Announcements

Trail Ridge Road is open for the season

May 29, 2016 — 

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 28. However, due to melting snow on the road during the day and freezing temperatures at night, nightly closures will begin at 8 p.m. until conditions change.

Historically, Trail Ridge Road opens on Memorial Day weekend.

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From the vault: 100 Years ago in Grand County

May 28, 2016 — 

Excerpts from the Middle Park Times – May 26, 1916

Grand Lake Items

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Memorial Day events and reflection

May 28, 2016 — 

Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 is truly the most solemn of all United States holidays, a time to remember those American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice, to keep our country free, as well as the freedom loving world.

The true meaning of Memorial Day, though, dates back to the days of the Civil War. Originally, it was called Decoration Day, a day when family members would take time out of their lives to quietly attend to the graves of their loved ones by planting flowers and sprucing up the graves of those loved ones. By the mid-20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in serve to their county. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, or parades to commemorate this space day.

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Trail Ridge Road not opening on Friday

May 27, 2016 — 

Due to current road and weather conditions and predicted weather forecast,Trail Ridge Road will not open today, Friday, May 27.

“We will continue to evaluate day by day over the weekend,” said spokesperson, Kyle Patterson of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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MacLeod: Out with the old, in with the new – Fraser sports complex prepares to unveil playground

May 27, 2016 — 

The year was 1996 and I was eight years old (for those of you doing the math in your head right now, I’ll just make it easy and tell you that I’m 28). A Clinton not named Hillary won the presidential election and the top Billboard song was “The Macarena.” Times were different, and, well, kind of the same too.

But in lesser-known 1996 trivia, it was also the year that the original playground at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex was built.

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Wilderness Stewardship training Saturday

May 26, 2016 — 

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 28 the Grand County Wilderness Group is hosting a Wilderness Stewardship training at the St. Louis Creek Campground on County Road 73 west of Fraser.

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Grand County Real Estate Transactions, May 15 to 21

May 26, 2016 — 

SEC 7 TWP 1N R 80W Partial Legal – See Document – Quincy and Robert Browning to Michael and David Naab, $65,000

Rhovanion Townhomes Unit A – Christopher Hayes and Vicki Cowart to Travis Powell, $165,000

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Mary Murphy retires

May 26, 2016 — 

For a little over three decades young children have been entering the home of Mary Murphy on a daily basis. During their time in home they are loved, nurtured, kept safe, and provided with exciting learning opportunities in a family setting. Mary Murphy is a licensed Family Child Care Provider and after 37 year is retiring from her home-grown child care business.

“This job is rewarding, to be a part the lives of great families and children, to provide security and a strong support system in the early years. I love family child care because it’s family with mixed ages. Parents share with me that their kid’s relationships continue long after leaving my care. As a licensed provider I was able to become incorporated and create a retirement plan as well as access the protection and insurance needed to have children in my home.”

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Chris Cox prepares to leave Children's Hospital

May 26, 2016 — 

Senior year for high school students is a time of unprecedented excitement and possibility. It is a time when thoughts turn to the future and when parents and children alike indulge in the simple joy of optimism.

For the Cox family of Grand County though the last eight months have been focused almost exclusively on the here and now and the life and death struggle young Christopher Cox has fought as he battled a rare disease called Idiopathic Acute Aplastic Anemia.

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Athlete of the Week : Bradley Lutz

May 26, 2016 — 

Bradley Lutz has broken the school record at Middle Park High School for the most points in his four-year basketball career. He has broken the record for rebounding and double-doubles. Additionally, he is #1 in the state, 3A Division, for rebounding and double-doubles. Lutz was inducted into the National Honor Society as a Junior and will be one of the Valedictorians for this graduating class. He will pursue an engineering degree at University of Colorado in Boulder in the fall.

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Middle Park inducts new NHS scholars

May 25, 2016 — 

Middle Park High School (MPHS) held their annual induction ceremony for new members of the National Honor Society during the afternoon of Tuesday, May 10.

The event featured nine new student inductees to MPHS’s Kapimish Chapter of the National Honor Society. Students who were inducted in 2016 include: Ian Carver, Logan Miyauchi, Erin Emery, Jorune Klisauskaite, Harry Lietzke, Karmen Reynolds, Alistair Schwab, Elliot Shaw and Raylin Wikoff. Both Carver and Miyauchi are seniors at MPHS while the other inductees are currently juniors.

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Kickoff to Summer

May 25, 2016 — 

Photos from the ACE Country Hardware Kickoff to Summer event Saturday, May 20.

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Caught in the act

May 24, 2016 — 

Reader Laurel Gillespie of Granby caught a dog at the wheel.

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Friends of Granby Airport give to Grand County history organization

May 24, 2016 — 

May 20 was a “Grand Day” for the Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum when the Friends of Granby Airport, Inc., endowed the museum with $1,000 when it officially joined the Grand County Historical Association (GCHA) family of museums. The celebration was well attended with important aviation and heritage tourism groups represented. The new Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, June 3 through September 3 and is staffed with all volunteers. www.grandcountyhistory.org/museums/emily-warner-field-aviation-museum/.

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Top stories and photo of the week

May 22, 2016 — 

Winter Park Resort paid parking, locals respond

Carmichael receives 90 day jail sentence

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Pets for Adoption

May 21, 2016 — 

Pets for adoption at the Grand County Animal Shelter. Call 970-887-2988 for more information and to visit cats and dogs available for adoption.

