Announcements

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association to take over Grand County Home Health patients

February 10, 2016 — 

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (NWCOVNA) based in Routt and Moffat counties has signed an agreement with Grand County and Grand County Home Health to provide services for the remaining 10 current long-term patients in Grand County. This agreement will be effective Feb. 13. Grand County has agreed to provide “seed” money to NWCOVNA to offset their start-up costs. The county has also agreed to provide in-kind services of office space and internet service through the end of 2016.

“I am pleased to announce that Grand County Home Health will have a transition of services to NWCOVNA at the end of the week,” said Brene Belew-LaDue Director of Grand County Home Health. “I am very relieved that our patients will be in good hands with the NWCOVNA. It has been a long process to get to this resolution and I think it is a good one for Grand County and its residents.”

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Grand County Rural Health Network to hold monthly meetings

February 10, 2016 — 

The Grand County Rural Health Network hosted a community meeting on Jan. 27. The goal of the meeting was to begin the conversation to identify possible solutions for long-term, 3-5 year change in the existing health and human services industry. Over 100 community members attended.

The Network and Home Health representatives gave updates on Hospice and Home Health and discussed the potential short-term solutions for their patients. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nursing Association has taken over care for the current Hospice patients and will review taking additional Hospice patients on a case-by-case basis.

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Middle Park Medical Center CEO Ross resigns

February 9, 2016 — 

Middle Park Medical Center CEO David Ross submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately on Friday, Feb. 5, according to a press release.

The Kremmling Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors, which does business as MPMC, appointed MPMC CFO Robert Flake as interim CEO.

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Senator Bennet visits Kremmling

February 9, 2016 — 

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet met with Middle Park Medical Center officials in Kremmling on Friday, Feb. 5 to discuss the organization’s recently acquired USDA Loan.

Bennet also visited Yampa Valley Medical Center on a tour meant to highlight the challenges rural hospitals in Colorado face.

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Mountain Parks Electric awards more than $40,000 in local renewable energy rebates in 2015

February 9, 2016 — 

In 2015, Mountain Parks Electric (MPE), through its Green Power Program, rebated $40,500 to its customers who installed local renewable energy systems, including contributions to electric vehicle charging stations in Winter Park and Kremmling.

“It is gratifying to see our rebates benefit the local economy,” said Tom Sifers, Mountain Parks Electric General Manager. “It is just one example of Mountain Parks Electric’s commitment to the communities it serves.”

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February 9, 2016 — 

At the Deadhorse trailhead parking lot on Sunday, Jan. 17 in my haste to get on the trail (just after bragging about what a great snow car my Subaru is), I managed to get my front wheels buried in a pile of snow. Many thanks to super-friendly Fraser residents Logan and Kara who helped us dig out! Logan had his shovel out before I could even open my trunk! One more reason to love living in this beautiful place -- good neighbors like these two. Thanks again, Logan and Kara!

Irene Cooke

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Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

February 9, 2016 — 

Idlewild Meadows Subdivision Lot 26 Partial Legal – See Document – Barbara J Peabody Trust, Thomas & Barbara Peabody to Steven & Kimberly Peabody, $500

Grand Country Estates 1st Addition TRT 71 – John Oles to David and Monica Hixson, $421,000

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Gas outage near Tabernash disrupts large service area

February 9, 2016 — 

A natural gas outage near Tabernash sent Xcel Energy workers scrambling last Thursday, Feb. 4, to repair problems and relight furnaces as over 100 customers found themselves without heat for most of the day.

According to Michelle Aguayo with Media Relations for Xcel Energy the initial outage started at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning and was caused by problems with a high-pressure natural gas station. The outage affected 112 customers and forced Xcel Energy workers to shut off service to homes before making repairs.

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Kremmling cliffs

February 5, 2016 — 

A wintery view of the Kremmling cliffs on a snowy morning, Feb. 2.

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Grand County Biography: Toots Cherrington

February 4, 2016 — 

Toots has seen quite a few calving seasons in her life time. This one started off “a bit rough” as two sets of twins have died early on, even though the weather has been really warm. She said that on cold years you can tell pretty easily because, “a lot of ears and tails are frozen off.”

When she was young Toot’s parents, Redwood and Helen Fisher, had told her that they couldn’t take her to see the people of the world, so we’ll bring them to you. The FISHERANCHO was a family run cattle ranch with a couple of extra cabins. Dudes (that’s ‘city folk’; not necessarily guys in baggy pants riding skate boards) initially were required to work and one thing led to another and before long the ranch could accommodate 25 paying guests. The barn is still there below the dam surrounded by great fishing, hunting, and mountainous terrain. Toots spent her days waiting tables, cleaning cabins, and taking folks out on rides. They even took the dudes out on a real cattle drive to Meadow Creek where they had a National Forest permit for grazing cattle. Lake Granby wasn’t there back then so they could drive the cattle up through the Knight Ranch, under present day Arapahoe Bay. Charles Lindbergh had once flown to a landing strip near there. The ‘Lone Eagle’, as he was known, has a mountain named after him in the Indian Peaks Wilderness above that area.

