Judy Kay McElderry Benson Feb. 16, 1939 – July 24, 2014 | SkyHiNews.com

Judy Kay McElderry Benson Feb. 16, 1939 – July 24, 2014

Originally from Drakesville, Iowa, Judy settled in Grand County in 1988. She worked as the administrative assistant at Mountain Family Center for more than 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed her position. She devoted her life to loving God and serving Him. She is survived by her kids: Larry (Micah) Benson of Granby, Helen Benson of Georgetown, and Connie (Kevin) Craft of Worland, Wyo. She is also survived by her beloved grandkids: Lauren Craft of North Liberty, Iowa, and Robert Benson of Granby. A memorial service will be held at Winter Park Christian Church (274 Ponderosa Trail, Tabernash) on Aug. 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Judy's name to Mountain Family Center (PO Box 638, Granby, CO 80446). Condolences can be sent to the family at PO Box 1971, Granby, CO 80446.

Judy Kay McElderry Benson Feb. 16, 1939 – July 24, 2014

Originally from Drakesville, Iowa, Judy settled in Grand County in 1988. She worked as the administrative assistant at Mountain Family Center for more than 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed her position. She devoted her life to loving God and serving Him. She is survived by her kids: Larry (Micah) Benson of Granby, Helen Benson of Georgetown, and Connie (Kevin) Craft of Worland, Wyo. She is also survived by her beloved grandkids: Lauren Craft of North Liberty, Iowa, and Robert Benson of Granby. A memorial service will be held at Winter Park Christian Church (274 Ponderosa Trail, Tabernash) on Aug. 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Judy's name to Mountain Family Center (PO Box 638, Granby, CO 80446). Condolences can be sent to the family at PO Box 1971, Granby, CO 80446.

Birth: Robert Taylor Benson

Robert Taylor Benson was born at 7:05 p.m. on July 22, 2008, to Micah and Larry Benson of Granby at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. He weighed 8 lbs. 20.5 inches. His grandparents are Charles and Donna Watkins of Colorado Springs, Judy Benson of Granby and Ralph Benson of Saratoga, Wyo.

Grand County Real Estate Transactions: Jan. 8-14

Ptarmigan Park Townhouses Unit C, Bldg 1 – Eric and Amber Rydholm to Jane Barnard and Graydon Vigneau III, $270,000 Columbine Lake Lot 44, Block 10 – Lenora Strobel to Jessica and David Holst Jr, $200,000 Inn at SilverCreek PH I Condo Unit 227 – Equity Trust Company, Lynette Teichman, Albert Collins to Leary 233 Trust, $38,000 Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub Lot 29, Block 17 – Craig and Holly Wood to Klay and Sarah Adair, $400,000 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 118 Timeshare 118649 – Marian Mann to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Association, $500 Silverado II Condo Unit 613, Bldg 6, Week 4 – Dean and Linda Melton to Blue Water Vacations LLC, $500 Schilz Subdivision Lots 39,40,41; Schilz Subdivision Second Amendment Lots 35,36,37,38 – Thomas Benson to Thomas Wayne Benson Revocable Living Trust and Marylyn Elsie Benson Revocable Living Trust, $500 Granby Ranch Filing 2, Lot 4 – Michael and Kellie Walter to Patrick and Cheryl Lowe, $465,000 Grand Lake Estates 1st Filing Lot 8, Block 5 – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Ruben and Lindsay Patino, $172,800 Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3611 – Edward Batchelor and Melanie Hardman to Patrick and Karen Rollins, $427,500 Base Camp One Condos Unit A – BC Townhomes LLC to Base Camp One Condominium Association Inc, $7,500 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 1, Unit 123 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Daniel and Lynn Rymarz, $413,400

Littleton school settles with student arrested for Obama protest

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado high school student who was arrested in 2008 for wearing a “Nobama” sticker outside a campaign appearance by Michelle Obama has won a settlement from the school. Blake Beeson was handcuffed and arrested for interference the day before the presidential election, when Michelle Obama visited Dakota Ridge High School to campaign for her husband. Beeson and two other students stood outside the gym where the future first lady was speaking and held campaign signs for Sen. John McCain, the Republican candidate. School officials told Beeson to leave. He refused and was arrested and suspended from school for a day. The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado announced Wednesday that Jefferson County Schools and the county sheriff’s department would pay Beeson $4,000 to avoid a lawsuit. Authorities dropped criminal charges against him in May. “Jefferson County officials were wrong to censor the peaceful, purely political speech of a high school student just a day before a historic national election,” ACLU staff attorney Taylor Pendergrass said in a statement. Beeson said he hoped the settlement would promote student activism. “If one thing comes from this case, I hope it is that other students will learn more about their free-speech rights and not be afraid to use them,” Benson said. Jefferson County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley told The Denver Post that the arrest caused an internal investigation and that “lessons were learned from the investigation.”

