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Report: Alco shutting down all stores

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:49pm
All 198 Alco Stores are shutting down, according to a story in the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. Presumably, that includes the Fraser store. Company officials have not responded to repeated inquiries from the Sky-Hi News during the past three months. The Wichita Eagle reports: The beleaguered company that used to have its headquarters in Abilene filed for bankruptcy early last month. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas on Thursday approved an order from the company’s creditors to close all Alco stores. ... The company was founded 113 years ago and had evolved into a discount retailer that served smaller communities. But …

Grand County towns make Top 10 ‘authentic’ list

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:21pm
Grand County has the unique distinction of having two towns among the “Top 10 Authentic Small Towns in America.” Steve Winston, writing for World Property Journal (www.worldpropertyjournal.com), named Grand Lake and Winter Park among his selections. Winter Park weighed in at No. 6, while Grand Lake’s charms earned it the No. 1 ranking. “Imagine a tiny town of a few hundred, sitting on the shore of a huge alpine lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains,” Winston wrote. “Then, imagine that this town has wood-planked sidewalks, funky Western restaurants, friendly folks with wide smiles and cowboy hats, fresh mountain air, craftspeople in …

Searchers find body of missing man on Longs Peak

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm
Helicopter search efforts helped locate the body of Peter Jeffris on Thursday 200 feet below the Ledges on the Keyhole Route of Longs Peak. A Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team was flown to a landing spot in the Glacier Gorge drainage. The four team members then climbed approximately 1,800 vertical feet to where Jeffris was found. His body was flown from the scene to a landing spot at Upper Beaver Meadows at approximately 4 p.m. and transferred to the Boulder County coroner. Search and rescue efforts continued Wednesday and Thursday to find the missing hiker, 25, of …

Granby welcomes new hair stylist

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:21pm
If you have been in Roxanne’s Salon in Granby in the last few months, you might have noticed a new face. Stylist Tina Rolando moved to Grand County in June and is taking new clients and walk-ins at Roxanne’s Salon, 80 E. Agate Ave., Granby. Rolando and her family moved to the high country from Fort Collins to live closer to Tina’s parents. She and her husband Cliff and their four children have put down stakes in Granby and Tina has hung her shingle at Roxanne’s Salon. Tina is an independent small business owner. She rents booth space in Roxanne’s …

Winter Park skiers training for U.S. Ski Team selections

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:13pm
There’s more than snow flying at Winter Park Resort this week. Two of Winter Park’s top winter athletes, freestyle aerialist Nik Seemann and mogul skier Joel Hedrick, have started their early season training at Winter Park Resort. After a summer of training on water, coach Chris Seemann said early season training is about getting back to basics. “Early season training is just getting back on snow and getting back to landing on a real incline,” Chris said. Nik, 17, is currently training for the U.S. Aerial Selection, which will be held in Park City, Utah, from Dec. 18 to 21. …

Grand County: Most of missing funds unrecovered

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:05pm
Grand County has been unable to recover more than $300,000 in county funds that went missing from the county building department, county officials said. The county has since filed an insurance claim with its provider, Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., for $315,599, said County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran. It is unclear whether the insurance company will reimburse the full amount, Curran said, though representatives from accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal stated in June that insurance would not cover all of the county’s losses. County officials had held off on presenting the insurance company with a number until July, when officials believed …

Grand County sheriff-elect to conduct interagency meeting

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:41pm
Prior to representing Grand County at the upcoming Sheriff’s Academy and in keeping with one of his campaign promises to work closely with the community, Sheriff-elect Brett Schroetlin will be hosting an interagency “meet and greet” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 8 a.m. at the Granby Town Hall. “In order to be successful in what I want to accomplish,” Schroetlin said, “we need to come together and listen to our community.” The invitation list includes: all the police and fire chiefs; the director of Grand County EMS; officials from Colorado State Patrol, State Parks and Wildlife, the National Park Service, …

Muftic: It’s time to sign up for Obamacare again

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
Open enrollment for Obamacare has already begun and to be insured by Jan. 1, sign ups must be completed by Dec. 15. Grand County has cut its uninsured numbers in half and the Colorado state-run exchange is ranked as one of the four best run sites in the U.S. for signing up for insurance. The exchange is where you can compare policies and buy private health insurance, and it provides a method to administer subsidies to make insurance affordable based on an individual’s or family’s income level. This is not the same sign up site as the one that got …

Hamilton: Red China and Iran: Negotiations 101

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
By now, history should have taught the Obama administration the truth behind the statements of two experienced negotiators: Great Britain’s Lord Palmerston (1784-1865) famously said, “England has no eternal friends, England has no perpetual enemies, England has only eternal and perpetual interests.” Dr. Henry Kissinger warned both Presidents Nixon and Carter than no American president should ever become involved in a negotiation where the outcome is in doubt. Last week, President Obama negotiated a deal with Red China — the world’s largest polluters of earth’s atmosphere — whereby the U.S. could cut our carbon emissions by 25 percent in an …

Guest opinion: Granby acts to restrict youth access to tobacco

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
On Nov. 11, the Granby Town Board voted in favor of changing town municipal code to restrict minors’ access to tobacco and nicotine products. This new policy prohibits self-service displays (including e-cigarettes and cigarillos), minors stocking or selling tobacco or nicotine products, and product giveaways. It also requires proof of age through positive identification at the time of purchase. The passage of this ordinance is a result of tireless work of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Grand County Teen Council who presented their Photo Voice project “How tobacco retail establishments affect youth.” Teen Council seniors presented their projects at …

