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.

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.

Jill Korkowski to step down from Mountain Family Center

Jill Korkowski has been involved with the Mountain Family Center for more than 13 years, first as a volunteer, then board member, then director. In 2003 she became the executive director, a position she has held ever since. The years have come with their triumphs and challenges, but even the best of journeys must end, as Korkowski’s will in November when she plans to resign from the Mountain Family Center. How has she reached the top of this mountain, built upon years of achievement? How does one look back and see and measure the progress that’s been made? The answer comes from Korkowski’s favorite quote: Q: How do you get to the top of a mountain? A: You push someone else up it. Loving the job Korkowski moved to Grand County in 1996 and quickly became involved in community service, adopting a family for a holiday project put on by the Mountain Family Center. She was hooked. “It’s the best organization in the county, maybe the world,” Korkowski said. The best part about it, she says, is that in this organization, “you see results.” One particular memory involves a homeless man who was just passing through. “One time this gentleman came in. He was a transient, and he was filthy. There was no other word to describe it,” Korkowski recalled. “He shared that he had Hepatitis C, and didn’t want us to touch him. I don’t think he understood everything about his disease, [but] he was more protective of us than we would have imagined.” They did what they could for the man, giving him food and water to help him on his way. It was a strange and fleeting moment, and afterwards, Korkowski shared a look with Judy Benson, the center’s administration assistant. “I looked at Judy and she looked at me and said, ‘We never know what Jesus looked like. You handled him with dignity.’” The moment was a revelation for Korkowski, who emphasizes the importance of respect when it comes to dealing with the Mountain Family Center clients. “That’s what made me realize how important it is to treat the people who walk through this door with dignity,” Korkowski said. “Then, even if we can help them with nothing more than a bit of food, they can leave with their dignity intact.” A family affair Volunteering and community service runs deep in the Korkowski family. Her husband helps with all kinds of projects, from lifting and carrying items to being supportive and offering ideas. Even their children have shown an aptitude for supporting the community. Korkowski recalls a particular Christmas when she recruited her son, at that time a middle school student, to help her deliver food to families needing holiday meals. “I dragged him all over this county, knocking on doors,” she said, clearly moved by the powerful memory. “Finally, he looked at me and said, ‘Mom, I see why you love your job. You put a smile on everybody’s face today and made their Christmas a little better.’” During more than a decade of working at the center, there are plenty of memories to look back on, both those she experienced, and those she helped create. Respected colleague Judy Benson has worked at the Mountain Family Center for 19 years as the administrative assistant. She shared that working with Korkowski has been “fantastic.” “She’s just a really caring person, she’s real easy to work with,” Benson said. “We’ve had lots of good times here.” Mandi Appelhans, the Family Development Specialist, agrees. “She’s a great director; she has her heart in the right place. She loves what she does, loves to be able to help people. … She really cares about the center.” Her colleagues aren’t the only ones to sing her praises. “She’s done amazing things,” said Bob McVay, president of the Mountain Family Center Board. “The respect that she has in the community is amazing. She’s definitely a big part of the entire county.” It’s clear that the new director will have some large shoes to fill. The board hopes to start interviews around the end of October. They will start their search locally, then expand statewide and further, if necessary, though McVay expressed his hope that a local candidate could be found. “If we can find someone locally who has the background or qualifications, that would be ideal,” McVay said. “It’s another job for somebody in our county, [and] that’s always been our focus, to help someone in our county.” What’s next While Korkowski hasn’t figured out everything she wants to do with her retirement yet, she does know two things. One, she’s sticking around Grand County, and two, she will continue to support the Mountain Family Center however she can. “I just really appreciate the fact that the community has allowed me to be in this position for so many years. I feel really honored that I’ve been trusted with this,” she said. Her colleagues all agree that, though she will be missed, she deserves some rest and time for herself. “I hate to see her go,” said McVay, “but I don’t blame her doing it. She’s been there a long time.” Though leaving will be hard, Korkowski has faith in the people she’s leaving behind. “The Mountain Family Center staff is so committed, and our board of directors is absolutely devoted to making sure this agency continues to be a strong helping force in this county, and that’s part of the reason that I’m really comfortable leaving right now, because of their strength and commitment.” As for advice for her successor, Korkowski urges whoever it is to focus on what’s important. “Just remember that the people of this community come first. It’s not about the leader of the organization or the board of directors; it’s about the community and the populations we serve. If you can just focus on their needs, you can move mountains.”

