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Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA has new director

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:29am
Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, a nonprofit organization that educates volunteers to advocate in court for children who are victims of abuse and neglect, welcomes new Executive Director Suzanne “Sue” Fegelein. Sue has a bachelor’s degree in social ecology from Fort Lewis College, and a J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law. Sue is an attorney who has been practicing primarily family law in Sandpoint, Idaho, for about nine years. During that time she has been appointed as a Guardian ad Litem and attorney for children in many cases, and enjoys advocating for children. Sue is also an Idaho …

Travel Channel films in Fraser

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:21am
Back in February, Kristi Martens, a curator with Grand County Historical Association (GCHA), received a call from New York City. The Travel Channel show, “Mysteries at the Museum,” was possibly interested in filming an episode at Cozens Ranch Museum. Was the historical association interested? The answer, emphatically yes! Find out the full story on Friday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. when the Fraser episode airs on the Travel Channel. As museum and history buffs know, each Friday, “Mysteries at the Museum” reveals unique stories and artifacts at museum across America. Show personnel, along with host, Don Wildman, believe that museums …

Hester’s Log and Lumber in Kremmling wins safety award

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:21am
Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, has named Hester’s Log and Lumber as a recipient of its Circle of Safety Award. This is the first time that the company has received this honor and they are the only company in Grand County to be recognized, according to the insurer. The award recognizes businesses for their exemplary performance in safety, loss control, and financial and claims management. A total of 43 companies across the state were recognized. “Less than one percent of Pinnacol’s 55,000 policyholders meet the criteria for this award,” said Phil Kalin, Pinnacol’s president and CEO. “The recipients …

Grand County burn permits available

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:21am
Due to sufficient snowfall recently, the Grand County Division of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the local fire protection districts, has opened the burn season for private property owners. The burn season officially opened on Saturday Nov. 15, and will remain open through April 1, 2015. Call the Grand County Division of Natural Resources at 970-887-0745 to obtain a burn permit or schedule a daily burn. …

Winter Park to open Mary Jane on Nov. 28

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:49pm
They say no pain, no Jane. This season, the pain of waiting for Mary Jane to open will be short-lived. Winter Park Resort is slated to open Mary Jane Territory on Friday, Nov. 28. The late-November opening is early for the Jane, which opened on Dec. 19 last year. Steve Hurlbert, communications director for the resort, chalked the early opening up to record November snowfall in an email. So far this year, Winter Park has received the most snow accumulation in November since 2005. The resort has already received 63 inches of snow this month, according to resort records. When …

Train derails in Gore Canyon

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:37pm
A Union Pacific train with 69 cars derailed west of Kremmling in Gore Canyon on Sunday night, forcing the rerouting of the daily Amtrak train that serves Fraser and Granby. There were no reports of injuries. Details are sketchy, but Grand County sheriff’s officials confirmed that the incident occurred west of Kremmling. According to a report in the Denver Post, the derailment was caused by a rock slide. The Post article said the train left the track but the cars remained upright. A Union Pacific spokesman told the Post that equipment had to be brought to the site by rail …

Report: Alco shutting down all stores

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:49pm
All 198 Alco Stores are shutting down, according to a story in the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. Presumably, that includes the Fraser store. Company officials have not responded to repeated inquiries from the Sky-Hi News during the past three months. The Wichita Eagle reports: The beleaguered company that used to have its headquarters in Abilene filed for bankruptcy early last month. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas on Thursday approved an order from the company’s creditors to close all Alco stores. ... The company was founded 113 years ago and had evolved into a discount retailer that served smaller communities. But …

Grand County towns make Top 10 ‘authentic’ list

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:21pm
Grand County has the unique distinction of having two towns among the “Top 10 Authentic Small Towns in America.” Steve Winston, writing for World Property Journal (www.worldpropertyjournal.com), named Grand Lake and Winter Park among his selections. Winter Park weighed in at No. 6, while Grand Lake’s charms earned it the No. 1 ranking. “Imagine a tiny town of a few hundred, sitting on the shore of a huge alpine lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains,” Winston wrote. “Then, imagine that this town has wood-planked sidewalks, funky Western restaurants, friendly folks with wide smiles and cowboy hats, fresh mountain air, craftspeople in …

Searchers find body of missing man on Longs Peak

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm
Helicopter search efforts helped locate the body of Peter Jeffris on Thursday 200 feet below the Ledges on the Keyhole Route of Longs Peak. A Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team was flown to a landing spot in the Glacier Gorge drainage. The four team members then climbed approximately 1,800 vertical feet to where Jeffris was found. His body was flown from the scene to a landing spot at Upper Beaver Meadows at approximately 4 p.m. and transferred to the Boulder County coroner. Search and rescue efforts continued Wednesday and Thursday to find the missing hiker, 25, of …

Granby welcomes new hair stylist

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm
If you have been in Roxanne’s Salon in Granby in the last few months, you might have noticed a new face. Stylist Tina Rolando moved to Grand County in June and is taking new clients and walk-ins at Roxanne’s Salon, 80 E. Agate Ave., Granby. Rolando and her family moved to the high country from Fort Collins to live closer to Tina’s parents. She and her husband Cliff and their four children have put down stakes in Granby and Tina has hung her shingle at Roxanne’s Salon. Tina is an independent small business owner. She rents booth space in Roxanne’s …

