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Authorities battle wildfire near Grand Lake

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 5:09pm
Authorities are currently fighting a fire near Grand Lake near the Tonahutu Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. The fire is around five acres in size, said Kyle Patterson, public information officer for Rocky Mountain National Park, in an email. Firefighters on scene have requested a helicopter,two type II fire crews and a ten-person fire module, Patterson said. The lower Tonahutu Trail from the junction of Green Mountain south to the trailhead and the spur trail from Kawuneeche Visitor Center are currently closed. Authorities believe lightning caused the fire, Patterson said. Check back for updates. …

Authorities battle fire near Grand Lake

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 5:09pm
Authorities are currently fighting a fire near Grand Lake near the Tonahutu Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Preliminary reports have the fire between one and five acres in size. Firefighters on scene have requested a helicopter and two type II fire crews, said Reid Armstrong, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service’s Sulphur Ranger District. Check back for updates. …

Sen. Mark Udall campaigns in Granby

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:33pm
Sen. Mark Udall passed through downtown Granby and grabbed a cup of coffee at the Midtown Café while campaigning for re-election. Udall and his entourage arrived around 3:30 p.m. on Monday and were greeted by supporters at the café. “This is about choices,” Udall told supporters, “when it comes to the future, what the quality of life in Grand County is going to be.” During his seemingly impromptu speech, Udall touted his record in securing $700 million for flood recovery efforts on the Front Range and taking action against the pine beetle epidemic, which has had a disproportionate effect on …

Rep. Cory Gardner visits Granby Library during campaign swing

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:45pm
U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner made a pit stop at the Granby Library while on the stump during the weekend. Gardner, a Republican and representative for Colorado’s 4th District, is hoping to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in November. Speaking before a crowd of about 80 people on Saturday, Aug. 9, Gardner, of Yuma, touted his “small town” approach to government, stating, “It’s about what we can do to get government out of the way and let America work.” Gardner admitted that the contest will be a “tight race all the way through,” citing different polls that show both …

Rocky Mountain National Park considers closing Crater Trail

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:37pm
Due to excessive erosion and damage to sensitive natural and cultural resources, the Crater Trail, a short trail located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, will remain closed to use for the remainder of this year, according to the National Park Service. The Crater Trail is a 1-mile dead-end trail that is normally open to visitor use by mid-August each year after the bighorn sheep lambing season. The trail leads to the top of the Continental Divide and provides an overview of “The Crater” located on the west side of Specimen Mountain. Park staff are considering closing …

Beaver Creek Road to close for repairs

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:37pm
A 2-mile section of Beaver Creek Road (FSR 133) will be closed from Wednesday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 16, while a new culvert is installed. The road will be closed from the gate near the forest boundary on County Road 50 at the northwest end of the road to the junction with spur road 133.2H. Through travel will not be possible on closure days. The road is expected to reopen by Saturday morning. …

Boulder Brass performance in Tabernash caps concert series

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:45pm
GRAND COUNTY – A grant awarded by the Grand Foundation is supporting an ensemble of the Boulder Brass to perform in Grand County. Their concert on Friday night, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash is the finale for the 2014 concert season. “We are grateful to the Grand Foundation for their support. Simply put, we would not be the organization we are today without the Grand Foundation,” said Judy Baxter, president of the Grand County Concert Series (GCCS). A dozen musicians from the Boulder Brass will play for the first time in …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Aug. 3-9, 2014

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:17am
Grand County transactions Grand View Highlands Filing #1, Lot 9, Block 1 – Secretary Housing Urban Development to Susan Avre, $159,256 River Run Condominiums Unit 104, Bldg C, Garage Unit C15 – Anselm Dines to Paul and Barbara Melinkovich, $126,000 Columbine Lake Lot 71, Block 8 – Irene M Stodden Revocable Trust, Irene M Stodden Living Trust to Darren and Kerry Endorf, $290,000 Stuarts Minor Subdivision Lot 1 – Bob Stuart to David Wise and Kenda Fuller, $28,000 HES 163 SEC 3 TWP 4N R 77W Partial Legal – See Document; HES 163 SEC 10 TWP 4N R 77W Partial …

Obituary: Donna Woolwine Lutz

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:17am
Donna Woolwine Lutz lost her battle with Leukemia on July 17, 2014. She was born on Feb. 2, 1955, to Robert and Alouise Woolwine of Granby. Her family moved to Boulder in 1971 and she graduated from Boulder High School in 1973. She worked in the medical field and real estate. Donna married Randy Lutz in 1990 and moved to Niwot where she lived until her passing. She is survived by her husband Randy; her brother Randy Woolwine of California; and her nephew Spencer Woolwine of California. She is also survived by Dorothy Lutz and Sharron and Ron Bates along …

Letter: God is constant, not mutable

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:01am
As revealed in the Bible, God is consistent from cover to cover. Recently, several letters to the editor portray God as someone he is not or that Christians should ignore who God is. Jesus broke down the Ten Commandments into two commandments – love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. In order to love God one must respect what he revealed about his nature, and with regard to same-sex marriage he never condoned that union. He said in the beginning and as it is written throughout the Bible marriage …

