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Grand County Sheriff’s Office honors fallen deputy with ‘Race for Riggs’

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:57pm
The Scottish Poet and Minister Thomas Campbell once wrote, “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”That sentiment, meant to salve the pain of loss the living feel, reminds us our closest connections to our perished loved ones are our own memories.For members of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the fond memory Deputy Alycia Riggs, who died in an off-duty traffic accident in early February, lives on in their hearts and minds. The tragic loss of Riggs, only 30 at the time of her death, stunned the county she served and sent shockwaves through local law-enforcement and …

Grand County Master Trails Plan open for public comment

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:25pm
The Headwaters Trails Alliance has released the final draft of its Grand County Master Trails Plan for public comment.The 114-page document delineates four overarching goals that HTA hopes to accomplish in the Winter Park/Fraser subarea regarding the improvement, development and management of trails for a variety of users.Those goals are supported by objectives, which are in turn supported by benchmarks and potential projects.HTA Executive Director Meara Michel said she encouraged commentators to make note of the goals, objectives, benchmarks and potential projects contained in the final draft.The list of potential projects could also change based on public comments, Michel said.Michel …

Winter Park biker sweeps Colorado Freeride Festival

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:01pm
If you made it to the Colorado Freeride Festival at Trestle Bike Park last weekend, you probably heard the name Jacqueline Thomas.The 25-year-old Winter Park native cleaned house in the women’s pro field, winning the Air Downhill, Super Downhill, Trestle Downhill and USA Cycling Colorado State Championships.Two weeks ago, Thomas placed second in the women’s pro downhill at the USAC 2015 Mountain Biking Nationals in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.Thomas, who works at Le Feet Lab in Winter Park with her father, Jacques, is the first woman to ride on Trestle Bike Park’s home team.Of the four races Thomas dominated over the …

Brigid Irish plea agreement decision continued until Sept. 2

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:45pm
The legal case of Brigid Irish has been continued until Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. when Irish will be back in District Court before Judge Mary Hoak for an arraignment.No decision has been made regarding the proposed plea agreement offered to Irish.Irish was in court on July 15. During that appearance Irish’s public defender and representatives of the district attorney’s office presented Judge Hoak with a plea agreement previously worked out between the parties.That agreement calls for Irish to pay a restitution amount of $431,000 and spend 32 years on supervised probation, among other stipulations. During those proceedings , Hoak …

DUI training request draws laughs from Granby board

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:37pm
GRANBY — Police Chief Bill Housley drew chuckles from the Granby Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, July 28, when he requested permission from the Board to conduct DUI testing with the Granby Police officers.The reason Chief Housley requested permission to conduct the training, and the reason the Board found the request somewhat comical, is because DUI training for the officers requires the use of non-police volunteers who will drink alcohol before the officers practice administering roadside sobriety tests and other aspects of DUI enforcement. No date has been set yet for the training.“We have volunteers who are willing to …

Grand Lake eyes East Inlet Boat Launch maintenance project

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:37pm
For many people who vacation in the Three Lakes area, the East Inlet Boat Launch outside Grand Lake is a special place.The East Inlet Boat Launch, located at the far east end of West Portal Road on the eastern shore of Grand Lake, is a popular launch point for boats in the Three Lakes region as it is the only boat launch without a fee requirement. The Town of Grand Lake has been awarded a pair grants to conduct maintenance and repair work on the facilities.Officials from the Town of Grand Lake said technical work on the project will be …

Winter Park Resort to add hands-free ticketing, charging

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:05pm
WINTER PARK — The days of awkwardly fumbling around with gloved hands to present your lift ticket for scanning are coming to an end.Winter Park Resort will partner with SKIDATA to add radio-frequency identification, or RFID, technology to its main lifts this season, eliminating the need for a visual scan of tickets and passes.All lift tickets and season passes will be issued on a QuickTrax card implanted with an RFID chip, said Steve Hurlbert with Winter Park Resort.Guests will pass through RFID gates accessing each chairlift. The gates will open after registering the guest’s QuickTrax card.Guests won’t need to remove …

Felony charge filed in Winter Park skateboard collision

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:05pm
A Winter Park man is facing a felony child abuse charge after colliding with a child while long boarding on the Fraser River Trail.Ed Kimmel, 22, was traveling north on the trail through a tunnel beneath U.S. Highway 40 on July 9 when he struck a 5-year-old girl, according to a press release from the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department.Kimmel called out “on your left” before entering the tunnel but did not slow down, the press release stated.Robert Wilson, the girl’s father, said his daughter was sent flying into a wall and immediately suffered a contused arm and a laceration to …

Colo. Rep. KC Becker tours Grand County

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:57pm
Colorado State Rep. KC Becker spent some time recently in Grand County, getting to know the area and its people a little better. Becker is a Democrat from Boulder who, since 2013, has represented Colorado’s 13th District, including Grand, Boulder, Jackson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties. At the invitation of Grand County Democratic Chair Sandy Doudna, she spent two days last week, visiting with both Democrats and Republicans from across the county.Becker joined the monthly meeting of the Grand County Democrats on Thursday, July 23, at the Silvercreek Inn in Granby, speaking and answering questions about her legislative efforts on …

Gore Canyon Whitewater Race makes rapid return

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:49pm
Heralded by many as the most challenging whitewater event in Colorado, the Gore Canyon Whitewater Race is one of only 14 annual events sanctioned by the U.S. Rafting Association. However, 2015 was nearly the year the world-class competition wasn’t.Since its founding more than 25 years ago by members of the U.S. Men’s Rafting Team, the race has taken place nearly every summer just south of Kremmling on the demanding Class IV-V waters (Class V being considered the most challenging) of Gore Canyon on the Upper Colorado River. Though often unheard of outside of the whitewater community — primarily due to …

