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Grand County deputies investigate report of police impersonator

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 12:05pm
Grand County Sheriff’s deputies are actively investigating a report of a police impersonator that occurred Saturday night along Highway 34, according to a posting by the Sheriff’s Office.The incident involved two suspect vehicles, a white sedan with no visible markings and an unknown second vehicle with flashing red and blue lights.“We take these crimes very seriously and they will not be tolerated,” the Sheriff’s Office Facebook posting says. “Please contact any law enforcement agency if you see any suspicious activity.”The posting points out that all of deputies are prepared to provide official credentials upon request and will provide a business …

Grand County Search and Rescue locates missing hiker

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:01am
On Friday, Aug. 28, at 3:30 p.m., Grand County Search and Rescue was paged for a missing 69-year-old woman who became separated from her hiking party en route from Stanley Peak to the Broome Hut via the Nystrom Trail. The hiking party indicated the group had left Stanley Peak after summiting in the early afternoon. The group further stated the missing woman had been seen near the Broome Hut but had turned around and proceeded west back up the trail toward the Nystrom Trail.GCSAR requested aerial reconnaissance from Colorado Flight For Life, and ground support from the Winter Park Resort …

DA Barkey responds to questions, criticisms

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:37pm
GRANBY — Brett Barkey, 14th Judicial District Attorney, faced a litany of questions and criticisms during a question and answer session organized by the Grand County Democrats on Wednesday evening, Aug. 26.Barkey, who was appointed to his position in August 2012 before running unopposed later that year, addressed questions about his office’s handling of the Lucas Ackerman and Brigid Irish cases, as well as his plans to run for re-election. Barkey started the session by explaining the operation of his three offices in Grand, Moffat and Routt counties.The 14th Judical District Attorney’s Office employs 23 people, including 10 attorneys, 10 …

Middle Park Class of 2016 looks to this year and beyond

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:05pm
As the summer comes to a close, the Middle Park High School senior class of 2016 anxiously awaits its last and best year of high school. Emotions range from excitement for the festivities that are yet come to nerves about applying to colleges and for scholarships. This year’s seniors have been together since sixth grade when Grand Lake, Fraser, and Granby Elementary schools joined at East Grand Middle School. In many ways, we’ve grown up together. We’ve gone through critical and interesting stages in our lives together, and I believe that despite all our distinctive differences, talents, dreams, and passions, …

DeVos: Tellin’ it like it is

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:53pm
Donald Trump is keeping the hopes of America alive! Well, at least he’s keeping the hopes of American journalists alive. Just think, two more years of self-funded pomposity under a blazing orange comb-over like you probably couldn’t even find in Branson, Missouri, the hotbed of boomer comb-overs.There’s a sad side to the Donald’s success. He relies upon that fearful mean streak that permeates baser conservative thought. Pandering to it keeps him aloft. The Republican Party will eventually coalesce around one candidate, but for now you must tattoo numbers on their ears to tell them apart. The three unifying themes among …

Delta Dental Foundation awards grant to Grand Beginnings

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:45pm
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has announced funding awards for projects working to improve children’s oral health in local communities, including Grand Beginnings locally.Eleven organizations have received awards ranging from $1,000 - $15,000 per grant. Total award funding is $100,962.The following Grand County organizations received mini-grant funding:• Grand Beginnings, Healthy Mouths, Healthy Families project in Hot Sulphur Springs.Funding priority was given to applicants whose applications showed innovation, had an implementation plan, strived to reach underserved children and have the potential for sustainability. The projects selected for funding can take no more than one year to complete.“This mini-grant funding allows Delta …

Obituary: Russell C. Jennings

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:45pm
Russell C. Jennings, 86, passed away Aug. 20, 2015, at his home in Firth, Neb. He served in the Navy during WW II and the Korean War. He lived in Grand County from 1979 until 2009.Survivors include his wife Sally; son John Jennings(Trista); daughter Phyllis Johnson; seven grandchildren, Ryan Jennings, Connor Jennings, Colin Jennings, Tennessee Anderson, Wyatt Johnson, Rhett Jennings and Hayden Jennings; one great-granddaughter Kierra Bunker; one brother Charles Drury(Elsie).A memorial has been established to Project Sanctuary PO Box 1563, Granby, CO 80446. The family will have a memorial celebration in Grand County at a later date. …

Can you spare a day to help Fraser Valley trails?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:37pm
We have a great trail system and it keeps on getting better. There are a lot more bikes out on the trails and in town than ever before.Trails experiences, signage and maps are all improving, Just this summer the Leland Creek area has seen trail improvements and additions on the Leap Frog trail. In Idlewild Crosstrails now connects to Arrow. The reroute of the bottom of Broken Thumb is ready to be created. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has created a very accurate paper and online map of the trail system. These are the best maps that we have …

Andrew Duhon plays Music On The Mall in Winter Park

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:29pm
WINTER PARK – New Orleans native and singer/songwriter, Andrew Duhon, brings refreshing honesty with a matching performance that reflects his personal perspective. His voice leaves no gaps in the experience as he sings with raw and personal conviction. Don’t miss this rising star as he shines brightly at Music On The Mall Friday, Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m. Whether it’s love that crosses color lines, a family challenged by life’s unexpected turns or the woeful tale of a city left to drown, Duhon brings his audience into the most intimate of spaces through his storytelling. With 3 recordings, the latest …

Green Corner: Be environmentally sound when going back to school

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:17am
It’s getting back to school time and there are numerous ways for both parents and kids to practice the 3 r’s at work or school. Teaching our children good habits now, and leading by example helps them carry it into their adult lives.First thing we can do is talk to kids about electricity and turning out the lights. Practice with your kids turning off the lights whenever they step out of a room. If they wonder why we do this, tell them that every 100w light bulb used 24 hours a day, per year, takes 714 pounds of coal to …

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 fully contained; rain, humidity help

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:41pm
The Byers Canyon fire, officially dubbed the Rifle Range Fire, reached full containment Thursday, Aug. 27, at noon as Grand County fire officials announced a close to the three-day wildland firefighting efforts.Smoke will likely remain visible over the coming days as firefighters continue to patrol the burn area and monitor the perimeter for hot spots.Assistant Chief for Grand Fire Schelly Olson confirmed Thursday morning the Byers Canyon fire burned an area totaling approximately 640 acres. Olson explained suppression efforts were aided Wednesday evening and Thursday morning by higher humidity and increased moisture, in the form of overnight rain showers. Firefighters …

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 in 2014

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. …