Eclipse? Where the Sun wasn’t?

by the fans of folks living in Syria – (circa)   May 3rd 1375 BC

It was an especially tough week in Solar Photography last week.

Even using a special Solar/Eclipse filter on our ECT Digital Camera – the Solar Eclipse was a strange (non-event?) for local Eagle County, Colorado photographers last week.

The best photo we took is below.  ECT has no reasonable explanation for this strange photo…of last weeks Eclipse (happening somewhere other than where the Sun was?) at the time of this late after noon photo.  ECT readers encouraged to leave us a Comment on your thoughts of this strange optical effect.


Keep in Mind – that the Weather in Eagle County, Colorado – can change QUICKLY from a warm late Fall Weekend – to improving Ski Conditions on Vail Mountain this Monday Morning!


Avon’s Future! – It’s in the East!

Anyone who has shopped at Avon’s Wal~Mart and Home Depot knows – there’s hundreds of Acres of undeveloped land in East Avon.

That’s where Avon’s real future is – unquestionably going to be.

He’s what they’re not telling you -

The hundred’s of Acres of land (in East Avon) owned by Traer Creek was originally brought into the Town of Avon under a legal agreement called the “1998 Annexation Agreement” – where specific development rights (the original PUD) were granted to Avon developer – Traer Creek.  Interestingly, VD Columnist (Richard Carnes – serving on Avon Town Council at the time – voted on that 1998 – Agreement)

PUD  = Planned Unit Development

Where are we today?  Fast Forward (16) years.  Today – since the (multi-year) litigation is now settled between Avon and developer Traer Creek. – the new Settlement Agreement that is now in place is (for all intensive purposes) the new development PUD.

Q.)  Why isn’t the current Avon Town Council (that approved this settlement agreement) – even talking about it!  Hundreds of Acers of new Avon Development now underway!

(Photo – Traer Creek’s land North of I-70 at the Wal~Mart & Home Depot Exit)


To the left of the photo – is the new, BIG, UERWA “Water Tank” that will be filled with water this coming week.  UERWA = Upper Eagle River Water Authority.  Turns out that new Water Tank was required by both the Water and Fire Districts to be online and operational before any new significant Development could take place on Traer Creek’s land.

Also happening now – Commercial Real Estate offerings by Traer Creek including (most likely) a new “cement pad” that a new I-70 Gas Station could use – as a site for a new station (Photo Below).  Also possible – a commercial site for a new (north side) I-70 Hotel between Vail and Beaver Creek – Ski Resorts.


Bottom Line:  Don’t be fooled by the tiny 2015 (intended) development (distractions?) the current Avon Town Council – is promoting.  Their so called “Main Street and Town Hall plans” are incredibly insignificant – compared to what is (really happening) now in East Avon –not because of today’s Avon Council – but in spite of them.

The “real action” in Avon will be on hundreds of acres of land owned by developer Traer Creek – now and into the next several years in Eagle County.  You can Bank on it.


East Avon Development vs. WHAT?

Avon’s Current Town Council – (Reviews/Prefers?) their Big Development Plans for Bathrooms on Main Street!


(Click on above Graphic for John Leconte’s complete report)

To find out what is really happening in Avon – send an email to

Avon’s Upcoming Referendum

by  Clayton Moore

Millions in new Debt for Avon?  Avon’s Council – doesn’t want the Citizen’s of Avon to Vote on that decision!

The Answer?    Avon’s Upcoming Referendum -

Update on the Referendum in Progress:  Monday, October 26th 2014

Referendum?  It’s a legal process where ~190 validated (read:  registered Avon voters) will allow Avon voters – to VOTE on whether to Approve – or NOT the Millions in proposed new debt in Avon caused by Ordinance 14-17.

How can you help? –  Send an email to

Below from Avon’s (already approved) Ordinance 14-17

that can be changed by (Voters) exercising the Referendum process


Background:  The current Avon Town Council “excluded” Avon Voters from this decision to spend Millions by using a financial technique called “Certificates of Participation”.   It’s 100% designed to “sidestep TABOR” and take your Voting Rights away – while the Town Council “saddles you and your Property with the bill” for all this new Debt…  The Council wants you to pay for this Debt (for decades) – using Avon’s 2% RETT (real estate transfer tax) – against all property (bought and sold) in Avon.

