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Newberry charged with official misconduct

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:45pm
Grand County Commissioner James Newberry has been charged with one count of first degree official misconduct, a class two misdemeanor, for double charging mileage.Bruce Brown, 5th Judicial District Attorney, filed the charge in Grand County Court on Wednesday, April 29.The charge stems from information brought to light in July 2014 that Newberry had filed expense reports for the same mileage to both Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, of which Newberry is president.The complaint states that Newberry’s mileage charges violated the law by “exceeding the actual amount incurred and/or exceeding allowable limits as permitted by law.”Newberry has …

Human remains found on Strawberry Creek believed to be missing hunter

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:13pm
Human remains were found Wednesday, April 29, along Strawberry Creek on the Little H O Ranch property in Grand County.Officials with the Grand County Sheriff’s Deartment say they believe the remains are those of missing hunter Richard Kothanek, 51, of Littleton, who became lost while hunting in the Arapaho National Forest in November 2014. Kothanek was last seen on Saturday, Nov. 15, near Meadow Creek Reservoir east of Tabernash.The remains were discovered Wednesday by one of the Little H O Ranch property caretakers. Lt. Dan Mayer, Sheriff’s Department spokesman, explained that officials were awaiting confirmation from the Grand County Coroner’s …

Nepali couple with Winter Park ties OK after quake

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:17pm
A Nepali couple that has frequented Winter Park over the years is OK following a devastating earthquake in their home country.Lhakpa and Tashi Sherpa have made the long journey to Grand County every summer for years to set up their jewelry stand in front of the Mountain Rose Café in Winter Park.“The town has adopted them, and they’ve adopted Winter Park,” said Jack Gerstein, a Winter Park-based realtor and friend of the couple. “They’re just such wonderful people, and having the Sherpa and Buddhist culture so present here for us, it’s unique. It’s great.”Lhakpa and Tashi, as well as their …

Snow Mountain Ranch to host “Raven’s Challenge” military training

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:17pm
Members of Colorado State Law Enforcement and the U.S. military will train side-by-side at Snow Mountain Ranch from Tuesday, May 5, through Thursday, May 7, during an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program called “Raven’s Challenge.” Members of the training program will be on site starting May 1.During this training, which is closed to the public, more than 150 individuals will participate as teams in several series of live exercises over three days. Exercises include fire mitigation, hyper-realistic bomb scenarios, hostage situation training and more. Snow Mountain Ranch is working closely …

Brigid Irish case continued again for attorney update

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:09pm
After nearly a year in the courts, the Brigid Irish case has once again been delayed as her new attorney gets up to date.Public defender Chris Hamsher requested a continuance at Irish’s Thursday, April 30, arraignment hearing, which District Court Judge Mary Hoak granted, setting Irish’s next court date for June 22 at 3 p.m.Hamsher said that he had not received important pieces of the case’s discovery until March 19.Irish, who faces 932 felony counts including embezzlement and forgery, dismissed her previous attorney William Frankfurt at a Feb. 27 court hearing.During the Thursday hearing, both Hoak and Assistant District Attorney …

Middle Park High’s Adventure Ed: lessons only wilderness can teach

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:57pm
Some lessons cannot be taught in a classroom.Like what to do when a raft high sides onto a boulder in the middle of a rapid. Or how to set up a campsite for over 20 people while causing minimal environmental impact. Or that a classmate whom you’ve known for years, whom you passed every day in the halls at school, could become one of your closest friends.These are the kind of lessons high school students participating in Middle Park High School’s Adventure Education program learn.“It was a life-changing transformation,” said Suzannah Mikol, a 2011 MPHS graduate who is now a …

Grand County aims to save ailing landfill cover

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:41pm
Grand County officials hope that adding dirt to the Granby Landfill can temporarily save a cover installed last year to slow a landslide at the site.The cover was installed with the hope that it would prevent runoff from entering the slide area and exacerbating the slide, but settling beneath the cover has caused it to sink, thus allowing water to pool on top rather than run off.Additionally, the continued movement of the landslide caused one of the cover’s seams to drip.“It’s pretty apparent to me that if we let this thing sit and don’t put anything underneath it, and particularly …

Granby Dam flows to increase May 1

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:33pm
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Northern Water will be increasing the water releases from Lake Granby on Friday, May 1.Operators will ramp up releases to 430 cubic feet per second through the outlet valves, which will enable reservoir operators to better manage peak spills later this spring.With the Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs at record storage levels for late April, the likelihood of spills at Lake Granby are a near certainty.“What we are trying to do by increasing releases now is reduce the peak of the runoff to alleviate flooding concerns below Granby,” said Noble Underbrink, Collection Systems Department manager …

Photo: Pelicans return to Grand County

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:45pm
Drew Munro / dmunro@skyhidailynews.comWhite pelicans have returned to Grand County, in this case on the pond at the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby on Thursday afternoon. The birds are as clear a harbinger of spring in Grand as the swallows are in San Juan Capistrano. …

