For generations, families from across Grand County and the Front Range have made a tradition out of Christmas tree hunting in the mountains west of Denver. A trip to the Sulphur Ranger District offers a memorable holiday experience. Combined with any of Grand County’s activities and events, visitors can make a full-day or even a full-weekend event out of holiday tree shopping.
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The Grand County Board of Commissioners has continued a hearing on a temporary use permit for a country music festival near Fraser.
Sean O’Connell, vice president of operations for Live Nation Entertainment’s Rocky Mountain region, told the board at its Nov. 24 meeting that his organization hoped to secure a permit for the Touch the Sun music festival as soon as possible.Learn more »
When the East Grand School District (EGSD) voted to close the Grand Lake Elementary School in 2011 the decision sent powerful ripples moving through the small mountain community the school once served.
In May of this year the Town of Grand Lake purchased the building from the EGSD at a cost of $10. The building has since been renamed the Grand Lake Center and will function as a community center for Grand Lake in the future.Learn more »
The Fraser valley could see a new school in the coming years as the Fraser Valley School Foundation (FVSF) continues their discussions with the East Grand School District (EGSD) regarding a proposed secondary school facility for the community.
During the last EGSD Board of Education meeting the Board was updated on the ongoing discussions and informed the FVSF has expressed interest in the possibility of developing a community school in Fraser under the auspices of the EGSD. The community school is one of two possible routes the FVSF is considering for development of a new secondary school on the southeastern end of the county. The other possible route is the development of a charter school.Learn more »
The Town of Fraser and its board of trustees are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit from Cornerstone Holdings Winter Park LLC over the board’s denial of a special use review permit for a wastewater treatment plant.
The town’s response, filed earlier this month, rejects Cornerstone’s charge that the findings in board’s resolution to deny the permit were “generic and vague” and insufficient to support denial.Learn more »
Thanksgiving is upon us. Here’ is a summary of how the holiday will affect key Services in Grand County.
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Transit, attainable housing and broadband are a few of the topics Fraser and Winter Park hope to tackle together as part of the Fraser Valley Strategic Economic Development Plan.
The plan was completed as part of the Grand Profile, a countywide data-gathering project aimed at providing residents, businesses and local leaders with a comprehensive economic and community profile.Learn more »
Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 93 Timeshare 093511 – Charles and Jacalyn Cummings to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500
Lofty Pines Subdivision Block 2, Lots 4,5 – 4699 Marion Inc to Gregory and Cheryl Marken, $40,000Learn more »
Grand County Commissioner James Newberry has resigned, a county official has confirmed.
Commissioner Merrit Linke said he received a letter from Newberry announcing his resignation on Wednesday, Nov. 18.Learn more »
Fraser – O2 Creative was awarded two Silver W3 Awards for websites they designed. The W3 Awards are managed by of The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts honoring worldwide websites, mobile sites, and online content. O2 Creative received a Silver W3 Award for the design and user experience of Headwaters Trails Alliance’s new website, www.HeadwatersTrails.org and a Silver W3 Award for Visit Winter Park’s innovative online magazine, www.visitwinterpark.com.Learn more »
Blue Star Connection Founder and Director John Catt received the 2015 Citizen of the Year Award while long-time Grand County resident John Work was named Pioneer of the Year at the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet on Friday evening, Nov. 13.
Catt was recognized for his work with Blue Star Connection, which donates musical instruments to children and young adults with cancer and other illnesses, as well as his efforts in founding the Middle Park High School Blues Band, supporting Blues in the Schools, and putting on numerous concerts to benefit charitable programs and organizations in the county.Learn more »
The Town of Fraser has been received the Coca-Cola/ Keep American Beautiful (KAB) Bin Grant.