To find out MORE – about how YOU can put YOUR VOICE and VOTE back into accountable Avon Government –

Send and email to:

Fishwrap – Not printing Reasonable Letters

by    the defenders of our 1st Amendment

The  received communication this past week that ‘letters to the Editor’ specifically – letters endorsing one candidate vs. another – where NOT ALL being printed in the Fishwrap – (a.k.a Vail Daily).fishwrap

The ECT will print those letters.  Keep them polite – the ECT is a family online newspaper – and obvious, personal attack letters are not welcome here).

(Click Here) is a letter the ECT received last week from Joe Meglen of (Steamboat Springs).  Topic:  His choice for Colorado’s House District 26 (Eagle County + Routt County).  Joe prefers – Chuck McConnell.

(Click Here) – Letter endorsing James Van Beek for your Eagle County Sheriff.

An interesting Candidate endorsement (Fishwrap) letter from last week?  (You have to know the players).  Turns out…one of the current Eagle County GOP (Executive Committee) members (didn’t identify themselves as such) endorsed a female candidate last week.  This candidate’s election race is run officially as “non-partisan” – so there is no (R) nor (D) printed on your Ballot identifying this candidates party affiliation on your ballot – as being a member of one party or another.

Their letter of endorsement – didn’t identify their preferred candidate’s party affiliation either.

Could that be…because every single GOP candidate on the (Nov. 2012) Eagle County Ballot – lost in Eagle County during that 2012 election?  (Click Here)  The only GOP candidate that won in Eagle County – that year was Glenn Gallegos (R) – who went on to work as your elected University of Colorado – Regent.  It’s true.

Like the ECT stated above.  You have to know the players, folks…

Another curious letter printed in the Fishwrap last week – A FEMALE letter writer recommending the only (2) female candidates in one election race – on your Ballot – insisting in HER letter that…”it is my experience that the Town Council has functioned more efficiently and more transparently in direct proportion to the number of WOMEN on the board.”


The ECT wondered fair minded ECT readers – what might the reaction in our Community (at large) be had a MALE letter writer insisted in HIS letter that “it is my experience that the Town Council has functioned more efficiently and more transparently in direct proportion to the number of MEN on the board.”

Sexist?  Yeah…you get our ECT point.   No problem it would seem,  if you’re of one gender.  Turn it around and you’d be “run out of Town on Rail” your local reputation ruined, probably forever…

Jus’ Sayin….

Bernie’s Beat

by  Clayton Moore

Avon’s Officer – Bernie McGovern (609) is a 16 year Veteran on the Avon Police force.

And everybody likes Bernie!  Including the manager of Avon’s Shell Station Ms. Anakut Loya (right) and Ms. Kenia Gomez (left).  Two very photogenic young ladies if ever we met them!


Bernie is also a (many+1) year veteran of the men’s local Hockey League – so good luck to anyone who thinks they might be able to “Mix it Up” with Bernie!

Also serving with Bernie on Mornings in Avon – is Officer Tyler Churches (615) – who is an expert at running the (MDT) Mobile Data Terminal (photo) in each Police vehicle.  These terminals (laptops actually) are connected via the Internet to some very sophisticated Law Enforcement database(s) available to any Officer with the access skills of Tyler.  Tyler just uses his right hand (only) to find out almost anything about any vehicle and driver Tyler may have stopped on his morning Beat.


ECT’s advise this week?  If you’re driving through Avon – buckle up and mind the speed limit in Avon.  These Avon Officers are well trained and highly skilled.

Avon’s Police Chief – Robert Ticer – also in the news from last week!

Avon’s Chief Ticer gave a citizens award to Kurt Kuper – who assisted Avon PD in the apprehension of a “suspect on the run”.  Mr. Kuper literally “tackled” the suspect running from an Avon officer – and held him – till the Officer caught up and put the hand cuffs on him.  Mr Kuper (center) is flanked to his right by his parents who flew in from the East Coast for his award presentation.  Also in the photo (R- Tyler Churches, Chief Robert Ticer – all the way right Avon’s Mayor – Rich Carroll.


Avon’s Referendum – Puts Avon’s Voters and Taxpayers- First!

by  John Minervini  (candidate Avon Town Council)

Avon’s Town Council recently voted to put the Town of Avon – MILLIONS OF DOLLARS into DEBT – by a financial “slight of hand” – called “Certificates of Participation” – whose very design, is designed to sidestep TABOR.