Guest oppinion: Grand County supports Non-Cigarette Tobacco Retail Licensing

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:53am
“By the time most people get to 10th grade, they have already decided whether they smoke or not.” This quote came from a focus group done with Middle Park High School students. We are fighting a battle in Grand County. A battle against Big Tobacco. There are at least eight tobacco retail shops in Granby, which is considered a “tobacco swamp” by Counter Tools, a website that tracks alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana retailers. A tobacco swamp is defined as more than 1.5 retailers per 1,000 people. With Granby’s population of approximately 1,800 people, that would be the equivalent of living …

Letter: Judge’s evaluation doesn’t match juror’s experience

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:53am
To the Editor: Regarding the Sky-Hi News article on Aug. 6, “State panel: Don’t retain Judge McClelland,” I was recently on a jury for a trial for which Judge McClelland was the presiding judge. When I read the Sky -Hi article regarding the state panel’s recommendation, I couldn’t reconcile the panel’s finding with my recent experience. The Judge McClelland I witnessed was courteous and fair to both prosecution and defense. He was respectful of the jury and took time to answer questions and explain points of law as necessary. At the conclusion of the trial and after the jury had …

Letter: Obama’s lack of foresight alarming

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:53am
To the Editor: President Obama doesn’t seem to realize that inaction is an action. His response to the various crises here and around the world is to go to fundraisers and make smart aleck speeches. Besieged allies in Ukraine and Kurdistan have been denied the ammunition and logistical support they desperately need. Some 40,000 were put at risk of slaughter and a vital dam was lost when the Kurds ran out of ammunition. These problems have been clearly developing for months. Obama’s incredible lack of foresight is alarming. It’s really risky to be a friend of the U.S. Obama’s excuse …

Grand County will appeal YMCA tax case

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:13pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has moved to file an appeal in a recent decision to grant Snow Mountain Ranch a full property tax exemption for religious use. The board moved at their Aug. 12 meeting to allow Grand County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola to move forward filing appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals. DiCola had recommended that Grand County Commissioners appeal the decision from the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals to grant religious use tax exemptions to YMCA of the Rockies, which owns Snow Mountain Ranch. “With taxes, we just want to get it right,” DiCola told …

Muftic: GOP immigration votes an election-year gift

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:21am
GOP House votes on immigration bills last Friday were a gift to Democrats, ensuring high Hispanic support for Democrats for years to come. In Colorado statewide races, the Hispanic vote is significant. More than 485,000 Hispanics, 12 percent of the electorate, are registered to vote. In 2012, President Obama got 75 percent of their vote. Several other battleground states also have large numbers of Hispanic (or Latino) voters, and they could determine the balance in the U.S. Senate. Two Colorado Republican congressmen bucked their party and voted no on the Republican bill. The impact is to deprive Democrats of some …

YMCA of the Rockies granted full property tax exemption

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:17pm
The Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals has granted YMCA of the Rockies a full property tax exemption for religious use after originally denying the exemption. The ruling means that YMCA of the Rockies will avoid paying upward of $200,000 in property taxes annually for its 2,187-acre Snow Mountain Ranch, located outside of Granby. “We are pleased that the Board of Assessment Appeals has aligned their decision with the Court of Appeals and lifted up the YMCA of the Rockies’ sincere Christian Mission,” said Kent Meyer, CEO of YMCA of the Rockies, in a press release. “This ruling correctly applies both …

New Fraser art studio offers classes, events

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:17pm
White. It’s the pervasive and, after a few long months, stiflingly bland shade of winter. So why not add a little color to it this year? A Fraser-based business now provides the tools, expertise and environment to channel your inner artisan with a variety of art projects and events. “It’s really about making art with your friends or someone that you go with, your family or you can even come by yourself, and it’s a step by step process,” said Katrina Larson, co-owner of Studio 564. Studio 564’s Fraser facility offers a creative space for a range of art projects …

Union Pacific chiefs visit Granby

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:17pm
The upper echelon of Union Pacific Railroad executives stopped in Granby this week to promote relationships with local communities. The Union Pacific Foundation invited leaders from Grand County’s communities and presented community grants to Grand County Search and Rescue, the Shining Stars Foundation and Routt County United Way. The Union Pacific Foundation first announced the grants in April 2014 as part of $244,000 given to 30 Colorado-based non-profit organizations. Union Pacific CEO Jack Koraleski, COO Lance Fritz and Union Pacific Foundation President Bob Turner arrived on one of Union Pacific’s Heritage Trains to present the awards and speak with local …

Free camping near Winter Park has its costs

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:01pm
Shannon Gilmour and some friends from Centennial were looking for a place to camp this summer and ended up next to Vasquez Creek. They found a campsite to accommodate their group of 12 people and two dogs the first weekend in August. “A friend of mine who has a condo up here told me there was camping up this way, but I really have to give credit to the uncovercolorado blog. He rated it fifth in the state,” Gilmour said. Indeed, “Vasquez Ridge” appears fifth on the list of Best Camping in Colorado from a June 2013 entry on the …

Mountain Family Center celebrates 35 years

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:21pm
The Mountain Family Center was founded in 1979 as the Fraser Valley Women’s Resource Center as a grass roots volunteer service organization. The founding mothers met frequently to combat the isolation of living in rural remote Grand County. Throughout their visits, they recognized many problems the entire community was facing: the difficulty making ends meet in a seasonal resort economy; lack of public transportation; limited access to services; hunger; the hardship of losing utilities to keep homes warm; or worse, losing current living situations because rent could not be paid during low seasons. Helping Grand County families and individuals became …