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Letter: Davis, Can you guarantee all libraries stay open with a mill levy?

Can you guarantee all libraries stay open with a mill levy?

“Uneasy” is the one word that reflects my feelings after attending the last GCLD Board of Trustees meeting held at the Juniper Library in Grand Lake on August , 16th. Although a PowerPoint program presented by Trustee Mary Chance proclaimed that the library board had heard us, the public, about the possible unpopular decisions to close the Hot Sulphur Springs (HSS) Library branch and to turn the Kremmling and Grand Lake branches into kiosk models; I left the meeting still in doubt of the board’s intentions. Yes, the library district must come to terms with their financial difficulties, both inherited and circumstantial. Trying to pass a .95 mill levy that will sunset in ten years, without reassuring the voting public and particularly the voters from the west end of the county, that the GCLD Board is committed to keeping all FIVE library branches open completely, is going to be very difficult. Why should I, a HSS resident and library supporter, vote to approve a mill levy if our town library is going to be closed anyway? Why would Kremmling or Grand Lake library supporters vote for a mill levy if there are no guarantees that those two libraries will never end up as kiosk models? If assurances can be made that any future cuts will be equal among all branches and again, all FIVE branches stay open as they are now, then I think the mill levy would have a chance of passing.

Public access to information and preserving the HSS Library for future generations to use is what this fight has been about. For those of you who do not live in HSS, young people in our town literally sit on the steps of our library after hours so they can pick up a Wi-Fi signal on their mobile devices. At the Fraser library board meeting, a former library board trustee spoke up and said that the two Grand County libraries that should stay open are the branches in HSS and Kremmling. His reasoning was that the libraries in these two towns are a vital part of their communities because the towns of HSS and Kremmling lack other resources that the towns of Grand Lake, Fraser, and Granby have. Yes, the GCLD Board of Trustees and the library district may have heard us; but what can they guarantee?

Shawn Davis

Hot Sulphur Springs

Letter: Gingery, Thank you from the Shining Stars Foundation

Thank you from the Shining Stars Foundation

The Shining Stars Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters in Grand County for embracing our children and families and making the 2016 Grand County Family Adventure so successful for the 218 attendees. One family summed it up with, “We absolutely love Grand County, all the activities and the chance to just have fun with other families who have endured similar journeys. What really strikes me most is how many people just step forward to help a group of strangers and treat us like we are incredibly important.”

We would especially like to thank our sponsors and grantors including Cancer League of Colorado, Grand Foundation, Grand County Board of County Commissioners, Town of Winter Park, Town of Grand Lake, Lion’s Club of the Fraser Valley Foundation, KEEN, Inc., Finish Line Foundation, City Market, Safeway, Bank of the West, Rendezvous Foundation, and Broomfield Community Foundation. Many thanks to the business owners for lodging , food , and activities. Thanks to Beaver Village Condos, Beaver Village Lodge, Vintage, and the Winter Park Mountain Lodge. Grand Lake activities included Headwaters Marina, Boater’s Choice Marina, Beacon Landing Marina, Rocky Hi Speedway, Putt Putt Golf at Grand Lake Hardware, hike to Adams Falls, The Coin Drops Here arcades, and Monarch Lake with NSCD . Many thanks to Snow Mountain Ranch, Sombrero Stables, Rendezvous, GCHA atCozens Ranch, Christy Sports, Breeze at Ski Depot Sports, Epic Mountain Sports, Winter Park Resort, Mad Adventures Rafting, Grand Park Rec Center; High Country Stampede, Elevation Pilates, Winter Park Chamber and Cooper Creek Square for other Grand County activities.

Food donations were from Hernando’s Pizza Pub, Showboat Catering, Dean Foods, Stonecreek Catering, Pancho & Lefty’s, El Pacifico, The Sage Brush Grill, Sloopy’s, Fat Cat Café, Grand Pizza, Cy’s Deli, Grand Lake Chocolates, Miyauchi’s Snack Bar, Deno’s Mountain Bistro, Smokin’ Moes, Fontenot’s, Winter Park Subway, Rudi’s Deli, Midtown Café , JT Thamann, Natalie Wood, Los Amigos, One Love, Silver Canyon Coffee, Fraser Safeway, City Market, Carvar’s Bakery, Smokehouse BBQ, Sombrero Stables, Fraser Valley Lion’s Club, Misty Lamb, Coffee & Tea Market, Rise and Shine Bakery, and the Winter Park-Fraser Rotary. Other donations included services from Art Ferrari, Active Images, Mighty Upper Photos, Active Images, and the Church of the Eternal Hills. Over 100 volunteers made each family feel welcome and worked tirelessly. Thank you, Grand County, for taking care of the Shining Stars and families.

Kathy Gingery

Executive Director, Shining Stars Foundation

Local government meetings for Grand County

Local government meetings in Grand County are fairly minimal this week, August 29 through September 2, 2016.

Because of the way the calendar works out for late August there will be no East Grand School District Board of Education meeting this week. The EGSD Board of Education will hold their first meeting for the month of September next week, on Tuesday September 6.