HOWEVER – that Vote can be overturned by the Registered Voters of Avon!

Here’s How:  It’s called a “Voter Referendum” – since Avon is what is known legally as a “Home Rule Municipality” – a Voter Referendum of ~200 signatures of (registered/validated Avon Voters) can sign a petition (the Referendum) within 30 days of the day their City Council voted to take on that debt!

Or more specifically – …The Avon Home Rule Charter, Chapter VII Initiative and Referendum, Section7.2, Referendum specifies 30 days after final passage of an ordinance (it was passed Tuesday, October 14th 2014) to file a protest petition.  It must signed by “qualified electors” in an amount at least ten percent of the total vote in the last general (2012) election.   The number of needed signature on this Referendum is (~200)


On Tuesday, October 14th 2014 Avon Town Council completed its hurry-up approvalJohnMinervini for the purchase and remodel of the proposed Skier Building for a new Avon Town Hall. I again voiced my opposition to that purchase (at that Public Meeting), which deserves MUCH more review – especially since only very rough remodel cost estimates were made available.

My experience as a Vice President at multi-billion dollar AutoZone, Inc. included completing hundreds of real estate transactions – both new building projects and existing building remodels. I am a watchdog (and Avon Town Council Candidate) with the right skill set to speak out on this rush-job project.

I am less a politician and more a financial watchdog.  A typical politician would have kept quiet until after the November 4th election.  A typical politician would also have “stayed in line” and not disagreed with sitting Town Council members.

But again, I am a watchdog.  And watchdogs speak up when something looks or feels wrong. At the November 10th meeting I asked about citizens’ rights to petition for a referendum (a direct special election for citizens to vote “Yes” or “No” on this project). That right to petition for a special election is part of the checks-and-balances built into the town’s governance. Avon Town Attorney (Eric Heil) provided information about petition requirements.

So here’s my Question for those current Avon Councilmembers opposed to a referendum: What is your objection to letting Avon Citizens vote “Yes” or “No” on this $6 million Town Hall project?

If the citizens vote “Yes” the Town Council will regain voter confidence, which I believe it lost with its $2 Million cost overrun on the Nottingham Music Pavilion project this year.  On the other hand, a “No” vote will confirm that Town Council has indeed lost credibility with it citizens. The current Council has not succeeded in getting direct voter approval for ballot measure expenditures (witness the voters’ “No” vote last November on the “Rec Center” measure and tax increase).  3 current Avon Councilmembers are vacating their elected seats this November 4th 2014, yet the Millions in debt they voted for will go on for decades!

Some of my neighbors are going to circulate a petition to call for a special election that will allow Avon citizens to vote “Yes” or “No” on this $6 million project. I, (John Miniverni) will of course sign that petition!

If you want to sign the petition – or simply express your opinion – please send an email to:



Don’t Forget Your Ballots Are In The Mail!
See you next week – The ECT Staff

ECT Correction from Last week!

by  Clayton Moore

Avon’s “mayor pro tem” or if you prefer (Vice Mayor) Ms. Jennie Fancher has requested the ECT issue a “correction” to a report in the ECT from last week.

Ms. Fancher pointed out that the information in that ECT article was INCORRECT.

The ECT pointed out to Ms. Fancher – that the information the ECT reported/repeated was printed in the original lawsuit filed by Hoffman Commercial Real Estate against the TOA and individual Council members.

Here is the incorrect/inaccurate information printed in that Lawsuit…that the ECT repeated (read: relied on as accurate)…(from page 6 of the 59 page lawsuit) (Click Here)


Ms. Fancher was quite clear…insisting that “she was at that meeting – doing her elected job” AND BY ALL RIGHTS – should have been mentioned (to be included and sued as well) with the list of named defendants, because she was at that meeting – doing her elected Job – of voting in a way that provoked this new litigation against Avon.

Fair Enough.  Ms. Fancher was at that meeting and votes (with the rest of the Avon Council members) in a way that provoked Hoffman Commercial Real Estate – to sue the Town of Avon with a new (September 22nd 2014) lawsuit.  

The ECT regrets that we relied on the (inaccuracy) of the information that Attorney – David H. McConaughy – of Garfield & Hecht, P.C. printed in his filed lawsuit on page 6 of 59.

Original ECT Report that contained the inaccurate information is (Click Here)



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