GRANBY — The Grand County Council on Aging is pleased to announce a free tax-preparation service aimed at Grand County’s low and moderate-income taxpayers 60 and older. Volunteers from the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program will be at the Granby Community Center on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15 to assist taxpayers in electronically filing standard state and federal returns, ensuring speedier refunds. The Tax-Aide Program is designed for taxpayers who file Form 1040. More complicated returns – such as those involving depreciation or rental property – are beyond the scope of the service.
“It doesn’t take too long to run across someone who really needs that extra $300 they are saving by having their taxes done for free,” said John Meredith, the volunteer state coordinator for Tax-Aide. Meredith, along with a dedicated and knowledgeable team of tax preparers, has volunteered to travel from Colorado Springs to Granby for this two-day event, in order to help meet the needs of the Grand County community.Learn more »
WINTER PARK—While most know of the Winter Park Professional Ski Patrol’s dedication to helping people, few realize its reach extends so far beyond the slopes of the mountain. On Saturday, March 22, Winter Park’s Ski Patrol will partner with the Cavett Kids Foundation for the fourth annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer, benefiting the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids.
Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, this year’s TJV Ski Down for Cancer will consist of Winter Park employees and volunteers skiing/riding down Lower Hughes at around 5 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease. After the Ski Down, a silent auction will be held at Doc’s Roadhouse located at the base of Winter Park.Learn more »
GRAND LAKE — The Grand Lake Branding Team has announced a contest to create a new logo for Grand Lake. The winning logo will be a major part of the ongoing effort to re-brand Grand Lake.
Entrants should be aware of the Brand Promise which describes what Grand Lake is today, and what Grand Lake aspires to be. This is the promise made to visitors, potential residents and businesses regarding the experience they will have in Grand Lake. The Brand Promise should be the basis of inspiration for the creation of the logo design and it is: “We are Grand Lake. Colorado’s authentic mountain lake town, the source of your inspiration, the soul of the Rockies. Choose your path; memories happen the moment you take your first step. This is your life. Breathe deep, get outside, and live it.”Learn more »
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Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its centennial in 2015 with the book “Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years” ($39.95, Farcountry Press, 2014) by award-winning Colorado author Mary Taylor Young.
“Rocky was established as a national park in 1915,” notes Young. “But the story of any park with ‘Rocky Mountain’ in its name begins not just 100 years but a billion years ago.”Learn more »
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The Granby Elementary School will host an instructive anatomical challenge course on March 5, at the school’s gymnasium. The course will enable families to evaluate their physical fitness and learn the structure of the circulatory system. The public is invited to join the elementary school students from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 and take part in the event. A model of the circulatory system will be set up in the gym. An adult or guardian must supervise all children, and participants are asked to dress in workout clothes with sneakers or soft-soled shoes.Learn more »
Join the Granby Library, Los Amigos Family Restaurant, the Grand River Assembly of God and the Awareness Center 4 Excellence, in Granby Colorado Feb. 21-23, as we celebrate and share the many contributions of African Americans to American society and culture. The Granby Library will be the setting for a number of enlightening and inspiring exhibits, presentations, documentaries and guest speakers. A celebration of the blues, jazz and hip-hop will be offered at Los Amigos Family Restaurant. The events will culminate at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Grand River Assembly of God Church for a soul-stirring gospel celebration of local musicians and keynote speaker Dr. John L. Carter Jr., Ret. Lt. Col., USA. For more information, call 970-557-4100.
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The Grand County Historical Association is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Year with a free “Tea & Cookies History Chat.” Tim Nicklas of the Grand County Historical Association and the 100th Anniversary Winter Carnival team, presents a talk about the history of skiing in Grand County. Enjoy Nicklas’ special insights and little-known facts. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Cozens Ranch Museum, 77849 US Hwy 40, Fraser. For more information, 970-726-5488.Learn more »
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CASA volunteers are special individuals who feel it is their duty to advocate for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and their families who have become involved in the court system.
