Congrats – John Dakin of the Vail Valley Foundation

by  “Here’s Looking at you Kid!”

The Vail Valley Foundations VP of Communications – John Dakin – was recently awarded the FIS Journalist Award for America.  While the FIS was busy awarding John for his Communication Skills – the ECT folks have always been impressed with John’s – Photographic skills!  John is obviously – a Nikon fan.  ECT has a good eye for a Photo too – making you John Dakin – the ECT’s Person of the Week – this week!  Congrats!

As Bogart once said in his Casablanca Film “Here’s looking at you, Kid!”…er…John


Media Pin of the Championships!

What can the ECT say?  Well…this is our favorite Media Pin of the 2015 Championships!

A real collectors item if you ask us!  Commemorating the Triumph of Paid Print Advertising – over Investigative Reporting and Journalistic Accuracy…


Here is a case in point from last week – Feb. 2015:


40,000 Readers a Day?  Really?  ECT doesn’t think so…

U.S. Census Bureau says…their most recent estimate (2013) is 52,460 people living in Eagle County, Colorado.  Just (Click On) the graphic below to go to that U.S. Census Bureau web page…


1 – Consider the FACT that:   Eagle County Citizens living in (Basalt and El Jebel) live in the Roaring Folk River Valley – they’ll most likely read the Aspen Times and/or the Glenwood Springs, Post Independent, RIGHT?

2 – Now consider the population of all our Eagle County, Elementary School Kids…a very small portion of kids that might read the Fishwrap…

3 – Now consider Eagle County’s growing Population of folks that don’t call English their first language…

4 – To be FAIR – some of the folks that read the Fishwrap don’t live here (may own property here) and read it (online) because they can…How many of those folks are reading the Fishwrap every day?

ECT believes it is far more likely that, “40,000 readers a day” – spans THE ENTIRE (Swift Communications – VD Parent Company) newspaper geography of Eagle County, Summit County, Garfield and Pitkin Counties (combined).


Part 2 UPDATE:   Little Chance of this Colorado story being reported locally – so the ECT will link you to the Denver Post story – Just (Click On) the graphic below to go to the Denver Post story….


One more thing, Don – we do like our Media Pin (above) they Best!

Avon Council welcomes the 2015 Championship – with World Class Signage

by  Jimmy Olsen Photography

As the Avon Town Council prepares to “Welcome the World” tomorrow – the ECT folks thought you’d – like to see what Avon’s (Apres in Avon?) 2015 Guests are going to see and experience – coming from all over the World to visits us – for about 2 weeks this February.

Avon’s New so called “Pedestrian Mall” (photo below) – apparently timed to coincide with your Pedestrian “15 Minutes of Fame”.  Mall planners and designers have neglected adding any new Public Parking for their Mall – causing a flurry of Private Sector Business to get very, very territorial with the use of their Parking Lots – located all around this so called “Pedestrian Mall”.


Avon’s Alpine Bank, joins US Bank, along with the Avon Center and Avon Liquor – in Welcoming the World – with their own unique “Word Class Signage”.  No doubt our World visitors will be fascinated with Avon’s Municipal Code – Section 5.12


Avon’s new Music Pavilion – (remember the $2 Million Dollar Cost Overrun on this?) suggests just how ready the Avon Stage will be for start of the 2015 World Championships…just (9) days from the date of this Photo.


Avon’s central problem is centered on its Town Manager -Virginia Egger.  Egger has “loaded up” Avon’s Town employment with Event Planners and not Town Planners.  And it shows.

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Avon – When "NO" means "NO"

by Clayton Moore

History was made in Avon, Colorado last week.

Their first ever Election Referendum – where folks who voted, voted almost (2-1) that they DID NOT WANT – their Avon Property – attached to a $12.5 Million dollar, 25 year Loan – known as a (CoP’s) – Certificates of Participation…to pay for a “Skier Building – to house Town of Avon Bureaucrats (Photo).

Proponents of this fiscal insanity organized an official/legal “Political Action Committee” to promote this Avon purchase – including some stupid (and very ineffective) “Yes” campaign signs.

