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Land use moves to center of Colorado’s water discussion

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:53pm
Not long ago, mentions of growth control as a tool to reduce water demands tended to be written off by Colorado water insiders as too complicated, outside the control of water providers and anti-economic development. However, as the state’s water leaders have continued to debate how to meet the water needs of a growing population, the problems associated with getting more water from farms and West Slope streams have loomed larger, while the barriers to addressing water demand through land use strategies appear to have shrunk. The link between water demand and land-use patterns occupied prime space on the agenda …

Byers Canyon fire 80 percent contained; hard rain hits

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:41pm
GRAND COUNTY — As of 1 p.m. today (Aug. 26), Incident Command reports that the ‪#‎riflerangefire is 80 percent contained and is about 636 acres in size.Eyewitness reports indicate it began raining hard on the fire at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, though the rain is also accompanied by high winds.Controlled burns are being used to strengthen the perimeter. Helicopter drops and ground crews are still in full operation.Highway 40 is open through Byers Canyon. County Road 20, the Byers Rifle Range and Pioneer Park in Hot Sulphur are still closed.No injuries have been reported and no structures are threatened. …

Hamilton — Immigration policy: By consent or geography?

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:25pm
Legal scholars on both sides of the current immigration debate agree that the original purpose of the 14th Amendment was to make sure the formerly enslaved African-Americans were accorded U.S. citizenship – a policy based on ethnicity, not geography.But, as reported in two earlier columns, this writer met a well-dressed, well-spoken Latina whose business is based on geography. She picks up pregnant women who have crossed our southern geographic border illegally and escorts them northward from U.S. hospital to U.S. hospital until they deliver a so-called, “anchor-baby” on U.S. soil.Next, she arranges for the “chain migration” of parents and other …

Granby man fined $11,653 for illegal elk hunt

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45am
GRANBY – Colorado Parks and Wildlife cautions hunters to respect private land and avoid trespassing after a Grand County judge ordered Robert Johnson, 55, of Granby, to pay $11,653.50 in fines and court costs and perform 50 hours of community service in a sentencing hearing on Monday, Aug. 17, according to a statement released by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.Johnson, his wife and three accomplices trespassed onto the Devil’s Thumb Ranch and an adjacent property in September 2014, killing a high-quality bull elk on Devil’s Thumb Ranch property during the illegal hunt.Following a three-day trial earlier this month, Johnson was found …

National Sports Center for the Disabled dedicates riding arenas to volunteers

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:09pm
Most volunteers at the National Sports Center for the Disabled’s Therapeutic Riding Center amass around 50 hours each summer. This summer, Nancy Roark had 50 volunteer hours before the center had given its first lesson.Jack and Debbie Reichert, whose daughter Haley is a participant in the program, were instrumental in securing new footing material for the center’s two riding rings.A group of friends, volunteers and staff gathered at the center on Tuesday morning, Aug. 25 to honor Roark and the Reicherts by dedicating one of the center’s two arenas to each.“We literally can’t do what we do without volunteers, whether …

County Road 804 project costs run over projections

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:29pm
An improvements project on County Road 804 has gone over budget after a contractor misjudged the composition of the earth below the road.The total price for the project jumped $133,458, said Tim Gagnon, county engineer, at a special meeting conducted Aug. 25.Of that figure, Grand County would be accountable for $76,950, the Town of Fraser for $31,054 and Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District for $25,452.The total figure could drop by $18,000 due to revised gravel sections, Gagnon said.“My board was pleased with this number compared with what we were looking at before, but still it’s unfortunate,” said Jim …

Nick Mentzer selected for Colorado Firefighters Calendar

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:29pm
When the Colorado Firefighters Calendar comes out next year the Granby Volunteer Fire Department will have one of their own featured for the month of June.Nick Mentzer works out, though that is somewhat of an understatement.The construction manager and volunteer firefighter pursues bodybuilding as a hobby with an intensity that boarders on obsession. Mentzer pours hours into the gym each week, straining, sweating and yelling. His dedication and hard work are not without rewards, though, as he was recently selected for the month of June for the 2016 Colorado Firefighters Calendar.Originally from Fremont, Neb., Mentzer moved to Grand County about …

Smooth sailing on Highway 40

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:57pm

Stillwater Pass Road closures possible

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:01pm
U.S. Forest Service contractors will be replacing six culverts along Stillwater Pass Road (FSR 123) starting the week of Aug. 24. Work will progress from west to east, beginning near Colo. Highway 125.The project may cause delays for motorists, and through-traffic on Stillwater Pass Road will not be possible at all times. Work is expected to take several weeks to complete. …

Middle Park Medical Center getting new MRI machine

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:53pm
You will soon be driving up to Middle Park Medical Center’s (MPMC) Granby facility and no longer be greeted by a big semi-trailer that once housed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.That’s because on Sept. 7, MPMC will have installed a newer machine that will provide more services and ultimately, better care.“The difference between these two machines is incredible,” said David Ross, CEO. “Not only will this offer our community better imaging services and options, it will allow for future upgrades and reduced costs.”The new scanner will enable MPMC to keep exam prices lower as well.“MRI’s can be a huge …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Aug. 16-22, 2015

