Cordillera – Back into the Court House

by  the fans of Paul Drake and Della Street

Perhaps it was inevitable.

The assistance of the Judges at our District Courthouse has now formerly been requested.  District Court Judge Paul Dunkleman has since been assigned this case, August 12th 2016.


At Issue:  Tthe allowable “use by right” that may (one day?) transform the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera – into kind of a high-end/high-roller “drug rehab facility” for extended stay rehab patients.  The current owner of the Lodge (Behringer Harvard Cordillera, LLC) has struggled for years to make a reasonable annual profit.  The ECT has been told that BH/Cordillera has entered into an current contract to sell their Lodge and Spa to (CCG – Concerted Care Group Management – out of Baltimore, MD.)  It s not known at this time (13AUG2016) if the Sale to CCG has been completed…Nor has it been disclosed publicly what the actual purchase price is…


Cordillera home owner (Michelle Larson) has filed as the Plaintiff against Defendant – Eagle County, Colorado including our (3) elected Eagle County Commissioners.  (2) of which are up for re-election this November 2016.  Ms. Larson’s home in Cordillera is physically close to the Lodge at Cordillera.  (Click Here) for a copy of that new Lawsuit.

Background:  Eagle County’s Planning Department has already delivered (in writing) their “OK” “use by right” based on their review of the Cordillera PUD (Planned Unit Development).  That’s what triggered this new lawsuit.

 Today (13AUG2016) there are plenty of “unknowns”.

1-  To date, has the Sale been completed?

2 – If the sale has NOT been completed – will a potential (multi-million dollar investor) stay interested in funding this Purchase – given the likelihood of years of litigation ahead?

3 –  Fact is…Before this Lawsuit was filed – the Eagle County Commissioners scheduled a Public Hearing for (September 20th 2016) on this “use by right” topic.  Unlikely the ECT insists that Eagle County Attorney (Brian Treu) will endorse this scheduled meeting – now that the Commissioners have been formally named as Defendants in this case.  ECT expects that meeting will be cancelled.  No doubt to the great relief of the (2) County Commissioners running for re-election this November.

4 – Given the fact that a formal lawsuit is now filed…and should the developer try (now) to break ground and move ahead…a formal/legal – request for Injunction (to stop the developer) could be filed at the Courthouse –  Judge Dunkleman would then decide what to do…

Time will tell.  Interested parties are encouraged to share their (public record) documentation with the ECT for further discussion and review.


From the Street

Quote of the Week:  If you ever feel completely useless…just remember somebody else was chosen as the LifeGuard at the Olympic Swimming Events!

Eagle County Healthcare:   If you and your family have ever felt “fleeced” by what the Vail Hospital charges for Medical Services – you’re not alone.

In Fact, there is a new (local) website you might want to visit and keep track of….


They’ve cataloged (Vail Valley Medical Center – Vail Hospital) Financials – Payroll numbers for their top Administrators and an area where you can “speak your mind” online.  ECT tip:  Check it out.   The money you may save – will stay with your Family and your Business.

Time for some “Churchin’ Up” Eagle County Taxpayers!

St. Clare Parish in Edwards – dedicated their new Grotto this past Sunday.

ECT folks considered this fact – an undisputed MIRACLE in our Community

How So?

1 –  New Grotto – Constructed and Built at ZERO cost to the Eagle County Taxpayer

2 – No demands for additional “affordable housing” were made during Construction

3 –  There is PLENTY OF FREE PARKING in front of the new Grotto

4 –  It’s 100% FREE -You don’t need an EpicMix Ski Pass nor Parking Permit to visit and enjoy it.

ECT believes the Town of Vail Planners (might?) benefit from the example of St. Clare’s…  For more Photos of the Dedication (Click Here)   -CM


 How Does Beaver Creek’s Ambassador to Fun (Helmut Fricker) – “Warm Up” for next months OctoberFest Event?

Answer:  He takes a break for some scrumptious Gelato from Beaver Creek’s Rimini Shop on a warm August afternoon!  Yummy!




Vail Resorts to Buy – Whistler Blackcomb

by     My EpicMix Ski Pass might also work where?

ECT News Flash – Monday, August 8th 2016

To Read the News Story (Reuters) just (Click Here)

ECT Comment:  Apparently – when dealing in a “world-wide” Market – there are no AntiTrust legal concerns when putting a purchase agreement together.

