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Golf league update

The Pole Creek Ladies

The Pole Creek Ladies golf league had a large turnout and spectacular weather for their annual 2 day Club Championship tournament on August 17th and 18th. After play on Thursday, the Ladies went to a fabulous luncheon hosted by fellow team mates at Pat Wischmann’s house.The Club Championship results and end of the season prizes were awarded and the Ladies discussed league business. The Club Champion for the 3rd consecutive year is Susie Noel, Congratulations! The winners were: 1st Flight Low Gross: 2nd Place Deb Kohlwey, 3rd Place Michelle DeFrange. 1st Flight Low Net: 1st Place Helen Brown, 2nd Place Marie Johannes, 3rd Place Mary Byerrum. 2nd Flight Low Gross: 1st Place Beth Daniel, 2nd Place Cathy Malone, 3rd Place Kate Labelle. 2nd Flight Low Net: 1st Place Andrea Singleton, 2nd Place Darlene Klancke, 3rd Place Pat Venzke. Helen Brown and Mary Brooks were the seasons winners for Match Play, and Madelyne Stevens was the most improved golfer.

Grand Lake Women’s Golf Association

The Club Championship Tournament for the Lakers at the Grand Lake Golf Course took place over the past two weeks. The first round was Tuesday, August 9 and the second 18 hole round played on Tuesday, August 16. The 2016 Low Gross Club Champion is Laura Summers with a combined score of 192. Kathy Chandler took First Place Gross with a combined of 200 and Mary Ann Montgomery finished in Second Place Gross with a 201. The 2016 Low Net President’s Club winner is Jean Klanica with a combined net score of 139, First Place Net is Joan Ophaug with a 144 followed by Lee Rogers, Second Place Net with a 154. Two birdies were recorded over the past two weeks, Lee Rogers, hole #9 and Jane Demrow, hole #11.

Nifty Niners

Tuesday, September 16, was a different kind of golf day for the Niners at Grand Lake Golf Course. The game was called “Misfortune” and for once, certain mistakes had point values which were deducted from our total scores. It definitely made the morning interesting. The winners were Teresa Harder – 1st, Jacque Davis – 2nd, Lynn Turnquist -3rd, Stephanie Holt –4th and Sue Ronald – 5th. Gladys Howard and Nancy Smith each had 18 putts and split the Putt Pot. Jackie Davis and Lucette Kottcamp both made pars on hole 11 and Jacque Davis also had a par on 13.

Grand Enterprise Initiative helps with 113th new job

The Grand Enterprise Initiative, now in its fifth year in Grand County, has helped set up 53 new businesses and has announced the 113th new job its efforts have helped to create in Grand County. The grass roots economic development effort has added an estimated annual $4.7 million in annual new sales in the county while having served 245 clients since January of 2013, according to Enterprise Facilitator Patrick Brower.

Through the initiative, Brower provides free and confidential business management coaching to anyone wanting to start or expand businesses across the county. The program started in the Granby area in 2012 but expanded to a countywide program in 2013.

“We’re very happy with these numbers and we feel they show how the Grand Enterprise Initiative has been working well to fulfill its mission of building strong communities by nurturing entrepreneurs in all of Grand County,” said Merrit Linke, president of the Grand Enterprise Initiative’s management board. The initiative is a 501©3 nonprofit and other members of the board include Marise Cipriani, owner of Granby Ranch and Wally Baird of Granby. These numbers show that we are making an impact by working with local residents who want to start new businesses or improve their existing businesses.

Brower and his management team have been trained in the principles of Enterprise Facilitation, a business coaching methodology pioneered around the world by Ernesto Sirolli, the founder of the Sirolli Institute. There are enterprise facilitation projects in place in Australia, New Zealand, across the U.S. and in Europe. The Grand Enterprise Initiative is the first and only project in Colorado.

“I work with clients in Winter Park, Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake and Kremmling,” Brower said. “My goal is to help entrepreneurs with new business ideas or existing businesses understand what it takes to succeed. I facilitate basic business management.”

Some recent business successes that were aided by Brower and the Initiative include the new Idlewild Spirits Distillery in Winter Park, Main Street Thrift store in Granby, Momma B’s Restaurant in Hot Sulphur Springs, PINE Restaurant in Grand Lake, Fraser Electronics in Fraser, O22you (non-prescription oxygen delivery service), Stillwater Garage Doors, Lion Head Coffee, the opening of Never Summer Brewing Company in Granby and the acquisition of High Country Machine and Fabrication in Kremmling.

