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Grand Beginnings Children’s Fair takes place today, Friday, April 18, in Granby

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:25am
This Friday, young children in Grand County will get their day in the spotlight at the annual Children’s Fair. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Grand Beginnings, the local nonprofit invites all community children ages birth to 8 and their families to this free event, taking place at Granby Elementary School. As an established event, this year’s celebration is gearing up to be the best yet, with tons of activities all aligned with the theme of Healthy Living. Activities include a giant inflatable slide and obstacle course, crafts, Funsical Fitness interactive performances, healthy snacks, …

Grand County Community Events Calendar, April 18 - April 24

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:33pm
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this calendar listed wrong information about an egg hunt in Granby on Saturday, April 19. To compile information for our community calendars, the Sky-Hi News searches area chamber and tourism websites. Unfortunately, the Sky-Hi did not catch a mistake listed on one of those websites. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused any would-be egg hunters in the Granby area. Another listing had the time wrong for the Grand Lake egg hunt, which has since been corrected. We regret these errors. Friday April 18 Easter Egg Coloring, Grand Lake Firehouse, 10 a.m.-noon. …

Friday Report: Should we quit Frackin’ around?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:29pm
Did you know that if you own property in the Rocky Mountain region, chances are your ownership stops just under the top layer of dust? And God help you if Chevron thinks there is oil or gas under that dust. In Colorado most subsurface mineral rights are federally owned and it is unlikely you will be able to stop anyone from fracking under you to get them. In 1916, Congress passed the Stock Raising Homestead Act by which the federal government retained the mineral rights under huge tracts of western lands. They figured that settlers, farmers and ranchers didn’t need …

Pinwheels for Prevention promotes safe and healthy children in Grand

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:29pm
GRANBY — Those passing through Granby may have noticed a ‘whimsical’ addition to the usual scene. Pinwheels have been displayed in front of Granby Chamber and along Agate Avenue as local organizations come together in awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect in Grand County. Such an event is timely given that Kids Count in Colorado, a child-focused annual data report released last week, cited Grand County with a child abuse and neglect rate of 8.5 for every 1,000 children, a rate above the state-wide average. Grand Beginnings works to leverage partnerships and resources to ensure quality early childhood services …

Mountain Travel Symposium wraps up in Breckenridge

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:29pm
BRECKENRIDGE — Innovation and growth are the major takeaways from the 39th Mountain Travel Symposium Breckenridge this week, April 9-16 — and industry professionals came away with the understanding that one cannot happen without the other. Innovation has been at the forefront of the symposium for years. Attendees remember when GoPro cameras were featured, or the time when new mobile applications that track vertical feet were introduced. Over the last week in Breckenridge, the industry saw a few new items such as a sneak preview of Google Glass, but the innovation centered mostly around products and ideas not yet developed. …

Granby-area fishery poised to improve with stocked fish

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:25pm
GRANBY — Colorado Parks and Wildlife held two “State of the Fish” meetings recently, in Granby on March 13, and in Silverthorne on March 18. The purpose of these annual meetings is to gain input and comments on fishery management options in certain local waters. The meeting was led by Jon Ewert, Colorado Parks and Wildlife fisheries biologist for Grand and Summit counties, along with other Parks and Wildlife staff. Ewert encouraged the public to ask questions and offer suggestions about the management of these fisheries, hopefully leading to better interaction between the agency and local sportsmen. Local anglers took …

Easter events, church services in Grand County

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:25pm
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this calendar listed wrong information about an egg hunt in Granby on Saturday, April 19. To compile information for our community calendars, the Sky-Hi News searches area chamber and tourism websites. Unfortunately, the Sky-Hi did not catch a mistake listed on one of those websites. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused any would-be egg hunters in the Granby area. Another listing had the time wrong for the Grand Lake egg hunt. We regret these errors. GOOD Friday APRIL 18 FRASER/WINTER PARK Egg-quatic Egg Hunt, Grand Park Community Recreation Center, open to …

Photo: Another view of the lunar eclipse

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:21pm

Talking Shop: John Kovacs, owner of Cold Springs Greenhouse

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:17pm
John Kovacs, owner of Cold Springs Greenhouse, County Road 60, Granby How long have you been in business? Since 1960 – Farmed on the land for 18 years prior to opening Greenhouse How did you get started in this business? Agriculture has been in life forever. Farmed bedding plants, Veggies and a lot of tomatoes back in New Jersey with his Brothers. Moved to Grand County in 1956 after vacationing. Bought the Greenhouse property in 1959. Business mission statement: If you have a goal, then it’s almost done. Success in the mission: Yes – reaching goals daily. Challenges to the …

The art of Spring Splash pond-skimming

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:13pm
WINTER PARK — Race veterans Jacqui Thomas and Chris Acosta are regulars at cleaning up at the Spring Splash. Thomas has three victories behind her in the women’s ski division, while Acosta has lost track of how many times he’s won the men’s ski race (“I just kind of go for it, then usually I’ll get a pretty good paycheck by the end,” he joked). This year, Winter Park Resort will be giving away up to $3,500 in cash prizes for first, second and third place finishers in both men and women’s ski and snowboarding categories, for 12 winners total. …

