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New director takes HTA on next leg of journey

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:37pm
Since taking over as executive director of Headwaters Trails Alliance last November, Meara Michel has been hard at work coordinating a number of efforts to preserve and improve trails across the county.Michel said that the job has been the “perfect culmination” of her backgrounds and interests.It combines her experience with nonprofits and environmental education with her interests as an avid outdoorswoman.“I’ve lived out here for almost nine years, and I’ve ridden the trails, hiked the trails, biked the trails, run the trails, cross-country skied the trails, so I feel like I come to this position with a lot of knowledge …

Grand Lake looks to grants for renovation projects

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:57pm
The East Inlet Boat Launch in Grand Lake should be renovated before long.On Monday night the Grand Lake Board of Trustees approved the submission of a Technical Assistance Grant request to the Northwest Colorado Council of Government (NWCCOG) for the hiring of two consultants. The consultants will help the town develop a management agreement and an environmental assessment and prepare environmental permits related to work on the East Inlet Recreation Area, located southeast of Grand Lake at the end of West Portal Road.The fee for hiring the two consultants will total a little over $9,000. The Technical Assistance Grant request …

Grand County commissioners to address nepotism in workshop

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:41pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners will discuss perceived nepotism within county government at a policy workshop on April 6.The board scheduled the discussion at its March 24 meeting after a citizen raised the issue during the public comment section of the meeting.“The problem is there is perceived and probably is nepotism going on in this county, and we do need to address that,” said Eden Recor. “We do need to put it into a policy and probably schedule it at one of your policy meetings, but a lot of people are thinking that if you’re going to have nepotism, …

Winter Park foot gurus craft ‘local experience’

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:33pm
When you first walk into the Local Experience in Winter Park, you’re struck by the feeling of the place.It feels more like a personal space than a retail space, as if you’d stepped into the gear room of the most avid outdoorsperson you know.That’s not to say it’s dark, disorganized and smells like wet paddling gear.Rather it’s cozy, inviting and unpretentious in a way that makes you feel more like a guest than a customer.The allure seems to trickle down from the philosophy of the business’s owners, Lara Kurtak and Eric Russell.Both are locals in every sense of the word.Kurtak …

Middle Park Medical Center transitions to new billing company

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:21pm
Middle Park Medical Center (MPMC) has begun the transition process from its previous billing company, Healthcare Resource Group, to First Party Receivables Solutions after listening to the residents.“When I started as CEO, I went out to the community, our board, and to our employees and I listened,” said David Ross, MPMC CEO. “Time and time again, the biggest complaint revolved around our billing process. So we listened and we acted.”The transition for patients will begin in the near future with billing statements sent from FPRS that will also contain MPMC literature such as a “Patient Education” letter.“Our goal is to …

It’s the countdown to the Meltdown in Tabernash

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:13pm
TABERNASH — Join Eternal Hills Christian Preschool on Saturday, March 28, for a family-friendly day of fun.Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. there will be a Rug Rat Rummage Sale and Book Fair featuring gently used goods for children. Beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing to 3 p.m., a chili cook-off, silent auction, indoor carnival, live music, children’s games, face painting, and more will take place.All proceeds will benefit the Eternal Hills Christian Preschool. Eternal Hills Christian Preschool provides children the opportunity to explore, learn, and development in a loving environment. The program features a child-directed approach and attention to …

Contract awarded to repair Colorado-Big Thompson flood damage

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:57pm
The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a contract totaling nearly $1.5 million to Lillard and Clark Construction Company Inc., Denver, for repair to the Big Thompson Diversion Structure, an element of the Colorado-Big Thompson project that was damaged during the September 2013 flood. The project to repair the Big Thompson Diversion Structure, located 8.5 miles west of Loveland, requires removal and restoration of flood-damaged concrete areas, installation of a precast concrete building, repair and replacement of electrical systems, gates, gear boxes, electric motors and other rehabilitation tasks. The work is expected to begin in April 2015.Water from the Colorado-Big Thompson …

Hwy 9 project meeting set for Kremmling

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:57pm
Officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation and Kirkland Construction will be on hand at a kickoff meeting for the Colo. Highway 9 project from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Grand County Extension office, 210 11th St., Kremmling.The project in part entails building overpasses and underpasses for wildlife in an effort to reduce the high number of wildlife-vehicle collisions on the highway between Kremmling and Silverthorne. Work is scheduled to begin this spring.Similar meetings are scheduled for Steamboat Springs and Silverthorne:• 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Citizens Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs• 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, …

Grand County 4-Hers attend district retreat

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:05pm
Grand County 4-Hers attended the District 11 and 12 Retreat on March 20-21 in Glenwood Springs.Twenty-one kids aged 10-18 and six chaperones from Grand County joined 4-Hers from Routt, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, and Eagle counties for the retreat, which as themed “I Survived District Retreat.”They kicked the conference off on Friday night by hearing from Keynote Speaker Tori Allen. She used her story of becoming a professional rock climber at age 13 and winning the X Games for speed climbing at age 14 to inspire attendees to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.On Saturday the kids learned survival …

Muftic: The 2016 political battlefield is shifting

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:57am
The battlefield has changed for the 2016 general election, but Republicans so far are fighting the last war of the 2014 midterms.Better they take a look at the history of 2012, too, and consider the demographic changes taking place in the last four years. Senate seats up for grabs and electoral states needed to win the White House will tilt more to blue and purple states than in 2014.The GOP will have a harder time in 2016 making jobs, growth and the economy a winning issue than in 2012 because the economy has improved and will improve even more by …

