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Two visitors rescued in Rocky Mountain National Park

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 5:33pm
Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members responded to two incidents on Sunday, June 28.At 9:30 a.m. rangers were notified by cell phone that Chris LeGault, 48, of Lyons had fallen 50 feet while backcountry skiing on Sundance Mountain. LeGault had landed in rocks, suffering numerous injuries.Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue personnel reached him at 11:45 a.m. They performed a technical evacuation lowering LeGault through snow, rocks and dense brush eventually reaching Old Fall River Road at 7:30 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.Twenty personnel were involved in this rescue. Park …

Valley Taxi expands to national park

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:45pm
As transportation in Grand County comes to the forefront of public discussion, some local business owners are taking it upon themselves to bridge the gaps.Winter Park-based Valley Taxi is expanding its Grand Lake presence with a new weekend shuttle through Rocky Mountain National Park.The new shuttle will take hikers from Kawuneeche Visitor Center to popular trail heads on the west side of the park, and bikers will be able to hitch a ride as far as the Alpine Visitor Center before descending back into the Kawuneeche Valley said Curt Spencer, owner of Valley Taxi. “I think there’s a real demand …

Winter Park Resort proposes expansion of Trestle Bike Park

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:45pm
The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of reviewing a proposed major expansion at Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort.Phase two of Trestle Bike Park includes constructing 10.1 miles of new trails near Vasquez Ridge that will be served by the Olympia lift, said Bob Holme, bike park manager.The expansion would increase the amount of trail mileage at Trestle by about 25 percent.“The goal of phase two is to provide the guests with a full range of trail experiences from beginner to expert only utilizing the Olympia lift,” Holme said.Winter Park Resort operates Trestle Bike Park in Arapaho …

New attorney a former Grand County resident

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:45pm
For Alan Hassler, Grand County’s selection for county attorney, his new job will a bit of a homecoming.Hassler, who was named as County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola’s successor on Tuesday, June 23, grew up in Kremmling and lived in Grand County for 27 years.Hassler currently lives in Grand Junction with his wife Karla, where he runs a private practicing working primarily in real estate and business law, he said.“We had four very qualified applicants competing for this position and we felt Mr. Hassler was the best qualified fit for the county.” wrote Commissioner Merrit Linke in a press release. “Mr. …

General Store & Handmade Gifts preps for grand opening July 1

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 5:09pm
If you are traveling to the high country this summer and staying in the Granby area a new store is opening at the Inn at Silvercreek to provide a convenient and cozy place for visitors to pick up sundry items and even a few hard to find handmade gifts for the special people in their lives. The General Store & Handmade Gifts, located just inside the front lobby of the Inn at Silvercreek, will feature a selection of supplies for travelers, such as toothbrushes, shaving cream and other minor items often forgotten by vacationers in their haste to pack. The store …

Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration moves to Hideaway Park

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:53pm
After many years of family 4th of July fun at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex, this year’s Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration is moving to downtown Winter Park.The event is free to the public and has become a highlight of the summer season.“We’re very excited to bring all of our 4th of July activities into town this year,” Winter Park and Fraser Chamber of Commerce Director Catherine Ross said. “We hope that local businesses and the public-at-large benefit from this change.”Hideaway Park, at the intersection of Highway 40 and Rendezvous Way in Winter Park, will be the site of …

Letter misunderstood

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:53pm
To the Editor:It figures that someone would take my letter to the extreme. No where in my letter did I suggest that officials start going down the side streets in Grand County and putting liens on private property. My letter specifically states the Highway 34 corridor. Also, no suggestion was made to fill lovely meadows with “row upon row of housing.”And yes, there is a valid reason for private property owners to cut their dead trees. Most of us have neighbors. Some very close. Dead trees are a fire hazard as well as a falling hazard. The National Forest isn’t …

Heart of the Mountains Hospice Golf Tournament coming in July

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:41pm
The 13th Annual Heart of the Mountains Hospice Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will be held at Pole Creek Golf Course on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.You may sign up to participate as a golfer or a sponsor at www.grandcountyhospice.org or contact Toni Barrett at 970 418-0429.Heart of the Mountains Hospice (HMH) has been operating in Grand County for 15 years. HMH strives to create end-of-life options that allow patients choices that maintain dignity and integrity in providing high quality home hospice and respite care for individuals and their support systems.Approximately 50 percent of HMH’s funding comes from grants, donations and …

Fundraiser for Jeanne Newton this weekend

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:41pm
Jeanne Newton is battling something only a few other people can relate to: breast cancer. Newton was first diagnosed on November 12, 2015, and continues to fight and survive today. She has undergone a round of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and is currently on a new medication. When she was first diagnosed, Newton was simply informed that she had cancer, and when the tumor was removed the doctors told her it was Stage II.A fundraiser has been scheduled for Jeanne. The ‘Care-N-Love-A-Palooza’ is an open community gathering for all. It will be hosted on June 27, 2015 from 6-10 pm …

Rau: Summer heats up

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:41pm
People are everywhere outside in Grand County – most of our local population lives in Grand County because of what they can do and where they can go. Nature here is spectacular in not only variety of terrain, wildlife and flora but in the challenges nature offers to those who want to enjoy it. It can be a simple walk in the park with a baby stroller or a wild ride down a rushing river.However you choose to enjoy nature, make sure you are prepared with the appropriate equipment and know how to use it. Yes, we have one of …