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DUI saturation patrols in Granby and Winter Park on Super Bowl Sunday

February 4, 2016 — 

Colorado State Patrol troopers in conjunction with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Fraser-Winter Park and Granby Police Departments, will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol in the Granby and Winter Park areas on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, in an effort to prevent motor vehicle crashes.

“Our goal for 2016 is zero fatalities due to impaired driving crashes in NW Colorado. The Troopers, along with deputies and officers in Grand County will be focusing their attention on driving behaviors consistent with distracted, aggressive, and impaired driving,” said Captain Doug Conrad, Troop 4B Commander.

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Deadline to enter the Grand County Parade of Homes Feb. 15

February 4, 2016 — 

The Grand County Parade of Homes is a home tour event for Grand County. Visitors come to see the craftsmanship of our local builders and they use these homes as a reference when deciding to build or remodel and move to Grand County. It is also an opportunity to bring people into our community and to show them how wonderful Grand County is.

The Grand County 2016 Parade of Homes is scheduled for the weekend of September 15-18. We are very excited for the potential to be able to host this event in September.

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Winners from Winter Carnival

February 4, 2016 — 

Grand Lake’s annual Winter Carnival was held Saturday Jan. 23 under the theme, “A Royal Celebration: Crowns, Gowns and Castles too”. Each year the popular event features multiple competitions such as teapot curling and bed sled racing. The King & Queen contest featured a total of eight couples. First place went to Laura and Don Summers, second place was awarded to Kim and Jeff Buckley and Tracey Williams and Hayden Burke took third place honors.

The Teapot Curling competition featured a total of 16 teams sweeping the ice. The Short & Stout team walked away with a first place finish, Team Harvey finished in second place and the King Phipps team took home third place. The Queens team was voted best-dressed competitors for Teapot Curling.

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Commissioners approve permit for second music festival

February 4, 2016 — 

The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved a temporary use permit for the Divide Music Festival near Fraser.

The festival is planned for July 22, 23 and 24, and organizers Team Player Productions, based in Denver, anticipate around 8,000 patrons per day.

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Countdown to Game Day

February 4, 2016 — 

View Friday’s cover photo showing Grand County pride in our Broncos.

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Rookie of the Year

February 4, 2016 — 

Grand Lake Firefighter Mark Piller was recently recognized as the Grand Lake Fire Protection District’s Rookie of the Year. Piller (left) is congratulated by Grand Lake Fire Chief Mike Long.

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Irish-American Hall of Fame to induct Grand County's Emily Warner

February 4, 2016 — 

On April 23 Grand County’s own Emily Hanrahan Warner will be inducted into the Irish-American Hall of Fame at a Grand Gala at America’s Irish-American Heritage Center in Chicago, Ill. In addition to Emily Warner, for whom Granby/Grand County Airport -- Emily Warner Field is named, the 2016 class of Irish-American Hall of Fame inductees includes, among others; actors, Spencer Tracy and Brian Dennehy; Baseball Hall of Famer, Ryan Nolan; and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Frank McCourt.

In a press release from the Irish-American Hall of Fame, dated February 1, 2016, the Hall lauded Emily as follows: “Emily Hanrahan Howell Warner was born in North Denver, Colorado in 1939. Inspired by aviation as a teenager, Emily quietly paid for her aviation training by working two jobs as a department store sales clerk and secretary for Clinton Aviation. At 18 years old, she announced she had earned her pilot’s license. On April 10, 1973, Emily Hanrahan’s dreams took flight despite that common wisdom was ‘girls could and should not fly.’ She broke the glass ceiling of the flight deck becoming the first woman hired by a U.S. scheduled airline carrier as a pilot (in modern times) and took the controls of the Frontier Airline 737 flight #379A. In 1974, she became the first woman member of ALPA-Air Line Pilot Association. By 1976, Emily became America’s first female Airline Captain. That same year, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum permanently enshrined her airline pilot uniform in Washington, D.C. Over the years, Emily Hanrahan Warner has been named Amelia Earhart Woman of the Year (1982), and been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (2002). She has been named a Living Legend of Aviation (2007). In 2014 she was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.”

