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Volunteers sought for Ski Down For Cancer at Winter Park

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:57pm
The American Cancer Society is looking for individuals interested in helping out on the day of the Ski Down For Cancer event.We will need volunteers anytime from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, to help with set up, sign in at lifts, silent auction, and take down. Time commitment is flexible and can be made to fit your availability. All ages and skill levels are welcome.Please feel free to either email michelle.bisbee@cancer.org or call 720 524 5480 for more information. The Thomas James Veit Ski Down for Cancer is coming to Winter Park Resort for its fifth …

Late night at ‘The Spot’

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:25pm
Daytime traffic on US Highway 40 may not notice a small white trailer adorned with a Colorado flag logo parked near the Winter Park Post Office. But at 10 p.m. “The Spot,” Winter Park’s only late-night food trailer, illuminates its “Open” sign and starts serving. By 1 a.m. it is buzzing with activity, warmth and camaraderie. The hungry crew who huddle beneath a heat lamp near the trailer is a mish-mash of locals who work late, touring band members just finishing a set, and tourists in town for the weekend. They all have one thing in common — an appetite …

Ranch Creek Spa now offers free classes

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:17pm
A day at the spa brings to mind thoughts of relaxation, calm, and well-being. It may not bring to mind thoughts of learning something new, but the Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is out change that.The world-class 18,000-foot spa at the resort ranch in Tabernash is offering a new “Enrichment Series” of health and lifestyle workshops this spring. The series is designed to help participants incorporate those feelings of calm and well-being they get from a visit to the spa into their everyday lives. The goal is to learn tools to live a more balanced, healthy, and enriched …

Muftic: Semantic war on Obama misses target

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
The U.S. is embroiled in a domestic and foreign semantics war. President Obama explained why he uses certain words of “violent extremists” to describe ISIS in remarks at a White House conference Feb. 18.He unleashed a firestorm from domestic political opponents who pounced on the president for not using “Islamic” as part of his ISIS tag. He was “adrift in denial” per Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. Others questioned his love of country because of his “different” background all because he did not use the same words they did.It is not President Obama that is in denial. Those in …

Hamilton — Arnaud de Borchgrave: 1926-2015

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Last week, Arnaud de Borchgrave, one of the world’s greatest foreign correspondents and newspaper editors, went to his eternal rest. However, rest will not come naturally to the hyper-active Arnaud de Borchgrave who rarely slept more than four hours each night.Shortly after de Borchgrave set up the headquarters for The Washington Times, my wife and I were among a group of journalists invited for a tour. (Penny was working as a stringer for Voice of America. I was editing a newspaper and also working, on assignment, for USA Today.) Explaining that Cold War news gathering was almost a full-time job, …

DeVos: Don’t cross the universe

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Both fans occasionally comment that a column would have been nicer if I hadn’t droned on endlessly about things no one cares about. So, in a vivid display of my paucity of inspiration, I decided to thank the Federal Aviation Administration for preventing an invasion by monsters from outer space disguised as Amazon delivery drones.The FAA ruled last week that operators of commercial drones have to be certified and they can fly only during daylight. The FAA also dashed Amazon’s goal of instant gratification by demanding that the operator must be able to keep the drone in sight, a rule …

Granby, Grand Lake tax receipts show growth

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Last year was a banner year for communities in Grand County.With the state economy showing strong signs of life, the tourism economy in Grand County experienced a similar uptick in revenues. Sales tax receipts were up in both Granby and Grand Lake in nearly every category. The increase in sales tax receipts in 2014 is an ongoing trend for the past several years for both communities.The Town of Granby took in $2,210,223 in sales tax in 2014; up from $2,160,048 the town received in 2013. The 2014 figure represents the most the town has ever collected in annual sales tax …

Brigid Irish arraignment set for Feb. 27

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Brigid Irish will be back in District Court today, Feb. 27, for an arraignment.Irish will appear before District Judge Mary Hoak. Irish stands accused of misappropriating more than half a million dollars in Grand County Building Department funds.Her last court appearance was in early January when Irish and her legal counsel, William Frankfurt of the Frankfurt Law Offices in Denver, appeared in District Court for the first time, also for an arraignment. During that court appearance Frankfurt requested a continuance on the case.An undisclosed plea agreement has been offered to Irish by the district attorney’s (DA) office. The agreement will …

Fraser board extends plat deadlines for The Village at Grand Park

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
The Fraser Board of Trustees has elected to extend the deadline for the execution of all plat documents related to The Village at Grand Park – Filing 2.The town voted unanimously to approve the extension as well as extend its prior approval of three final plat documents in the filing at its Feb. 18 board meeting.The extension gives Grand Park until Feb. 18, 2020, to execute all plat documents related to the filingThe town board first approved the final plat phasing plan for The Village at Grand Park – Filing 2 on June, 4, 2008, under the condition that any …

Rau: Did the dance or the snow come first?

