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Forest Service and volunteers clear Knight Ridge Trail

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:33pm
GRANBY – The entire 6-mile length of Knight Ridge Trail, from the Roaring Fork Campground at Arapaho Bay to the Rocky Mountain National Park boundary near Twin Creek, has been cleared of nearly 800 downed trees through a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Conversancy Conservation Corps, Headwaters Trails Alliance and Grand County Wilderness Group.The trail had been impassible since 2011 when a microburst leveled almost all the standing dead trees across the ridge, making the trail impassible for nearly four years. More than 80 percent of the trees in the area had been killed by the …

Bike media heavy-hitters tour Grand County

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:09pm
The last couple of weeks have been very eventful for mountain biking here in Winter Park.I was fortunate to be able to participate in this summer’s first series of mountain bike specific press trips in Winter Park. The bike specific press trips were the first of their kind here, meaning that the key aspects of mountain biking in Winter Park were showcased. The bike parks at Trestle and Granby Ranch as well as the cross country riding in and around the Town of Winter Park were showns to to bike-specific editors and media. The press trips were organized by Thorpe …

Fall River Road reopens in Rocky

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:57pm
On Thursday morning, July 2, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Rep. Jared Polis and Federal Highways Administration Division Director Ric Suarez joined Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent Vaughn Baker to open Old Fall River Road for the season.In September 2013, Rocky Mountain National Park received a record amount of rainfall. Damage in the park was widespread on the east side of the Continental Divide. Damage was extensive on Old Fall River Road and the Alluvial Fan area. The road was closed to vehicles after the flood in 2013 and during the summer of 2014. The opening of Old Fall River Road …

Upper Colorado River rafting offers pleasure, excitement

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:17pm
KREMMLING — On a warm June afternoon, Pumphouse Campground is a flurry of activity.A mélange of commercial rafting companies, weekend warriors and all ilk of river rat crowds the banks of the Upper Colorado River.I’ve come here with a commercial guide, Kremmling-based Arkansas Valley Adventures, to test my mettle on a stretch of the Colorado River that runs from Pumphouse to the small riverside town of Radium, about 4.5 miles downriver.The section is an intermediate mix of Class II and Class III rapids, including the well-known Needle’s Eye rapid.Passing through Little Gore Canyon, this stretch is the family-friendly answer to …

50 years of service: Bill Dixson retires as Parshall Fire Captain

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:53pm
Selflessness, sacrifice, dedication; these are just a few of the words friends and former fellow firefighters use to describe longtime firefighter Bill Dixson. For 50 years the good people of Parshall were watched over by Dixson who largely oversaw the operation of the Parshall Fire Station by himself over his many years.“The Parshall Fire Station would not exist without him,” said Tom Baumgarten, assistant fire chief with the Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire Protection District (HSS/PFPD. “For a long time he was the Parshall Fire department by himself.”Baumgarten heaped praise on the retiring Dixson, whom he worked with for nearly six …

Granby aviation museum poised to open

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:13pm
GRANBY — The new Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum is located inside the former Rocky Mountain Airways (RMA) airline terminal building at 1023 County Road 610. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at 7 a.m. There is no entry fee. Because Grand County has a rich aviation heritage, local volunteers, with the leadership of the Friends of the Granby Airport Inc., have organized a number of informative exhibits. In addition to The Granby Airport Pioneers Wall of Fame, which promotes the visionary community leaders and aviators who built and preserved the airport, the stories of local military …

Photo: Berthoud Pass work under way

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:05pm

Green Corner: Try these natural alternatives to harsh chemicals

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:57pm
These days with the rise of allergies, illnesses, and the cost of chemical products, why would anyone still want to use harsh chemicals when they could potentially be the cause of some of these issues? Plus, we all know none of them are good for the environment. Instead of using expensive and toxic chemical products, try using these old school, homemade, and easy-to-use natural alternatives around your house and watch how well they outperform some of the chemicals we have gotten used to thinking are the only way to clean anymore. Two of the best natural products I have come …

The art of live looping comes to Cooper Creek

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:49pm
WINTER PARK – Innovative Colorado based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, loop artist and educator Arthur Lee Land brings an unforgettable solo act using the Art of Live-Looping to Cooper Creek’s Music on the Mall on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Lee Land creates a full band sound by layering vocals and a multitude of acoustics through the art of live looping. His one-man performances have dropped jaws at clubs and concerts across the country. With his entertaining style and multi-instrumental architecture, Arthur constructs songs before your very eyes.Audiences forget they are watching one man, hearing instead compositions rich and intricate enough for an …

Trail of the Week: Riflesight Trail now clear of snow

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:33pm
The snow is finally melting for the season just in time for our Independence Day holiday. We can now start to enjoy some of our fantastic high elevation trails throughout the county.This includes our historic Riflesight Trail located along Corona Pass road. Corona is rightfully named meaning “Crown of the Continent.” Corona road (also knonw as Rollins Pass or the Moffat Road) was named after the previous railway stop located the top of the pass in the early 1900s before the Moffat Tunnel was created.At this time, trains from the Denver Northwestern and Pacific Railway traveled 23 miles up and …

Obituary: Clair B. Orr

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:17pm
A much-loved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend, Clair B. Orr, 61, of Kersey, Colo., passed on to his eternal life with Christ on June 26, 2015, with his family at his side. He was born on Aug.12, 1953, in Kremmling to Jack and Alta Orr. He graduated from Kremmling High School in 1971.He married Deborah Kautz in 1974. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah J. Kautz; daughters Tonya (Kyle) Pérez of Nara Visa, N.M.; Kaycee (Jason) Hoffman of Thedford, Neb.; Katie (Coy) Egbert of Hudson, Colo.; seven grandchildren including Peyton & Libby Pérez; Haxton, …

