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More deceptive attacks on Obamacare

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:57am
A young entrepreneur mom and wife looks you straight in the face in a recent anti-Mark Udall commercial and asks Udall to repeal Obamacare because it hurts families and small businesses. Mark Udall is running for re-election for U.S. senator for Colorado and his Republican opponent, Cory Gardner, wants to repeal Obamacare. How that mom could have delivered that ad with a straight face is beyond me. Eli Stokols of Denver’s Fox 31 interviewed the spokesperson and concluded, “Bottom line: This is yet another example of a deceptive Republican attack on Obamacare falling apart under even casual scrutiny.” Her story …

Grand County trail improvements await forest visitors

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:57am
There’s still plenty of warm weather to test out one of the U.S. Forest Service’s improved trails in Grand County. Late summer and early fall provide an ideal opportunity to experience some of the new trail work the U.S. Forest Service has completed this summer with the help of many volunteer groups and a grant from the National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund. Seven major trails projects are already complete and several more are planned for this fall. “It’s been rejuvenating to spend some time working with the community on improving our trail system and planning for the future,” said …

Grand County bear activity ramps up

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:57am
Though certainly an egregious crime, a home invasion is not an offense punishable by death. Not, that is, unless you’re a bear. Department of Parks and Wildlife officials this week have been trying to trap a bear that entered a Winter Park home through an open garage door before ransacking the kitchen trash can. Though the details of the case are somewhat extraordinary, bear encounters have picked up in recent weeks, including an instance where a black bear casually entered a Grand Lake business. District Wildlife Officer Jeromy Huntington said the number of encounters between bears and humans increases around …

Hamilton — First news: The rush to faulty judgment

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:57am
As of this writing, we really do not know what happened during the violent confrontation between a black teenager and a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. But when your cable-news or broadcast-news ratings are at the bottom of the heap, the rush to be “first” with the news, even if the initial reports are flat wrong, is apparently irresistible. This was especially so as the initial, fragmentary reports from CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC fell into that trap. Moreover, it appears some sort of “politically correct” agenda is at work. For example, at almost the same time as a white …

Photo: Snow dusts Byers Peak

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:57am

Victory races this weekend near Parshall

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:25pm
Get your running shoes ready for the 2014 Victory Races scheduled for this weekend Sept. 13 and 14 at the Aspen Canyon Ranch located outside Parshall. Two race events will be held Saturday, Sept. 13. Both the 5-mile run/hike and the half marathon will begin at 10 a.m. at the ranch, located off County Road 3. There is a $25 registration fee for the five-mile run/hike and a $45 registration fee for the half marathon. The post race Western Chili Bar is also open to public for $15. Sunday will feature a 50-mile group ride. The event is free and …

Granby Board sets restrictions on vehicles idling within town limits

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:57pm
Keep your block warmer handy this winter if you live in Granby because vehicles are no longer allowed to idle for more than 20 minutes during an hour in town any more. The Granby Board of Trustees approved an ordinance Tuesday evening making it a violation of the Town Code to idle a vehicle for more than 20 minutes during any one-hour period. The ordinance applies to all property within the city limits of Granby, including private property. The ordinance reads in part, “no person shall allow a motor vehicle to idle within the Town of Granby for more than …

Legislation proposed to prevent development near public lands

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:57pm
A legislative push is under way at the federal level to ensure a small strip of land between Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and Arapaho National Forest (ANF) is protected from future development. The proposed legislation would incorporate the strip of land, called “the wedge” into the ANF. It would add a single parcel of land within the wedge to the Bowen Gulch Protection Area, and would allow the secretary of Agriculture to acquire privately owned lots within the wedge. The legislation, introduced on June 11 by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, is titled the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act …

Winter Park business navigates maze market

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:49pm
In 1987, Greg Gallavan saw “The Wooz” in Time magazine. The Wooz was a gigantic human maze in Vacaville, Calif. Gallavan had always been interested in mazes so, on a whim, he took off for California to see The Wooz for himself. “I went out there just to go do it,” Gallavan said. “I was interested, you know? Well, I get there, and they have as many ticket windows as a ski area.” The experience was a bit of a revelation for Gallavan, who at the time was tiring of his job in the food and beverage industry. He wanted …

Fraser board to revisit Grand Park subdivision

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:49pm
Fraser’s board of trustees will vote on Wednesday, Sept. 17, on whether to approve the plats and plan for a major subdivision within the Grand Park development. Despite a recommendation for approval with conditions from the town planning commission and staff, the board tabled action on the application for The Willows at Grand Park at its Sept. 3 meeting after some trustees expressed reservations with some of the application’s items. The Willows is a proposed subdivision of townhomes in the larger Grand Park development in Fraser. Some of the more prominent points of contention included the developer’s reluctance to dedicate …

Granby events celebrate the ‘Code of the West’

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:29pm
Fresh off its win at the All-Chamber Chili Cookoff (pictures on page 16), the Granby Chamber of Commerce is celebrating “Code of the West” week when Granby celebrates western heritage, spirit and values. Events this weekend include mountain man tales with a hay ride and marshmallows over the campfire (Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch) on Friday night, Sept. 12, from 7-9 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 13, a harvest market, bingo, country music, a dance and kids games will be featured in Polhamus Park from noon to 3 p.m. Barbecue and craft vendors will also be available. Dress western and …

