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State Tournament for Lady Panther’s soccer starts Saturday in Granby

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:05pm
The Lady Panther’s Soccer team is gearing up for the 2015 3A State Soccer Tournament.The girls will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Middle Park High School. They finished their season with a No. 8 seed for the state tournament and will get a bye in the first round and home field advantage for the second round. Their first opponent for the tournament will be decided in the first round of the state tournament.“We are working hard in practice and doing our drills. We prepare for every game as if it is our last and we expect …

Obituary: Anita Lewis Thompson

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:41pm
Anita Lewis Thompson, Nonnie to her family and Nita to many friends, age 88, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and neighbor, she was born April 17, 1927, in Denver. Her parents were ranchers Dudley D. and Ethel Lewis. Anita enjoyed a wonderful childhood on Z-D Hereford Ranch in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. She moved to Kremmling in 1951 and operated a ranch on Troublesome Creek with her husband Bill Sr. before moving to Riverside Ranch in 1959.Anita gave selflessly to her family and countless friends. She generously shared coffee, meals, encouragement and love to …

Obituary: Virginia Mae Burkhardt

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:41pm
Virginia Mae Burkhardt passed away on May 1, 2015, at her home in Ellicott City,Maryland, with her husband Walter and her son Robert at her side. Virginia was born on April 23, 1925, in Chicago to Robert Lyle and Lura Mae Campbell. She graduated from high school in Maywood, Ill. In 1961 she met Walter Burkhardt at a dance and later that year they were married. They spent the next 53 years together until her death.Through the years, they spent many happy days in the mountains hiking and camping and the two sons learned to enjoy skiing. They purchased some …

Murdoch’s signs lease for ALCO space in Fraser

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:17pm
Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply has signed a lease to occupy the vacant space in the former ALCO shopping center, the center’s owner said.ALCO vacated the space in February after its parent company, ALCO Stores Inc., filed for bankruptcy in October 2014.Murdoch’s has been in negotiations with the complex’s owner, Western Centers Inc., since November 2014, said Craig Clark.Clark’s company, Fraser Valley Center LLC, has the center under contract and plans to close in October 2015.“As a representative for Western Centers and future owner of the center, we couldn’t be more excited,” Clark said. “I think it’s great for the …

‘Fraser Free Radio’ hits airwaves

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:09pm
Residents of east and central Grand County have a new signal on their radio dials.KFFR 88.3 FM, Grand County’s new community-based non-profit radio station, launched on April 22. By doing so, the station met the construction permit deadline for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and will become a fully licensed FM radio station later this summer.“There are hurdles in creating a sustainable operation and we met our deadline, but it was a challenge with raising money and acquiring the best equipment and technical support. We did manage to meet the April 24 deadline and it was very gratifying,” said Denis …

Grand County moves to alleviate Trough Road movement, settling

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:09pm
Grand County officials hope to a new drainage system can alleviate settling and movement on a landslide area on the Trough Road.The section of road, approximately 3.5 miles from the State Highway 9 intersection, sits atop a hill saturated with groundwater, which causes the hill to move and the roadbed to constantly settle.Road and Bridge Superintendent Ken Haynes said the county hopes a horizontal directional drilling project on the toe of the downhill slope of the road can drain some of that groundwater, mitigating the settling and obviating the Sisyphean task of filling the settled area with gravel year after …

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition receives grant

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:01pm
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition announced today that it has received a $25,000 Daniels Fund grant for the general operating fund of the organization.GFPC provides education and programming for substance abuse prevention for youth and other residents in communities of the 14th Judicial District of Northwest Colorado, including the counties of Grand, Routt and Moffat. “The grant will help enable our offices and programs to continue in this critical work,” said Susan Baird, managing director. “General operating funds support and sustain programming. The best programs and efforts come about only because of dedicated staff with the offices, equipment and professional development …

Forest Service seeks comments on sport shooting management

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:01pm
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is seeking public input on a proposal to include Forest Plan management direction for recreational sport shooting activities on National Forest System lands in Grand and other counties where forest lands are locatedCurrently, the 1997 Forest Plan does not provide specific direction on how recreational sport shooting should be managed.“Due to increasing residential development, housing density, public use, increased public participation in recreational sport shooting and associated health and safety issues, the U.S. Forest Service is considering amending the Forest Plan to include direction for managing recreational sport shooting,” according to a statement released …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, April 26 to May 2, 2015

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:45am
Grand County transactions, April 26 to May 2Innsbruck-Val Moritz Sub Lot 103, Block 14 – Selene RMOF REO Acquisition II LLC to Daniel Felt, $11,000Zephyr Mountain Lodge Condo Unit 1709 – Schmidt Living Trust to Derek and Eileen Kiernan Johnson, $364,500Alpine Acres Sub Block 1, Lots 17,18 – William and Janet Busse to Jonathan Raevsky and Katelyn Lapham, $235,000Hot Sulphur Springs Block 9, Lots 7,8 – Daniel Cook to HSS MBAR11 LLC, $105,000Pole Creek Valley Subdivision Lot 87 – Citibank NA TSTE, WAMU Asset Backed Certificates, WAMU Series 2007-HE3 to Jesse Kussow and Kari Moe, $414,900Miller Subdivision TRT 24,25 – …

