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Fire south of Granby burns about 1 acre

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 8:29pm
Firefighters were preparing to leave the scene of a 1-acre wildfire south of Granby on Monday evening, July 28, while awaiting the arrival of a helicopter and Hotshot crew on Tuesday morning. The fire started Monday afternoon, and the column of smoke was clearly visible from US Highway 40 around Granby. Cause of the fire had not yet been determined, although numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were visible around Granby shortly before the fire started. About six firefighters, some from the U.S. Forest Service and some from Granby Fire, responded. The fire was burning in rugged terrain on private land south …

Helicopter helps douse Vasquez Mountain fire

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:13am

Photo: Practicing for the Colorado Freeride Festival in Winter Park

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
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Photo: Elk rest in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am

Old Fall River Road will be closed for repairs starting July 28

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
On Monday, July 28, Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will close to all uses including pedestrians and hikers, as major repair work begins on the road and the Alluvial Fan bridge. Old Fall River Road sustained significant damage during the September 2013 flood. The road has been closed since last September to vehicles and bicycles but pedestrians and hikers had been allowed on the road. All other roads in Rocky Mountain National Park are open. The closure area on Old Fall River Road will extend from the road west of the Lawn Lake Trailhead parking area …

Talking Shop: Parshall Place

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
Name/title: Joe and Denise DuLac, owners Business/business location: Parshall Place, 301 Main Street; Parshall, CO 80468 How long have you been in business?: 4-1/2 years How did you get started in this business?: Quite by accident. We originally purchased the house to be a long term rental, but after all the hard work we put into the remodel we wanted to share it with more than one or two renters. Business mission statement or tag line: “A Completely Relaxing Rockies Retreat” Success in the mission: From the reviews we have received, we have been successful in our mission thus far …

Pegasus Ensemble plays July 25

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:05am
“A WHAM BAM WOW ensemble of horns and rhythm!” is how the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy describes its newest ensemble, Pegasus. Pegasus makes its Grand County debut on Friday, July 25, from 1-3 p.m. in Hideaway Park, Winter Park. The performance is free. This is the second concert of the summer series for the Grand County Concert Series. The Pegasus concert is made possible through a partnership with the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber. …

‘The Utes Must Go,’ a history chat

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:53pm
Peter R. Decker, college professor, author, policy analyst and rancher, combines his knowledge, experience and education in his many books about the West, including “The Utes Must Go,” his book and the topic of his lecture at Cozens Ranch Museum, a free event scheduled for 5 p.m. July 25. Decker attended boarding school, Middlebury College, and earned his Ph.D. in American History at Columbia University. In 1974, after teaching at Barnard College, he was ready to head West. He and his wife found a ranch in Ouray County. In 1980 they moved permanently and now Decker is owner and operator …

Economy gaining steam in East Grand County

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:25pm
A recent slew of business openings and improvements in Winter Park could be a sign that the economy is rebounding. The recently opened Vasquez Creek Inn and Hideaway Park Brewery are the latest examples of business owners investing in the downtown area. “Things are improving and looking better, and people’s businesses are growing,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce. The property transaction for Vasquez Creek Inn, formerly the German-style inn and restaurant Gasthaus Eichler, closed on Sept. 6, 2013, for $1.4 million, according to the Grand County assessor’s website. Bob and Suzanne …

Obituary: Francis Warren Rempel

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:57pm
Grand Lake and Denver resident the Rev. Dr. Warren Rempel, cofounder of the Shadowcliff Retreat Center and retired minister of Trinity Church in the Pines in Grand Lake, passed away Dec. 27, 2013. The Shadowcliff Lodge Chapel will host a celebration of his life from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 405 Summerland Park Road, followed by a reception from 2 to 3:30p.m. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott, who died in 1989, and his three sisters, Mary, Margery and Dorothy. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Patt Wylder Rempel, …

Obituary: Bruce Alan Lang

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:49pm
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bruce was known as a colorful local character of Winter Park for the last 40 years. His quick-witted one-liners are his legacy to those who crossed paths with him. For those who knew him more than casually, he shared intellectual and deep discussions, along with many laughs in between. He was a “Cat In the Hat” (his favorite author Dr. Seuss). He survived many lives as a cat would. He left us peacefully in his sleep free of dependence and pain. He loved the mountains and would never leave Grand County; even Denver was too far …

