Author: WPT Staff

MPEI Solar Policies

New Power Solar Energy Systems offer a low cost solution to energy needs. by Joe Smyth | Mountain Parks grapples with solar. Co-op considers policy change that would doom Fraser solar project, others. Plans for a solar power array at the Fraser wastewater treatment plant would be derailed if the Mountain Parks Electric Board of Directors rolls back a key renewable energy policy. During its July 13 board meeting, Mountain Parks Electric board members and staff discussed how the electric cooperative should respond to growing interest in low cost solar power from homeowners and towns in Grand County. Mountain...

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An Alaskan Vacation

Brian Dolan, “Mr Cool” to some, longtime local and owner of Brian Dolan Refrigeration, set out on a journey with a couple of friends from Church, on a journey to catch the big one! Photos courtesy of Brian Dolan.   Try an Alaskan vacation, just for the halibut. Brian Dolan local business owner needed a summer getaway. Fishing Grand County just wasn’t cutting it, so he decided on a trip to Alaska with a few church buddies.  “It takes a day of travel to get there but it is well worth it”, said Dolan.  “You don’t go for the...

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Elevate Trail Building

The crew of Elevate Trail Building are passionate about building tracks and trails of all types. In the world of extreme slopestyle mountain bike courses, the crew from Queenstown, New Zealand gets the call. From epic backcountry walking tracks to Grade 6 bike park jump trails and everything in between, the crew from downunder is second to none.  I caught up with Tom Hey, Colorado Freeride Festival, Slopestyle Event course guru and builder since the inaugural event at Winter Park Resort in 2007. Every year the riders get better and go bigger and Tom said, “I think we need...

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Mountain Bike Capital Weekend

The Annual Mountain Bike Capital Weekend is filled with events and activities.  Bike Clinics with pro cyclists; free family fun ride and Colorado Freeride Festival at Winter Park Resort are the main highlights but the weekend is so much more. Alison Powers and ALP Cycles Coaching along with other high-level  mountain  bike  coaches  /  professional  riders will be at Hideaway Park, downtown Winter Park to offer personalized   training   and   skills   clinics   bikers   of   all abilities  an  ages.   These  clinics  are  designed  to  help riders become more confident by dialing in bike handling skills, confidence, fitness and more.  Registrants  will...

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Quilters of Grand County

Grand Quilter Volunteers in from of Cozens Museum in Fraser. Photo Courtesy Betsy deVries   The latest project for the Grand Quilters and friends of the Grand County Historical Association (GCHA) is the ‘Grand Quilt Trail’.  The Grand Quilters began in 1975.  The 45+ members share their creations, learn new techniques and plan charity projects and events. They take pride in making custom quilts for raffle or auction to raise money for many non-profit organizations such as the Historical Museum, Fraser Valley Library, Family Mountain Center, Pet Pals, Middle Park Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity, and a beautiful wall...

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Monsoon Season

Rich moisture has been flowing into the desert southwest this week. Dew point temperatures, a measure of the amount of moisture in the air, are in the upper 50s and lower 60s in places like Phoenix and Las Vegas, causing a seasonal wind shift transporting rich subtropical moisture into the area. This wind shift is called the monsoon. The increased moisture combines with daytime heating to help set off widespread showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Generally, warmer temperatures enhance the monsoon season by creating more instability in the atmosphere for thunderstorm growth. The monsoon is a run-on process started by the summer heat, but assisted by the greening of trees and shrubbery in northwestern Mexico and southern Arizona. This greening retains and produces moisture that keeps the humidity level higher in surrounding areas, which in turn makes it easier to form clouds, and, the clouds drop rain on plants and the cycle repeats. Colorado normally sees monsoon activity peak between late July and mid-August, but, because the upper-level winds are often light in July and August, the storms move slowly and can produce flash flooding. Monsoon storms often contain intense cloud-to-ground lightning and sometimes even hail. There are two necessary ingredients for monsoon production: hot temperatures and plentiful moisture. Temperatures in Colorado have been above-average in recent weeks, which makes this year’s monsoon season look very promising to...

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Community Briefs

Grand County Budget Update Grand County’s government budget projections for 2017 could be in the black by years end with a projected surplus of over $100,000. In years passed, projections and year end actuals have had some discrepancies.  In 2016 the projection was $3.9million deficit and ended with a $400k surplus. Grand County officials are taking it easy on the pencil sharpener this year as the last two years have chewed up more than a few Dixon number 2 pencils. Unpopular, hard work has brought a deficit based budget projection in line with actual needs and cost of business...

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Karen Vance Gives Back

Artist Karen Vance is All About Giving Back   Karen Vance’s art career includes thirteen years as a graphic designer/illustrator and thirty-two years creating fine art professionally. Her awards include the William E. Weiss Purchase Award, Best Painting, and People’s Choice at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale; People’s Choice and Arlene H. Fay Award at the C.M. Russell Auction; Best of Show at the Colorado Governor’s Invitational, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and Nomades Del Arte; and the Award of Excellence from Women Artists of the West.  Vance is a Master Signature Member of American Women Artists...

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