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Obituary: James Boyd

4 hours 21 min ago
James Boyd, a longtime Grand County resident, passed away on Thursday, May 21, at the Kremmling Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 13, 1926, in Pueblo and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He attended Colorado A&M, earning his bachelor of science degree in zoology, and later obtained a master’s degree in natural science from Eastern New Mexico University. He worked for several years doing fish research for the Colorado Game and Fish Department.Jim married Jackie Fisher in 1952, and the couple moved to Grand County where they operated the Double A Bar Ranch …

Letter: Grand County deserves better

4 hours 21 min ago
To the Editor:Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to uphold oneself to consistently moral and ethical standards. In ethics, integrity is regarded by many people as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity is important for politicians because they are chosen, appointed, or elected to serve society. In order to be able to serve, politicians are given power in their positions to make, execute, or control policy. They have the power to influence something or someone.There is, however, a risk that this power …

Muftic: Freedom of religion; so often misunderstood

4 hours 29 min ago
Recently the Tennessee House of Representatives attempted to pass a law that would have made the Bible the official state book. Their Senate realized, after their State’s Attorney General opined this, it would violate the First Amendment by approving the Book. It was establishing a religion. The attempt ended.Bobby Jindal, Gov. of Louisiana, had made a public point in an invitation to a Christian event in Jan. 25, that the U.S. was founded by Christians and this is a Christian country. That this country was founded by Christians is true. The majority of the U.S. practices Christianity today, but the …

Hamilton: Today’s America and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

4 hours 29 min ago
What we read in the major media and what we see on the broadcast TV networks these days raises the question: What is reality?For example: Why do the Obama White House and State Department insist we are defeating the terrorists when ISIS is taking control of more and more territory in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen? Can we keep our current health insurance or not? Can we keep the physician we like or not? Was “Hands up, don’t shoot” real or something fabricated to undermine law enforcement? A lot of things do not add up.Actually, the struggle to know reality has …

Two new parcels open for development at Lakota

4 hours 29 min ago
WINTER PARK — Two large new development parcels at Lakota in Winter Park are now open to potential investors and developers.Buck Creek and Lakota Pointe together comprise 110 acres around the existing Lakota subdivision.“We see the local economy getting better and stronger, and we see some very inspiring sales activity,” said Bret Moore, one of the owners of Lakota Land Group LTD. “We think that the time is finally right to consider developing these properties.”Additionally, Moore said the uptick in the Denver real estate market seemed to be trickling into the Fraser Valley.Grand County’s gross transaction volume in January 2015 …

DeVos: The immoral grizzly bear

4 hours 29 min ago
Anytime I can weasel the word “turpitude” into a column I congratulate myself. It’s a fun word that allows you to scowl and purse your lips in disapproval as you say it. It means extreme wickedness.Morality changes with each generation despite our thinking that it shouldn’t. We pass laws and opinions that just look silly a hundred years down the road. Wickedness and turpitude, for instance were a lot different then.Parents of teen-age children have a lot bigger things to worry about today than cheek-to-cheek dancing. Not so back in 1914 when Pope Pius X pronounced the tango to the …

DNA analysis confirms animal killed near Kremmling was a wolf

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 5:49pm
After an extensive analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore., the agency confirmed late Thursday afternoon that the animal killed near Kremmling on April 29 was a gray wolf. The animal was shot by a legal coyote hunter, who immediately notified Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), which then notified the Fish and Wildlife Service. It is not clear whether the hunter, whose name has not been released, will be subject to prosecution.The gray wolf is protected by both the federal government and the State of Colorado as an endangered species.The Fish and Wildlife Service …

Bike Granby Ranch opens on May 29

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:17pm
Grab your bikes and head for the high country because Granby Ranch is officially opening its bike park Friday, May 29.Representatives from Granby Ranch said approximately 95 percent of the biking trails should be open Friday with the remainder of the trails opening up by the end of the weekend. Along with opening the bike park, Granby Ranch will once again offer free lift rides to foot passengers on the mountain. The free lift rides are available Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The front nine holes of the Granby Ranch Golf Course are currently open. The back …

State of the Colorado River: An unusual year for snowpack, runoff

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:01pm
It’s been a fickle season for snowpack, and runoff could go either way in this unusual water year.That was the message delivered by regional water managers at the Colorado River District’s State of the River meeting on Tuesday evening, May 26, in Granby.During the meeting, officials from the Upper Colorado River Basin’s biggest water interests including Northern Water, Denver Water and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spoke about some of the basin’s biggest issues, including the state of runoff and snowpack in the region and the movement at Ritschard Dam on Wolford Mountain Reservoir.Though snowpack seemed to falter during what …

New chamber director revels in Kremmling’s offerings

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:37pm
“Kremmling is a diamond in the rough, and we love it that way,” says Shelly McManus, who took the helm of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce as executive director earlier this spring. “We are untapped and untamed,” she continues, confirming the chamber’s new slogan, one whose powerful, boundless energy is reflected in the speaker herself.McManus is a creative entrepreneur, a live-music devotee, an outdoors explorer, a world traveler, a conversation starter ... who just happens to also have had a long career in the financial services sector.It is this combination of skills and experience, filled out with a natural …

