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From Asia to Fraser: New assistant town manager learns the ropes

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:21pm
Fraser has a new assistant town manager.Bektur Sakiev is filling the position as part of an internship through a program at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in political science.Sakiev received his undergraduate degree in international and comparative politics from the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, where Sakiev is from.Though he comes from a theoretical background, Sakiev said the practicality of public administration and policy was appealing to him. “In administration policy, you deal with everyday policies, you affect peoples’ lives, and that interested me,” Sakiev said. “I’m more of …

Kremmling man claims officers, deputies violated his civil rights

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:13pm
A civil rights lawsuit has been filed by Kremmling resident Robert Mark Smith against the Town of Kremmling, members of the Kremmling Police Department (KPD) and deputies of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO).The lawsuit alleges Kremmling police officers and Grand County Sheriff’s deputies violated Smith’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on March 5, 2013. The lawsuit names the Town of Kremmling, Officer Robert Dillon of the KPD, Officer Todd Wilson of the KPD, Deputy Daniel Mayer of the GCSO, Deputy Zachary Luchs of the GCSO, Deputy Mike Reed of the GCSO …

East Grand Schools roll out one-to-one laptops to students

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:05pm
Students in an eighth-grade English class at East Grand Middle School are diligently reading and responding to works of literature. But two tools are markedly absent from their desks: paper and pens.Students read from and type their responses into their new school-issued Chromebook laptop computers. Completed assignments are electronically submitted to their teacher, Lynn Bellatty, who reads, grades, and provides feedback — all without printing one piece of paper.“In my time in education this is one of the most exciting things I have been a part of,” said East Grand Middle School (EGMS) Principal Jenny Rothboeck. “There aren’t very many …

Granby eyes water works, construction projects in 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:49pm
As winter turns to spring and the ground in Grand County starts thawing, the Town of Granby is looking at a number of projects for the coming year.Issues with Moraine Park regarding the water system there have been ongoing for several years. Moraine Park is a portion of unincorporated Grand County located mostly within the boundaries of the Town of Granby near Middle Park High School.According to Granby Town Manager Wally Baird, the town was approached several years ago by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about bringing the Moraine Park area up to state standards for water …

Letter: The Grand County – Malingua Pamba connection

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:25pm
To the Editor:Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who is reading this without any “visual aids,” which has not been my case since second grade. I have taken for granted my ability to get regular vision checks and the related upgrades for my contact lenses.However, Amy Miller mentioned to me about a year ago that we should try to organize a Vision Clinic for what has become our “second family” in the southern extension of the Rocky Mountains, which they call the Andes. Amy and daughter Paige volunteered, the first time, in Malingua Pamba, Ecuador, back in 2012. …

Letter: Without justice, there is no happiness

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:17pm
To the Editor:Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England were the cornerstone of law teachings in the U.S. until 1920 — they are still regularly referenced in Supreme Court decisions, and have the force of legal precedent. The next time a public representative claims ignorance, you may now point them in the right direction.In order to understand Blackstone a bit better, here’s a good web page that will help you understand the writings I reference from the Commentaries: about Blackstone is all most people do — reading his actual works will prove that there is nothing new …

Winter Park’s Seemann repeats as Junior National Aerial champion

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:01pm
Going into a competition, Nik Seemann’s strategy is simple.Go big or go home.It’s a bold philosophy, and the stakes are high on both sides of the coin.Last week it paid off.The 17-year-old skiing phenom from Winter Park took first place at the 2015 Freestyle Junior National Aerial Championships on Wednesday, March 18 in Park City, Utah.Seemann reached deep for a quadruple twisting triple back flip, a trick he’s never done in a competition and only done once in practice. Seemann’s the youngest skier to ever land the trick on snow, he said.“We just decided to go all out,” Seemann said. …

'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

NPR Books - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:34pm

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.

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Riddell: The difference between leadership and management

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:41pm
It is very easy and quite common for all of us to forget that companies do not make decisions. Individuals within companies make decisions that change company directions, policies, and strategies. Indeed, it is one of the primary roles of leadership to devise and manage changes that lead to sustainable improvement in the organization.Nowhere are the responsibilities of management more critical than in running a small business. Yet so many folks never quite understand that leadership and management are two different functions. While there are quite a few books written on both subjects, I have found a couple of simple …

