Reader submitted photo by Sue Castellion of the new Fraser Historical Playground.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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 Jenson to the library board of trustees. Jenson 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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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, $500Learn more »
Looking across Forest Canyon at the source of the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park, Thursday, July 15.Learn more »
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!Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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?Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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 ImmelLearn more »
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).Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Reader submitted photo of a black bear helping himself to a seedy breakfast just feet from a house north of Granby.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Grand County announced fire restriction in unincorporated Grand County on Friday, July 15 at 1:25 p.m. .
However, all towns and government organization make their own declarations.Learn more »
The towns of Fraser and Granby announced fire restrictions Friday afternoon following the announcement from Grand County on Friday, July 15.
Fraser automatically enacts a fire ban or restriction when the county announces it, according to Jeff Durbin, Fraser Town Manager. The rule was written into the town code several years ago, he said.Learn more »
Grand County officials enacted a Fire Restriction Ordinance effective at 1:25 p.m. Friday, July 15. The following fire restriction is applicable to unincorporated Grand County.
All towns in Grand County will make their own declaration. As of 4:30 p.m. July 15 no towns have declared a fire restriction, however many town governments will be meeting next week to discuss the ordinance.Learn more »
Rendezvous Colorado, a Koelbel and Company resort community located on the border of Winter Park and Fraser, announced this week that it has partnered with Tina Vindum of OutdoorFitnness.com, to launch The Rendezvous Trailside Wellness program, which offers fun and effective experiences that embrace therapeutic properties of the outdoors, enabling participants to connect with themselves, the community, and the environment.
The Rendezvous Trailside Wellness Program is a holistic approach that combines fitness and wellness techniques uniquely integrated with the ever-changing landscape at Rendezvous. The program will officially launch free to the public on Saturday, July 23 with a day-long fitness event at Rendezvous lead by Tina Vindum.Learn more »
Granby set to open Shorefox property FridayJuly 14, 2016 —
The long dormant Shorefox property north of Granby will soon begin seeing significant public use as the Town of Granby prepares to open select portions of the property beginning this week.
Granby Town officials, including Granby Mayor Paul Chavoustie, will be conducting an “open house” at the Shorefox property from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, July 15. The open house will provide an opportunity for community members to come out and peruse portions of the property, review the Town’s overarching vision for the development and receive instruction on rules and regulations that apply to the 1,553-acre parcel.
“We wanted to get this open for the public as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Chavoustie. “To let people get out and enjoy it. It is not finished, not even close, but since the trails are there and we have made improvements to the trails we want people to go out and enjoy it. We just want them to respect the rules. We expect exciting things to happen out there in the future.”
The open house Friday afternoon will be very informal. “We won’t have hot dogs or balloons,” said Chavoustie. “It will be me, sitting under a tent. People can just stop by. We are going to hand out a little flyer that gives some of the conceptual vision for the project. We will also have the rules and regulations on that flyer.”
Not all of the Shorefox property will be open to the public initially. The lower sections of the property, those closest to US Highway 40 and US Highway 34, will be open to the public. This section includes the property’s previously developed and since abandoned golf course, two ponds that have been stocked with fish and approximately one mile of trails, primarily in the form of golf cart paths. The trail network on the property is being called Granby Trails.
The upper sections of the property including those sections adjacent the Colorado River, will not be open this summer. There are still several active leases for river rights and cattle grazing on specific portions of the property’s northern section. The northern sections of the property also contain construction hazards such as manholes and vaults that could pose a danger to citizens wandering through those areas.
Citizens caught trespassing in the northern sections of the property, which remain closed to the public, can expect to receive a fine. Officers from the Granby Police Dept. will begin patrolling the area as part of their standard operations.
“We clearly have fenced out the area the public cannot go to,” said Chavoustie. “We are really asking the public to read and understand the rules. They are very basic: stay within the fenced area, keep dogs on a leash, no motorized vehicles on cart paths with exceptions for wheelchairs.”
Chavoustie said the northern sections of the property will become open to the public in the future. Because of the truncated construction season in the Granby area Chavoustie said the northern sections of the property might not open for public use until summer 2018, depending on multiple different factors.
Dogs are allowed on the property but there is a leash law, which town officials say will be strictly enforced. “Because of the sensitive nature of the wildlife in the area we cannot allow dogs to be loose running on the trails,” said Chavoustie. The Shorefox area is home to large amounts of pronghorn and is also utilized by moose, elk and deer. Town officials plan to develop a designated dog park on the property sometime in the future.
Fishing will be allowed on the property’s ponds though anglers must have a valid Colorado State fishing license. The Town requests anyone fishing on the property engage in catch-and-release fishing, though regulations allow a maximum of two fish per person as a bag limit.
Once the property opens this Friday the sections of the development that will be open to the public will remain open daily, from 7 a.m. to dusk, throughout the summer and early fall. Chavoustie said the Town will close the property for the coming winter, likely sometime in October. Town officials plan to keep the property open in future winters though, once additional amenities have been added.
The Town of Granby purchased the Shorefox property earlier this year, entering into a formal purchase agreement in April. In June Granby closed on the property, which carried at $4.38 million price tag. Town officials plan to recoup Town funds used to purchase the property through use fees for specific amenities and through the sale of certain sections of the property to developers.
Development parcels will be sold to create RV parks, campground areas and similar amenities. Developers will compete for the right to purchase development parcels and operate businesses within the larger Shorefox property through a “Request For Proposal” process very similar to the bid process used by the Town for selecting construction firms for municipal projects.
If you would like to find out more about the property, or to leave a suggestion or comment for Town officials, you can check out the web site Granby created for the project at www.granbytrails.com.