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Forest Service battles small fire on Vasquez Ridge near Winter Park

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:29pm
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. …

Fraser couple weds after eleven years together

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:09pm
There was no wedding planner for Fraser residents Eric Van Herwaarden and Philip Naill’s July 11 wedding in downtown Denver. No tuxedo rentals. No fragrant bouquets or champagne toasts. But there was a lot of celebrating. “I can’t tell you how welcoming everyone was, and how excited they were to be able to finally do this,” Van Herwaarden said of the Denver county clerk staff who guided them through the process. Van Herwaarden and Naill said “I do” during a maelstrom of legal activity regarding the rights of gay couples to marry in Colorado. The family went to Denver that …

Kremmling chamber director reluctantly resigns

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:21pm
On Thursday [July 17], I announced my resignation as the Executive Director of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a decision that stunned some in the community, but shouldn’t come as a surprise to others. I accepted the position in December of 2013 after weighing the pros and cons of a lean, part-time salary with no benefits against leaving my husband’s business. We decided together for me to take the job because we are passionate about Kremmling and West Grand’s future. My husband and I chose to settle in Kremmling in 2009. We were not placed here via …

Deputy dampens parade enthusiasm

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:57pm
What a wonderful Buffalo BBQ celebration! Good clean fun was had by kids 8-80 in the wet zone. Parade participants had the left turn option to avoid the water and several did. Those who enjoy the water games came through with plenty of their own ammo. Nice job Grand Lake Plumbing, you have raised the bar! Even Brett Schroetlin, Grand County Sheriff candidate, got baptized! He looked like he was having a blast as we all were. Perfect until a deputy marched into the middle of the wet zone loudly announcing that “the next person who throws a water balloon …

Winter Park Resort gears up for Colorado Freeride Festival

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:53pm
WINTER PARK – With some last-minute touches to trails and courses this week, Winter Park Resort is ready to welcome the world to the 2014 Colorado Freeride Festival, beginning this Thursday, July 24, and continuing through Sunday, July 27. The largest event of its kind in the United States, the Colorado Freeride Festival features nearly 900 athletes representing more than 20 different countries competing in five mountain bike disciplines; Specialized Enduro, Epic Singletrack Cross-Country, Air Downhill, Slopestyle, and Intergalactic Pond Crossing. The four-day festival is the only U.S. stop for the Enduro World Series, which will bring in all of …

Byers Peak Trailhead near Fraser closed for improvements July 23-25

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:49am
FRASER – The U.S. Forest Service is planning improvements to the popular Byers Peak Trailhead, which will be closed for three days while the project is completed. Located in the Fraser Experimental Forest, the trailhead accesses a 4-mile long bike/hike to the summit of Byers Peak. In recent years, the trailhead parking area has deteriorated, according to agency officials. Beginning this week, Forest Service crews began replacing a damaged culvert just below the parking area and address potholes. As a result, the trailhead will be closed July 23 through July 25. Hikers wishing to climb Byers Peak during that time …

Drew Munro: You say goodbye, and I say hello

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
You may not be able to go back, as the old adage goes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come back. As some of you know, I’m returning as editor of the Sky-Hi News to replace the editor who replaced me when I left for Glenwood Springs about 14 months ago. Now that my head has stopped spinning, I’d like to thank all of you who have given me such a warm welcome. I can’t tell you how many ways Grand County feels like home and how wonderful it is to be back. I’d also like to offer a hearty …

Jon DeVos: I owe it all to Judge Judy

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
Last October, I hit a pothole just outside of Granby causing considerable damage to my wife’s Mini Cooper. This pothole was a big square cut in the road left over from some excavation. Erosion from weekend traffic had worn away the dirt and left a wicked edge exposed, and I hit it with enough impact to blow out both tires on the driver’s side. Reacting immediately, I slammed both eyes shut and squealed like a pre-teen. Nonetheless, my wife tells me that after a harrowing 8-second ride, we somehow landed safely by the side of the road. Happy for life, …

Tonya Bina: Motherhood, journalism: True labors of love

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:25pm
I was a month into my job as editor at the Sky-Hi when, having just learned I had a baby and was working full-time, someone said smugly and with a hint of judgment, “You’re really living the American dream!” It resonated with me in an uncomfortable way. I value the opportunities for women and work, but the dream varies among us. Not everyone who chooses to work full-time in the first year of having a baby is putting selfish career goals before family. For many, it’s about putting family first, rejecting that strong desire to stay home with child and …

Pastels in the park

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:37pm

Totally tubular

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:37pm

Starting to spill

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 6:37pm

Help Wanted:

