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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:09pm
Al Olson of Grand Lake has been elected chairman of the Grand County Republican Party. Olson, who also serves as the official registered agent of the High Country Conservatives, was elected last week by members of the executive committee of the county party. The local wing of the party has not adopted its own platform and essentially hews to the state party platform, he said. But the local party does have a mission. “It all boils down to getting out the vote,” Olson said. “That’s what we’re going to work hard on.” Olson succeeds Glenn Snieder, who is leaving the …

Lake Granby spilling again

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:09pm
After a long week of wet weather, Lake Granby is spilling once more. Steady rain on both sides of the divide has filled Front Range reservoirs, limiting the amount of water being diverted through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel. As of Wednesday evening, July 30, Shadow Mountain Dam was releasing about 550 cubic feet per second, said Kara Lamb with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Granby Dam was also releasing around 550 cfs. Releases from Granby Dam were primarily through the river gate, though some water is coming over the spillway. On the other side of the divide, officials expect …

Middle Park Fair and Rodeo kicks off

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:09pm
August is here, and the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is just around the corner. The annual event, held this year from Aug. 1-10, boasts a number of attractions for the whole family, including 4-H shows, culinary events and games. This year the fair will be a little different, said Matt Friesen, fair and rodeo board president. “One of the key changes to the schedule from years prior is the demolition derby is actually Saturday the 16th,” Friesen said. The fair shifted the date of the demolition derby because of other events in Adams County and Cheyenne, Wyo., Friesen said. …

Grand County moves to establish more internal accounting controls

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:09pm
County officials are moving to implement more comprehensive internal controls in the wake of a scandal that rocked the Grand County Building Department. The Grand County Board of Commissioners approved a list of 15 directives and questions for consideration at their July 22 meeting. The list is based on recommendations from accounting firm Alvarez & Marsal, which conducted a forensic accounting investigation following the discovery of $500,000 in misappropriated funds in the county’s building department. Former county employee Brigid Irish has been charged in relation to the case. Directives include establishing standard operating procedures for county departments, determining the feasibility …

Songstress Megan Burtt performs in Winter Park

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:01pm
WINTER PARK — Megan Burtt is what you’d expect to hear if John Mayer and Bonnie Raitt had a child in the south during the ’60s and ’70s. This Denver-based songstress has crossed the oceans studying human emotion and transforming her research into song. She will be performing Friday, Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Cooper Creek Square’s Music on The Mall. In 2013 Burtt recorded her third full-length album called “The Bargain” (to be released early 2015) inspired from a life-changing trip to Mississippi in 2007, and the years to follow. These days you can find Megan with three …

Judy Kay McElderry Benson Feb. 16, 1939 - July 24, 2014

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:01pm
Originally from Drakesville, Iowa, Judy settled in Grand County in 1988. She worked as the administrative assistant at Mountain Family Center for more than 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed her position. She devoted her life to loving God and serving Him. She is survived by her kids: Larry (Micah) Benson of Granby, Helen Benson of Georgetown, and Connie (Kevin) Craft of Worland, Wyo. She is also survived by her beloved grandkids: Lauren Craft of North Liberty, Iowa, and Robert Benson of Granby. A memorial service will be held at Winter Park Christian Church (274 Ponderosa Trail, Tabernash) on Aug. 9, …

Youth, teen programs flourish at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:01pm
This summer Joel and Laura Bess Ewing, together with 1-year-old Gus, swapped Chicago city life for the tranquil shores of Grand Lake where they will be teaching Grand County youth and teens the fundamentals of acting. Joel is the new education director at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and Laura Bess is directing the Youth Theatre Workshop (7- to 9-year-olds) and Youth Theatre Production (10- to 12-year-olds). Both Ewings have been with RMRT for three years helping with youth and teen theatre. “We are thrilled to be heading up RMRT’s youth and teen programs,” said Joel. Both he and Laura Bess …

William Hamilton: Elections: Better than impeachment

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:29pm
One hears a lot of talk among conservatives and even among some right-of-center Democrats about impeaching President Obama for failing to see that the laws of the land are “faithfully executed.” But, before the right-wing Republicans and the Tea Party get their collective shorts wrapped around the impeachment axle, it would be well to look at the current state of the Democratic Party which is, to say the least, in a state of disarray. The far Left of the Democratic Party is unhappy with Obama because he has not yet installed a statue of Vladimir Lenin in the White House …

Felicia Muftic: The limits of U.S. leadership

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:29pm
President Obama has come under fire for a good part of his presidency from the GOP for “being feckless” and “leading from behind.” I have lost count of the number of times Sen. John McCain has advocated getting militarily involved in this or that conflict. Sen. Lindsey Graham calls Secretary of State John Kerry “delusional” and the president “King of Indecision” but ignores reality. There are limits to U.S. ability to lead our allies. The old saying fits: You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. If the leadership’s judgment is wrong or misleads us …

Letter: Letter about homosexuals rife with ignorance

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:29pm
In regards to Wayne Lela’s view on homosexuality: My husband and I laughed at the blatant ignorance displayed in his letter to the Sky-Hi. How could you possibly relate BDSM to homosexuality? An individual’s right to marry does NOT place harm on anyone if they choose the same sex. Marijuana is more harmful factually speaking. The war on same sex marriage is a shame. How many DEVIANT heterosexual couples or individuals are out there? PLENTY. How many heterosexual individuals involve themselves in “deviant” behavior? LOADS. The GLBT community does not harm any one individual, couple or community. It is the …