The program is funded by a variety of public and private sources that include Grand County, local municipalities, and private entities such as Freeport-McMoran and Marise Cipriani. It operates under the non-profit umbrella of Kapoks, an institution founded by Cipriani that is dedicated to building strong communities by nurturing entrepreneurs.

Anyone in the county with a business idea or with a business that wants to expand or improve can call Brower at 970-531-0632 or contact him by e-mail at

Letter: Martin, Thank you to sponsors for Touch a Truck Day

Thank you to sponsors for Touch a Truck Day

On behalf of the Town of Granby Recreation Department, I would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their sponsorship of the 16th Annual Touch a Truck Day: Colorado Department of Transportation; Colorado Parks & Wildlife; Colorado State Patrol; Conroy Excavating; Diamond Excavating; East Grand Fire Protection District #4; East Grand School District; Granby Police Department; Grand County EMS; Grand County Road and Bridge; Grand County Search & Rescue; Grand Fire Protection District #1; Hahn’s Peak Enterprises; Mountain Parks Electric; Northern Colorado Med. Evac.; Town of Granby South Service Water Department; The Trash Company; US Forest Service; Wade Bailey; and Waste Management. Thanks to these businesses and their employees donating there time and equipment, Touch a Truck Day was a huge success and we look forward to an even bigger event next year!

Julie Martin

Town of Granby Recreation Director

Check Out the Music, library program

In 2006 the Grand County Blues Society (GCBS) donated instruments, music CDs, and instructional DVDs to all five Grand County libraries, sparking a unique partnership and inspiring a program called, “Check Out the Music.” Through this free program, library patrons are able to check out guitars, keyboards, bass guitars, and drum pads- just as they would borrow any other library materials. (In 2007 GCBS was aldo honored by the Colorado Association of Libraries, receiving the “Library Partner of the Year” award, and other libraries across the nation have adopted the program for their own communities.)

Today, the “Check Out the Music” program at the Fraser Valley Library has been bolstered by recent local donations: The 10 year old Casio keyboard was replaced, and an often sought after ukulele was purchased with funds given by Crooked Creek Saloon for their “Music in the Garden” event on July 6th. Bobby Barajas of Smart Tour Media in Winter Park, donated new analog and blues guitar pedals. Leslie Wilson donated a mountain dulcimer, along with 2 instruction manuals, and Delia Master contributed an amplifier. Ann Rosati donated 2 acoustic guitars in honor of Earl Ferguson. In addition, the Friends of the Grand County Library donated a music stand to showcase the instruments in a visible location. Thank you to the generously kind village who have made this program an amazing success!

If you’d like more information about the program, please contact Joy at the Fraser Valley Library.

Riddell: The top three business priorities

Unfortunately, we are all quite too familiar with the inevitability of death and taxes. But if you own or manage a business, you are also quite familiar with a third inevitable fact, one that has to be confronted every day. We are, of course, referring to the fact that there is never enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Whether it is dealing with personnel issues, regulatory obstacles, cash flow, or simply participating in local events, every owner and manager goes to sleep each night knowing that there is unfinished work to be done in the morning. Without some sort of framework, this reality can sometimes be simply overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

A few years ago it was quite common to read about the managerial skill requirement of juggling–not balls or chainsaws, but business challenges. It was portrayed that the successful manager was one who could handle an increasing volume of challenges, all the while being able to control and direct an intended outcome. Using the juggling analogy, success was determined by who could keep the most balls in the air! I submit to you that this is not the measure of success. Rather, given the ever increasing volume of complexity in today’s business world, success is knowing what balls can hit the floor and not break. Said differently, success today is knowing what is a top priority and what is not.

We have all had occasions to run into well-meaning folks who view and treat every issue as one of a top priority. As we know, when everything is a top priority then, in reality, nothing is a top priority. So how do you rationally separate or categorize priorities to better manage the business while also better preserving individual sanity?

Probably one of the best suggestions I ever received in this regard was the admonition to recognize that many priorities are not fixed. That is, they shift in regard to importance based on the cycle and environment of the business. At the same time, it is critical to recognize that certain priorities are constant. By focusing first on the constant priorities, this enables every manager to minimize the always present “rabbit hole” depletion of energy and focus.