Winter Park skiers training for U.S. Ski Team selections

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:13pm
There’s more than snow flying at Winter Park Resort this week. Two of Winter Park’s top winter athletes, freestyle aerialist Nik Seemann and mogul skier Joel Hedrick, have started their early season training at Winter Park Resort. After a summer of training on water, coach Chris Seemann said early season training is about getting back to basics. “Early season training is just getting back on snow and getting back to landing on a real incline,” Chris said. Nik, 17, is currently training for the U.S. Aerial Selection, which will be held in Park City, Utah, from Dec. 18 to 21. …

Grand County: Most of missing funds unrecovered

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:05pm
Grand County has been unable to recover more than $300,000 in county funds that went missing from the county building department, county officials said. The county has since filed an insurance claim with its provider, Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., for $315,599, said County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran. It is unclear whether the insurance company will reimburse the full amount, Curran said, though representatives from accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal stated in June that insurance would not cover all of the county’s losses. County officials had held off on presenting the insurance company with a number until July, when officials believed …

Grand County sheriff-elect to conduct interagency meeting

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:41pm
Prior to representing Grand County at the upcoming Sheriff’s Academy and in keeping with one of his campaign promises to work closely with the community, Sheriff-elect Brett Schroetlin will be hosting an interagency “meet and greet” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 8 a.m. at the Granby Town Hall. “In order to be successful in what I want to accomplish,” Schroetlin said, “we need to come together and listen to our community.” The invitation list includes: all the police and fire chiefs; the director of Grand County EMS; officials from Colorado State Patrol, State Parks and Wildlife, the National Park Service, …

Muftic: It’s time to sign up for Obamacare again

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
Open enrollment for Obamacare has already begun and to be insured by Jan. 1, sign ups must be completed by Dec. 15. Grand County has cut its uninsured numbers in half and the Colorado state-run exchange is ranked as one of the four best run sites in the U.S. for signing up for insurance. The exchange is where you can compare policies and buy private health insurance, and it provides a method to administer subsidies to make insurance affordable based on an individual’s or family’s income level. This is not the same sign up site as the one that got …

Hamilton: Red China and Iran: Negotiations 101

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
By now, history should have taught the Obama administration the truth behind the statements of two experienced negotiators: Great Britain’s Lord Palmerston (1784-1865) famously said, “England has no eternal friends, England has no perpetual enemies, England has only eternal and perpetual interests.” Dr. Henry Kissinger warned both Presidents Nixon and Carter than no American president should ever become involved in a negotiation where the outcome is in doubt. Last week, President Obama negotiated a deal with Red China — the world’s largest polluters of earth’s atmosphere — whereby the U.S. could cut our carbon emissions by 25 percent in an …

Guest opinion: Granby acts to restrict youth access to tobacco

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
On Nov. 11, the Granby Town Board voted in favor of changing town municipal code to restrict minors’ access to tobacco and nicotine products. This new policy prohibits self-service displays (including e-cigarettes and cigarillos), minors stocking or selling tobacco or nicotine products, and product giveaways. It also requires proof of age through positive identification at the time of purchase. The passage of this ordinance is a result of tireless work of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Grand County Teen Council who presented their Photo Voice project “How tobacco retail establishments affect youth.” Teen Council seniors presented their projects at …

DeVos: Browsing the Green Mile antique stores

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
“Could I get an ounce of ditch weed?” I asked, trying not to count his nose rings. “What’s that?” “What’s ditch weed? Good Lord, man, I can’t believe I’m hearing you say that. It’s all we smoked in the ’70s. It was everywhere, you know, fueling the revolution. You’ve never heard of it? ” “The ’70s!” he repeated, “Revolution? You mean like 1776? Did George Washington really smoke dope?” He stared at my hairline, as if noting that it was receding like a British warship. I glared back, marveling at the ignorance of youth, “Uh no,” I said, “I meant …

Television film crews to follow Grand County deputies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is headed to the small screen. Film crews from a national television channel will soon be in Grand County filming the GCSO as they keep the peace during the cold winter months. Grand County Undersheriff John Stein confirmed film crews will soon be working directly with department deputies as they crisscross the snow covered terrain of the high country. The name of the channel the program is being filmed for is not being released at this time. There is also little information available regarding the format, content or length of the program beyond the …

Rau: Devil’s Thumb Ranch: A complete Nordic resort

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:13pm
Nestled in the shadow of the Continental Divide near Tabernash, Devil’s Thumb Ranch has over 6,000 acres of sweeping meadows and meandering creeks. Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Since 1938, cowboys and poets and ranchers and city folk and Nordic skiers have escaped to Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Today the Ranch offers a classy and upscale get-away. The Main Lodge offers cozy single rooms and multi-room suites, a cafe, pub/bistro, fitness center, theater, a six-sided, three-story fireplace constructed from stones gathered from a rockslide near the ranch, and even a miniature bowling alley. The cabins range in size …

In the Fraser Valley, the time for fat tire bikes has arrived

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:49pm
The last set of snowstorms ended our mountain biking on dirt. At this point mountain biking can morph into many different forms. There is the dream and fantasy of next summer’s rides or escaping to the desert to get that trail fix. That is oftentimes accompanied by interludes across the internet looking at your favorite mountain biking sites and rides in distant places. Let’s not forget searching your own photos with a bit of nostalgia of past rides and great places. There is every employer’s favorite, the daydreaming at work, which may not be productive but most often more satisfying. …