Newberry charged with official misconduct

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:45pm
Grand County Commissioner James Newberry has been charged with one count of first degree official misconduct, a class two misdemeanor, for double charging mileage.Bruce Brown, 5th Judicial District Attorney, filed the charge in Grand County Court on Wednesday, April 29.The charge stems from information brought to light in July 2014 that Newberry had filed expense reports for the same mileage to both Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, of which Newberry is president.The complaint states that Newberry’s mileage charges violated the law by “exceeding the actual amount incurred and/or exceeding allowable limits as permitted by law.”Newberry has …

Human remains found on Strawberry Creek believed to be missing hunter

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:13pm
Human remains found Wednesday, April 29, along Strawberry Creek on the Little H O Ranch property in Grand County have been confirmed as those of missing hunter Richard Kothanek, 51, of Littleton.Kothanek became lost while hunting in the Arapaho National Forest in November 2014. He was last seen on Saturday, Nov. 15, near Meadow Creek Reservoir east of Tabernash.The remains were discovered Wednesday by one of the Little H O Ranch property caretakers. Lt. Dan Mayer, Sheriff’s Department spokesman, explained that where the body was found and other factors have led officials to believe the remains are Kothanek’s.“We knew he …

Nepali couple with Winter Park ties OK after quake

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:17pm
A Nepali couple that has frequented Winter Park over the years is OK following a devastating earthquake in their home country.Lhakpa and Tashi Sherpa have made the long journey to Grand County every summer for years to set up their jewelry stand in front of the Mountain Rose Café in Winter Park.“The town has adopted them, and they’ve adopted Winter Park,” said Jack Gerstein, a Winter Park-based realtor and friend of the couple. “They’re just such wonderful people, and having the Sherpa and Buddhist culture so present here for us, it’s unique. It’s great.”Lhakpa and Tashi, as well as their …

Snow Mountain Ranch to host “Raven’s Challenge” military training

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:17pm
Members of Colorado State Law Enforcement and the U.S. military will train side-by-side at Snow Mountain Ranch from Tuesday, May 5, through Thursday, May 7, during an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program called “Raven’s Challenge.” Members of the training program will be on site starting May 1.During this training, which is closed to the public, more than 150 individuals will participate as teams in several series of live exercises over three days. Exercises include fire mitigation, hyper-realistic bomb scenarios, hostage situation training and more. Snow Mountain Ranch is working closely …

Brigid Irish case continued again for attorney update

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:09pm
After nearly a year in the courts, the Brigid Irish case has once again been delayed as her new attorney gets up to date.Public defender Chris Hamsher requested a continuance at Irish’s Thursday, April 30, arraignment hearing, which District Court Judge Mary Hoak granted, setting Irish’s next court date for June 22 at 3 p.m.Hamsher said that he had not received important pieces of the case’s discovery until March 19.Irish, who faces 932 felony counts including embezzlement and forgery, dismissed her previous attorney William Frankfurt at a Feb. 27 court hearing.During the Thursday hearing, both Hoak and Assistant District Attorney …

Middle Park High’s Adventure Ed: lessons only wilderness can teach

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:57pm
Some lessons cannot be taught in a classroom.Like what to do when a raft high sides onto a boulder in the middle of a rapid. Or how to set up a campsite for over 20 people while causing minimal environmental impact. Or that a classmate whom you’ve known for years, whom you passed every day in the halls at school, could become one of your closest friends.These are the kind of lessons high school students participating in Middle Park High School’s Adventure Education program learn.“It was a life-changing transformation,” said Suzannah Mikol, a 2011 MPHS graduate who is now a …

Grand County aims to save ailing landfill cover

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:41pm
Grand County officials hope that adding dirt to the Granby Landfill can temporarily save a cover installed last year to slow a landslide at the site.The cover was installed with the hope that it would prevent runoff from entering the slide area and exacerbating the slide, but settling beneath the cover has caused it to sink, thus allowing water to pool on top rather than run off.Additionally, the continued movement of the landslide caused one of the cover’s seams to drip.“It’s pretty apparent to me that if we let this thing sit and don’t put anything underneath it, and particularly …

Granby Dam flows to increase May 1

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:33pm
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Northern Water will be increasing the water releases from Lake Granby on Friday, May 1.Operators will ramp up releases to 430 cubic feet per second through the outlet valves, which will enable reservoir operators to better manage peak spills later this spring.With the Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs at record storage levels for late April, the likelihood of spills at Lake Granby are a near certainty.“What we are trying to do by increasing releases now is reduce the peak of the runoff to alleviate flooding concerns below Granby,” said Noble Underbrink, Collection Systems Department manager …

Photo: Pelicans return to Grand County

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:45pm
Drew Munro / dmunro@skyhidailynews.comWhite pelicans have returned to Grand County, in this case on the pond at the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby on Thursday afternoon. The birds are as clear a harbinger of spring in Grand as the swallows are in San Juan Capistrano. …

Uber car service comes to Grand County

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:33pm
Becky Foertsch announced the start of her tenure as a driver for the app-based car service on Tuesday, April 27. Local residents and tourists alike will be able to use the service for a fee during the hours that Foertsch or other drivers will be operational.Foertsch will not be driving for Uber 24/7 and will instead be available during pre-determined hours that will be posted to the Uber Grand County Facebook page. Check the page regularly for updated schedules. You can find the Uber Facebook page by searching for “Uber Grand County” on Facebook.Foertsch is still working out a schedule …