If anyone has photos of what the Skier Parking is like (Costs?) at Whistler Blackcomb please email the ECT – with that information.


All “Gore” Gone – August 7th 2016

by   the Hippy Dippy Weather Man…(JC)

Temperature, Humidity, Wind and some Rain all combined to erase last Ski Season Snowfall on the Gore Range – by Sunday, August 8th 2016.  Likely by the end September we’ll see the first early snows dusting the Peaks of the Gore Range again.


Here is a closer view on the Gore from last Sunday


New! Chronic Tacos in Avon

by  Clayton Moore

Chronic Tacos – Mexican Grill just opened in Avon.  It’s just next to the UPS Store in the Avon Plaza and just across the street (east end) of the Christy Lodge.  The fans of Qdoba Mexican Grill will no doubt enjoy this familiar restaurant style too.  You move through a line of choosing, Taco’s, Burritos, Torta, Salads, Quesadilla, Chips, Salsa…etc and then pay at the end of the line at the Counter.  The portions are big and their prices, very reasonable.  Their Manager is Chad Wilkison and Owner – Anthony Kerrigone.  9AM-9PM – seven days a week.


Local Art folks will do doubt enjoy their huge Mexican mural with the theme of “Dia de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead.


Insiders Note:  Ask Anthony or Chad – what the Town of Avon has put their new (Sales Tax) generating business through – in order to get their Restaurant Liquor License.


You can visit – Chronic Tacos in Avon – via Facebook by (Clicking HereECT recommends you visit them using your Car – it’s way too dangerous to bike through Avon these days…

Choice Words & Road Weary in Downtown Avon

Insiders know where to look to find the online Comments.

If you’d like to read what (many folks) have to say about the new road work in Avon (July 2016) – all you have to do is to travel into   online.  Don’t worry, if you don’t have a Facebook Account – it’s FREE to create one online.

Plenty of Choice Words there on Facebook.  These days Facebook Comments (seem to be replacing?)  Letters to the Editor.  Well…You Decide.

How to find them?  Once logged into Facebook – use search at the top of Facebook and go to the Vail Daily Facebook page….


Once there – use the “Search Field” (see below) on the Vail Daily Facebook page….Type in the word AVON – then hit enter.  The online Facebook posts will appear as shown below.


Here you go (below) with a VERY SMALL SAMPLE of the Comments from folks who drive the streets in Avon and use the Avon Post Office – now 50% BLOCKED for Traffic in and out of the Post Office.Choice-Words-TOA-Streets-31JUL2016

So how might Shakespeare describe a bike ride on their Roads today ?  Well…(Hamlet – Act 1, Scene 4)  Perhaps like this:    “There’s something Rotten in Avon…”

Biker Safety in Avon? – NOT!

by  Clayton Moore

The Town of Avon – has done it again!

In their stated effort to make Avon a “bike friendly” area “downtown” – this is what they claim improves Biker Safety.  The Public Works department at the Town of Avon “restriped” the streets of downtown Avon this past week (20JUL2016).  Is this some sort of bad Joke?  (Photo – looking West in front of Avon’s Christy Lodge – headed into the main Avon Round-a-bout)


Just exactly what is a Biker (a family biking through Avon?) supposed to do to navigate the main Round-a-bout, safely?  Just exactly “WHO” at the Town of Avon – thinks this improves Biker Safety?  Avon Town Manager – Virginia Egger?  (W 748.4000)  Avon Public Works Director – Gary Padilla? (W 748.4000)  Avon’s Acting Police Chief – Greg Daly?  (W 748.4040) (Avon’s Town Council? (  Avon’s Planning and Zoning Board?

The good news?  There are (3) Avon Town Council seats up for election this November 2016.  Isn’t it time in Avon – for more reasonable and aware people to hold Public Office?  Contact the ECT.  Please read Avon Biker Ms. Joyce Pfaff’s letter below from this weekends Daily Fishwrap.


The redesign should also reduce confusing driving patterns and simplify roundabout passage.  Avon Council member Megan Burch stated, “Currently, the street doesn’t have enough crosswalks or clear and sufficient demarcations between the sidewalk, parking spots, bike lane and road.  For the well-being of our locals and visitors, we are making changes to ensure the road is safe and welcoming to all users.”



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