High-elevation wildflowers react to climate change

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:09pm
As the global climate warms, wildflowers in the Rocky Mountains are blooming longer, which could have bad consequences for high-alpine pollinators. Over the past four decades, wildflowers in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow have continually lengthened their blooming season in response to climate change, according to recent study conducted by a University of Maryland Professor and funded by the National Science Foundation. The study found that half the wildflowers begin to bloom weeks earlier, more than a third reach their peak bloom earlier, and others produce their final blooms later in the year. Decades ago, the bloom season ran from …

Mercury detected in Rocky Mountain National Park fish

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:09pm
Elevated mercury levels have been detected in fish at national parks throughout the West, including Rocky Mountain National Park. The mercury, found in habitats located in some of the most remote areas in the region, exceeds U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds and humans in some cases. The information came after scientists with the U.S. Geological Service and National Park Service analyzed both popular sport fish and smaller prey fish in 21 national parks across 10 western states. According to their recently published report, mercury concentrations were generally low, but they still found some …

Grand County prospectors land a hobby, but striking it rich unlikely

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:09pm
Grand County’s mining history is not rich, at least in the monetary sense. The majority of miners who settled here in the late 1870s deserted their claims just five-to-six years later. “Prospectors were all over the hills,” said Tim Nicklas, director of Grand County Historical Association. “They pulled out ore that produced, but it wasn’t worth it. The grade wasn’t high enough to warrant the cost of infrastructure to transport it.” Their predecessors’ lack of success isn’t stopping some modern-day prospectors from donning their picks and wielding their shovels in search of gold. Tom Clark, mayor of Kremmling, shares a …

From the vault: Do you know how the Zephyr lift got its name?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:57pm
Sky-Hi News, April 21, 1983 — Winter Park announced a new, soon-to-be built chairlift named the “Zephyr.” Local Martha Hut came up with the name, and won a 1983-1984 season pass for her creative suggestion. A panel of Winter Park judges sifted through more than 500 entries to select the name. Hut was the first to submit the rail-themed suggestion. The Rio Grande Zephyr last passed through the Winter Park ski area on April 24, and was the last independently run, long-distance passenger train in the country. Amtrak took over the service and changed the name to “California Zephyr,” which …

Winter Park Resort’s Springtopia includes free concerts, spring splash

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:25pm
WINTER PARK — Winter Park Resort may be staying open to April 27, but the party kicks off this weekend with Springtopia festivities that include two free concerts and the annual Coca-Cola® Spring Splash. Headlining the fun is Colorado’s own Big Head Todd and the Monsters, who will be playing a free concert this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. After this weekend’s festivities, Winter Park Resort is conducting “The Season of the Seven +7,” a special contest during its bonus week of skiing/riding that features the chance of winning a free pass for next year. Big Head Todd and the Monsters, …

Mountain Travel Symposium: How can the ski industry grow?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:05pm
BRECKENRIDGE — As snow sports industry professionals scratch their heads trying to figure out how to attract new people to skiing and snowboarding, existing participants think they know exactly what’s keeping the sport from growing. “Everything about a winter vacation is too expensive,” said Michael Contrado on the Summit Daily’s Facebook page. “Imagine lodging, rentals, food and lift tickets for a family of four.” Expense — that’s the answer skiers and snowboarders from Aspen to Vail to Summit County give when asked about the industry’s challenge of growth, yet expense wasn’t a topic brought up much at all during forum …

Fire destroys cabin at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:49pm
TABERNASH — Firefighters responded to a blaze at a Devil’s Thumb Ranch tourist cabin the evening of Sunday, April 13. No injuries were reported from the fire, and damage was limited to a single structure. “It had all caved in, parts were just big piles of logs, and the chimney had fallen in,” said East Grand Fire Protection District Chief Todd Holzwarth. “(The fire) burned into the crawl space, and the cabin dropped and pancaked together.” Called the “Taylor Cabin,” the structure was located with a cluster of 16 other cabins that serve as accommodations for visitors to Devil’s Thumb. …

Photo: Winter Park Ski Patrol legends

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:49pm

Vehicle fire on U.S. 40 stalls morning traffic

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:49pm
TABERNASH — A vehicle fire closed down U.S. Highway 40 near Red Dirt Hill early Monday morning for about 45 minutes while firefighters responded to the emergency. A volunteer firefighter of Grand Fire Protection District, or Granby Fire, was traveling eastbound on the highway to a job site for his employment when he came upon the stranded vehicle sending heavy smoke into the air. The volunteer, Ron Thurston, immediately stopped and helped to stop the traffic in both directions. The fire started in the motor compartment of the white Toyota truck, with camper shell, and was spreading to the cab. …