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Kayaker killed in Gore Canyon identified

The Grand County coroner has identified a kayaker who was found dead in the Gore Canyon as 38-year-old Elizabeth "Beth" McVay, of Boulder County, officials said. Coroner Brenda Bock determined that McVay died from blunt force trauma after falling from a riverside cliff. McVay became separated from her kayak near the upper end of Gore Canyon on the Colorado River on Aug. 16. Grand County Dispatch received a report stating McVay was trying to scale an embankment on the side of the river around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, according to a press release. Her body was discovered at the base of the cliffs in rocky terrain along the river early on Aug. 17.

Woman killed in Gore Canyon identified

The Grand County Coroner has identified a kayaker who was found dead in the Gore Canyon as 38-year-old Elizabeth "Beth" McVay, of Boulder County, officials said. Coroner Brenda Bock determined that McVAy died from blunt force trauma after falling from a riverside cliff. McVay became separated from her kayak near the upper end of Gore Canyon on the Colorado River on Aug. 16. Grand County Dispatch received a report stating McVay was trying to scale an embankment on the side of the river around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, according to a press release. Her body was discovered at the base of the cliffs in rocky terrain along the river early on Aug. 17.

Grand County Republicans pick Maes over McInnis

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS- Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene signed off on an unofficial tally of votes in the primary election around 10 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Aug. 10. Across the board, Republican incumbents held favor among local voters over their challengers, and many of tonight’s winners will run unopposed in the November election. However, County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner will run against Democratic challenger Bob McVay in November. Bumgarner faced stiff competition in the Republican primary from George Davis, beating him by fewer than 140 votes. McVay won the Democratic primary over Peter Ralph by 60 votes. Grand County Sheriff incumbent Rod Johnson, who with 89 percent of the votes beat out Republican write-in candidate Steve Holland, will face unaffiliated candidate Sheila Kesler in the November general election. In the statewide election, Grand County voters picked Republican Candidate Dan Maes over Scott McInnis by a 2-percent margin. Elsewhere in the state, that race remains too close to call. Grand County Democrats backed U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, who declared victory over challenger Andrew Romanoff earlier this evening. Local Republicans, likewise, backed the victorious Ken Buck, who beat out Jane Norton for the right to challenge Bennet in November. Rosene and a crew of about a dozen election day volunteers completed the daunting task of counting Grand County’s 3,464 votes and verifying signatures in less than three hours. Fewer than 20 provisional ballots remain to be counted in Grand County, Rosene said. Typically problems with mail-in ballots are caused by issues with the signatures. Fifteen Republican ballots and four Democratic ballots will need to be verified before they can be counted. County Commissioner – Republican Primary Gary Bumgarner 1,201 53% George Davis 1,063 47% County Commissioner – Democratic Primary Bob McVay 431 54% Peter Ralph 371 43% County Treasurer – Republican Primary Christina Whitmer 1,271 55% Brenda Morrow 1,026 45% County Assessor – Republican Primary Tom Weydert 1,243 57% Brian Reynolds 951 43% County Sheriff – Republican Primary Rod Johnson 1,853 89% Steve Holland (Write in) 235 11% U.S. States Senator – Republican Primary Ken Buck 1,276 56% Jane Norton 1,004 44% U.S. States Senator – Democratic Primary Andrew Romanoff 449 45% Michael Bennet 544 55% U.S. States Senator – Libertarian Primary Mac Stringer 6 60% John Finger 4 40% U.S. Congress District 2 Representative – Republican Primary Stephen Bailey 1,163 68% Bob Brancato 553 31% Governor – Republican Primary Dan Maes 1,134 51% Scott McInnis 1,073 49% Governor – Libertarian Primary Kilo Sallis 3 30% Jaimes Brown 7 70% State Treasurer – Republican Primary J.J. Ament 853 47% Walker Stapleton 953 53%