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:49pm
The summer season in Grand Lake is in full swing, but Bob King, owner of Pancho & Lefty’s, feels like he is playing catch-up. Until a couple of weeks ago, he was severely understaffed. “It’s been extremely difficult. We’ve had to close a couple of days. We had to give people days off. We’re barely now just getting staffed. We should have been fully staffed a month ago,” he said. Pancho & Lefty’s staff is even more diverse than its menu, representing four countries on two different continents. “I think I have more foreigners working today than people from this …

Letter: Mileage article raises many questions

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:17pm
Questions. Boy, does your article on the citizen group’s investigation of Commissioner Newberry raise a lot of them. First, who is this group? Wasn’t the spokesman, Chas McConnell, the candidate against James Newberry in the last county commissioners’ election? We can presume all citizens who have nothing to hide are for transparency in government, or has this become some kind of personal vendetta? If not, is Chas the best person to be the spokesman of an unbiased citizen’s group? Is there more they are investigating than just commissioner Newberry? Who funds the Colorado River District? Is Grand County part of …

Run-off boosts Grand County rafting businesses

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:29pm
As river flows begin to ebb around mid-summer, rafters are looking back and fondly recalling the early part of the season. This year’s heavy snowpack, which has seen reservoirs on both sides of the Continental Divide fill, has also created a memorable rafting season. Mike Wasson, co-owner of Red Tail Rafting in Fraser, said his company has had an excellent year so far. “The water level is much better,” said Wasson. “The flow is much better than it has been in the last couple of years due to the good winter snowfall we’ve had. So for rafting, it’s excellent.” Red …

New pastor presides at Tabernash church

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:13pm
Tabernash — Church of the Eternal Hills announces the arrival of their new pastor, the Reverend Paula Daniel Steinbacher. “Pastor Paula,” as the parishioners have already begun calling her, received her master’s of divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., and has spent the past 10 years of her ministry at churches in Kansas and Oklahoma. She began work on July 1, and has already taken in some of Grand County’s summer offerings. “What a perfect weekend to begin work in this mountain community,” Paula said, “Already I have been to the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s production of “Les …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, July 6-12, 2014

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:13pm
Grand County Real Estate Transactions July 6-12, 2014 Dimig Subdivision Exemption Lot 1 – Ronald S Stephani Trust Agreement and Rhonda R Stephani Trust Agreement to MH4 Real Property LLC, $1,645,000 Ice Box Estates Lot 19 – Bridgette Braig to Justin Glenn and Katrina Mohr, $219,900 Westgate of Winter Park Unit 103 – Whistlepig Realty LLC to Melanie Millage, $117,000 Busse Subdivision Exemption TRT 3 – Gerald and JoAnne Larusso to Chris and Charlotte Weems, $250,000 Columbine Lake Lot 73, Block 10 – Margaret Thompson and Mary Volland to Peter Karpinski and Maria Ducat-Karpinski, $525,000 Grand Sky Sub Exempt Lot …

Former Middle Park runner finishes Hardrock 100-Mile Endurance Run

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:33am
Amanda (Shumway) Grimes, a 1997 Middle Park High School graduate, made the 48-hour official finishing cut in the Hardrock 100-Mile Endurance run July 11-13 in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton. In addition to covering slightly more than 100 miles, the race features 32,992 feet of vertical gain and overall some 67,000 feet of elevation change, never falling below 7,500 feet and topping out a nearly 14,000 feet. More than 1,200 endurance runners applied for the 140 race slots. Grimes, who was part of the MPHS cross country team and now lives in Steamboat Springs, finished the race in 47 …

Jazzy trio kicks off Winter Park’s Jazz Fest weekend at Music On The Mall

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:33am
Winter Park – Music On The Mall at Cooper Creek Square in downtown Winter Park will kick off Jazz Festival weekend with local trio Tight Like That on Friday, July 18, from 6-8 p.m. The band’s pianist Brad Pregeant and vocalist/flautist Lynnéa Godfriaux met in New Orleans many years ago when a mutual friend put them together in a band, and they’ve been writing songs and playing in various band together ever since. They won Best Jazz Album for “In Black and White,” an ode to their experiences in New Orleans, and have been lauded for original songwriting by the …

Letter: Grand County Commissioner James Newberry responds to mileage allegations

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:33am
To the citizens of Grand County: Recently, I have been accused of theft and my ethics have been questioned. The accusers point to mileage reimbursements and being paid a stipend. I have consulted the legal staffs of both the River District and Grand County about how I handled these reimbursements. They said what I already knew: The questioned stipends and reimbursements did not violate the authority or policies of those entities. I have always reported and accounted to the IRS for any money received. As a matter of fact, I have made it a practice to not seek all reimbursements …