Grand County Real Estate Transactions: Oct. 20-26

Oct. 20 – 26 Rabbit Ears Village Subdivision Lot 147 – Gwendolyn A Sells Living Trust to Grant Sterling LLC, $130,000 Grand Lake Lot 13, Block 10 – Colorado Housing Finance Authority to 917 Partners LLC, $200,000 Hi Country Haus Bldg 21, Unit 18 – Comdyna Inc to Matthew and Meggan Dahlgren, $195,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 7, Unit 14 – Michael Robinson to Darcelle Cook and Daniel Wade, $113,005 Beaver Village Flg #1, Bldg 4, Unit 102 – Eugene J Hayes Trust and Mary M Hayes Trust to Daniel and Kathryn McNulty, $141,000 Base Camp One Condos Unit 309R – Dundee Base Camp LLC to David Hall and Maris Blair, $256,000 Winter Park Meadows Condo Unit 7A – David and Meredith Mahoney, Meredith Alexander to Charles Dieball, $39,000 Columbine Lake Lot 121, Block 8 – Dennis and Valerie Shoemaker, Karl and Carole Smith to James and Barbara Appleby, $43,700 Shorewood Subdivision Lot 2, Block 2 – Maureen Peper to Roy Paulson and Julie Wilder, $195,000 Soda Springs Ranch Condominiums Unit 3C – Leighton Revocable Trust to Gladys Dinges and Lori Holden, $100,000 Granby Ranch Filing 1B, Lot 29 – NVH WIP LLLP, Village Homes to Michael and Katherine Hsiao, $550,000 Copper Creek Lot 46 – Bruce Campbell to Jerome Helmicki and Cheryl Amos-Helmicki, $315,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 301, Bldg C, Garage Unit 78 – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC to Gary Morton and Aimee Fritz-Morton, $215,019 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 203, Bldg C, Garage Unit 77 – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC to Susan Brown, $285,000 Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub (1) Lot 27, Block 16 – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Anthony and Carol Dimarco, $280,000 Granby 2nd Lot 27, Block 12; Granby 2nd Lots 26,28, Block 12 Partial Legal – See Documents – Harry Wade Duckwall Irrevocable Trust to Amy Benson, $64,000 Wolf Park Townhome FP Lot B2 – Pasquale Racanelli, Kevin Grimes, Paul Jaeger and Michael Sidener to John and Bambi Statz, $322,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 16, Unit 7 – Patrick and Michelle Apel to Nina and Eugene Scheffels III, $99,000 SEC 11 TWP 1N R 79W Partial Legal – See Document – Bank America NA to Caren Welcome, $262,500 Iron Pony I Subdivision Lot 5 – Northstar Bank Colorado, Bank Broadmoor, Colorado Community Bank to Joel and Kathryn Quizon, $315,000 FIC Addition to Kremmling Block 11, Lots 3,4 – Partial Legal – See Document – Secretary Housing Urban Development to Darell Larson, $27,401 Cabins at Porcupine Ridge Lot 18A – John and Diana Farabaugh to Niraj Naik and Hetal Mehta, $535,000

