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Berthoud Pass avalanche system delayed until 2015

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:13pm
The installation of an avalanche trigger system on Berthoud Pass will have to wait until next spring, officials say. Though the U.S. Forest Service approved and permitted the project earlier this summer, late funding for the project’s $1.25 million budget meant early winter construction and higher costs that exceeded budget, said Peter Kozinski, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s manager for the project. “We scrambled to put the package together and get it out to ad,” Kozinski said. “By the time we did, the construction community was nervous that we would get an early snow, so they loaded their prices up.” …

Obituary: Don Bradley Bruns

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 1:09pm
Don Bradley Bruns was born in Hartley, Iowa, on Aug. 7, 1955, and he died at the age of 59 in Johnstown, Colo., on Sept. 16, 2014. Don heroically battled liposarcoma (a rare form of cancer) for 3 1/2 years. To read more of Don’s obituary go to: …

Obituary: Jonathan Roger Mathern

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 1:09pm
Jonathan Roger Mathern, 33, of Granby passed away Sunday, Sept.21, 2014, due to injuries from a motorcycle accident near Lake Granby. Jon was born Aug.28, 1981, in Fargo, N.D, to Tia Marie (Kamletz) and Mark Stanley Mathern. He grew up in Casper, Wyo., and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1999. Deployed to Iraq, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Electronics was his life; snowboarding, friends, and family were his loves. Cremation has taken place, and a casual celebration of life will take place at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 ,at Jon’s apartment, 410 E. Topaz, Granby. …

Park entrance fees waived Sept. 27 in honor of National Public Lands Day

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 1:01pm
In recognition of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 27, admission to every National Park Service site, including Rocky Mountain National Park, will be free. “National parks and other public lands are the birthright and legacy of all Americans, and as we celebrate these special places on National Public Lands Day, people across the country will come together to join in our efforts to protect and preserve them,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Whether you come for a visit or to volunteer, I hope that everyone will spend some time enjoying their national parks and public …

Muftic: Ethnic healing can be a long road

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:21pm
After ethnic bloodshed stops, what then? Healing is difficult and complicated, but much depends on the circumstances. My husband and I have seen the difficulty of healing the wounds firsthand on recent trips to Bosnia and the Basque region in Spain. Both Spain and Bosnia share a history of violent ethnic conflicts, but there are some basic differences, with different outcomes. The Basques were a unified geographic area striking for independence from Spain; Bosnia’s territory contains the warring factions within its borders. Bosnia has the harder road to climb. It never recovered from the 1990s ethnic cleansing wars. There may …

Hamilton: President Obama just wild about Harry

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:21pm
President Obama won’t be on the ballot this coming November, but observers can tell by his actions and even his inactions that he is desperate to keep Sen. Harry Reid in control of the U.S. Senate. Majority Leader Reid won’t allow Republican-sponsored bills to even be debated in the Senate. Then, turning the facts on their head, Sen. Reid charges the Republicans in Congress with “doing nothing.” Consequently, the President is just wild about Harry. In the early years of the Obama administration, Democrat candidates and members of Congress mentioned President Obama at every opportunity. Now, in 2014, the same …

DeVos: How good dogs go bad

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:21pm
My wife and I have two dogs but we’re notoriously poor disciplinarians so I was surprised when some friends asked us to baby-sit their black lab. They must’ve been pretty desperate. I think secretly they look down their nose at our dogs because their dog is one of those rare breeds known as “trained.” “She’s not allowed to beg or get up on the furniture,” she said, handing over Jacky’s leash at the door and heading out of town. My wife reached out for the leash but we caught each other’s sidelong glance, imperceptibly shaking our heads. She muttered under …

Cathy Walton-Smith: Why we’ll never move away

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:13pm
Why we’ll never move away It has been quite awhile since I’ve sat down to write a column for this newspaper. Writing my weekly column “View from the Lake” was an enjoyable highlight of my week for over 15 years. But, due to circumstances beyond my control, I needed to give it up four years ago. Over the years, you have heard many stories about the antics and mishaps concerning my husband Michael “The General” Smith. A little over four years ago The General was taken down by an auto-immune disorder, transverse myelitis. It damaged his nervous system and left …

Grand County’s favorite fall trails beckon bikers

Local News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:09am
Fall riding is one of my favorite times of year. This year the leaves are especially bright and colorful. It seems like they changed overnight and are hanging on for just a bit. As we know, winter can return quickly and change the landscape in just a few hours. There are a few places I like to ride each fall. I just love going through the aspens and riding on the ribbon of gold as the leaves fall from the trees to the ground. I thought I would share some of my favorite places. I suggest going to the …

Steven Pinker: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:00am
The author of “The Language Instinct,” “The Blank Slate” and, most recently, “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” has never gotten in trouble for reading a book. “Just for writing them.”

