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Granby mourns passing of civic leader Raffety

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:41pm
As the New Year dawned Grand County lost one of its civic leaders. On Jan. 1 longtime Granby Mayor and Town Trustee Ed Raffety passed away from natural causes in Denver. Raffety became a leading figure in local government beginning in the early 1990s and continuing through the next two decades. Raffety and his wife Pat first moved to Grand County in 1969 from Denver, settling into a home on the north fork of the Colorado River. The couple opened Mr. Ed’s Market in Granby. During this time Ed got a taste of his future civic involvement when he spearheaded …

Boston Brass performs Jan. 23 in Tabernash

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:09pm
Called North America’s finest brass ensemble, the Boston Brass performs for the first time in the Grand County Concert Series, with RE/MAX Peak to Peak, Town of Winter Park, Vasquez Inn and Volario’s as the Supporting Sponsors for the concert. The musicians of the Boston Brass have the credentials and history to deliver a unique evening of entertainment. From Costa Rica, Jose Sibaja, trumpet, has held positions with the Miami Symphony, Sinfonieta de Caracas and Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela. He’s active in South Florida’s Latin music scene and toured the world in Ricky Martin’s band for eight years. Sibaja has performed …

Photos: Middle Park skiers excel at meet

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:37am

Letter: Byron will be back to Grand County

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:13am
To The Editor: As a longtime resident I felt compelled to write a letter relating to Byron’s leaving the valley. I have only written one other letter to the editor but felt I needed to make it two. (Unlike many of your contributors who feel like they should write two a month). When I read your paper I can always tell from the photos if Byron submitted them because he always had his own special take. Anybody can take a photo, but only a special few can really capture the experience of the moment. He always had a special extra …

Obituary: Charles “Chuck” Florence

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:41am
Charles “Chuck” Florence, 80, of Fraser passed away on Dec. 10, 2014. Chuck was born on Aug. 17, 1934, in Ohio to Huber and Marian Florence. He grew up in Ohio, graduated from Wellington High School and attended what is now Kettering University. After enjoying a career in mechanical engineering for over 20 years in the Midwest, Chuck and his family moved to Littleton. In 1986, he and his wife Suzanne built their dream mountain home and moved up to the community where they had vacationed for many years. Chuck always enjoyed life to the fullest, even with his limited …

Obituary: Ralph Francis Benson

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:33am
Ralph was born in Detroit, Mich., served in the Navy on the USS DeHaven, and later worked for Haliburton in Wyoming and C Lazy U Guest Ranch in Colorado. He was married to Judith Kay McElderry Benson. He is survived by his kids: Larry (Micah) Benson of Granby, Helen Benson of Georgetown, and Connie (Kevin) Craft of Worland, Wyo. He is also survived by his precious grandkids: Lauren Craft of North Liberty, Iowa, and Robert Benson of Granby; and his brother, Leonard (Barbara) Benson of Upland,Calif. Services will be held at Winter Park Christian Church (274 Ponderosa Trail, Tabernash, CO …

Obituary: Ed Raffety

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:25am
Ed Raffety, 86, longtime Granby mayor and regional recreation advocate, died in Denver on Jan. 1, 2015, due to natural causes. Edmond “Ed” Raffety was a local grocer, recreation program supporter and a force for conciliatory change during his years of public service in Grand Lake and Granby. Mr. Raffety was a manager of Miller’s Supermarkets in Denver when he and his wife Pat moved the family to Grand County in 1969 to be closer to the mountains and lake activities they enjoyed. The family lived in a scenic home near the North Fork of the Colorado River. Ed and …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Jan. 11-17, 2015

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:45am
Grand County Transactions Jan. 11-17 Granby Block 6, Lots 21,22,23 – Brian and Deann Buchanan to Matthew Hansen, $175,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 7, Unit 6 – Karen Conway to James Clifford, $119,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 304, Bldg G, Garage Unit 72 – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC to Matthew and Patricia Glass, $238,000 Granby Ranch Filing 8, Lot 6 – Howard Essegian and Kip Schoenborn to George and LaDonna Jurgensen, $390,000 Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub (1) Lot 42, Block 16 – Steven and Susan Poole to Lee Thomas Cross Revocable Trust and Janis L Cross Revocable Trust, $35,000 Innsbruck-Val Moritz …

Medical center plans outreach efforts in 2015

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 9:37am
Happy 2015 Grand County! First and foremost, thank you for trusting us with your care this past year. As we enter a new year, I want to briefly address some of the exciting developments that are going on at Middle Park Medical Center (MPMC). In 2014, our overall revenue increased more than 20 percent from the previous year and net income improved by almost 250 percent. This helps to give us the ability to bring on more full-time staff and increase services that you have asked for as well as have a larger role in each community. As we continue …

Photos: Skier triggers avalanche near Berthoud Pass

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:41am
These photos show an avalanche west of Berthoud Pass above Current Creek that a skier triggered Saturday afternoon, Jan. 17. Grand County Search and Rescue responded to the incident just before 2 p.m. but quickly stood down as it became apparent no one had been injured or caught in the slide. It is not clear at this time who was involved in the incident. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center rates the current avalanche danger level in this area as moderate. Even at this rating level, however, slopes such as this one are prone to human-triggered slides. Backcountry visitors should exercise …