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Muftic: GOP political tricks likely to backfire in 2016

3 hours 2 min ago
Are Republicans performing dumb political tricks when they try to destroy President Obama’s major domestic initiatives of Obamacare and immigration reform with threats of shutting down the government? Possibly.Polls reflect and are warnings of backfires. Continuing resolutions and compromise are temporary band-aids but eventually the time clock runs out and a nasty taste is left in the voters’ mouths.In the fall of 2013 much of the federal government was shut down over Obamacare. The radical right of the GOP, the Tea Party wing, tried to defund implementation of the health care reform law and they tied it to the government …

Hamilton — Proxy war: The president and the prime minister

3 hours 2 min ago
Since 2009, the Obama administration has favored the Palestinians over Israel. Meanwhile, in order to retain U.S. funding for Israel’s essential Iron Dome missile-defense system, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has turned the other cheek.But now, President Obama has gone a step too far by dispatching four of his top political operatives to teach Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political opponents how to defeat Mr. Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections. Their leader, Jeremy Bird, was the genius behind President Obama’s grass-roots election campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Bird has now joined Victory 2015, the “anybody but Bibi,” political campaign.This week, …

DeVos: A quiet, comfortable cave

3 hours 2 min ago
Archeologists used to think that prehistoric society began as hunters and gatherers. They figured the men got up before dawn, sharpened their spears and spent a tough day poking woolly mammoths.Cavewomen, they figured, got up a bit later, dusted the stalactites and spent a few hours raising kids while gathering wild wheat, barley and hops for the evening stew.Recent evidence indicates it wasn’t quite so. Apparently cavemen were lazy slugs who just lay about the cave all day dreaming up ways to invent beer. It seems cavewomen did it all, including a lot of mammoth-poking. Plus, to the shame and …

Grand County real estate recovery slow, steady

3 hours 2 min ago
Tax revenues seem to suggest the recovery of Grand County’s tourism economy is in full swing, but the real estate market has been a bit slower to rebound.Total real estate transactions in 2014 were down slightly from the year before, according to data from the Land Title Guarantee Company.However, gross volume was at its highest since 2008 at $425.5 million, up around 30 percent from 2013, according to the data. The data paints a complicated picture, though it seems to suggest a recovery is under way.The market in Grand County tends to be heavily influenced by the state of markets …

Middle Park student receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

4 hours 14 min ago
The spirit of volunteerism runs strong throughout Grand County, and one young Middle Park High School girl exemplifies that, taking it upon herself to selflessly serve other members of her community.Emily Jensen is a freshman at MPHS who was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program in conjunction with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The award was presented on behalf of President Barack Obama.Jensen received the award for her volunteer work on the Obstacle Run, Dinner and Silent Auction held last year in support of the Mountain Family Center. …

Libraries that rock: Guitar-lending program in Grand County leads national trend

4 hours 38 min ago
Books may still be libraries’ bread and butter, but today’s libraries also lend unusual items that may not fit on the shelves of tradition.In Perham, Minn., cardholders can check out lifejackets, a four-person tent and a camp stove. Community members in Great Bend, Kan., don’t have to invest in a new cake pan — their library checks out over 100 different shapes and sizes for their baking customers. Residents of Oakland, Calif., needing tools for a DIY project need look no further than their local library’s shelves.Here in Grand County, guitars, basses, drums and drum pads and keyboards check out …

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5 hours 10 min ago

Granby Ranch tries Fit For Snow to lower workers’ comp claims

5 hours 58 min ago
Working at a ski resort can be physically demanding.Ski school instructors and Ski Patrol members spend their days in fast paced and extreme environments where the difference between safety and serious injury can be a matter of split seconds and quick thinking. Proper physical preparation and mental clarity keep workers safe, and help the business bottom line by reducing worker’s comp claims.To that end Granby Ranch is trying out a new employee pilot program this year called Fit For Snow. Granby Ranch is testing the program with both its Ski School and Ski Patrol employees, areas in the ski resort …

Fraser ALCO officially closed

6 hours 6 min ago
ALCO officially closed the doors to its Fraser location on Friday, Feb. 28.Though ALCO filed for bankruptcy last year, its Fraser location stayed open through February as liquidators continued to move inventory into the store.Craig Clark, who has been in the process of purchasing the ALCO Center through his LLC, Fraser Valley Shopping Center, said lease negotiations with a new tenant are ongoing, though he could not name the prospective tenant on the record.Clark also owns a marijuana dispensary, Fraser’s second, in the shopping center. …

Obituary: David Edgar Harris

6 hours 22 min ago
David Edgar Harris passed away on Feb. 1, 2015, at the age of 73. David was born June 3, 1941, to Helen Pearl Gauff and James Nathan Harris in Wenatchee, Wash. David was known to be a hot rodder and racer in his youth and still has a record for fastest car in the class Fuel Modified Dragster, since abandoned. He lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas, Nev., and finally ended up in Tabernash.David is survived by his ex-wife Christine Harris; sister, Judy Finch; sons Thomas Harris, Steven O’neil, and Robert O’neil; and his daughters Latricia Lewis, Nicole …

