Happy 4th of July 2015 – Please Stay Safe!

Update:  AM, Saturday, July 4th 2015

Re:  Avon’s Fireworks Show from last night…

No significant Injuries Reported after Fireworks – Misfire…

For Immediate Release | July 3, 2015

Contact: Virginia C. Egger, Town Manager

970.331.1439 | vegger@avon.org

At approximately 10:00 p.m., on July 3rd , the Town of Avon’s annual Salute to the USA fireworks show experienced a malfunction, when a shell apparently exploded in its tube rather than firing correctly into the sky.  The misfired shell caused the rack of 5” shells to tip in two directions causing two to three shells to cross into the crowd.  A total of nine persons experienced minor abrasion burns and were treated by emergency medical personnel at the show, with all persons being released.  “This is Avon’s 29 th year of presenting one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Colorado, and we have never had any failure in the production.  It is wonderful news that the injuries were very minor,” said Deputy Chief Greg Daly, who oversaw the response.

The 23-minute fireworks show, produced by Western Enterprises, based in Enid, Oklahoma, experienced the shell burst at about 17 minutes into the show, which is held over Nottingham Lake.  The safety distance between the fireworks firing area and the crowd was credited with the limited number of persons having minor burns. The rapid response of the Western operators, who immediately shut the program down once the shells did not tract correctly, was also credited.

The Town of Avon each year prepares fully for the fireworks show, which attracts 20,000 persons, through the development of an Incident Command Plan which is practiced and in place before the show begins.  “Police, fire and emergency medical staff responded to the incident in less than one minute,” reported Deputy Chief Daly.  “Four ambulances were assigned to the event in addition to one paramedic supervisor, so experienced medical personnel were ready to respond quickly.  The crowd was exceptional in its calm response to what could have been a much more serious incident.”

An investigation into the cause of the malfunction began immediately after the incident.

For more information, please contact Town Manager Virginia Egger at 970.331.1439 or Paul Zoch, Fireworks Display Operator for Western Enterprises, Inc., at paul.zoch55@gmail.com or 970.376.2836.

Centura Health to Compete with Vail Hospital

by the fans of    MARKET BASED COMPETITION

Centura Health (Click Here) announced today (Wed. June 24th 2015) that they are coming to Eagle County, Colorado with an $11 Million dollar investment.

Centura Health will be moving into the new (50,000 sq/ft) Medical Office Building in Avon, Colorado – currently under construction by the NexCore Group.  Occupancy expected by (summer) June 2016.

These new Medical Services offered by Centura Health – will bring genuine competition to the Vail Hospital for the first time – in the 50+ year history of the Vail Valley Medical Center!  New Centura Health Services including a new (12,000 sq/ft) 24 Hours  by 7 days a week – Emergency Center for patients arriving by an Ambulance as well as traditional “walk-in” medical patients arriving by car.

That fact will (over time) ultimately lower the Healthcare Insurance costs Eagle County families pay today.

Thank you Centura Health and NexCore Group for bringing Medical Market Based Competition to Eagle County, Colorado!

Centura-Health

Roosevelt’s Glasses at Rush

by  fans of the Fab Four

Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore has a few surprises for folks that know something about Mt. Rushmore but have never been there.

President Teddy Roosevelt’s glasses are clearly carved out of the Rock.  Click On the photo below to enlarge it – You’ll see his glasses too!

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Mt. Rushmore Sculptors – Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln could have carved Roosevelt’s image without the glasses, however obviously choose a more challengingT_Roosevelt way to complete their multi-year work starting in 1927 and completed between 1934 and 1939.  The National Park Service along with Private Sector contributions has done an excellent Job with this national treasure.  Technically the Park is FREE however you have to pay to park ($11.00/day) in the (only) parking structure there.  At night they offer a special lighted ceremony (it’s very Patriotic) sure to warm the hearts of our American Vets.  Mt. Rushmore, their parking structure and a very nice Exhibit Hall – is all that is there in this part (Black Hills) of South Dakota – the closest town is a town called Keystone, SD and it’s down the road about 5 miles from Mt. Rushmore (aerial photo below).  With a little investigation you can also find places to take photos of Mt. Rushmore from angles you might not have known are possible!

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Photo Credit Below – Volkan Yukel

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Eagle County Heath Insurance Costs – Going Down

by  the fans of   FREE MARKET CAPITALISM

Eagle County has suffered (and Pitkin County/Aspen) with the Highest Health Insurance Costs in the Nation.

Finally, our Health Insurance Costs here are going DOWN.

Why?

Because the MONOPOLY that the Vail Valley Medical Center has (read: Vail Hospital) is being broken.  Genuine, Market based Health Care competition in and near Eagle County’s geography was announced last week.

Who’s moving in?

National Healthcare provider – Kaiser Permanente announced last week they are opening a new Medical Office Building in Frisco, CO.  (Click On) the graphic below to read Kaiser’s Press Release.  Granted Frisco isn’t in Eagle County – however it’s a lot easier to drive to than…Denver.

