Announcements

Grand County Pet Pals plans holiday events

December 2, 2014 — 

Celebrate the Season by helping those less fortunate. Grand County Pet Pals will be hosting two events to support the homeless animals of Grand County and folks who are struggling to afford feeding their pets. Won’t you open your heart to our furry friends this holiday season?

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Nonprofit of the Week: Grand Veterans

July 10, 2014 — 

The Grand County Veterans Association (Grand Veterans) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor, serve, and support Colorado Veterans and their families while encouraging community involvement. Grand Veterans was founded after recognizing a shortfall in services for local Military veterans, especially in regards to affordable access to VA medical centers. Grand Veterans offers a variety of programs for Grand County’s veterans, including a VA Transportation program that provides one-way and round-trip transportation to VA hospitals and medical clinics in Denver and Golden. Grand Veterans also helps veterans obtain service dog placement, training, and support through the Veteran Service Dog program. Grand County veterans are given opportunities to help support their communities through the volunteer-driver program and the Creati-VET Cards program, where volunteers create homemade cards for deployed U.S. troops to use for writing home. With the support of generous donors, Grand Veterans’ Ticket-Out program provides tickets for Colorado Veterans and their families to attend sporting events, concerts, and more. To learn more about Grand Veterans’ programs, visit www.grandveterans.org.

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Photo: Restoring the past at the 4 Bar 4 Ranch

July 8, 2014 — 

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Veterans wanted to march in 4th of July parade

June 24, 2014 — 

Any and all veterans are invited to join the Grand County Veterans and American Legion Post 88 in the Granby July 4 parade, assembling at 10:15 a.m., and starting at 11 a.m. sharp. Veterans will assemble at the east side of the Granby Elementary School. For more details contact Grand County Veterans Service Officer Duane Dailey at 970-725-3122.

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Environmental educator Doc Wild performs at Trail River Ranch

June 24, 2014 — 

Doc Wild is coming to Trail River Ranch on Wednesday, June 25. Doc Wild is an environmental educator, geologist and biologist and storyteller who performs hilarious alter-egos while educating us about our environment. He will be at Trail River Ranch on June 25, and then at the Fraser Valley Rec Day Camp on June 26. Check him out: www.docwildsworld.com. If interested in signing up, email Lisa Simpson for sign up information. The fee is $25 per person with lunch included, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Meet at the Kawuneeche Visitor’s Center at 9:20 a.m. for shuttles to Trail River Ranch.

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Grand County Community Events Calendar, June 20 - 26

June 19, 2014 — 

FRIDAY

June 20

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Nonprofit of the Week: Grand County Blues Society

June 19, 2014 — 

The Grand County Blues Society was founded in 2002 by a handful of local music lovers. Its mission was and still remains to bring national and international blues talent to Grand County. The Society has produced 200 concerts and this year presents its 12th annual Blues From the Top festival, the second longest running blues festival in Colorado. The Blues Society also provides education about blues music in area schools and created Check Out the Music, which gave residents the ability to check out musical instruments from local libraries. The Society’s Blue Star Connection has given musical instruments to musical therapy departments in 34 of the nation’s Children’s Hospitals, and has given children in 45 states more than 400 personal instruments to help them cope with illnesses through music therapy, which has been proven to be effective. Go to www.bluestarconnection.org to help the Society continue to bring music to others.

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Granby’s Independence Day Parade theme announced

June 10, 2014 — 

Throughout history there have been people and events that have affected lives in great and positive ways, especially here in the rugged West. Through adversity and victory, those before us left behind legacies, stories and memories of Grand County, where characters abound. Come show your character and imagination on Independence Day as we celebrate our pride, history and heritage with: “Spirit of the West.”

Use your creative talents and interpret “Spirit (or spirits) of the West. Applications to be in the parade are available at the Granby Chamber of Commerce, 475 E. Agate and on the website under “Forms and Applications” at www.granbychamber.com. Political entries are $50. There is a suggested donation of $40 for businesses and $20 for nonprofit organizations, groups, and individuals. Veterans are free. For more information, contact the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce at 887-2311 or granbychamber@aol.com.

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Grand Lake Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting

June 10, 2014 — 

A Grand Lake wildfire preparedness meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 14, at the Grand Lake Fire Station, 201 West Portal Road, Grand Lake.

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ZINIO hits library digital newsstand

June 10, 2014 — 

Zinio for Libraries was launched recently by the Grand County Library District. This county-wide, digital magazine service was made possible through a generous donation from Sri and Jan Bonthu of Craig, Colo., to the Friends of the Grand County Library. Awarded Best New Database of 2012 by Library Journal, Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand, offering multi-user access to popular publications. Through www.gcld.org, Grand County Library District patrons now have unlimited access to complete digital magazines which can easily be viewed on most internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video. There are no holds, checkout periods or maximum quantities. The Economist, Outside, 5280 Magazine, Rolling Stone and Martha Stewart Living are just a few of the popular titles available. For more information on how to access Zinio, please see a library staff member at any Grand County Library or go to www.gcld.org/zinio.

