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Brigid Irish headed to District Court

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
Brigid Irish, the sole defendant in the case of $500,000 stolen from the Grand County Building Department, was back in Grand County Court on Monday afternoon. Irish and her legal counsel, William Frankfurt of the Frankfurt Law Offices in Denver, appeared before Judge Ben McClelland for a preliminary hearing. Irish previously waived her right to a preliminary hearing via phone call during a status conference in County Court on Nov. 3. She appeared Monday in person, a requirement of the court, to officially waive her right to the hearing. During the proceedings Judge McClelland asked Frankfurt if Irish was going …

Hot Sulphur Springs lawmaker chosen for Senate leadership

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs was recently chosen by his fellow Republicans for the position of Majority Whip for the 2015 legislative session. His appointment as Majority Whip places Baumgardner in a leadership position in the state Republican Party. As Majority Whip, Baumgardner will work to keep other Republicans on the floor of the Senate voting according to the desires of the party leadership. He will closely monitor how other Senators vote and will be tasked with lobbying and pressuring other Senators to vote the way the leadership wants. Baumgardner explained his new role saying, “The majority …

Grand County manager responds to criticism

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:41pm
Editor’s note: A recently published report from a grand jury investigating the theft of more than $500,000 dollars from the Grand County Building Department found no additional criminal culpability for the theft, though the report was heavily critical of multiple county officials. To view an article detailing the report, click here. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran sat down with the Sky-Hi News to address recent criticism stemming from the report, among other things. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran has responded to criticism of her job performance after a grand jury report questioned the efficacy of her position in …

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 …

Winter Park kicks off 75th season with snowy conditions

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:01pm
Some things in life are worth waiting for, and opening day is certainly one of them. Skiers and snowboarders were rewarded for their patience on Saturday, Nov. 15, as Winter Park Resort opened its doors for its 75th season. Winter Park delayed its opening day, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12, until Saturday after warmer weather stymied snowmaking operations. But lingering snow showers through the second half of the week left a nice base of fresh powder for the season’s kickoff. The resort had received 5.2 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon, bringing it’s total to 37 inches in the …

Winter Park kicks off 75th season with snowy conditions

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 4:01pm
Some things in life are worth waiting for, and opening day is certainly one of them. Skiers and snowboarders were rewarded for their patience on Saturday, Nov. 15 as Winter Park Resort opened its doors for its 75th season. Winter Park delayed its opening day, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12, until Saturday after warmer weather stymied snowmaking operations. But lingering snow showers through the second half of the week left a nice base of fresh powder for the season’s kickoff. The resort had received 5.2 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon, bringing it’s total to 37 inches in the …

Winter Park Resort celebrates diamond anniversary

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:53pm
The year was 1940. The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, Hitler invaded Denmark and a new ski tow was dedicated in Winter Park. “With more than five thousand in attendance, the new $40,000 ski tow was officially dedicated on Sunday [Jan. 28],” reads an article from a February 1940 edition of the Middle Park Times. “The dedication services, which took place at 11:15 in the morning, were attended by state and federal officials, as well as those from Denver.” The article is diminutive, only a third of a column in length, but to skiers and snowboarders —and many businesses …

Grand Lake looks to citizens for ‘livability’ input

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:29pm
The Town of Grand Lake will be hosting an action-planning workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The workshop, titled “Increasing Livability in Grand Lake: Creating a Four Season Economy” is open to the public and is intended to determine community priorities in relation to proposed projects. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Elementary School, 301 Marina Dr. Lunch will be provided. Town officials hope to identify action items the community would like prioritized. This prioritization will allow Grand Lake to begin searching for federal and private grants to fund completion of the proposed …

Grand Lake narrows town manager hunt to six

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 2:09pm
The field has narrowed and the finalists have been winnowed down to half a dozen in the search for a new Grand Lake Town Manager. “We will probably be making some decisions in the next couple of weeks,” said Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke on Thursday. Burke and other members of the Grand Lake Town Hiring Committee have been engaged in the process of hiring a new town manager to replace David Hook. Mayor Burke said the town received a total of 63 applications for the position. From that group the Hiring Committee created a short list of six candidates. …

Can you Name This Place?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:09pm
This photograph continues our occasional feature, Name This Place, in which readers are asked if they recognize the subject of the photograph. Readers who respond with the correct answer will receive a shout-out in the next installment. If you can identify this place, email your name and answer to news@skyhidailynews.com with Name This Place in the subject line. Readers who correctly identified our photo from last week as the hillside at Hidden Springs Ranch on US Highway 40 west of Windy Gap were Vinny Troccoli, Pam Peschiera, Holly Peck, Randy Sue Fosha and Yvonne Knox. Congratulations! Honorable mention goes to …

A bittersweet end to the Fraser Valley biking season

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:01pm
I think I made the last ride of the season in the Winter Park area on my cross country mountain bike. Winter has really arrived. It is like it was waiting for us to say good bye to fall by letting us hold onto the last ties to summer just a bit longer. It was a hard decision on what was going to be the last classic ride of the year. I thought Tipperary would be very fitting. It has always been an iconic trail and has a vast history. Our first races where held there. The race course aka …