DeVos: Browsing the Green Mile antique stores

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
“Could I get an ounce of ditch weed?” I asked, trying not to count his nose rings. “What’s that?” “What’s ditch weed? Good Lord, man, I can’t believe I’m hearing you say that. It’s all we smoked in the ’70s. It was everywhere, you know, fueling the revolution. You’ve never heard of it? ” “The ’70s!” he repeated, “Revolution? You mean like 1776? Did George Washington really smoke dope?” He stared at my hairline, as if noting that it was receding like a British warship. I glared back, marveling at the ignorance of youth, “Uh no,” I said, “I meant …

Television film crews to follow Grand County deputies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:01pm
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is headed to the small screen. Film crews from a national television channel will soon be in Grand County filming the GCSO as they keep the peace during the cold winter months. Grand County Undersheriff John Stein confirmed film crews will soon be working directly with department deputies as they crisscross the snow covered terrain of the high country. The name of the channel the program is being filmed for is not being released at this time. There is also little information available regarding the format, content or length of the program beyond the …

Rau: Devil’s Thumb Ranch: A complete Nordic resort

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:13pm
Nestled in the shadow of the Continental Divide near Tabernash, Devil’s Thumb Ranch has over 6,000 acres of sweeping meadows and meandering creeks. Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Since 1938, cowboys and poets and ranchers and city folk and Nordic skiers have escaped to Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Today the Ranch offers a classy and upscale get-away. The Main Lodge offers cozy single rooms and multi-room suites, a cafe, pub/bistro, fitness center, theater, a six-sided, three-story fireplace constructed from stones gathered from a rockslide near the ranch, and even a miniature bowling alley. The cabins range in size …

In the Fraser Valley, the time for fat tire bikes has arrived

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:49pm
The last set of snowstorms ended our mountain biking on dirt. At this point mountain biking can morph into many different forms. There is the dream and fantasy of next summer’s rides or escaping to the desert to get that trail fix. That is oftentimes accompanied by interludes across the internet looking at your favorite mountain biking sites and rides in distant places. Let’s not forget searching your own photos with a bit of nostalgia of past rides and great places. There is every employer’s favorite, the daydreaming at work, which may not be productive but most often more satisfying. …

BLM seeks commercial rafting applications for Upper Colorado River

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:25pm
KREMMLING — In an effort to ensure a variety of recreational opportunities are available within the Upper Colorado River Special Recreation Management Area, the Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is encouraging special recreation permit applications from commercial outfitters that can provide unique opportunities for the public. In particular, the office is looking for applications from guides and outfitters that provide fishing trips for special populations or people with disabilities; accredited universities seeking to incorporate visits to the area into its coursework; or other opportunities not currently available, either for the general public or for underserved populations. “We recently …

‘Orientation Express’ takes fam tour of Fraser Valley businesses

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:09pm
The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce’s Orientation Express Program is targeting front-line staff throughout the community to explore what local businesses have to offer. This program is intended to build on Open for Business Week (Dec. 1-5). The goal is to use the Orientation Express Program as another tool to internally market what the community has to offer. The community will be segmented according to the following geographical locations with destination tour stops within each region. Tours will take place between 4-7 p.m. • Monday, Dec. 1 — Winter Park North • Tuesday, Dec. 2 — Winter Park …

Fully Involved: Use turkey fryers only with great care

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:09pm
It is hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey — or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result. But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fires and serious burn injuries, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advise against using them. The NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to look for grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys, or consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer. This model uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey. Fryers heat around five …

Brigid Irish headed to District Court

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
Brigid Irish, the sole defendant in the case of $500,000 stolen from the Grand County Building Department, was back in Grand County Court on Monday afternoon. Irish and her legal counsel, William Frankfurt of the Frankfurt Law Offices in Denver, appeared before Judge Ben McClelland for a preliminary hearing. Irish previously waived her right to a preliminary hearing via phone call during a status conference in County Court on Nov. 3. She appeared Monday in person, a requirement of the court, to officially waive her right to the hearing. During the proceedings Judge McClelland asked Frankfurt if Irish was going …

Hot Sulphur Springs lawmaker chosen for Senate leadership

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 3:13pm
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs was recently chosen by his fellow Republicans for the position of Majority Whip for the 2015 legislative session. His appointment as Majority Whip places Baumgardner in a leadership position in the state Republican Party. As Majority Whip, Baumgardner will work to keep other Republicans on the floor of the Senate voting according to the desires of the party leadership. He will closely monitor how other Senators vote and will be tasked with lobbying and pressuring other Senators to vote the way the leadership wants. Baumgardner explained his new role saying, “The majority …

Grand County manager responds to criticism

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:41pm
Editor’s note: A recently published report from a grand jury investigating the theft of more than $500,000 dollars from the Grand County Building Department found no additional criminal culpability for the theft, though the report was heavily critical of multiple county officials. To view an article detailing the report, click here. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran sat down with the Sky-Hi News to address recent criticism stemming from the report, among other things. Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran has responded to criticism of her job performance after a grand jury report questioned the efficacy of her position in …