Foley: Get ready for hunting season |

Foley: Get ready for hunting season

Big game hunting season started this week with archery season. Muzzleloaders get their chance starting September 10 and rifle season starts in October. Between now and Thanksgiving hundreds of thousands of hunters will head for the Colorado backcountry to stalk elk, deer, moose and other big game species.

Hunting season is also a busy time for mountain rescue volunteers. With all those hunters in the woods the chance of wilderness search and rescue situations is naturally higher. Only hikers outnumber hunters as the subjects of search and rescue incidents in Colorado.

There are all sorts of ways hunters can get in trouble; broken bones, twisted knees, lacerations, hypothermia. Hunters have the same baseline risks as anyone in the backcountry, maybe more when you consider firearms, knives and arrows. Last season, one of our most difficult rescues occurred when an archery hunter accidently impaled himself in his thigh with a hunting arrow. Besides the serious medical issue, he required a litter evacuation on a steep slope with down trees, at night, in the rain.

Illness can also become a problem. Hunters may not be physically prepared for the rigors of hunting camp. We have had several hunters die of heart attacks. Last September there was a four-day search for a missing archery hunter in Routt County involving ground crews, helicopters and search dogs. The subject, Richard Harkins, 43 of Minnesota, was found just 200 yards from his camp. He had died of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

Mountain weather can be dangerous, even for the well prepared. In the early 80s, before I moved to Grand County, I worked a search for a black powder hunter on Gore Pass. After a multi-day search, which included time and labor intensive grid searching in the primary search area, the camouflaged hunter was found under a giant spruce. He had been struck by lightning, which not only killed him, but ignited his powder horn.

Hunters sometimes get lost. Rescuing a subject from a known location is exponentially easier then rescuing a subject who’s lost or unable to communicate. Adding the search element increases the complexity of the operation and almost always compounds the survival problems for the subject. Many of our most intensive searches are for hunters. Several years ago, in Corral Creek, we had a hunter who got caught out after dark. He made a number of bad moves including heading towards “headlights” that were really the rising moon and traveling randomly during the day. He started a fire each night, then put it out before moving his position. He was found after five days over in Wheatley Creek by a Blackhawk helicopter. When I interviewed him he proudly showed me the tiny Cracker Jack toy compass he was using.

Hunters as a group are usually pretty well prepared for a simple day hike in the forest. It’s when something doesn’t go as planned that they often need search and rescue. A simple Injury, accident or illness in the backcountry can turn into an emergency. Since hunters are most often solo in the woods, being self-sufficient is critical.

As with any backcountry traveler, we recommend carrying basic survival gear which includes proper clothing. Wool or synthetic clothing maintains its insulating properties when wet, while cotton draws heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. The ability to make a fire or shelter, to navigate with a map, compass or GPS and illuminate the forest at night will increase survivability. Hunters who become lost don’t usually die from thirst or starvation. They die from exposure.

According to case studies* of lost hunters, only 40 percent are adequately equipped for their emergency situation. Besides injuries, accidents and illness, weather and darkness play a large role. With 18 percent of lost hunters, weather played a major factor. Darkness was a contributor in 33 percent of lost hunter cases.

Some other interesting facts from lost hunter case studies:

Hunters often take shortcuts that result in getting lost.

Many hunters will go to great lengths to walk out on their own unassisted due to ego and other factors.

While pursuing game, hunters often end up in difficult or unfamiliar terrain without regard for exhaustion or navigation.

They typically under prepare for extremely foul weather.

Hunters tend to over extend themselves into darkness and push beyond their physical abilities.

On the positive side, hunters are usually dressed in orange, making them easy to spot, and will use their weapon to signal for help. Many will attempt to build a fire or shelter and 33 percent of lost hunters walk out unharmed.

Hunter safety classes cover survival skills, but without some practice, preparation and experience that classroom lesson doesn’t translate very well when the sun goes down and the mercury drops. As long as 60 percent of hunters don’t have the right gear for spending the night out in bad weather or other unplanned emergencies, odds are hunting season will continue to be busy for GCSAR volunteers.

*The Textbook for Managing Land Search Operations by Robert C. Stoffell

Greg Foley is a member of Grand County Search and Rescue and has been a mountain rescue volunteer for 35 years. He can be reached by email at The GCSAR website can be found at or on Facebook/GCSAR.