Hamilton: Metrics and America

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:57am
W. Edwards Deming (1900-1960), the dean of American management consultants, used to teach, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”Professor Deming’s lectures to Japanese industrialists set off the Japanese economic miracle of 1950-1960, causing Japan to produce high-quality cars that almost sank Detroit’s automobile industry.For measurement, it is necessary to have goals. Some readers may have seen the “nine or so rules for radicals” floating around the Internet which are attributed, inaccurately, to Saul Alinsky (1909-1972). But, over the years, Alinsky’s thoughts have been transmogrified (to change or alter greatly often with grotesque effect) by radicals such as Bill Ayers …

DeVos: Stop by for a bite

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:57am
A couple of months ago we got a new dog. We named her Surely, as in “Surely that’s not my dog”. While we’ve considerably warmed up to her, she’s surely not like any mutt I ever imagined I’d own. But in life it follows sometimes that you just have to take a bite out of that sandwich.We rendezvoused with the rescue group for the handoff on a dark, stormy night in a derelict Target parking lot in southeast Denver. We just stuffed her in a crate with no idea if she was sociable or had the manners of a trapped …

Keystone visitor commits suicide after eating marijuana candies

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:17am
A Tulsa, Okla., man visiting Keystone committed suicide after consuming a large amount of edible marijuana candies on Tuesday, March 24, according to a Summit County Coroner’s report.The coroner said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. Luke Gregory Goodman, 22, was staying in Keystone at the time of the incident and was transferred to St. Anthony’s Lakewood Hospital for medical care.According to witnesses, Goodman consumed marijuana edibles prior to his death. A CBS4 reports says that Goodman bought $78 of edible marijuana with his cousin, Caleb Fowler, in Silverthorne. Goodman consumed five peach tart candies …

Presentation explores hunting practices of Native Americans

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:01am
In support of the Winds of Change: Utes of the High Country exhibit at Cozens Ranch Museum, Dr. Jason LaBelle, a leading archaeologist on Grand County prehistory, lectures on early native peoples of this area.Dr. LaBelle runs an archaeological field school along the Continental Divide of Grand County. He and his students document and excavate amazing archaeological finds. This is a special opportunity to learn and understand about the earliest peoples of Middle Park, from a vibrant young scholar.Dr. LaBelle’s talk is: The Mountains as Wilderness and as Home: The Ancient Practice of Communal Hunting along the Continental Divide at …

Fraser Valley spring mountain biking options abound

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:45am
I sure saw a lot of people out biking the last couple of weeks. Warm weather felt more like summer than winter.Snow is melting and roads go from snow packed to mud to dirt and back again. Many of us have already taken the journey to drier climates to feel the dirt under our wheels while the warm spring sun beats down on our chilled winter bodies. Often we find ourselves anxious to get out on the bike here in the valley.If you don’t have a fat tire bike, don’t worry we have a lot of options to ride now. …

Report: Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre contributes millions to Grand Lake economy

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:57pm
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre continues to contribute about $3.4 million annually directly to the local economy, according to information compiled by the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce.The original Economic Impact Study conducted in 2012, verified during the following two years, indicates that within the last three years, nearly 60,000 ticket purchasers came to the theatre. When standard multipliers are applied to the number of times dollars are spent before leaving a community, the theater’s total contributions to the town economy remains at over $6.7 million annually, according to the chamber.The theatre’s 2014 survey results show the projected number of 2014 …

Bonds for medical center in Granby spark receivership lawsuit

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:49pm
Kremmling Memorial Hospital District was notified this week of a motion filed in District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs seeking receivership for the bond issue associated with construction of Middle Park Medical Center - Granby, according to MPMC officials.The revenue bonds were issued in 2010 by the Middle Park Facilities Corporation, which was set up to finance construction of the $20 million, 20,000-square-foot center. The corporation was established rather than expanding the boundaries of the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District, which does business as MPMC, because officials at the time thought voters would not approve such an expansion.The court complaint filed …

From Asia to Fraser: New assistant town manager learns the ropes

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:21pm
Fraser has a new assistant town manager.Bektur Sakiev is filling the position as part of an internship through a program at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in political science.Sakiev received his undergraduate degree in international and comparative politics from the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, where Sakiev is from.Though he comes from a theoretical background, Sakiev said the practicality of public administration and policy was appealing to him. “In administration policy, you deal with everyday policies, you affect peoples’ lives, and that interested me,” Sakiev said. “I’m more of …

Kremmling man claims officers, deputies violated his civil rights

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:13pm
A civil rights lawsuit has been filed by Kremmling resident Robert Mark Smith against the Town of Kremmling, members of the Kremmling Police Department (KPD) and deputies of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO).The lawsuit alleges Kremmling police officers and Grand County Sheriff’s deputies violated Smith’s First and Fourth Amendment rights. The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on March 5, 2013. The lawsuit names the Town of Kremmling, Officer Robert Dillon of the KPD, Officer Todd Wilson of the KPD, Deputy Daniel Mayer of the GCSO, Deputy Zachary Luchs of the GCSO, Deputy Mike Reed of the GCSO …

East Grand Schools roll out one-to-one laptops to students

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:05pm
Students in an eighth-grade English class at East Grand Middle School are diligently reading and responding to works of literature. But two tools are markedly absent from their desks: paper and pens.Students read from and type their responses into their new school-issued Chromebook laptop computers. Completed assignments are electronically submitted to their teacher, Lynn Bellatty, who reads, grades, and provides feedback — all without printing one piece of paper.“In my time in education this is one of the most exciting things I have been a part of,” said East Grand Middle School (EGMS) Principal Jenny Rothboeck. “There aren’t very many …