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Upper Colo. deemed 2nd most endangered river

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:21am
For a second year, the Upper Colorado made it on American River’s list of most endangered rivers. The environmental advocacy group ranked the river and its tributaries at the No. 2 spot, meaning it at least dropped a notch compared to last year. The Upper Colorado’s primary threat is new transmountain diversions as the state’s metro population continues to grow. “Having tapped the headwaters of the Colorado mainstem, some Front Range water interests are currently considering diversions from rivers farther away, like the Yampa and Gunnison rivers — rivers not yet impaired by transmountain diversions,” the American Rivers report said. …

Winter Park election results: Kutrumbos sweeps, Riemenschneider unseated

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:45pm
According to information reported by Winter Park Town Clerk Katie Buss, town trustee election results are as follows: Nick Kutrumbos – 95 Votes Charles (Chuck) Banks – 64 Votes Barbara Atwater – 58 Votes Michael Periolat – 57 Votes Katie Riemenschneider – 56 Votes Peggy Woods – 39 Votes Kutrumbos, Banks and Atwater will serve a four-year term, while Periolat will serve a two-year term. Falling short by just one vote, trustee Riemenschneider was unseated. …

Letter: Economics should not be a partisan issue

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:57pm
To the Editor: A long lifetime of being a political observer taught me that most voters are woefully ignorant of the principles of economics, as I was most of that time. It is lamentable that it isn’t required in high school, because economics is the very foundation of America. Economics should not be a partisan issue, but ignorance of it creates most political division. A recent example is the mention that local Democrats favor increasing the minimum wage under the assumption that it would be good for most wage earners. Regrettably, the real effect of a higher minimum wage will …

Letter: South Service Water users weighted with unfair share

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:57pm
To the Editor: I want to commend the Sky-HI News and reporter Leia Larson for continued focus on the proposed water treatment plant for Granby South Side Users. In Friday’s article it states that Granby Ranch pays its “fair share” for snowmaking, which is $25,000 per year for 20 percent of the district’s annual water consumption. The Authority’s 1,700 individual taps use 300 gallons per minute (gpm) in the summer and 150 gpm in the winter. Snowmaking for a few months in the winter increases the demand to 1,000 gpm. The new water plant is planned for 1,500 gpm. The …

Letter: Deep-seated cause of voter apathy is disenfranchisement

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:57pm
To the Editor: I read your March 21 editorial regarding transparency in government and its relationship to voter apathy. I thought your points were well made. But I think the more deep-seated cause of voter apathy among the majority of the county’s population is that they are disenfranchised from the voting system. According to the Grand County Clerk’s office, approximately 80 percent of the property owners in Grand County are second homeowners. This population pays the same taxes as any other county resident but, if their primary residence is outside of Grand County, they are not allowed to vote in …

CML honors longtime town leaders

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:57pm
The Colorado Municipal League recently acknowledged municipal leaders in this state for their long history of public service. Among the nine recognized statewide for serving more than 15 years of service were three from Grand County: Tom Weydert and Jim Peterson, who are stepping down from the Grand Lake town board; and Vince Turner, retiring from the Winter Park town council. Tom Weydert Tom Weydert has served on the Grand Lake town board for 22 years and is presently the Grand County Assessor. Weydert admits that he will miss being an active member of the council, but he plans to …

Restaurateur to cultivate Winter Park farmers market

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:57pm
WINTER PARK — A new farmers market is coming to the county, far more ambitious than the veggie-vending operations in the past. Restaurateur and chef Donnie McBath is spearheading the project, and his goal is to feature between 60 to 80 vendors by the end of the summer. “I want to push this thing as much as possible and have one of the largest mountain town farmers markets,” he said. “You just have to think outside the box a little bit, and I’ve always been one to think outside the box.” McBath has already managed to prove his ambition and …

CodeRed test for Grand County cell phones rings April 15

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:57pm
Grand County will be conducting a CodeRed Emergency Test at 10 a.m. on April 15. Grand County Office of Emergency Management has utilized the services of Emergency Communications Network, or CodeRED emergency notification system, for the past five years. The CodeRED system provides Grand County officials the ability to quickly deliver cellular messages to targeted areas or the entire county of Grand. The Grand County Office of Emergency utilizes this as a tool to keep the public informed of an emergency that may affect their safety. Residents and visitors who have registered in the CodeRed system will receive a call …

Grand Lake holds community engagement meeting April 17

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:57pm
Grand Lake will hold a Community Engagement meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Grand Lake Community House at 1025 Grand Avenue. The town’s community engagement committees, which include Branding, Marketing, Design, Economic Development, Funding, Steering and the Grand Lake Creatives, will provide updates on progress over the past quarter. Brief presentations will also be provided by Grand Lake’s Town Manager, David Hook, and the Executive Director of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, Samantha Miller. The various committees were formed early last year during the Downtown Assessment conducted by Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI). The committees have …

A timeline of the Grand County building department scandal

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:53pm
Oct. 7, 2013 — County commissioners began planning the 2014 budget, which lead to the discovery of missing funds in the building department. According to meeting minutes, Commissioner Gary Bumgarner questioned the year-to-date revenue of $14,000 for building permit fees. Chief building official and department head Scott Penson said revenue shown was low, and he believed that it was around $50,000. County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran told commissioners that one of the building officials trades off and works in the maintenance department. County officials later told the Sky-Hi they initially thought the missing funds were a computer glitch. Interactive Timeline …

