With the help and generosity of the entire Grand County community the Shining Stars Foundation will be welcoming over 50 children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses and their family members to the county for a week of activities in the mountains. On July 27 through July 31 the families will be able to embrace almost everything the mountains have to offer in the summer. Activities for the five-day overnight camp include a day at Winter Park Resort, a day in Grand Lake, boating, fishing, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting, a rodeo, concerts, Recreation Center activities, a therapy dog presentation, summer tubing and museum visit. The camp’s headquarters will be at Beaver Village Lodge. However, families are staying throughout the Winter Park community.
Not only does this camp give the families a week of exploration in the mountains, but it also allows them the opportunity to let go of some of the struggles they deal with daily while connecting with others who have faced similar challenges. This camp provides every member of the family with people that they can relate to. During the five-day camp the families develop life-long friendships that will help them throughout the course of their long battle.Learn more »
Shock again. Last week’s horrific attack cast a pall over what should have been a celebration of Independence Day for France, and a time of healing. Instead, France has suffered yet another terrorist attack, the third in a year and a half. We arrived at Stillwater last night to celebrate and perform for Bastille Day, and found owner Jean-Claude pacing in front of the building looking pale and shaken. He told us what had happened in Nice, his and his family’s hometown. We had been preparing for the Bastille Day party that afternoon and had not heard the news. The evening began with JC telling us his family was safe. We hugged him and stayed outside a while, reeling from the news.
Our hearts go out again to the people of France. Our sympathies to our longtime friend, Jean-Claude, his family, and to all those affected by this horrendous attack. Brad and I also extend our sympathies to our French relatives living in France, some of whom we had discovered only a few years back.Learn more »
The summer construction season continues in the high country with developers, local governments and everyday folks gearing up and getting down to work while the weather still allows it.
There are several large-scale construction projects being undertaken this summer in Grand County, among them is Denver Water’s massive Vasquez Canal Project, which saw this year’s construction kick off in late June.Learn more »
The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) was formed in 2006. Their name came from Jim Nelson who was known statewide through his ownership of the Nelson Fly Shop in Tabernash. The mission statement of the Headwaters Chapter is to conserve, protect and restore the rivers in Grand County.
The first order of business for the Headwaters Chapter was to address the declining health of our local rivers caused by existing and future diversions of water taken out of the county to Front Range cities. This work began with many conversations with the organizations altering the flows in our rivers and has evolved to become a river management team consisting of Denver Water, Northern Water, Parks and Wildlife, Grand County, the Colorado River District, Middle Park Water and Trout Unlimited. This form of River Management is called “Learning By Doing” (LBD) and is based on the science of healing our rivers and not politics.Learn more »
Wikberg Minor Subdivision Unit A, Lot 4A – Gary and Candy Heide to David Anderson, $182,000
Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 113 Timeshare 113537 – Robert and Sara Alford to Brady and Sara Cooper, $500, Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 106 Timeshare 106536 – Robert and Sara Alford, Larry and Martha Cooper to Brady and Sara Cooper, $500, Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 98 Fractional Estate 98 B4 – Mountainside SilverCreek Fractional Ownership Condominium Association Inc to JT Revocable Living Trust, $500, Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 96 Timeshare 096535 – Zielski 1986 Revocable Trust to Frank Schleifer Family 1990 Trust and Eileen Schleifer Family 1990 Trust, $500Learn more »
Looking across Forest Canyon at the source of the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park, Thursday, July 15.Learn more »
My name is Kaia or Special K. I ran away from an abusive family and found myself trapped in a scary shelter in Kansas where they kept me outside in the winter. With the help of Mountain Pet Rescue, I made my way to CO to be with my Mom and Dad. They didn’t care what I had been through; they just wanted to love me. It took a while to trust they weren’t going to leave me. I was very depressed at first and it worried them so they took turns sleeping on the couch with me every night until I felt better.
Not long into my journey with them they took me out for a long walk with my new little sister Turtle and fed me the best treats AND let me off the leash. They looked worried but I don’t know why, I loved them immediately and if they promised to keep me I promised to never leave their side, and I never have. I protect them all the time especially when they are in the woods, which is where they seem to be a lot! I love it! Sometimes I still worry when they leave the house without me, but I fight that anxiety by helping myself to eating random things on the kitchen counter, oven mitts are the best!Learn more »
The Grand County Library District Board of Trustees has decided to reevaluate closing the Hot Sulphur Springs Library. At their July 19 meeting at the Fraser Valley Library the board went into executive session for about 20 minutes. Upon returning the board stated they would continue to look for alternative options to closing the library if there was a feasible option. Possible options discussed were a mill levy tax or taking the Grand County Board of County Commissioners up on an offer to help. The possible mill levy would be on the November election ballot. During the public comment section, which was moved to the end of the meeting, the grateful crowd of about 25 citizens thanked the library board for taking their suggestions into consideration.
