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UPDATED: Wildfire south of Granby fully contained

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:41pm
9:32 a.m. — The “553 fire” near Cottonwood Pass is fully contained. Light rain assisted fire crews in keeping the blaze around 1 acre in size, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Multiple agencies fought the fire above County Road 553 near Cottonwood Pass. Authorities believe the fire is the result of a July 15 lightning strike. The fire was burning mostly fine ground fuels and beetle-kill pines and did not threaten any structures. It is located on private property. A total of 31 personnel from the East Grand Fire Protection District, Granby Fire Protection …

County commissioners approve rezone for possible Tabernash marijuana grow

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:41pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved rezoning for a parcel that could become Grand County’s first licensed marijuana grow operation. The board approved the rezoning of the former Highland Lumber parcel in Tabernash from tourist zone district to business zone district at its July 22 meeting. Wells Fargo Bank took ownership of the 11-acre parcel and building after foreclosing on the owner. Realtor Lance Gutersohn, who represents Wells Fargo, sought to rezone the land from tourist to business. The property is already under contract with a potential buyer who intends to turn the facility into a medical marijuana …

Veteran finds peace on the Continental Divide Trail

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:33pm
As Shawn Murphy treks along the precarious Continental Divide Trail, he has lots of things to think about. Pondering the curvature of a ridgeline, calculating the distance to the next water source, these are the kinds of things that occupy his mind from day to day. But he also contemplates less tangible themes. “What it boils down to is you have to want to face your demons and deal with them,” Murphy said. “If you don’t, you’ll never change.” Murphy is a combat veteran. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, he joined the U.S. Army in 1984, doing undercover military police operations …

Talking Shop: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm
Name/title: Frank & Gigi Dominguez /Owners Alpine Sun Ski & Sport /Owners Adolfs Event Center & Tavern 2. Business/business location: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport & Adolfs Event Center & Tavern. Both businesses are located in the historic Adolfs Building in Old Town Winter Park, 1008 Winter Park Drive Winter Park, CO 80482. 3. How long have you been in business?: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport, 30 years; Adolfs Event Center & Tavern 1 ½ years 4. How did you get started in this business?: Frank had been managing a ski shop in Winter Park and Alpine Sun Ski & …

Colorado AG should stop fighting same-sex marriage

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:45pm
U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore recently declared Colorado’s marriage ban unconstitutional — the latest of dozens of state and federal rulings striking down similar bans across the country. State Attorney General John Suthers has continued to defend Colorado’s ban, despite acknowledging that it is likely to be overturned in the end. Suthers has already wasted taxpayer dollars on the appeal of the state-level ruling, and he has indicated that he intends to waste further state resources on an appeal of today’s federal decision. Were he to drop his needless appeals in these cases, marriage equality would come to the …

Same-sex marriage a ‘race to the bottom’

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:37pm
To the Editor: That federal judge who struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage evidently hasn’t learned much from the past. In a way, weren’t we here a couple thousand years ago? The ancient and primitive Greeks and Romans crassly valued homosexual relations. But eventually the people wised up and realized that was a mistake (e.g., Plato condemned homosexual activity), and homosexual activity was again logically deemed unethical and was basically driven underground. Now, wayward, ever-so-trendy “progressives” are trying to take us back thousands of years to more primitive and decadent times, despite the fact that thinking people have known …

Letter: Liberals have a lot of nerve talking about truth

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:29pm
To the Editor: Given the national display of liberal lies and lawlessness, it is hard to believe that a liberal would choose to use the word “untruths” in a headline attempting to define the opposition. However, the author of “My View” did just that while attempting to defend the Obama rubber-stamp known as Mark Udall. It didn’t stop there. Right out of the Udall playbook and TV commercials comes the never-ending liberal narrative of the war on women; “the GOP’s anti-reproductive rights planks?” What! The only warfare taking place are liberals insulting the intelligence of women by insisting that they …

Kansas teen dies on Longs Peak

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:21pm
Rocky Mountain National Park personnel experienced a busy weekend responding to a series of backcountry incidents since Friday, July 25, when an 18-year-old Kansas teen fell to his death on Longs Peak. The Boulder County Coroner’s office identified the teen as Nicholas L. Hellbusch of Lenexa, Kan. Hellbusch apparently fell to his death near the Ledges on the Keyhole Route early Friday, when park rangers were contacted by a person climbing the route that he and a group he was climbing with saw a body below The Ledges. Rangers reached the body at 10:15 a.m. and confirmed the death. The …

