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

Talking Shop: John Kovacs, owner of Cold Springs Greenhouse

Local News - 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

Local News - 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

Local News - 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

Local News - 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

Local News - 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?

Local News - 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

Local News - 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, …

Letters: Stevens v. Shakespeare

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:14pm
Readers react to a recent interview with John Paul Stevens and more.






‘Asia’s Cauldron,’ by Robert D. Kaplan

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:00pm
As America’s influence in the Western Pacific diminishes, China’s power rises, along with the potential for geopolitical conflict.






Adam Begley’s ‘Updike’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:59pm
Adam Begley’s biography of John Updike surveys his work as well as his life.






‘Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,’ by Francine Prose

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:59pm
Francine Prose’s new novel, about a cross-dressing French racecar driver who collaborates with the Nazis, is recounted by various alternating narrators.






Robin Roberts: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:30am
The “Good Morning America” anchor and author of “Everybody’s Got Something” calls Maya Angelou her literary hero: As a teenager in Mississippi, “I identified with her quest for independence.”






Mountain Travel Symposium: How can the ski industry grow?

Local News - 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

Local News - 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

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

Vehicle fire on U.S. 40 stalls morning traffic

Local News - 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. …

Early diversion ditch channels Grand Lake’s past

Local News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:45pm
GRAND LAKE — In the early 1900s, James Cairns obtained the water rights for a ditch he constructed through town, which helped a fledging tourist town thrive during thirsty summer months. Past a century later, the Grand Lake town board of trustees is looking to add the Cairns ditch to the National Register of Historic Places. The trustees gave the Grand Lake Historical Society approval to begin the lengthy historical designation application process during a workshop on Monday, April 14. “We want to use it as a way for the public to understand the importance of water in the West,” …

‘Mt. Bike Capital USA’ brand to get a boost

Local News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:45pm
WINTER PARK/FRASER — The Fraser Valley’s hundreds of miles of single-track trails have earned it the title of “Mountain Bike Capital USA,” and this summer, that brand will be getting an upgrade. According to Catherine Ross, executive director at the Winter Park and Fraser Chamber of Commerce, the brand will get a new marketing effort, a refreshed logo and a new event to kick it off, the Rock and Ride Festival, slated for July 12-13. “Just like we revitalized our brand of ‘Colorado’s Favorite Playground,’ this was tier two of revitalizing our brand as community,” Ross said. “It’s a way …

Bookends: Which Books From Your Past Do You Read Now With Ambivalence?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:30am
Adam Kirsch and Zoë Heller discuss how their opinions of certain books have changed over the years.






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