Uber car service comes to Grand County

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:33pm
Becky Foertsch announced the start of her tenure as a driver for the app-based car service on Tuesday, April 27. Local residents and tourists alike will be able to use the service for a fee during the hours that Foertsch or other drivers will be operational.Foertsch will not be driving for Uber 24/7 and will instead be available during pre-determined hours that will be posted to the Uber Grand County Facebook page. Check the page regularly for updated schedules. You can find the Uber Facebook page by searching for “Uber Grand County” on Facebook.Foertsch is still working out a schedule …

Obituary: John Brice Sheriff

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:25pm
John Brice Sheriff was born May 25, 1926, in Denver to Glenn and Adaline Morgan Sheriff. His whole life revolved around operating the Sheriff Ranch, which was homesteaded by his great-grandmother and grandfather in 1881.He attended 12 years of school in Hot Sulphur Springs in the building that now houses the Grand County Museum. John served his country in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1944 through 1946. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the Japanese signed the surrender, ending the World War II. Three days later he walked through the …

U.S. House passes RMNP “wedge” legislation

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:25pm
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to incorporate a wedge of land located between Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest into the Arapaho National Forest.The bill was approved by a vote of 381-30. It is the first Democratic bill from the House Natural Resources Committee to be approved by the full House this session. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who represents Grand County and other portions of north central Colorado. The bill is officially titled “The Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015.” The legislation will incorporate 10 previously privately owned …

Mountain Parks Electric prepares for multimillion-dollar meter project

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:17pm
Beginning this month Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) will be installing new advanced meters throughout its service region.The new meters will transmit electricity usage data via a radio frequency to MPE headquarters. MPE officials hope to complete the full project by December 2016.A factsheet provided by MPE points out that currently approximately 50 percent of U.S. households have advanced meter systems for their electricity usage. Most of MPE’s existing meters, 83 percent, are already remotely read. The data from those meters is transmitted via a grounded neutral wire in the existing power-line infrastructure. The data is sent to substations throughout the …

Munro: This land is our land, part deux

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:29pm
Back in late February, in the throes of a bad case of cabin fever, I penned a screed about a nascent movement across the West to transfer ownership of federal lands to the states, or perhaps even into private hands. At the time, the prospect appeared dim.Then, as if on cue, the stage lights clanked on with the subtlety of a train horn in a library. The Greatest Deliberative Body on Earth passed a budget amendment in late March supporting the concept of selling, transferring or trading federal land to the states. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, …

Guest opinion: ‘Corrupt system’ led to Judge McClelland’s ouster

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:05pm
I read Kim Trygg’s letter concerning Judge McClelland’s non-retain vote by the District Judicial Performance Commission.While Ms. Trygg has the procedure for Judicial Retention correct, what we all fail to realize is that the system has been intentionally and covertly biased to retain certain judges and not retain certain others. A succinct review of the process is necessary to show what I will call a “judicial scam” perpetrated by certain parties in the Colorado Supreme Court, the Administrative Division of the Supreme Court, and members of the State Colorado Judicial Performance Commission.1. After an initial “probationary” period of two years; …

Swiftboaters gear up for contest

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
Beware the Swiftboaters bearing tidings of wrongdoing . They may be trying to sink your candidate.Swiftboaters have been in business ever since politics in a democracy and a free press existed, but they did not get their name until the 2004 presidential campaign. It has become the modern word for unfair campaign smear tactics.In 2004 a 527 political group ”Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” drew on a book by John O’Neill, political activist supporting the Vietnam War since 1971 and a longtime antagonist of John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for president. The Swiftboater group ran ads near the end of …

Swiftboaters gear up for 2016 contest

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
Beware the Swiftboaters bearing tidings of wrongdoing . They may be trying to sink your candidate.Swiftboaters have been in business ever since politics in a democracy and a free press existed, but they did not get their name until the 2004 presidential campaign. It has become the modern word for unfair campaign smear tactics.In 2004 a 527 political group ”Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” drew on a book by John O’Neill, political activist supporting the Vietnam War since 1971 and a longtime antagonist of John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for president. The Swiftboater group ran ads near the end of …

Hamilton — ObamaCare: Where is it now?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
Whatever happened to ObamaCare? Well, right now it is stuck like an unplugged electric car high-centered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS).Thirty-six states did not bite on the ObamaCare lure to create state-run insurance exchanges. The SCOTUS may rule that the folks who signed up for ObamaCare in those 36 States are not eligible for the federal subsidies (taxpayer handouts) that make ObamaCare less costly.But how did ObamaCare become law in the first place? Number one, it needed Democrats to control the House, the Senate and the White House. Number two, it required a convoluted scheme to …

DeVos: They wouldn’t, would they?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41am
The cost of the 2016 election may top $5 billion. Wow, even saying it slow, five-thousand-million dollars is a bunch of money to throw away on yard signs. Why it might even be enough to finish off the VA hospital in Aurora.But it seems to me there’s a more transparent way to get to where we’re headed. Why not just auction off public officials to the highest bidder? Of course I know that’s exactly what we’re doing now, but the money is being frittered away on endless bombast and scripted talking points about how ungodly foul and despicable each other’s …