Americans should at least give Obama a chance

To the Editor: This letter is in response to Mr. Benson’s letter published in the weekend edition of the paper. Since the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, I have read the negative thoughts conveyed by the citizens of the community I live in and have tolerated such negativity about the future of our country. However, Mr. Benson’s letter has finally pushed me past the brink of silence. Have we all lost faith in the abilities of our common men? Obviously being a man of faith, I would expect Mr. Benson to give every human a chance to prove him or herself before passing judgment. To compare the actions of our future president that have not yet even been undertaken to those of a communist makes me feel as though we are back in 1965. I do not classify myself as Republican or Democrat ” simply a young American concerned about the future of our nation and the negative views of my elders. My biggest fear for our country, as Americans, is that we are losing faith in ourselves. Our leadership only reflects the choices we make ” as people. I define myself as a hard-working, 24-year-old female with two jobs that wants to see things change for the better. How do you define yourself, Mr. Benson? Jennifer Bufkin Granby

Grand County Real Estate Transactions 3/17-3/23

Hideaway Junction Subdivision Filing No 1, Lot 7 – Peggy Oliver to Winter Park Affordable Housing Corporation, $242,000Wolf Park Townhome FP Lot A3 – David and Flavia Stone to Craig A Herndon Living Trust, $322,000High Lonesome Trail Estate 1&2 Lot 2 3 – Donnelly Family Trust to Trestle Developers LLC, $260,000Colorado Anglers Club #1, Lot 3, Block 2 – Alpine Lumber Company to Olson Investment Group Inc, $23,500Breckon Subdivision TRT 5 – Vacant Mary LLC to Appelhans Family Partnership LLC, $75,000Trail Creek Estates Subdivision Lot 33 – Bret and Ivy Howcroft to John and Brenda Mead, $300,000Spruce Ridge Townhomes Lot 11 – Tyler Wallace to Wayne and Ingrid Dvirnak, $415,000Grand Country Estates TRT 6 – Ann Auchincloss and Rodger Dwork to Benjamin and Mary Markowitz, $374,000Eagle Ridge on the Summit-PH 1 Unit 3, Bldg Alpenglow – Cari and Skyler North to Jerald Diemer and Deborah Schindele, $168,500Base Camp One Condos Unit 214R – Dundee Base Camp LLC to Larry Clark, $184,800Summit at SilverCreek Bldg 1, Unit 1301 – Kristen Moga to Patrick and Heather Kearns, $60,000Lookout Village Condo Unit 16, Bldg B – Mid Iowa Construction Inc to James and Cynthia Terwilliger, $223,000Hot Sulphur Springs 1st Addn Block 15, Lots 13,14,15,16,17 – Clinton and Sandra Roberts, Sandra McFall to Carolyn Caskey, $7,250SEC 35 TWP 4N R 76W Partial Legal – See Document – Grand Mountain Bank FSB to Steve Goorman, $210,000Grand View Park AFP Lot 30 – William and Karolyn Barr to Matthew and Rachel Vezza, $250,000Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 72 – John M Andreoni Declaration of Trust to Joseph Conway and Dana Kober, $80,000Summit at SilverCreek Bldg 1, Unit 1302 – Tonya Arnold and Ann Fordice to Thad and Bobbie Renaud, $113,000Wolf Park Townhome FP Lot E1 – LX Properties LLC to John and Mirna Knight, $310,000Valley East Condo Unit D, Bldg 18 – Bank New York Mellon, Bank New York TSTE, Certificateholders CWALT Inc Alternative Loan Trust 2006-OC8, Mortgage Pass Through Certificates Series 2006-OC8 to Kurt Austad and Ali Senol, $120,000Inn at SilverCreek PH I Condo Unit 108 – Elmar Lenz and Nicole Brecht to Sheree Stroud, $18,000Shorewood Subdivision Block 6, Lots 19,20 – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Andrew and Erin Schrader, $351,100Lakeridge Subdivision Flg #3, Lot 61 – Judy Burke to Jacob Clark, $30,000Granby Ranch Filing 8, Lot 28 – PNC Bank National Association to Andrew Fiscus, $32,500Lakota Flg 6, Tract E, Lot 32 – Daniel and Rita Shull to Steven and Angela Fuller, $102,000Pine Tree Plaza Condominiums Unit 305 – Elizabeth Miller to Adam Hall and Elitsa Storey, $175,000