Grand County Council on Aging hosts pizza party fundraiser

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:29pm
The Grand County Council on Aging will host its annual pizza party fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5-8 p.m. at the Grand River Inn. Formerly Betty’s Café, the Grand River Inn is located at 10658 Highway 34 in Grand Lake. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and older, and $6 for kids 7 and under. Prices include pizza, salad, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. All proceeds from the evening go directly to the Grand County Council on Aging in support of senior services. Grand County Council on Aging’s mission is to help Grand County seniors and disabled …

A Night in Morocco is as close as Grand Lake Community House

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:13pm
Tickets are on sale for the annual Grand Arts Council fundraiser “A Night in Morocco,” scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13. Back by popular demand, this is the 11th year for this annual fundraising event. This year’s event includes a lavish stage show, a cash bar featuring a signature cocktail, and a selection of great hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or at the door, with the food and cocktails sold separately. In addition, there will be a silent auction with many hand-made items created by local artists. Special guest musicians, the Fellaheen Ensemble, will play throughout …

Joe Meyer takes reins of BLM in NW Colorado

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:05pm
The Bureau of Land Management has named long-time employee Joe Meyer as the new Northwest Colorado District Manager based in Grand Junction. Meyer comes to BLM Colorado from Wyoming, where he has been the Field Manager for the BLM Casper Field Office since 2008. “Joe brings wealth of experience to the position,” said BLM Colorado State Director Ruth Welch. “His commitment to working with the public and local cooperators will be a tremendous asset to BLM Colorado.” Meyer will lead the BLM Northwest District, which includes 5 million surface acres and 8.4 million acres of mineral estate in the Colorado …

Winter Park mountain bike trails expand quickly

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:41pm
These are exciting times for mountain biking. We have seen new trails and there is a vision for an amazing trail system. It has been a long time since this type of excitement has been seen in Winter Park. Roughly 25 years ago several people met in the Bank of Winter Park. It was there that the first vision for mountain biking began. Originally the thought was mountain biking would create a summer economy in a struggling town. Mountain biking was in its infancy. There was no trail system, no signs, no maps, we barely new what singletrack was. Bikes …

The Friday Report: Put the fun back in Funk & Wagnall

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:41pm
The roots of the English language extend back to the cave paintings at Lascaux Grotto, in Dordogne, France. Carbon-14 dating puts that about 15,000-13,000 BC, but if you’re a Creationist, call it about 1958. Found near the paintings was a curious narrative composition, leading linguists to believe there was a rudimentary written language used even then. Scientists have named this theoretical original language, Proto-Indo-European. At first, things changed slowly. For 100,000 generations man was a hunter-gatherer, concerned with little more than subsistence and procreation, whereas a scant 80 generations separate us from the time of Christ. About 2,500 BC, increasing …

Get out and give back to Grand County on Public Lands Day

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:01pm
In July I wrote about National Public Lands Day, this year scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27.  This is only two weeks away and the projects to be worked on go right to the heart of trails for hikers, bikers, Nordic skiers, and boaters alike. NPLD is a nationwide event that has taken place every year for the last 20 years at the end of September.  This is a cooperative effort by the federal land agencies and the public to provide you with the opportunity to give back to your public lands. In recent years the federal budgets have been hacked away …

Grand County rejects accounting firm oversight proposal

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:09pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has rejected a proposal from accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal for implementing new policies and procedures in the county, and will instead allow county officials to take the helm. A steering committee on the matter had condensed the Alvarez & Marsal proposal into five main target areas including policies and procedures, financial reporting, support for accounts receivable software and a fit/gap analysis to determine what further software would benefit the county, said Lurline Underbrink-Curran, county manager. The committee estimated that implementing new policies and procedures would cost around $12,000, while obtaining support for accounts …

Grand County law enforcement agencies receive excess military gear from feds

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:01pm
Recent events in Ferguson, Mo., have sparked a national debate about numerous issues related to race, policing standards and civil rights. The protests and riots and the response from law enforcement has brought to a head previously simmering discussions regarding the militarization of local police forces. The debate regarding the militarization of police and the need for military hardware is especially applicable to Grand County. The act of domestic terrorism committed by Marvin Heemeyer 10 years ago left local law enforcement scrambling for a solution to stop the rampage. The Sky-Hi News requested information from Grand County law enforcement agencies …

Grand County health network addresses mental health, other issues

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:41pm
Since Grand County completed its Community Health Assessment last year, there has been a lot of conversation about the county’s capacity to treat those suffering from mental health issues. The assessment identified mental health as its top priority, and the issue surfaced again during the Grand County sheriff candidate’s forum in June, when both candidates expressed concern that county law enforcement didn’t have the resources to deal with substance abuse and mental health issues. Now, the Grand County Rural Health Network has unveiled a plan to address shortfalls in mental health services in the county. Jen Fanning, executive director of …