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Lynn Burrows named Colo. PE Teacher of the Year

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:41pm
The Colorado Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance has selected Lynn Burrows, physical education teacher at Fraser Valley Elementary School, as the 2014 Colorado Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes educators who have demonstrated continuous dedication to the advocacy and enhancement of student learning in physical education in Colorado. This summer Burrows worked with NWBOCES (a cooperative service agency serving seven school districts in northwest Colorado), designing assessments for PE teachers across the nation. She also worked with the Colorado Department of Education designing units of instruction for Colorado PE teachers. “I am very …

Winter Park-Fraser detective wins K-9 award

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:25pm
It was a cold February night in Hot Sulphur Springs when Brittany King-Graham, 22, slipped quietly through the front door of the Grand County Jail while on work detail. With the town whitewashed in snow and plunged in mid-winter darkness, a manhunt seemed like a daunting task. Winter Park-Fraser Police Detective Brett Schroetlin and his K-9 Argo were dispatched to assist in the search. At first Schroetlin and Argo tried a “blind track” from the jail, but when that was unsuccessful, Argo was given an article of clothing to help him acquire the scent. He began tracking southbound past the …

Panthers come up short against Bobcats

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:13pm
GRANBY — Friday night’s football game was a clash of purple and white. The Middle Park Panther’s took on the Estes Park Bobcats for the Trail Ridge Trophy in the team’s ninth match-up. The game received a lot of attention and was featured on Maxpreps.com as the national Rivalry Game of the Week. The Panther’s lost the game 16-8, giving them a 5-4 record in the rivalry series against Estes, and a 0-2 record for the season. There was no shortage of support from the Middle Park sidelines. Fans flocked to the school in the hundreds to support their local …

Grand County Community Forum set for Sept. 11

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:33pm
Northwest Colorado Center for Independence will host a Grand County Community Resource Forum for individuals with disabilities, seniors, family, friends, attendants, service providers and anyone interested in working together to realize a more inclusive, accessible, and healthy community. The Forum will be held at Granby Community and Senior Center, 125 N 3rd Street on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3-6 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to learn about services available and to identify opportunities for developing additional supports for anyone with a goal to live well in Grand County communities. The Community Forum will host five Panel Boards addressing …

Granby dinner benefits Grand Community Gardens

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:33pm
Connect with the community at a Garden-to-Table dinner on Friday, Sept. 12, from 4:30-9 p.m. at Brickhouse 40 in Granby. The chefs at Brickhouse 40 will prepare a 4-course tasting menu highlighting vegetables from the Grand Community Gardens, a lamb purchased from 4-H and honey donated by Worden Apiaries. The price is $29.99 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Grand Community Gardens. The Grand Community Gardens are a part of Grand County’s CSU Extension office. They are finishing up their seventh successful growing season with beds in Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby and Fraser. The Fraser location has …

Grand Lake celebrates Constitution Week

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:25pm
GRAND LAKE — Sept. 17 marks the 227th anniversary of the completion of the U.S. Constitution and its signing by delegates of the Constitutional Convention. Grand Lake will again commemorate the date with its third annual Constitution Week from Sept. 15-20. The U.S. Constitution was not officially ratified until June 21, 1788, after New Hampshire ratified the document, the ninth state to do so. The Constitution went into effect that same day. At the time only nine of the 13 states had ratified the Constitution, meeting the two-thirds minimum requirement for adoption. Virginia and New York ratified shortly thereafter. It …

Grand County real estate transactions, Sept. 1 to Sept. 6, 2014

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:54pm
Grand County transactions Sept. 1 to Sept. 6 Cozens Meadow at Grand Park Lot 32 – Kelby Bethards to Chris Gayer and Rachel Workman, $550,000 Winter Park Highlands Unit 1, Lot 14 – Jay and Mara Erlandson to Carlos and Rebecca Descalzo, $400,000 Meadow Ridge Lodges Court 8, Unit 7 – US Refrigeration Technologies LLC to Elizabeth and Gordon Ryder II, $125,000 Trademark Condominiums Unit 1 – Brenda Black to Justin and Caroline Coppin, $519,600 Breckon Subdivision TRT 16 Partial Legal – See Document – Paul and Jodi Gannon to Stephen and JoAnn Calder, $136,500 Gudgel Subdivision TRT 7 – …

