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Grand County seeks input on salaries

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 5:01pm
Grand County has posted a poll on its website seeking taxpayer input on implementation of a state law that could provide salary increases for elected officials by up to 30 percent.The posting, which can be viewed online at www.co.grand.co.us, says:“The Grand County Board of County Commissioners wants your opinion.“Senate Bill 15-288 – Concerning the compensation paid to certain public officials“This Bill was approved and signed by the Governor Hickenlooper on June 3, 2015, and it allows for an increase in salary for elected officials.“Grand County is a Category III county. According to SB 15-288, persons elected in 2017 or after …

Grand Lake increases annual fees for nightly rental properties

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:53pm
Do nightly rental properties constitute a business? Do single-night rental properties represent an unfair form of competition to official lodging businesses? These were just a couple of the questions discussed at the last Grand Lake Board of Trustees meeting, held in late August, when the Board approved an increase in the fees charged to Nightly Rental property owners. The license fee for nightly rental property operators was increased from $400 annually to $600 annually.The last time the nightly rental property fee was increased was January 2009. The Board also voted to allocate the fees assessed on nightly rental properties to …

Mudderella lends Grand County women personal strength

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 2:29pm
Running up a mountain isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of fun. But on Aug. 22 a number of women from Grand County headed to Snowmass Ski Resort near Aspen to do exactly that as they participated in the 2015 Snowmass Mudderella event.A Mudderella is a multi-mile obstacle course where participants work together to overcome their own personal limits as well as the prepared obstructions. The Mudderella events are similar to the more well known “Tough Mudder” events, except a Mudderella is for women only with a greater emphasis on working together and women supporting women to complete the course. The Mudderella …

Court decision on Irish plea agreement expected Wednesday

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:33pm
Wednesday, Sept. 2, marks an important date in the ongoing legal defense of Brigid Irish.On Wednesday, Irish will be back in District Court before Judge Mary Hoak for a scheduled arraignment. Wednesday is also the day Judge Hoak is expected to announce her decision to officially accept or deny a plea agreement brokered between the district attorney’s office and Irish’s public defender earlier this summer.The full details of that plea agreement are unavailable unless and until the agreement is accepted by the Court, but some of the details proposed in July included requiring Irish pay a restitution amount totaling approximately …

History chat focuses on mountain club’s role in formation of Rocky Mountain National Park

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:13pm
As part of RMNP’s Centennial Celebration, experts will present the role of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) in founding the Rocky Mountain National Park during a History Chat at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Historic Fraser Church.With over 100 years of history, the park was the best single act of the Colorado Mountain Club – supporting the drive to create Rocky Mountain National Park. Enos Mills, credited with his environmental stance supporting the movement, was one of the 25 original members of the Colorado Mountain Club.It was also CMC members who sought tribal assistance to name landmarks …

Instructor examines climate change in Rocky Mountain National Park

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:13pm
Have you ever wondered how various birds, plants, and mammals have and will be affected by the changing climate of the Rocky Mountains? Join the Rocky Mountain Conservancy for a day-long educational adventure about how this change in the climate has affected Rocky Mountain National Park, and the ecosystems that it is composed of.On Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., instructor Dr. Timothy Kittel will delve into ecosystems from the montane all the way up to the alpine tundra where he will discuss the vulnerabilities, ecology, and inhabitants of these various landscapes.Dr. Kittel received his Ph.D. from the …

Hazardous-fuels reduction work continues in Rocky Mountain National Park

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:13pm
Fire Management staff at Rocky Mountain National Park are nearing completion of the 150 acre Eagle Cliff fuels reduction project and will start work on four more fuels reduction projects later this year. The upcoming projects include 40 acres in the Sprague Lake area, 40 acres around Bear Lake and Glacier Gorge parking, 210 acres in between Mills Creek and Glacier Creek, and up to 900 acres around the base of Deer Mountain. Work will include removing dead trees, the lower limbs of remaining trees, ladder fuels, dead and down logs, and the removal of select trees adjacent to infrastructure. …

