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Tabernash pot operation to open next week

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:33pm
Grand County’s first combined marijuana retail, grow and manufacturing operation is slated to open next week.Igadl LTD is aiming for a soft opening either on Friday afternoon, May 22, or Saturday, May 23, said David Michel, general counsel for IgadI.IgadI also announced on Wednesday, May 13, that it had been recognized for its HVAC system.Data Aire, which installed the unit, awarded the project its 2014 Project of the Year award. IgadI topped the new World Trade Center in New York as well as a tower in Mexico City to win the award.“This award is only awarded every other year,” said …

Newberry arraignment date set on count of official misconduct

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:21pm
Grand County Commissioner James Newberry’s arraignment hearing on one count of official misconduct, a class 2 misdemeanor, has been set for 9:30 a.m. on May 26 in Grand County Court.Judge Terry Ruckriegle of Summit County will preside over the case.Ruckriegle, who oversaw Kobe Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case in Eagle County, is coming out of retirement to hear the case.Grand County Judge Nick Catanzarite recused himself, citing a personal and professional relationship with Newberry.Newberry was charged in relation to allegations that he charged both Grand County and the Colorado River Conservation District for mileage to drive to district meetings.At the …

Citizen group’s Grand County hearing the culmination of months of campaigning

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:13pm
In what seemed to be the culmination of its months-long campaign to challenge Grand County leadership following a scandal in the county building department, the group Citizens for Transparency in Grand County Government asked Commissioner Merrit Linke to terminate County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran during a public hearing on Tuesday afternoon, May 12.Linke dismissed the request.“I’m not going to base a decision on any vocal citizens group however loud they are, however vocal they are,” Linke said. “That’s not how government works.”The hearing was in the same vein as previous meetings between the group and the board of county commissioners, …

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre preps for summer

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:57pm
Nestled into the Rockies on the boardwalk-lined streets of Grand Lake lies the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (RMRT).Starting June 12, RMRT will again fill the summer season in Grand Lake with music and dance, bringing professional off Broadway theatre performances to the western gateway of Rocky Mountain National Park.For those who might have misconceptions about RMRT, the organization is not a community drama program. Rather RMRT employs professional actors, directors, costume creators and set designers. Each year RMRT holds auditions in multiple cities around the U.S. looking for talented thespians to bring to the high country for the season.Returning this …

Grand County residents head cross-country, to the desert for mud season

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:49pm
Mud season can mean different things to different people: time to slow down, to catch up — or for those with schedules that permit it —t ime to hit the road.Danny Herbert, a musician from Winter Park, has made an annual cross-country trip into a tradition. He has done it just about every year for the past 20 years. “It’s perfect if you work through the season and save up your money. I love seeing new places and meeting new people. Taking these trips really opens up the way I look at life. I am a better person for it …

Berthoud Pass work to begin May 18

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:33pm
The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work on US 40 at Berthoud Pass on Monday, May 18, to replace roadway, curb and gutters and guardrail. Initial work will be low impact with the project team mobilizing equipment and project offices. The following week will kick off guardrail work and sand mitigation. Rotomilling and asphalt paving operations are not scheduled to begin until after the Memorial Day holiday weekend.The project is slated to begin on the Winter Park side of the project near Mary Jane, according to information provided by CDOT.The project scope includes 11.4 miles from mile marker 233 …

Surf’s up: Gore Canyon Whitewater Park ‘open for non-business’

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:53pm
Stakeholders from Grand County, Eagle County and the Bureau of Land Management met on Wednesday, May 13, with staff from Kissner General Contractors and RiverRestoration for a post-construction inspection of the newly completed Gore Canyon Recreation In-Channel Diversion project at the popular Pumphouse Recreation Area near Kremmling. The park, known as the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, is the cumulation of five years of coordinated effort involving extensive planning, outreach, negotiation, water court processes, engineering, fundraising and permitting. Taking the lead on the initiative were Grand County commissioners, one of five major funding partners, including Eagle County, the Department of Local …

Blues from the Top profiles: Eric Gales lets his music do the talking

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:53am
Blues guitarist Eric Gales can’t always tell people what he’s thinking. But after decades of performing he knows one thing: What he can’t express in words will always come out in his music.“Sometimes I can’t speak what I want to say,” Gales said. “But I can play it.”Gales, who grew up in Memphis, Tenn., the youngest of five boys, began that conversation on the drums. He started playing when he was just 4 years old.“I grew up in a home full of musicians,” Gales said. “I loved it.”Soon after, one of brothers handed him a guitar.“I picked it up the …

Take care of Fraser Valley’s trails this time of year

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:05am
I’m writing this and trying to be in denial that the weather forecast for sunny and warm was wrong. Of course, that is the forecast I wanted to believe and not the accurate one of unsettled weather with a strong chance for rain.Rain and snow at this time of year makes it a bit difficult and sometimes frustrating to get out on the trails. What was dry last week is wet again. he ground is already saturated from the melting snow. Add to that a bit of rain with some snow, and you have at times some muddy conditions. Some …

Letter: Grand County was well represented during water negotiations

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:49am
To the Editor:I have known John Dickinson for over 35 years, and I have always liked him, but like me he too is not always right. It hurt to read that he was critical of the way that Lurline Undebrink Curran represented Grand County in the negotiations with Denver Water and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.The only thing weak about the representation that Grand County had during these negotiations was the position that Colorado water law put them in from the beginning. Denver and Northern own enough water rights in Grand County to legally dry up the headwaters of …