June Matson: Thank you attendees of the Pregnancy Resource Connection fundraiser

To the Editor:Pregnancy Resource Connection, Inc. would like to thank everyone in attendance at the 9th Annual Fundraising Banquet held Feb. 17. Young Life Crooked Creek Camp graciously hosted this event with about 300 attending from Grand County as well as the Denver Area. In lieu of a guest speaker this year, PRC chose a documentary by Abby Johnson, “unPlanned.” Although a different venue than past events, this documentary was very thought-provoking and stirred many emotions. The evening was also filled with a silent auction that was a great success, thanks to the hard work of Lynda Parker, Lee and Jan Reynolds and the Grand Catholic Community, along with all who donated for the auction. PRC would like to thank the numerous hearts and hands involved in making this event successful.Special Thanks to our Sponsors: James & Joan Gardner; Spencer Gardner; Parshall Chapel; Changes Thrift Store; Alpine Vet Clinic; Kremmling Community Church; Stillwater Community Church; Winter Park Christian Church; Granby Baptist Church; Lundsford Signs; Anonymous Donors (2); Daniel and Sandra Stricklin; Sunshine Vitamin Shoppe; J.B. Construction & Development Inc.; Hot Sulphur Springs Community Church; Dan & Christine Benson; Hester’s Log & Lumber; Judith Dickson; Grand Catholic Churches; Travis & Jani Wood; Car Quest; Safeway; City Market; Volunteer Advisors; Judy Hailey; Annette Hebert; Jani Wood; Chelsea Mulder; Dalia Ruiz; Mardi Simmons; Kasey Allen; Ken Anderson; Ed & Sindy Beckerle; Robert Bettray; Dani Broady; Jenn Classen; Alyisha Corbin; Melanie Dechant; Judith Dickson; Bethany Haile; Debbie Haile; Cindy Hester; Becky Holmes; Jean Philippi; Kim Kraft; Pat Pulliam; Glen Snieder; Connie Nolan; Emily Petefish; Kyle Classen; Sarah Payne; Juliette Linke; Patrick Magee; Vincent Magee; Alyssa Peterson; WPCC; Matt Myre; Daniel Donkersgoed; Timberline Lodge Volunteers; Meghan Young; Alanna Mueller; Moriah Obrecht; Matt Goertzen; Christine Miller; Ben Peyton; Colten Martens; John Traxinger; Cody Lappala; Kayla Kline; Volunteer Servers; Gabrielle Blahnik; Dallas Lester; Abbie Little; Kade Silvernale; Bobby Monday; Brianna Beckerle; Jacob Magee; Briannah Swope; Molly Skruggs; JoAnna Aprill; Kay Borda; Cody Riley; Katelyn Swope; Ramsey Blahnik; Young Life interns; PRC Board; Steve McKenzie; Rich Trostel; Father Michael Freihofer; Tish Linke; Spencer Gardner.June MatsonGranby

