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East Grand starts school year with more students

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 2:13pm
The new school year kicked off for the East Grand School District (EGSD) on Monday, Aug. 31.Finalized enrollment figures are not yet available and the official head count will be in October, but early estimates show 1,306 students enrolled at EGSD, an increase of approximately 25 students for this school year over last school year.District officials point out the enrollment figures were taken during elementary testing, when some students might not have been officially enrolled. The School District employs 111 teachers. The full number of District staff, not including coaches or substitute teachers, is 187.Middle Park High School has the …

Joan Shaw honored with quilt for Grand County Friends Of The Library

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 1:41pm
Recently at a Friends of the Library board meeting it was suggested that the Grand Quilters make a Joan Shaw memorial quilt to be raffled to fund the 2016 summer reading program. Simultaneously, Roger Shaw gave Joan’s stash of her fabrics to the Grand Quilters.Immediately the ladies of the Grand Quilters had an idea to use the pattern (pineapple blossom) Joan had used in the last quilt she had made before her death ... and to use fabrics from her stash.Diane Fisher got the quilters together in the fellowship hall at Church of the Eternal Hills. So many fabrics were …

Sisters on the Fly host vintage camper tour in Grand Lake

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 1:09pm
The public is invited to join Sisters on the Fly at Elk Creek Campground in Grand Lake on Saturday, Sept. 12 ,from 2-4 p.m. for a tour of their (mostly) vintage camper trailers.Admittance is free but a suggested donation of $10 per person will be collected to benefit Casting for Recovery, a breast cancer support group using fly fishing to heal participants both mentally and physically.Over 50 members of Sisters on the Fly will be attending the “R n R” Rockin the Rockies Grand Lake Style Meetup event in Grand Lake. Participants are coming from as far away as Oklahoma …

Middle Park’s Caleb Kissler inspires the best in teammates, others

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:53pm
During last school year’s basketball season at Middle Park High School, Caleb Kissler, who was a sophomore at the time, played a fantastic game against Bennett High School. Kissler scored four 3-pointers in a row, and the electric atmosphere in the gym is a reminder to all athletes and students to start this school year off with strong team and school spirit.Caleb is 16 years old and is now a junior at Middle Park. He’s been playing basketball since elementary school. He participates in other sports, including soccer and track; his events in track are the 200 and the 100-meter …

Fraser: Dwight Eisenhower’s summer playground

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:37pm
At the Taste of History Champagne Brunch and Social, the Grand County Historical Association will offer guided tours of President Eisenhower’s summer playground at Byers Peak Ranch.Join us on Saturday, Sept. 12 ,for the Taste of History Champagne Brunch fundraiser, and purchase tickets ($40 - $50) online at www.grandcountyhistory.org.According to Charles Clayton, President Dwight Eisenhower is probably Fraser’s — if not Grand County’s — most famous visitor. From 1948 to 1955, and possibly as early as 1938, Eisenhower visited the Fraser Valley many times. During the early years of his presidency, from 1953-55, Eisenhower visited 26 days. He always stayed …

Granby businesses participate in Children’s Hospital fundraiser this weekend

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:05pm
Several Granby stores and restaurants, including Ace Country Hardware, Brickhouse 40 and Maverick’s Grille, will be participating in a fundraiser this weekend for Children’s Hospital in Denver.The fundraiser is being conducted in honor of Reese Caroline Richardson, Baby Reese, who died suddenly in June at the age of six weeks.Donations are being accepted under the auspices of Childern’s Miracle Network Hospitals and will be taken all weekend at participating outlets, some of which are offering discounts for specified gift levels.At Ace Country Hardware, donations of $5 or more earn people a special bucket. Most goods that fit into the bucket …

Granby hosts season’s final farmer’s market

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:05pm
The season’s last Friday Fest/Farmers-Artist Market in Granby will be Sept. 4 from 3-7:30 p.m.The Granby Chamber Chili Cook-off will take place from 3-7 p.m. Stop by and vote for your favorite chili to represent Granby in the All Chamber Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Grand Lake Plumbing.There will be a variety of vendors offering homemade pies and breads, tamales, vegetarian foods, hodown and rhinestone apparel, pottery, jewelry, natural skin care products, unique antler gifts, aspen and leather crafts, coffee, hot sauces, candles, chimes, handmade cards and more.Bring your blanket and chair and enjoy live entertainment with Cari …

Grand County trails plan heads to implementation phase

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:25am
Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) is holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Trails Alliance office in Fraser. This will be a meeting where we will begin to lay out our plans and direction for next year.The past several years our goal has been to keep the Master Trail Plan (the final plan to be created by HTA) and marketing efforts moving forward. This was high priority due to the importance of mountain biking and trails to the community, not only as recreation value but as a key economic component of our outdoor …

Grand Bio: Grand Lake man an autofocus camera pioneer

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:01am
Norm Stauffer, a resident of Grand Lake, holds 72 U.S. patents and numerous foreign ones. You may have met him at the post office. This is his story.Norm’s boss, Roger Erikson, had his feet up on his desk when he said, “If you can keep these slides in focus, maybe we can sell some of the projectors that are piling up in the back storage room.”Honeywell’s slide projector in 1965 was popping in and out of focus due to heat from the projector’s lamp heating up the slide. One week later Norm came back to Roger with a prototype that …

Rau: Trail groups have storied history in Grand County

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:29am
Our trail system keeps growing and developing from wagon trails and a means to travel from town to town to a recreational asset for our community.Grand County residents are mostly confirmed trail users in one form or another, one season or another. Many groups have been created that cater to that active part of our population.Back in the mid-80s, The Over The Hill Gang from Copper Mountain started operating in the Fraser Valley, mainly catering to skiers in the 55-plus age group. A local group broke off and formed the SkiMeisters, a group of active older adults now coming from …