Grand County real estate transactions July 20-26, 2014

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:53pm
River Run Condominiums Unit 104, Bldg B – Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Matthew and Carolyn Ziegler, $115,000 Dietrich Addition to Kremmling Block 6, Lots 9,10 – Robert and Catherine Jones to Daniel Diehl and Patricia Bushey, $150,000 Winter Park Ranch 3rd Filing, Lot 21, Block 1 – Linda Christenson to McAnally Family Trust, $99,000 Elk Run Winter Park Sub Flg 3, Lot 64 – Michael and Tamara Robey to Joel A Clifton Revocable Trust and Susan L Clifton Revocable Trust, $760,000 Trailhead Lodges Lodge 7, Unit 732 – Michael and Kathryn Patton to Cheryl Denton, $340,000 Shadow Mountain …

IMBA trail crew coming to Winter Park

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:41am
Winter Park — The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Winter Park from July 31- Aug. 3 to talk trails, teach people proper trail building technique and spend time digging in the dirt. Everyone is invited to attend the weekend’s events. The award-winning Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program includes two full-time, professional teams of trail experts who travel North America year-round, leading IMBA trail-building schools, meeting with government officials and land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve local mountain biking opportunities. IMBA’s crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program …

Grand Mountain Bank sponsors annual food bank benefit

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:33am
A local tradition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The Grand Mountain Bank Golf Tournament to benefit the four church food banks and the Mountain Family Center in Grand County will take place Thursday Aug. 7, at Grand Elk Golf Club in Granby. The shotgun start for this scramble tournament will be at 1:30 p.m. “Even as the economy at large shows some improvement, we see the numbers of hungry and needy in Grand County continue to rise,” said Grand Mountain Bank Chairman John Selman. “Mountain Family Center provided food to more than 3,800 Grand County residents in 2013, a …

Fire south of Granby burns about 1 acre

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 8:29pm
Firefighters were preparing to leave the scene of a 1-acre wildfire south of Granby on Monday evening, July 28, while awaiting the arrival of a helicopter and Hotshot crew on Tuesday morning. The fire started Monday afternoon, and the column of smoke was clearly visible from US Highway 40 around Granby. Cause of the fire had not yet been determined, although numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were visible around Granby shortly before the fire started. About six firefighters, some from the U.S. Forest Service and some from Granby Fire, responded. The fire was burning in rugged terrain on private land south …

Helicopter helps douse Vasquez Mountain fire

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:13am

Photo: Practicing for the Colorado Freeride Festival in Winter Park

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
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Photo: Elk rest in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am

Old Fall River Road will be closed for repairs starting July 28

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
On Monday, July 28, Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will close to all uses including pedestrians and hikers, as major repair work begins on the road and the Alluvial Fan bridge. Old Fall River Road sustained significant damage during the September 2013 flood. The road has been closed since last September to vehicles and bicycles but pedestrians and hikers had been allowed on the road. All other roads in Rocky Mountain National Park are open. The closure area on Old Fall River Road will extend from the road west of the Lawn Lake Trailhead parking area …

Talking Shop: Parshall Place

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
Name/title: Joe and Denise DuLac, owners Business/business location: Parshall Place, 301 Main Street; Parshall, CO 80468 How long have you been in business?: 4-1/2 years How did you get started in this business?: Quite by accident. We originally purchased the house to be a long term rental, but after all the hard work we put into the remodel we wanted to share it with more than one or two renters. Business mission statement or tag line: “A Completely Relaxing Rockies Retreat” Success in the mission: From the reviews we have received, we have been successful in our mission thus far …

Pegasus Ensemble plays July 25

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
“A WHAM BAM WOW ensemble of horns and rhythm!” is how the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy describes its newest ensemble, Pegasus. Pegasus makes its Grand County debut on Friday, July 25, from 1-3 p.m. in Hideaway Park, Winter Park. The performance is free. This is the second concert of the summer series for the Grand County Concert Series. The Pegasus concert is made possible through a partnership with the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber. …

‘The Utes Must Go,’ a history chat

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:53pm
Peter R. Decker, college professor, author, policy analyst and rancher, combines his knowledge, experience and education in his many books about the West, including “The Utes Must Go,” his book and the topic of his lecture at Cozens Ranch Museum, a free event scheduled for 5 p.m. July 25. Decker attended boarding school, Middlebury College, and earned his Ph.D. in American History at Columbia University. In 1974, after teaching at Barnard College, he was ready to head West. He and his wife found a ranch in Ouray County. In 1980 they moved permanently and now Decker is owner and operator …

Economy gaining steam in East Grand County

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:25pm
A recent slew of business openings and improvements in Winter Park could be a sign that the economy is rebounding. The recently opened Vasquez Creek Inn and Hideaway Park Brewery are the latest examples of business owners investing in the downtown area. “Things are improving and looking better, and people’s businesses are growing,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce. The property transaction for Vasquez Creek Inn, formerly the German-style inn and restaurant Gasthaus Eichler, closed on Sept. 6, 2013, for $1.4 million, according to the Grand County assessor’s website. Bob and Suzanne …