ECT – Question of the Week! – July 28th 2014

What we all Know:  Eagle County, Colorado has the HIGHEST Healthcare Insurance costs in the Nation.  (Click Here)

What we need to Know:  How will the Vail Hospital “Master Facility Plan” reduce our Health Insurance costs in Eagle County – when there is no proposed “Hospital Competition” being included in their Plans to Expand?

Recall:  Vail Resorts formally announced then DROPPED their Health Insurance coverage for ALL their “part-time” employees (Click Here) – August 2013.


Menconi’s Profit – in this "non-Profit"

ECT thinks this Eagle County local – is an expert at profiting from “non-Profits”.

Their recent non-Profit moniker was “Crank it for a Cause” for a Summertime Eagle County Bike Ride (sans) their own fund raiser.

Indeed.  Their online web site description of this Bike Ride insists “all proceeds go to SOS Outreach.


OK – So let’s have a look at this “non-Profits” most recent Federal Tax Return – 2013 (Form 990) – that is a Public Record document.

From Page 8 of the 26 Page Tax Return….

Executive Director – Arn Menconi being paid $110,250.00/year and an additional “other compensation” of $12,002.00 – total $122,252.00 paid in calendar 2012…obviously 2 years ago.

His web site for this ride also insists that SOS Outreach is “an advocate for Social Justice”.  ECT is very impressed at how well self proclaimed “advocates for Social Justice” are paid!  For a complete look at this non-Profits Federal Tax return (Click Here)


Eagle County’s Checkbook – Well Almost…

by  Clayton Moore

Actually, the ECT likes what the “Communications Team” at Eagle County has accomplished so far.

Now online you can look up an Eagle County – Department and see how much Taxpayer $$ they’re spending according to a projected budget.  The data is even downloadable (MS Excel format) for your further review.  (Click Here)

The ECT folks would like to encourage Kris Friel – Eagle County’s Communications Director (970.328.8617 –  Kris.Friel@EagleCounty—-dot—us) to take it to the next level.

What the ECT would like to see in addition to the good work already accomplished is a web link to “who is getting paid”.  You know – like a Checkbook, that shows not only the Amount but also “specifically who (what company?) got paid” for the itemized Budget item!   Keep up the good work.  ECT likes open and transparent Governance!

The ECT hopes our friends at the Eagle County Public School District – are paying attention to what Eagle County has accomplished (online) so far!


Lt. Dan – at 4 Eagle Ranch last week

by  Buddy Sims (photography) and the fans of VFW Post 10721 Minturn, Colorado

Lt. Dan (a.k.a. Gary Sinise) stopped by 4 Eagle Ranch last week to join the members of VFW Post 10721 in a Fund raiser for the Board of Amerson Music Ministries and the Gary Sinise Foundation.  Gary’s Foundation (among others) helps build new homes for disabled Veterans all over the U.S.  Also on hand was Congressional Medal of Honor winner (Sammy Lee Davis – Vietnam) enjoying the festivities and music.

Interesting Factoid:  In making the movie Forest Gump – actual video footage was used of Sammy Lee Davis being presented his Medal of Honor from (then) President Johnson – actor Tom Hanks (head) was superimposed over Sammy Davis’s head – in that movie/video scene to make it look as though Forest was being presented with a Medal of Honor.

L-R   Buddy Sims, Larry Trotter, Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan), Jim Kleckner, VFW Post Commander – Pete Thompson.


Not to be confused with Forest Gump – Here is a photo of the real- Sammy Lee Davis with wife Dixie (2nd from right).  Photo at the Eagle County Airport (KEGE) last week.

L-R  Captain Robert Baron, Firefighter Kevin Rindy, Firefighter Mike Friel, Larry Trotter, Buddy Sims, Sammy Davis with his wife Dixie.

Meanwhile – more Music festivities at yesterday’s Farmer’s Market in Vail…

Viva La Femmes!  You look ‘Maaahvelous’…er…we mean Fabulous!