So what are these constant priorities? For a small business it is always cash flow, cash flow, and cash flow. If you lose the ability to generate the necessary cash flow you are simply out of business. While there are a number of books written and an untold number of consultants eager to describe methods of conserving and prioritizing cash payments, it all starts with knowing how much cash you have on hand. So knowing this has to be a number one priority.

The second constant has to do with adherence to legal requirements and regulations. Just as a lack of cash can quickly shut down a business, so too will failure to comply with local, state, and federal regulations. The challenge is staying “up” on any legal and regulatory changes, so time must be allocated to insure this. Clearly business trade associations are an invaluable tool in this regard, but you have to take the time to use the tool.

Finally, the third constant priority is providing customer satisfaction. As the only source of cash to enable the business to continue, insuring satisfied customers has to always be top of mind for every business owner and manager. Now how you guarantee this satisfaction is a function of managerial discretion, but knowing what the satisfaction level actually is becomes a managerial requirement.

Success in any business is all about recognizing your controllables and then acting upon them. Making sure that the controllables are, indeed, those most important for continued success is all about setting priorities. Setting the right priorities and then addressing them are required skills for every successful manager.

Following a successful international business career, John Riddell turned his attention to small business/entrepreneurial pursuits that included corporate turn-arounds, start-ups, teaching, authoring business and sports columns and serving as VP for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce directing its Center for Entrepreneurial Growth.

Letter: Craig, Thank you to Grand County emergency responders

Thank you to GC emergency responders

I’d like to publicly thank some of the emergency responders in our community. Recently the C Lazy U Ranch required their assistance in a Search and Rescue operation regarding one of our ranch guests. I am pleased to report that the event was resolved successfully and the incident gave me the opportunity to work side by side with these dedicated individuals. My first phone call was to Lt. Dan Mayer of the Sheriff’s department. I’d worked with him previously and knew I could count on his expertise and discretion. In a busy environment with guests and horses he knew how to begin an operation without causing undue alarm to guests and ensured emergency vehicles moved about without frightening horses. His manner with family members and personnel was considerate and compassionate. I was honored that Sheriff Brett Schroetlin spent just about the entire day on scene. His presence sent a message that this was a priority event and his calm demeanor installed confidence and reassurance in others. Flight for Life of Colorado pilot and crew that day were Loren (Pilot), Peter (Flight Nurse), and Britton (Flight Paramedic). These individuals gave us more time than we expected and I had numerous conversations with them that demonstrated they had a sincere desire to find this lost young man and were trying every approach they could think of to achieve success. Search and Rescue personnel and their leadership team were an invaluable resource. Chris Ziegler was the Incident Commander and Paul Robertson was the Field Commander. They were highly organized and efficient and maintained a positive approach that was quickly adopted by others. Their tireless volunteers hiked, bush-wacked, crossed rivers and streams and led teams of search dogs eagerly and cheerfully. Finally, I must recognize my own team of ranch employees who came to work without being asked, and quickly volunteered to participate in search teams on foot, boat, motorcycle and horseback. I was truly honored by their sense of responsibility and caring.This community is blessed with amazing emergency services and volunteer personnel. Their dedication and commitment is something of which Grand County should be very proud.

David Craig

General Manager, C Lazy U

Sulphur Ranger District welcomes Jon Morrissey

If you spend a bit of time wandering around Grand County you will find a surprising variety of terrain including high alpine meadows, low riparian valleys, vast undulating steppes and seemingly endless forests filled with lodgepole pines and aspen trees.

Folks who do not live in the high country often conjure images of those forests when they imagine the mountainous regions of the state. Despite the variety of landscapes found in Grand County, that mental image, of a mountain forest, is an appropriate symbol for our home as most of the public land in Grand County is administered by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

A sizable portion of northwestern and north central Grand County is within the boundaries of the Routt National Forest but most public land in the county is part of the Arapaho National Forest.


Federal officials from the Sulphur Ranger District, based in Granby, oversee most of the Arapaho National Forest in Grand County. The District recently welcomed Jon Morrissey as the new District Ranger, replacing longtime District Ranger Craig Magwire who retired in April after serving as District Ranger in Granby for 15 years.

Morrissey’s duties as District Ranger formally started on June 27. He comes to Grand County from the White Mountain National Forest in N.H. but has spent extensive periods of his multi-decade career with the USFS in Colorado.

