Finger Pointing at TV’s local – Channel 5

by    J.K. Perry – Executive Director – TV 5

It’s True.   There is no shortage of “Finger Pointing” going on here at TV Channel 5…

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It’s also true that Channel 5 (Public Access TV 5) has an online Survey, we’d like you to take!

Click Here:  www.PATV5survey.com

It’s a short Survey about TV 5 and the local Governments meetings that we broadcast from Channel 5 here.

Here are the detail from our recent TV Channel 5 Press Release!

For immediate release

4/10/15

Contact: J.K. Perry

970.949.5657

vailchan5@comcast.net

Help PATV5 help you

Complete online survey

Public Access TV 5 (PATV5) invites you to participate in an online survey to understand how they might better serve the community.

As you may know, PATV5 is a grassroots, nonprofit community access television station carried on the Comcast cable system on Channel 5.

The survey, which may be found at (Click Herewww.PATV5survey.com), gauges current use of PATV5, or lack thereof, how PATV5 might better meet your needs, and general use of other types of media. Your responses will directly help shape improvements to PATV5’s provision of video training, equipment, channel time, programming and internet distribution to the community.

Those who complete the survey by April 30 may also enter a drawing to win at $20 gift certificate to a local establishment.

Each survey takes only five to 10 minutes to complete. All responses are important and will be kept confidential.

Photo caption: Public Access TV provides free video production training. Complete their survey at www.PATV5survey.com to help improve services to the community.

3rd Lunar Eclipse of the Tetrad

by   local  “Lunararies”   

In case you missed it…

A “Tetrad” is a series of 4 total Lunar Eclipses in a row…

The 3rd of the 4 Eclipses as seen from (Eagle County, Colorado) happened early Saturday Morning, April 4th 2015 (~5:10AM)

The next total Lunar Eclipse happens again (for North American viewers) on Monday, September 28th 2015.  Mark your calendar, and hope for clear weather.

As you can see from the ECT’s photos from last Saturday morning (early)…it’s no easy task photographing a Lunar Eclipse.

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When the Lunar Eclipse is “total” your Camera has the least “light” to work with…and it’s hard to hold a camera steady…when your Zoom is at maximum and you forgot to set up your Tripod…

Perhaps the ECT can do better this coming fall.  Our friends in Las Vegas, Nevada had a better view of the Total Eclipse…as it was darker in Las Vegas (one hour behind us) and the moon a bit higher in the sky.  ECT thinks 2 digital photos (and a little Photoshop) where used to make this amazing Las Vegas Eclipse photo!  Photo Credit (Tyler Leavitt & Space.com)

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Meanwhile…back in Summit County, Colorado…the ECT suggests a working knowledge of Photoshop exists in both Nevada and Colorado.  The old 35mm film/dark room has since been supplanted…we’d say…To visit Richard’s web site (below photo) just click on his photo…

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Nature Welcomes – Spring 2015

by  fans of the Narcissus Genus

The spot of this top 2015 photo is Mid-Valley in Eagle County, Colorado.

The same spot the ECT folks like to photograph in most years.  Nature it seems is more anxious for Spring in 2015  than in recent years…The dates on the ECT’s photos – tell the year to year Story.

Photo Dates? (lower right corner) CLICK ON the photos to enlarge them..

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In 2014 this April 12th Photo below was taken in Eagle, Colorado.  Obviously a bit cooler, and a later arriving (2014) Spring Season.

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Spring arrived a bit later in 2013 – Mid Valley Photo below from April 7th from the ECT’s usual spot.

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For the Record – Easter was on Sunday, April 8th 2012.  Again this Mid-Valley photo from the ECT favorite Spring location.

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EC Campaign for Higher Sales Taxes?

by   we listen to local Radio too!

A new Eagle County Ballot Issue/Question for higher Sales Taxes – this November 2015?

Some folks think the Campaign to convince you (to vote for higher taxes) – has already started on local Radio.

What the ECT knows…

Very recently the Radio Voices of individuals sitting on– the Board of Governors of the Vail Valley Partnership – have been running Radio Ads – to tell you “just how wonderful” our Eagle County Regional Airport is…and the Airports relationship to our local Tourist economy.

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What’s the Concern?  While their current (March 2015) Radio Ads…don’t specifically mention a (proposed higher sales tax in Eagle County)…they are unquestionably trying to build a public consensus – about just how “wonderful” the Airport is…

Background:  Historically the so called “EGE Air Alliance” has gone out each year (for the last several years) and canvased local businesses (and Vail Resorts) for cash donations – to help subsidize Airline flights into our Eagle County Regional Airport.

What this group unquestionably wants is a “dedicated, re-occurring Funding Source” that many insiders believe – will turn out to be a November 2015 Ballot issue – to raise the Sales Taxes paid in Eagle County.  We’ll see.

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Time will Tell over the next few months.  Turns out the legal process is that… our elected Board of Eagle County, Commissioners would have to vote to approve that Ballot issue/question to raise taxes – before it goes on the November 2015 Eagle County Ballot.