The next GCLD meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on August 16 at the Juniper Library in Grand Lake.Learn more »
Shelly McManus has been the executive director of the Kremmling Area Chamber for three years.
What is a typical Friday in Summer like for you?Learn more »
Middle Park Medical Foundation (MPMF) awards up to $1,000 in medical education scholarships each year. The foundation is proud to announce this year’s “Med Ed” Scholarship recipients: Nina Palm and Emily Coffey. Palm is pursuing a certification in massage therapy and Coffey is striving to become an EMT.
MPMF’s 2017 scholarship application will be posted in January 2017.Learn more »
I wanted to thank the Fraser / Winter Park Police Department in handling my case recently. They went above and beyond the call of duty and found my missing item immediately. They were friendly, as they have always been. They help make the valley a wonderful place to live. Plus a thank you to the Town of Winter Park and the Town of Fraser for making our towns look just great as always this summer. Thank you to all the staff!!
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The late Bob Dart has received the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) Julius Blegen Award, the organization’s highest honor, in recognition of his outstanding service to the sports of skiing and snowboarding in the United States. The accolade was awarded by USSA Board of Directors member Darryl Landstrom to staff members at Winter Park Resort who worked closely with Dart and will be on display in the Winter Park Competition Center, which was so important to him during his nearly four decades at Winter Park.
Through Dart’s work with the Winter Park Comp Center, he became immersed with USSA and became a highly respected voice in the world of ski competition. In 1989, he began a long career as a FIS technical delegate, which saw him serve as TD for the 2005 World Championships in Bormio as well as the 2011 Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, among many other assignments. As a volunteer committee and board leader, he served 16 years as head of USSA Rocky Mountain Division Board and led the FIS NorAm Cup subcommittee for nearly two decades. He was on the USSA Board of Directors from 1992-97, and again from 2005-14, when he also played a vital role in the McKinsey Study, which has helped change the face of USSA governance. His influence within USSA is exemplified in the many honors he received from the organization, including the 1992 Paul Bacon Award (recognizing service to USSA events), the 2006 Westhaven Award (recognizing USSA/FIS Technical Delegates), the 2007 Bud and Mary Little Award (recognizing service to FIS/USOC), and the 2011 John Clair Award (recognizing service to the U.S. Ski Team).Learn more »
Grand County has a fire ban.
County officials, including the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (GCBOCC) and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), instituted fire restrictions for Grand County late last week with the restrictions formally starting at 1 p.m. Friday July 15.Learn more »
Hideaway Park will be getting a permanent stage for live entertainment.
The Winter Park Town Council passed a motion to approve a maximum price of $3,338,314 in a contract with Big Valley Construction, LLC for the completion of the stage at their July 19 meeting. The maximum price will be included in a contract that is being completed by the town attorney.Learn more »
Officials from the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department are actively investigating a fairly strange vandalism case in southeastern Grand County.
On Sunday July 10 a person or persons cut down a series of approximately 30 aspen trees in an open space area within the Rendezvous subdivision in Winter Park. The trees, which were all between 55 and 60 feet tall, were simply cut down and left lying on the ground. Foresters hired by Rendezvous estimated the age of the aspen trees between 60 and 80 years.Learn more »
Reader submitted photo of a black bear helping himself to a seedy breakfast just feet from a house north of Granby.Learn more »
Adam Cub Pocius was born on June 8, 2016 at the Mountain Midwifery Center in Englewood, Colorado. He weighed 7.13 and was 22 inches long. His parents are Kaydee Fisher and Adam Pocius of Grand County. He joins siblings Asa, Ezra, Lincoln and Kyra. Grandparents of Cub are Sara and Ed Fisher of St. Ignace, Mich. and Michael and the late Susan Pocius of Lowell, Ark.Learn more »
Grand County announced fire restriction in unincorporated Grand County on Friday, July 15 at 1:25 p.m. .
However, all towns and government organization make their own declarations.Learn more »
The towns of Fraser and Granby announced fire restrictions Friday afternoon following the announcement from Grand County on Friday, July 15.
Fraser automatically enacts a fire ban or restriction when the county announces it, according to Jeff Durbin, Fraser Town Manager. The rule was written into the town code several years ago, he said.Learn more »
Grand County officials enacted a Fire Restriction Ordinance effective at 1:25 p.m. Friday, July 15. The following fire restriction is applicable to unincorporated Grand County.
All towns in Grand County will make their own declaration. As of 4:30 p.m. July 15 no towns have declared a fire restriction, however many town governments will be meeting next week to discuss the ordinance.Learn more »
Rendezvous Colorado, a Koelbel and Company resort community located on the border of Winter Park and Fraser, announced this week that it has partnered with Tina Vindum of OutdoorFitnness.com, to launch The Rendezvous Trailside Wellness program, which offers fun and effective experiences that embrace therapeutic properties of the outdoors, enabling participants to connect with themselves, the community, and the environment.
