Announcements

Grand Lake Fire honors Mac Ruske

July 29, 2016 — 

The town of Grand Lake is a tightly knit community with historic families whose local heraldry is marked on the buildings and businesses that fill the town.

Among modern Grand Lake’s foundational families are the Ruskes. Earlier this summer the Grand Lake Fire Protection District (GLFPD) installed and dedicated a bench at the town fire station in honor of Mac Ruske, family patriarch and one of the department’s formative members. Mac passed away in July 2014 but his memory and the spirit of service he dedicated much of his life to live on.

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Kremmling BLM seeks public comment on habitat improvement plan

July 29, 2016 — 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently accepting public comments on a plan designed to streamline approvals for wildlife habitat improvement projects in the Radium Valley in Eagle and Grand counties.

As the BLM begins developing a programmatic environmental assessment that takes a broad look at possible projects in sagebrush, mountain shrub and pinyon-juniper habitats within the 27,000-acre Radium Valley, it wants to hear any issues or concerns from the public.

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Grand Dog candidate: Hope

July 28, 2016 — 

Hi, my name is Hope Moseley-Torello. I was born in January of 2005, I think. My life was really tough through September 2005 / Hurricane Katrina. My Mom rescued me from Hattiesburg, Mich. when she found me after Katrina. I had been “owner surrendered” to the local shelter, and starving. Before the Hurricane the “owners” barely fed me and were most likely going to use me as “bait” for dog fighting. So the Hurricane and my Mom actually saved me from a short horrible life.

Then the sweet life began. I learned from my big brother Cody (who recently went over the rainbow bridge), how to use the dog door, showed me around the house and yard. I was his shadow for years. He taught me to be more confident and how to run free at Mom’s work - lucky me - a pet resort with an acre of green grass to play in! After six months, I could finally sleep when I wasn’t right next to my Mom’s heartbeat- but still on the bed with my brother!

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Save the 4 Bar 4 Ranch, McQueary family history

July 28, 2016 — 

A barbeque to raise money to save the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch will take place from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. This local landmark is located on County Road 5 at CR 518 in the Fraser Valley, three miles north of Fraser. The event will include beer, wine, soft drinks, music, and games. Tours will be given of the ranch for those interested. The BBQ will be the first of several fundraising efforts to save the ranch

The 4 Bar 4 was named one of Colorado’s most endangered places by the Colorado Preservation, Inc. The buildings are currently deteriorating and are in danger of collapsing. The Stagecoach Homeowners Association owns the building and does not currently have the funding to preserve the historic site. According to a Historic Structural Assessment, preservation of the Stagecoach Stop and Hotel, and the Ford Barn, could require more than $750,000.

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Grand County Real Estate Transactions, July 17 to 23

July 28, 2016 — 

Grand View Highlands Filing #1, Lot 5, Block 2 – David Walker and Teresa Malouf to Keith and Christine Coughlan, $450,000

Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 6 Timeshare 006129 – David Eichen and Geneva Henry to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Association, $500, Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 68 Timeshare 068225 – Legrand and Karen Rawlings to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Association, $500, Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 109 Timeshare 109629 – Charles and Barbara Axton to Robert Beer, Zachary B Martindale Abixweb Inc, $1,000

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Grand Lake Buffalo BBQ parade

July 27, 2016 — 

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Fraser Historical Playground

July 27, 2016 — 

Reader submitted photo by Sue Castellion of the new Fraser Historical Playground.

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Fraser local helps ROMP provide prosthetics

July 27, 2016 — 

The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) will be leading a group of hikers up Byer’s Peak on Sunday, July 31. The ROMP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, which enhances mobility and unlocks human potential.

