Local News

Syndicate content
Serving Winter Park, Granby, Grand County, Co
Updated: 1 week 4 days ago

Prop. 105 brings GMO issue to Colo. ballot

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:25pm
GMO’s, shorthand for Genetically Modified Organisms, have become something of a buzzword over the last few years. This November Colorado voters will decide whether to require a label of “Produced With Genetic Engineering” for any food item that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material. If approved the proposition would not apply to food for animals, alcoholic beverages and several other categories of consumables. The proposition states, “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning labeling of genetically modified food; and, in connection therewith, requiring food that has been genetically modified or treated with …

National Forest visitor monitoring begins

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:25pm
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland began a yearlong effort on Oct. 4 to gain a better understanding of how many visitors recreate in the national forest. This process, known as National Visitor Use Monitoring, is geared toward collecting data on what types of recreational activities visitors engage in and how satisfied they are with the facilities and services provided. Similar surveys are conducted every five years. The last survey conducted in 2010 estimated 5.4 million annual visits to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. Downhill skiing was found to be the …

Grand County commissioners respond to audit critiques

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:25pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners have responded to the findings from an annual financial audit of the county for 2013. The audit identified “material weaknesses” in the county’s financial statements, as well as “significant deficiencies” the county’s application for federal grand money. Grand County auditor Rubin Brown stated in a Sept. 23 meeting that he intended to issue an unmodified opinion for county finances, giving the county the highest opinion possible. The county has already addressed the audit’s first concern, which identified shortfalls in the county building department’s financial reporting. Specifically, the audit stated that the department did not …

Prop. 104: Transparency or an assault on local control?

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:17pm
Should collective bargaining between local teachers unions and school districts be open to the public? It is a question Coloradans will decide on the November ballot when they consider Proposition 104. Proposition 104 states, “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes requiring any meeting of a board of education, or any meeting between any representative of a school district and any representative of employees, at which a collective bargaining agreement is discussed to be open to the public?” “We are for local control,” said East Grand School District Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. “Prop. 104 takes that control …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions,Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2014

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:17pm
Grand County Transactions Sept. 28-Oct. 4 Fraser Crossing-Founders Pointe Condominium Unit 3231 – First Western Trust Bank to Mark and Polly Thrush, $359,000 Blue Valley Acres Unit #2, Lot 8, Block 2 – Russell Drangstveit and Tamara Pogue to Laura and Jean Glise, Jeremiah Walnofer, $275,000 Old Park Filing #2, Lot 1, Block B – Gail Nicholson to David and Sharon Solawetz, $39,000 Lakeside at Pole Creek Townhomes Unit 14A – Steven and Natasha Gallaway to Brian Fonseca and Jennifer Dorosz, $393,500 Hi Country Haus Bldg 23, Unit 5 – Teresa McCracken, David and Carole Shulman to Corey Adkins and …

Letter: Udall hasn’t held a private job

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:53pm
To the Editor: To the voters of Grand County: I have researched Mark Udall’s work (employment) record. His records show that he has never worked in the private sector in his career. How can Udall help create jobs when he has never had a job except for the government or a nonprofit? His record in the Colorado House of Representatives is almost a total zero. His 10 years in the U.S. Congress is without one single accomplishment of merit. His five years in the U.S. Senate is a record of doing what Harry Reid tells him to. The people of …

Letter: Support Republican candidates

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:37pm
To the Editor: It’s a month until the “midterm” elections, and I am writing to support Republican candidates, across the board. This year, there are several very key races in which Democrats need to be “fired.” John Hickenlooper has not been a strong governor. He signed two of the stupidest “gun laws” ever, which were pushed by Michael Bloomberg, who should keep his nose out of Colorado politics — period. Hickenlooper also failed in the “Chucky-Cheese murders,” aka Nathan Dunlap case. He could have let the execution go on, or he could have commuted to a life sentence, but he …

Letter: Grand County citizens already chose Schroetlin for sheriff

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:29pm
To the Editor: I am writing concerning the upcoming sheriff’s election. Most of you know that I spent 20 years with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and retired as undersheriff in August 2013. Here are my thoughts on the upcoming election. I was there for the Grand County Republican Assembly and, yes, I nominated Brett Schroetlin for sheriff. After the votes from the delegates chosen at the precinct caucuses were tallied, Brett Schroetlin won the majority of the votes. Then the vote went to the primary election and again Brett Schroetlin won the majority of the votes. To me it …

There’s still plenty of great riding around Grand County

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:09am
The snow on the ground is a reminder that weather always wins and winter is ready to pounce at any time. As much as I love the winter, I’m not ready to put the bike away. I guess it is the sound of the tires on the ground, wind in my face and the feeling of the bike rolling under me that makes me want the fall to continue. A challenge with fall weather is knowing where to ride when snow flies, what trails remain good when things get wet and how to work around the weather. Early season snows …

Granby Fire open house celebrates Fire Prevention Week

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:29pm
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8 but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871. According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow — belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary — kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming …

Obituary: James (Jim) A. Kleeman

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:41pm
Survived by his wife Susan (Friedrich) Kleeman; his son, Stephen; his 5 sisters; 4 sister-in-law, and their families. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, winter sports enthusiast and enjoyed time spent with friends and family. Donations for Stephen’s Education Fund may be made to Liberty Savings, Granby office. A pig roast will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at the residence located at 88 Lodgepole Road, County Road 6234, Granby. You can leave a condolence for the family there or at his web page at www.grandcountymortuary.com. …

Panthers hopeful for Homecoming victory

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:01pm
The students and staff at Middle Park High School have long awaited a well-deserved win for the football team. Despite the lack of wins, fans have flocked to the games and have eagerly supported this hard working team through both good times and the bad times. The stage is set for a battle between the Pinnacle Timberwolves and the Middle Park Panthers at today’s Homecoming Football game in Granby. Both teams are coming off losses from last week, and both are preparing to show they have what it takes to win this important league match-up. Not only are the fans …

Our view: Vote no on 67 and 68

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:29pm
The ballot for this year’s election is relatively sparse by Colorado standards. Nevertheless, a few issues will confront voters in addition to the midterm political races. Here’s our take on two of them. Amendment 67 Maybe the 10th time will be a charm. Well, not really, but this will be the third time in recent years a measure such as this has landed on Colorado’s ballot. In both 2008 and 2010 voters rejected the amendments by a margin of more than 70 percent. One might wonder what makes proponents of these so-called “personhood” amendments think they will succeed this time. …

DeVos: Freddie takes on Martha

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:29pm
I was thinking the other day, now that the French are helping us bomb ISIS in the Middle East, freedom fries are a thing of the past. Even Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are ordering french fries again. That happy thought crossed my mind as my wife set lunch in front of me. And such a lunch! It was as if post-prison Martha Stewart had set the plate down herself. It was a magnificent hamburger like you would expect from Elway’s Steakhouse or perhaps the Brown Palace. As I stared, my eyes misted in quiet gratitude that my wife had …

Hamilton: War weary or just world weary?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:21pm
Readers of a certain age may remember the famed radio news broadcaster Gabriel Heatter and his catch phrase: “Ah, there’s good news tonight.” Unfortunately, today’s news is dominated by a new Islamist threat called ISIS or Putin’s threats against Ukraine or the possibility that President Obama may be cutting a deal with Iran so the Mullahs can have nuclear weapons. As a consequence, we see polling data claiming Americans are “war weary.” But are Americans “war weary” or just weary, in general? We know that our military, which the Obama administration is cutting in half, is weary from repeated overseas …

Muftic: ‘Personhood’ measure could outlaw birth control

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:21pm
Does the personhood amendment ban certain kinds of birth control? That is becoming a key question in the Colorado Senate campaign. Buried in a recent factcheck.org meandering judgment call, it might be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide. That is hardly comforting. Furthermore, scientific facts should trump political opinions, and the facts are supported by those most scientifically involved in the issue: The personhood amendments ban certain kinds of birth control and more. Found at the end of factcheck.org is this gem: “The nonpartisan American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that defining a fertilized egg as …

Winter Park-Fraser Chamber unveils new online map

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:05pm
The Winter Park–Fraser Chamber of Commerce has unveiled a new interactive map feature that allows visitors to easily navigate area attractions. The Winter Park Playground Map uses geo-location to help visitors demystify the tourism scene around Grand County, showing nearby restaurants, activities and more. “This map is great not only for people who come to Winter Park for vacation and want relevant information to their current location, but it’s also wonderful for our members,” said Catherine Ross, with the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber, in a prepared statement. “This feature increases the chances that Winter Park businesses will be found by guests …

No picnic: Grand county women experience food stamp budget

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:41pm
Many people have probably never considered what it’s like to try to subsist on what used to be known as food stamps. Last week, some people in Grand County decided to experience it. Helen Sedlar, Jen Fanning and Sally Ryman were among those who participated in the Food Assistance Challenge, which entailed feeding themselves and their families on the equivalent of receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and other food assistance available in Grand County. “My dog ate better [than us],” said Ryman, program coordinator for the Grand County Rural Health Network. Ryman’s family of two adults was allotted $34.50 …

9Health Fair takes place in Fraser on Oct. 11

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:33pm
The Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s “9 Health Family Fair” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Fraser Elementary School. The fair features free and low-cost screenings for children and adults, ranging from hearing and vision to dental, blood chemistry and flu shots. Details are online at www.9HealthFair.org (Find a Fair - Fraser). Or information is available at 1-800-332-3078. If you are familiar with the fair and ready to participate, register at 9HealthFair/Find a Fair/ Online Registration. You may also register the day of the fair at Fraser Elementary. Adults and children, regardless of income levels, …

He’s not serving your roommate’s ramen

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:25pm
In the United States, rarely is the word “ramen” synonymous with gourmet fare. Then again, rarely are we in touch with the world beyond our borders. And the world of ramen noodles is no different. The food that conjures images of fusty dorm rooms, crusty old microwaves and bricks of Styrofoam-like noodles in the minds of Americans is a culinary stalwart in its home of Japan. Ramen is every bit as important to Japanese culture as Kabuki Theater or Ikebana, and its place in the Japanese identity is sealed in the dish’s many permutations from region to region. Now, Grand …