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Column: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Grand County visit

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:33pm
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper visited longtime friend and fellow entrepreneur Bob Scott in Grand Lake on Thursday, July 31, during a campaign swing that later included a half-hour visit to the Sky-Hi News office in Granby. Expecting a shorter visit and being in the midst of a deadline, I thought perhaps we might have to cut our time short. Not to worry. It quickly became clear that the governor, who made a point of noting he’s “not a good politician,” really isn’t too shabby, which means he can talk ... at length ... engagingly. Of course, one might expect that …

Jon DeVos: Always camp near the car

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:01pm
It’s just past midnight on the first night of your long-threatened camping trip. The hissing noise that’s been keeping you awake has finally quit now that your air mattress is flat. There’s a Florida-shaped rock grinding into your back, suspected grizzlies are circling your tent and you’re miles outside pizza delivery range! Camping is considerably more expensive than your basic 5-star hotel. But if you decide to splurge and hang the expense, be extra cautious with the tent. Many marital difficulties have their roots in putting up the camping tent. It’s not just sheer irony that tents and tense are …

Hamilton: Immigration and geo-politics fraught with dangers

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:53pm
Immigration Made Simple: Polls show 80 percent of U.S. citizens want the border children returned to Central America and our southern border controlled. Legislation written by the Democrat-controlled Senate is long on amnesty and short on border control. Legislation passed last week by the Republican-controlled House is long on border control and short on amnesty. President Obama wants open borders and amnesty for all. Take your pick. Noted intelligence analyst, Elizabeth Bancroft, writing in The Intelligencer: Joint Studies in U.S. Intelligence, says, “... We are seeing ... the infiltration of thousands of unwanted Latin American children mobbing the borders, being …

Walk for Wilderness in Winter Park on Aug. 10

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:49am
The Walk for Wilderness set to take place from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10 is focused on and geared for children. It will be a great opportunity to share the wilderness with any children in your life. The walk will feature a short hike in the area behind Hideaway Park, a little “wilderness” in town. A “Nature Hunt” will be part of the experience with children seeing how many natural items they can find on a given list and answering questions about the wilderness. Prizes will be awarded for the most items found, interesting flowers identified and animals and …

Columbine Lake Trail closed Aug. 13-16

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:41am
The popular U.S. Forest Service trail to Columbine Lake, which is accessed from the Junco Lake Trailhead in the Arapaho National Recreation Area, will be closed to all use Aug. 13-16 while a group of more than 30 volunteers from Grand County Wilderness Group, Headwaters Trails Alliance and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps work with U.S. Forest Service crews to reroute the trail onto a more sustainable path. Portions of the 1.3-mile trail cross wet meadows and climb eroding slopes, causing extensive resource damage as hikers attempt to avoid soggy and muddy areas. Sections of the trail will be improved from …

Wilderness Spotlight: Byers Peak Wilderness

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:25am
On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. Since then, four wilderness areas have been established in Grand County that are managed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District.: Indian Peaks, Never Summer, Byers Peak and Vasquez Peak. Calendar of Events Grand County Wilderness Group and the U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District are hosting a variety of events this season to celebrate 50 years of wilderness. A full listing of events is available at GCWG.org. August’s events include: Aug. 10: Walk for Wilderness. This hike will be a great opportunity to share …

Hospice Open Water Swim set for Aug. 16 on Grand Lake

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:09am
So who’s afraid of a little cold water? Certainly not Traci Brammer whose memory we honor with our Aug. 16 Open Water Swim across Grand Lake to benefit Heart of the Mountains Hospice. Traci swam the half-mile across the lake last summer the day after her final chemo treatment for the cancer she had fought bravely for several years. She was supported in the water with her friends Karen Conger and Jenny Beltman and warmly welcomed ashore with towel and hugs by husband John. Most inspiring, but that was Traci. A well known advocate throughout the valley for children’s playgrounds, …

Trail of the Week: Byers Peak

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:53am
Byers Peak Byers Peak trail is a short but steep hike reaching the top of this majestic peak. This hike has very rewarding panoramic views at the top. Located in the Byers Peak Wilderness area, it is in need of an adopter or group of adopters who are hard workers and hardy hikers. This trail suffers from erosion and there are many projects to work on with recent and past rain showers. Contact Erica Bean, the Adopt a Trail Coordinator for Headwaters Trails Alliance, for more information on adopting a trail and the Adopt a Trail program: GCadoptatrail@gmail.com or at …