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Celebrating 75 years at Winter Park Resort

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:17am
This ski season marks the 75th anniversary for Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s longest continuously running ski resort. Chosen for its location at the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel and its easy access for Front Range skiers via the railroad, Denver’s Winter Park opened on Jan. 28, 1940. The ski area was the result of cooperation between Denver’s Parks Director George Cranmer, the Colorado Arlberg Club, and the U.S. Forest Service. Even though Winter Park did not open until 1940, the concept for the resort started many years before. The early years of Colorado’s ski industry were rooted in Nordic …

Medical condition suspected in resort death

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:49pm
A 62-year-old man died at Winter Park Resort on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Hugo Post was found unconscious and unresponsive on Cranmer Trail around 9:30 a.m., according to a statement from Winter Park Resort. Post appeared to be suffering from a medical condition, according to the statement. Ski patrol attempted to resuscitate Post before transporting him to the Denver Health East Grand ER at the base of Winter Park Resort. The Grand County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Hugo Post had died on Wednesday, though a cause of death was not immediately available. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 24. …

Conditions improve ahead of 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:17pm
GRANBY — Conditions are looking good for the 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament. Thursday morning saw temperatures fall well below zero in Grand County. Brian Werner, Public Information Officer for Northern Water, said he had recently spoken with workers at the Pharr Pump Plant on Lake Granby and that Lake Granby is 5 ½ feet below full right now. “We are brining water through the Adams Tunnel right now,” said Werner. “But it won’t change the water levels much by this weekend.” Werner said workmen at the Farr Pump plant said ice is between half a foot and one full …

Rocky Mountain National Park has record breaking year

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 4:09pm
It was a record-breaking year for Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky hosted 3,434,754 visitors in 2014, surpassing the previous record of 3,380,044 visitors reached in 2000. The park had already surpassed the 2000 visitation numbers by the end of October. According to officials with Rocky Mountain National Park, determining visitation numbers is, “a difficult and imprecise effort.” The figures provide a rough view of overall trends. The Park Service states that visitation statistics are, “reliably good estimates.” Autumn weekend visitation numbers have increased continually at Rocky, contributing to the highest numbers ever seen at the park. The procedures used to …

Granby musher competes in national race

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:21pm
YMCA of the Rockies Marketing Director Martha Sortland is sleep-deprived. Not from late nights at bars or parties, although the company she keeps can be rowdy and loud. The 29-year-old dog musher is preparing for a 103-mile mid-distance dog sled race starting Sunday, Jan 24. Last Sunday night Sortland, equipped with expedition-weight clothing, a headlamp, and a team of eight enthusiastic Alaskan huskies, covered 50 miles of terrain in two 25-mile runs with four hours of rest in between. Sortland, the dogs, and dog handler and coach, Steve Peterson, got finished well past two in the morning. “It’s a huge …

Celebrate our Park’s Centennial, and ski free

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:01pm
The beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the Grand Lake Nordic Center is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, which was created in 1914. The Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, and to celebrate with them the center is offering free ski passes for the official celebration day on Monday, Jan. 26, as well as discounted rental prices of $10. The center will also offer a 1.5-hour guided snowshoe tour at 11 a.m., and a visit from a Park ranger starting at 10:30 a.m. Call the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008 for more information. Celebrate and enjoy the mountain majesty and …

Celebrate Park Centennial, ski free

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:01pm
The beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the Grand Lake Nordic Center is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, which was created in 1914. The Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, and to celebrate with them the center is offering free ski passes for the official celebration day on Monday, Jan. 26, as well as discounted rental prices of $10. The center will also offer a 1.5-hour guided snowshoe tour at 11 a.m., and a visit from a Park ranger starting at 10:30 a.m. Call the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008 for more information. Celebrate and enjoy the mountain majesty and …

Archery goes Underground in Kremmling

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:45am
KREMMLING — Starting a new business can be a daunting task. But the casual ease Jason Wikberg and Chris Overholt use to discuss their new indoor archery range belies the months of work the two men have put in to make their dream a reality. Archery Underground, an indoor archery range, is scheduled to open Jan. 31 in what was previously the underground bowling ally at 306 Central Ave. Wikberg and Overholt are friends and hunting buddies. The two men have discussed the possibility of opening an archery range for some time. When the basement facility in Kremmling opened up …

Obituary: Arnie J. Green Jr.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:17am
Arnold “Arnie”Joseph Green Jr., passed away peacefully after a long illness on Jan. 18, 2015, in Colorado. He was a devoted son of Millie Eva Green Hebert and the late Arnold Joseph Green Sr.; devoted step-son of Arthur Hebert; loving father of Amy Z. Green; loving brother of Angela M. Green, Anthony M. Green, Ashley “Stevie” Green and Annette M. Green; loving step-brother of Beverly Sanford, Candace Thagard (Howard), and Arthur G. Hebert; loving brother-in-law of Will Webb, Rita Green, and Joanie Carew; former husband of Ann Anderson Green; dear friend of Courtney Smith. We greatly appreciate the loving care …

