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Nothing festive about vote

EAGLE, Colo. -- It's hardly a cheerful Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice in Eagle, the once-booming town 30 miles west of Vail.

The town board has approved a major shopping complex called Eagle River Station after consideration for several years. Everybody agrees the town could use the added revenue, but opponents think the complex will end any vestige of small-town charm - and perhaps not add all that much revenue.

Recriminations have been flying, with the opposing camps alleging various illegal procedures - none of them rising to the level of importance that will probably be remembered even a year from now. As well, union carpenters picketed in protest of the developer, Trinity/RED, who they believe had a bad track record in Missouri.

Knowing there would have to be a town-wide vote on the matter one way or another, the town board scheduled the election for Jan. 5.