – AND NO FORMAL NOTICE was given to the Avon neighborhoods impacted by this 4-day event?

Does that seem fair and reasonable to you?

Recall:  It is the Town of Avon’s Government and ultimately their Town Council that was RESPONSIBLE for the $2+ Million dollar cost overrun for Avon’s new Music Stage.

One more thing:    The ECT folks were curious about this “Mike Imhof” who works for the Vail Valley Foundation.  So the ECT looked him up on the Vail Valley Foundations (Federal 990) Tax Return – being a 501 c (3)  – their Federal Tax Return is Public Record.  Mr. Imhof is paid $182,00.00/yr with a reported bonus of $23,827.00  (Click Here)  This according to the Foundations Reported 2012 Tax Return – the most recent Tax Return we could find.

For that kind of money the ECT believes Mr. Imhof could do a much better job of notifying affected Citizens of his (next big –4 day event?) for 2016…

The real question here is…why DIDN’T Mr. Imhof notify the affected members of our Community.


Spot This – from the National Weather Service

by  the fans of Mark Trail

NOAA / the National Weather Service is offering FREE – Storm Spotter Training – Wednesday, September 2nd 6-8PM in the Auditorium at the Eagle County Building – 500 Broadway, Eagle Colorado.  It’s the building our County Commissioners work in.


Time to get “off the sidelines” and into a contributing role for your Community.  NOAA/NWS Storm Spotter “activation” happens…however not too frequently in our Eagle County, Colorado.  For us in Eagle County, Colorado Activation mostly/usually means reporting unusually large snow levels during our winter storm months.  Exceptions can of course, happen.

You can get a bit more up to speed on this Storm Spotter program by (Clicking Here).   Did you know that the nice folks over at  provide a FREE (real-time) Internet Audio Stream of the National Weather Service Radio Forecast for our Eagle County?  (Click Here) to listen to our WZ2518 Radio Station broadcasting on (162.450Mhz) from Eagle, Colorado.  You can also stream that Weather Radio Audio to your SmartPhone.    Use the free “NOAA Radio” app…and listen to the “Eagle Weather Radio – Eagle, Colorado” audio stream chosen inside that App.



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