Author: WPT Staff

Deck the Halls With LEDs

Energy-efficient and cool to the touch, a good choice for the holidays. I must admit it maybe a little early for the Christmas Holiday isles to come to life at the Grocery store but it won’t be long (i saw the palettes of joy moving in the other day, just sayin’) We has a crazy idea to roll out a fun holiday lighting contest and wrangled a couple of partners that want Grand County to shine bright this season. Ok. Did you say “Bah.humbug” as your inner Scrouge surfaced or did that joyous little kid inside perk up a...

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Rocky Mountain Sigh

Grand County sits on the western edge of one of the busiest national parks in America. The days of a quiet getaway to Rocky Mountain National Park are long gone and it looks like it won’t be long before we will need a pocket full money and a reservation to enjoy a Sunday drive in the park. More than 4.5 million people visited Rocky Mountain National Park last year, making it one of the most visited in the country and it probably won’t come as a shock to you that a proposal has come forward to cash in on...

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What’s Happening

What’s happening Friday, November 3 The High Country Conservatives meet at Maverick’s in Granby at noon every Friday. A non-profit, 12-step, Bible-based recovery program “helping resolve life’s hurts” meets at 6 pm every Friday at 257 W. Topaz, behind Granby Elementary. The Winter Park Pub hosts live music starting at 6 pm. Usually no cover. The Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser presents live music starting at 8 pm. No cover. The Parshall Inn hosts Karaoke starting at 9 pm every Friday night. Info: (970) 531-2635. The Basement in Winter Park hosts Karaoke starting around 9 pm. Ullrs Tavern in...

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A chilling winter tale or something more?

When we think of ghost stories, we may visualize old castles and graveyards with haunting spirits lurking in the shadows. For many, such stories are nothing more than fantasy. But some people are more open-minded about paranormal activity and try to understand the unknown. Are these lost souls from the past? If so, who are they and why do they remain? Some people have tales of unexplained interactions and sightings that cannot be easily dismissed. If you have passed through Fraser lately you have noticed a landmark undergoing a facelift but would you know of the tale that lay...

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Community Briefs

Grand Nordic News As we move into preparation for winter.  Have you checked out your ski or snowshoe equipment?  The Alpine Swap is over and the Nordic Ski Swap is coming Oct 27 at Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center.  Clean out your closet and bring your used gear to sell or donate to Grand Nordic for our kids programs in Grand county. Those​ ​wanting​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​equipment​ ​should​ ​bring​ ​it​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Snow​ ​Mountain​ ​Ranch​ ​Nordic​ ​Center​ ​between​ ​5​ ​and​ ​6​ ​pm​ ​to register.​ ​Check-in​ ​forms​ ​are​ ​also​ ​available​ ​online​ ​at​ ​​​​ ​.​ ​The​ ​doors​ ​open​ ​at​ ​6​ ​pm​...

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A Critter Summer

by Charles Clayton It started in spring with the annual arrival of the vultures that roost in the cottonwoods across from the swankiest hotel in Taos.  Mornings and evenings they would swoop gracefully over our house as they made their way towards the hinterland in search of rotting donkeys and roadkill prairie dogs.  Then the magpie family showed up and chased the dog around the yard for a couple weeks, followed by two rogue roosters arriving in the neighborhood in early June…strutting and crowing at  5 am.  Our neighbor caught one and cooked it up for his family, then...

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New Mountain Bike Skills Park at Snow Mountain Ranch

by Kristen Spronz Have you tried out the newest addition to Snow Mountain Ranch yet? The new progressive mountain bike skills park is fun, yet challenging for riders of all ages and abilities. The skills park is home to 37 features and is designed so that riders are able to improve their skills whether they go through all of the features, skip a few or even stick to just one feature. The skills park has been a dream for a while, but Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Director Bill Pierce, Trail Crew Leader Elliott Leslie, and their team made it a...

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The origin of a holiday: A Celtic Tradition

It’s almost that time of year when kids of all ages get into costume and stroll around neighborhoods ringing doorbells and begging for treats. When you think about it, trick or treating is kind of a weird thing. Where did it come from anyway? A little research uncovers some interesting and wierd facts about the odd tradition.  The practice began with the Celtic tradition of celebrating the end of the year by dressing up as evil spirits. The Celts believed that, as we moved from one year to the next, the dead and the living would overlap, and demons...

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