Record Broken

Local Weather Watchers set a new Record this – Thursday, May 18th 2017.

The previous May Record was set on Wednesday, May 11th 2011.

The Good News?  It’s not HAIL…our Denver Friends can tell you about their May 2017 Hail Storm.  Keep scrolling Down  –  ECT has today’s Ski Report too!

New Record – May 18th 2017

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Previous Record – May 11th 2011


May 18th 2017 – Ski Conditions and Snow Report for Arapahoe Basin – They’re Open…(Click Here)



Sunday’s Stream – Mother’s Day 2017

by  Clayton Moore

Eagle County’s paved Bike Trail between lower Dowd Junction and Vail proved to be a good place for a photo of the Eagle River – on Mother’s Day 2017.  Just (click on) the photo to enlarge it.


Meanwhile – It’s hard to tell in Vail on the same Mother’s Day….These folks (scroll down – can’t get enough?) or just can’t wait for next Ski Season…in any event – a good way to cool off after a good UPHILL Hike.  (keep scrolling down)


Vail’s Golden Peak – GANG!


Vail’s Closing Day 2017 – The Untold Story

This is what Vail’s Closing Day – top of Vail Mountain/PHQ (Sunday April 23rd 2017) actually looked like at 4:00PM.  Imagine having just more party drink – then skiing down (all at the same time)


Sadly…for the poor folks running the Vail Hospital/Vail Valley Medical Center – wont be able to overcharge local injured Skiers – till late November 2017.  Lord knows that management team has done all they can to make sure the cost of our Health Insurance in Eagle County – remains the most expensive in our great Country.


Spring ? Two Steps Forward – one Step Back

by  Clayton Moore

Springtime here in the Colorado Rockies is always a mixed bag.  One day Sunny and Warm – the next day Snow.  Some of our favorite Spring photos are below –  showing a diversity of “time between blooming”.

Photo Note:  The site in Eagle County where these photos were taken – is the same.  Only the Dates on the photos are different.


April 1st 2017


April 26th 2016


Eagle County’s – Property Tax Bomb – Is ticking away…

The Fuse has been lit.  In less than (10) months the new 2018 Eagle County Property Tax Explosion – will Detonate…and you’ll be forced to pay up!

The information (about your Eagle County Property Taxes) recently printed in the Vail Daily (Rondeau P. A6 -23MAR) was inaccurate and wildly misleading. Here are the FACTS.

1 – Your Property Taxes on Commercial and Residential are going UP next Year (2018) and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

3A-Ballot-Clip2 – This new (Taxpayer Voted on/approved Nov. 2016) Property Tax increase is due to EC School District Ballot Issue 3B.

3 – The Property Tax increase you’ve already experienced on your January 2017 Bill is due to EC School District Ballot Issue 3A also approved by the EC majority voter in November 2016.

It turns out…our EC School District did not actually “Bond” for the additional Debt (3B) until (approximately) the last week of January 2017 – Bond Term 20 years . By that time your (2017) Property Tax Bill had already been printed and U.S. Mailed with the EC School District’s increased Mill Levy to – 25.209 Mills, reflecting the additional Tax increase for (3A). 3A’s Tax obligation covers the additional $8Million/yr. expense spending by the School District – till December 31st 2023. Comparing the Debt Service Property Tax obligation of 3A vs. 3B is like comparing a Firecracker to a Nuclear explosion.

How much will my Residential and Commercial Property Taxes go up next Year?

Answer: As of March 2017 – it’s impossible to say (exactly) how much. Why? Two major factors need to be considered. First, per Colorado State Statue a “State Wide” Property “re-evaluation” is already underway by the EC Assessors office. Expect to see your new Property Valuation official letter from our Assessors office this Summer 2017. That new Eagle County Property Valuation is expected to be higher (in most cases) than the Property Valuation you received – two years earlier.

Second is the “rebalancing effect” of the Colorado Gallagher Amendment that will be3B-Ballot-Language-November-2016 enforced soon. Per State Statue – Property Tax Rates are different between Commercial and Residential Property. Currently, Residential being 7.96% and Commercial at 29%.

Some Colorado Tax advisors believe a Residential Tax Rate will likely drop below 7.96% – due to the increase in Colorado’s population (mostly on the Front Range) and the fact there are more new Homes paying Property Tax.

Know This: Regardless of the variable effects of Gallagher and Property Re-Assessment – the new annual/additional Debt Service School Bond obligations MUST be paid each Tax year to come.

Time will tell exactly – however what you need to know is that your Eagle County Property Taxes will unquestionably go UP – in January 2018…far more than, Jason Glass and your elected School Board members– are willing to “publically admit” to you today.

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