Lauren Panasewicz, or LP as she is often called, is a Fraser resident and Director of Events for ROMP. She is organizing the hike up Byers. Panasewicz works remotely for the organization. The ROMP mostly performs awareness events and fundraising in the US as many amputees here can access prosthetics through our healthcare system. In many developing countries however this is not the case. The loss of a limb for some people means they cannot work or support their family, and this is where ROMP comes in to help them access prosthetics. The program started in Ecuador when the founders were visiting and realized what a need there was for prosthetics down there. Panasewicz found out about ROMP while traveling in Ecuador when she met the founders through a mutual friend. She now works full time for ROMP and full time for the NSCD.

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Commissioners deny Jensen reappointment to Grand Library Board

July 26, 2016 — 

During their July 25 meeting, The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) passed a motion to deny the recommendation from the Grand County Library District (GCLD) to reappoint Kim Jensen to the library board of trustees. Jensen has served on the board since 2011 and served as the president since January. The county commissioners have the ßauthority to approve or deny any appointment or reappointment to the library board.

The decision comes after much dispute on if the Hot Sulphur Springs Library will remain open. At their July 19 meeting, the GCLD agreed to reevaluate closing the library, and discussed a possible mill levy tax that could potentially be on the November ballot. The county commissioners have also offered to help pay some of the expenses of the Hot Sulphur Library such as electricity and Internet costs. The library rents the building for $1 per year and is currently open for only 18 hours per week.

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4 BAR 4 fundraiser

July 26, 2016 — 

The Board of Historic Fraser, Inc. is pleased to announce a summer barbeque hosted on-site at the 4 BAR 4 Ranch in the historic Hay Barn 3 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. This local landmark is located on County Road 5 at CR 518 in the Fraser Valley, three miles north of Fraser.

Delicious BBQ buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks, music, fun and games will be enjoyed by all. Those interested in the history of the site will have a chance to see the Stagecoach Stop and Hotel, and the Ford Barn and learn a little about the hearty families who helped found the Fraser Valley; exterior viewing only, for safety reasons.

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Friday Fest in Granby

July 26, 2016 — 

Granby Rotary members cooked up grub and sold ice cold soda and bottled water during the July 22 Granby Friday Fest in the Mountain Parks Electric warehouse parking lot. From the left; Rotary member Frank Delay, Fest Coordinator Gayle Langley of the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary members Susie Baird and Randy Moorhead, and volunteer Wally Baird, former Granby Town Manager. The next Friday Fest will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. on August 5.

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Pets for adoption

July 23, 2016 — 

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Shining Stars' Grand County family adventure

July 23, 2016 — 

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.

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Sing La Vie En Rose

July 22, 2016 — 

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.

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Denver Water digs into Vasquez Canal Project

July 22, 2016 — 

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.

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Trout Unlimited banquet Monday

July 22, 2016 — 

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.

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Grand County Real Estate Transactions, July 10 to 16

July 21, 2016 — 

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, $500

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Source of the Big Thompson River

July 21, 2016 — 

Looking across Forest Canyon at the source of the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park, Thursday, July 15.

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Grand Dog candidate: Kaia

July 20, 2016 — 

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!

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GCLD Board reevaluating closing Hot Sulphur Springs library

July 20, 2016 — 

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.

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Meet Shelly McManus, Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

July 20, 2016 — 

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?

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Middle Park Medical Foundation awards "Med Ed" scholarships

July 19, 2016 — 

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.

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Alpine bloom

July 19, 2016 — 

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Good Neighbor, Fraser/WP Police Dept.

July 19, 2016 — 

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!!

Scott Immel

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Bob Dart awarded USSA award

July 19, 2016 — 

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).

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Grand County OKs fire restrictions

July 19, 2016 — 

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.

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Permanent stage for Hideaway Park

July 19, 2016 — 

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.

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Authorities investigate vandalism in Rendezvous

July 19, 2016 — 

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.

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Bear breakfast

July 19, 2016 — 

Reader submitted photo of a black bear helping himself to a seedy breakfast just feet from a house north of Granby.

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Birth: Adam Cub Pocius

July 19, 2016 — 

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.

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