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:17pm
Ah, the Snow dances are working. I love it when it’s a couple inches at a time – my back suffers much less from snow shoveling! But the storm track has definitely switched back in our favor, or should I say Denver’s favor. And Denver doesn’t even want the snow like we want it. They don’t know what to do with it. But we do. We go outside and love it. Our roads are also slick but locals are able to handle it better. I know our road departments are much better dealing with it. I’d rather drive Berthoud Pass …

‘Pretty Faces’ set for screening in Fraser

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:13am
A new ski film is queued up for a one-time benefit showing at the Foundry Theater in Fraser at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled.Pretty Faces is a film celebrating women who thrive in the snow. The concept for the film was originated by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer with the objective of giving women and girls, young and old, a source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams captured and friendships cultivated.In Lynsey’s words, …

Italian chef to visit Volario’s March 5-7

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:57am
Volario’s in Winter Park will be hosting a visiting chef from Italy on March 5, 6 and 7. In addition to its regular menu, the restaurant’s regular chefs and the visiting chef will work together on several entree additions, for even more of an authentic taste of Italy.Chef Salvatore Acampora is from the Amalfi Coast of Italy. He attended the Culinary School of Sorrento and is the Sous Chef at Hotel Luna Convento.He will be joining Executive Chef Evan Treadwell and Sous Chef Andrew Aghajanian to create an unforgettable experience for Winter Park.Reservations will go quickly. Make yours now by …

The DBC plays Winter Park Pub on Feb. 27

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:49am
Danny Bastos has rounded up an amazing cast of local Colorado musicians who perform regularly throughout Colorado as The DBC.The DBC recorded, produced, mixed, mastered and released their self-titled EP The DBC last summer. The DBC is an eclectic mix of original rock, jazz and world music best described as a modern-day Steely Dan that captivates audiences with their live performances filled with improvisation and musical spirit. The DBC is on a two week tour through Colorado and New Mexico. The band will be performing at Winter Park Pub on Friday, Feb. 27, in Winter Park. Their performance will feature …

Fat biking on the Fraser Valley trails plan radar

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:13am
There are an awful lot of options of things to do here. Sure you had to get out and track up some powder. I know I did. One of the hardest things to do is decide what activity to do next. Luckily on Wednesday that decision was made for me as I “had” to go out on a fat tire mountain bike ride. This ride was part of a photo and video shoot for the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. The footage will be used for create some short clips to promote the segment of mountain biking known as fat …

Could Winter Park Ski Train make a comeback?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:45pm
WINTER PARK — Amtrak officials said they would “closely look” at the performance of a one-day Ski Train in March to inform their decisions about future service.Hope they didn’t blink.The Winter Park Express’ maiden trip sold out less than 12 hours after it was announced on Feb. 25, said Steve Hurlbert with Winter Park Resort.Marketed as a one-off promotional event celebrating Winter Park Resort’s 75th Anniversary, the Winter Park Express will shuttle 400 passengers on a round trip from Denver to Winter Park Resort on March 14.Though Amtrak has only mentioned one trip, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said its success …

Grand Lake Classic back as the Foxy Freestyle

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:33pm
The last day in February is set for the return of Nordic racing to Grand Lake.On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race will be held at the Grand Lake Nordic Center. The Foxy Freestyle is a re-imagining of the no longer operational Grand Lake Classic, which was held for 25 years at the Grand Lake Nordic Center before being discontinued in 2007.The Foxy Freestyle is being staged by the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), and all proceeds from the event will go to the organization. It is being billed as a family friendly event with a …

Theft suspect scheduled to appear in District Court March 2

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:25pm
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Elizabeth Valree Carmichael, 47, is scheduled to appear in District Court on Monday, March 2, for an advisement hearing on charges she stole more than $451,000 from the Bear Mountain Ranch in western Grand County.An arrest warrant was issued on Jan. 7 for Carmichael, who now lives in Lubbock, Texas. The suspect turned herself into Colorado authorities on Jan. 17, according to court documents, posted bond and returned to Lubbock with the permission of the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the case.Court documents indicate Carmichael needs to travel to the Southwest and East …

Feds raid Texas group that called West Grand part of their own

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:25pm
West Grand residents who were concerned about possible annexation into the Republic of Texas can breathe easy.The Texas-based secessionist group, which has claimed that part of western Grand County falls into its resurrection of the bygone republic, was the target of a federal raid on Monday, Feb. 23, the Houston Chronicle reports.Local police, sheriffs, and agents of the Texas Rangers and FBI raided the group’s “congressional meeting” in Bryan, Texas, after the Republic subpoenaed local residents and a judge to appear before its “court” at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, the Chronicle reports.Ed Brannum, the “General Land Commissioner” …

Buddhist temple tests roofers’ mettle

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:25pm
Nestled up against the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristos in the shadow of Kit Carson Peak and just north of the Great Sand Dunes stands something you would expect to find on the other side of the world — a Buddhist temple.The Sangdo Palri Temple is a new three story temple located just outside the town of Crestone. Construction of the new temple began in 2011. Exterior work on the building was completed in late 2014.The temple provided an incredible opportunity for the Grand County construction firm The Roofing Company to showcase its craftsmanship. Workmen and metalsmiths from …

Winter Park 2014 sales tax collections set record

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:45pm
Sales, lodging and accommodations tax revenues for 2014 seem to suggest that an economic recovery has occurred in parts of the Fraser Valley.The Town of Winter Park had its biggest tax revenue year on record, topping its next highest year, 2007, by 1 percent.Winter Park set tax collection records in July, August and December, finishing the year with more than $4.5 million in tax collections, up 10 percent from last year.“Everything was up so people seem to be happy,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce. “They had a good year, and we …