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Condominium Management Company-Vacations Inc. ownership changes

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:05pm
WINTER PARK — The former general manager of Condominium Management Company and Vacations Inc. has purchased the company from its longtime owner.Robert Blay purchased CMC from Michael Dybicz, who has owned and operated the company for 35 years.CMC manages more than 30 homeowner associations in Grand County. Its sister organization, Vacations Inc., manages more than 100 short-term rental properties in the county.Blay’s business background includes a stretch as president of his family’s international production and distribution business in the film and television industry, which he sold before retiring to Granby Ranch in 2013.“The business I ran before had very demanding …

Middle Park snowpack remains near normal

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:33pm
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kremmling Field Office snow surveyors Mark Volt and Vance Fulton took the March 1 snow survey measurements during the last days of February, and even with the recent warm weather, the survey shows that the Upper Colorado River Basin is in pretty good shape!Snowpack in the high elevation mountains above Middle Park now ranges from 78 percent to 128 percent of the 30-year average, with the overall average for Middle Park at 102 percent.Last year at this time the area was at 141 percent of average. Snow density is averaging 25%, which means that …

Bear Mountain Ranch theft suspect appears in District Court

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:17pm
Elizabeth Carmichael, 47, accused of stealing more than $451,000 from Bear Mountain Ranch in western Grand County, appeared in District Court on Monday morning, March 2, with her attorney Kristopher Hammond.Carmichael appeared for a Hearing on Advisement before 14th Judicial District Judge Mary Hoak.The suspect waived her right to formal advisement Monday morning and her lawyer requested a preliminary hearing. Carmichael and her counselor are scheduled to be back in District Court on Monday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m.A mandatory restraining order was placed on Carmichael Monday morning, which is a common procedure in such cases. The two protected parties …

Winter Park home builder wins online awards

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:57pm
Terra Firma Custom Homes Inc. of Winter Park has been awarded Best of Houzz 2015 for both design and service.Houzz (www.houzz.com), a leading platform for home building, remodeling and design, announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2015, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz.The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Service and Design. Customer Service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was …

Obituary: Theodore ‘Ted’ Thompson

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:49pm
Theodore “Ted” Thompson, of Heeney passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2015.Ted was born Feb. 3, 1949, in Ilwaco, Wash., to Ted and Martha Thompson. As a young boy, he moved to Aspen where he was a successful competitive cross country ski racer through high school. During his youth, he spent time in Summit County with his uncle and aunt, Max and Edna Dercum. After meeting his wife, they moved to the Heeney area. After a few odd jobs, he settled at Culbreath Ranches, working as a ranch hand until retirement. Ted was an accomplished photographer, writer, world traveler and …

Letter: Was there a conflict in County Court judge selection?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:25pm
To the Editor:This letter is in response partly to the article written more than a month ago about the newly appointed county judge. It is also a look back at the events and procedures that led us to this appointment.As a voter, I was totally unaware of the legal process of electing and evaluating judges in Colorado. At one time, all judges in the United States were appointed by chief executives or the legislature. In the nineteenth century, the power was given back to the people in most states and judges were elected in the same way as other public …

Personal locater beacons – the good, the bad, the ugly

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:17pm
Over President’s Weekend Kate Martrosova attempted to traverse the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The weather deteriorated after her pre-dawn start, with 140 mph winds, sub-zero temperatures and chest deep snow. According to most reports, she was fairly experienced and was equipped with appropriate clothing and gear, including an emergency personal locator beacon (PLB).Matrosova activated her PLB at 3:30 from somewhere between Mt. Adams and Mt. Monroe, only about 3 miles into the 15-20 mile trek. Rescue crews were not able to locate her body until the following day because of a number of factors, especially the weather. …

Snow Mountain Stampede takes place March 7-8

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:53am
The 32nd Annual Snow Mountain Stampede for recreational skiers, local racers and national competitors takes place March 7 & 8 with all competitors vying for the podium, goodie-bags and cheers from family and friends.The YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch will host two days of classic and skate races. Ultra-fast trail conditions with lots of snow and more on the forecast are expected. Overnight lodging specials are available at Snow Mountain Ranch and the Nordic center is hosting a Stampede sale.Saturday’s freestyle races offer 10k, 21k and 42k options followed by a picnic and a 2k children’s race. Sunday’s races …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Feb. 22-28, 2015

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:37am
Grand County transactions, Feb. 22-28Columbine Lake Lot 13, Block 8 – John Dellaport and Theresa Jehn-Dellaport to John and Terri Korpal, $35,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 10, Unit 1 2 – India Moon to Joshua and Amanda Gaube, $145,000Hi Country Haus Bldg 3, Unit 17 18 – Joseph and Marilyn Frederick to Peter and Elizabeth Hancock, $125,000Columbine Condos Unit 4 – Scott Murphy to Lucas Mouttet and Shay Bright-Mouttet, $104,000Lake Forest Subdivision Lot 14, Block 2 – Gerald and Phyllis Bozarth to Allan and Katie Nicely, $75,000Red Quill Village Townhomes Lot 33 – Kelby Bethards to Kay Mehl, $420,000Inn at SilverCreek …

Winter Park Ski Train sells out in four hours

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:41am
WINTER PARK — Consider it the “Train of Dreams” — operate it, and they will come.Amtrak and Winter Park Resort announced shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday that they will operate a second Winter Park Express excursion train on March 15, taking passengers and their ski gear by train from Denver Union Station directly to the resort that morning — then back to Denver that evening — in celebration of the resort’s 75th anniversary.By 1 p.m., the train was sold out and more than 450 skiers had secured their tickets to Winter Park. The first ski excursion train, scheduled for March …