East Grand School District OKs portions of 2015-16 budget

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 2:21pm
While youngsters across Grand County have been anxiously anticipating the start of summer, officials from the East Grand School District have been busy developing a new budget for next school year.A portion, though not all, of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 was approved by the Board during its meeting on May 19. The EGSD fiscal year runs from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.During the meeting the Board approved the compensation plan and benefits package for the district for 2016. The new budget includes a 1.7 percent cost of living salary increase for district employees, a 4 …

Blues from the Top profiles: Chris Cain, the ‘best guitarist you’ve never heard of’

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:37pm
Just mention Chris Cain’s name, and musicians in the blues world start buzzing.“Hands down my favorite blues player on the scene today,” said blues rock singer and songwriter Joe Bonamassa. “The best guitarist you never heard of.”Chicago blues guitarist Kate Moss agrees.“Chris Cain is one the most dynamic artists I’ve ever seen live. His energy and attack are second to none, and on top of that his vocals are amazing.”Cain has been singing the blues since childhood. His father grew up in Memphis, Tenn., on historic Beale Street and loved to share the music with his son.Cain started attending concerts …

Green Corner: Try environmentally sound pest control

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:21pm
It’s that time of the year again when the bugs like to come out and play and move into our homes. Instead of buying expensive poisons that could potential be gotten into by children, pets, or get sucked up into your vegetables, try some of these natural deterrents.There are numerous pests that make their way in once spring has sprung. The biggest problem I have found in Grand County are ants. These guys are relentless and can climb up walls to get in.The best way to really get rid of them is boric acid. This stuff is a naturally mined …

Tips for biking the Fraser Valley with children

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:05pm
It looks like the weather might actually be nice this weekend, or at least a bit nicer. This may be a good time to get out and enjoy the trails with your kids. Nothing can be more rewarding than taking a kid mountain biking. On the other hand nothing can be more frustrating than taking a kid mountain biking. In order to avoid the latter, I thought I would toss out a few ideas to make it an enjoyable experience. The most important part of the ride may be route selection. You want a route that isn’t too long or …

Rau: Here’s to more sunny days

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:33am
Finally spring has arrived, with occasional return to winter. There has been way too much rain for most of us, and we are yearning for the sunny days we normally have.The snow will come again in spurts but hopefully last only the day and the warm sun will make short work of it. Time to get the garden going, but don’t forget to protect those tender young plants until they can survive the cooler and even cold nights as well as the midday fierce sun. Thanks to nature’s bounty, water is everywhere, even where it isn’t supposed to be.Be careful …

Photo: Fox kits venture out of den

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:37am

Chris Seemann appointed to USSA Board of Directors

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:09pm
Winter Park freestyle skiing coach Chris Seemann has been appointed to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Board of Directors.Seemann, a freestyle moguls coach for the U.S. Ski Team, was appointed to the board on Saturday, May 16, at USSA’s annual congress.“It’s an exciting next step for me,” Seemann said.USSA is the United States’ national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding.Seemann said it wasn’t a position that he’d been pursuing, but he was happy to be named to the board.“I’d rather be on the hill coaching or building jumps, but it’s where it’s going right now, and it’s a …

Breckenridge man dies in wreck on Highway 9

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:09pm
A 57-year-old Breckenridge man died Tuesday following a fatal traffic accident on southbound State Highway 9. Colorado State Patrol Public Information Officer Nate Reid reported a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup flipped while traveling around a bend in Blue River, colliding with a power pole.“It traveled off the right side of the roadway for an unknown reason,” Reid said. “It looked like the driver might have possibly tried to get back on the roadway.”Reid said the driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene of the incident. He added that no drug or alcohol use was suspected, and …

Young Eagles Flight Rally in Granby features free airplane rides

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:41pm
The skies above Granby will be busy Friday as pilots from the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association take youngsters, ages 10 to 17, for a flight high above Grand County as part of the Young Eagles Flight Rally.The rally starts at 8 a.m. sharp with registration for the child passengers. Flight orientation and the flights themselves will begin at 8:30 a.m. During the preflight briefing local pilots will spend some time in the classroom showing them the shape of aircraft wings and why they create lift, how rudders and stabilizers work and other features of airplanes and flight.The …

Rocky Mountain Park raising fees Oct. 1

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:01pm
Fees for Rocky Mountain National Park are going up.Campers and vacationers heading into Rocky this summer will not experience the higher fees, but those looking to vacation in the high country in 2016 will be looking at a steeper tab after the new fees go into effect on Oct. 1.When they do, Rocky will add a single day pass option to its existing selection of passes. The Day Use Pass will cost $20. Campground fees are also increasing in October, rising to $26 per night from the current $20.For those looking to spend more than one day in Rocky a …