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Grand County Community Events Calendar, May 30-June 5

May 29, 2014 — 

Friday

May 30

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New director McCord joins Grand Futures Prevention Coalition

May 27, 2014 — 

Megan McCord as the new Grand County director for Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, according to Grand Futures Managing Director Susie Baird.

Megan originally came to Northwest Colorado in 2011 after graduating from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, Ill., with her BA in English. Megan served three years as an AmeriCorps member with Partners in Routt County and worked for two years with the youth of Soroco Middle School in Oak Creek, Colo. In her last year with Partners, Megan became the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Development Assistant for the organization focusing on grant writing, fundraising, community outreach, marketing and media awareness. Megan says she is excited to work for an organization like Grand Futures, which is dedicated to the big picture of preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in Northwest Colorado.

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Grand County Community Events Calendar, May 28-June 3

May 27, 2014 — 

Wednesday

May 28

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High Altitude Gardening Class offered in Granby

May 27, 2014 — 

Join the Granby Recreation Department and Grand County gardener Peg Steffen in this fun class to learn how to garden in our mountain environment. The class will cover soil and site preparation, plant materials that grow in high altitudes, perennial and rock gardening, native plants, and principles of Xeriscape landscaping. The class will be held from 6:30- 8:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 11, at the Granby Community Building. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. Call the Recreation Department today at 970-887-3961 to register.

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History group plans Ute Native American Exhibit

May 20, 2014 — 

Grand County Historical Association is preparing a new exhibit on Ute native people of Grand County. The Association is inviting anyone with Ute or Native American heritage to become involved. The new exhibit will explore how the Ute adapted to changing environments and events, and survived. Displays at Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser will show evidence of the earliest first people in Grand County over 10,000 years ago, and discuss their forced settlement to distant reservations. The exhibit, funded in part by the Fraser Valley Lions Club, will open in Summer 2014. Grand County Historical Association looks forward to inviting the public to the Ute exhibit and programs. If you or your family would like to share Ute or Native American photographs, stories or objects from Grand County with the Grand County Historical Association, contact Kristi at Cozens Ranch Museum, 970-726-5488, or cozens@qwestoffice.net.

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Hot Sulphur Springs plans June 7 parade

May 20, 2014 — 

The Hot Sulphur Days Parade this year gives community members the opportunity to showcase their business or organization. Awards will be given for the best entry in the following categories: Entry with a costume; motorized; non-motorized; entry by an organization; and entry by a youth organization. A $50 cash prize will go to the Best of Show of all the parade entries. The parade immediately follows the historical reenactment of the “Texas Charlie Shootout” at noon on Saturday, June 7. Lineup is at Pioneer Park (across the river) at 11:30 a.m. To enter, download a registration form at www.hotsulphurdays.com under Saturday’s events or stop by the Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall to pick up a registration form. You can deliver the completed form to Town Hall, 513 Aspen St., Hot Sulphur Springs, CO, 80451 or fax it to 970-725-3443. The deadline for submitting your registration is Wednesday, June 4. Follow us on Facebook for additional information on Hot Sulphur Days or on the website to find a complete schedule of activities

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Nonprofit of the Week

May 1, 2014 — 

The Early Education Center at Winter Park Resort has been a long-standing employee benefit, valued by parents and resort business managers with its location, proximity to base-area services, and Monday-Friday programming. The Center is proud of the quality of early childhood programs and the commitment of qualified Education Center teachers. Few resorts continue to offer on-site child-care development programs because of cost and risk factors, but the Resort remains committed to supporting the education center as a year-round employee service. The mission of the Education Center is quality child care by meeting the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional needs of participants. It has a current enrollment of 37 children from ages 2 months to 6 years. The Education Center has been a regular recipient of Grand Foundation grant funds, while also giving back to the local community via annual coat drives each October, and food drives in November, each benefitting the Mountain Family Center.

This feature is made possible in partnership with the Grand Foundation, in support of Grand County nonprofits.

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Learn Photoshop for better photography

April 29, 2014 — 

Grand County’s Alpenglow Camera Club is offering a series of workshops on Photoshop for photography. These workshops are open to all interested shutterbugs. Three sessions will be taught by local graphic artist, Lisa Bornfriend, from Firebird DesignWorks.

The first workshop will be held at the club’s next monthly meeting at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, at the Granby Library. Learn the basics of Photoshop, including tools to improve the quality of a photo and best practices for file types, organization, and workflow.