Sherry Shelton has lived in Grand County for longer than 40 years. She raised two boys here and was employed at Winter Park Resort for over 35 years. “After attending my first (NWRM CASA) fundraiser and listening to the judge who spoke, I felt that this was something that I could be involved with. I was retired and was looking for something that was community involvement and I could give back. The CASA program was something that was meaningful and I could make a difference” Shelton said.“There is an extensive education that is required prior to working with families.” CASA volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education a year, visit with the children they are assigned at least twice a month, attend court hearings, and maintain communication with professionals involved with the child’s life. Volunteers then compile this information into a report that is shared with the court. This report includes recommendations that along with information from Grand County Social Services and the Guardian ad Litem (attorney for the child) assist the County Judge in making decisions that are in the best interest of the child.Learn more »
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King & Queen (7 couples)
1st Place: Samantha Miller and Austin Anderson, Sagebrush BBQ and GrillLearn more »
The Middle Park Stockgrowers Association and Middle Park Conservation District are hosting their dual Annual Dinner Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 22.
This year’s meeting will be held at the Sagebrush Grille in Grand Lake and will feature a Prime Rib or Grilled Salmon dinner. Social Hour starts at 5:30 pm, with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.Learn more »
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The Middle Park High School Post Prom Committee is busily planning the After Prom Party 2014 for the Junior and Senior Class. This event takes place immediately following Prom on April 26 and is designed to provide a safe alternative to keep kids away from drugs and alcohol in an environment that is fun and engaging. As in years past, the junior parents are hosting the event and are asking for help in making this event a success. The committee is requesting donations of cash or prizes for the prize drawing. Prize donations can also be in the form of gift cards or gift certificates. All cash donations go to purchase items for the drawing and to cover the cost of the party. If you would like to make or donation, mail it to MPHS Post Prom, P.O. Box 574, Winter Park, CO 80482. If you have questions or need someone to pick up your donation, call Debbie Harris at 970-531-7670.
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The Sky-Hi News invites second homeowners and visitors in the Winter Park area to take a brief online consumer survey. Anyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to register to win one of three American Express gift cards, valued at $500, $250 and $100. The survey includes demographic and lifestyle questions and all responses and registrations will be kept confidential. To take the survey, go to www.skyhidailynews.com and look for the “Visitors and Second Homeowners Survey” notice on the homepage. Hurry! Survey closes on Feb. 22.Learn more »
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Aryella Marie Schempp, daughter of Kelli Luther and Ryan Schempp, of Kremmling, was born Dec. 25 at 5:55 a.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21.25 inches long. Her siblings are Bryana and Nadia Schempp. Aryella’s grandparents are Bill and Judy Schempp, of Kremmling; and Tonia and Tim Freeman, of Asheboro, N.C.
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Marley Elizabeth Grace Henk, daughter of Alyssa Baker and Brandon Henk, of Granby, was born Dec. 16 at 3:52 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. Marley’s sibling is Zakkary Baker. Her grandparents are John and Morgan Keeler, of Granby; Jennifer and Jason Sise, of Maryville, Tenn.; and Kasey and Chris Roubion, of Tazewell, Tenn.Learn more »
Youngsters ages 10 and older can join instructor Lorene Linke from the Fabric Nook, Granby, to learn to quilt. Classes will cover understanding your machine, materials for patterns, tools for cutting quilt pieces, sewing squares and borders, and more. Participants will make a placemat or table runner. Bring your own machine (limited machines available for rent). Classes are $60 and will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, beginning Jan. 9 through March 27, at the Fabric Nook in Granby. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 6. For more information or to register, call the Granby Recreation Department at 887-3961.
Adult Sewing 101 classes are also being offered. Do you have a sewing machine collecting dust in the corner? Not sure how to use it or what to make? This six-week class will teach you how to understand your machine, pick patterns and material, use a pattern, layout and cutting, sew seams and hems, apply fasteners and details and more. Each student will walk away with a project chosen by you. Pre-registration also is required by Jan. 6. Call 887-3961 to register. A minimum of three students are needed for this class.Learn more »
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The Clear Creek Ranger District of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests reminds visitors that Berthoud Pass area is closed to sledding and tubing, as it has been since 2005. Recently, frequent violations of the sledding closure have been reported. The area is adjacent to U.S. Highway 40, 12 miles northwest of Empire and nine miles south of Winter Park on the Clear Creek Ranger District. Visitors can still enjoy backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, hiking, photography and parking to take in the scenery or use the bathroom and warming hut on Berthoud Pass.
“This area has a history of serious injuries resulting from sledders colliding with vehicles in the parking area and with other users. The closure to sledding and tubing reflects the serious hazard to public health and safety,” said Clear Creek District Ranger Penny Wu.Learn more »