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High speed chase suspect appears in Court

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
In the early morning hours of May 6, Brian Unger, 26, of Longmont, led Grand County law enforcement officers on a half-hour long high speed chase, according to court documents. Unger was arrested in Boulder County on July 29 after law enforcement officers were called to a domestic disturbance, said Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson. He was arrested for burglary, trespassing and attempted assault in connection with the domestic disturbance, Johnson said. The pursuit of Unger started in Fraser and ended west of Kremmling when law enforcement abandoned the chase because it became too dangerous, the documents indicate. Law enforcement …

GL Town Manager announces resignation

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
Grand Lake Town Manager David Hook has announced he will be stepping down from his position as town manager and has begun searching for a new job. Hook will finish out his contract with Grand Lake, which expires in February 2015. Hook informed the Grand Lake Board of Trustees on Aug. 10 of his decision. In a letter from Hook dated Aug. 13, he states, “This decision did not come easy. I have treasured my time as Town Manager and as a member of such a special community.” Hook goes on in the letter to explain his decision to resign …

County makes progress on new controls

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners moved forward with new internal controls to track cash flowing through county coffers. County department heads gathered in the commissioners meeting room on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to discuss a list of directives regarding new policies for the county, including establishing standard operating procedures for documenting, handling and transferring cash. The list of 15 areas of focus was adopted at the commissioners July 22 meeting and based off of an internal accounting investigation conducted by accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal. The investigation followed in the wake of a scandal in the county building department in …

Home is where the school is

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
Like most teachers in mid-August, Shelly Mathis has been preparing for the upcoming school year. She cleaned out her school supply closet and prepared a new curriculum. She set up her classroom. But Mathis’ classroom has just two students: her daughter, Liberty, a sophomore, and her son Ben, a seventh-grader. She’s been their teacher since the beginning. “Home schooling was never my plan, but Liberty started asking to teach her how to read when she was 2. So I asked my teacher friends how to do that and they got me started,” Mathis said. Mathis has offered her children the …

Gore Canyon Whitewater Park authorized

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
KREMMLING – Authorization has been given to establish the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park at the Pumphouse Recreation Site on the upper Colorado River. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gave the authorization on Aug. 15. Grand County submitted a right-of-way application to build engineer-designed boulder and block features across the full width of the river upstream of the Pumphouse boat launch 2. Grand County was recently awarded historic water rights for constructing this waterpark. The engineer-designed boulders and block-like concrete objects would be placed across the stream channel. The objects would not be visible at normal flows and would allow …

Fees for employees addressed after multiple subpoenas

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to reimburse legal fees for the county manager after she was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. The commissioners made the motion at their Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting to enter into a contract with Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, a Denver-based law firm, for County Manager Lurline Underbrink-Curran’s legal fees. Underbrink-Curran and several other county employees, including the county finance director and county treasurer, have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, which is based in Routt County. A grand jury is a prosecutorial tool used to investigate possible criminal …

Letter: How about some constructive conservative ideas?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:21pm
To the Editor: I have recently decided to describe my politics as “Progressive Libertarian.” In brief, as a Progressive Libertarian, I think that the duties of a government, as stated in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, is to provide for the common defense, preserve domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare and ensure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and to our posterity. Those “liberal” policies enacted during the 1930s (Social Security, UI Benefits, Labor Union protections, confiscatory upper marginal tax rates, strict banking regulations etc.) as well as policies enacted in the 1960s (Civil Rights Acts, Medicare/Medicaid, food subsides …

Local national forest Facebook page debuts

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:13pm
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland now have a Facebook page in partnership with the National Forest Foundation. Updates about popular places to visit near Fort Collins, Boulder, Nederland, Evergreen, Idaho Springs, Winter Park and Grand Lake will be available on the page. The page will also share photos and volunteer opportunities through this site, as well as information about projects and events. “Like” the page at www.facebook.com/usfsarp. (If searching for the site, you must type “The Forest Service-Arapaho” and it will come up. There is another Arapaho and Roosevelt Site, but it is not ours.) …

Headwaters Trails Alliance dons new signs

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:05pm
Thanks to a $33,000 grant from the State Trails Program, four trails totaling almost 27 miles are receiving new signs. The signs feature elevation profiles, “you are here” maps, authorized use information, as well as points of interest along the trail. Mile markers have also been installed along the trails. The new signs are a product of two years of planning, funding, designing, GIS work, production and installation. “Our goal was to get needed information out there and available for our visiting population”, said Maura McKnight, HTA executive director. The new signs are featured on the Fraser River Trail, Fraser …

In Winter Parks, so many trail choices, so little time

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57am
One of the hardest things about mountain biking in Winter Park is deciding what to ride. I think you know you are living/visiting the right place when this is a problem. There are so many options to choose from. It’s tough: Do I ride something new, create a new loop or go with an old standby? Many times the “old standby” is one of the best experiences. One of my favorite rides is the Tipperary Race Course. http://epicsingletrack.com/downloads/kor_course.pdf I think this is an all time classic ride. It has beautiful climbs through aspen and pines (yes even a few live …