Obituary: Ralph Francis Benson

Ralph was born in Detroit, Mich., served in the Navy on the USS DeHaven, and later worked for Haliburton in Wyoming and C Lazy U Guest Ranch in Colorado. He was married to Judith Kay McElderry Benson. He is survived by his kids: Larry (Micah) Benson of Granby, Helen Benson of Georgetown, and Connie (Kevin) Craft of Worland, Wyo. He is also survived by his precious grandkids: Lauren Craft of North Liberty, Iowa, and Robert Benson of Granby; and his brother, Leonard (Barbara) Benson of Upland,Calif. Services will be held at Winter Park Christian Church (274 Ponderosa Trail, Tabernash, CO 80478) on Jan. 23, 2015, at 2 p.m. A cake reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Ralph's memory to: USS DeHaven Sailors Association, Attn: Scholarship Fund, 2606 Jefferson Ave., Joplin, MO 64804. Condolences can be sent to the family at PO Box 1971, Granby, CO 80446.

Guilty verdict in Grand Junction murder trial

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A 65-year-old Longmont man has been convicted in the 1975 stabbing deaths of a Grand Junction mother and daughter. The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports that the jury in Jerry Nemnich’s murder trial returned its verdict Wednesday. The case went to the jury Monday. The jury convicted Nemnich in the slayings of 24-year-old Linda Benson and her 5-year-old daughter, Kelley, in their home July, 24, 1975. He was arrested last spring after an investigation by a cold-case unit. Nemnich surprised prosecutors by taking the stand and testifying that he was assaulted by someone with a knife before stumbling upon the victims. Prosecutors say his story didn’t account for his DNA under Benson’s fingernails. He will be sentenced Nov. 8.

Grand County real estate transactions, Nov. 11 – Nov. 17, 2012

Hi Country Haus Bldg 12, Units 17,18 – Phyllis Walsh to Charlo Blankenship, $160,000 Granby Ranch Filing 2, Lot 7 – Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Richard and Kathryn Stults, $365,000 Mesa Vista Subdivision Lot S13 – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Ronnie and Cynthia Hald, $169,900 Bussey Hills Subdivision Block 5, Lots 4,5,6,20,21 – Rory and Theresa Schwien to Douglas Jenson, $155,000 Bridgers Cache Sub Lot 11 – Richard Waryn and Elizabeth Katkin to Bridgers LLC, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 25 Timeshare 025102 – Kathleen Mesclier to Lawrence and Kelly Murphy, $500 Indian Peaks Bldg A, Condo Unit A201, Week 7 – John and Linda Evans to Tamlyn Farrar, $2,000 Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub (1) Lot 32, Block 16, Partial Legal – See Document/Includes Easements – Gary Schoen and Dawn McNally-Schoen to Gust Geralis and Sharon Snyder, $575,000 Westgate Lodge of Winter Park Unit 204 – JPMorgan Chase Bank National Association to Gwendolyn and Robert Mossman Jr., $65,000 Winter Park Village Lot 5, Block 3 – Entrust New Direction IRA TSTE Benefit Charles S Morris to David Woida Living Trust and Debra Woida Living Trust, $110,000 Colorado Anglers Club #1, Lot 11, Block 8 – Alpine Lumber Company to Randy Hayes, $17,500 Colorado Anglers Club #1, Lots 9,10, Block 8 – RME Holdings LLC to Randy Hayes, $44,000 Pole Creek Valley Subdivision Lot 113 – Grand Mountain Bank FSB to Thomas Johnson and Victoria Simpson, $750,000 Winterstar Condos Unit AB7, Bldg AB – Thomas Johnson and Victoria Simpson to Grand Mountain Bank FSB, $300,000 Timbers Condominiums Unit 2, Bldg 10, Garage Space No 2 – Stratus Timbers LLC to Scott Teichman and Jennifer Gray, $220,000 Winter Park Ranch 5th Filing Lot S66 – Kevin Haupt to Jodie Silva, $395,000 Twin River Condo Unit 8, Bldg Flora – Shawn and Jennifer Dubois to Kathleen Schleichert, $199,000 Trestle Townhomes Unit 3B – Marlys Hoffman to Ricardo Gonzalez and Patricia Shaw, $285,000 East Mountain Filing 2, Lot 74 – Kent Walczak to Paul and Kaylyn Krummen, $585,000