It’s hard to beat a Singing Trio that keeps their drinks – out front and their inflatable Guitars stowed safely behind them!  It could only be… The Fabulous Femmes – unmistakable!  L-R (Femme Fatale)  Kathy Morrow, Beth Swearingen and Sally Peterson


Foregetaboutit–Avon City Council!

by   Clayton Moore

No Means NO! – Avon City Council!

Fact is:  Avon Voters said “NO” to your Tax Question on the November 2013 Ballot!


The answer is still NO!  Avon Councilmembers!  Stop turning Avon into Eagle County, Colorado’s #1 Tax Town!

Avon – Colorado’s #1 Tax Town? 

FACT:  Buying a home or condo in Avon costs you 2% (Real Estate Transfer Tax) to “buy in” and another 2% of your hard earned money – when you choose to sell your home and get out!  4% of your Avon Real Estate Investment paid to the local Government – now add to this the Real Estate Commission you pay a Realtor when you go to sell your home – and it’s easy to see why home prices in Avon – are not appreciating!  Wake up folks!

FACT:  Avon Property Owners just absorbed (2014) a new and additional Property Tax increase this year from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District!

FACT:  The Eagle County Fire Protection District – also passed a new Permanent Property Tax increase in Avon, on the November 2012 ballot!  Ballot Question 5A.

Question:  Can you TRUST your Avon City Council to make good, Taxpayer responsible decisions?

NO!  Proof?  The Avon lawsuit against Traer Creek has cost the Avon Taxpayer ~$3Avon-Wal~Mart-Tax-9JUL2014 Million in legal fees…(nothing has been resolved) and still the Lawsuit goes on today!  Monday, July 21st 2014.

FACT:  As a point of “lawsuit settlement” the current Avon Town Council agreed to a new increased Sales Tax – that has raised the Sales Tax you pay at the Avon Wal~Mart – now to almost 10% (9.549%)

FACT:  It took “years” for the lake in Avon (actual Avon lake photo below) to be repaired to the point it could be used for Recreation again.  How can a reasonable Taxpayer trust what their Avon City Council is telling them about the cost and time frame to “improve” Avon’s existing Rec Center – if you agree to their (November 2014) Tax plan?

The Good News?  Yes!   4 Avon City Council seats are up for election this November 2014.  Isn’t it time to vote for some real “Budget Hawks” as in reasonable FISCAL CONSERVATIVES?



This week’s Letters to the ECT

Have a Letter?  Something on your mind?  EMail the ECT – (Staff@EagleCountyTimes-dot-com) and your letter will “see the light of day” and not get lost in the pages of the Fishwrap.  Also email the ECT a digital “head-shot” photo so we can use with your Letter to the ECT.

This week – (in the order the ECT received them)


Candidate Daric Harvey (Eagle County Sheriff – election November 2014)

Topic:  Public Safety issues and plans for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships – February 2015.  (Click Here)

Candidate James Van Beek (Eagle County Sheriff – election November 2014)

Topic:  James experience and qualifications to be your next Eagle County Sheriff.  (Click Here)

Long time Eagle County local Fredrick Butler –

Topic:  The documented (and shameful) record of Colorado’s Senator Mark Udall (D) and Udall’s attempt to get re-elected this November 2014.  (Click Here)

Malaysia Airlines Flight – MH370

by  Clayton Moore

Did you know that civilians here in Eagle County, Colorado today – are tracking in real-time Aircraft flying over our own airspace, here at home?

Tracking is done here using a Radio Technology called ADS-B/Mode S.


This real-time in flight technology (used in Eagle County today) can be seen on your computer by – (Clicking Here) or just click on the graphic above.

If you’re a technology interested individual and are interested in learning more about Radio Technology – you can visit the local Amateur Radio web site and leave your name and email address (Click Here).  Knowledge of this technology makes reading these reports on the missile system that shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight – much easier to understand.


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