Here are a few FACTS that the folks at the EGE Air Alliance and Vail Valley Partnership (forgot?) to mention in their Radio Ads…

1 – Per person Flights costs out of KEGE (Eagle County Regional) are not affordable for most Eagle County families – when compared to the Airfares out of DIA in Denver…

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2 – FACT:  Neither Vail Valley Partnership , nor the EGE Air Alliance has any control over what the Airlines will charge us…after we Subsidize the cost of their Flights!!!

3 – While the Radio Ad insists…”that since 2007…100,000 Flight Seats have been lost at our KEGE airport…”  No mention is made to fact that the costs of those seats (compared to Denver)…makes Denver a much more attractive Airport – for a family of 4 to fly into for their Ski (or summer) Vacation…

4 –  No mention is made of the Economic contribution that the Vail Valley Jet Center (private Jet aviation) has made to our local Economy…That’s the place at our Airport that our 1%ers fly into.   Our local “Private Sector” Airport isn’t asking for any Subsidies…in spite of the Economic contribution that the Jet Center and the high-roller 1%ers make to our Eagle County economy…

Don’t worry – Eagle County families and Taxpayers and small business owners – the EagleCountyTimes.com “has your back”….

More on this soon.

Eagle County’s Summer of CDOT – 2015

by    the fans of Public Safety

Make no Mistake.  The ECT folks are fans of CDOT because these folks work every day to improve our Public Safety on our Roads.  Day and Night.  Good weather, or a Blizzard these CDOT folks are out making sure our Roads are as safe as they can make them.  ECT enjoys listening to (on our Radio Scanner) to CDOT Snow Plow Driver “Tammy” who is a Regular Radio Voice during the tough Winter Months in Eagle County, Colorado.  Keep up the Good Work, Tammy!

ECT’s Point Here is…our collective County’s attention will soon shift from the Rock Slides on Hwy. 24  (Minturn/Red Cliff) to I-70 in Eagle Vail and Rte. 6 between Eagle and Gypsum.

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Bottom Line:  Much needed and scheduled Bridge Repair at both locations.

As reported in the ECT last November (Click Here) one of the I-70 bridge spans across the Eagle River in (Eagle Vail) will be completely closed starting in April.  While Repairs are completed on that span…2-way/single lane, I-70 traffic will use the other I-70 bridge span for normal I-70 traffic.  Time to slow down and replace your Red Bull drink with “Patient Bull”.

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Meanwhile…down valley…on Rte. 6 between Eagle and Gypsum the current Brush Creek Bridge (last weeks ECT report – Click Here) will also be repaired this summer.  If all goes as planned repairs will be completed by November 2015.  Up valley folks making their (weekly?) trip to the Gypsum Costco or to our Airport…would be well advised to give yourself a bit more time to get there.

(Photo – special thanks to Bob Yost, PE – CDOT’s Project Manager in Region 3)

(North is the top of Bob’s photo below)

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Brush Creek Update – (1) week later….

What a difference a week makes in CDOT time.  Here is what the Brush Creek Bridge Construction Zone (Eagle, Colorado) looks like one week later – Sunday, March 29th 2015.

 

All of Eagle County lays inside CDOTs Region 3 geography – diagram below.

The ECT folks suggest that “2015, the Summer of CDOT” will have a much bigger and more direct impact on your traveling life…than those past (2) over-hyped weeks during February this year…Live it, Dream it…you’ll be sharing it…and don’t forget to slow down.

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From the Street

Investing into the Future…

If you were the largest Ski Resort operator in North America…and you had $50 Million dollars to invest in multi-year Capital Improvements…where would you invest to get the maximum return on your money?

Colorado?  Summit or Eagle Counties?

The answer to this question is (Click Here).

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This fact also raises some interesting questions about Ski Resort Real Estate investing…in the years ahead.

If you were a Real Estate investor in your 30’s or 40’s looking to make an investment for your family…with an excellent chance of your property’s value increasing…where might you invest?

– a place that has the highest Health Insurance costs in the Nation? (that’s Eagle County, Colorado)

– a place where Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) is immediately attached to your investment property (1% Vail) or (2% Avon) (Beaver Creek is 2.75%)?

– Public Safety?  a place where your growing, curious children will have “easier access” recreational marijuana?

– a place where your young children can experience the thrill of (exotic male dancers?) dancing on Vail Mountain (Pink Vail event) – wearing ski boots and ladies bras?

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– a place where for only $50.00/ea. the esteemed intellectuals at our “Vail Symposium” group welcomes blue haired lady speakers – happy to lecture you on how, you too, can “talk to dead people”?

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The ECT folks here ask a lot of questions.

What our Community “has become” and “where we’re headed” in the future…is constantly on our minds…

PS – if you’re shopping for groceries in Vail…you might want to remember to bring your own – plastic bags…

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