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Fraser Valley Elementary receives Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:57pm
Fraser Valley Elementary School was recently awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. The Distinguished Improvement Award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student academic growth. Schools that receive the award exceed expectations related to “longitudinal academic growth” and meet or exceed expectations on “academic growth gaps” on their school performance frameworks. Fraser Valley Elementary is receiving the award for the third year in a row. The findings are based on student growth on TCAP scores in reading, writing and math. The top 130 schools across the state received this award out of 1,734 public schools in 2014. …

GOCO grants fund projects across Grand County

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:57pm
If you bought a ticket for the Colorado Lottery recently, give yourself a pat on the back. More than $900,000 in lottery proceeds will make their way back to Grand County to enhance trails and open spaces from Winter Park to Kremmling. Great Outdoors Colorado, which distributes the proceeds in the form of grants, awarded money to support a new pedestrian bridge in Fraser, permanently preserve 622 acres of the Troublesome Creek Ranch in Kremmling, and add 1.2 miles of trail to the Arrow Trail System in Winter Park. Troublesome Creek Ranch The Conservation Fund will purchase a conservation easement …

Annual Mountain Messiah performance is Dec. 21

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:49pm
‘Tis the season for music. The 18th annual Mountain Messiah community sing-a-long will take place at the chapel at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch on Dec. 21. Billed as one of the highest performances of George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah,” the Grand County performance is open to the public. Those interested in performing a solo, conducting a chorus or accompanying on the piano should contact Joan Shaw at 970-726-4626 or by email at mountainidoscolorado@gmail.com. Classical musicians who are interested in performing should also contact Shaw. Mountain Messiah will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free for all ages. …

Granby Model Train display evokes memories of Christmases past

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:33pm
Fluffy white powder falls silently and piles up outside our doors. All across the county multi-colored strings of lights and traditional decorations remind locals and visitors alike that Christmas is just around the corner. As the holiday season approaches people often fall back on traditions, passed down within families, mooring our current experiences to past memories. From singing carols to trudging off into the forest and cutting down a Christmas tree; the traditions of each family serve as a backdrop to the festivities. For Dave Naples, president of the Grand County Model Railroad Club, “Christmas isn’t Christmas without model trains.” …

Ice fishing tournaments loom in Grand County

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:13am
Thick ice, the lure of the “big one,” the promise of prizes, and beautiful scenery to take in while you wait out your catch. It’s all in store this winter in Grand County, which plays host to three major ice fishing contests in January and February. Here are the details ice anglers need to know to get on the hook for thousands of dollars in prizes and priceless bragging rights. Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest From Jan. 23-25, this contest emanates from Granby. The competition takes place during three days on three popular fishing lakes in the Granby area: Lake …

Naked Aspen Designs donates to local nonprofits

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:57am
Support one of your favorite local nonprofit organizations up to Dec. 24 just by shopping for that special gift. Rob Peeters, owner of Naked Aspen Designs in the Fraser Shopping Center, will give 5 percent (up to $5) of each purchase to your choice of the following local nonprofits: Grand County Blues Society, Grand County Historical Association, Grand County Pet Pals, Grand County Search and Rescue, Headwaters Trails Alliance and Shining Stars Foundation. The shop features several Colorado artisans and craftsman (including Peeters), with items as varied as pottery, framed art, jewelry and jewelry boxes, soap and candles as well …

Grand County Real Estate Transactions, Dec. 7-13, 2014

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:57am
Beaver Village Flg #1, Bldg 1, Unit 103 – Mark and Katherine Oppold to Winter Park Place LLC, $144,000 Village at Arrowhead 2nd Flg, Grand Elk Ranch & Club, Lots 65,85,86 – Jack Gerstein to Park Plaza Investors LLC, $3,000 Trail Creek Estates 2nd Filing, Lot 101 – Bradford and Heidi Wells to Dwayne Hunt, $248,000 Parsons Outright Exemptions Lot 33 – Cape Town Land Company LLC to Cheryl Coleman, $250,000 Stillwater Estates Lots 17,18,19 – Alex Brewer Company LTD/LLLP to Helena Auyang, $1,050,000 Mountain Shadows Estates 3rd AMD, Lot M30 – James and Stephanie Moline to J2 Construction LLC, …

Granby Board annexes land to stop pot shop

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:33am
Things got a little tumultuous Tuesday night at the Granby Board of Trustees meeting as the Board considered an emergency annexation of property on U.S. Highway 40 to prevent a retail marijuana store from opening. Town residents, business owners, legal representatives and folks from throughout the county and region addressed the board to express their opinions on the matter. The discussion became heated with audience members speaking out during the comments of those they disagreed with; prompting Board members to admonish the crowd for the interruptions on more than one occasion. After a lengthy public comment period, including the reading …

DeVos: Nobel Prize is a blast

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:29pm
The Nobel Prizes were awarded last month. Every year the best and brightest in the fields of Peace, Physics, Physiology, Medicine, Literature and Economics, are chosen for this honor. The Nobel Prize is the big enchilada when it comes to respect. You get a big fancy gold medal and a million euros. Some prizes carry more money but none carry more prestige. The prizes are the legacy of Alfred Nobel who was a prolific inventor holding over 350 patents. He was also a reclusive, self-proclaimed ugly guy, destined to be lonely. During the Crimean War, Alfred’s father, Immanuel Nobel, made …

