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Big snow extends season at WP Resort

Local News - 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

Local News - 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 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’

Local News - 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’

Local News - 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

Local News - 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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Local News - 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

Local News - 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

Local News - 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

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

Grand County Community Events Calendar April 4- April 10

Local News - 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. GOALS Vertical Challenge, 8 a.m., Winter Park Resort. No cost to participate, contact Brett for details at …

Group works to form a food co-op in Fraser

Local News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:45pm
Some Fraser Valley locals are looking to nurture community cohesion by providing a source for local, healthy food. Last February, Fraser resident Elaina Wiegand and Winter Park resident Kayli Foulk came up with the idea to form a local food cooperative, or co-op. As Wiegand explained, co-ops are owned and controlled by community members for their mutual benefit. It has a democratic business process, where members vote on what the store will provide. “Our vision is building more community by providing healthy food to the Fraser Valley,” Wiegand said. “We eventually want to have workshops, cooking classes and advocate for …

Need for south area authority change hits high-water mark

Local News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:45pm
GRANBY — Since south Granby’s water rates have started to climb, water managers and public officials are also working to rebuild public perception. After state-required testing found one of the district’s main wells was under the influence of surface water, managers have determined the best solution is to build a new water treatment plant to the tune of around $8 million. While many customers in the south district agree that a new plant is the inevitable solution, controversy has sprung up over the district board’s assessment process, estimated costs for the new plant and the burden of Granby Ranch’s snowmaking …

Photo: Seeing Byers Canyon by rail

Local News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:45pm

‘Shotgun Lovesongs,’ by Nickolas Butler

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:14pm
Lifelong bonds are tested in a small Midwestern town in this first novel.

Bookshelf: Newfound Friends

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:55pm
New picture books include “Stella’s Starliner,” by Rosemary Wells, about a little fox and her shiny Airstream trailer.

‘The Rise’ and ‘The Up Side of Down’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:22pm
Two new books present failure — personal and professional — as a quintessential part of success.

Akhil Sharma’s ‘Family Life’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:21pm
Akhil Sharma’s new novel, “Family Life,” charts the lives of a boy and his parents as they struggle with grief and a recent move from India to America.

Letters: Among the Bombed

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:32am
Readers respond to a review of Richard Overy’s “The Bombers and the Bombed,” an interview with Philip Roth and more.

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