Granby man dies in motorcycle crash near Lake Granby

Local News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:41pm
A fatal motorcycle crash occurred in Grand County in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 21. The motorcycle driver, 33-year-old Jonathan Mathern of Granby, died at the scene just after midnight. According to information received from the Colorado State Patrol, Mathern was westbound on US Highway 34 near Lake Granby on a 2001 Honda VTR 1000 motorcycle. Mathern failed to negotiate a curve and his vehicle went off the left side of the road. Mathern was ejected from the motorcycle, which rolled almost two times. The motorcycle collided with large rocks located beside the road and continued on into …

No one injured in rollover crash near Granby

Local News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:33pm
Konnie Bonds and her husband Jeff Bonds are lucky to be unharmed following a rollover crash on US Highway 34 just south of the turn-off to Willow Creek Reservoir. The crash occurred Wednesday, Sept. 24, at about 10:30 a.m. The couple was traveling south in a Chevy pickup truck hauling a Rockwood camper trailer. Konnie Bonds, who was driving the truck at the time of the accident, said the trailer began swaying as they rounded the curve south of Coffey Divide. According to Konnie, both she and Jeff attempted to slow their descent by applying trailer brakes. At that time …

ArtsBeat: Ichabod Crane Rides Again in New Edition

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:27pm
Penguin Classics has published a new edition of the Washington Irving short-story collection that includes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Grand Lake wraps up Constitution Week

Local News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:53pm
Grand Lake wrapped up its annual Constitution Week celebrations last weekend, ending on a high note with a spectacular fireworks display over Grand Lake. Saturday, Sept. 20, was a beautiful sunny day as residents and visiting tourists wandered the side streets and main boulevard of Grand Lake, perusing the shops and information booths in the town square while waiting for the formal events to begin. A parade started at 11 a.m. and ran east down Grand Avenue underneath a massive American flag hung between the extended ladders of two fire trucks. Michael Brown of KHOW Radio in Denver was the …

Grand Lake man injured in 2-vehicle crash near Granby

Local News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:13pm
A crash Monday on U.S. Highway 40 at mile post 214 south of Granby resulted in serious injuries for one driver and stalled traffic for several hours as cleanup crews removed debris from the roadside. According to information received from the Colorado State Patrol, the crash occurred Monday morning, Sept. 22, at approximately 8:15 a.m. A 2004 Ford pickup truck driven by Robert Cox, 38, of Grand Lake was eastbound when it drifted into the westbound lane of the highway and collided with a 2014 Kenworth semi-tractor driven by Justin Elam, 31, of Keenesburg. The left front portion of the …

Grand County Public Lands Day a time to give back

Local News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:49pm
We love our trails. They take us to beautiful, natural places, provide us with aerobic exercise and even improve our mood. They also attract tourists to our shops, restaurants and local businesses, keeping Grand County’s economy strong. But they don’t appear by magic and maintain themselves. Trails need our help. Saturday, Sept. 27, is National Public Lands Day – a coast-to-coast one-day event that brings together more than 100,000 Americans to collect trash, plant trees, pull weeds and maintain trails. Grand County’s NPLD draws more participants and completes the largest amount of work of any NPLD event in the country. …

Grand County EMS plans emergency response exercise in Tabernash

Local News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:53pm
The Grand County Office of Emergency Management will be conducting a multi-agency emergency response training on Saturday, Sept. 27. The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Tabernash at Union Pacific’s private railway crossing at the corner of County Roads 823 and 8241. Emergency personnel and equipment will be visible during the exercise. The training is intended to test emergency response and coordination during a simulated mass-casualty incident involving a hazardous material. …

New Fraser therapist offers holistic approach to counseling

Local News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:37pm
If you ask Lauren Stokes how long she’s been practicing psychology, she’ll say that it feels like she’s been in the field her entire life. As Stokes describes it, she’s always had an interest in understanding how people think, how they feel and what brings them meaning in life. “It feels like it’s something that’s always been a part of me,” she said. Stokes opened her first private practice, Create Connectivity Counseling, in Fraser earlier this year, and she offers a holistic approach to therapy and counseling. “The unique thing about my approach is that I try to really integrate …

Middle Park hosts cross country meet on tough course

Local News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:21pm
It was a great weekend to run in Grand County. The changing leaves and various fall colors provided a jaw-dropping backdrop for Middle Park’s first home cross country meet on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Snow Mountain Ranch. Middle Park runners and West Grand runners had a fantastic showing in this challenging and difficult race. The middle school runners from both sides of the county also had great results in their races. The top finisher of the meet for the girls was West Grand’s own Tabor Scholl (a senior) who beat the second place finisher by well over a minute. And …

Grand County Drug Take Back is Sept. 27

Local News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:09pm
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County Public Health, Grand County Water Quality, Grand Futures, Kremmling Police Department, Granby Police Department, and the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department are participating in the National Drug Take Back on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. .to 2 p.m. There are three locations to choose from: • Alco, 541 Zerex, Fraser • City Market, 1001 Thompson Road, Granby • The Mercantile, 101 Martin Way, Kremmling Safe disposal keeps expired medications out of the hands of youth, preventing accidental poisoning, overdose, or drug abuse and assures that prescriptions are used only by intended patients. Proper …
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