4 candidates running for 1 commissioner seat in November

Countdown to general election: • Last day to petition onto the primary election: May 27 • Last day to change party affiliation: Aug. 10 • Statewide Primary Election: Aug. 10 • Last day to file intent to run as write-in candidate: Aug. 24 • Last day to register to vote: Oct. 4 • General Election: Nov. 2 By Tonya Bina Sky-Hi Daily News GRAND COUNTY – The way races are shaping up for the Grand County general election in November, the District 3 commissioner’s race should be a hot contest, with four candidates presently vying for the seat. The District 3 commissioner race is one race that came out of the Republican Grand County Assembly recently, with George Davis of Hot Sulphur Springs and incumbent Gary Bumgarner securing enough votes to get their names on the primary ballot. The Primary Election will have two District 3 commissioner candidates from the Democratic side as well. Robert McVay of Hot Sulphur Springs and Peter Ralph of Parshall are both running as choices for the seat. At the Democratic Grand County Assembly on April 6, Ralph garnered 53 percent of the votes ahead of McVay, according to Grand County Democratic Party Chair Clint Roberts. Although the seat is filled by someone who lives in District 3 – mid- to western-Grand County – all Grand County residents are qualified to vote for the District 3 position in the General Election. Bumgarner has held the seat for one four-year term. The March 28 Republican Grand County Assembly had as many as 100 people in attendance, according to Grand County Republican Party Chair David Abbott. Party affiliates elected 17 delegates to go on to the state convention May 21-22 at the Budweiser Events Center, Loveland. Discussions about party politics took place during the assembly, with two resolutions adopted to move forward concerning gun rights and eliminating daylight savings time. Democrats in Grand County chose 13 delegates to continue on to the Democratic state convention May 22 in Broomfield. Resolutions that came out of the Democratic County Assembly concerned banning corporate contributions to political activities, supporting a universal, single-payer health care system, making water conservation measures mandatory and instituting greater financial regulations. Another potential race in the Republican Primary is for Grand County Sheriff. Incumbent Rod Johnson was the sole Republican sheriff candidate at the Grand County Assembly, but Republican opponent Stephen Holland of Granby is circulating a petition to get on the Aug. 10 ballot. An unaffiliated third sheriff candidate may be entering the race. Sheila Kesler of Granby is petitioning onto the general election ballot. Both Holland and Kesler were once deputies at the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. In other Grand County races, the treasurer’s office held by Republican Christina Whitmer is being contested by Brenda Morrow, a senior escrow officer and resident of Hot Sulphur Springs. Republican Morrow is currently circulating a petition to get onto the Primary Election ballot. Grand County Assessor Tom Weydert, Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene, Coroner Brenda Bock and Surveyor Warren Ward, all Republicans, are poised to be on the Primary ballot uncontested. Presently, there are no other candidates for these positions listed by the Secretary of State’s office. – Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@skyhidailynews.com.

Glenwood Canyon daytime closure Tuesday

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will move forward with a full closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8. Daytime closure will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m from exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to exit 133 (Dotsero). Weather permitting, crews are planning to utilize a helicopter to put rockfall netting in place on the slope where the original slide occurred. The construction team will also take the opportunity to continue road repairs on both the westbound and eastbound decks. Safety closures of the Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and Shoshone rest areas remain in effect while traffic is in the head-to-head configuration. Bair Ranch (on the east side) and No Name (west side) rest areas will remain open. The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path remains closed as well. (Please note, local traffic coming from the west can travel as far as No Name; local traffic from the east can travel as far as Bair Ranch during this daytime closure.) ALTERNATE ROUTES/TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Front Range motorists/Summit County/westbound motorists CO 9 (Silverthorne) to US 40 (Steamboat Springs) west on US 40 (Craig) south to CO 13 (Rifle) Eagle County/westbound motorists CO 131 at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs, west on US 40 to Craig, then south on CO 13 to Rifle and back to I-70. This is a 203-mile alternate route that will take about three hours and 50 minutes to travel. This detour adds 146 miles and about three hours to a regular trip from Wolcott to Rifle on I-70, which is 67 miles or about 45 minutes. South alternate route Uses US 50. Access to US 50 is available via Grand Junction for eastbound drivers and for westbound drivers by way of US 24/285 through the Salida area from the Front Range. (Please note, there is construction on US 24 over Trout Creek Pass east of Johnson Village in Chaffee County into early March; some blasting and up to 30-minute delays may be encountered.)