Obituary: Gene Darrah

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:09am
Gene Darrah passed away on Jan. 15, 2015, due to complications from ALS. Gene was born on Aug. 19, 1940, in Burwell, Neb., to Lyle “Bud” and Ellen (Meuret) Darrah. Gene grew up on a ranch east of Burwell and attended a one-room country school. In 1953, his parents leased out the family ranch and moved to Grand Island, Neb., so Gene could attend St. Mary’s High School. Gene later graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School in 1957. In 1958, the ranch was sold and the family moved to Grand Junction, where they bought a Holstein dairy farm. …

Muftic: Insulting religion sparks predictable results

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
Je suis Charlie, a cry raised in support of freedom of the press, was an admirable reaction to the terrorist attack on a French weekly publication that specialized in satirical cartoons guaranteed to insult Muslims, Catholics, Jews, and more. Hats off to the million-plus demonstrating in Paris on behalf of freedom of speech, even if many of those marching did not agree with the editorial policy of the publication, Charlie Hebdo. No one in the U.S. mainstream media has published or reproduced the kind of editorial content like Charlie Hebdo. Why? After all, doesn’t the Constitution protect free speech like …

Hamilton — A tale of three soldiers: Gant, Petraeus, and Bergdahl

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
The first word in the Uniform Code of Military Justices (UCMJ) is “uniform,” which doesn’t have to do with the wearing of military uniforms. “Uniform” means that the Code of Military Justice is supposed to be applied “uniformly” to all who serve in our armed forces and are, thereby, subject to its provisions. With that in mind, we come to the strange cases of retired Army Maj. Jim Gant, retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who could possibly be tried under the UCMJ for desertion. (See: UCMJ Article 85.) Those who read Ann Scott Tyson’s American Spartan: …

DeVos: Visiting the Red Lobster

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:45am
For years my wife has said, “We should check out the fall colors in New England.” I totally agreed. She wanted to watch leaves turn red and I wanted to watch lobsters turn red. We compromised by planning a seven-day leaf-peeping, crustacean-eating contest along the north Atlantic Coast. The problem is that our dogs are borderline psychotic and we have two screaming feathered pigs that some would charitably call parrots. It’s easy to get someone to house-sit for us once. Not twice. We went through our contact list, searching for someone who hadn’t changed their number or weren’t blocking ours. …

Be a part of fat bike history in Winter Park

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:05am
History is about to made this Sunday, Jan. 25, and you can be a part of it. Winter Park’s first organized group Fat Bike ride is starting at 1:30 p.m. (have to specify as Fat Bike riders sometimes ride late into the night) at Hideaway Park (next to the Winter Park Chamber). Not only will you be part of a historic ride, you will get to ride singletrack Fat Bike trails made by a one of a kind 24-inch-wide groomer. While other resorts are embracing the competitive side of Fat Biking on limited options at cross country ski areas, we …

County retains information systems director

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:45pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to retain the county’s director of information systems. Commissioner James Newberry made a motion to terminate Martin Woros, effective immediately, at the board’s Jan. 13 meeting, “I am disheartened by it, but in recent events, things that have come to the attention of the commissioners, and for the safety of the employees, I would make a motion that Grand County terminate Martin Woros,” Newberry said during the meeting. The board did not elaborate on the information that led Newberry to make the motion. County Attorney Jack DiCola told the board that …

Community Briefs

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:45pm
Movie celebrates Park’s 100th anniversary Jan. 26 is a significant date in the history of Rocky Mountain National Park. On that date in 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the Park. To commemorate this centennial the Rocky Mountain Conservancy commissioned a film “Rocky Mountain National Park: Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder.” This centennial movie will premiere in our area on Monday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. Refreshments will be served after the film. …

BLM plans to burn slash piles south of Parshall

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:01pm
The Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is planning to burn 75 slash piles of lodgepole pine now through February if weather conditions are favorable. Fire personnel burned 35 slash piles in December. Slash piles are burned when snow is at least 3 inches or more on the ground and the chance of fire spreading is unlikely. The burn pile locations are on BLM land and are the result of timber sales and salvage and/or fuel reduction treatments of beetle killed lodgepole pine. The Mule Creek prescribed burn project area is eight miles south of Parshall off Grand County …

Summit County DA investigating James Newberry over mileage charges

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:29pm
The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into allegations of impropriety by a Grand County commissioner. The allegations stem from revelations brought to light in July that County Commissioner James Newberry had filed expense reports for the same mileage to both Grand County and the Colorado River Water Conservation District, of which Newberry is president. Newberry has maintained that his actions did not violate the law or county policy. “My comment would be, I welcome the investigation and having fresh eyes on it, and I guess that’s it,” Newberry said. A letter from Grand County Attorney Jack …

Granby welcomes new police officer

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:49pm
The snowy cold and serene beauty of small town America are a long way from the hot and dusty streets of Las Vegas where Officer Jeff Heitzenrater started his career in law enforcement. Now he’s patrolling the highways and byways around Granby, and while he jokes about dealing with the temperatures, he says he and his family are enjoying their new home very much. Heitzenrater was welcomed by the Granby Board of Trustees this week and has been serving the citizenry of Granby since the beginning of December. The 33-year-old Brockway, Pa., native originally went to school for multi-media technology …

Photos: Firefighters save house on Lake Granby

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:41pm