Originally from San Antonio Texas, Morrissey earned a bachelors degree in forestry from Texas A&M University before moving into the professional working world. The desire to enter the forestry profession stemmed from his love of the outdoors and trees, an appreciation Morrissey credits his father for instilling in him. “I’ve always loved trees,” Morrissey said. “I got that from my dad. Through the Boy Scouts I developed a love of mountains; really wherever it snowed, which was not San Antonio.”


Realizing central Texas wasn’t necessarily where his heart was leading him, Morrissey looked to the high country. His initial work for the USFS was as a volunteer in the Red Feather Lakes area, just a short ways north of Grand County. He continued working as a seasonal volunteer for the USFS during summers for the next several years, heading deeper into the Rockies to the White River National Forest. During those years as a volunteer Morrissey worked primarily with timber related issues, including conducting stand examinations and presale forestry in preparation for logging activities.

He eventually moved to Atlanta Ga. when he took a position with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in hopes of locking down permanent, non-seasonal employment. The southern seaboard states were far from the snowy forests Morrissey dreamed of but sometimes long-term goals supersede short-term desires. “Going from Vail to Atlanta was interesting,” Morrissey said. “I was not that happy being in Atlanta, but it worked out great.”


From Atlanta Morrissey moved back to Colorado and began working in the Uncompahgre National Forest, based out of Montrose, where he oversaw that regions forestry program as it related to timber issues and harvesting timber. It was around that time Morrissey decided to shift the focus of his work from forestry to recreation, another key aspect of the USFS management of public lands.

From Montrose Morrissey moved to Crested Butte where he served as the Recreation Staff Officer and oversaw all recreation within the Gunnison Ranger District, including trails, wilderness areas, developed recreation areas, outfitters and guides and ski areas. Morrissey would eventually head back east to N.H. before returning to the Centennial State to become District Ranger for the Sulphur Ranger District.

“I love working on the ground,” Morrissey said. “This agency has a lot of passion for working on the ground. You will find that with the staff. Passion is what keeps them motivated.”

Working within the Sulphur Ranger District offers unique challenges Morrisey has not experienced in other roles with the USFS; notably, his work with Front Range water diverters including Denver and Northern Water is a unique dynamic with which few other forests contend. Similarly working in a District with a ski resort is fairly unique, though Morrissey has experience working in other Districts, including Gunnison, which also housed ski resorts.


Morrissey and other officials from the Sulphur Ranger District are looking towards the future and have a few projects already in mind. Morrissey said the USFS would be reviewing recreation amenities in the Meadow Creek Reservoir area to, “see what opportunities we have to enhance recreation.”

The fire hazard posed by the abundance of beetle kill pine is also a top priority for Morrissey. “We need to be doing some prescribed fire in some of these stands under a managed situation,” Morrissey said. “We are looking at doing more of that over the next few years. Not just burning piles, but bringing some low intensity fire in. We will learn a lot from the Beaver Creek Fire.”

The need for prescribed burns to mitigate the fire hazard posed by dead timber has increased over the years, according to Morrissey, because most of the easily accessed timber has already been harvested. What gets left behind are stands that are more difficult, if not impossible, for commercial loggers to access.

“We have harvested a lot of the easy country,” Morrissey said. “The ground has gotten harder, now we are trying to do it behind subdivisions or on steeper land. We have done about as much treatment as we can to remove trees. We are to the point we have to switch gears to treat vegetation. Prescribed fire is one of those avenues.”


Morrissey and his wife Colleen Hannon currently live in the Three Lakes Region. The couple was married after Morrissey moved to Montrose to begin working in the Uncompahgre National Forest.

“For us, the landscape is what we just love,” Morrissey said. “There is something about western Colorado, the landscape is so different from the Front Range; broad valleys, kind of self-contained peaks, wildflowers, animals – the amount of wildlife here is just amazing. All these things contribute to the quality of life. I’m looking forward to exploring the District.”

Mill update, valuation of mines released

Grand County Assessor Tom Weydert presented the Abstract of Assessment to the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the August 23 meeting in Hot Sulphur Springs. The valuation on mines shows a difference of $35,861,490 in 2015 to $11,473,050 in 2016: a difference of $24,388,440, which is a decrease of 68.01 percent. The total change for Grand County was a decrease of 2.42 percent at $17,975,830.