Today is last day to register to vote in primary election

The primary election is on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and those who hope to vote in it have until Monday, July 12, to register. July 12 is also the last day to change or withdraw from a major political party affiliation. Yet for those who are unaffiliated, the chance to become affiliated remains up until a ballot is obtained, until primary election day. This year’s election in Grand County is a mail ballot election with ballots mailed to affiliated voters starting July 19 through July 23. Voters can obtain ballots by walk-in at the Grand County Administration Building from July 19 through Aug. 10. Applications for mail-in ballots that will be mailed to voters must be completed by Aug. 3, and the last day to apply for mail-in ballots for the primary election if the ballot is picked up in person is Aug. 6. The Grand County Administration Building will be the location for ballot replacement, voting and ballot drop-off daily from July 19 through Aug. 9, including Saturday, Aug. 7, then on election day, Aug. 10. On the primary election day, voters may vote in person or drop off ballots at the county administration building from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The county clerk and recorder’s office has also organized five drop-off locations that will be open only on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are: • The CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling • The Grand Lake Firehouse in Grand Lake • The Fraser Valley Baptist Church, Fraser • The Church of the Eternal Hills, Tabernash • Mountain Parks Electric, Granby More information can be obtained from the Grand County Clerk and Recorder’s elections office at 725-3347 or at the Colorado Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/main.htm. On the state website, voters can find applications to change affiliation and register to vote. Those Grand County candidates running in the primary contested are: Republican primary – Gary Bumgarner and George Davis for commissioner District 3; Christina Whitmer and Brenda Morrow for county treasurer; Tom Weydert and Brian Reynolds for county assessor; and Rod Johnson and write-in candidate Stephen Holland for county sheriff. Democratic primary – Robert McVay and Peter Ralph for commissioner District 3

Middle Park girls alpine team skis to first place at Loveland

Four Middle Park alpine ski racers on the girls team finished in the top 10 in races at Loveland Jan. 30: Khyla Burrows, Taylor Grauer, Kristina Krone and Sarah Williams. Of 118 competitors, the top 39 racers qualified for the state competition. In second place was Burrows with times of 46.07 and 50.20 seconds for a combined time of 1:36.27. Behind her in third place was Grauer with 42.88 and 53.46 for 1:36.34. Krone took seventh place with a 46.64 and 52.05 for 1:38.69. In ninth place was Sarah Williams with 46.53 and 53.49 for 1:40.02. Rylee Burrows came in 13th place with a 46.66 and 56.93 for 1:43.59. In 48th place was Suzannah Mikol with 57.92 and 1:09.10 for 2:07.02. Hannah Davidson finished in 53rd place with a 1:00.03, 1:11.06 and combined time of 2:11.09. Brenna Dee and Tracie Kroneberger did not finish. Middle Park High came in first place with 171 points, Steamboat Springs High was second with 169 points, in third place was Evergreen High with 158 points, Battle Mountain High had fourth place and 140.0 points, in fifth place was Summit High with 137 points, Aspen High had 133 points for sixth place, in seventh was Eagle Valley High with 121 points, Nederland High was in eighth place with 120 points, Colorado Rocky Mountain High was in ninth place and had 111 points, Clear Creek High followed in 10th place with 100 points, Platte Canyon High was in 11th place with 61 points, Vail Christian High took 12th place with 58 points, and Vail Mountain High’s team requirements were not met. The state competition will take place Feb. 19-20 at Ski Cooper. Boys Out of 117 alpine ski racers, Middle Park’s Hans Berggren and Nick Isaacs finished in the top 10 at the final season competition at Loveland on Feb. 6. The top 39 racers qualify for the state competition. Berggren’s times of 40.62 and 43.67 for a combined time of 1:24.29 put him in eighth place. Nick Isaacs followed in ninth place with runs of 40.73 and 44.27, which added up to 1:25.00. Jake Charland and Nick Stenicka did not finish. Battle Mountain High took first place with 162 points, Evergreen High came in second with 161 points, Steamboat Springs High won third place with 156 points, Summit High had fourth place and 147 points, Aspen High came in fifth place with 145 points, Nederland High came in sixth place with 130 points, Eagle Valley High finished in seventh place with 109 points, eighth place and 106 points went to Vail Mountain High, Middle Park High took ninth place with 105 points, in 10th place was Vail Christian High with 102 points, Platte Canyon High had 89 points and 11th place, Clear Creek High came in 12th place with 53 points, and in 13th place was Colorado Rocky Mountain High with 40 points.