Mountain Rescue: Tips for surviving lightning in the backcountry

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:57am
On average, three people are killed every year in Colorado by lightning and five times that number are injured. Colorado ranks third in average annual lightning deaths, behind Florida and Texas.So far this year there has been one Colorado fatality; Kathleen Bartlett was struck and killed at 12,400 feet on Mt. Yale, near Buena Vista. In my career I have dealt with three lightning fatalities. Two were military personnel, killed together above tree line near the top of Stanley Mountain. The other was a black powder hunter in a forested area near Gore Pass who took shelter under a tree. …

Tabernash church to conduct ‘Blessing of the Backpacks’

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:17am
TABERNASH – The Church of Eternal Hills invites all students to bring their backpacks with them on Sunday, Sept. 6, for Blessings of the Backpacks. The beginning of the school year can be a stressful time for students and parents alike. The goal of this service is to ease anxiety, remind students that they are not alone in their studies, and help kick the school year off to a great start.During the service, Pastor Paula will invite students to bring their backpacks to the front so that they can be blessed for the upcoming school year. Using her engaging and …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Aug. 23-29, 2015

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:57am
Grand County transactions Aug. 23-29Old Park Filing #4, Lot 7, Block E – Place Live Housing Locations Colorado LLC to Travis Kummer, $225,000Wildwood at Winter Park Ranch Lot 2 – K2 Properties LLC to Matthew Terrio, $282,000Blue Valley Acres Unit #2, Lot 7, Block 5 – Randi and Derek Krebsbach to Jill Guttman, $252,000Indian Peaks Bldg A, Condo Unit 203, Week 52 – Richard and Linda Miller to Obadiah and Gilbert Pilkington Jr, $1,500Winter Park Lodge II Bldg C, Unit 202 – Scott and Lana Keith to Frank Handwork, $139,000Base Camp One Condos Unit 305R – Ronald and Adrienne Miner …

Grand Economic Summit speaks to leadership

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:49am
The Grand Summit has a message of inspiration for those in leadership positions as well as those who lead with their words and their actions. Together we can educate, collaborate and elevate each other to new heights.Betty Shotton will be bringing a message of inspiration with her keynote presentation “LiftOff Leadership” to the Grand Economic Summit scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2.Sponsored by the Grand County of Economic Development, the Grand Economic Summit will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at The High Lonesome Lodge at Devil’s Thumb Resort.With over 35 years as a CEO and entrepreneur, Betty …

Grand County deputies investigate report of police impersonator

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:05pm
Grand County Sheriff’s deputies are actively investigating a report of a police impersonator that occurred Saturday night along Highway 34, according to a posting by the Sheriff’s Office.The incident involved two suspect vehicles, a white sedan with no visible markings and an unknown second vehicle with flashing red and blue lights.“We take these crimes very seriously and they will not be tolerated,” the Sheriff’s Office Facebook posting says. “Please contact any law enforcement agency if you see any suspicious activity.”The posting points out that all of deputies are prepared to provide official credentials upon request and will provide a business …

Grand County Search and Rescue locates missing hiker

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:01am
On Friday, Aug. 28, at 3:30 p.m., Grand County Search and Rescue was paged for a missing 69-year-old woman who became separated from her hiking party en route from Stanley Peak to the Broome Hut via the Nystrom Trail. The hiking party indicated the group had left Stanley Mountain after summiting in the early afternoon. The group further stated the missing woman had been seen near the Broome Hut but had turned around and proceeded west back up the trail toward the Nystrom Trail.GCSAR requested aerial reconnaissance from Colorado Flight For Life, and ground support from the Winter Park Resort …

