Author: Michael Turner

Granby Trails and RV Resort

Vision for the Granby Trails and RV Resort a Reality. The Orvis/Shorefox property at the corner of Hwy34 and Hwy40 started as a dream nearly two decades ago by a group of investors that wanted to develop the 1500 acre parcel into a world class golf and fishing community.  The group sunk $60 million into the projects infrastructure before investor money fell short in 2007.  As the investment team tried to rally support, the economic bubble of 2008 burst and the investors were forced to abandon the project. Paul Chavoustie, Mayor of Granby knew the potential of the property...

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Smoke from Wildfires

The hays from wildfires are burning accross the west is socking in over the mountains.  Nearly 60 wildfires are burning in the west. Including the Big Red Fire NW of Steamboat as of 7pm the fir was a little over 800 acres.  Fire Officials are concerned as the Big Red Fire is showing extreme behaviors right now.  In fact a large part of the country is experiencing hazy skies due to out of control fires in states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Time outside should be limited and it’s a good idea to keep doors and...

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Labor Day: Resort life has its perks

The perks of resort lifestyle are obvious although I find that I have less and less time to enjoy them and so the Labor Day Holiday is a grim reminder of my fleeting scope of freetime.  One of the drawbacks for the majority of Americans is we work too much.  Labor Day in particular is one of the holidays that has an irony of its own with a heritage of celebration and achievement, it is just another day at the office for many. Recent studies have painted a grim picture of the American work force: Longer days, less vacation...

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Winter Park Stops the New Town of Fraser Underpass

A temporary restraining order was filed by the Town of Winter Park against the West Mountain Metropolitan District, Cornerstone Winter Park Holdings, LLC and Clark Lipscomb (Defendants) with claims of irreparable road damage. The town received a temporary restraining order that stops all work on the project.  A hearing is scheduled for Friday September 1st at 8:30am in Hot Sulphur Springs District Court with Judge Hoak. The new restraining order comes just  2 weeks after a verified complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed by the Town of Winter Park on  August 11th against the same parties. According...

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Trouble Down the Trail

The E-Bike Controversy Fall is a great time to get out on the trail in Grand County.  It’s a time for locals to enjoy the outdoors without the big crowds of summer. When you are out there this fall, keep your eyes open for a growing trend out on the trail. A controversial trend in the making. You may have already encountered cyclists cruising at faster than usual, quite effortless speeds, and, if not, it won’t be long before you do. I am talking about the “e” bike or pedal-assist bikes. They come in a variety of styles, sizes...

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Flower Girls of Winter Park

AKA “Flower Felons” As the last rays of summer sun were kissing the Valley floor this week, I decided to take a drive in search for a cover story. Passing by the Pub, in downtown Winter Park, I decided to stop and smell the roses quite literally, because I noticed, buried deep in their work on the side of the road, there were four girls, the flower girls of Winter Park. I sat on a nearby bench for a few minutes as they popped, cut and picked the deadheads from the bed, filling buckets and buckets, and, as it...

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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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