Big snow extends season at WP Resort

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:05pm
Thanks to more than 29 feet of total snowfall this season and more on the way throughout April, Winter Park Resort will extend its 2013-14 ski and ride season an extra week, with closing day now scheduled for Sunday, April 27. Winter Park Resort has received 352.5 inches of snow this season, well ahead of average for this time of year and just ahead of the historical average for snowfall in an entire season. In March alone, more than five feet of snow fell at the ski area. Despite adding an extra week of operations, Winter Park Resort will still …

2014 Winter Park Jazz Festival lineup announced

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:05pm
WINTER PARK — The Winter Park and Fraser Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineup for the 2014 Winter Park Jazz Festival, which will be held July 19-20 at Hideaway Park. Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. on April 1 and may be purchased by calling the Winter Park Jazz Festival Box Office at 888-409-5974 or at Ticketmaster via www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. After June 5, tickets may also be purchased in person at the Winter Park Jazz Festival Box Office, located at 78841 U.S. Hwy 40 in Winter Park. Ticket prices & details Festival-goers may choose from general admission, …

Letter: Sunshine grading system ‘leaves something to be desired’

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:53pm
To the Editor: In regards to the ‘Sunshine Audit’ on Grand County governments dated March 21, the grading systems leaves something to be desired. If you recall during your school years, the grade ‘ F ‘ meant that every part of your work was a failure. And yet in grading the town of Kremmling, words like “relatively easy to navigate”, “easy to find”, “pretty good”, “easy to read”, “sufficient information” were used. “Failure” means unsuccessful, nonperformance, and insufficient. And yet, the article continued to use words such as “clear legal rationale,” “bold and easy to locate”, and “excellent.” I commend …

Letter: Grand County Democrats platform ‘weak’ and ‘unpopular’

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:53pm
To the Editor: After reading the Democratic platform resolutions (March 28 Sky-Hi News), I have to wonder where the problem lies with Sandra Doudna, the Grand County Democrats chair. She says the Democrats are intimidated to run on the Democratic ticket in Grand County. With resolutions like these to run on, no wonder no Democrats want to step up to the plate to represent them. The problem isn’t the established Republican party; perhaps Sandra should consider the weakness and unpopularity of their platform. Gary Koldyke, aka ‘Jack the Ripper’ Grand Lake …

Friday Report: May that ‘puffy guardian angel’ airbag not be defective

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:53pm
As of last Tuesday, General Motors had recalled 6.3 million vehicles since the start of the year and it’s barely April. The Chevy’s that aren’t prone to bursting into flames have windows that fall out or front axles that are inexplicably capable of making left and right turns at the same time. What a mess to dump in the lap of the new CEO, Mary Barra, the first woman ever to head a major auto brand. She apologized this week before a congressional committee about the 13 deaths caused by a faulty ignition switch that GM was well aware of …

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:53pm
Grand Beginnings is a nonprofit agency that was established in 2003, to strengthen comprehensive early childhood service so that children are ready for kindergarten. The organization does this by fostering high quality early learning environments, supporting child development and promoting family engagement. Grand Beginnings is a coalition of community members and leaders representing families, early childhood education, health, mental health, family and child support services, K-12 education, businesses, and local government. Grand Beginnings provides scholarships and professional development for childcare professionals, as well as provides tuition scholarships for families in child care. Each year, Grand Beginnings hosts a children’s fair; …

Letter of thanks: Candidate appreciates those who voted

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:49pm
To the Editor: A big THANK YOU to all who voted for me in the Granby Town Board Trustee election that took place on Tuesday, April 1. I truly did enjoy meeting many new people, and connected with some in ways that simply would not have been possible had I not taken the time to try to meet them in the course of this campaign. When I talked to so many citizens and business owners in Granby I was encouraged by the direction that they seemed to want things to go in the future for our wonderful town. They seemed …

Grand County likely to recover stolen funds through insurance

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:49pm
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS ­— Although the county lost an estimated $500,000 from employee theft in the building department, officials say there’s a good chance the funds will be recovered through insurance. At a county commissioner’s meeting on March 25, Grand County Attorney Jack DiCola reported that the county has “crime and employee dishonesty insurance,” and staff is working to file a claim on the building department scandal. Costs from a forensic accounting audit, which began on April 1, will also be submitted as part of the claim. The forensic accounting consultants will be examining all county departments that handle money. …

Photos: Grand County pets for adoption

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:49pm

Grand County Community Events Calendar April 4- April 10

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:49pm
Friday April 4 Health Insurance for 2014, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Granby Library. Free public roundtable for information and enrolling in the new Colorado Marketplace. Call 970-725-3477. Free Friday Night Dinner, 4:45-7 p.m., Cranmer Memorial Chapel, Winter Park. The door is open to all, join the camaraderie by helping or enjoying a great meal. 970-726-5423 Acme Band plays Pancho & Lefty’s, 6-9 p.m., Grand Lake. Hippie Sideshow Hootenanny play Ullr’s, 10 p.m., Winter Park. Saturday April 5 Spring Splash at Ski Granby Ranch. Granbyranch.com GOALS Vertical Challenge, 8 a.m., Winter Park Resort. No cost to participate, contact Brett for details at …