Grand Foundation celebrates 20 years

Rachel Bach (front left), Ashley Kane (left rear), Al Furlone (right front) and Sarah Bradford (right rear) enjoy the Grand Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration held at the B Lazy 2 ranch in Fraser on Thursday, August 25.

Two ballot questions approved

The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has officially approved two ballot measures for the November election.

Open Lands, Rivers and Trails

At their Tuesday, August 9 meeting the BOCC voted to refer the “Grand County Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Measure” to the ballot.

According to the supporting document for the measure, landowners, conservation groups, and trails advocates have worked to protect the headwaters of the Colorado River; conserve private lands and the agricultural heritage in the county; and build and maintain trails throughout the large quantity of public lands without any local source of dedicated funding for conservation and recreation.

The ballot measure would impose a sales tax levy of 0.3 percent that expires in ten years to be used solely for: keeping water in the Colorado River and other rivers (such as the Fraser River) available for agriculture, ranching, and outdoor recreation; conserving agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access through acquisition; and maintaining hiking and biking trails.

According to supporting documents, if passed, money from the Grand County Open Lands, Rivers and Trails fund would be used to:

acquire lands or interests in lands that conserve and protect water in the Colorado River, Fraser River and other rivers for agriculture, ranching, and outdoor recreation, and that conserve agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access

acquire less than fee interests in real property for the purposes provided herein, such as permanent conservation easements, future interests, covenants, developmental rights, subsurface rights and contractual rights, either on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis

acquire fee title interest in real property for the purposes provided herein

acquire water rights and water storage rights for the use in connection with the purposes provided herein

acquire water rights and water storage rights for use in connection with the purposes provided herein

maintain hiking and biking trails

allow expenditure of funds for joint projects, consistent with the purposes set forth in this Resolution, between the County and municipalities, or other governmental entities in the County

Pay for all related cost of acquisition, such as the costs of appraisal, surveying, legal and other services such as easement documentation and environmental reports, as well as the costs of stewardship of easements, and contraction, as set forth above

implement and effectuate the purposes of the Open Lands Program.

If the question passes the BOCC will appoint an Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Advisory Committee, the “Open Lands Advisory Committee.” The committee would be composed of nine members—three residents from unincorporated Grand County, one from each commissioner district, and person nominated by each municipality in the County. The committee would convene twice a year to make recommendations to the BOCC regarding the disbursement of money from the Open Lands Fund.

BOCC Term Limits

The second approved ballot measure was accepted by the BOCC at their August 2 meeting. This measure for the upcoming election asks voters if they want to reinstate term limits for county commissioners. In November of 2002 voters approved to remove term limits for county commissioners. The ballot question states, if the term limits are passed, a lifetime limit of three terms of office will be imposed on each person elected to the BOCC, and for the purposes of this limitation, “a term served shall include service of more than one-half of a term, whether by election or appointment; and that this limitation on the number of terms be applicable for terms of office commencing on or after January 1, 2017.

King and Queen of the Rockies, Epic Singletrack race at Winter Park Resort

On a day with perfect weather and perfect trail conditions at Winter Park Resort, top professional male mountain bike finisher Chris Baddick, 28 of Boulder had the race of his life.

From the first climb on Tipperary he had the lead.

“I could see Kelly at Vasquez Road and I just kept going,” he said after the race on Saturday, August 27.

He held the lead the entire race.

Next week he races the Fall Classic in Breckenridge and the following week will race in Vail to end the season.

“It is nice to be back in Colorado and racing close to home,” he said. “There is such a friendly vibe here.”

This was the final race of the Epic Singletrack race series held on Saturdays at Winter Park Resort.

Birth announcement: Ruthie Myah Gliessman

Ruthie Myah Gliessman, daughter of Heather Gonzales and Carlos Gliessman, of Grand Lake was born August 23, 2016 at 7:39 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Isiah and Aimee. Ruthie’s grandparents are Nannette and Chuck Overley, of Santa Fe, N.M.; Steve Gliessman and Robbie Jaffe, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Frank and Nena Gonzales, of Arvada.