Conservation Corps helps preserve Grand County resources

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:57am
In 2015, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy – Conservation Corps continued to help conserve and preserve Northern Colorado’s cultural and natural resources both in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding national forest by sending 36 youth divided into six crews into the field to work alongside the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in specific districts throughout the area. Within Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Crew maintained 112 miles of trail to ensure safe and sustainable public access. As the season progressed, they began working on flood recovery projects. This included restoring the tread on the Cow …

Letter: Granby Ranch listens

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:09am
To the Editor:I and apparently many other people expressed their concerns that a crosswalk was absent at the top of Village Way where the Granby to Fraser trail crosses the road. With speeding motorists, it was very dangerous to hikers, runners, and cyclists.I contacted Jamie Wolter who assured me a painting a crosswalk would be done plus a caution sign. That same day it was done.Now I can feel somewhat safe crossing the road. It is nearly impossible to see or hear the traffic coming from the east. Granby Ranch motorists, please slow down and obey the law.Thank you Granby …

DeVos: Squonk sighted in Tabernash

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:01am
Young people often come up to me and ask, “Jon, what should I do with my life?”The answer to that question carries grave responsibility. A frivolous answer might send a young man or woman careening down an irresponsible, twisted life-path until one day they wake up badly sunburned wearing glow-in-the-dark disco attire at Burning Man. So I reach deep into an immense wealth of experience and life-knowledge before thoughtfully resting my chin between my thumb and forefinger while squinting thoughtfully off to the third star on the left. Then I lean in close, glance furtively in both directions and whisper, …

Hamilton: Iran sweeps table: How will chips be played?

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:01am
When Congress votes to scuttle President Obama’s one-sided, nuclear-arms deal with the “Death to Israel” Mullahs, be sure to thank those, irrespective of political party, who vote to dump the deal.Write down the names of those who vote for the deal with Iran and/or refuse to vote to override an almost certain presidential veto. Readers can decide who puts principle above political party and who puts political party above principle.With the help of nuclear North Korea and imported nuclear physicists, Iran has been enriching uranium for decades. Iran has had more than enough time and enough borrowed expertise to create …

Renowned alpinist will speak at Nepal fundraiser in Fraser

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:41pm
Erik Weihenmayer went to Nepal with a dream and returned with a son.On May 25, 2001, the alpinist and adventurer became the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, but he was well on his way to forging a lifelong connection with the country and its people before ever stepping foot on its tallest mountain.He’d previously attempted two other summits in Nepal and had spent a great deal of time getting to know its people.“I was building my foundation, learning about Nepal, learning about Sherpas and learning about the different cultures and ethnicities and laying the groundwork for climbing the …

Rocky Mountain National Park copes with escaped campfires

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:49am
During the past 10 days, fire managers and park rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park have responded to four illegal, escaped campfires, according to the National Park Service.All four were suppressed at less than 1/4 acre, officials said, but each one had the potential to spread and threaten lives and property. Rocky Mountain National Park always has fire restrictions. Campfires are only allowed within designated campfire rings at select locations in the park, including picnic areas and campgrounds. In the fall of 2012, the Fern Lake Fire started from an illegal campfire. This fire burned more than 3,000 acres, caused …

Grand Park to host the Zoppé Italian Family Circus Sept. 4-7

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:33am
WINTER PARK — Grand Park announces the Zoppé Italian Family Circus is coming to the Fraser Valley on Sept. 4-7.Founded in 1842 by a French street clown and a Hungarian equestrienne ballerina, the seventh generation of Zoppé family performers continue to welcome spectators into an intimate 500-­seat tent known as Veneto. The circus features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.The Zoppé Italian Family Circus is a traditional European circus with talented artists performing in the same interactive style their ancestors used to entertain families over a century ago and is one of the last …

Autumn reading: Suggested pages to turn as the leaves turn

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:33am
Autumn is a beautiful time to settle into your rocking chair with a book. While the leaves turn, you can enjoy the comforts of a good read! Grand County Library District has a few suggestions.The movie A Walk in the Woods just hit theaters, but you can read the original book by Bill Bryson. Wishing to reacquaint himself with America after spending time in England, Bryson sets off to hike the Appalachian Trail with his out-of-shape friend. This is a great book for the outdoors aficionado and anyone looking for a laugh.For the dog lovers out there, The Possibility Dogs …

About 70 jobs to be cut at Henderson Mine & Mill

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 5:41pm
Portions of Grand, Clear Creek and Summit counties are steeling themselves for a round of layoffs scheduled for the Henderson Mine and Mill.Approximately 70 jobs are expected to be cut from the two industrial operations.Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), which owns Henderson Mine and Mill, issued a press release on Thursday, Aug. 27, detailing spending cuts in the company in response to what they call, “market conditions.”The release states, “FCX has revised mine plans at its Henderson primary molybdenum mine to operate at a lower rate.”The release goes on to state that Henderson will experience a 35 percent reduction from previous annual production …

Grand County approves employment contract with Curran

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 5:25pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved a contract to employ County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran as a water negotiator after she leaves her county manager’s post on Sept. 7.Curran announced her resignation on Aug. 11. The board had previously discussed the possibility of maintaining a relationship with Curran for water negotiations.The employment contract, approved at the board’s Sept. 1 meeting, outlines Curran’s new role as a part-time temporary employee and representative in negotiations on various water issues including Grand Lake clarity, the Moffat Firming Project, Windy Gap Bypass and Windy Gap Firming Project, among others.Curran will be paid …