DA Barkey responds to questions, criticisms

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:37pm
GRANBY — Brett Barkey, 14th Judicial District Attorney, faced a litany of questions and criticisms during a question and answer session organized by the Grand County Democrats on Wednesday evening, Aug. 26.Barkey, who was appointed to his position in August 2012 before running unopposed later that year, addressed questions about his office’s handling of the Lucas Ackerman and Brigid Irish cases, as well as his plans to run for re-election. Barkey started the session by explaining the operation of his three offices in Grand, Moffat and Routt counties.The 14th Judical District Attorney’s Office employs 23 people, including 10 attorneys, 10 …

Middle Park Class of 2016 looks to this year and beyond

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:05pm
As the summer comes to a close, the Middle Park High School senior class of 2016 anxiously awaits its last and best year of high school. Emotions range from excitement for the festivities that are yet come to nerves about applying to colleges and for scholarships. This year’s seniors have been together since sixth grade when Grand Lake, Fraser, and Granby Elementary schools joined at East Grand Middle School. In many ways, we’ve grown up together. We’ve gone through critical and interesting stages in our lives together, and I believe that despite all our distinctive differences, talents, dreams, and passions, …

DeVos: Tellin’ it like it is

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:53pm
Donald Trump is keeping the hopes of America alive! Well, at least he’s keeping the hopes of American journalists alive. Just think, two more years of self-funded pomposity under a blazing orange comb-over like you probably couldn’t even find in Branson, Missouri, the hotbed of boomer comb-overs.There’s a sad side to the Donald’s success. He relies upon that fearful mean streak that permeates baser conservative thought. Pandering to it keeps him aloft. The Republican Party will eventually coalesce around one candidate, but for now you must tattoo numbers on their ears to tell them apart. The three unifying themes among …

Delta Dental Foundation awards grant to Grand Beginnings

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:45pm
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has announced funding awards for projects working to improve children’s oral health in local communities, including Grand Beginnings locally.Eleven organizations have received awards ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 per grant. Total award funding is $100,962.The following Grand County organizations received mini-grant funding:• Grand Beginnings, Healthy Mouths, Healthy Families project in Hot Sulphur Springs.Funding priority was given to applicants whose applications showed innovation, had an implementation plan, strived to reach underserved children and have the potential for sustainability. The projects selected for funding can take no more than one year to complete.“This mini-grant funding allows Delta …

Obituary: Russell C. Jennings

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:45pm
Russell C. Jennings, 86, passed away Aug. 20, 2015, at his home in Firth, Neb. He served in the Navy during WW II and the Korean War. He lived in Grand County from 1979 until 2009.Survivors include his wife Sally; son John Jennings(Trista); daughter Phyllis Johnson; seven grandchildren, Ryan Jennings, Connor Jennings, Colin Jennings, Tennessee Anderson, Wyatt Johnson, Rhett Jennings and Hayden Jennings; one great-granddaughter Kierra Bunker; one brother Charles Drury(Elsie).A memorial has been established to Project Sanctuary PO Box 1563, Granby, CO 80446. The family will have a memorial celebration in Grand County at a later date. …

Can you spare a day to help Fraser Valley trails?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:37pm
We have a great trail system and it keeps on getting better. There are a lot more bikes out on the trails and in town than ever before.Trails experiences, signage and maps are all improving, Just this summer the Leland Creek area has seen trail improvements and additions on the Leap Frog trail. In Idlewild Crosstrails now connects to Arrow. The reroute of the bottom of Broken Thumb is ready to be created. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has created a very accurate paper and online map of the trail system. These are the best maps that we have …

Andrew Duhon plays Music On The Mall in Winter Park

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:29pm
WINTER PARK – New Orleans native and singer/songwriter, Andrew Duhon, brings refreshing honesty with a matching performance that reflects his personal perspective. His voice leaves no gaps in the experience as he sings with raw and personal conviction. Don’t miss this rising star as he shines brightly at Music On The Mall Friday, Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m. Whether it’s love that crosses color lines, a family challenged by life’s unexpected turns or the woeful tale of a city left to drown, Duhon brings his audience into the most intimate of spaces through his storytelling. With 3 recordings, the latest …