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:21pm
Grand County transactions Aug. 16-22Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub Lot 22, Block 14 – William and Melissa Wengert to Thomas and Jessica Langusch, $461,000Aspen Meadows Condominiums Unit 201, Bldg F – Todd and Lisa Youmans to Donald and Sandra Koenig, $115,000Triple H Subdivision Lots 19,20 – Richard and Jill Decrescentis to Bryan and Sarah Early, $299,500Fairways at Pole Creek Lot 3 37 – Mark and Susan Abkowitz to Yee Frost, $44,000Pole Creek Valley Subdivision Lot 15 – Pendas Marta Perez to Mark and Tammy Berven, $620,800Blue Valley Acres Unit #2, Lot 6, Block 3 – Russell Shortlidge to Jason and Jennifer Kruckeberg, …

Riddell: Best bang for the buck, today and tomorrow

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:21pm
There has been no shortage of great news recently about this summer’s tremendous tourist season. Forgetting for a second the supporting economics, one has to only experience the traffic issues on Friday evening or Sunday morning/afternoon to recognize that quite a few people are availing themselves of the recreational opportunities of Grand County.Casual conversations with many small businesses all recount stories of revenues being “up.” Rumor has it that there is even a shortage of wheel barrows in the county from some businesses having to secure them just to take their additional profits to the bank.What does cause some concern, …

Glenn F. Menhennett Memorial Golf Classic coming Sept. 19

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:21pm
The 21st Annual Glenn F. Menhennett Memorial Golf Classic is scheduked to take place at Golf Granby Ranch on Sept. 19.The tournament supports scholarships awarded to two graduating seniors in Grand County. Money raised for the scholarships are in memory of Glenn Menhennett, a graduate of Kremmling Union High School n 1941.After high school, Glenn enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a pilot, flying amphibious aircraft in the South Pacific during WW II. When the war ended he returned to the states and later graduated from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.Established in 1990, the Glenn F. …

Forest Service sport shooting open houses loom

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:05pm
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest is hosting three open houses next week in Nederland, Idaho Springs and Fort Collins for the proposed Forest Plan Management Direction for recreational sport shooting activities on National Forest System lands in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer and Park counties. These open houses will have six stations staffed by U.S. Forest Service personnel providing information about the proposal. Individuals will also have the opportunity to submit comments on the proposal. The open houses will be held from 5-7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation at the meeting and the public is …

Colorado mountain counties rank among country’s best for natural amenities

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:49am
As much as things have changed in Western Colorado over the last 15 years, the region’s climate and scenery remain as attractive as ever.Counties in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains score among the country’s best for physical characteristics that make for attractive places to live, according to the natural amenities scale generated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.The scale combines six measures — warm winter, winter sun, temperate summer, low summer humidity, topographic variation and water area — that reflect climate and scenery qualities most people prefer. Because those factors are expected to change little over time, the scale …

Updated: Byers Canyon fire containment estimate upped to 60 percent

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:17pm
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Thick smoky haze and the whirring pop of helicopter rotors filled the skies above Grand County on Tuesday morning as local firefighters worked to battle the Byers Canyon Fire, which started Monday morning, Aug. 24.Firefighters worked against high winds Monday afternoon that spread the blaze quickly along the northern shoulders of Highway 40 just west of Byers Canyon. What was initially reported as a five-foot-by-five-foot fire quickly grew to more than 100 acres as shifting winds pushed the fire both east and west along the highway and north into the Parshall Divide area. Monday afternoon the …

Grand County assists in Green Mountain drowning incident

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:05am
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office used a boat donated to the department in July in the wake of a Lake Granby drowning to help locate the body of an apparent 15-year-old drowning victim in Green Mountain Reservoir on Saturday, Aug. 22.Grand County EMS was dispatched to assist Summit County on the possible drowning shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement released by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Dillon Fire Rescue also requested that any agency with a boat respond to assist.East Grand Fire Department responded with its boat and the Grand …

Northern Colorado under smoke advisory

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:05pm
The northern half of Colorado is under a smoke health advisory that is expected to last at least through Saturday morning due to large wildfires burning across much of the Northwest.The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued the advisory at 8 a.m. Friday, warning that much of the northern half of the state, including Garfield County, could be unhealthy for sensitive groups because of the amount of fine particulates in the air.Sensitive groups include the very young and elderly, as well as individuals with heart disease or respiratory illnesses. The state agency warned that smoke reaches unhealthy levels …

Winter Park, Fraser will put broadband question to voters

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:37pm
Winter Park and Fraser residents will get a say in whether the two towns reserve the power to establish municipal broadband networks.Senate Bill 152, passed in 2005, prohibits local governments from providing broadband, including free Internet provided in public libraries.Municipalities can vote to rescind that prohibition.Winter Park and Fraser will ask voters to decide whether to exclude their towns from the law in November. Similar ballot questions in other Colorado towns have put pressure on private broadband providers to improve their service, Durbin said.The Denver Post opined last year that the law sheltered big broadband providers from competition and should …

Munro: Dr. Mike, R.I.P.

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:37pm
The news of his death filtered through to me via text message when I was out of town and heavily preoccupied with my own affairs. Even though he was no spring chicken at 82, his death last Friday was an incident that struck me as anomalous in the ordered scheme of things.How could such an affable, decent man suddenly just not be here anymore? Of course, it happens all the time to all manner of people, which makes it no less incongruous and sad when it is someone you know, like and respect.I first met Dr. Michael Muftic — aka …