Author: WPT Staff

Community Briefs

Berthoud Pass Wall Repair The retaining walls on Berthoud Pass have been slowly crumbling from 20 years of mother nature’s abuse. Little orange and pink flags mark the areas that will be targeted for repair throughout the summer.  The crews have begun the project along Highway 40 between MM 244 and 248 on Berthoud Pass.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2017, weather dependent. The work consists of repairing deteriorating walls that reinforce unstable slopes above the roadways; and, repairing expansion joints that allow water to flow through and contribute to the wall deterioration.  Impact to...

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Cozens TLC

Thanks to a devoted crew of volunteers, the roof at Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser is getting a fresh makeover. The traditional wood slab roof over the barn was added in 1990 and needed help. The barn houses historic artifacts from the Cozens ranch days of 1874 to 1934 as well as the replica stage coach that traveled over Berthoud Pass for the ranch’s early years. Visitors to the museum are permitted to climb on the stage coach and dress in provided costumes to envision and learn about early transportation in Middle Park. The museum, part of Grand County...

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Share The Roads

Not so easy rider: Share the roadways, stay alert and safe. The summer season in Grand County is beautiful, and, a favorite for most locals. This time of year traditionally tends to challenge our roadways and our patience. Imagine how you felt the first time you visited our magnificent valley.  Now, think of what the driver that has never been here must be thinking. They want to experience the scenery and the wildlife, just as you and I did.  Try to keep this in mind and be respectful and understanding of our visitors. The summer event lineup in Grand County is going to be huge, and, as a result, we can expect the same of the weekend traffic. Last year, the Rocky Mountain National Park visitor count was 4,517,585, the highest annual visitation on record.  2017 is anticipated to meet or exceed these numbers. This is also the time that bicyclists and motorcyclists like to hit the road to enjoy the warm temperatures.  Be sure to watch for motorcycles by looking twice before changing lanes, and, slow down on narrow roads when bicycles are present. Always remember to share the road, and, leave a little extra time to get to your destination. The saying that there are two seasons in Colorado, “Winter and Construction”, is very true.  This is primarily because it’s the best time to fix and repair...

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Unwelcome Uptick

Here comes another tick season! With the crazy weather we’ve had this spring, this is predicted to be one of the worst tick seasons ever.  Even short walks on established paths have already proven fruitful for these predatory pests, and it’s only the beginning of summer.   Ticks carry debilitating diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease and many other tick-borne illnesses, and, they can be transmitted by a simple bite. The best way to avoid a tick encounter is to prevent it from occurring.  Since staying indoors is not an option for most of us, there...

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Community Brief

MPHS  Valedictorians The class of 2017 is the last class to award the prestigious of Valedictorian to any student with a 4.0 or better.  The class of 2018 will choose one person from the incoming upper classman. Valedictorians from MPHS: Elliot Shaw, Henry Hoyhtya, Ashley Trotter, Theodore Loo, Alistair Schwab, Sarah Bausano, Karmen Reynolds, Linneya Gardner, Kiersten Cimino, Erin Emery, Madelynn Eichler, Victoria Lahrman, Jorune Klisauskaite, Jordan Ehlert, Harrison Lietzke, Mackenzie DePlata and Jene Hansen. Middle Park Medical Center A $30,000 gift from Middle Park Medical Foundation enabled Middle Park Medical Center to purchase state-of-the-art echocardiography equipment. “This gift...

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Intrawest Controversy

Intrawest Controversy may slow Aspen’s parent company KSL purchase. Less than two months after its April buying spree rattled the skiing and snowboarding world, Aspen Skiing Company’s acquisition of Intrawest Resorts has hit a snag, as a stockholder of Intrawest has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the merger, according to the Aspen Times. Per the Aspen Times, Intrawest stockholder Edward Hayden filed a lawsuit Friday in the U.S. District Court of Denver. The lawsuit claims that Intrawest’s top executives and board of directors “failed to conduct a sufficient and robust review of strategic alternatives” prior to its...

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Ace Celebrates 40 Years

Fraser Valley Ace Hardware, four generations in the making, one family, one business, 40 years later. By   It was a different time and different place when the Harris family boarded a plane in Ohio headed for Colorado.  Bill and Kate Harris and son Greg, twenty one at the time, were looking for a viable business opportunity in the colorful state of Colorado, when they quite literally stumbled upon the Fraser Valley Ace Hardware property in downtown Fraser. Greg Harris, one of three sons said, “We were not looking for a hardware store, we had actually been looking for...

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