Muftic - Charleston and the power of organized religion

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:33pm
The massacre of nine devout members of the African-American Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last week was horrific.The response to it could have gone either way, either rioting in anger as so much of our long hot spring produced in response to indignation of injustice, or in another direction. Thanks to the sincerely heartfelt response of Gov. Nikki Haley and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, the other direction prevailed. Above all, the Christian teaching of the area pastors not to return anger with anger, shaped the attitude of those who had every right to be angry.The result: the hate …

Hamilton — Captain Segura’s Theory: Tourturables vs. Untorturables

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:33pm
We like to think we can achieve equal justice under law. But do you suppose that some people can achieve a status that elevates them above the law? Can it be that some people rise to the point they cannot be punished? Or, to give the word “punished” a painful twist, even tortured?In Graham Greene’s classic spy novel, Our Man in Havana, Captain Segura, the Cuban official in charge of torture, explains some people are “torturable” and some are not. In other words, “ordinary” people are torturable; however, mostly based on class and their previous achievements, some people may not …

CDOT offers update on I-70 construction projects

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:33pm
Amidst increasing concern and frustration regarding the traffic delays from construction along the I-70 corridor; representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) joined the Clear Creek County Commissioners (BoCC) on Tuesday morning to provide a status report.Stephen Harelson, CDOT Program Engineer, provided an estimated timetable for completion. Various project components will be wrapping up in the next few weeks. Traffic will continue to be impacted by paving and bridge work. Emergency service providers shared their comments regarding the challenges of traversing a maze of lane closures and the concern for response times to emergencies caused by traffic congestion. Suggestions …

FISHING REPORT

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:33pm
The area lakes are fishing great. The lake trout have started their migration to deeper water. Havoc tubes, marabous and swim baits have been working well. Browns and rainbows are still cruising the shallows and will hit a variety of crank baits and jigs but it is an early or late bite.The rivers in the area are blown out but clear. A good strategy is to fish the inlets to all the lakes. Flies, bait and lures will work. Grand lake is producing some large lake trout as well as browns along the shorelines. Pike in Williams Fork are starting …

Jackie Wright - N.E.A.T. - Nonexercise Activity Thermogensis

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:33pm
According to a recent article by Joy Keller and Judy Meyer published in the May 2015 issue of the IDEA Fitness Journal, James A. Levine, MD, PhD, endocrinology fellow at the Mayo Clinic is encouraging people to incorporate N.E.A.T (nonexercise activity thermogenesis aka incidental movements) back into their lives. Activities such as walking to and from work, typing, dancing, gardening, pacing while chatting on the phone and even toe tapping or fidgeting, are considered incidental movements which expend energy throughout the day in addition to our regimented exercise programs.Some of the statistics recently shared in the article mentioned above in …

De Vos - Jackson Bytes

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:25pm
I wasn’t there, but I think Andrew Jackson’s getting a bad rap.He’s graced our $20 bill for the last 87 years and now folks are clamoring to replace his stern visage with the stern visage of a woman.The Treasury Department has already announced that it intends to put a woman on a bill. They considered the $20 but settled on the $10 as if to underscore gender pay differential. Me? I’d pick Star Wars characters, “That’ll be 21 Vaders and 36 Leias, please. Oh! Don’t you have anything smaller than a Skywalker?”Andrew Jackson, our 7th president is vilified by some …

Blues from the Top profiles: The Future of the Blues

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:25pm
Each summer, blues musicians from across the country and the globe gather in Winter Park for Grand County’s Annual “Blues from the Top” Festival. This weekend, thousands of fans will watch them perform.But there’s a smaller group of musicians who also play a big part in the festival: an ensemble festival organizer John Catt calls “The Future of the Blues.”“We have 25 young musicians performing this year from seven different states,” Catt said. “These kids are from all over Colorado as well as different parts of the country.”Out of state performers include Natalie Moyer, a 14 year-old singer-songwriter from Kansas …

Sanders: Riding in reverse

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:25pm
We are lucky that we live in a mountain bike and trail paradise.If you are visiting here then you will soon realize the vast amount of trail diversity that we get to use almost daily. It could be an easy roll down the Fraser River Trail or an exhilarating ride up to Rogers Pass which gives you that feeling that you are on top of the world. Often we tend to get stuck in a rut and ride the same trails the same way. I found a great way to mix things up is to ride some of the routes …

CPW offers Cast, Blast and Twang’ clinic for women

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 6:37pm
Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites all women, ages 18 and older, to come to the ‘Cast, Blast, and Twang’ clinic.The clinic is for women interested in learning the basics of fly-fishing, archery, and how to handle a shotgun safely. Please sign up to come to Kremmling, Saturday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. to mid-afternoon. The seminar is designed for novices looking to learn more about outdoor activities and no experience or equipment is required for the class. This is not a Hunter Education course and cannot replace such a course for purchasing a hunting license. Preregistration is required for the …

Local landowner avoids ‘use it or lose it’ with new program

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 6:37pm
In Colorado, no term inspires a vacuous, eye-glazing stare quite like “water law.”To the average Coloradan, the voluminous, arcane and, at times, archaic laws that apply to the state’s water may seem largely inconsequential, even mystical.But there is one facet of the state’s water law that many citizens have heard of:“Use it or lose it.”Colorado water rights are known as “usufructary” rights, meaning that a right holder can use water, though ownership of that water remains with the public.The value of a water right is based on its “historical consumptive use,” and if a water user doesn’t use their full …