The Town of Grand Lake is scheduled to hold a Board of Adjustment meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday September 1 in the Grand Lake Town Hall Board Room.

The Town of Granby has no formal meetings scheduled for this week.

Pets for adoption

Please call the Grand County Animal Shelter for more information 970-887-2988

Funky, untamed improvisation, Woodshed Red

Woodshed Red hails from the Colorado Springs area and performs all over Colorado and its neighboring states. Comprised of guitar, fiddle, stand-up bass and drums from varying musical backgrounds; the group came together in 2013 and began covering a wide variety of genres. Inspired by bluegrass, blues, funk and rock and many eras of music, the band members have incorporated their individual styles to create their own unique sound. The instrumentation of Woodshed Red generates an upbeat positive grassy sound, intertwined with funky, untamed improvisation.

The band plays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cooper Creek for Music on the Square, Friday, August 26 around the courtyard fountain and under the lights.

Grand Dog candidates: Koru and Tui

My name is Heidi Weisskopf and these future Grand Dogs are Koru and Tui. They are the first team to enter! . Where would be be without a captain and his first mate, King and Queen, or Lucy and Ricky!

Koru (New Zealand Maori for “loop”) is a spiral shape symbolizing new life and growth. I saw a construction truck that said Koru and had the spiral on the side. New Zealand has been a huge part of my life since 1991- I had a long list of possible names and Koru was at the top. The universe had spoken!

He was rescued from Oklahoma by the Evergreen Animal Protection League. After a year, I realized how much happier he was playing with other dogs. He needed a buddy… Along came Tui (a bird native to New Zealand). They were inseparable from the minute she came home- she also was adopted from EAPL from Arkansas. We are very fortunate in Colorado for all the great rescue organizations. These animals don’t have much chance at life or a good life in many other states. I am very grateful for my mutts, but spaying and neutering is very important.

I’ve been in the valley 26 years and know what dogs love about living here- I previously had litter mates Sage and Guinness. Koru and Tui swim, hike, paddle boat, fish, snowshoe, cross country ski and go 4 wheeling. Anything that involves running and playing hard! They are young and happy, always up for an adventure.

Tui’s motto is “don’t fence me in”. She can squeeze her way through the smallest of gaps in my fence but just hangs out. She is really cuddly, always needing to be next to you or preferably on your lap. Koru is a big mellow dog most of the time, but he plays hard with Tui, often not realizing she’s half his size. She’s full of spunk and gives it right back. They are best buddies, often sleeping on top of each other.

Koru and Tui deserve to be Grand Dogs. They embody the canine spirit of Grand County and will be amazing ambassadors. Keep in mind that while this is a competition, it’s to raise money for two great causes. Please support Advocates and Pet Pals. Vote for Koru and Tui.!!

The fabric of tradition

We live in a time of changing tastes. For many decades following World War II mass American culture tended to prize ease and convenience over quality. Generations of Americans emerged into the post-war era seeking to escape the “drudgery” of domestic life by favoring “time-saving” products like frozen dinners.

Along the way a lifestyle long exalted in the western US fell out of favor. Where homemade products were once a staple, mass production came into vogue.

Generations of children have now been raised with little connection to the means of production of the products they consume.

That dynamic is starting to change though as a movement begins to take hold with consumers showing favor for unique, handcrafted and artisanal products over those which are mass produced. This movement has taken many forms: shop locally, farm-to-table, Etsy. But at its core the subtle slow shift in consumer preferences is about elevating quality over convenience or price.

This movement has been a boon for some local business owners who fill unique niches. Tina Holley, owner and operator of the Fabric Nook in Granby, is well poised to take advantage of this shift in consumer preferences.

Holley purchased the Fabric Nook from longtime storeowner Lorene Linke in October last year. Holley spent 20-years working for Linke at the Fabric Nook on a part-time basis. “Lorene asked me if I would like to work a few hours a day, she knew I had the skills for it,” Holley said. “I started as a garment sewist. It helped me to buy fabric. I basically worked for fabric at the time.” Holley joked.

When Linke began seriously considering retirement she approached Holley to see if the younger woman was interested in purchasing the business. “I looked at it and decided, if I could I would,” Holley said. “It has been exciting.”

Holley’s extensive experience working with fabrics, clothing design, sewing and other similar activities goes back to her childhood. “I started sewing when I was about 11,” Holley said. “I was making my own clothes through high school and middle school. I was also adjusting my friends clothes, whether their parents liked it or not.”

Holley’s love of sewing and clothing design would eventually become a secondary source of income after she was married and had children. “It was a good way for me to make a little extra,” Holley said. “I would repair and adjust clothing and did some design consultation. I used to work on bridal and bridal party dresses but my hands don’t allow it. Now that I have the shop I don’t have time for anymore anyways.”

Holley is a self-taught seamstress whose natural talent for reading patterns allowed her to take on difficult projects even at a young age. To learn tailoring and how to alter clothes she wouldn’t normally wear she would purchase suits and gowns at thrift stores, take them apart and put them back together.

One of Holley’s greatest loves is quilting. She began quilting about 15-years ago for fun. As part of their expansive quilting products the Fabric Nook participates in the Row-by-Row Experience, a international quilting program wherein independent fabric stores throughout the nation develop their own unique quilt row designs that can be purchased exclusively from the individual store they are designed at.

