Day: August 17, 2017

“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 www.mtnlifefitness.com. Information is also available on the Shining Stars Foundation website, www.ShiningStarsFoundation.org. 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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Trails Report

GRAND COUNTY TRAILS AUG 15, 2017 DIANA LYNN RAU Adverse weather like too much rain or too little rain affects the health of our fragile environment.  We are lucky in the Fraser Valley to not usually have the weather events of the Front Range or other parts of the country.  We have hailstorms – I survived three different storms rafting on the Upper Colorado last Thursday.  But I haven’t seen in Grand County the baseball-size hail that sometimes hits the eastern Colorado plains creating such devastation. I haven’t seen tornadoes or earthquakes – only 5ft of snow that finally forced the local school system to cancel classes for a single day! The exceptional amount of rain we have received in this monsoon season pales to the 1-2 feet of water that has fallen from the sky in a single storm to flood towns across the Midwest and South.  Here we get big washes and ruts in trails and roads and occasionally a flash flood down a river drainage or mud slides as rain saturates a hillside.  So the way we build our trails is important – it determines how long a trail lasts in a useable form. The IMBA workshops presented across the country were aimed at the local trailbuilders – the guys and gals who put their hands in the dirt and create our trails.  I’ve mentioned several...

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Old Style Love

by Patty Marshall and Kristi Martens Grand County Historical Association Whether you love history or just love a good love story the 6th annual Taste of History Champagne Brunch and Social is the place for you to be on Saturday August 26, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm. One of the premier social and philanthropic events of the summer, this year the Grand County Historical Association (GCHA) is honored to partner with Wendy Christensen and Janet Engel to host the Taste of History at Casa de Engel which overlooks the Fraser Valley at 540 County Road 5, close to the Fraser Ballfields. The theme for this year’s Taste of History was inspired by a visit to Casa de Engel when two horses posed for a photo by kissing. What better way to highlight the love stories behind two pivotal families in the Fraser Valley: William and Mary Cozens and George and Joyce Engel. The Cozens Family William Zane Cozens was born in Canada and moved with his family to New York State. As a young man he supported himself as a carpenter building barns and working his way west. He heard of the Pikes Peak gold strikes and moved to Central City. William and Mary Cozens met in Central City in 1860 when Billy Cozens, a well known and extremely tall lawman, came to live and eat at...

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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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County Weed Spraying Program

To The Editor: The Grand County Noxious Weed Spraying Program: (1) Is it safe, and, is it being done responsibly? (2) Is it effective? (3) Is it needed? Many of our neighbors, and we, are very upset with the accidental herbicide spill onto County Roads 509 and 507, in Ice Box Estates subdivision, that happened on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. However, we all greatly appreciate Grand County Commissioner Richard Cimino’s quick response to the 5 other upset locals who contacted him that same day about the herbicide spill. And, we also thank Chris Baer and Grand County Road and Bridge Department for their quick actions of bringing in heavy equipment to scrape off the top layer of the contaminated dirt county roads, and carrying away the herbicide-laden dirt. We wonder what happened to that herbicide-contaminated dirt… Also, we want to thank this newest local newspaper, the Winter Park Times, for printing an excellent article on Aug. 11, called “Weedgate 2017”, all about this herbicide spill. (1) Is Grand County’s noxious weed spraying program safe and being done responsibly? The Winter Park Times’ “Weedgate  2017” article says, on page 2, that “[Road & Bridge] Employee Chris Baer assured the caller that the chemical utilized was nontoxic…” And, on page 4 of same article, it says that [Amy] Sidener also stated that “all products used are approved for use as a...

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Shining Stars Thanks

To the Editor, The Shining Stars Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters in Grand County for embracing our 204 children and families and making the 2017 Grand County Family Adventure so successful for the 2 attendees. One family said, “This week was the best of my life! We were all together, giving everyone a chance to make new friends.” We would especially like to thank our sponsors and grantors including Cancer League of Colorado, Grand Foundation, Town of Winter Park, Town of Grand Lake, Lion’s Club of the Fraser Valley Foundation, Safeway, Louis and Harold Price Foundation, Julie Brown, and Rendezvous Foundation. Many thanks to everyone at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies for welcoming us with such warmth and kindness and providing lodging, meals, and activities. The families enjoyed fun activities on Grand Lake and Lake Granby including pontoon boat rides and paddle boats at Headwaters Marina, Boater’s Choice Marina, and Beacon Landing Marina. Other activities in Grand Lake were go-karts at Rocky Hi Speedway, Putt Putt Golf at Grand Lake Hardware, and a glorious hike to Adams Falls. Other donating businesses for activities were Sombrero Stables, Winter Park Resort, and MAD Adventures Rafting. Generous food donations came from Hernando’s Pizza Pub, Showboat Catering, Stonecreek Catering, Pancho & Lefty’s, El Pacifico, The Sage Brush Grill, Sloopy’s, Fat Cat Café, Grand Pizza, Cy’s Deli, Grand Lake Chocolates, Miyauchi’s Snack Bar, Grumpy’s, Deno’s Mountain Bistro, Smokin’ Moes, Fontenot’s, Winter Park Subway, Rudi’s...

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