Letter: It’s up to locals to control underage tobacco use

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:Every year 480,000 people die from smoking related diseases. Approximately 42,000 of those deaths are non-smokers who were exposed to second-hand smoke. Nicotine, the substance found in cigarettes, dip, chew, cigarillos, snus, and electronic cigarettes, is reportedly just as addictive and difficult to quit as heroin.On behalf of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a substance abuse prevention nonprofit, I urge citizens of Grand County to examine our collective attitude toward smoking, and consider the health implications.According to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 2013, more than one in five Grand County junior and senior males use tobacco dip or chew; …

Letter: Why keep a package that’s not yours?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:This is to the person that chose to pick up a package from our Granby Post Office that was clearly not yours and keep it, delivered on April 28. You picked up the package at the counter with my name on it, and I’m sure there isn’t another MARY TINDLE here in Grand County.What has happened to Grand County? It was not yours to get. That package was a gift. WAS, [but] not now. My mother always taught us treat people they way you wanted to be treated. All I have to say now is KARMA ...Cathy TindleGranby …

Letter: Who benefits from Winter Park bus system?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:I see that Intrawest figured out how to unload the current shuttle bus system to the town(s).I know that the town(s) are rolling in taxpayer money (ha-ha!). Intrawest, which is now and forever the biggest user of the bus system, has figured out how to dump the cost off onto the taxpayers and improve their corporate bottom line all at once, and avoid the necessity of an election for now. Good for them, Bad for us.Just how big a bus system will Intrawest (and those in favor of tax- funded buses) be demanding? Will you all be satisfied …

Letter: Radical Islam deserves ridicule

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm
To the Editor:The Texas Mohammed cartoon contest turned out to be a success in at least two ways. First, it rid us of two radical Islamist crazies, and second, it reminded us that there are those who seek to deny us our right of free speech.We have all seen, read and heard despicable slurs made toward various racial, political, gender and religious people, beliefs and groups. The cartoon contest should have come and gone like other such activities. The attack seems to demonstrate a need for free speech to be tested from time to time. We don’t want any group …

Commissioner declines to fire Grand County manager

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 5:33pm
Grand County Board of Commissioners Chairman Merrit Linke has rejected a call by a local citizens group to terminate County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran.The group, Citizens for Transparency in Grand County Government, called for a motion to terminate Curran at a special hearing on Tuesday afternoon, May 12.More than 60 people filled the commissioners’ meeting room for the hearing.Group spokesmen John Dickinson and Chas McConnell presented a packet of information to commissioners and citizens to back up their assertions of mismanagement in the county.Much of the discussion centered on the county’s handling of the building department scandal, which saw more …

Grand County Search and Rescue members save lives

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:49pm
Three years ago Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) initiated a new member training program called the SAR Academy. It is designed to recruit a small group of potential members and get them field ready within a few months. The annual program focuses on targeting individuals who are willing to volunteer, have the potential to become a valuable asset and have a high probability of sticking with us for at least a few years.GCSAR invests a large amount of time and energy in our new members, so member retention is critical. We recently lost four of our newest members because …

New center expands child care options for Grand County parents

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:41pm
Little Sprouts Learning Center, a new center for children ages’ infant through preschool, will open their doors on June 15; helping to respond to local needs for expanded early childhood care.When they do open the new nonprofit will drastically expand Granby’s, and Grand County’s, early childhood care options. Little Sprouts Executive director Jessica Driver is excited about the new venture.“We will have an emphasis on infant and toddler care providing an additional 28 infant/toddler spots, which surveys have shown is the area of greatest need in the county,” said Driver. “We will also care for preschoolers.”The Little Sprouts Learning Center …

Annual garage sale has Church of the Eternal Hills abuzz

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:33pm
Sue Perkins knows that on Friday, May 15, when volunteers go to open the doors of Tabernash’s Church of the Eternal Hills around 4 p.m., a crowd will be waiting.Perkins predicts that around 200 people will be queued up outside the church’s annual garage sale.Since the early 1980s, the congregation of Church of the Eternal Hills has gathered in the spring to peddle clothes, furniture, outdoor gear and countless other items.It’s somewhat of a Fraser Valley tradition.“A lot of people just look forward to it for saving money, and they look forward to dumping a lot of their stuff off, …

Fraser Valley Elementary School honors volunteers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:25pm
At Fraser Valley Elementary School, community members are more than willing to lend a hand. The school has more than 68 volunteers that offer in-class assistance for a variety of subjects including math, reading and music.Staff and students gathered to celebrate those volunteers at a volunteer appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, May 12.“It’s just so neat to see grandmas come in and 22-year-olds that work at the ski area,” said Patty Finnegan, a fourth-grade teacher. “It really builds a relationship with the kids.” …

Fraser meeting recordings available online

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:25pm
The Town of Fraser has begun offering audio recordings of Fraser Board of Trustee meetings.Recordings are available on the town’s website, frasercolorado.com.Fraser is the first town in Grand County to offer recordings of its meetings.Grand County began posting recordings of the board of county commissioners’ meetings earlier this year. …