Curious isn’t it.  History made in Avon last week – yet not one mention of that FACT (read: election results) on Avon’s web site (  Now why do you suppose that is…


Meanwhile – Avon’s new ($2 Million Dollar cost overrun) Music Stage shows – just how likely it will be ready to use for (Audi) during the 2015 Ski Championships – starting exactly (1) week from today – February 2nd 2015.

Perhaps Avon Officials can claim it will be the first ever (Condom Covered Concert?) facility in Eagle County…Sheesh…can these Avon folks get anything, right?

ECT Reports – You Decide.


ECT’s – Person of the Week

When this young man –isn’t busy having Vail Parks and Pavilions named after him…

Or talking Trash with his son Matt…

Or raising daughters to become Colorado State Senators…

He’s busy (this week) teaching a Gondola car full of Australians – how to Ski Vail Mountain.

ECT is still not sure why John’s (center-right) Politics didn’t quite convince his daughter of the same outlook on life.  Probably has something to do with the Senators College education in South Bend, Indiana…or perhaps a disproportionate influence from her mother – Diana.

In any event – in the slang of your students – the ECT’s wishes John a “G’ Day Mate”

The ECT will catch you at Vendetta’s in Vail – next time!

PS – that small number on the bottom of John’s name tag – it says 1963…


Down in our Valley – January 18th 2015

by  Clayton Moore

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day – to all our friends who have the Day off on Monday.

This photo may look almost like a kind of (race track?) in the center of our photo – however what is really is – is the FUTURE of Avon.  The Large, Vacant Land between the Wal~Mart in the East and Avon’s Chapel Square at the west end of this huge tract of land.  In the next 3-5 years when Avon Developer Traer Creek – develops this land – the “center” of Avon will inevitably and unquestionably move there.  Don’t be fooled Avon Voters – by the local charlatans trying to sell you an overpriced “skier building” in a forgotten corner of Avon – if this were Brooklyn, NY no doubt these same folks would be trying to sell you Avon Taxpayers an overpriced Bridge as well…


From the Office of the Eagle County, Colorado – Assessor

by Clayton Moore

Don’t worry.  You’re getting yours via U.S. Mail during the first Week in May 2015.

Per Colorado State Statute – Our Eagle County Assessors office will be mailing your (most recent) private Property Valuation this May.  This (every two years) Valuation determines – the Value of your Property – that is used to calculate your Eagle County Property Taxes for the next (2) years…till the next Valuation.

Here is the ECT’s report from our conversation with the Office of the Assessor – last week.

1 – Look out…if you own Property or Land in Eagle/Gypsum and, or Basalt/El Jebel.

Why?  History has shown that those areas had the highest (devaluation) after the Eagle County Construction/Recession hit hard a few years ago.  Most of Eagle County’s home foreclosures where in that geography – from a few years ago.

That Real Estate market has recovered over the past couple of year – and by far the largest increase in Property Valuations – will come from this geography…

2 –  Cordillera Property Values struggle.  Overall Real Estate sales in Cordillera (both north/south sides of I-70) continues at a sluggish rate…(comparatively speaking).  This fact makes it much harder for the Assessor Office – to gage and assess Property Values (vacant Cordillera land included) because of a relatively (few) home sales over the 18-24 month period.  Bottom Line?  It’s next to impossible to sell a home in Cordillera for (top dollar) compared to the market – 7-8 years ago.  If you don’t own any property in Cordillera you’re trying to sell today – you can be glad…

3 – The Fishwrap folks and (some Realtors) continue to exaggerate the overall condition of Eagle County’s Real Estate market.  Yes, there are some “bright spots of real estate activity” however it’s not enough to draw conclusions of the condition of our (over all) Real Estate market.  Yes, the market is better today – than it was ~2 years ago…it is certainly not “zooming”.  Just ask the folks selling in Cordillera…

4 –  The one place in Eagle County you can always buy and sell is a (good condition) 2-3 bedroom Condo – in Eagle Vail.  That location between Vail and Beaver Creek is very reliable for Sales and a solid value if the Property there is well kept…

5 –  There is a reasonable amount of activity for property in Vail – on the market for just under $1 Million.  There is a lot of inventory (East and West Vail) and for home there priced under a Million – there’s activity from interested buyers.


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