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Obituary: Jodi Choronzy

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:37am
Jodi Choronzy passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Grand Lake, at the age of 64 after a well-fought struggle with cancer. Jodi was born on April 8, 1950, in Wichita, Kansas. She was born into a ranching family and her parents, Clarence and Mildred Schwabauer, as well as her brothers, owned ranches in Kansas, Arizona, Colorado and Montana. Jodi gained her life-long love of horses in her childhood and was a champion barrel racer. Jodi lived a life full of love and friendships. In her life, Jodi traveled extensively, making friends easily wherever she traveled. She lived in …

Safety device causes Granby power outage

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:33pm
The lights went off in Granby Thursday. The entire town experienced a short power outage around mid-day. Rich Trostel, operations manager for Mountain Parks Electric, said service was out for approximately nine minutes in town and the outage affected about 1,700 customers. “It included pretty much everything from City Market north to Granby Dam,” said Trostel. According to Trostel the outage occurred as a result of safety fail-safe systems employed by linemen at Mountain Parks Electric. Line crews were working on hot power lines Thursday when a fault occurred in the line. Normally the fault would not have caused a …

‘Expresso Yourself’ at open mic in Winter Park

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:53pm
Writing matters to Sue Volk, owner of the Mountain Grind Coffee Shop in Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park. So much so that she regularly contributes to a Facebook page called “writing matters” on which she shares short, poetic musings. Her affinity for creative expression started at a young age. “I grew up on a farm; we didn’t have a whole lot of entertainment,” said Volk, originally from North Dakota. “I always say boredom is the mother of creativity. If all of your entertainment needs are immediately met, you don’t have to dig deep and find ways to express yourself.” …

ALCO could stay open through February

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:05pm
The Fraser ALCO will stay open into February as liquidators continue to bring inventory into the store. “The official word we have from the bankruptcy court is that they’re trying to extend to keep the location open a little bit longer than Jan 31,” said Craig Clark. Clark, who is currently in the process of purchasing the shopping center through his LLC, Fraser Valley Shopping Center, said he believed ALCO could remain open “through February.” Clark also said Fraser residents could expect to see a coming soon banner in the shopping center “fairly shortly,” though he could not name the …

Alpenglow Camera Club hosts Cole Thompson

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:57pm
The Alpenglow Camera Club will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Granby Library. All members and those who would like to be members are welcome. The new year has brought several changes to the club. Tim Carter has resigned as president and moved to Grand Junction. Gary Piper has taken over that job, but Carter, who was the driving force for starting the Alpenglow Camera Club, will be coming back to the February meeting. Let’s thank him for the outstanding job he did. The club has a special speaker for the February meeting …

Rocky Mountain National Park rangers locate Trail Ridge Road ‘hiker’

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:49pm
Jay Starr Jr., 34, of Cohoes, N.Y., led Rocky Mountain National Park rangers and other searchers on a multi-day goose chase along Trail Ridge Road, which the man told park officials he intended to hike from east to west beginning Monday, according to a prepared statement from the park. After days of searching, they found him late Thursday afternoon near Ute Crossing. He was airlifted to Medical Center of the Rockies. His status was not available at press time. On Monday, Jan. 26, park rangers contacted Starr after he entered Rocky Mountain National Park on foot and indicated he was …

Rocky Mountain National Park rangers look for Trail Ridge Road ‘hiker’

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:49pm
Jay Starr Jr., 34, of Cohoes, N.Y., has led Rocky Mountain National Park rangers and other searchers on a multi-day goose chase along Trail Ridge Road, which the man told park officials he intended to hike from east to west beginning Monday, according to a prepared statement from the park. On Monday, Jan. 26, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers contacted Starr after he entered Rocky Mountain National Park on foot and indicated he was planning to walk westbound over Trail Ridge Road. Rangers advised him against this based on his behavior and his lack of preparedness for winter alpine conditions. …

Muftic: Rotary clubs step up to combat human trafficking

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:17pm
Fighting human trafficking has become one of the most passionate causes of many in these past several years. Media exposure of the suffering of victims of sex trafficking and labor slavery has raised the issue to new awareness and the extreme economic differences between and within countries have provided traffickers their opportunities to make a buck. Lack of education of girls and boys and local corruption and lack of prosecution of traffickers are often cited in U.S. State Department reports as a cause, as well. An academic center at the University of Denver to study, assemble data, and advocate has …

Guest Opinion: Making child care assistance work in Grand County

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:01pm
Local early childhood experts spent the final months of 2014 beginning the groundwork for optimizing the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) in Grand. Led by Grand Beginnings, this work will result in a 2015 county-wide assessment of the program, complete with guides to educate families, briefs to inform the work of community professionals, and expert recommendations for how the program could be changed to meet the true needs of families and child care providers living and working in Grand County. CCCAP is a public program that provides child care subsidies to families that are working, searching for employment or …