Fraser applied for 8 bins and was awarded 6 bins with no cash match required from the town. Fraser is the only entity in Colorado to receive the grant. The program has awarded more than 40,000 recycling bins to communities around the U.S. since 2007.Learn more »
Why worry about Thanksgiving dessert! Help yourself and the library by getting your pie(s) from this annual fundraiser. Pumpkin? Apple? Berry? Pecan? Mixed Fruit? Coconut Cream? Dozens and dozens of home-baked pies in these and other mouth-watering flavors will be available for sale at the Grand County Administration Building from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov 24. Cost is $12. Last year around 100 pies were snatched up before 11 a.m. Come buy a home-baked pie for your holiday feast.
This is the 13th annual Thanksgiving Holiday Pie Sale, a fundraiser that benefits both the Hot Sulphur Springs Library and the Grand County Library District. Organized by volunteers, the pies are baked by community members. Local bakers with a favorite recipe are invited to participate. Pie boxes will be available at the HSS library. Baked pies may be dropped off at the HSS library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 or at the County Building from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, the day of the sale.Learn more »
An Open House to celebrate the progress made at the Grand Lake Center as well as the possibilities for future uses has been scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov 16 at the Center, which was formerly the Grand Lake Elementary School.
The first 45 minutes will be a time for people to enjoy refreshments, view the multi-purpose room as it was prepared for the Disney Way conference and mingle with fellow attendees. At 6:15 p.m., Jeff Wood from the University of Colorado-Denver, Colorado Center for Community Development will then present several potential options for the Center as well as feasibility analysis of those options. It was he and his students that worked with Grand Lake residents to design and transform the multi-purpose room from a gymnasium to a conference center.Learn more »
The Grand County Board of Realtors has named Janene Johnson the 2015 Grand County Realtor of the Year.
Johnson, who also won the award in 2007, said Grand County’s community of realtors makes for tough competition.Learn more »
WINTER PARK – Conditions are favorable to allow firefighters to continue burning slash piles on Tunnel Hill today, Nov. 12. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke and flames may be visible from various areas in the Fraser Valley. Trail users and hunters are asked to avoid this area. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs.
Burning will continue through the rest of the week as conditions allow. More information on this project as well as updated maps and photographs can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3746/Learn more »
As winter quickly approaches, the beauty and recreational activities of Grand County will soon draw thousands of visitors from different corners of the world. Winter Park, situated at just over 9,000 feet, can be quite a change in altitude for visitors, many of whom live at or near sea level. Any local can share key tips to having a great time in the mountains such as ensuring adequate hydration, making sure to apply sunscreen frequently, and layering to stay warm. It’s slightly less frequent that we see somebody with altitude sickness, but it’s important to recognize and know what to do in such a situation.
We may be familiar with altitude sickness, but what actually causes it? As an individual ascends into higher altitudes, the pressure of the surrounding air decreases, which means that they’re not able to get as much oxygen with each breath as compared to lower altitudes. The body responds to this in three main ways: 1) breathing faster, 2) changing circulation (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.), and 3) over time, increasing the amount of hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen to the rest of your body. The first is the most effective short-term response. The amount that people increase their breathing rate in response to high altitude varies widely and that increase is not affected, as one may think, by athletic training. Instead, it is mainly determined by genetics and other factors such as alcohol, caffeine and sleep. Although there are large individual differences, everybody will adjust over time to compensate for the changes in oxygen levels.Learn more »
Granby Recreation is offering all 6th graders or higher a ride to Teen Night at Fraser’s Grand Park Recreation Center on Thursday, Nov. 9. Meet at the Granby Soccer Dome at 8 p.m. Students can be pick up at 11 p.m. at the Dome. The cost is $10 per child and includes transportation and entry to the Fraser Rec. Center. Call the Granby Recreation department to sign up 970-887-3961. Pre-registration is required.Learn more »
Every small business needs help. The owners know it, the employees know it, and business consultants know it. The challenge for these all-knowing, all needing small businesses is how to pay for this expertise.