DeVos: Listening to Mom

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:53pm
Two thousand years ago some adventurous Chinese chef was seeking out exotic flavors and enticing spices. He harvested crystals that he grew out of bat manure and gathered a little sulfur for color and a little charcoal to subdue the odor.He looked up from his labors to see his despicable neighbor checking his mail. After he’d gone back inside, the chef thought to himself, “I could so blow up his mailbox if only I had a ... a ... well, if I had some, I’d call them fireworks!” So he took his piles of spices, which were actually the raw …

Hamilton: The war on symbols

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:45pm
There’s lots of talk about removing symbols that offend one activist group or another. Just to name a few symbols: Confederate Flags, Christian Crosses, the Ten Commandments, Swastikas, Hanukkah Menorahs, Christmas Manger Scenes, and Wedding cakes.Well, folks who grew up in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) have many good reasons to be offended by President Andrew Jackson; so, while we are banishing symbols, let’s remove Andrew Jackson from the face of the $20 bill. Here’s why:In 1816, Gen. Andrew Jackson led the efforts to exterminate the Seminole Indians of Florida. Memo to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People …

Muftic: Obamacare is ambulatory again

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:45pm
On a decisive 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the legislation implementing Obamacare was constitutional and legislators intended that federally administered insurance could be subsidized.What this means for consumers is that 6 million subscribers through the federal system will maintain their affordable health insurance and that for everyone else, the rates would not soar. The subscribers most affected were those who lived in the 35 states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges through which Obamacare could have been administered on a state basis. Kaiser Health had predicted that all insurance rates would have increased …

Runaway teens sought by Kremmling police

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:01pm
The Kremmling Police Department is on the lookout for two runaway teens, Caroline Dean and Malcolm Rose, both from the Kremmling area.The department released information regarding the two children on Wednesday, July 1. The teens have been missing since June 30. The Kremmling police consider the two teens runaways.Malcolm Rose, 14, is a white male, 5 feet 10’ inches tall and 180 pounds with bleached blonde hair and blue eyes. Malcolm was last seen at noon on June 30. He was last seen wearing black shoes, black sweatpants and a black shirt with a large white logo on the front. …

Grand County Community Events Calendar, July 1 - July 7

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:05pm
WednesdayJuly 1Art Out of Thin Air Display, all day, free, Bistro 28 at Pole Creek Golf Course, Tabernash, 970-531-3439.Story Time, 10 a.m., Granby Library.Spring Art Show: Bonnie Quillen, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Granby Library, Community Room, bonniequillen.com.Fraser Valley Creative Writers, 10:05-11:35 a.m., free, Fraser Public Library, 970-726-4717.Story Time, 11:15 a.m., Firefighters, Local Heroes, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Hot Sulphur Springs Library, gcld.org.Intro to Geocaching, 11:30 a.m.-noon, free, sign up at the Columbia Store & meet at the Gazebo in the Village at 11:15 a.m., Winter Park Resort, winterparkresort.com.Granby Rotary Club Meeting, noon, lunch $12, Maverick’s Grille, Granby, guest speaker: Ray Jennings.Rocky Mountain Heritage …

13th Blues from the Top fires up Winter Park

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:13pm
“I’m open for business in your neighborhood,” belted singer Sadie Johnson at this weekend’s 13th Annual Blues from the Top Festival, echoing the late great Etta James. “The Blues is my business ... and business is good!”And it was — Johnson, a dozen main-stage acts, a dozen more emerging young performers and thousands of fans filled downtown Winter Park to celebrate the rhythms, spirit and community that are ubiquitous with this distinctly American genre of music.The event, presented by the Grand County Blues Society, kicked off its 13th year with a free concert in Hideaway Park Thursday night, featuring the …

Grand County Sheriff’s Office featured in new TV series

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:09pm
Residents of Grand County will want to set their DVRs in July when the Grand County Sheriff’s Office heads to the small screen with the premier of National Geographic’s new show Rocky Mountain Law.The show will premier Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. on the National Geographic channel. A sneak peek of Rocky Mountain Law will be shown on the same channel on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.Photographers and film crews from National Geographic spent several months this winter traveling with sheriff’s deputies as well as deputies from Boulder and Eagle counties to film the unique terrain and challenges …

Grand County adopts new expense policy

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:01pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved a new expense and reimbursement policy for county employees and officials.Commissioners had delayed approval of the policy after some found its wording regarding approval for meal expenses ambiguous.The board ultimately decided to keep the wording in question when it approved the policy at its Tuesday, June 23, meeting.The section in question states that employees must obtain department head approval before incurring meal expenses. The county’s auditor, McMahan and Associates LLC, suggested adding the language.During the board’s June 16 meeting, County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola said he took the wording to mean that …

Grand County ranch listed for $8.95 million

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:53pm
A massive new ranch property has found its way to the market in Grand County.The 300-acre King Mountain Ranch, located just west of state Highway 125 halfway between Hot Sulphur Springs and Rand, landed on the market June 5 with a list price of $8.95 million.King Mountain Ranch is surrounded by Arapaho National Forest and features its own 36-acre reservoir and a one-half mile airstrip.“It is without a doubt the most unique listing I’ve had in my 30-year career,” said Lance Gutersohn, broker and owner at RE/MAX Peak to Peak in Winter Park and the property’s agent. “I’d say the …