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Riders evacuated after lift de-ropes

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:57pm
A chair lift at Winter Park Resort was temporarily shut down and 36 riders evacuated after it experienced a de-ropement on Thursday, April 16.Maintenance workers noticed the Zephyr Express cable was working its way out of the Tower 11 track around noon, said Steve Hurlbert with Winter Park Resort.When workers stopped the lift, the cable jumped completely from the track into a safety catch, Hurlbert said.Ski patrol spent about an hour evacuating riders from the lift.Riders were never in any danger, Hurlbert said.Maintenance workers remounted the cable, and the lift was up and running later Thursday afternoon.A number of factors …

Hot Sulphur Springs nixes idea of town marshal

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:09pm
A contentious and confrontational crowd showed up Thursday night, April 16, to the Hot Sulphur Springs Town Board meeting to express displeasure with the town’s plans to appoint former Grand County Undersheriff John Stein as the new town marshal.The meeting started with a lengthy public comment period during which residents questioned town officials’ thinking regarding the possible creation of the position of either town marshal or code enforcement officer. The vast majority of those who made public comments spoke against the creation of the position, a few community residents spoke against the appointment of Stein to the position and fewer …

No ruffled feathersGranby Board considers permit request for chickens

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:53pm
A fowl topic was discussed at length by the Granby Board of Trustees on Tuesday night.The Board considered a request to allow Amy and Jonathan Beach to keep chickens at 433 New Church Ave. The request made for interesting legal discussions as Granby Town Attorney Scotty Krob pointed out that, technically, under the Granby Town Code, hens are not considered “animals.” Krob elaborated explaining the Granby Town Code expressly forbids both swine and “male crowing fowl.” Krob further explained that horses and mules can be allowed under special permit, requiring a public hearing. Rabbits and female fowl, however, are allowed …

Grand County sales, lodging tax up in early 2015

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:57pm
Grand County sales and lodging tax data from January and February show a continued upward trend from years past.Sales tax collections reached $314,283 in January, the second highest collection in Grand County history behind 2008.In February, the county set a sales tax record for the month with $334,118, far exceeding the previous record of $290,704 in 2007.Lodging tax collections were also up, with year-to-date collections at $118,016, or approximately 13 percent higher than the same time last year.The county had a record year for lodging tax collections in 2014, though sales tax collections were still slightly below pre-recession levels.County Finance …

Riding high on 2014 storage, Lake Granby could spill

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:17pm
Despite troublingly low snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Northern Water Conservancy District still expects Lake Granby to fill and spill this year.Forecasters believe the Colorado-Big Thompson Project will spill approximately 40,000 acre-feet between Lake Granby and Willow Creek Reservoir, said Brian Werner with Northern Water.Lake Granby is currently at 8272.3 feet of elevation, or around 90 percent full. The lake usually spills around 8,279.5 feet of elevation.The news may come as a surprise after the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service released a disheartening report last week that reported low snowpack around Middle Park.The NRCS Snow Survey, taken April …

Grand County golf courses look to open early

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:53pm
As the snow melts all across Grand County, golfers throughout the region are warming up their back swings.The Grand Elk Golf Club announced Wednesday it would open Saturday, April 18; however, as of Thursday, with heavy snow falling, Grand Elk Golf Pro Mike Ritter said the course still hopes to open Saturday but it would be dependent upon weather.Ritter explained that if the course opening is delayed Saturday he expects the course to open within the next few days. Contact the Grand Elk Golf Club this weekend at 970-887-9122 if you have questions regarding whether the course is open. Golfers …

Gene Shumway inducted into Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:05pm
Last Saturday was a good day for Grand County resident Gene Shumway.He was inducted into the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in San Antonio, Texas.Shumway was born in Houston and grew up as a competitive swimmer. He and his wife Sandra moved to Grand County in 1991 to raise their children in a small town environment. His two kids, Zachary and Amanda, graduated from high school in Grand County. His wife Sandra still substitute teaches in the area.Shumway joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1961 and served two years in southeast Asia, eventually leading …

Earth Day celebration At Rocky Mountain Park April 25

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:17pm
Celebrate Earth Day at Rocky Mountain National Park - an even more special day this year due to the park’s 100th birthday.A special Earth Day event will be held Saturday, April 25, at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Join in the Earth Day fun at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, and discover how to become better stewards of our shared environment. There will be an Arts & Crafts station to create cool Earth Day artwork and park staff and scientists will be on hand to share information on a variety of Earth Day topics.Additional activities follow:10 a.m.- …

Rocky Mountain National Park continues hazard tree mitigation, spraying

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:01pm
Bark beetles continue to be active in conifer trees within Rocky Mountain National Park. The park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels related to the protection of life and property, according to Park officials.For several years, Rocky Mountain National Park has had a proactive bark beetle management program, and that will continue in 2015. The park will engage in mitigation efforts, including applying insecticide, removing hazard trees, prescribed burns, utilizing an air curtain burner, pheromone treatments and implementing temporary closures in a variety of park locations. Starting in mid-April …

Hamilton: Life in the People’s Republik of Amerika

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:53pm
An allegory: Seth and Sarah decided to marry; however, they needed State permission. Only the portrait of the U.N. Secretary General adorned the Office of the Justice of the Peace who checked their ID cards, asked them to verify that they possessed no firearms, and handed them their Certificate of Marriage.A gay couple was in line behind them. One of the gays thought Seth and Sarah looked Jewish; however, that would be Lookism, the forbidden practice of cataloging people by how they look. The other gay wanted to wish Seth and Sarah “Mazel Tov!” but held his tongue for the …

