Day: July 13, 2017

Jazzfest Packed With Talent

  The 35th Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 15-16, 2017, will feature two days of world class artists along with some up and coming favorites. Charlie Wilson, Saturday, July 15th Headliner From “Party Train” to “There Goes My Baby” and the quintessential “Charlie, Last Name Wilson”, everyone at Hideaway Park will have at least one track to sing along to word for word, a reality that translates into the relevance of Mr. Wilson, a living legend. Quite frankly, Charlie Wilson knows how to put on a show. Flashy costume changes, bustling backup dancers, an animated horn section, and his...

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Gross Reservoir Expansion Approved

Photos Courtesy of Denver Water   Larger pool to hold more water from the Fraser River. News from the Army Corps of Engineers and Denver Water will put more strain on the Upper Colorado and the Fraser River Ecosystems. Following 14 years of careful study, evaluation and deliberation, the Army Corps of Engineers has approved Denver Water’s request to raise Gross Dam in Boulder County. The additional water stored in Gross Reservoir will help prevent future shortfalls during droughts and helps offset an imbalance in Denver Water’s collection system. The approval comes in the form of a record of...

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More Counties Restrict Fires

The Gutzler Fire southwest of Kremmling is now largely contained, but fire danger remains high in many areas.   Nine wildfires continue to burn around western Colorado on more than 18,000 acres, driven by high temperatures, ground fuels and persistent winds — prompting federal land managers to deploy additional aircraft and hundreds of firefighters to try to control flames. The number of Colorado counties under fire bans and restrictions continues to grow as weather forecasts predict continued hot, dry conditions through the weekend. Late day showers and cool nights have helped temper the flames in a few areas but...

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Tiny Homes

Photos Courtesy THE NTERWEB   Big ideas sprout about tiny (and affordable) homes. The Tiny House industry has been growing significantly over the last few years, and, I have to admit, I am a fan!  The simplistic, pared-down lifestyle appeals to many, from millennials to empty nesters across the country and around the world. With the housing challenges we face in Grand County, some are looking at the Tiny House revolution as a potential solution to the housing challenges in the coming years.   Tiny homes come in various forms; from permanent, small dwellings set atop a concrete plat...

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Wild Flower Riot

Photos by Diana Lynn Rau   Hiking or biking the Valley trails can be pure eye candy at this time of year! The late snows have left lots of moisture in the ground and the lower Fraser Valley flowers, trees and shrubs are showing their pleasure.  The waves of full fields glowing in the sun of purple one-sided penstemon are soothing to the eyes. Like a carpet, the purple lupine fills the meadows and the hillside behind my house.  You sometimes see the tall red trumpet shapes of the Scarlet Gila or the just now emerging stalks of the...

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Mountain Family Center Recognized

Photos Courtesy of Mountain Family Center   Mountain Family Center recognized as a Champion of Well-Being The Mountain Family Center has been recognized as a Health Links Business Leader based on their commitment to creating a culture of health and safety in their workplace.   They were just informed that they have been nominated for the Champion of Well-Being Award.  This award highlights three outstanding Health Links Certified organizations across Colorado.  The winner will be announced on August 17 at the Health Links Annual Conference. Health Links TM, a nonprofit initiative at the University of Colorado, School of Public Health,...

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Community Briefs

Eisenhower Dr Closed at the Tracks for 2 Weeks Union Pacific has closed the Railroad Crossing at Eisenhower Drive through July 28th.  The detour is the Fraser stoplight to the Parkway by the Colorado Adventure Park.  Save time and make plans to use alternate route until the crossing repairs are complete.  You can also go the backway from County Rd 50. Grand County Search and Rescue Special The Grand County Search and Rescue Equestrian Team was dispatched Monday night to the Continental Divide Trail near Monarch Lake to rescue a 21 year old camp counselor who had a burn...

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5 Best Hikes In Winter Park

Is there anything more humbling or exhilarating than a hike to the top of the World? Grand County has some of the best trails in the state, so we wanted to share a few of our favorite hikes to provide ideas for future exploration. The views are spectacular, the wild flowers are showing their beauty and the tranquility awaits high above the valley floor. 1. Second Creek / Broome Hut (Easy) Distance: 5 Miles Round Trip Elevation: Trailhead 10,569’ / Hut 11,350’ From the Winter Park Information Center, follow US Highway 40 south and up the eastern side of...

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