While there are many well intentioned and talented volunteer organizations with much needed expertise in addition to talented, fee based consultants, there are two cold hard facts which have to be addressed. The first is that at the end of the day, these talented volunteer individuals and groups are going to sleep well whether or not their advice works for the small business. The financial success of these unpaid advisors is of no consequence for these same advisors. Unfortunately, the very same can be said for the majority of paid consultants. These folks know only too well that, as a group, these small businesses have no money for their services. The angst of a paid consultant, if he or she is lucky enough to land a client, stops once their payment check clears the bank. Compare this with the daily, weekly, and monthly concerns and fears every small business owner and manager deals with on an ongoing basis. Every program they undertake has to work, they cannot absorb (afford) any significant failure. Oftentimes, this means that any great idea, with its associated risk, will in all likelihood be avoided.Learn more »
In case you hadn’t heard, winter is here. In the mountain rescue community, that means ramping up for avalanche season. Seasonal avalanche rescue training started in October and rescue packs are outfitted with shovels, probes and avalanche wands. Colorado teams are especially cognizant of avalanche activity since more people are killed in avalanches in Colorado than any other state – more than 60 since 2005.
When someone has been buried in an avalanche outside a ski area, mountain rescue groups are mobilized with the hope of saving a life. If there is an avalanche fatality, it is usually the volunteer mountain rescue teams that are charged with recovering the body. In either case, the mission is often dangerous and difficult.Learn more »
“It is better to give than to receive,” the old cliché goes, something the volunteers of Grand County know well.
As fall meanders into winter and we near the Christmas season Joyful Givers, operated by the Granby Police Dept., and Grand Angels are preparing for their annual Christmas toy/clothing drive. They are seeking volunteers and donations of toys, clothing or money as they prepare for the upcoming holidays. They are also looking for families from the county needing a little bit of support or assistance as Christmas rolls around.Learn more »
The Fraser Board of Trustees has authorized staff to enter into a contract for economic development consulting services with Ehler’s, Inc.
The board approved the authorization for a contract to complete a business and development cost analysis not to exceed $7500 at its Nov. 4 meeting.Learn more »
The East Grand School District (EGSD) Board of Education has a new member.
Phillip Brooks was appointed by the sitting EGSD Board of Education by acclamation at the last Board meeting on Tuesday Nov. 3. Brooks was one of two individuals who submitted letters of interest to the Board of Education seeking appointment to the Board.Learn more »
The holidays can be a financially stressful time for any family. Now imagine this stress coupled with a seriously ill child to care for and stacks of expensive medical bills to pay.
This is the holiday forecast for many of the Shining Stars families this year.Learn more »
With the snow falling, and excitement rising for a winter full of powder days, the Fraser Valley Library will be hosting two avalanche education programs to kick off the 2015-16 ski season.
The first program, “Avalanche Awareness and Safety Education,” will be presented by Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Fraser Valley Library, and is geared for all audiences. Attendees will learn how to plan a backcountry adventure, including information on how to read the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) avalanche and weather reports, safe travel practices, and what to do when an avalanche occurs. They will also learn about GCSAR, and how search and rescue responds to an avalanche call.Learn more »
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition has announced an exciting new bowling game in town, where everyone gets to play. This event will tap into a popular pastime to provide community entertainment and help support a Grand County nonprofit.
It will celebrate the season as well as raise funds for Grand Futures, which is the only dedicated source of substance abuse prevention in the area. All businesses, their employees, and all community members are invited to a night of fun and folly, no matter your bowling skill level.Learn more »
Come and join local Sons of Norway members on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Church of the Eternal Hills Fellowship Hall, Tabernash, for a free community-wide international cooking and tasting event.
For eight years it has been a tradition for folks from the entire Valley to participate in a fun get-together for baking lefse and sampling Scandinavian foods. But we want to celebrate and share the cultures and heritages of all residents of Grand County. So everyone is invited to come and enjoy the experience of preparing, cooking, explaining, sharing and tasting their favorites and the favorites of others.Learn more »
The National Sports Center for the Disabled has announced that due to a generous donation from the Grand Foundation of Grand County, scholarships are available to help cover the cost of NSCD programs for Grand County residents 21 and under.
The NSCD offers alpine ski and snowboard lessons, Nordic ski lessons and now year-round therapeutic horseback riding lessons.Learn more »