Muftic: Why an Iran deal is good for the U.S.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:53pm
Looking out for No. 1 should be the primary concern of Congress’ position on the Iran nuclear deal. That means us, the United States.A deal as outlined in the framework is in the interest of our country because it is the best way to avoid getting involved in another ground war in the Middle East. The alternative is to remove any constraints on military conflicts with a march to war and an inevitable risk the U.S. will find its boots on the ground as we fight on behalf of our allies in the region whose backs we have pledged to …

YMCA of the Rockies hosts Healthy Kids Week

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:53pm
From April 18-25, YMCA of the Rockies is holding a series of activities and events at both its locations to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, takes place on April 25.YMCA of the Rockies has expanded that initiative into an entire week that features activities such as Zumba classes, themed night walks, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, archery and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. Guests, families, children and adults …

DeVos: Himmler seeking Superman

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:53pm
The word “sidetracked” began as a railroad term for shunting one train onto a siding to let another pass. It’s come into common usage to mean a diversion from the main topic.A similar term, “red herring” originally was a smelly fish dragged across game trails to distract the hounds. In Cold War spy novels, a red herring was the beautiful-but-duplicitous Russian “secretary” tossed in the protagonist’s path.I got sidetracked the other day while I was trying to find out who built the Sphinx. For a long time nobody knew. It was just this giant lion’s head sticking out of the …

Granby couple to be feted by University of Nebraska

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:29pm
The Nebraska Alumni Association will recognize 20 accomplished University of Nebraska Alumni, seven promising students, and an outstanding family at the Annual Awards Banquet, an All-University Celebration on May 7 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center.Apart from the 13 other accomplished winners, seven alumni were chosen for the Alumni Achievement Award Category, to include a husband and wife from Granby, Colorado: Penny Rafferty Hamilton, M.A., 1978, Ph.D., 1981. Her 40-plus years of work experience includes: university teaching, leading business and conference workshops, and print/broadcast media. Hamilton is also a private pilot and aviation educator and co-holds with her husband, …

Guest opinion: Why the California drought matters to Western Colorado

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:13pm
The California drought is bad enough that it’s getting attention in unusual corners. Dramatic drought headlines are being shared on social media by people who’ve never posted anything about water before.Lots of people now know that it takes about a gallon of water to produce a single almond, although fewer realize that many other foods have an even bigger water footprint. The reality just about matches the hype. California entered April with its lowest-recorded snowpack (just about gone), causing the California Department of Water Resources to declare that the state’s drought is now “firmly rooted in its fourth consecutive year.” …

Trails provide huge boost to Grand County economy

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:57am
If you have been reading my articles you have read several times about the Master Trails Plan. I think that the Master Trails Plan is one of the most important documents our community has taken on to produce in regards to economic impact. You now have an opportunity to see the overall vision of the plan. On April 21 Headwaters Trails Alliance is having a public meeting about the Master Trails Plan. This will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the Winter Park Town Hall. The first session is from 4-5:30 p.m.,and the second session is from 5:30-7p.m. I encourage …

Grand County organization helps heal scars of war

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:53pm
War leaves many scars, not all of them visible.As a new generation of warriors returns home from foreign fields they are discovering that recovery is not a destination, but a process. Nathan Newkirk, President CEO and founder of Rocky Mountain Warriors Project, knows all about that journey.Newkirk is an unassuming young man with sandy brown hair whose eyes seem much older than his face. Born in 1983, he spent nearly seven years in the military. He joined up in 2002 serving in both the Navy and the Army. He fought alongside Marines as a Navy Corpsman and also worked as …

County to initiate search for new attorney

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:53pm
Grand County will move forward with soliciting applications for the county attorney position.The Grand County Board of Commissioners decided that the county would only consider applicants from within Colorado at its Tuesday, April 14 meeting. Commissioners agreed that elected and appointed officials as well as the public will be able to weigh in on the selection at some point, though they seemed to reject a suggestion that the county hold a “meet and greet” to gather public input into the process.The salary range for the position is $100,227 to $150,341.County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran said her office would work to …

Mountain rescue: Backcountry Survival – The Ten Essentials

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:33pm
Shorts and tank tops while hiking around Columbine Lake in summer are fine ... until the sun goes down or a sudden hailstorm hits. During my six years as a volunteer with Grand County Search & Rescue, I have lost count of the number of missions where the subject was ill prepared for the weather. Upon reaching the subject, the usual response is, “I was just out for a day hike.”It does not take much, a sprained ankle, broken tibia, an unexpected rain or snowstorm, to turn “just a day hike” into a life-threatening emergency. If this happens late in …

New planner a familiar face in Grand County

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:25pm
Bill Gray worked as a planner for Grand County for nearly 10 years before taking a position in Eagle and, later, Colorado Springs.But for Gray, the allure of Grand County was just too much.After spending more than a decade elsewhere, Gray has returned to Grand County to head its planning and zoning department.Since starting on Jan.5, he’s been busy with the usual duties of his office, overseeing the permitting of a new gravel pit near Kremmling as well as handling the minutiae of a county planning department.“It’s just kind of lots of little minor things,” Gray said. “Allowing people to …