Mountain Parks Electric will conduct meetings about advanced meters

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:25pm
GRANBY – Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) is investing in new advanced meters in an effort to improve the reliability and efficiency of its electric distribution system. MPE will begin installing the new meters in May. An installation schedule will be updated periodically on MPE’s website (, its social media sites (on Facebook and Twitter) and in local media.The impact of the installation is anticipated to be minimal. MPE members will lose power for a few minutes on the day of the installation. The subsequent electric bill will include two meter readings, one from the old meter and one from the …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, March 15-21, 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:01pm
Grand County transactions, March 15-21Shadow Mountain Estates Lot 4 – Vincent Comella to Daniel and Kathy Lavender, $69,900Wolverine Ridge Condos Unit 2 - Wolverine Retreat LLC to Mark and Kristinna Spiewak, $214,000Claytons Ranch Acres Lot 8 – Theodore and Betty Birdsill to Eric Sondermann and Tracy Dunning, $445,000Columbine Lake Lot 30, Block 6 – Steven and Deborah Wagor to Kevin Taylor, $210,000Sawmill Station Townhomes Phase 3, Unit 10B; Sawmill Station Townhomes Phase 2, TRT D – Kelly Burton to Pamalyn Allen, $368,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 3, Unit 7 8 – Hi Country Associates, Hi Country Partners to JMRW LLC-6000 Broadway …

P.E.O. scholarship available for women

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:01pm
Are you a woman planning to continue your education? You may qualify for up to $2,500 in scholarship funds from P.E.O., “Promoting Educational Opportunities.”To qualify, candidates must reside in or have in the past resided in Grand County. You must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or have one soon.Applicants need to have a specific educational goal, (college, or vocational degree, certificate, or license) and must plan to use the scholarship within the current application year: 2015-2016. You will need to provide confirmation of enrollment from your chosen educational institution, if selected. Deadline for application submission is April 30.Contact: …

Give Back to Colorado’s outdoors as a volunteer

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:53pm
Work to protect forests from future wildfires, build a trail in the wilderness, repair Colorado’s flood-damaged parks, embark on a canoe adventure while restoring endangered plant habitat, and help sustain popular trails from the Front Range to the high country.These are just a few of the more than 55 volunteer stewardship opportunities offered by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) between April and October. Opportunities are available for thousands of volunteers of all ages, skill levels, and interests, in locations across the state, including Grand County.A complete calendar of opportunities to get involved is at’s 2015 calendar of volunteer opportunities …

NW BOCES director finalists listed on web

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:53pm
Finalists for the Executive Director position at Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services will be posted on the organization’s website,, according to officials there.More information about contacts can also be found on the website. …

Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays in Tabernash March 27

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:45pm
Trio con Brio Copenhagen performs in the season finale of the Grand County Concert Series. This Danish-Korean piano trio tours worldwide and appears for the first time in Grand County on Friday night, March 27. Supporting sponsors for this concert are Destinations West, Fraser Valley Lions Club and WESTAF Tour Grants. “It is with strong local support and help from grants that we have the opportunity in Grand County to hear musicians who perform in major venues around the world,” said Judy Baxter, president of the concert series. “Trio con Brio has been on our radar for several years, and …

Grand County Council on Aging restructures

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:25am
The Grand County Council on Aging is undergoing restructuring this week in anticipation of several staff changes and would like the public to know the organization is operating as usual.As many as three staff changes, including the director, are in process, but all services will remain intact, according to Council officials. For more information, call Charlotte, 970-627-8255, or James, 970-531-2072 …

ObituaryJane Thankful Ford WattsFeb. 9, 1937 — Jan. 13, 2015

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:17am
The Memorial Celebration for Jane Thankful Ford Watts will be at the YMCA-Snow Mountain Ranch Legacy Reunion “Cabin.” It will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, and friends and family are invited.Her wonderful life as a teacher, mother, grandmother and volunteer will be celebrated with the family.The full obituary was printed on Jan. 28 and can be seen online at …

Kremmling woodworker relocates to larger shop

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:09am
KREMMLING — After three productive years at its original location on Park Avenue, the carving and custom furniture shop owned by professional carver and artist Mark Mahorney has relocated to an industrial lot on the south side of town.The business, woodZwayz, best known for its eclectic mix of caricature carvings and one-of-a-kind rustic furniture pieces, outgrew the tiny gas station that served as its debut location and expanded onto a two-acre lot on Highway 9 next to the Tri River building.“We’re looking forward to the opportunities more space affords us,” said Mahorney. “We have plans this summer to launch a …

Prescription drug disposal box available in Grand County

Local News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:01am
Colorado is addressing the growing problem of the abuse of prescription medicine with a new public awareness campaign, “Take Meds Seriously.”Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the education effort in a news conference at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The campaign is aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and misuse in the state.Statistics and recent surveys reveal how pervasive prescription drug misuse and abuse is in Colorado. Thirty-five Coloradans died each month in 2013 from unintentional drug overdoses. Nearly 224,000 Coloradans misuse prescription drugs each year. At least a third of Coloradans surveyed admitted …

By the Book: T. C. Boyle: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:50am
The author, most recently, of “The Harder They Come” is mad about nature writing: “I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants.”

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