Delays on Trail Ridge Road

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:37am
On Monday, Aug. 25, weather permitting, a chip seal project will begin on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park from the Alpine Visitor Center to Rainbow Curve, an approximate 11-mile section. During the project, traffic will be reduced to one lane, and 30-minute delays can be expected. The project will take place through Friday, Aug. 29. Cyclists and motorcyclists should be prepared for rough road conditions. Fog sealing will take place after the chip seal has been completed and after the Labor Day weekend. The project is intended to seal and protect the road surface. All facilities and …

Lawsuits, ignorance threaten Obamacare

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:21am
There is a great deal of confusion over the recent appeals courts’ decisions about Obamacare (ACA) in the Halbig suit. At issue is whether the law permits those who got Obamacare through the federal exchanges to get their premiums subsidized by taxpayers to make them affordable. One three-person panel appeals court dominated by Republicans ruled against the ACA subsidies of federal exchange-issued policies, and the other with more Democrats ruled in support of the subsidies. The administration is appealing the anti-ACA decision to have a ruling of the full bench of justices. The issue could still go to the Supreme …

Valerie Jarrett: The woman who stays for dinner

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:13am
Washington insiders are well aware that the key decision maker in the Obama White House is Valerie Bowman Jarrett. Washington lobbyists know that if they have an idea or project to push, unless it has the blessing of Valerie Jarrett, it is probably dead in the water. Valerie Jarrett may have even more power than Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. Recall, in 1919, President Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke and, for the next 18 months, Mrs. Edith Wilson decided which papers President Wilson saw and which ones he signed. But, despite her influence on President Obama, Valerie Jarrett is not well-known outside …

Human bones found in Indian Peaks

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:17pm
Human bones recently recovered in the area of Thunderbolt Creek in the Indian Peaks Wilderness have been identified as Patricia Wallace, 74, of Lafayette. The remains were first discovered in the Indian Peaks Wilderness on Aug. 9 by the Sippel family from Sante Fe, N.M. The family discovered the bones while searching for a campsite in the area along Thunderbolt Creek. Search and rescue and local law enforcement began searching the area and additional human remains. Clothing and accessories were located. Identification located inside a backpack found near the remains was that of Patricia Wallace. The search for Wallace began …

Grand County transportation authority forms

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:09pm
A group of community leaders has appointed an unofficial transportation authority to work on improving transportation in Grand County. Representatives from both the public and private sectors convened at the Grand County Transportation Stakeholders Summit on Monday, Aug. 18, in the Mountain Parks Electric Community Meeting Room to discuss new possibilities for transportation throughout the county. Leaders chose five focus areas in which to move forward: resurrecting the now defunct “ski train” from Denver to Grand County, upgrading Grand County’s current transportation system, establishing a cross county transportation system between Kremmling and Winter Park, identifying funding alternatives for transportation, and …

TCAP scores show mixed results across Grand County

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:09pm
Grand County schools didn’t follow Colorado’s overall downward trend in standardized testing scores, though some grades still lag behind the state average for reading, writing and math, according to results released Aug. 14. The state results for the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP, measured student proficiency in reading, writing and math for third through 10th grades. Scores in reading and writing showed an overall upward trend in East and West Grand schools from last year, while West Grand students stayed somewhat flat on math scores. However, comparing the percentage of third through 10th-graders who were advanced or proficient in …

Man save woman from Hot Sulphur Springs sewage pond

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:09pm
A Littleton man is being hailed a hero after rescuing a woman from a pit of putrefaction in Hot Sulphur Springs. College student Tanner Bishop heard screaming while near the Hot Sulphur Springs Post Office on Aug. 4, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Upon investigating, Bishop discovered a woman in the town’s sewage pond. The woman was attempting to retrieve her dog when she slipped into the pond and was unable to get traction on the pond’s slick rubber liner. Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson presented Bishop with a Certificate of Appreciation for his …

Kayaker killed in Gore Canyon identified

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:57pm
The Grand County coroner has identified a kayaker who was found dead in the Gore Canyon as 38-year-old Elizabeth “Beth” McVay, of Boulder County, officials said. Coroner Brenda Bock determined that McVay died from blunt force trauma after falling from a riverside cliff. McVay became separated from her kayak near the upper end of Gore Canyon on the Colorado River on Aug. 16. Grand County Dispatch received a report stating McVay was trying to scale an embankment on the side of the river around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, according to a press release. Her body was discovered at the …

Letter: Liberal ‘plan’ baffling

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:54pm
To the Editor: I cannot really understand how liberals think but here is my take on their plans for our future. They will give out lavish welfare payments and programs so people don’t have to work. These people will continue to vote for them. Then, they will legalize drugs so those same people won’t be bored. Meanwhile everyone else will pay higher taxes to support “welfare.” The math doesn’t really work so they will give amnesty to 20 million illegals so they can work to help pay for the moochers. Wait, now that they are legal, the new immigrants will …