Grand Lake Bowling League Results

Las Vegas LeagueJan. 27For the women, Kathy Burke bowled the high scratch game (231) and high scratch series (576). Suzi Maki scored the high handicap game (279), and Brenda Freeman and Melissa Humble tied for the high handicap series at 667.For the men, David Freeman took both high scratch game (226) and high scratch series (598) honors. Kenneth Clark bowled the high handicap game (276), while Garey Sutherby turned in the high handicap series at 712.The latest standings were:TeamWLDiamonds in the Ruff43 25The Rollers4226Bear It All3731It Happens Shhh36.531.5Just Sizzlin3038Up Your Alley2939Grand Lake Lanes27.5 40.5Ace Pluming2642Louies Ladies LeagueFeb. 2Monday Night Louies Ladies Leagues Just Us stayed on top of the team rankings, while Autumn Fisher dominated the lanes with high scratch game (217), high handicap game (257) and high handicap series (668). Rhonda Busse took high scratch series honors with a 551.The post-Feb. 2 standings were:TeamWLJust Us5628Fallen Angels4638Frickin Five Pin4436Lane Hoppers41.542.5Spare Me4143The D Team4044The Gumballs36.547.5Plumb Bobs3153Feb. 9Krys Boy dominated Louies Ladies League knocking over the most pins in every category with high game scratch of 211, high game handicap of 248, high series scratch of 541 and high series handicap, 652 .The post-Feb. 9 standings were:TeamWLJust Us5929Fallen Angels5038Lane Hoppers45.542.5Spare Me4543Frickin Five Pin4439The D Team4048The Gumballs36.551.5Plumb Bobs3256Wednesday Mens leagueBobby Blea had the hot hand, bowling the high handicap game (280) and the high handicap series (732). Arnie Johnson bowled the high scratch game (237), and John McDowell turned in the high scratch series at 650.The latest standings were:TeamWLAlpine Taxidermy35.520.5Heckerts Cleaners31 wins25Power World30.525.5Grumpys Old Men2927BAll Nite Long2828Team Five2333Drink Pillage & Plunder2214 lossesGapers028Thursday Morning Lady BugsFeb. 5Terry Pratt bowled the high scratch (195) and handicap (229) games and high series scratch (500). Yvonne Prather kept her high series handicap title with a score of 622.The post-Feb. 5 standings were:Team WLTeam Rufra137Batman & Robin119Spare Mades1010Jill & Janet812Terry P. & Cindy812Debbie & Yvonne713Feb. 12Terry Pratt had the hot hand again bowling high game scratch (176), high series scratch (513), and high series handicap (615). High game handicap honors went to Sharon Iacovetto with a score of 223.The post-Feb. 12 standings were:TeamWLTeam Rufra1410Batman & Robin1410Terry P & Cindy1212Jill & Janet1113Spare Mades1113Debbie & Yvonne717

Hot Sulphur Springs hires John Stein as town marshal

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — There's a new marshal in the town where the new sheriff works. John Stein, former Grand County undersheriff and candidate for sheriff in last year's election, was approved for the new position of town marshal by the Hot Sulphur Springs Board of Trustees on Thursday night, March 19. Hot Sulphur Springs Mayor Robert McVay said Friday the town has been considering adding the position for the past several months. He said the town originally wanted to create a code enforcement officer's position but decided instead to create the marshal's position because marshals have law enforcement authority and can issue summonses and conduct similar activities, which code enforcement officers cannot do. Previously law enforcement responsibilities for Hot Sulphur Springs have fallen on the Grand County Sheriff's Office (GCSO). According to McVay, there is no formal agreement between the GCSO, and the Town and Hot Sulphur Springs paid no fee to the GCSO for overseeing law enforcement within the community. When asked why the Town felt it was necessary to hire a Town Marshall with the GCSO located within their community McVay responded, "The Sheriff's Department does a fine job in town but they don't really have the manpower or the time to follow up on some of the things we want taken care of." McVay said he hopes to have Marshal Stein begin his official duties for the town in early April, though no specific date has been finalized. The Town has not yet set a salary for the position. McVay said the Hot Sulphur Springs town marshal will have his own patrol vehicle for conducting his official duties. Stein was unavailable for comment Friday morning. Stein left his previous position with the sheriff's department in January after new Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin took office. Stein ran a write-in campaign for the sheriff's position in a highly contested election last fall against Schroetlin.