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Celebrating Pet Wellness week

May 20, 2016 — 

Pet Wellness Week starts May 23 and Carrie Nedele, owner of Grand Animal Hospital in Fraser is offering discounted services at her business.

“I want to be able to give back to the community; I want to help people out,” she said.

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Work Your Pass Off day

May 19, 2016 — 

Volunteers can earn a free annual pass for the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) by volunteering for a four-hour cleanup day Saturday, May 21. Meet at the Green Ridge Boat Launch on Shadow Mountain Lake or the Sunset Point Boat Launch on Lake Granby at 8 a.m. ready to pick up trash until noon along the lakeshores and recreation sites. Participants should dress appropriately; bring work gloves, snacks, water and rain gear.

In order to earn an annual ANRA pass, participants must be at least 18 years old and sign a volunteer agreement at one of the boat launches in the morning. Volunteers completing four hours of work will receive a voucher for an annual pass from Forest Service employees at the boat launches. The ANRA annual pass is valid for an entire immediate family for entrance to the recreation area for one calendar year. Therefore, only one family member need volunteer to earn a pass for their family.

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Fraser Elementary student art

May 19, 2016 — 

Kindergarten through fifth grade art work is displayed in the community room at the Fraser Valley Library. The display opened on May 5 and will close on May 22.

The art work on display is one piece each student was most proud of from the school year, said Shelley Madsen, Fraser Valley Art Teacher.

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Little Sprouts fundraiser

May 19, 2016 — 

Little Sprouts kids, teachers and parents raised money on May 12 for Little Sprouts Learning Center at Brickhouse 40.

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Local celebration of Charles Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight

May 18, 2016 — 

May 20 is the 89th Anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh’s spirit will be celebrated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand County Historical Association Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum at 1023 CR 610 in the former Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal building at Granby/Grand County Airport with two Lindbergh re-enactors, Will O’Donnell of the historic Grand Lake O’Donnell family, and Winter Park Christian student, Vincent Magee. Also, the iconic Jimmy Stewart movie, The Spirit of St. Louis, will be continuously playing on a small video player.

At high noon, a short ceremony will be held to officially announce the adoption of the aviation museum into the Grand County Historical Association family of heritage museums. The event is free and all ages are encouraged to enjoy this family-friendly event.

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Beware of falling rocks

May 18, 2016 — 

CDOT crews work to remove large rocks from the shoulders along US Highway 40 in Byers Canyon on Thursday, May 12.

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A passport to learning

May 18, 2016 — 

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Amateur meteorologists sought for crowdsourced CU-Boulder, National Weather Service hail study

May 17, 2016 — 

Active on social media? Care about weather? If the answer is ‘yes,’ the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Weather Service (NWS) want your help investigating large surface hail accumulations from thunderstorms in Colorado between April and September.

Since hail is frequent during the spring and summer, Grand County is a perfect place to capture data for the research study.

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Grand County Real Estate Transactions, May 8 to 14

May 17, 2016 — 

Columbine Lake Block 8, Lots 47,48 – Doug and Julie Husa to Teresa Wheeler, $264,000

Soda Springs Ranch Filing 2, Unit A2, TRT H – Alvin L Chambers Trust and Margaret A Chambers Trust to Dan Canup, $124,000

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Historic Fraser, save the 4 BAR 4

May 17, 2016 — 

Historic Fraser announced new Board members this week: Greg Braden, Kent Wehmeyer, Wade Blacketor, Bernard Siegel, Steven Watts and Ronda Dorchester.

New members join Fran Cook, Trude Kleess, and Wayne Brogelman. Founder and longtime President, Dave Lively stepped down in April. Greg Braden, Vice President, will serve as interim President until the tax exempt charity’s annual meeting in June.

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Pets for Adoption

May 14, 2016 — 

Pets for adoption in Grand County. Call 970-887-2988 for more information.

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American Goldfinch in Grand County

May 14, 2016 — 

American Goldfinches share their finch sock feeder with a Jonco on a rainy May day in Hot Sulphur Springs.

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RMNP hopes to have road open by Memorial Day

May 14, 2016 — 

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Fire District improves credit rating

May 12, 2016 — 

The Grand Lake Fire Protection District recently saw their credit rating increased by Moody’s Investors Service, the international bond credit rating agency, from A1 to Aa3.

With the new bond credit designation Grand Lake Fire’s investment bonds moved into a new category of investment grade for long-term investments. The department’s bonds are now rated high quality and very low credit risk. The department’s previous bond rating, A1, meant long-term bond investments with the department’s were viewed as upper-medium grade and low credit risk.

According to a press release from Grand Lake Fire regarding the new credit rating Moody’s tracks debt for over 21,000 public finance issuers in 120 countries providing credit ratings and analysis that contributes to company transparency for investors.

“To have our financial practices and consistent, positive results over the last decade be recognized by an international rating bureau such as Moody’s is remarkable,” stated Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long. “It’s really something we are proud of.”

In the press release from Grand Lake Fire the department quotes comments from the official Moody’s report stating, “strong governance is demonstrated by the district’s long history of surplus operations. The upgrade to Aa3 primarily reflects the trend of surplus operations resulting in reserves that can cover nearly three years of general operations. The district’s liquidity is very strong.”

Chief Long expressed thanks to current and former members of the Grand Lake Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors for, “supporting a successful business model whose strength and sustainability has now been formally recognized by one of the biggest credit rating names in the global capital markets.”

The last time Grand Lake Fire’s bond credit rating was changed by Moody’s was over 15 years ago when the bond was initially put out.

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