Vail’s Golden Peak – now at Risk?

There are now more questions than answers concerning the future of Vail’s Golden Peak – Ski Racing area.

Some believe there is a plan afoot to RESTRICT the use of Public Land –to- Public Use.

Case in Point:  How Vail’s existing Gold Peak Ski area might be dedicated to (exclusive?) Ski Racing use in the future.

Consider the fact that the cost of your Epic Mix Ski Pass – keeps going up – yet the Public Use of certain sections of Vail Mountain may be dedicated to a use – that restricts your  (Skiing/Snowboarding) on that part of Vail Mountain.

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The U.S. Forest Service (part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) is asking for your input on a proposed future use of the Golden Peak area of Vail Mountain.

(Click Here to leave a comment for the Forest Service)

(below a reprint by permission from the Vail Home Owners Association)

Vail Resorts is moving forward with its plans to expand Skiing on Golden Peak, primarily, to provide more race course terrain for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.  Although somewhat scaled back from earlier plans, the proposal now includes 42 acres of new ski trials, one new lift, snowmaking and related facilities.  The area of the expansion is to the east and above the current Golden Peak facilities.

The U.S. Forest Service has just issued a call for public comments on the “Golden Peak Improvements Project” as a prerequisite to an Environmental Impact Statement. Comments are due by May 1, 2017. Those submitting comments will receive future information about this project as the process goes forward.

Vail Homeowners Association has already received expressions of concern with respect to:

* The semiprivate nature of the improvements.

* Impact of known avalanche zones located between the proposed race course and adjacent residential     properties.

* Aesthetic effects upon a signature view.

* The effects of increased congestion upon the Golden Peak ski terrain and neighborhood.

* Impacts upon parking, traffic and mass transit service.

The Association urges affected parties to become involved and forward their comments to the USFS by May 1, 2017.

Additional information will be available at a public open house on April 6, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Service Holy Cross Office, 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, Colorado 81645.

Please review the attached USFS public notice for further detail.   (Click Here)

The County Commissioner – with Answers

by the fans of St. Matthew

Faces in the Vail Crowd?  With Answers?  Sometimes you have to know (as St. Matthew would say) – where to seek – so ye can find.  Eagle County Commissioner Kathy moonlighting as a forthright Red Jacket “information gal” – has been known to conduct her own (informal) survey of our Ski Tourists – while riding the Chairlifts on Vail Mountain.  What has she learned?  That Tourists flying into Eagle County – invariably like to visit the Gypsum Costco on their way to start their Ski Holiday.  More families tend to fly into Denver and drive up.  The ECT folks took a couple of runs at Vail with Commissioner Kathy determined to grow her knowledge base (we did) about our local Public School District – information that (to date) has been withheld from our Community at large.  See below.

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Apparently our Public School District – Doesn’t want you to know…or Consider

OBTW – did you know that the Apostle St. Matthew was a – Tax Collector… before you know WHO got a hold of him?

To Date – no one has shared this factual information below with you – not the School District, nor their Superintendent, not the Fishwrap folks.

So Let’s begin.

What you Know:  Eagle County’s Public School District convinced the “majority voter” to vote for (2) Property Tax Increases – Ballot Issues (3A & 3B) last November 2016.  You also know that – that Tax Increase, increased your Property Taxes – our School District Mill Levy increased from (20.311 in 2016) to now (25.209 in January 2017).

What you Don’t Know:  That Property Tax Increase is “not enough” to cover both Ballot Issues (3A & 3B).  Turns out it’s barely enough to cover the annual cost of (3A) the $8Million Annually of increased expenses at our Public School District.  What about the cost of (3B)?  Our School District “bonded” for 3B at the end of January 2017 for an additional ~$144Million Dollars of long term Debt – levied against your Eagle County Residential and Commercial Property.   Frankly, at the time (early January 2017) our EC Treasurer’s Office (while working with our EC Assessors office) was not able to calculate the required additional Mill Levy to cover the annual debt service of (3B).

BOTTOM LINE:   Your Eagle County Public School District Mill Levy is going to increase (again) in January 2018 – and you and the ECT will have absolutely NO SAY in that additional increase you’ll be required to (start) paying in the next 12 months.  Congratulations, EC Majority Voter.  If you’re a Renter – don’t worry – you’ll be hearing from your landlord soon enough.

YOUR COST OF LIVING IS GOING TO RISE:  Looking for more good news?  OK, per Colorado State Statute – this 2017 is a “property re-evaluation year” for the entire State of Colorado.  Most likely (according to the EC Assessors Office) your existing property will be valuated HIGHER, resulting in higher Property Taxes – ACROSS THE BOARD in January 2018.  So, local Renters if you or someone you know voted for (3A & 3B) they just made it much more expensive to BUY a home and more expensive to live in it.  Apparently the economic concept of “cause and effect” is no longer taught in our Public Schools – nor our liberal Universities.  Can you think of another explanation, ECT reader?  Let us know, leave a comment.

The FISHWRAP FOLKS and their ILK (local Realtors) are always happy to point out your homes (alleged appreciation in value) however NEVER want to discuss the CONSEQUENCES of that increased value of your PROPERTY.

JethroIf you or you know someone (who is currently a Renter) here in Eagle County – and Voted for both (3A & 3B) – the ECT offers this short (YouTube) video explaining the concept of “Cause and Effect”, thanks to Elementary School Teacher – Ms. Carrie Carter. 

Next weeks lesson?  You can’t make something more affordable (like housing) – by making it more expensive

Exploring – Avon Elementary

by –  a teaching moment MISSED?

For the Record…the ECT does NOT KNOW how to be an Elementary School Principal. 

The ECT believes that our Avon Elementary Principal – Mr. Roy Getchell (below) may have missed an important teaching moment from a few days ago…

The ECT believes Principal Getchell should have told our Elementary Students to use “Red Tape” (the only Real Product of Government) to explain to our young Students – what our current President is trying to “undo” – due to 8 years of what his predecessor did…Cause and Effect, indeed.  (photo credit Vail Daily)

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An Unexpected First – Advancing the Cause of Women’s Fashion

Well…the Political Left and Right can certainly agree on this.

Our new First Lady – Melania Trump – has certainly advanced the cause of Women’s Fashion on this – the first day of the Trump Presidency.  Ralph Lauren created Melania’s cashmere dress for an outdoor Inauguration in Washington, during January.

Scroll down to the bottom of this photo – note how “in step” these two are with each other.  Well done.

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New Years 2017

There were not many “Ohio State” Jerseys being worn on Vail Mountain – this New Years Day.  Come to think of it, we didn’t see any Alabama nor Clemson Jerseys either.

If you arrived at the Vail Ski Lift at a prompt 8:30AM – you started the New Year with ZERO lift lines and just a few Skiers on the Slopes.

So far (2017) So good.  We’ll all see now – what happens after January 20th 2017.

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