Granby Elementary students raise $7,500 for charities

6 hours 22 min ago
Granby Elementary School held a fundraiser called “GES Hops for Healthy Hearts” on Feb. 25 & 26 and raised more than $7,500 for local charities, the American Heart Association and for improvements to their school’s playground.All 350 students participated during their P.E. class time, led by teacher Maggie Keller, through a variety of events that included hopping, jumping, swinging and scootering. The students collected pledges for their participation and earned prizes for the different levels of money they raised.In addition to the prizes, the top fundraiser in each grade will throw a cream pie at a teacher, principal and counselor, …

Winter Park Ski Down for Cancer set for March 21

6 hours 38 min ago
WINTER PARK – For the fifth straight season, the Winter Park Resort Professional Ski Patrol is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids to fight cancer in the TJV Ski Down for Cancer on Saturday, March 21.Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, the TJV Ski Down for Cancer will once again consist of Winter Park employees and volunteers skiing/riding down lower Hughes at around 5 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease. …

Nordic doesn’t get much better than Grand County

7 hours 42 min ago
Families skiing or just playing in the snow, laughing together, cheering each other on; kids proudly wearing their medals grinning from ear to ear; delicious meatballs and soup and wine and more. What more can delight you in one day?Last Saturday was packed with those photo opportunities of a lifetime as locals and visitors alike skied picture perfect trails for the Foxy Freestyle at the Grand Lake Touring Center. Kids at tender young ages crossed the finish line for the first time ever and each one received a medal at the Sons of Norway Barnelopet at Snow Mountain Ranch Legget …

Fully involved: Take steps now to recover from disaster

7 hours 50 min ago
No one likes to think about disastrous events that could damage or destroy one’s home, but we see daily reports in the news of devastating incidents. While we probably need not worry about lava flows, earthquakes, tornados, or plagues of locusts here in Grand County, no part of the world is without risk.Here, where we have come to live amongst the trees, we are at risk of wildfire. Throw in burglary, vandalism, an electrical malfunction, a simple accident in the kitchen, or a forgotten candle and you have an arguably very small, but nevertheless real chance, of a catastrophic loss. …

Fraser Valley mountain biking has come a long way

8 hours 22 min ago
These are exciting times for mountain biking. We have seen new trails and there is a vision for an amazing trail system. Recently Winter Park was named the No. 3 mountain bike destination by Singletracks.com.It has been a long time since this type of excitement has been seen in Winter Park. There has been a lot of effort to make that type or distinction possible. It doesn’t happen overnight but takes years to reach that quality of experience.Roughly 25 years ago several people met in the Bank of Winter Park. It was there that the first vision for mountain biking …

Condominium Management Company-Vacations Inc. ownership changes

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:05pm
WINTER PARK — The former general manager of Condominium Management Company and Vacations Inc. has purchased the company from its longtime owner.Robert Blay purchased CMC from Michael Dybicz, who has owned and operated the company for 35 years.CMC manages more than 30 homeowner associations in Grand County. Its sister organization, Vacations Inc., manages more than 100 short-term rental properties in the county.Blay’s business background includes a stretch as president of his family’s international production and distribution business in the film and television industry, which he sold before retiring to Granby Ranch in 2013.“The business I ran before had very demanding …

Middle Park snowpack remains near normal

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:33pm
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kremmling Field Office snow surveyors Mark Volt and Vance Fulton took the March 1 snow survey measurements during the last days of February, and even with the recent warm weather, the survey shows that the Upper Colorado River Basin is in pretty good shape!Snowpack in the high elevation mountains above Middle Park now ranges from 78 percent to 128 percent of the 30-year average, with the overall average for Middle Park at 102 percent.Last year at this time the area was at 141 percent of average. Snow density is averaging 25%, which means that …

Bear Mountain Ranch theft suspect appears in District Court

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:17pm
Elizabeth Carmichael, 47, accused of stealing more than $451,000 from Bear Mountain Ranch in western Grand County, appeared in District Court on Monday morning, March 2, with her attorney Kristopher Hammond.Carmichael appeared for a Hearing on Advisement before 14th Judicial District Judge Mary Hoak.The suspect waived her right to formal advisement Monday morning and her lawyer requested a preliminary hearing. Carmichael and her counselor are scheduled to be back in District Court on Monday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m.A mandatory restraining order was placed on Carmichael Monday morning, which is a common procedure in such cases. The two protected parties …

Winter Park home builder wins online awards

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:57pm
Terra Firma Custom Homes Inc. of Winter Park has been awarded Best of Houzz 2015 for both design and service.Houzz (www.houzz.com), a leading platform for home building, remodeling and design, announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2015, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz.The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Service and Design. Customer Service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was …

Obituary: Theodore ‘Ted’ Thompson

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:49pm
Theodore “Ted” Thompson, of Heeney passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2015.Ted was born Feb. 3, 1949, in Ilwaco, Wash., to Ted and Martha Thompson. As a young boy, he moved to Aspen where he was a successful competitive cross country ski racer through high school. During his youth, he spent time in Summit County with his uncle and aunt, Max and Edna Dercum. After meeting his wife, they moved to the Heeney area. After a few odd jobs, he settled at Culbreath Ranches, working as a ranch hand until retirement. Ted was an accomplished photographer, writer, world traveler and …