Artists create mural in front of Fraser Mercantile

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:17pm
Elizabeth Kurtak and Kyle Bannister created a beautiful chalk mural on the front stoop of the Fraser Mercantile Company building on Friday, July 24. The high quality chalk used for the drawing makes it last up to six months.Kurtak is a Grand County local and Middle Park High School graduate. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Western State Colorado University, and now has her own art gallery: Elizabeth Kurtak Art Gallery in Fraser. Bannister has a history in graphic design but is now a professional artist. Kurtak and Bannister met at a show through another artist.“I was …

Coral Creek plays Music on the Mall in Winter Park

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:45pm
WINTER PARK — With a growing fan base and an impressive list of performances on festival main stages, concerts and clubs across the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean, Coral Creek is sure to inspire some dancing and toe tapping on Friday, July 31,, at Cooper Creek’s Music On The Mall in downtown Winter Park.This Colorado front-range band puts on a high energy show of genre-bending original music and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics.Their music features original tunes by Chris Thompson and Bill McKay (formerly of Leftover Salmon and Derek Trucks Band). Members of Coral Creek have …

Rau: Public at large needs to weigh in on Trails Plan

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:49am
When Headwaters Trails Alliance presented the latest draft of the Grand County Master Plan last week at the Winter Park Town Hall, they were preaching to the choir. Most of the people present had participated in the process by discussing the hopes and objectives of their particular trail disciplines with HTA representatives.These ideas and observations have been summed up by coordinator Scott Linnenburger in the final draft of the Master Plan which is now posted on https://headwaterstrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/HTA_MTP_FinalDraft.pdf Or just go to the newly revised website www.headwaterstrails.org and click on the Master Plan final draft. This plan reflects on the future …

Riflesight Trail offers rare easy high-elevation ride

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:41am
I have written about what is happening and changes that may come on our trail system. Sometimes we overlook some of the great rides that have been around for years.Wednesday I did a ride with some friends that few people ever do. This is the Riflesight Trail off of the Corona Pass road not far from the old train Trestle.What makes this ride unique is that it is a very easy ride that is also high in elevation. Most often high elevation rides are very difficult to ride or even access, which eliminates lesser skilled riders from one of the …

Fishing still hot in Middle Park

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:17am
The Colorado river in Rocky Mountain National Park is fishing very well for brookies; dry flies in the evening have been awesome. The Colorado and Fraser rivers are fishing very well with a hopper-dropper combo in the afternoons.Area lakes are fishing well — lake trout continue to hit small jigs, power minnows or Gulp. Rainbows and browns are hitting small spoons near the shore in the evening. As the fish are rising cast your spoons to their ring. Powerbait along the lake shores has been catching lots of 12- to 14-inch rainbows. Grand lake is fishing very well for 15- …

Crooked Creek Saloon donates proceeds to Fraser Valley Library on Aug. 5

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:53am
Every summer since 2009, the Crooked Creek Saloon has donated a portion of sales to nonprofit organizations as part of its “Music in the Garden” series. Toni and Scott Hallgren purchased the beloved “Creek” six years ago and have been graciously giving back to their Fraser Valley community, not only by donating to local nonprofits, but also by supporting local musicians.On Wednesday, Aug. 5, 20 percent of sales go to the Fraser Valley Library. The Fraser Valley Library staff encourage people to come by the Crooked Creek Saloon for dinner, libations, and live entertainment by folk guitarist, Jenny Maier. For …

Forest Service extends shooting comment deadline

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:53am
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest is extending the comment period for the proposed Forest Plan Management Direction for recreational sport shooting activities on National Forest System lands in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer and Park counties.Comments will continue to be accepted until Sept. 9.The proposed Forest Plan direction includes two goals and four objectives for recreational sport shooting. A map displays this proposed direction on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests identifying the National Forest lands suitable for dispersed recreational sport shooting using current regulations, not suitable for dispersed recreational sport shooting, and proposed as designated shooting …

The Grand County Builders Association – an intro

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:21am
The Grand County Builders Association is an advocate for the building industry. We are a collective voice to be heard in the political arena, a voice in the environmental arena, and most importantly, a voice in our community. We also monitor local, state and national government legislation and or regulatory actions and how we can help influence state legislation to effectively represent our members. Lindsey Morrow has been the Executive Director of the Association since 2014. Her commitment to GCBA has been evident over the last few years, where she is serving as the Chair for Communications Committee, Executive Officers …

Brower: What is the Trinity of Management?

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:21am
In my initial meetings with nearly 200 entrepreneurs in Grand County I use a unique way to express the basic concepts of business management.I call it the Trinity of Management. This trinity, as it were, is a phrase coined and trademarked by Ernesto Sirolli, founder of the Sirolli Institute, where I was trained.The Trinity of Management is a simplified concept of basic business management that makes it relatively easy to get across the basics of business. It creates a framework in which we can start the work of building a solid new business or expanding an existing business.There are many …

Riddell: A solution for Grand County’s employee shortage

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:21am
As you might have noticed from previous columns, there is a consistency to the belief that an organization’s success is tied to finding and keeping good employees. But what do you do when you find yourself in an environment where the demand for employees greatly exceeds the supply and the limited supply is, in fact, going to other places? This is happening all across Grand County.While the causes of this situation are certainly numerous and subject to much discussion, there are a few facts which merit examination. First, of course, are the generational tendencies of many of the typical entry …