Author: Michael Turner

Solar Eclipse

Michael Turner I Winter Park Times The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 is only days away. Some are complacent, but many of us are buzzing with excitement as this event will mark the first time in this century that a total solar eclipse will cross the contiguous (48) United States. People will be flocking to locations along the “path of totality” to get a better look; they’ll be witnessing the Moon completely block out the Sun’s rays. It’s a time for festivals and celebrations. Could be a bucket list check mark for some. But let’s not forget that...

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Hummingbirds

I must admit we went through more than a few pounds of sugar over the years enjoying the feeding frenzy of one of the smallest birds on the planet.  As a young raft guide we use to tell stories of the hummingbirds hitch hiking on the backs of Canadian Geese headed south for the winter but in fact that tale is far from truth. Although it made a great discussion floating the lakes of the Upper Colorado, the tiny birds embark on quite a different journey as they make their way back to Central America and a climate better...

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Phase One of New Underpass

Dirt Work for roadways and infrastructure of new RailRoad Underpass in Fraser.   Documents Contained in the links of this article were provided by: • Cornerstone Winter Park Holdings, LLC • The Public Utilities Commission • and the Town of Winter Park The documents were used for research on the project and have not been altered or used in any way other than facts for our story.  There is more information and historical records about this project and encourage the readers to explore the information and ask questions. The only information other than these documents that we could find is the...

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Rhubarb

The Rodney Dangerfield of Veggies I was driving to Devils Thumb last week for the annual Trout Unlimited Banquet and noticed a sign on the side of the road that said “Rhubarb for sale”, I kind of chuckled to myself because for many years I had a contorted belief that the plant was better suited for someone elses palette. Whether you have a taste for Rhubarb or not, the jury is still out for many. One thing is for certain it loves the Fraser Valley. My neighbor is a high altitude gardening guru and a local purveyor of Rhubarb...

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Rendezvous Letter of Intent

The new stage in Hideaway Park is one step closer to a deal that would put the Rendezvous name on the iconic stage for years to come, but, that is only part of the story.  The Winter Park Town Council voted unanimously to terms outlined in a “Letter of Intent” initiated by Rendezvous Colorado, LLC. and presented to the Winter Park Town Council at the August 1st meeting. Keith Neil, Vice President of development for Koelbel and Company, Rendezvous’ parent company, was on hand to field questions.  With no questions from council, Neil made comments regarding corporate philosophy and...

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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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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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Bring On Your Letters

Soliciting letters to the editor in the high summer season is a little like asking a Formula I driver for an autograph mid-race. Nevertheless, here we are hoping some of you are itching to participate. We’d love to hear from our readers about whatever may be on their minds. And we know you’re out there because we know our papers are being picked up at a brisk pace. We like to think of letters to the editor as a community discussion and welcome the vast majority of viewpoints. (We will draw the line at obscenity and letters advocating violence, for instance.) But we will most decidedly not withhold or edit letters based on their political slant. Nor do letters have to address weighty issues. They can cover a wide range of topics or just offer thanks. And a quick note about letters: Just because they appear in these pages does NOT mean we agree with them or they in any way represent the views of this newspaper. Your letters, your views. Bring ’em on. Letters may be emailed to editor@winterparktimes.com or submitted online under the “letters” link. Letters should include the author’s name, address and telephone number for verification...

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