Momentum builds for Grand County construction industry

Permit data shows an improving construction industry in Grand County, which may show early signs of an economic rebound. In Colorado, U.S. Census data released in July show building permits for single-family homes reached their highest point in six years. In Grand County, building permits are at the highest levels seen in the last two years, which has local officials and industry professionals feeling cautiously optimistic. "It's encouraging to see, we're getting all kinds of phone calls about wanting to build a new house, asking what they need to do," said Scott Penson, building official for Grand County, which serves Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand Lake and unincorporated portions of the county. According to Penson, the trend since the economic bottom fell out was permits for improvements and repairs instead of new home constructions. He attributes this, in part, to homeowners working to make their properties more sellable. Homeowners finished basements and added decks or patios to make properties more attractive. Homeowners have also added wanted additions. "The guy who wants a nice shop, for example, to put his toys in – we saw a lot of that kind of activity," Penson said. For Grand County Builders Association president Joe Gould, who also owns Rocky Mountain Spray Foam, home improvements also indicate property owners are once again willing to spend. "We're continuing to see indicators that would show we're slowly coming out of the building recession," he said. Permit data is similar for the Winter Park building department, which serves the towns of Winter Park, Fraser, and as of 2010, Granby. Permits for improvements and repairs still vastly outnumber new construction, and new construction is nowhere near 2007 levels. Still, permits issued for new homes are slowly on the rise. According to Gould, areas in Grand County that sat fairly quiet over the last few years are seeing the construction silence broken. "The Valley at Winter Park sat completely idle for about six years," he said. "There's new building going on there." Drives on Highway 40 reveal building activity at a multi-family development at the The Reserve at 10 Mile Creek near City Market in Granby, which listed 12 units for sale in its Garland building. Although local building departments have only calculated permit data since June, numbers are expected to continue growing. Gould said fall often is the busiest season for construction in Grand County. Penson, too, expects more building this year, saying construction permits numbers are moving ahead. "This June was better than last June, and July this year is looking better than July last year," he said. For economists and the U.S. Census Bureau, building permits are leading indicators signaling a change in the economic climate. New home construction can drive other economic activity, such as construction employment and real estate transactions. U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics data show construction industry jobs slowly climbing statewide. Still, they're only at a fraction of the 2006 and 2007 boom years. Comparing activity in June, constructions jobs are down by about 27 percent since 2007, but up by about 11 percent since 2011. Robin Herbert, president of the Grand County Board of Realtors, has seen small improvements that might signal a real estate uptick. In Grand County, her data for member agents show the number of active listings is down and the number of sold listings is up when comparing July 2013 to July 2012, although the improvements are small. Median home sale prices have jumped by about 19 percent, moving from $252,5000 in July 2012 to $300,000 in July 2013. Average sale prices are up slightly as well. "I wish I could predict the future," she said. "I think we definitely have more activity than we did."