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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grants book funds to West Grand Schools

April 29, 2014 — 

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation (formerly Bessie Minor Charitable Fund), formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications — parent company of the Sky-Hi News — awards grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs focusing on the arts, languages and sciences. Since 2008, more than $234,000 has been awarded to nonprofit organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business.

This year, the West Grand School District in Kremmling, will receive $750 from the Foundation to purchase books from the nominated titles promoted through the Colorado Blue Spruce Award and Colorado Children’s Award. The eventual objective is to expand this program to K-12 grades.

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9Health Fair coming to Grand County

April 22, 2014 — 

The 9Health Fair will offer preventative health screenings and tests at locations this weekend at the elementary school in Granby from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on April 26. Available free screenings include blood pressure, vision and hearing. The fair will also offer optional blood chemistry, blood count, PSA, colon cancer screenings and more that range from $15 to $40 per screening. Health care professionals and educational exhibits will be available as well. To finding a complete list of available screenings, prepare for the fair and save time by registering online, visit 9healthfair.org.

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High-altitude gardening classes offered in Granby

April 10, 2014 — 

The CSU Extension office and the Grand County Community Gardens are hosting high altitude gardening classes from 1-4 p.m., on May 3-4, at the Mountain Parks Electric Community Room. Master Gardeners Melinda McWilliams and Cathleen Brown will focus on growing vegetables in our high, arid climate.

Everyone is invited. There is no charge. Topics to be covered on Saturday are soils, amendments and fertilizers, what can we grow, and seed and plant selection. On Sunday the topics will be garden design and layout, companion planting, proper watering and feeding and season extension.

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Grand County Community Events Calendar, April 11-17

April 10, 2014 — 

Friday

April 11

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Grand Lake holds community engagement meeting April 17

April 8, 2014 — 

Grand Lake will hold a Community Engagement meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Grand Lake Community House at 1025 Grand Avenue. The town’s community engagement committees, which include Branding, Marketing, Design, Economic Development, Funding, Steering and the Grand Lake Creatives, will provide updates on progress over the past quarter. Brief presentations will also be provided by Grand Lake’s Town Manager, David Hook, and the Executive Director of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, Samantha Miller.

The various committees were formed early last year during the Downtown Assessment conducted by Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI). The committees have been meeting once or twice a month with the overall goal of enhancing the Grand Lake experience for the town’s residents, visitors, second home owners, and businesses. There is still an opportunity for members of the community who haven’t joined a committee to get involved and make a difference in Grand Lake’s future.

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GL Fire hosting Easter hunt

April 3, 2014 — 

Grand Lake Fire’s Annual Easter Egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 19th at 11 a.m. in Grand Lake Town Park. Bring your own basket to collect eggs. Kids, don’t forget to find a golden egg to win one of four Easter baskets.

Volunteers are needed to help color eggs for the hunt, families are welcome. Please come to the Station 1, 201 W. Portal Rd., on Friday, April 18th at 9 a.m. to help out.

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Grand County Community Events Calendar April 4- April 10

April 3, 2014 — 

Friday

April 4

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April 1, 2014 — 

Grand County Community Events Calendar April 2-April 8

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Feinstein challenge puts food on tables through Mountain Family Center

April 1, 2014 — 

For the 17th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among nonprofit hunger-fighting agencies nationwide using it as a spur to help raise funds.

The more food and financial donations made to Mountain Family Center from now until April 30, the more of the Feinstein challenge money the Mountain Family Center will get. Many agencies in past years have increased their donations to two or three times their usual returns this time of the year by using this challenge.

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Grand county Community Events Calendar, March 21-27

March 20, 2014 — 

Friday

March 21

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Grand County Community Events Calendar March 19-26

March 18, 2014 — 

Wednesday

March 19

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Funds available for irrigation projects on private property

March 13, 2014 — 

The Middle Park Conservation District recently received grant funding through the Colorado State Conservation Board, under the Colorado Department of Agriculture, to assist landowners with on-the-ground irrigation projects. The funds are to be allocated to landowners who wish to replace, upgrade, or install new irrigation structures on their properties. Depending on the number of eligible applicants and projects submitted, each recipient may receive $3,000 or more of matching funds. Application criteria included: Projects must address irrigation or irrigation-induced soil erosion control; new or replacement of old structures; landowners shall be a Grand or Summit County ag producer or smaller landowner with water rights; landowners will provide a 50 percent match with the district; district Funds will only pay for materials; specs must meet NRCS approval; landowner must have the ability to complete project by Nov. 20, 2014.

The Middle Park Conservation District received this same grant in 2013 and dispersed nearly $19,000 to landowners for irrigation projects. Projects included installation of check and turnout structures, head gates, underground pipe, and gated pipe. They hope to disperse closer to $24,000 this year.

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