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Another Health Care Provider that will compete with Kaiser and the Vail Valley Medical Center – for Health Care services is moving into a brand new Medical Office Building (over 30,000 sq/ft.) located near to Jim Pavelich’s “North Side Café” in Avon, Colorado.  The new Medical Office Building is being built by Nexcore Group and they broke ground last week – June 9th 2015.  The new Building is scheduled to be fully operational for new Medical Services – by June 2016.

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THE BOTTOM LINE:   Once these new Healthcare providers are operational – Everyone in Eagle County that pays for Health Insurance can expect to pay less in the months and years to come.  VVMC will have to compete.

Eagle County reported to the ECT last week – that the County is spending at least $1 Million dollars more on their Budgeted Health Insurance costs – that what was originally Budgeted this year…(Click Here – Randy Wyrick)

It is reasonable to believe… that our Eagle County Public School District (a larger employer than Eagle County!) is having similar challenges with their Health Insurance Budget and Costs as well…

KEEP IN MIND – Eagle County Taxpayer – if you pay Property Taxes to the School District and Sales Taxes to our County…your Tax Money has to cover THEIR Healthcare costs – as well as paying for your own Healthcare too!

This is exactly why these (2) new Healthcare providers is such a BIG DEAL to everyone who lives in Eagle County.

These reduced Insurance costs won’t happen over night…however it’s clear that the Vail Valley Medical Center’s Healthcare monopoly is being broken!

And that is good news for all of us!

Vail Valley Medical Center’s – Untold Story

by    the Fans of Bass Reeves

Why doesn’t the Vail Valley Medical Center (read: the Vail Hospital) want you to know the complete story?

VVMC and the Fishwrap have teamed up – to pay for and provide you with “all” the information they believe YOU should know.  The problem is…with what they’re determined NOT to tell you.

The folks here at the EagleCountyTimes.com believe you need to know MORE about the Vail Valley Medical Center – than what they want you to know about.

Let’s Begin.

1 – VVMC pays the Fishwrap to run color Print Ads like this (this from the week of June 9th 2015)

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Item 2 – Fifty years of providing Medical Services?  Yes.  However, 50 years ago the Vail Hospital wasn’t responsible for the Highest Health Insurance costs in the Nation – however today – they are!  (Click Here)

Item 3 – Vail Resorts has dropped Healthcare Insurance coverage and costs (for their part time/seasonal) employees…no doubt – due in a large part to the costs to VR to provide that Part Time Employee Health benefit.  (Click Here)

Item 4 – The Vail Valley Medical Center is legally organized and run as a “Non-Profit”.  So for the past 50 years and (today) including all their Vail owned Real Estate (and in Edwards and elsewhere) VVMC has NEVER PAID any PROPERTY TAXES!  EVER!  We all know that the majority of the Property Taxes we pay here in Eagle County – go into our Eagle County Public School District.

Q.)  How many Millions of Dollars (over 50 years) has VVMC – NOT PAID our Public School District?

Item 5 –  So where is all that $$$ going if it’s not being paid as Property Taxes?

Answer:  ECT suggests you (Click Here) to read a PDF copy of VVMC’s recent Federal Tax Return (Form 990) – which is a Public Record document – since VVMC is a “non-Profit”.  ECT recommends you check out these PDF page(s) for a list of some of the annual Salaries that VVMC’s CEO and top Administrators are being paid.

Item 6 – Speaking of being Paid…is there any doubt that the amount of color – Paid Print Advertising VVMC buys from the Fishwrap – is the #1 reason the Fishwrap WON’T REPORT any of these above, well documented facts – to their Fishwrap readers?

One more Point:  The ECT folks would like to thank the excellent, hard working Medical Professionals that provide our Eagle County with top flight Health Care Services at VVMC!  You folks are exceptional and great!

The ECT concerns outlined above are directed exclusively at VVMC’s CEO, CFO and the Hospital’s Board of Directors.

From the Street

Vail’s Hot Summer Nights – got off to an Expensive first start last Tuesday, June 9th 2015.  Admission to the event in Vail’s Ford Amphitheater is still Free, however…

After about (2) decades of being the main event sponsor – Budweiser was replaced (by the Vail Valley Foundation) this year with local “Crazy Mountain Brewery” as their title sponsor.

What was “Crazy” to the observant ECT folks was the amount of “Crazy Mountain” beverages NOT being consumed that first Tuesday night.  Tuesday evening’s weather was certainly accommodating enough, but the PRICES for a drink are SKY HIGH.

Example:  Two typical sized mixed drinks – came to $17.00 before you tipped your Hot Summer Nights bar tender…

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Also – the gates at the Ford Pavilion opened earlier at 4:30PM this year.  (3) of Vail PD’s Finest were also on hand to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves inside the legal limits of consumption.  Something to think about if you plan to attend next week starting at 4:30PM…and the free Music starts around 6:30PM.

ECT’s advise?   Bring your designated driver with you – and a big wad of Cash…

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