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Lake Granby spill ends

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:09am
Water flows that began to spill over the Granby Dam spillway at Lake Granby on Wednesday, July 16, are now headed instead toward the Front Range through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel. The lake officially started spilling last Wednesday, according to Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, when the water level reached 8,279.5 feet. Kara Lamb with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation wrote in an email late Tuesday night, July 22, that the spill has ended and diversions to the Front Range through the tunnel have increased to 408 cubic feet per second. Meanwhile, she wrote, releases from the dam into …

Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:45pm
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. …

Photos: Winter Park Jazz Festival

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:37pm

Remembering a giant of Grand Lake

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:21pm
When I asked people what kind of man Warren Rempel was, a few recurring themes were worthy of note. Peacemaker, tenacious, dynamic, vital, remarkable, firebrand – these were just a few of the adjectives that adorn Rempel’s memory in the minds of those whose lives he touched in some way. Rempel, a stalwart in the Grand Lake community and a champion of humanity, died on Dec. 27, 2013. He was survived by his wife Patt, his daughter Sue and his son Peter. Rempel left behind a legacy of charity and goodwill that exists not only in the minds of those …

Grand Lake residents peruse streetscape, signage ideas

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:21pm
The Town of Grand Lake held a public outreach meeting to gather public feedback on its streetscape and way finding master plans on Friday, July 17. Representatives from Grand Lake, Munn Architecture and Terracina Design presented photos of various examples of streetscapes and signage and asked citizens to rate each one. Munn Architecture and Terracina Design have partnered under contract with the town to develop the two master plans. The streetscape master plan focuses on sidewalks, outdoor eating areas, storefront improvements, and pedestrian and vehicular access to Grand Avenue. The way finding master plan focuses on signage around downtown Grand …

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 …

Drew Munro: You say goodbye, and I say hello

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
You may not be able to go back, as the old adage goes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come back. As some of you know, I’m returning as editor of the Sky-Hi News to replace the editor who replaced me when I left for Glenwood Springs about 14 months ago. Now that my head has stopped spinning, I’d like to thank all of you who have given me such a warm welcome. I can’t tell you how many ways Grand County feels like home and how wonderful it is to be back. I’d also like to offer a hearty …

Jon DeVos: I owe it all to Judge Judy

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
Last October, I hit a pothole just outside of Granby causing considerable damage to my wife’s Mini Cooper. This pothole was a big square cut in the road left over from some excavation. Erosion from weekend traffic had worn away the dirt and left a wicked edge exposed, and I hit it with enough impact to blow out both tires on the driver’s side. Reacting immediately, I slammed both eyes shut and squealed like a pre-teen. Nonetheless, my wife tells me that after a harrowing 8-second ride, we somehow landed safely by the side of the road. Happy for life, …

Tonya Bina: Motherhood, journalism: True labors of love

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
I was a month into my job as editor at the Sky-Hi when, having just learned I had a baby and was working full-time, someone said smugly and with a hint of judgment, “You’re really living the American dream!” It resonated with me in an uncomfortable way. I value the opportunities for women and work, but the dream varies among us. Not everyone who chooses to work full-time in the first year of having a baby is putting selfish career goals before family. For many, it’s about putting family first, rejecting that strong desire to stay home with child and …

Pastels in the park

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:37pm

Totally tubular

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:37pm

Starting to spill

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:37pm

Help Wanted:

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:49pm
The summer season in Grand Lake is in full swing, but Bob King, owner of Pancho & Lefty’s, feels like he is playing catch-up. Until a couple of weeks ago, he was severely understaffed. “It’s been extremely difficult. We’ve had to close a couple of days. We had to give people days off. We’re barely now just getting staffed. We should have been fully staffed a month ago,” he said. Pancho & Lefty’s staff is even more diverse than its menu, representing four countries on two different continents. “I think I have more foreigners working today than people from this …

Letter: Mileage article raises many questions

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:17pm
Questions. Boy, does your article on the citizen group’s investigation of Commissioner Newberry raise a lot of them. First, who is this group? Wasn’t the spokesman, Chas McConnell, the candidate against James Newberry in the last county commissioners’ election? We can presume all citizens who have nothing to hide are for transparency in government, or has this become some kind of personal vendetta? If not, is Chas the best person to be the spokesman of an unbiased citizen’s group? Is there more they are investigating than just commissioner Newberry? Who funds the Colorado River District? Is Grand County part of …