The Rendezvous Trailside Wellness Program is a holistic approach that combines fitness and wellness techniques uniquely integrated with the ever-changing landscape at Rendezvous. The program will officially launch free to the public on Saturday, July 23 with a day-long fitness event at Rendezvous lead by Tina Vindum.Learn more »
The long dormant Shorefox property north of Granby will soon begin seeing significant public use as the Town of Granby prepares to open select portions of the property beginning this week.
Granby Town officials, including Granby Mayor Paul Chavoustie, will be conducting an “open house” at the Shorefox property from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, July 15. The open house will provide an opportunity for community members to come out and peruse portions of the property, review the Town’s overarching vision for the development and receive instruction on rules and regulations that apply to the 1,553-acre parcel.Learn more »
The YMCA of the Rockies will be opening their new dog park at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 16. The park will be a three-acre, fenced-in area on the Snow Mountain Ranch property. There will be separate areas for large and small dogs, with benches and a water source. Grand County Pet Pals will be in attendance with information on pet adoption. There will also be a dog photo booth where guests can get pictures of or with their dogs and receive a commemorative photo frame. The park will be open to the community during the grand opening ceremony. Use of the park outside of this event will be available to members of the YMCA of the Rockies, on-grounds guests, and day pass holders.Learn more »
A group of employees at City Market are asking the community to sign two sympathy cards for local law enforcement and the Dallas Police Department. Kim Trygg, an employee at City Market wanted to do something for local police to show support for them after the shooting deaths in Dallas.
On Friday at 8 a.m. the card will be available for anyone to sign at the entrance of City Market in Granby. The cards will be displayed until Sunday. The group will send one signed card to the Grand County Sheriff’s office and the second card will be sent to the Dallas Police Department.Learn more »
A wildfire in the Cottonwood Pass area, just off Grand County Road 55, sent local firefighters scrambling Wednesday evening July 13.
The blaze was put down fairly quickly and suppression efforts kept the fire to a size of 1.7-acres. The fire was sparked late Wednesday afternoon with local firefighting assets being called out shortly after 4 p.m. The Grand Fire Protection District is refereing to the blaze as the 55 Fire.Learn more »
The Grand County Library District met with the BOCC in front of an emotional crowd of about 45 citizens Wednesday, July 13. The topic: the fate of the Hot Sulphur Springs Library. The library district defended their case to close the library, while citizens and the BOCC discussed alternative options to the necessary budget cuts.
Possible solutions from citizens and BOCCLearn more »
Lake Forest 1st Addn Subdivision Block 2, Lots 24,25 – John N McFee Living Trust and Teresa D McFee Living Trust to Laurel and Darrell Olson II, $470,000
Grand Country Estates Lot 8 – Julie Matthews Blue Living Trust to Matthew Maloney, $455,000Learn more »
Grand Dog candidate: MasonJuly 14, 2016 —
Herro, my name is Mason. I was born in Oklahoma, where I was chained up all day with nothing to do except chew on rocks and my chain. My previous owners didn’t like me very much (I have no idea why!), so they would hit me and “forget” to give me food some days. Eventually, they didn’t want me anymore, so they sent me to a shelter where I hear they put you to sleep forever. Luckily, I was rescued by an animal shelter in Boulder, and was quickly adopted and allowed to go live in the mountains!
My new owner is pretty woofin’ awesome. He never chains me up, takes me to work with him during the week, and always takes me on no-leash walks where I can explore and bark ‘waddup’ to all my dawgs. Plus, I get to go on outdoor adventures almost every weekend, including hikes, bike rides, and camping/climbing trips.
In my free time, I love to nap on the couch (when I’m allowed on there), and watch the trains go by. I try and mark my territory wherever possible on my walks, just to make sure everyone knows who’s boss dog in my ‘hood. I play the ‘goofball’ act at times, but it’s all a part of my ploy to get as much attention and treats from people as possible (you didn’t hear that from me though).
Yeah, I know it sounds like I’m perfect, but I have my flaws too. I admit that I like to eat garbage and jump on kitchen counters when my owner leaves me at home alone. When I get scolded for being bad like that, sometimes I get scared and pee a little, but it’s not my fault! I’m still getting used to an abuse-free lifestyle. Plus, my owner always feels bad for me, and gives me a treat or belly rub after ;-).
All in all my new life is pretty grand, but I love all the attention I can get, so being Grand Dog is my next major goal!
Grand Dog is a collaborative fundraiser for Advocates for a Violence-Free Community and Grand County Pet Pals to raise awareness that violence affects everyone in the home- adults, children, and pets. Every week we will be highlighting a different “candidate”. To see all of the candidates and vote for your favorite, please visit gcadvocates.org.