In March, the BOCC approved a change in the Henderson Mine’s property tax valuation, which is based on its production, from a five-year average to a three-year average. At the Tuesday, April 19 BOCC meeting the board had announced its intention to seek a reversal of its earlier decision (revaluating to a three-year average) after hearing the concerns of citizen Peter Ralph. Ralph claimed that Freeport-McMoRan, who owns the Henderson Mine and Mill, had filed its revaluation request too late. The BOCC seemed to agree with Ralph at the meeting, but reversed itself again to their original decision of a three- year average of production.

Clear Creek County rejected a similar request to adjust its valuation.

Grand County Commissioner Jane Tollett said in an email sent to the Sky-Hi News on Monday, August 23 that the BOCC does not have the Henderson Mill on any future agendas, which goes out in a few weeks. Interim County Manager Ed Moyer said he did not believe the BOCC had any updated information on the Mill valuation. Additionally, the BOCC announced that there will be no BOCC meeting next week, August 30.

This story will be updated if any new information is released.

EGSD Admin, Board get down to work

The new school year for the East Grand School District (EGSD) starts on Monday August 29. Teachers and school administrators throughout the District have been busy over the past several days and weeks attending staff meetings and preparing classrooms for the arrival of students.

On Tuesday August 16 the EGSD Board of Education held a Business Session meeting, their second formal meeting as a Board after returning to work for the school year in August. The EGSD Board does not conduct formal Business Sessions during July, rather the Board holds an annual Board retreat to review and discuss broad board policies for the coming academic year.

The beginning of the new school year also heralds the start of Frank Reeves tenure as District Superintendent for the EGSD. Reeves’ contract with the EGSD began on July 1. “Since early in July I have been looking forward to having the staff and teachers back,” Reeves stated. “Today (August 22) we kicked off a new year with enthusiasm and excitement towards making East Grand the best district in the state.”

Reeves replaces former EGSD Superintendent Jody Mimmack who retired this summer after serving as District Superintendent for three years. Reeves comes to Grand County from the Genoa-Hugo School District, located on the eastern plains of Colorado.

While classes for the EGSD start next week student athletes have been busy getting into sporting shape for the past two weeks with team training camps for the fall. Reeves expressed his excitement about the start of fall sports and the character he is already seeing in the young athletes of East Grand.

“Having the high school students start practice last week, and having games this weekend is a sign that we are back in session,” Reeves stated. “Meeting a few of our student/athletes was awesome as they presented themselves as polite, mature, hard working young adults.”

Officials investigate stolen truck, multiple break-ins

A sudden rash of vehicle thefts and break-ins has county investigators searching for clues as they gather details on what appears to be a series of connected property crimes that occurred in the Fraser Valley over a single night last week.

County officials are still in the thick of investigations related to the crimes but the tentative hypothesis is the crimes are related. The incident was initially brought to the attention of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) early Tuesday morning Aug. 16 when the Thornton Police Dept. contacted the GCSO about a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck registered in Grand County that was involved in a traffic accident early that morning at approximately 5:20 a.m.

Thornton authorities found the truck’s ignition had been punched out, a typical tactic employed by car thieves, and contacted the GCSO. As GCSO Deputies headed to the vehicle’s registered address the owner of the pickup called the GCSO to report his truck had been stolen overnight. The truck was stolen from the Meadow Ridge area, on County Road 838, west of US Highway 40 in Fraser.

Shortly thereafter the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department received calls about a vehicle in the Winter Park area that had been broken in to during the previous night. Officials were looking into the possibility of a connection between the vehicle in Winter Park and the stolen truck in Thornton when they received a report that several additional vehicles, stored at Miller Storage in Tabernash, had been broken in to overnight.

At Miller Storage authorities found three more pickup trucks had been broken in to. The ignition in two of the vehicles had been punched. Investigators also found someone had broken in to three campers at the storage facility. Additionally a van was stolen from the premises but was crashed into a nearby ditch and was abandoned when authorities arrived. The van had been hotwired and was still running when Deputies discovered it.

Vehicle thefts in Grand County are rare, according to GCSO Public Information Officer Lt. Dan Mayer, as are vehicle break-ins. The comparative nature of the multiple crimes and the short timeframe in which they occurred has prompted local investigators to surmise the incidents are related. The investigation is ongoing at this time.