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

High Mountain Lodge Sub Exempt & Outright Exempt, Outright Exemption Parcel – GHMD LLC to M C Walker Enterprise LLC, $750,000 Inn at SilverCreek PH II Condo Unit 425 – Richard VanWormer to Opal and Joseph Haga Jr, $35,000 Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo Bldg 1 & 2, Unit 2511 – John Farrell and Nancy Colburn to Matthew and Ariel Miller, $389,000 Bear Crossing Town Homes Lot 17 – Michael Roark and Mary Dougherty to Todd and Deb Strahm, $550,000 Alpine Acres Sub Lot 70, Block 1 – Lee and Sally Wandling to Matthew and Amy Kitt, $249,900 Base Camp One Condos Unit 402 R – Robert and Deborah Touslee to Michael and Dorothy Lopresto, $298,000 Timbers Condominiums Unit 1, Bldg 10; Timbers Condominiums Garage Space No 1 – Richard and James Jones to Elaine Skoch and Judy Parker, $284,000 Willows at Grand Park Filing No 1, Lot 6 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Brice and Christina Caldes, $527,797 Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub Lot 47, Block 15 – David Barnes to Mary Monville and Eric Fredrickson, $12,500 Tally Ho Lodge Ranch Out/Ex Lot 4 – Ryan and Rachel Mohrmann to Denise and Jeremiah McIntyre Jr, $690,000 Sterling Pointe Condos Unit 401, Bldg 4 – Scott Main Living Trust and Heather Main Living Trust to Stephen C Thomas Revocable Living Trust and Karen S Thomas Revocable Living Trust, $261,000 Summit Trail Lodge Condominiums Unit H5 – Seth and Nancy Portner to Benjamin Swanson, $192,500 Grand Lake Lot 6, Block 39 – Ted and Virginia Ridder to Michael and Holly Coan, $60,000 Inn at SilverCreek PH I Condo Unit 223 – Karen Zimbelman to Christine Ta, $45,000 Sunset Ridge Filing #3, Lot 1 – Sunset Ridge Property Owners Association to Leigh Wilbanks and Wendy Hession, $113,000 Mountain Shadows Estates 2nd Amd Final PH 2 Lot R29, Easement Rights – Patricia B Brock Living Trust to Brock Family Trust, $624,000 First Valley Addn to Granby Lot 8, Block 3 – Gillian Classen to Patrick Green, $138,300 Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo Bldg 1 & 2, Unit 1419 – Raul Gonzalez Trevino Living Trust to Joseph Parsons, $510,000 Frosty Acres Lot 8 – Hobbs Family Living Trust to Michael and Debra Sterenchuk, $100,000 Perry L Miller Tracts Lots 53,54,55 – Richard W Wolf Living Trust to David Weaver, $105,000 Grand Lake Block 13, Lots 7,8 – Iris J Hanifen Cabin Trust to New Direction IRA Inc, Darrel Adolf Roth IRA, $82,875 SEC 5 TWP 1N R 80W Partial Legal – See Document – Mary Rayner to William and Carrie George, $364,250 Granby Ranch Filing 1B, Lot 13 – Gregory and Diane Graf to William and Susan McKinney, $499,550 SilverStar Condominiums Subdivision Unit 2 – Araldo and Kimberlee Valgiusti to Eric Valgiusti, $112,000 Silver Cloud Condo Unit 2 – Angela Hawkinson Perzee to Meeks Real Estate LLC, $135,500 Mountain Homes at Sundance Point Lot 10 – Mary Lou Burford Revocable Trust to DDW Investments LLC, $641,000 Gore City Addn to Kremmling Block 2, Lots 7,8 – Daniel Fernandez to John Hendrikse, $159,000 Sun River Hideaway Minor Subdivision FP TRT D2 – Ronald Jones to Robert Wolf and Margaret Bowles, $460,000 Homestead Hills Subd Filing #4, Lot 1; Homestead Hills Subd Filing #4 Open Space Parcel Filing No 3 – Judith Kutska to E Thomas and Marguerite Detmer, $135,000 Big Horn Park Filing #2, Lot 34 – Brian and Darcy Thome to Lisa Williams, $38,500 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 26, Unit 8 – Jonathon and Jessica Henley, Jeffrey and Suzanne Connors to Andrew Carlson and Ingrid Alongi, $210,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 205, Bldg H, Garage Unit 81 – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC, Ask Properties LLC to June and Cody Marcel, $250,000 East Mountain Filing 1, Lot 34 – Partial Legal – See Document – Donald Frey and Barbara Olson to Robert and Judy Root, $1,829,000 Winter Park Highlands Unit 1, Lot 107 – Frank, Lawrence, Linda and Stephen Vincent to Rambo Ranch Ltd, $70,000