Jackie Wright: Movement tempo during strength training

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:13pm
Observing is a fundamental component for every trainer working in the personal training profession. During every aspect of our training relationship with each client (i.e. assessing, researching, designing, teaching, coaching and training), we are closely observing each of the movement patterns the client performs continually identifying possible imbalances that may lead us to designing corrective exercise or modifications addressing their limitations. Corrective exercises, adjustments and modifications of movement patterns are designed to help our clients achieve their desired goals/objectives. However, regardless how well we train our clients, occasionally they may increase the tempo of the movement when performing an exercise. …

You can thank local agencies for Grand County’s great trails

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:41am
The local agencies in Grand County are definitely working for you. Trails took a beating this spring from the huge runoff from almost record snows. Where trails had been in need of repairs before, now those trails desperately need attention. In today’s busy world, some people barely have time to get out and enjoy the beauty surrounding us in Grand County, let alone help maintain that beauty. Agencies like BLM and the U.S. Forest Service as well as organizations like Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) and International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) have been providing opportunities to learn about both trail building …

UPDATED: Wildfire south of Granby fully contained

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:41pm
9:32 a.m. — The “553 fire” near Cottonwood Pass is fully contained. Light rain assisted fire crews in keeping the blaze around 1 acre in size, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Multiple agencies fought the fire above County Road 553 near Cottonwood Pass. Authorities believe the fire is the result of a July 15 lightning strike. The fire was burning mostly fine ground fuels and beetle-kill pines and did not threaten any structures. It is located on private property. A total of 31 personnel from the East Grand Fire Protection District, Granby Fire Protection …

County commissioners approve rezone for possible Tabernash marijuana grow

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:41pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has approved rezoning for a parcel that could become Grand County’s first licensed marijuana grow operation. The board approved the rezoning of the former Highland Lumber parcel in Tabernash from tourist zone district to business zone district at its July 22 meeting. Wells Fargo Bank took ownership of the 11-acre parcel and building after foreclosing on the owner. Realtor Lance Gutersohn, who represents Wells Fargo, sought to rezone the land from tourist to business. The property is already under contract with a potential buyer who intends to turn the facility into a medical marijuana …

Veteran finds peace on the Continental Divide Trail

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:33pm
As Shawn Murphy treks along the precarious Continental Divide Trail, he has lots of things to think about. Pondering the curvature of a ridgeline, calculating the distance to the next water source, these are the kinds of things that occupy his mind from day to day. But he also contemplates less tangible themes. “What it boils down to is you have to want to face your demons and deal with them,” Murphy said. “If you don’t, you’ll never change.” Murphy is a combat veteran. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, he joined the U.S. Army in 1984, doing undercover military police operations …

Talking Shop: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm
Name/title: Frank & Gigi Dominguez /Owners Alpine Sun Ski & Sport /Owners Adolfs Event Center & Tavern 2. Business/business location: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport & Adolfs Event Center & Tavern. Both businesses are located in the historic Adolfs Building in Old Town Winter Park, 1008 Winter Park Drive Winter Park, CO 80482. 3. How long have you been in business?: Alpine Sun Ski & Sport, 30 years; Adolfs Event Center & Tavern 1 ½ years 4. How did you get started in this business?: Frank had been managing a ski shop in Winter Park and Alpine Sun Ski & …

Colorado AG should stop fighting same-sex marriage

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:45pm
U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore recently declared Colorado’s marriage ban unconstitutional — the latest of dozens of state and federal rulings striking down similar bans across the country. State Attorney General John Suthers has continued to defend Colorado’s ban, despite acknowledging that it is likely to be overturned in the end. Suthers has already wasted taxpayer dollars on the appeal of the state-level ruling, and he has indicated that he intends to waste further state resources on an appeal of today’s federal decision. Were he to drop his needless appeals in these cases, marriage equality would come to the …

Same-sex marriage a ‘race to the bottom’

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:37pm
To the Editor: That federal judge who struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage evidently hasn’t learned much from the past. In a way, weren’t we here a couple thousand years ago? The ancient and primitive Greeks and Romans crassly valued homosexual relations. But eventually the people wised up and realized that was a mistake (e.g., Plato condemned homosexual activity), and homosexual activity was again logically deemed unethical and was basically driven underground. Now, wayward, ever-so-trendy “progressives” are trying to take us back thousands of years to more primitive and decadent times, despite the fact that thinking people have known …

Letter: Liberals have a lot of nerve talking about truth

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:29pm
To the Editor: Given the national display of liberal lies and lawlessness, it is hard to believe that a liberal would choose to use the word “untruths” in a headline attempting to define the opposition. However, the author of “My View” did just that while attempting to defend the Obama rubber-stamp known as Mark Udall. It didn’t stop there. Right out of the Udall playbook and TV commercials comes the never-ending liberal narrative of the war on women; “the GOP’s anti-reproductive rights planks?” What! The only warfare taking place are liberals insulting the intelligence of women by insisting that they …

Kansas teen dies on Longs Peak

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:21pm
Rocky Mountain National Park personnel experienced a busy weekend responding to a series of backcountry incidents since Friday, July 25, when an 18-year-old Kansas teen fell to his death on Longs Peak. The Boulder County Coroner’s office identified the teen as Nicholas L. Hellbusch of Lenexa, Kan. Hellbusch apparently fell to his death near the Ledges on the Keyhole Route early Friday, when park rangers were contacted by a person climbing the route that he and a group he was climbing with saw a body below The Ledges. Rangers reached the body at 10:15 a.m. and confirmed the death. The …