Author: Michael Turner

Students across U.S. protest ‘inaction’ on guns with school walkout

Dressed primarily in black, the students solemnly spilled out onto the courtyard at Middle Park High School in Granby, holding hands and whispering thoughts and feelings. It was not the everyday laughter and jovial ribbing of a normal High School crowd. “We March for our lives and the lives of others” said Genevieve “Gigi” Newcomer-Neeson, organizer of the MPHS event. Several parents, teachers and staff gathered around the picnic tables at the front of the school as Gigi began to speak about the horrific events that have happened accross the country. She read the names of the Parkland kids...

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Gary DeFrange: Honored Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame

Gary DeFrange was only the third president at Winter Park Resort since it started in 1939, but during his 20 years at the helm, he transformed Winter Park into one of Colorado’s major destination ski resorts.    He was Chairman, President, and CEO of First Interstate Bank of Denver and Area President for a three-state region as his banking career ended when the late Jerry Groswold, President and CEO for Winter Park Recreational Association retired in 1997, and Gary was offered the position.  DeFrange was very familiar with the Resort because in his spare time he was guiding blind...

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Dog Sledding at Snow Mtn Ranch: A Mushers Life for Me!

With Rev. Steve Peterson, Chaplain Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies Life’s bucket list is full of new experiences. Colorado offers endless opportunities and there’s no shortage of new adventures to be tackled. Before winter melts away to spring, it’s time for you to take a spin on a dog sled.  The tour is a wonderful way to take a peek into the wintery scenes of a beautiful meadow or forested trail. If you love dogs, you will get a first-hand look at a lifestyle filled with excitement and anxious energy, waiting to be unleashed on the trail....

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CAIC Reports Dangerous Avalanche Pattern

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, portions of the Vail-Summit and Front Range zones have developed a Deep Persistent Slab avalanche problem. This means you can trigger very large and unsurvivable avalanches even though there are few signs of instability. Specific terrain features need to be avoided to stay safe.  This situation will be with us for a while. This video summarizes the current situation. According to a CAIC Accident Summary, on February 11, 2018, “a solo skier unintentionally triggered and was carried in an avalanche in the area locally known as the Fingers just west of the summit of Berthoud Pass.  The avalanche...

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Greeting Cards

Our stories are the heartbeat of our lives. Stories inspire us, create connection, and build the framework for hopes and dreams.  From our friendships, family, and romances to our hobbies and work, we all want to share beautiful images and meaningful words that encapsulate the special moments and help us express our feelings to others. Much of our communication these days is a sterile dirge of email and text, filled with emojis, yet the antiquated appeal of the printed greeting card seems to transcend time. Cards are still king when it comes to showing someone that you care and...

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Ice Fishing Tournament a Success

The 30th Annual Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest was ”very successful” according to Jessica Blair Granby Chamber Director. “We had 991 registered anglers a little better than last year and with the late ice…we are definitely considering this a win!!” Weather was absolutely beautiful and most everyone had a great time.  “Once again winter has not missed Grand County” said Bernie Keefe local guide and avid angler.  Bernie oversees the weigh station and is a big part of the contest each year.  Keefe added, “everyone was worried but, Mother Nature did her part as always” Each year the Three...

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“Triple Threat Athlete”

Alana Nichols is a world-class athlete with a passion for challenging herself and others. From a young age, she developed a taste for sports and adventure.  No matter what obstacle life throws her way, she takes the challenge head on. She grew up in Farmington, NM, and was an avid snowboarder throughout her youth. In 2002, however, while snowboarding Nichols over-rotated a backflip and crashed hard. The injury paralyzed her from the waist down and pointed her in a new direction. In the beginning like any life changing event she struggled to find her way.  As fate may have...

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