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Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:29pm
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service were fighting a small fire on Vasquez Ridge on Tuesday afternoon. The fire, located up a dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road, was reported to be about 50 feet by 100 feet in size, according to a press release from the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest. Helicopter support was en route to the fire as of 3 p.m. Tuesday No structures were being threatened, according to the press release. Smoke from the fire may be visible from Winter Park and U.S. Highway 40. …

Fraser couple weds after eleven years together

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:09pm
There was no wedding planner for Fraser residents Eric Van Herwaarden and Philip Naill’s July 11 wedding in downtown Denver. No tuxedo rentals. No fragrant bouquets or champagne toasts. But there was a lot of celebrating. “I can’t tell you how welcoming everyone was, and how excited they were to be able to finally do this,” Van Herwaarden said of the Denver county clerk staff who guided them through the process. Van Herwaarden and Naill said “I do” during a maelstrom of legal activity regarding the rights of gay couples to marry in Colorado. The family went to Denver that …

Fraser couple weds after eleven years together

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:09pm
There was no wedding planner for Fraser residents Eric Van Herwaarden and Philip Naill’s July 11 wedding in downtown Denver. No tuxedo rentals. No fragrant bouquets or champagne toasts. But there was a lot of celebrating. “I can’t tell you how welcoming everyone was, and how excited they were to be able to finally do this,” Van Herwaarden said of the Denver county clerk staff who guided them through the process. Van Herwaarden and Naill said “I do” during a maelstrom of legal activity regarding the rights of gay couples to marry in Colorado. The family went to Denver that …

Kremmling Chamber director reluctantly resigns

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:21pm
On Thursday [July 17], I announced my resignation as the Executive Director of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a decision that stunned some in the community, but shouldn’t come as a surprise to others. I accepted the position in December of 2013 after weighing the pros and cons of a lean, part-time salary with no benefits against leaving my husband’s business. We decided together for me to take the job because we are passionate about Kremmling and West Grand’s future. My husband and I chose to settle in Kremmling in 2009. We were not placed here via …

Deputy dampens parade enthusiasm

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:57pm
What a wonderful Buffalo BBQ celebration! Good clean fun was had by kids 8-80 in the wet zone. Parade participants had the left turn option to avoid the water and several did. Those who enjoy the water games came through with plenty of their own ammo. Nice job Grand Lake Plumbing, you have raised the bar! Even Brett Schroetlin, Grand County Sheriff candidate, got baptized! He looked like he was having a blast as we all were. Perfect until a deputy marched into the middle of the wet zone loudly announcing that “the next person who throws a water balloon …

Winter Park Resort gears up for Colorado Freeride Festival

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:53pm
WINTER PARK – With some last-minute touches to trails and courses this week, Winter Park Resort is ready to welcome the world to the 2014 Colorado Freeride Festival, beginning this Thursday, July 24, and continuing through Sunday, July 27. The largest event of its kind in the United States, the Colorado Freeride Festival features nearly 900 athletes representing more than 20 different countries competing in five mountain bike disciplines; Specialized Enduro, Epic Singletrack Cross-Country, Air Downhill, Slopestyle, and Intergalactic Pond Crossing. The four-day festival is the only U.S. stop for the Enduro World Series, which will bring in all of …

Byers Peak Trailhead near Fraser closed for improvements July 23-25

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:49am
FRASER – The U.S. Forest Service is planning improvements to the popular Byers Peak Trailhead, which will be closed for three days while the project is completed. Located in the Fraser Experimental Forest, the trailhead accesses a 4-mile long bike/hike to the summit of Byers Peak. In recent years, the trailhead parking area has deteriorated, according to agency officials. Beginning this week, Forest Service crews began replacing a damaged culvert just below the parking area and address potholes. As a result, the trailhead will be closed July 23 through July 25. Hikers wishing to climb Byers Peak during that time …