DeVos tries his hand at editorial cartooning

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 2:01pm

Hamilton — Deflategate: Change the rules

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:53pm
Instead of Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, ISIS, or even Ferguson, this week’s news space is taken up by NFL football inflation stories that would benefit by some scientific input. So, here goes: Two hours and 15 minutes prior to kick-off, each team submits for official inspection the 12 footballs it wants its offense to use during the game. The official norm is between 13.5 and 12.5 pounds of pressure. Despite the fact that the officials handle the ball before and after every down, the officiating team at the recent New England Patriots’ 45-7 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts …

Munro: Hugo Post, R.I.P.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:29pm
Reporting and editing hundreds of stories per year can change one’s perspective on the news. Incidents others might interpret as unusual or noteworthy sometimes pass as mundane to hardened newsroom denizens. One story can fade into another, and sometimes in the crunch of deadline, expedience takes precedence over writing a perfect headline or crafting that precise turn of phrase. But one thing we prefer to preserve above all else is our basic humanity. I was thinking about this recently while reading an email from Jennifer Post. You have no reason to recognize that name, and neither did I until I …

Rau: Stagecoach Classic draws 500 skiers

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:13pm
Last weekend over 500 people enjoyed the trail that for many years connected Devil’s Thumb Ranch with the old Idlewild ski area next to the town of Winter Park. Last year was the inaugural event opening this trail again after many years closed off by new landowners in the valley. With the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service and some creative rerouting among private landowners, Devil’s Thumb and the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber groomed a 15 km trail that is only open once a year. The day was typical Colorado starting cold and warming up to low 20s and somewhat cloudy. …

Habitat for Humanity seeks applications for 2015 home

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:57pm
Habitat for Humanity of Grand County is seeking applicants for its 2015 Habitat house. Habitat works with volunteers, local businesses, churches, and a family in need of better housing to build a simple, affordable, energy efficient home. When the house is completed, we sell the home to the family with an affordable monthly mortgage payment. Habitat builds homes to meet Energy Star standards thus making sure that a family can have the lowest possible heating bills as well as a very low cost mortgage. To date the organization has completed 11 Habitat homes in Grand County, five in Granby, one …

Fraser Valley Lions Club awards $37K in nonprofit grants

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:41pm
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Fraser River Valley Lions Club hosted a luncheon at the YMCA of the Rockies to present checks for dollars granted to nonprofit organizations in Grand Ccounty. The gifts totaled $37,585 in categories including arts and culture, education, families and children, sports and recreation, and miscellaneous.  Forty-two grantees had submitted applications to the Lions Club, describing the ways funds would be used to enhance the lives of people in Grand County. Having been advised of their selection and grant amounts, each organization sent representatives to the event to enjoy lunch with Lions and other nonprofits, and to take home their checks to benefit their …

Photos: Winter Park Resort celebrates 75th

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:45am

River district frets over flawed dam above Kremmling

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:29am
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado River District board of directors was told last week it is time to address the steady settling and movement occurring in Ritschard Dam, which holds back 66,000 acre-feet of water to form Wolford Mountain Reservoir, 5 miles upstream of Kremmling. “The continued movement of the dam at Wolford Mountain Reservoir is the most important issue currently facing the River District,” states a Jan. 8 memo from John Currier, the chief engineer at the district. Though the dam is far from being at risk of failure, if that happened at some point in the future with …

Free Chili Social on Jan. 30 in Granby gets the toes a-tappin’!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:21am
So many of us love to live here in the Rockies, riding bikes and hiking during the summer, skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter. But for more than a few Grand County residents, there is another fun and physical activity that keeps them moving all year long. It’s a great cardio work-out, keeps their minds sharp and alert, and quite frankly, is just a whole lot of fun. Welcome to the wonderful and often misunderstood world of Modern Western Square Dancing. Around in various forms since the 1800s, and currently the Official Dance of Colorado, square dancing saw its popularity …

Great Fraser Valley trails didn’t build themselves

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:13am
The past few days of spring-like weather has me thinking about summer. I was thinking it was May and not January. Even the ice in my driveway was beginning to melt. Friends’ pictures of weekend birthday getaways in the desert reminded me of the warmth you feel on a July day. My fat tire rides took me on some of my favorite summer trails. My mind starts to think of all the effort that goes into the trail experience I was having that day. Even though I was on snow the trail begins from the dirt below. Many a hard …

Winter Park’s Irving posts double win on national tour

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:53am
Birk Irving of Winter Park won both the mens halfpipe and slopestyle competitions on Wednesday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pa., competing at the second stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour, according to http://usfreeskiing.com/. The 15-year-old rookie team rider dominated the 22-foot halfpipe, posting the two highest scores of the day and landing a switch cork 900 for the first time, according to the website. On the slopestyle course, Irving linked a switch rightside 900 to a leftside double 1260 to ice his win. “It’s crazy to think about sweeping pipe and slope, because last year I was just doing …