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2015

Grand County transactions Oct. 4 to Oct. 10 TRT D/E SEC 1 TWP 1N R 77W Partial Legal – See Document – John B Murphy Revocable Living Trust, Carolyn Hudak Murphy Revocable Living Trust to ST Ranch LLC, $858,627 Hot Sulphur Springs 1st Addn Block 16, Lots 5,6,7,8,9,10 – Rick Myers to Matthew and Jeannine Swatzki, $170,000 Columbine Lake Lot 82, Block 8 – Gregory and Susan Glass to Stephen and Tessa Tarr, $217,500 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 332 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Kevin and Anne Dingle, $381,377 Eagle Addition to Kremmling Lot 4, Block 3 – Craig and Cindy Naill to Shane and Kimberly Bodemann, $35,000 Sun River Townhomes Lot 3 – John Bartley, Jerome and Joyce Turrin to Douglas Holt and Tuba Ustuner, $200,000 Trade Exchange Rockies Inc Minor Subdivision 1, Lot 11A, Block 3 – Gregory Browne to Andrea and Jess Buller, $172,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 10, Unit 8 – Larry and Sandra Glasser to Christopher and Kathryn Purcell, $184,250 Lakeside at Pole Creek Townhomes Unit 25B – G3 LLC to Lyle and Sue Pfeifer, $394,900 Timbers Condominiums Unit 1, Bldg 8 – Michael Juhnke to Kenneth and Angela Mackey, $242,000 Nobel Outright Exemption Lot B – Daniel and Denise Verdoorn, Denise Overhardt to Jacquelyn K Beaver Trust, $1,074,000 Winter Park Meadows Condo Unit 1C – Wilbur and Nichole Sameshima to Kim Turnbo, $71,900 Frontier Investment Company Addition to Kremmling Block 27, Lots 7,8,9,10 – J D Ward to Steven Hatcher and Lannette Eastep, $120,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 322 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Andrew and Beth Inhelder, $359,900 Sawmill Station Townhomes Unit 1D – Peter Edwards to Esteban and Imelda Rocha, $340,000 Columbine Lake Lot 89, Block 8 – Richard Williams to Joseph and Stephanie Osborn, $242,000 Whistlestop Townhomes Exemption No 1, Unit E2 – Cabin Properties LLC to Dulce and Jose Munoz, Dulce Maricela Llamosas Demunoz, $615,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 311 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Frederick and Lisa Schuth, $234,125.64 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 97 Timeshare 097617 – Stone Living Trust to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Telemark Condominiums Unit 578 – Stephanie Christensen and Ryan Hunter to Kevin and Jillaine Horn, $312,500 Soda Springs Ranch Filing 2, Unit 5, TRT C – Anthony and Lynette Belfiore to Thomas Lathers, $102,500 Lot 18 SEC 22 TWP 3N R 76W Partial Legal – See Document – Michael and Janet Wickenheiser to Starnes Family, $85,000 Fairways at Pole Creek PH 1 & Open Space Unit 2 22 – Gary and Margaret Alcorn to Shane Harvey and Kathryn Reilly, $649,000 East Mountain Filing 3, Lot 28 – Kirk Olson and Brenda Drake to Patrick and Joanna Ball, $445,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 3, Unit 6 – Mary Kennedy to Jason and Karen Bristow, $137,750 Columbine Lake Lot 2, Block 15, State Columbine Subdivision Lot 28 – Dorothy Fine to Sean Holamon, $222.000 First Valley Addn to Granby Lot 4, Block 1 – Robb and Molly Rankin to George and Alexandra McGuan, $260,000 Robbers Roost on Balsh Lot 2 – Robbers Roost LLC to David Griffus, $506,917 Lyons Homestead Subdivision Lot G, Block 3 – Wayne and Victor Grider to Gerald and Jean Lammers, $57,000 Slopeside Village Unit 2, Bldg H – Thomas J Vessels Revocable Trust, Tina H Vessels Revocable Trust to Rodney Valdez, $570,000 Grand Lake Lot 14, Block 22 – LJH LLC to Sandy Waters, $365,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 312 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Taft Valley LLC, $367,480 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 333 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Dean and Maxine Funk, $503,178 East Mountain Filing 5, Lots 104,115,116,123; East Mountain Filing 7, Lots 88,89,90,91,92,93,109,110,111 – Rendezvous Colorado LLC to Rendezvous Homes LLC, $750,000 Shadow Mountain Yacht Club Unit 5, Bldg Wescott, Garage No 5 – Peter Muncaster and Carol Lehr Muncaster to John and Louise Dillon, $315,000 SEC 23 TWP 3N R 76W Partial Legal – See Document – Alan and Evelyn Wentworth, Carol Hanna to Michael and Beth Minnick, $70,000 Granby Ranch Filing 1B, Lot 58 – William Lyon Homes Inc, Village Homes, NVH INV LLC to Ginger and William Oliver III, $563,467 Summit at SilverCreek Bldg 4, Unit 4301 – Peter and Annette Frith to Polly Gaskill, $95,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 314 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Michael and Stacey Messer, $358,781 Pole Creek Valley Addition Lot 63 – Darren and Leslie Dines to Robb and Molly Rankin, $435,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 313 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Paul and Leslie Hartmann, $474,900 SEC 25 TWP 1S R 75W Partial Legal – See Document – Robert and Ann Hinds to Shawna Yaussi, $30,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 3, Unit 324 – Summit Legend Trailhead Inc to Michael and Lisa Early, $367,748.94