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, August 21 to 27

Dreamcatcher Townhomes Lot 10B – Richard Thomas O’Brien Revocable Trust to James and Roxanne Sandt, $1,125,000

SEC 3 TWP 2N R 77W Partial Legal – See Document – Dines Properties LLC to Scott Brooks, $65,000

Kicking Horse Lodges Unit 102, Bldg 5 – Timothy and Carla Ostic to Andree McPherson, $162,000

Willows at Grand Park Filing No 1, Lot 1 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Bradley and Onirelec Swenson, $626,495

Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 99 Timeshare 099629 – Darrel and Sally Burri to Gerald Andersen and Denise Black Andersen, $500

Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 100 Timeshare 100625 – Darrel and Sally Burri to Gerald and Linda Hash, $500

Columbine Lake Lot 22, Block 11 – Gregory and Patricia Marinski to Jeffrey and Jennifer Sims, $369,000

Robbers Roost on Balsh Lot 1 – Robbers Roost LLC to Yvonne Fletcher, $577,534.13

Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 32, Unit 7 – Sherrie Calhoun to Jason and Cassidy Smirnow, $288,000

SEC 34 TWP 3N R 77W Partial Legal – See Document – Dines Properties LLC to Mark McClure Paulsen and Heather Marie Crammond, $47,500

Kremmling Country Addition Lot 3, Block 4 – Trampas and Elizabeth Hutches to William and Ann Marmon, $275,000

Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 24, Unit 3 – Donna Curran to Mircea and Melissa Florea, $199,900

Leland Creek Sub Lot 14 – Chad and Tara Sawinski to Darcy Selenke and Bryan Redding, $166,000

Sundance East Condo Unit 2, Bldg B – Bradley and Marla Jeffress to TC Accommodator 110 LLC, $449,000

Eagle Ridge on the Summit-PH 1, Unit 9, Bldg Alpenglow – Ronald and Marlys Tibboel to Lance and Stacey Paulson, $250,000

Waterside Sub Block 1, Ridge Waterside Lot 2B, Block 1 – Daniel Clanton to Edward and Rachelle Lyon, $410,000

Lemmon Lodge Subdivision Exemption Unit 12 – Lemon Lodge #12 LLC/LLP to Sean and Jennifer Koon, $538,000

Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3301 – Bill Lowe Family LP, Lowe Farms Inc, Billy R Lowe Family LP to Phillip and Michelle Dark, $410,000

Ranch Vista Subdivision Exemption Lot 1 – Dines Properties LLC to Leif Forrester and Laura Zietz, $325,000

Creekside at Winter Park Condo Unit 403 – Bolin Family Trust to Hans and Sarah Johannes, $335,000

Beaver Village Flg #2, Bldg 1, Unit 102 – KBJ Properties LLC to Brian and Penny Lynch, $210,000

North Shore Subdivision Lot 5, Block 1 – William and Barbara Wilcox to Baker Walsh Revocable Declaration Trust, $480,000

Ptarmigan Lot S23 – Suzanne Herb to Matthew and Antoinette McVeigh, $340,000

SEC 36 TWP 1S R 82W Partial Legal – See Document – RLM Foundation to Mark Wertheimer and Kimberly Brooks, $259,750

Grand Lake Estates 1st Filing Lot 9, Block 6 – Lester Reinke to Jeffrey and Julianne Diemer, $290,000

Old Park Filing #5, Lot 3, Block C – Jan Andreas Bakke to Frank, Julie, Shane and Amy Stieve, Sarah Sievert, $40,000

Granby 2nd Lot 14 – Dollie Darrah to Derek Davie, $248,000

Beaver Village Flg #3, Bldg 15, Unit 102 – Allan Bosward to Equity Trust Company Custodian, Deena Tarleton IRA, $205,000

Hi Country Haus Bldg 15, Unit 9 – Jacquelyn Hollenbeck to Sheri Mounteer, $160,000

Lost Ranch Subdivision TRTS 2,3 – Larry and Christine Alexander to Kirk and Julie Gittins, $260,000

East Mountain Filing 9, Lot 3; East Mountain Filing 9, Unit 3G – Rendezous Homes LLC to Hugh H Williamson III 1989 Revocable Trust, $455,270

Sun Valley Ranch Subdivision Lots 10,11 – Alan and David Baccadutre to Hohn and Ellen Vandyk, $490,000

Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 103 Week 103541 – Danielle Sandberg and Ashley Current to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Association, $500

Lakeview Condos Unit 205; Lakeview Condos U Garage F – James and Janet Olliff to Mario and Charlotte Zuniga, $337,700

Taste of History auction, fundraiser

Auctioneer Jeff Sweeney encourages bidding on Pem Dunn’s original oil “Reflecting on the Mountains” during the live auction at the Grand County Historical Association’s 2016 Taste of History Champagne Brunch, Saturday, August 27, at Devils Thumb Ranch.


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

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