Second Winter Park Ski Train sells out in four hours

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:41am
WINTER PARK — Consider it the “Train of Dreams” — operate it, and they will come.Amtrak and Winter Park Resort announced shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday that they will operate a second Winter Park Express excursion train on March 15, taking passengers and their ski gear by train from Denver Union Station directly to the resort that morning — then back to Denver that evening — in celebration of the resort’s 75th anniversary.By 1 p.m., the train was sold out and more than 450 skiers had secured their tickets to Winter Park. The first ski excursion train, scheduled for March …

Suspect in Grand County Building Dept. theft seeks public defender

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:09pm
The continuing legal saga of Brigid Irish took an interesting turn Friday Feb. 27.Irish was in District Court Friday and appeared before Judge Mary Hoak for an arraignment. During her appearance Irish informed Judge Hoak she has submitted a letter to dismiss William Frankfurt as her attorney. Frankfurt also appeared in court Friday to formally present his motion to withdraw from the case.Irish will now seek legal representation from a public defender. Judge Hoak informed Irish she would need to fill out the proper paperwork to determine if she qualifies for a public defender.Because Irish has dismissed her legal counsel …

Volunteers sought for Ski Down For Cancer at Winter Park

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:57pm
The American Cancer Society is looking for individuals interested in helping out on the day of the Ski Down For Cancer event.We will need volunteers anytime from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, to help with set up, sign in at lifts, silent auction, and take down. Time commitment is flexible and can be made to fit your availability. All ages and skill levels are welcome.Please feel free to either email michelle.bisbee@cancer.org or call 720 524 5480 for more information. The Thomas James Veit Ski Down for Cancer is coming to Winter Park Resort for its fifth …

Late night at ‘The Spot’

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:25pm
Daytime traffic on US Highway 40 may not notice a small white trailer adorned with a Colorado flag logo parked near the Winter Park Post Office. But at 10 p.m. “The Spot,” Winter Park’s only late-night food trailer, illuminates its “Open” sign and starts serving. By 1 a.m. it is buzzing with activity, warmth and camaraderie. The hungry crew who huddle beneath a heat lamp near the trailer is a mish-mash of locals who work late, touring band members just finishing a set, and tourists in town for the weekend. They all have one thing in common — an appetite …

Ranch Creek Spa now offers free classes

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:17pm
A day at the spa brings to mind thoughts of relaxation, calm, and well-being. It may not bring to mind thoughts of learning something new, but the Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is out change that.The world-class 18,000-foot spa at the resort ranch in Tabernash is offering a new “Enrichment Series” of health and lifestyle workshops this spring. The series is designed to help participants incorporate those feelings of calm and well-being they get from a visit to the spa into their everyday lives. The goal is to learn tools to live a more balanced, healthy, and enriched …

Muftic: Semantic war on Obama misses target

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
The U.S. is embroiled in a domestic and foreign semantics war. President Obama explained why he uses certain words of “violent extremists” to describe ISIS in remarks at a White House conference Feb. 18.He unleashed a firestorm from domestic political opponents who pounced on the president for not using “Islamic” as part of his ISIS tag. He was “adrift in denial” per Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. Others questioned his love of country because of his “different” background all because he did not use the same words they did.It is not President Obama that is in denial. Those in …

Hamilton — Arnaud de Borchgrave: 1926-2015

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Last week, Arnaud de Borchgrave, one of the world’s greatest foreign correspondents and newspaper editors, went to his eternal rest. However, rest will not come naturally to the hyper-active Arnaud de Borchgrave who rarely slept more than four hours each night.Shortly after de Borchgrave set up the headquarters for The Washington Times, my wife and I were among a group of journalists invited for a tour. (Penny was working as a stringer for Voice of America. I was editing a newspaper and also working, on assignment, for USA Today.) Explaining that Cold War news gathering was almost a full-time job, …

DeVos: Don’t cross the universe

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Both fans occasionally comment that a column would have been nicer if I hadn’t droned on endlessly about things no one cares about. So, in a vivid display of my paucity of inspiration, I decided to thank the Federal Aviation Administration for preventing an invasion by monsters from outer space disguised as Amazon delivery drones.The FAA ruled last week that operators of commercial drones have to be certified and they can fly only during daylight. The FAA also dashed Amazon’s goal of instant gratification by demanding that the operator must be able to keep the drone in sight, a rule …

Granby, Grand Lake tax receipts show growth

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Last year was a banner year for communities in Grand County.With the state economy showing strong signs of life, the tourism economy in Grand County experienced a similar uptick in revenues. Sales tax receipts were up in both Granby and Grand Lake in nearly every category. The increase in sales tax receipts in 2014 is an ongoing trend for the past several years for both communities.The Town of Granby took in $2,210,223 in sales tax in 2014; up from $2,160,048 the town received in 2013. The 2014 figure represents the most the town has ever collected in annual sales tax …

Brigid Irish arraignment set for Feb. 27

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Brigid Irish will be back in District Court today, Feb. 27, for an arraignment.Irish will appear before District Judge Mary Hoak. Irish stands accused of misappropriating more than half a million dollars in Grand County Building Department funds.Her last court appearance was in early January when Irish and her legal counsel, William Frankfurt of the Frankfurt Law Offices in Denver, appeared in District Court for the first time, also for an arraignment. During that court appearance Frankfurt requested a continuance on the case.An undisclosed plea agreement has been offered to Irish by the district attorney’s (DA) office. The agreement will …