Author: Michael Turner

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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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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