Grand County Real Estate Transactions

Scanloch Subdivision Lot 1, Block 2 – Gerald and Jo Ann Shumaker to Dylan and Gabrielle Taylor, $79,000 Winter Park Ranch 3rd Filing, Lot 62, Block 1 – Luanne Kay to Adam Gould and Veronica Callinan, $250,000 Winter Park Highlands Greenridge Lot 16 – Paul and Karen True Trust to Justin and Deborah Bridge, $207,000 Rio Rancho Small Tracts Sub Exempt Lot 1 – Larry and Judith Ware to Hadley and Joan Bradbury, $898,000 Columbine Lake Block 3, Lots 14,15 – Gerald and Kathryne Vanner to Benny and Susan Law, $285,000 Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 207, Block C – Aspen Meadows Condominiums LLC to Gordon McGlinchey and Brenda Kraft, $116,900 Winter Park Lodge II Bldg F, Unit 201 – Raymond and Judith Hall to Kenneth Richardson and Kelly Fraser, $137,500 Grand Country Estates TRT 77 – Richard Timothy Parry Living Trust to Cozens Pointe LLC, $65,000 Cozens Pointe at Grand Park Unit 201, Bldg B, Garage Unit B – Cozens Pointe LLC to Richard Parry and Abby Bleistein, $324,000 Villa Harbor Subdivision Lot 18 – Bell Crest Enterprises LLLP to William Henry Peltier III, $365,000 River Run Condominiums Unit 203, Bldg B – PennyMac Loan Services LLC to John and Barbara Rankin, $89,120 Copper Creek Lot 46 – John and Nancy Rice to Bruce Campbell, $299,999 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 27, Unit 8 – Smith Family Trust to James Reasor and Margaret Copeland, $160,600 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 111, Timeshare No 111504 – Tom and Louise Massoni to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 99, Timeshare No 099649 – Leo and Ann Lussier to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek C U 91, Timeshare No. 091535 – Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association to Michael B Ensley Revocable Trust, $500 E.J. Vulgamotts 1st Block 5, Lots 1,2, Tabernash – Steven and Charlene Hayward to Chuck and Marie Huston, $52,000 Yacht Club Estates Lot 5 – FDIC, Firstier Bank to Gary and Linda Knippa, $1,250,000 Lakota Flg 3, Tract C, Lot 33 – SNAD II LP to M6 Capital LLC, $975,000 Longview Addn/Hot Sulphur Springs Block 15, Lots 10,11,12 – John and Taura Perdue to Roger and Michelle Gable, $213,000 Exhibit “A” Not Attached for Legal Description – Liberty Savings Bank FSB to Allen Schrieber and Suzette Kynor, $13,000 Lakeview Subdivision Unit 2, Lot 1, Bldg B – Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Kenneth and Paulette Nolan, $106,000 Hamilton Hills Subdivision Exempt TRT 2 – Patricia Jacques to John and Florice Lietzke, $285,471 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 064, Timeshare No. 064128 – David and Sharon Anderson to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Mountainside at SilverCreek B U 035, Timeshare No. 035126 – Thomas Farrel and Joann Debruin-Farrell to Mountainside SilverCreek Timeshare Owners Association, $500 Cozens Meadow at Grand Park Lot 3 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Robert and Debra Gnuse, $523,000 Pines at Meadow Ridge Court B U 6, Week 38 – Stephen and Susan Clemens to Naomi Yahn, $1,500 Slopeside Village Unit 113A, Bldg E – Stephen and Cary Paul to James Byerrum, $382,500 Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3611 – Smith Living Trust to Hyo and Jina Kim, $360,000