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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation deadline Feb. 15

February 3, 2016 — 

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is still accepting grant applications from organizations in Grand County. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications and has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to programs in communities where Swift conducts business. The Foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. All applicants will be notified by e-mail either that their application has been declined or approved by May 1.

In 2015 more than 200 applications were received.

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Daddy, Daughter dance on Feb. 6

February 2, 2016 — 

The 13th Annual Daddy / Daughter Dance begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Inn at Silvercreek Ballroom. The dance is available to all young ladies ages 3 and over with the adult escort of their choice. Refreshments and hor’sdorves will be served and a DJ will play your favorite dance tunes and coordinate fun games. This event is organized by the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District and the Granby Recreation Department.

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From the Vault: What happened in Grand 100 Years Ago

February 2, 2016 — 

100 Years Ago in Grand County

From the Middle Park Times issue of February 4, 1916

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Colorado Enterprise Zone program

February 2, 2016 — 

Grand County Economic Development is presenting an informational workshop on the Colorado Enterprise Zone program on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the BOCC Boardroom, 306 Byers, Hot Sulphur Springs. The event will feature a presentation by representatives of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, which administers the Enterprise Zone program for the Northwest Colorado region, including Grand County.

“This is a great opportunity for area businesses to learn about the State income tax incentives available for eligible business activities within the Enterprise Zone,” commented AGNC Executive Director Bonnie Petersen. “There is also a contribution tax credit available for qualifying non-profit projects.”

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February 2, 2016 — 

I want to say thank you to Keith of ATH Specialties for pulling me out of a snow bank behind the transfer station. Your act of kindness really made my day and I truly appreciate you! Thanks for being a good neighbor. You are one more reason why I love Grand County.

Kristin Erickson

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Country Ace owners retire

February 2, 2016 — 

This weekend the Granby community will say goodbye to local merchants Tom and Kathy McConathy as the couple holds a retirement celebration at the County Ace Hardware store in Granby.

The McConathy’s owned and operated County Ace Hardware in Granby for over a decade and have passed the business on to their daughter Amy Kaplanis who recently purchased the establishment from her parents as they transitioned into retirement. The McConathy’s retirement party will be held on Saturday Feb. 6 at County Ace Hardware in Granby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The party is open to the public.

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Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Jan. 24 to 30

February 2, 2016 — 

Columbine Lake Lot 41, Block 3 – Thomas and Christine Yarbrough to Mark and Kirstin Reimann, $16,700

Vasquez Creek Townhomes Unit 7 – Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Chicago Title Insurance Company to Jessica Escalante, $36,000

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EGMS Brain Bowl

February 2, 2016 — 

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Byers Canyon Eagle

January 30, 2016 — 

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The Mountainside in Granby wins RCI Silver Crown Resort designation

January 30, 2016 — 

Resort Management Group announced this week, a property under its management, The Mountainside, has been awarded the prestigious RCI Silver Crown Resort property designation for the fourth year in a row by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange.

“This is a huge accomplishment and a reflection of the Resort Management Group staff’s commitment to excellence. This level of award is not achieved without going the extra mile,” said Shelley Nordin, Vice President of Operations for Resort Management Group. The Mountainside is only one of 26 resorts in Colorado to receive this award. This designation denotes a high level of service, housekeeping and unit maintenance.

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EK Kitchens & Design of Winter Park awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

January 30, 2016 — 

EK Kitchens & Design of Winter Park has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 6-year old Remodeling Design firm serving Grand County and the Front Range was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award,” Erica Kalkofen, Principal Designer and CEO said.

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Middle Park 4-H LDC in Denver

January 28, 2016 — 

Middle Park 4-H and Grand County were represented Jan. 23 at the Leadership Development Conference (LDC) in Denver by Abbie Halley and Madison DeCicco. This year the theme was “4-H Olympics 2016, Passing on the Torch”. Participants learned how to pass on the torch to other 4-H members and how to get people more involved. LDC is for senior 4-H members ages 14-18 and is held annually in January. The LDC conference is a fun, educational weekend promoting leadership development and community service. This conference is in conjunction with the annual “4-H Day at the Capitol” where members are present during the Proclamation for Colorado 4-H Day.

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Winter ranges sustain wildlife in Grand County

January 28, 2016 — 

Wildlife is a passion for many who call the high country home.

From photographers to sportsmen to people just hoping to catch a glimpse of wild animals, residents and visitors to Grand County often keep one proverbial eye scanning the tree lines and broad meadows that fill this area. The enduring value derived from the wildlife that call our portion of the state home is hard to overestimate; tourists from throughout the nation flock to the Rockies to hunt, film and view majestic creatures such as elk and deer.

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