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Springtopia caps Winter Park’s 75th season

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:37am
Like to get wet? Winter Park Resort will hold its annual Springtopia event this weekend, featuring live music and the Coca-Cola Spring Splash.The festivities will draw to a close what has been a phenomenal 75th anniversary season for the resort, said Steve Hurlbert, Winter Park Resort’s communication director.“It seems like one of those years where the planets have aligned for us a little bit,” Hurlbert said. “When we look back on our 75th anniversary season, we’ll look at it as one of the best we’ve ever had at Winter Park Resort.”Hurlbert cited the opening of the new Lunch Rock facility, …

Imaging the future: Students excited about Middle Park High’s new 3D printers

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:21pm
Two relatively small machines sit atop a work counter in Middle Park High School.They are not much bigger than a microwave and as they operate the machines make a sound not unlike an old dial-up Internet connection. Each machine has an arm that moves suddenly and precisely in sweeping, circling and jerking motions dispensing a small stream of liquid plastic resin. In a few short hours each machine will slowly form an object where once there was only empty space.The machines are known as 3D printers, and while the technology behind them was developed in the 1980s, the printers have …

Bob Singley, Winter Park skiing legend, inducted into Hall of Fame

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:41pm
Bob Singley is a pretty humble guy.Though he’s arguably one of the most important figures of the freestyle skiing revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s, he doesn’t like to make a big fuss about it.When contacted for this article, Singley was a bit reluctant.“Oh, you know, I really think people are tired of hearing about me,” he said with genuine concern.But try as he might to avoid the limelight, Singley is once again making headlines.Later this year, the legendary skier and stuntman will be inducted to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame as an athlete and pioneer of …

Seeds to sow: Grand Roots offers seed library and edible gardens

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:33pm
Jessica Foley, a mother of two in Grand Lake, did not set out to create the Grand Roots Project, Grand County’s non-genetically modified seed bank. Three years ago she wasn’t an experienced gardener, and she bought her food at the grocery store.But like many parents, she was concerned about what her family was eating.In 2012, Foley’s 4-year-old son was exhibiting some behaviors that worried her. He missed social milestones and preferred isolation over interaction.Foley changed one thing that she could — his diet. She prepared all organic food for her family for three days, and immediately saw a dramatic difference. …

Letter: The irony of gun control

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:37pm
To the Editor:As former New York City mayor Bloomberg continues to promote his laugh-inducing pursuit of saving us all from kid-gobbling pop machines, the world watches.While our government works to pry the rifles from the hands of patriotic Americans, the world is watching.As the Iranians observe us, they giggle at our current administration’s politically obsessed attempts at disarming Americans. Meanwhile, they chant “Death to America!” their fists held high in the air. To them, a disarmed U.S. would be highly desirable. We are an American populace that still foolishly believes that Russia is no longer an enemy, or a threat. …

Letter: Let’s remedy Colorado’s lack of respect for unborn children

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:21pm
To the Editor:In 2004, Congress enacted, and President Bush signed, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which recognizes the “child in utero” as a legal victim if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of any of 68 existing federal crimes of violence. The law defines “child in utero” as “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.”These are all legal terms for an unborn child. How can Colorado law define a child that has not yet taken a breath of Colorado air not a victim? That …

Play Days fundraiser: good food, music April 30

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:21pm
Good food, live music by Matty Brown, a silent auction with tons of offerings and socializing are all part of the annual Granby Play Days Preschool fundraiser dinner set to start at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Brickhouse 40 in Granby. A portion of all dinner proceeds will go to the operations of the preschool, located in the little red schoolhouse at First and Jasper Streets in Granby. Silent auction proceeds will also fund the school.“We’re inviting the community to bring their family and come out and have a good time while benefiting a good cause,” says Gretta Fosha, …

Bike Granby Ranch, Trestle named among best in Colorado

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:13pm
An online guide has listed two Grand County mountain bike parks among the best in the state.Both Bike Granby Ranch and Trestle Bike Park were named to Mountain Advisor’s list of the five best mountain bike parks in Colorado.Mountain Advisor is an online adventure travel guide owned by the same parent company as Transworld and Bike magazines.Trestle took the second spot, while Granby Ranch was fifth.“It’s good,” said Jamie Wolter, Granby Ranch’s bike park manager, of the recognition. “It’s exciting.”Both Granby Ranch and Trestle offer unique opportunities for all varieties and skill levels of mountain biking. Trestle recently announced the …

Obituary: Yvette Guertner

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:13pm
Yvette Guertner, 62, of Grand Lake passed away April 17, 2015, at home surrounded by family and friends. Yvette was born May 12, 1952, in Keene, N.H., to Norman and Lorette (Dumas) Piper. She enjoyed working retail sales in Grand Lake, most recently at Whispering Pines.She is survived by husband Mike Guertner of Grand Lake; son Shawn Guertner and family of Aurora; sister Barbara Ouellette of Keene, N.H.; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Tracy Lynn.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Yvette’s name to Heart of the Mountains Hospice, PO …

DeLores WoodsJune 3, 1922 – April 3, 2015

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:13pm
DeLores Woods passed away in her home in Granby on April 3. Born in Tipton,Okla., on June 3, 1922, to Jake and Lenora Dick, she married Harold Woods on Jan. 17, 1940. They had two children, Barbara Jean and Billy Dean Woods. DeLores has five granddaughters Tammy (Preston) Pearman, Vicki Adamson, Lisa (Kevin) Schucard ,Shelly (Tyler) Dickey, Wendi Archer (Jeff Weaver) and grandson Tim Woods. Daughter in-law Sandy Woods. DeLores has five great grandchildren Lenea, Kayla, Shayla, Madison, Brode, and Ethan and one great-great granddaughter Kaleah.Services will be held Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at St.Johns Episcopal church, 390 …