Letter: Kremmling Chamber director didn’t understand community

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:25pm
To the Editor: When I read the opinion piece in the July 24 Sky-Hi News offered by Christine Mahorney, who is the outgoing Kremmling Chamber director, she said she moved to Kremmling because she liked the community and the schools. While any reasonable person condones respectful debate on delicate subjects and not bullying, harassment, or hate mail, just what about Kremmling made her believe the community was largely in favor of expanding beer gardens at public events? Most people don’t give a rip what one does privately behind closed doors and are generally in favor of business establishments that are …

Jon DeVos: The Q is out there somewhere

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:17pm
It was in high school that true love dragged me into typing class. I would have followed Mary Ellen Shea anywhere those days, but fortunately we only had to go as far as Sister Mary Bernice in Room 213. Unfortunately, that’s also as far as it went with Mary Ellen Shea. She started hanging on the football quarterback and my interest in stupid typing waned as quickly as my interest in stupid Mary Ellen. So that’s how I learned how to type, sort-of. I’m pretty firm on the stuff around the center of the keyboard but the keys get squishier …

Grand County real estate transactions, July 13-19, 2014

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:53pm
TRT 3 SEC 35 TWP 2N R 76W Partial Legal – See Document – Francis Delay and Kristie Holford-Delay to Jeremiah and Kimberly Huntington, $465,000 Elk Creek Village Filing 1, Unit D, Bldg A – Debra Thurston to Sarah Baker, $205,000 Ice Box Estates Lot 14 – Karl and Christina Smith to Thomas Rutkowski and Victoria Peglar, $392,500 Ridge Estates No. 2, Lot 10 – Neal Trust to John and Catherine Logan, $65,000 Val Moritz Village 1st Filing, Lot 14, Block 3 – Douglas Streepey and Lisa Yoakum to Karen M Bonde Trust, $65,000 Val Moritz Village 1st Filing, Lot …

Lake Granby spill ends

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:09am
Water that began to spill over the Granby Dam spillway at Lake Granby on Wednesday, July 16, is now headed instead toward the Front Range through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel. The lake officially started spilling last Wednesday, according to Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, when the water level reached 8,279.5 feet. Kara Lamb with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation wrote in an email late Tuesday night, July 22, that the spill had ended and diversions to the Front Range through the tunnel increased to 408 cubic feet per second. Meanwhile, she wrote, releases from the dam into the Colorado …

Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:45pm
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service declared a small fire on Vasquez Ridge contained Tuesday evening. The fire, located up a dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road, grew to be a bit more than 50 feet by 100 feet in size, said Reid Armstrong, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service’s Suphur Ranger District. The USFS used helicopter support to douse the fire because it was so inaccessible, Armstrong said. Officials believe the fire was human caused, though the USFS is still investigating, Armstrong said. No structures were damaged during the fire, which occurred in an area …

Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:45pm
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service were fighting a small fire on Vasquez Ridge on Tuesday afternoon. The fire, located up a dirt road near the southwest end of Little Vasquez Road, was reported to be about 50 feet by 100 feet in size, according to a press release from the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho National Forest. Helicopter support was en route to the fire as of 3 p.m. Tuesday No structures were being threatened, according to the press release. Smoke from the fire may be visible from Winter Park and U.S. Highway 40. …

Photos: Winter Park Jazz Festival

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:37pm

Remembering a giant of Grand Lake

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:21pm
When I asked people what kind of man Warren Rempel was, a few recurring themes were worthy of note. Peacemaker, tenacious, dynamic, vital, remarkable, firebrand – these were just a few of the adjectives that adorn Rempel’s memory in the minds of those whose lives he touched in some way. Rempel, a stalwart in the Grand Lake community and a champion of humanity, died on Dec. 27, 2013. He was survived by his wife Patt, his daughter Sue and his son Peter. Rempel left behind a legacy of charity and goodwill that exists not only in the minds of those …

Grand Lake residents peruse streetscape, signage ideas

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:21pm
The Town of Grand Lake held a public outreach meeting to gather public feedback on its streetscape and way finding master plans on Friday, July 17. Representatives from Grand Lake, Munn Architecture and Terracina Design presented photos of various examples of streetscapes and signage and asked citizens to rate each one. Munn Architecture and Terracina Design have partnered under contract with the town to develop the two master plans. The streetscape master plan focuses on sidewalks, outdoor eating areas, storefront improvements, and pedestrian and vehicular access to Grand Avenue. The way-finding master plan focuses on signage around downtown Grand Lake. …