Granby Board annexes land to stop pot shop

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:29pm
Things got a little tumultuous Tuesday night at the Granby Board of Trustees meeting as the Board considered an emergency annexation of property on U.S. Highway 40 to prevent a retail marijuana store from opening. Town residents, business owners, legal representatives and folks from throughout the county and region addressed the board to express their opinions on the matter. The discussion became heated with audience members speaking out during the comments of those they disagreed with; prompting Board members to admonish the crowd for the interruptions on more than one occasion. After a lengthy public comment period, including the reading …

Grand County amends Granby Airport name to recognize Emily Warner

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:29pm
Grand County has long been the haunt of pioneers, and Emily Warner is no exception. In 1973, Warner became the first woman to be hired as a commercial airline pilot in the United States. She would later go on to be the first female airline captain in the United States and lead the first all-female airline flight crew. Warner had a home in Grand County for more than 25 years and has had an indelible impact on the local aviation community. Now, she has been immortalized in the name of the local airport where she spent so much of her …

State water plan: New Colorado River diversion possible

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:29pm
Western Slope water interests still reeling from the Gross Expansion Project may barely have enough time to catch their breath before they’re again summoned to the bargaining table. The Colorado Water Conservation Board presented the first full draft of its 2014 Colorado Water Plan to Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and the document identifies an additional trans-mountain diversion as a possible solution for growing demands on the Front Range. The water plan is the result of a 2013 executive order from Hickenlooper, which sought to establish a cohesive plan for the state’s future water use in the face …

Muftic: Why people love to hate Obamacare

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:21pm
There are millions who are giving thanks this season for Obamacare (ACA). A recent Gallup poll disclosed that 70 percent of those who signed up for it like it, few plan to drop it. By the end of 2015 around a total of over 17 million will have subscribed to it, even discounting a 400,000 recently reported 2014 miscount and updated forecasts. Yet the law is still more unpopular than popular. Why? One reason is that only 16.5 percent of Americans could not afford or qualify for health insurance before Obamacare. The rest of us with employer insurance, or Medicare …

Hamilton: The 2014 Pheme (fay-may) Awards

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:21pm
Satire: These days, it seems like there is a TV show that presents awards for almost anything you can imagine, even advertising. According to Wikipedia, “...the Clio Awards are the world’s most recognizable international advertising awards, presented annually to reward innovation and creative excellence in advertising, design and communication.” (Clio was the Greek goddess/muse of History.) Thus far, an Internet search does not reveal a TV award show recognizing the best and the worst political advertisements shown on TV in 2014. Apparently, that’s a niche that needs to be filled. We will start by giving it a name: In Greek …

Middle Park students attend school board conference

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:01pm
With the small size of our school district, it is a difficult task for students to receive any opportunity to become involved with the inner workings of the district. To be honest, most students don’t care about what happens as long as there are not added tests and there is optimal time off for Thanksgiving. For the 350 or so students at Middle Park High School, there is a heavy reliance on the student government to remain somewhat informed on the information that swirls around the district, and for a select few, they are relied on to voice the student …

Granby Ranch stages food drive

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:37pm
Granby Ranch is hosting a “Carve Away Hunger” event this weekend. The event supports the Mountain Family Center (MFC) and its annual food distribution to hungry children, the Food Totes Program and to stock the food pantry. Ranch visitors can deliver non-perishable food items for the Totes Food program and receive a discounted lift ticket on Dec. 12 and 14. Those who bring a full bag of food on Saturday, Dec. 13, will receive a free lift ticket. A suggested shopping list can be found at Granby Ranch’s event page and on Facebook. Participants can also get a $2 beer …

Rau: Time for a Grand County snow dance

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:09pm
Time for snow dances … work up a real storm. We need more of that white stuff for the upcoming holiday season. Middle Park High School and East Grand Middle School are off to a great training start at Snow Mountain Ranch getting ready for the Middle Park High School Qualifier races on Saturday, Dec. 13. Both Middle Schools and High Schools from throughout the state are assembling at Snow Mountain Ranch on Saturday for mass start freestyle races. The 3K race for the middle school boys starts at 11 a.m. followed by the Middle School girls at 11:30 a.m. …

Grand County Search and Rescue renews search for missing hunter

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:21am
Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) resumed the ongoing search for missing hunter Richard Kothanek last weekend with the favorable weather. Kothanek was last seen on Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Meadow Creek Reservoir area near Tabernash. Kothanek was reportedly unprepared for incoming snow and extreme cold temperatures. Search and Rescue Incident Commander, Greg Foley, reported, “teams from Grand County SAR, and several Front Range search teams scoured the Trail Creek and Meadow Creek areas in the days immediately following the subject’s disappearance. No signs or clues have been detected.” GCSAR utilized the “Mutual Aid” agreement between local Mountain Rescue …

Letter: Hope for Colorado’s water future

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:21am
To the Editor: Trout Unlimited recently praised the draft state water plan delivered by the Colorado Water Conservation Board to Gov. Hickenlooper as “a good first step” in the collaborative process of creating a road map for sustainable water use. However, TU recognizes there is still much more to be done. Grand County — “ground zero” for past and current problems and challenges created by both current water diversion and future demand — is the “poster child” and no doubt provided much of the impetus for the governor to pursue the current statewide action plan. Successes in Grand County will …

Grand Lake supports 4-meter clarity standard

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:29pm
It was a busy evening for the Grand Lake Board of Trustees Monday night. The Board addressed a litany of action items, approved the town budget for 2015 and continued ongoing discussions related to water clarity standards in Grand Lake. Monday was the last Grand Lake Board of Trustees’ meeting scheduled for this year. An ongoing debate within the community focuses on water clarity in the lake and pumping conducted by Northern Water from Lake Granby into Shadow Mountain Reservoir. This debate follows the initiation of a process to develop clarity standards for Grand Lake set in motion by the …