Kremmling workshop focuses on heritage and ag tourism

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:25pm
Agritourism will be the featured topic of a one-day Colorado Tourism Office workshop coming to Kremmling on Wednesday, May 6, at the Allington Inn & Suites.The workshop is tailored to the needs of the community. Ranches and farms are encouraged to participate in this program if you are interested in additional income for your business. The State of Colorado has decided to promote agritourism for rural economic development.The workshop, which is from 10 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. will include lunch provide by the Colorado Tourism Office. RSVP to kelli@coloradoagritourismassociation.org or (970) 874-9532.“Agritourism” is defined as the practice of engaging in …

Colorado Basin snowpack still sub-par

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:17pm
Last week’s storms, which snarled I-70 and calmed fears of an early start to wildfire season, didn’t significantly improve the regional water supply picture. April 20 snowpack levels in Western Colorado ranged from 40 percent of average in the Southwestern basins to 71 percent in the Colorado Basin. The statewide snowpack was at 61 percent of average.The South Platte Basin snowpack, upstream from Colorado’s most populated areas, got the biggest bump out of the storms and reached 94 percent of average. Combined with above-average Front Range storage, that should take some pressure off diversions from Grand County. However, statewide, the …

Hope, but no change

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:09pm
County Road 804, the road that bends around behind Safeway, is the most heavily afficked county road in all of Grand County, according to county commissioner, James Newberry, in a meeting Thursday, April 16.That road is getting some long-needed repairs. Construction will begin in May with completion by October in a joint effort between the county, the town of Fraser and the Winter Park Ranch Water & Sanitation District. Several representatives from these groups, EMTs and law enforcement crowded the Old Church in Fraser, vastly outnumbering the five residents who showed up to hear it.The plan calls for a top-to-bottom …

Muftic: GOP sets sights on Hillary’s character

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:01pm
The GOP primary candidates are revealing common threads in their strategies besides the past year GOP themes. While the past issue positions still are referenced, they are also attempting to do as much damage to their presumed opponent Hillary Clinton early in the game since she still polls well ahead of any announced and unannounced Republican candidates. Many individual voters still ask elected officials “what have you done for me lately?” Off-setting pocket book issues in the minds of voters are party affiliation, demographic identification, the importance of ideology over other considerations, and personal dislike of the candidates’ traits. Which …

Hamilton — EMP attack: What are the after-effects?

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:01pm
Two seemingly unrelated recent events should command the attention of every American. First, the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD), at a cost of $700 million, is going to move its communications gear back inside the depths of Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain. Why? Because of the growing threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.Secondly, Russian President Vladimir Putin just announced that Russia will provide Iran with Russia’s first-class S-300 Air Defense System. Ergo: About a year from now Iran’s nuclear-weapons production facilities will be virtually immune from attack by Israel and/or the United States. Moreover, nothing in the pending nuclear-arms agreement restrains …

Grand County Master Trails Plan just the beginning

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:53am
Headwaters Trails Alliance held a meeting on April 21 to give a brief overview and gather public input for the Master Trails Plan. More than 70 people attended the two sessions. Scott Linnenburger, who has been contracted to complete the plan, did an excellent job of giving an overview as well as explain a few of the hurdles ahead. There are quite a few stakeholders in our area. Some of those are the U.S. Forest Service, the BLM, towns of Winter Park and Fraser, Grand County, private landowners, Winter Park Resort, Denver Water and Grand Adventures.In addition there are special …

Fishing Report: The bite is on

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:45am
Most of the ice in the area is gone, and fishing is great. Egg and worm patterns are working awesome in all the creeks and rivers.Pike in Williams Fork are hitting in the afternoon. Try baits that move VERY slowly. Rainbows and suckers are up in the inlets, worms are working very well. Brown trout are hitting small crank baits and jigs during low light periods. Lake trout are throughout the water column.Bernie Keefe has been guiding the Middle Park area for over 20 years. …

Grand County clerk, treasurer, assessor discuss their elected offices

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:49pm
Three of Grand County’s elected officials met with citizens to discuss their positions and experiences at the Grand County Democrats’ monthly meeting on Monday, April 20.The meeting was the first in a series called “Eyes Wide Open” that seeks to elucidate the “process and responsibilities of county government.”The following is an abridged excerpt from the exchange, edited for clarity.Sarah Rosene Clerk and Recorder What skills did you have going into office?Before I ran for county clerk, I actually worked as a title examiner for Grand County Abstract. I did work in the assessor’s office before that and when I ran …

Grand Lake offers grants up to $1,000

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:09pm
The Town of Grand Lake is once again seeking applications for its semiannual Commercial Enhancement Grant Program. The deadline for submitting grant applications is May 1.The Grand Lake Commercial Enhancement Grant Program offers qualifying Grand Lake organizations and businesses the opportunity to receive a matching grant for, “aesthetic property improvements.” Approved grant applications will be eligible to receive up to 50 percent of the total projected cost of an approved project up to a $1,000 maximum contribution from the Town of Grand Lake. The applications are available online by going to http://www.townofgrandlake.com/module/news.htm?newsId=3649 and clicking on the hyperlink provided. Applications are …

Grand County commissioners consider policies on open records, ethics

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners reviewed several draft policies relating to open records requests, ethics and communications at its Monday, April 20, policy workshop. The board has not yet approved the policies.Public RecordsThe county attorney’s office has drafted a policy setting guidelines for fees for open records requests.The policy proposes charging the statutory maximum research and retrieval fee of $30 per hour after the first hour for open records requests, while maintaining its 25-cent charge for copies after the first 10 pages. During the meeting, Commissioner Kris Manguso proposed lowering the hourly fee to $25.Assistant County Attorney Robert “Bob” …