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State proclamation honors former Winter Park CEO Jerry Groswold

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:25pm
Gerald F. Groswold, longtime resident and former CEO of Winter Park Resort, was honored Saturday, Nov. 15, by the Grand Foundation, community, the governor and the State of Colorado as a whole. The scene was Volario’s Restaurant in downtown Winter Park. It was the 12th Annual Winemaker’s Dinner, which is hosted each year by Bob and Suzanne Fanch and benefits the Grand Foundation. Following the final course, Ben Watson, Board Chair of the Grand Foundation, stood to honor Gerald with the Lifetime Legacy Award. This award was created to honor individuals who have dedicated their lives to the Foundation, and …

Letter: A great Republican victory

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:21am
To the Editor: The election was certainly a shock to the Democrats. This victory was monumental for the Republicans and devastating for the Democrats. Their attempts to spin the results are hysterical. Let’s take a look at some of the most pathetic: “Republicans blocked Obama on all progress and made Obama and Democrats unpopular.” Let’s see ... Obama has the White House, Democrats had the Senate for six years and Democrats had both houses for two years ... but lack of “progress” was the Republicans fault! They did nothing about illegal immigration and now blame that on Republicans. The Republicans …

How judicial nominating commissions work

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:21am
In the wake of Grand County Judge Ben McClelland not being retained by voters on Nov. 4, officials with the Colorado Judicial Branch forwarded this information to the Sky-Hi News about the process for filling the vacancy on the bench. McClelland is scheduled to complete his term on Jan. 13, 2015. In 1966, Colorado voters passed a constitutional amendment which provides that state judges be appointed rather than elected on a political ticket. Now, when a vacancy occurs in a county or district judgeship, the judicial district nominating commission interviews applicants and recommends individuals to the governor for consideration and …

Obituary: Clarence Woodard

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:57am
Clarence “Butch” Woodard passed away Nov. 15, 2014, two weeks shy of his 68th birthday. Butch was born in Rocky Ford on Dec. 1, 1946, to Clarence and Elsie (Heil) Woodard of Sugar City, Colo. He lived in Sugar City in his early years until the passing of his father. His mother remarried Glen Smith of Sugar City and they soon moved to La Junta where he attended school. Butch was a Boy Scout attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He belonged to the Koshare Indian Dancers and Kiva in La Junta. Butch was a member of the Navajo Tribe …

Obituary: LaVon Alexander

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:49am
LaVon “Cookie” Alexander died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Kremmling. Cookie was born July 12, 1926, to Artie and Vera (Scott) Cook, in Oakley, Kan. She graduated from Oakley Consolidated High School in 1944, and moved to Denver, where she worked at Mercy Hospital, Gus’s Bakery, and the Cobusco War Plant. In August 1945 she entered the Telegraphy School for training, and in September 1945 she went to work for the Rio Grande Western Railroad. She worked between Denver, Pueblo and Craig, eventually ending up in Winter Park and Hot Sulphur Springs, where she met and married Gerald “Tuffy” Allison …

Searchers look for hiker missing on Longs Peak

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:41am
A search and rescue operation is ongoing for a hiker authorities believe has gone missing in the Longs Peak area in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Peter Jeffris, 25, of Broomfield, was reported to have left Sunday morning to climb Longs Peak. He did not arrive at work on Monday morning and his car was located in the Longs Peak Trailhead parking lot. RMNP Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who was in the Longs Peak area on Sunday, Nov. 16. Call 970-586-1204. Search and Rescue teams searched portions of the Longs Peak area until dark Monday night. …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Nov. 9-15, 2014

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:33am
Grand County transactions Nov. 9-15 SEC 12 TWP 1N R 78W Partial Legal – See Document – John and Leslie Nichols to Siegfried and Suzanne Meissner, $260,000 Mountain Homes at Sundance Point Lot 5 – Carol Lloyd to Kevin and Marti Curtis, $430,000 Beaver Village Flg #2, Bldg 4, Unit 104 – Catia Manganelli-Davidson to Jon Hoogenboom and Sabrina Archibald, $148,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 8, Unit 831 – Paul and Leslie Hartmann to Vanessa Dos Santos, $249,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 204, Bldg B – Mark and Lisa Chamberlain to Mark Rushing, $212,000 Lot 5 SEC 27 TWP 3N R …

Guest opinion: Keep legal notices where the public can find them

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:45am
When government is adopting new zoning regulations, reviewing applications for retail marijuana licenses or inviting dialogue and discussion about any number of the myriad powers it may exercise, it is required by Colorado law to notify the public. Since statehood, Colorado’s public has relied on local newspapers to publish such notices. Colorado Counties Inc., the association of county commissioners, has voted to pursue state legislation to allow counties to post their legal notices on individual county websites instead of in community newspapers. Similar legislation was defeated in 2013. In 2014, the Colorado Press Association won approval of legislation to create …

Grand County authorities call off search for missing hunter

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:53am
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) has suspended a search and rescue operation for missing hunter Richard Kothanek, 51, of Littleton. “It was a very difficult and sorrowful decision to make,” according to a prepared statement issued by the GCSO. “The decision was finalized after debriefing all the searchers and based on the low probability that Mr. Kothanek was able to survive the extreme weather conditions and the low probability of finding him at this point.” The search for Kothanek began late Saturday afternoon after the GCSO received reports that he was overdue to return from his morning hunt and …

Searchers look for missing hunter northeast of Fraser

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:53am
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a search and rescue operation for a lost hunter in the Meadow Creek Reservoir area northeast of Fraser. A 51-year-old male hunter was reported lost at just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. He was reported to have been out since approximately 8 a.m. Saturday. The Grand County Search and Rescue team did some searching Saturday night using a helicopter and a small ground crew. Overnight temperatures were measured at 16 below zero. The search continued again Sunday morning with 16 ground searchers and a military helicopter. This story will be updated …