Author: Michael Turner

Think Digital First

Not sure how or why, but, I just survived a couple of the busiest months of my life. Truth be told, sleep is overrated, so, I decided to buy stock in a bitter blend of Guatemalan dark roast. If you hit it with a splash of french vanilla creamer and give it a vigorous beating, it isn’t half bad. Much like a beverage costing 10x as much at a well known coffee shop. Anyways, huge high five celebration at the office last week…Champagne, caviar, balloons, confetti, the Rockettes even popped by for a quick dance number. Yeah, actually, NO! None of that went down. In the newspaper business there is no time to party. It is an endless cycle of information sharing. Like a tidal pool, the ebb and flow of information is constantly feeding a reservoir of ink waiting for its turn to ….evolve…reveal…enhance life …wash up…impart knowledge…ummm, at a loss here. However with our fifth paper “in the can”, the Winter Park Times is fast becoming a living, breathing entity. I want to thank everyone for their input, contributions and feedback. I will stay away from the doldrums of a grammy award winning speech naming convention and cut to the chase. We want to make this a great community asset that everyone can utilize, share and enjoy, so, I thought I would cover some housekeeping concepts to...

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Enjoy A Happy, Safe 4th Of July

Ah, summertime. This week for many marks the official start of high summer in the High Country. The revelry of the Fourth of July in particular, however, requires a measure of caution be exercised with fire. In spite of ample snowpack and robust spring moisture, the countryside is drying out and the fire danger locally has been raised to moderate. Please use common sense with fireworks and while camping. Follow basic rules such as never leaving a campfire unattended. And leave the pyrotechnics at home when visiting public lands. Don’t drink and drive —and that includes piloting a boat — and play safely around water. And by all means, enjoy the rush of the abbreviated Rocky Mountain summer in all its alpine...

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Blues from the Top 15

Jimmy Vivino + Kate Moss at the 2017 Blues from the Top Festival Photos by   Blues from the Top 15: Year of the Catt Last weekends, Blues from the Top festival, coined the “Year of the Catt” by promoters, was one of the best lineups ever to hit the stage for the nationally renown blues festival.  Grand CountyBlues Society, (GCBS) brought a mix of musical talents, styles and genre to the traditionally blues centric festival in Hideaway park. Saturdays show included a set by CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, a New Orleans band with...

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Expanding The Flock

Quacker Gifts Expanding the Flock Photos courtesy of Quacker Gift Shop & Winter Park Times   When you’re just starting out on the trail of life, finding a good job can be a challenge.  A tapestry of work experiences shape your spirit and inspire your passions. It’s often a period where you juggle to make ends meet. A young college student, Jennifer Brown was looking to make an extra buck during that period in her journey when she decided to try her hand at making soap.  She played carpet bagger on the weekends while balancing work and college life....

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For Those Who Are Still Listening

You may have caught the tidbit I buried last week deep on page (whatever) regarding the human attention span.  All week, I felt a need to expound upon  information I stumble across in my daily intake of useless information. A survey of Canadian media consumption by Microsoft found, since the year 2000 (or about when the mobile revolution began) that the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds. We now have a shorter attention span than goldfish, according to an official report from 2015. Attention span was defined as “the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted.” I tried to read the entire 52-page report, well, not really, I skimmed it.  Still, a quote from Satya Nadella, the chief executive officer of Microsoft, jumped out at me. “We are moving from a world where computing power was scarce to a place where it now is almost limitless, and where the true scarce commodity is increasingly, human attention”. CEO Wisdom, right? Okay, so you have to take everything with a grain of salt, especially a report from Microsoft whose flash-based digital ads seem to be loosely attached to science. It’s obvious that our devices have rewired our brains. We think in momentary blips of expounding interruption. The trash piles up around the relevant tidbits in a never ending stream of distractions. And, the last...

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Construction Is Booming

Fraser Valley suddenly is hot property with new construction including a Grocery Store, Affordable Housing, Community Center, and in Grand Park. Photos by Michael Turner. Construction Bust Trends to Boom New residential and commercial construction is booming in Colorado mountain resort towns, led by Pitkin County, which reported sales topping $2 billion last year.  Eagle County was second, with big property deals in Vail and Beaver Creek. Summit County, which includes Breckenridge, was next, followed by Routt County and, Winter Park and the Fraser Valley. It is easy to see the next wave of growth pulsing through Grand County. A...

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Vasquez Road Fire

The first fire of the season is reminder of the tender conditions in and around Grand County.  A fire broke out this afternoon near Vasquez Creek in Winter Park and grew to a little over and acre according to Todd Holzwarth, Chief of East Grand Fire District. At approximately 1:30 pm fire crews were dispatched to a wildfire three miles south of Hwy 40 on Vasquez Road near the Denver Water Board Road. Vasquez (GCR 7) is closed to the public. The fire is approximately one acre burning in timber on USFS land. Cause is undetermined, but fire officials...

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Hideaway Park Stage Comes To Fruition

One of the great things about the Winter Park lifestyle is all the outdoor and recreational opportunities at our fingertips. You can jump on a bike and in minutes be deep in your own woodsy experience. You can you can hike to the top of the divide and enjoy the majesty of the Rockies or soar high above the Valley floor in a hot air balloon for a sunrise perspective that is quite humbling. Your list of favs may be much different depending on the season, but one thing is for sure, when it comes to resort communities, few...

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