Quilters who participate in the Row-by-Row Experience try to purchase multiple unique rows developed at different fabric stores and then quilt the various rows together into a single quilt. The rows can be purchased from June 21 to Sept. 6 and must be purchased in person in a brick-and-mortar store. So far this year Holley has sold 360 row kits for the Row-by-Row Experience.

Along with an expansive selection of fabrics and quilting products the Fabric Nook also sells what people in the sewing world call, “notions”, or the ancillary products, such as zippers, seam rippers and tape measures, required to complete a project; the Fabric Nook also offers sewing and quilting classes on Wednesdays on a nearly weekly basis.

Business has been good for the Fabric Nook this summer and Holley sees the shift in consumer tastes as a positive but is concerned about the future for independent stores like hers. “There is a bit of an upswing (in interest), although independent fabric stores are disappearing all over. Quilters know the difference between Wal-Mart fabric and independent store fabric. A lot of fabrics that are available for me to buy are not available to other stores that are not independent.”

Holley explained her business philosophy as such, “When you walk into my store you are the most important person in the room and hopefully you will leave with a smile as big as mine.”

The Fabric Nook is located at 387 East Agate Avenue in Granby, right next door to Azteca restaurant. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. A store website,, is expected to go live in the coming weeks.

If you’re looking for sewing or quilting equipment, a bit of advice on how to tackle a project, or just want to peruse Holley’s lovely inviting store stop on by, the atmosphere is as warm and inviting as the owner herself.

MPHS’s lady panthers train for fall

Tomorrow, Saturday August 27, the Middle Park High School Volleyball Team will take to the court for their first matches of the 2016 fall season.

Guiding the lady panthers again this year is head coach Kate Lapham. Lapham will helm a team of 24 players, somewhat reduced from previous years, as the panther girls look to accomplish great things.

This year’s action gets right under way for the panthers. When the young ladies take the court Saturday afternoon in Granby they will be facing off against Faith Christian, one of the top 3A schools in the state. “That will be a really tough challenge as we have never played them before,” said Coach Lapham. “We know they are good but we don’t know what to expect.”

The first matches of the season for the panthers will begin at noon on Saturday with a C-Team set before the Junior Varsity takes the court at 1 p.m. Varsity action is scheduled to begin, with a best of five set, against Faith Christian around 2 p.m. All matches will be held at Middle Park High School.

Coach Lapham has high hopes for the panthers this year as she looks ahead to the coming season. She says she believes the girls have a strong chance of securing a berth in the State Tournament and is confident in the senior leadership on the team.

“We are looking pretty good,” Lapham said. “We have a lot of senior leadership; half our varsity team is seniors, and we have a really strong junior class. We lost two starters from last year who moved but we have had young players step in and step up. Our team has really worked hard and put in a lot of effort over the summer to fill the void left by the two starters.”

Lapham continued, explaining she believes the panthers are poised to be very competitive this year and, “if all goes well, we hope to make it to the State Tournament.”

Along with the loss of two starters the panthers will be somewhat challenged in the height department this season. “We are not a very tall team in regards to volleyball,” Lapham said. “We have worked hard on verticals over the summer. We are trying to improve our defense because we don’t have tall blockers up front.”

But what the panthers lack in pure height they are making up for with raw experience. “I have said over and over again, ‘we are a young team’. Now we are not,” Lapham said. “The core of the team has played together for three seasons. They have improved on all facets of their game. They are a really strong, developed and well rounded team.”

This year’s varsity team, with 12 players in total, is lead by a group of six returning senior girls. The panther’s junior varsity team also consists of 12 players, including three freshmen ladies who have decided to join. The panthers will also field a C-Team for the 2016 season.

The young ladies began practicing last Monday, August 15, with a series of team try-outs. Since then the girls have been working to get into competitive shape with two-a-day practices. The intense training regimen continued through most of this week. Coach Lapham said she planned to end two-a-days early though to, “make sure the girls aren’t overly sore or tired for the game.”

This year the MPHS ladies have 23 matches scheduled, including league tournament play. Along with their upcoming contest against Faith Christian Coach Lapham says she is looking forward to playing regional rivals West Grand later this fall.

“We always look forward to West Grand,” Lapham said. “They beat us the last two years. The girls are really pumped up to play West Grand this year and are hoping to get some redemption.”

No term limits for some elected officials

The Grand County Board of County Commissioners decided not to pursue a ballot question regarding term limits for some elected officials at their Thursday, August 23 meeting in Hot Sulphur Springs.

In a phone call with Commissioner Jane Tollett, who was absent from the meeting, she stated she did not feel it was necessary to pursue the term limits at this time, and the other commissioners agreed. Commissioner Manguso said that if the public would like to bring this matter up in the future they are more than welcome. Commissioner Link also said the ballot was crowded enough as it is, and this question may just complicate it further.

The elected officials that would have been affected by term limits included the Assessor, Clerk and Recorder, Coroner, Sheriff, Surveyor, and Treasurer.