Letter: Granby the new speed trap capital?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:17am
To the Editor: Has Granby become the modern [town of] Empire? For a long time Empire was known as the speed trap capital of Colorado. Now the Town of Granby is going to give them a run for the money. After Marvin Heemeyer tore up this small mountain town, the city fathers decided to create a police force. Needing revenue to support this operation, they have built their own speed trap. Now Barney Fife has a place to be, and a job to do, as he waits for the next bulldozer rampage. The speed trap sits at the east end …

Letter: Greed weakens valley’s Spirit

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:09am
To the Editor: I remember. Once upon a time there was a Great Spirit that dwelled in our valley. In my day the Spirit was happy and strong. At any given time you could commune with this wondrous Spirit by cruising through the deep snow in the trees, while backpacking, or just by looking at the majestic mountains or pristine landscapes it offered. Now the Spirit is sad and weak. With the influx of corporations, developers, and the mighty foe greed, the Great Spirit fell into despair and ruin. In my day we would have rallied to save the Great …

Letter: Democracy or republic?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:09am
To the Editor: The posse catches a man suspected of cattle rustling. They take a vote and the posse of 12 votes to hang the man over his objection. As the noose is placed around the suspect’s neck, the sheriff arrives, halts the hanging and notes that the law requires that an accused be afforded a trial to determine guilt or innocence. Is the United States a democracy or a republic? Come to Grand Lake’s celebration of Constitution Week — Sept. 15-20 — and learn more about the Constitution, the miraculous document that changed the world, and enjoy some of …

Letter: Vote Udall out in November

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:01am
To the Editor: This fall, Grand County voters will have an opportunity to vote. Sen. Mark Udall says he’s committed to re-opening Rollins Pass road. His commitments must lie with his Boulder voters because of his inaction on this subject. The zeal with which Grand County proactively promotes its trail systems rings hollow if Mark Udall cannot keep the promise. VOTE HIM OUT in November. Chas Wiebe Fraser …

Letter: Questions remain about Grand County government

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:45am
To the Editor: As a previous writer said, there are a multitude of questions about our county government. Pardon me if I repeat any from that writer. Why not do a detailed audit of the last few years of the county transactions? What would that cost? What percent of the yearly budget would that require? Why be content with changing the procedures to protect us from fraud in the future? Why not look at the past in some detail? Do any elected officials have anything to hide? Is it not human nature to suspect politicians? Why not eliminate all suspicion? …

GMO-labeling initiative makes Colorado ballot

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:37am
I am happy to announce that the hard work of over 500 hundred grass roots volunteers across the state along with some paid circulators have been successful in placing GMO Labeling on the ballot in Colorado this fall as Proposition 105. It was at times a difficult task collecting signatures as our petitioners, exhibiting their First Amendment constitutional rights, were often asked or told to leave festivals, farmer’s markets, concerts and other events around the state by event organizers, local government officials and local law enforcement authorities. On Aug. 4, a rally was held at the state Capitol just prior …

Grand County building, planning, other departments to be combined

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:29pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has decided to move forward with combining the county building, planning, economic development and GIS departments into a single “community development” department. The move could save the county $61,000 next year, said Lurline Underbrink Curran, county manager, as well as make the departments “more efficient and more effective.” The savings would come from eliminating the position of director from the planning and building departments. The county building department has been without a director since Robert Scott Penson resigned in June following a scandal in which $500,000 in department funds was misappropriated. Former employee Brigid …

Rocky Mountain National Park centennial under way

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:21pm
Dark storm clouds couldn’t dampen spirits as tourists, locals, rangers and volunteers gathered at Holzwarth Historic Site in Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday, Sept. 4, to commemorate the beginning of the Park’s 100th anniversary. The event featured National Park Service speakers and live music performed by Brad Fitch, a singer/songwriter and John Denver tribute artist; and local musician Peggy Mann. Vaughn Baker, Park superintendent, spoke about ongoing conservation efforts in the Park and the tremendous contributions, including 2.13 million hours of volunteer work valued at $48 million, that has gone into preserving the Park. “The kickoff is all about …