Month: July 2017

Mountain Biking In Winter Park

by Keith Sanders | Special to Winter Park Times.com   Winter Park has long been known for the amazing mountain biking we get to experience every day as locals.  Those of you who are not from the area may think that the mountain biking happens at the Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort. While that is a lot of fun, there are hundreds of miles of cross country trails that form the foundation of Winter Park’s claim to Mountain Bike Capital USA. There may be no better way to start off your mountain bike experience in Winter Park than...

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Community Briefs

Fraser Road Construction Advisory Eisenhower Drive in Fraser closed at least till August 4th according to CDOT sign.  Crews are building concrete drainage, sidewalks and paving areas in and around the railroad crossing. Jeff Durbin, Fraser Town Manager said..”We are trying to get the road open as soon as possible” but work will continue well into August. “We expect to open the crossing by August 4th if everything goes as planned” Durbin added. Alternate route is the Fraser Parkway next to Murdochs Plaza and the Colorado Adventure Park or County Road 50 to the cut through by the Rodeo...

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Fraser Radio On Air

Steve Skinner, former general manager of KDNK community radio in Carbondale, is helping to train personnel at KFFR, 88.3FM, in Fraser. Fraser Free Radio Live On Air. Details still in process, but station is broadcasting. You have probably heard rumor of a new radio station in the last few years, and, maybe you’ve even seen the sign in Murdochs’ Plaza, but, have you turned it on for a listen?  It’s now real and live! The new radio station, KFFR  88.3 FM, officially fired up a couple of weeks ago, even though it has been out there for a couple...

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What’s Blooming

Photos Courtesy of Pat Berman and Diana Lynn Rau   by Patricia Berman  | Special to the Winter Park Times   For a stunning floral display I recommend the Tipperary Trail on County Road 50. It is 5.3 miles from the corner of CR 5 and CR 50 to a parking lot on the right side of CR 50. Walk a few yards to the trailhead. At the beginning of the hike there are Green Pyrolas on the left side. These wintergreens have rosettes of dark green basal leaves from which arise single stalks of nodding flowers. As you...

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Around The County

On Tuesday, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) enthusiastically approved the adoption of bylaws for the newly-created Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Advisory Committee. The committee will review and make recommendations to the BOCC concerning the use of the Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Fund (OLRT), established by ballot measure last November. The voter-approved ballot initiative established a 10-year limited sales tax increase of 0.3 percent to be used for keeping water in local rivers; conserving open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands and river access through acquisition; and maintaining hiking and biking trails. Based on previous sales tax revenue, it is anticipated to bring in $750,000 a year for natural resource use issues. The decision comes after a delayed vote last week, following a discussion in which Commissioner Rich Cimino expressed concern that some of the language in different documents varied. Specifically, the resolution binding the Committee bylaws describes a 15 percent cap on collected monies that can be used for trail maintenance. Whereas, the ballot didn’t mention any spending caps.   Cimino was concerned about the discrepancy, saying, “I think that the voters were duped.” He quoted ballot language that reads, “without limitation or condition.” And said, “It’s my perception that voters in District 1 were excited about trail maintenance.” Cray Healy, of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, ensured that the language was drafted with attorneys from...

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2017 Ballot Issues

The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has been engaged in discussing several proposed ballot initiatives, put forth for the November 2017 general election. BOCC APPROVES BALLOT MEASURE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTONOMY On Tuesday, they voted unanimously to initiate a ballot measure put forth by Commissioner Rich Cimino that would exempt Grand County from Colorado Senate Bill 152, a state law preventing counties and municipalities from investing public funds in internet infrastructure and services. Since the bill passed in 2005, local governments are even restricted in the ways in which they can work with private parties to support and provide such services as telecommunication services, cable television services and broadband internet service. Practical examples of what that means for Grand County is that local governments can do nothing to help improve connectivity for businesses or residents. Nor can they add these services to public venues that are not already grandfathered under the law. So while visitors to the Grand County Court House and Administrative Building in Hot Sulphur Springs may log onto the provided internet services, groups wishing to book an event at the county fairgrounds could not be offered broadband WiFi as an incentive. According to County Economic Development Coordinator DiAnn Butler, this is an increasing concern as we look to boosting our economy as a venue provider. “We need to look at, what do our facilities supply?...

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MPEI Solar Policies

New Power Solar Energy Systems offer a low cost solution to energy needs. by Joe Smyth | WinterParkTimes.com Mountain Parks grapples with solar. Co-op considers policy change that would doom Fraser solar project, others. Plans for a solar power array at the Fraser wastewater treatment plant would be derailed if the Mountain Parks Electric Board of Directors rolls back a key renewable energy policy. During its July 13 board meeting, Mountain Parks Electric board members and staff discussed how the electric cooperative should respond to growing interest in low cost solar power from homeowners and towns in Grand County. Mountain...

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Trestle Bike Park

Trestle Bike Park is one of the top downhill parks in the United States, and it is getting bigger and better every year. Photo Courtesy of Winter Park Resort   For nearly a decade Trestle Bike park has been considered Colorado’s premier downhill mountain bike park and one of the best in North America and it keeps getting bigger and better. With (4) Four Bike transport Lifts and over 40 miles of gravity fed dirt, it doesn’t get much better. Steve Hurlbert, Director of Public Relations and Communications for Winter Park Resort said, “The evolution of the sport has really...

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