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“What’s Hot this Weekend!”

Saturday, August 19, 2017 MOUNTAIN LIFE FITNESS PRESENTS “SPIN FOR THE STARS” Strap on your biking shoes and your spandex shorts and get ready to pump those legs for a good cause! In Granby on Saturday, August 19, Jackie Wright at Mountain Life Fitness in Granby will be hosting a spin-a-thon, “Spin for the Stars”, to benefit the local non-profit the Shining Stars Foundation. Starting at 8AM and going until 10 AM, two 45-minute spin classes will be offered. Each class costs $35 per person with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Children between the ages of 13-15 must have a parent or guardian present and children between the ages of 16-18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Registration for these unforgettable spin classes began on August 1 so grab some friends to spin with or spin solo! You can register for these classes by stopping into Mountain Life Fitness, calling them at 970-887-1122, or visiting their website at Information is also available on the Shining Stars Foundation website, Add a little extra motivation to your workout and spin for a good cause! The Shining Stars Foundation is a local non-profit that transforms lives through year-round recreational and social programs for children and their families challenged with pediatric cancer and other life threatening illnesses. All...

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Valley Briefing

FVMRD Youth Theatre Camp Grand County Community of Writers Open House: August 22, 2017  5:30pm-8:30pm, Granby Library Come and learn about a one-of a kind writing program! The Grand County Library District is launching a writing program designed to encourage and develop the skills of local writers. Th program will be lead by Martin J. Smith, a lifelong journalist, author of five novels and four non-fiction books and a long-term faculty member of the Squaw Valley (Calif.) Community of Writers.  Smith will conduct a series of fiction workshops in September designed to help aspiring novelists gain skills for story, character...

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Solar Projects In The Works

by Joe Smyth Plans move forward for a floating solar array in Jackson County, while Mountain Parks Electric considers its own solar projects. In Jackson County, the town of Walden’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously this week to build a solar array that will help power the town’s water treatment plant. Jim Dustin, the Mayor of Walden, said at the Mountain Parks Electric August board meeting that the project “will be unique in Colorado – it will be a floating array.” Dustin said the cost of the 50 kilowatt solar array will be covered by lower electricity bills over...

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Grand Lake Courts Historic Restoration

Photos courtesy of Grand Lake Historical Society A lot has happened at the Smith Eslick Cottage Court in Grand Lake! This unusual structure, thought to be the oldest original motor court in the region, is now completely restored to the way it was in the 1930s. This was accomplished in part with a generous grant from History Colorado – State Historical Fund, and lots of local donations. The Cottage Court is listed on both the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties and the National Register of Historic Places. That surprises some people, as it is a humble, rustic building,...

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Dinner With A View

Master Chefs Partner for Unique Culinary Event at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. Michael Pollan once said that “The shared meal elevates eating from the mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology, to an act of culture.” In an era where we are constantly connected, where communication has been reduced to a quick text or email and Twitter is the chosen method to share news, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort brings an opportunity to come together as a community and to celebrate the farms and ranches of Colorado. Serving up a breathtaking Continental Divide backdrop at Axels Pavilion at Devils Thumb Ranch Resort, this Sunday evening indulgence partners Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort’s Executive Chef Josh Bettis with Denver’s Old Major Executive Chef Justin Brunson, to prepare a special Wagyu feast.  Chef Josh describes the event as “a truly exceptional culinary experience that’s rustic, earthy and groovy” an opportunity to “wind down the summer celebrating what the earth and soil have given to us”. Guest Executive Chef Justin Brunson brings close to two decades of culinary experience to this endeavor. His passion for heritage-raised meats, sustainable seafood, and ingredients sourced from local farms reaches beyond Denver. Brunson travels the country sharing his unique point of view and inspiration, while sharing stories and tapping into the pulse of the industry....

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No Place For Hate

by Steve Skinner The judge, jury and executioner made the decision. The sentence: Death. Death by car. Death head-on. Fast death. Famous killer. The judge decided that the members of the defense team were all the same. They deserved the same fate. If he could have wielded more power, he would have sentenced them all to death and then followed through. But the only power he had was the power that was handed to him, like so many other young American kids. This self-proclaimed judge had free access to fast cars, weapons, freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom to believe, believe, believe. Like so many of us, he ultimately had the freedom to do whatever he wanted, however bad that may be. Heather Heyer was one of the guilty party. Her crime was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time with the right message. She was walking a crowded street in Charlottesville, Va., peacefully saying “No Place for Hate” to a group of misguided, maniacal haters who felt umbrage, outrage, righteous anger and self-entitlement. “Alt-right” demonstrators were protesting the planned removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Counter-demonstrators were protesting the message of the protesters. The judge saw his opportunity: a cluster of guilty, sanctimonious protesters with the gall to challenge his right to free speech and all that he held dear....

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Community Briefs

Green Mountain Cliff Jumping Spot Closed The U.S. Forest Service has banned access to a popular cliff jumping spot at Green Mountain Reservoir, after a tragic death last week.  The spot has been growing in popularity and rescue teams have been busy fielding calls at the location throughout the summer. James Cummings, 27, of Denver, died after jumping from the cliffs on August 2nd. Cummings never surfaced after diving from the ledge according to witnesses. Rescue teams recovered the body the next day in 70 feet of water. Standing Up for Clean Water Ephemeral and intermittent streams account for...

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Leftover Salmon

For the past quarter-century, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. They are firmly settled in the long lineage of bands that defy simple categorization, instead setting their own musical agenda. During Leftover Salmon’s twenty-five plus years as band they have headlined shows and festivals from coast to coast, released nine albums, and maintained a vibrant, relevant and influential voice in the music world. Over that time, Leftover Salmon’s sound has grown and evolved while staying true to the roots and guiding spirit of the band’s founding members – mandolinist/singer Drew Emmitt and guitarist/singer Vince Herman. The addition of new band members over the years has nurtured an unmistakable evolution and freshness in Leftover Salmon’s sound, and has added an edge to the long-lasting power of the band’s music. Today, Leftover Salmon is fueled by the rhythm section of drummer Alwyn Robinson, keyboardist Erik Deustch and long time bassist Greg Garrison, the band is currently enjoying a creative renaissance. Catch them Saturday night in Hideaway Park at the Rndezvous Event Center.They’re actually playing 3 different CO events in one weekend- Bohemian Nights in Ft. Collins, SolShine, and then Vince+Friends at YarmonyGrass And that’s going to be happening a lot more, Leftover...

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